Hanging the Rainbow

Finally we have a quilt hanging in our home.  The Rainbow Log Cabin turned out so beautifully that I was compelled to keep it.  I already have a lap quilt I use almost daily, displaying the Rainbow seemed obvious.

DSC_0224Hanging the Rainbow in a place where one has to look up seemed even more obvious.  Here it shines at the top of the stairs.  DSC_0215

The quilting is concentric arches.  I used a dinner plate as a guide, the only draw back was the plate was not quite the right  diametre to match up with the width of the strips.  A very clever attempt at continuity, if I might be so bold.


Sirach 43:11  Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.




The Four Day Getaway

A week’s holiday did not materialize as planned.  We only had three and a half days.  We had been planning a golf and wine tour of the BC interior for some time.  Similar to a weekend two years ago, when we went to Whitehorse for dinner and a movie, this time it was Armstrong for lunch and a golf game.  It was a lovely time, though much too short.  The golf game was fun, in spite of rain on the last two holes and dinner with a classmate from seminary was great.  On the return trip we stopped in Prince George and picked up a Boler trailer that my sister had purchased.  DSC_0066

Here it is pictured at a stop we made at Bijou Falls.

DSC_0063The drive home was lovely.  Just outside of McKenzie we witnessed the most vivid rainbow either of us had ever seen.  It was spectacular!DSC_0032DSC_0029

We were so impressed that we had to stop for a while and take pictures.  Even these do not do the scene justice.

Beyond Bijou Falls we had some amazing views of the last of the Rockie Mountains as we crossed the Pine Pass and then headed east to Chetwynd.

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At the end of the Storm

I did finish the Rainbow Log Cabin last week.  There was a number of requests to post the completed project.

DSC_0904“They sang the words in unison, yet somehow created a web of sounds with their voices. It was like hearing a piece of fabric woven with all the colors of a rainbow. I did not know that such beauty could be formed by the human mouth. I had never heard harmony before.”   ― Anita Diamant, The Red Tent

Quilting the Rainbow

DSC_0889Another project is getting close to completion.  I used a new technique for the binding using two fabrics.  Here is the link on how to do it. I love the piped effect of a contrasting fabric to the rainbow.  It turned out so cool.  (Okay so cool dates me, deal with it).  I’m quilting this one with a modified Baptist Fan.  It’s turning out nicely.

I love this little quilt.  Although it was intended for the women’s shelter, I’m really considering keeping it.  DSC_0890It’s very cute.

Genesis 9:13

I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Log Cabin Rainbow

DSC_0828Some time in the future the quilters are planning to sew Log Cabin block quilts for the women’s and children’s shelter.  Here is my plan.  In the drawn diagram I thought light green would work next to the yellow, but when I did up the test block I was not all that pleased with the effect.  I am much happier with white instead.  I think it will look much brighter when assembled.  This block is not quite complete, it needs one more strip of green along the top.

I learned that the traditional Log Cabin block always has a red block at the centre.  It is meant to represent the hearth, the centre of the home.  There are a number of other WIPs on the list before I delve seriously into this one.

Ezekiel 46:23  On the inside, around each of the four courts was a row of masonry, with hearths made at the bottom of the rows all around.

Kinuseo Falls – British Columbia

Murray River Valley

We have been told by a few people that taking a trip to view Kinuseo Falls in Monkman Provincial Park is a must.  Yesterday we travelled to Tumbler Ridge, then south on 40 kms of loose gravel roads to the falls.  It was definitely worth the trip. I was surprised by the number of people who took the risk to drive out there.  We learned today that the local tire shop supplies three new tires a day due to people getting flats on that road.  Almost at the falls we passed a Volkswagon on the side of the road, a path of dark oil drenched gravel leading us right to them.  We stopped to offer assistance, but they assured us someone was on the way.  We gave thanks that we made it in and out no worse for wear.


Amazing rock formations on opposite side of Murray River








The first thing that impressed me the most was the crazy rock formations on the opposite side of the river.  The layers of sediment from eons ago were bent like ribbon candy, in some places the angle was greater than 90 degrees!  It is difficult to imagine the forces and pressure that managed to bend rock into pretzels.  Quite incredible.

Kinuseo Falls is slightly higher than Niagara Falls, 197 feet, although not nearly as wide, but just as LOUD.

The falls were beautiful.  They can only be viewed from above, there is no access into the canyon.  We did take a trail that followed along the edge of the cliffs and up to another viewing point that did give a better perspective of the height.  It was a bit of a climb, but more than worth it.

It was a lovely day, slightly overcast.  Unfortunately I did not have my polarizing lens on so the sky in the shots is washed out.

A hint of rainbow

The gray trees devoid of needles are pine trees that have fallen victim to the mountain pine beetle which have decimated the forests in British Columbia.  The devastation of the forests is heartbreaking.  All the dead standing timber is subject to huge wild fires, the evidence of one was passed through on our way into Tumbler Ridge.

On the descent from the upper viewing point I turned my attention to the wooded slope in search of other possible interesting shots.  I am so thrilled that I had!  There, gracing the pine slopes were Calypso Orchids.  It reminded me of the excursions my father took us on about this time of year to look for them in Northwestern Ontario.  Tiny, they are gorgeous gems set in isolation along the forest floor.  I saw at least a half-dozen bright blossoms blushing pink and yellow.  What a blessing!

Calypso Orchid