What did I accomplish 8 and a half weeks in a 25 foot 8 inch motorhome- pieced by hand – this much!  “Tumbling into Insanity” is off to a good start.


75 inches wide by 20 inches high


I should have been able to get done with more – but what can I say I was looking at the scenery more than I thought I would and I was giving my thumb time to stop aching – and it is almost 100% better since I tossed the thumb brace to the bottom of the sewing basket – guess it just didn’t work for me.  Yes I brought way too many projects with me and it didn’t take up much space so it worked out fine.


As I write this Saturday night in northern Iowa we should  be getting  home in Arkansas sometime today-Tuesday- late in the afternoon if all goes as planned – I didn’t know if we would have internet in both the areas we plan on camping at in Missouri (one night each stop) – sometimes those Ozark mountains in Missouri interfere with computer plans – so I thought as I have internet right now I will get my post done for Tuesday.

Another Dutch Oven meal on Friday night –beef stew and crescent rolls – take the stew  out of the oven and put a lid on it to keep warm and put the crescent rolls in on parchment paper for 12 to 15 minutes and instant dinner – I usually don’t go with flowers on the table while camping LOL but this is the rose the kids gave me on my birthday on the 24th and it traveled home with us.  I put it in this water bottle with a little water in the bottom and put it in the refrigerator on the door shelf and it has traveled well.  When we get to the campground I take it out of the fridge add more water and it is ok.  Yes the picnic table quilt got spotted up some here and there with food and debris – at one time bird poop possibly with purple huckleberries! (more than you want to know?)  But it has been washed numerous times and it is pretty darn clean other than a stubborn stop or two – but you know I made it for the outside table expecting it to get spots here and there and these wild fabrics hide them pretty good.


Fall foliage in Northern Iowa


A pretty walking park along the river.


Egret in the river at the campground.



One of our last campsites – nice and shady and no neighbor next door. Corp of Engineer parks – always clean and usually level ground or pavement to park on.  Only electric – but water near by to fill up the water tank and a dump station near the entrance to take care of tanks when you get ready to leave – a plus is the parks go with Mike’s senior pass (which I now need to pick one up too having turned 62 last week – only $10 for life and sometimes tickets for tours ect. want a pass from each person – best $10 you spend when traveling) C.O.E. parks with pass are usually $8 a night!  A good camping price.  That pass is needed also for admittance back into the park if you leave to go do laundry or grocery shopping ect at the national parks-we normally go together outside the park but can never tell if you do it yourself you need your own pass.


So we are back home and give me a day to get things in order and quilting at home will begin!  I’m ready to get back to my routine before winter comes!  Thanks to all of you that stuck with my blog as it became so much more a travel blog than a quilting blog – I loved reading the comments and answering the questions some of you asked about the places we saw and questions about camping – it is not for everyone and I do not know if I will ever go for longer than the 8 weeks again like this trip – we will see.  It was great to see so many wild animals – the bears sure were a big plus we had never seen so many on one trip before and never the grizzly bears.

EDITED:  I write this postscript at 7:45 PM at a campground near Springfield MO.  We are 4 hours drive from home so for certain will get home on Tuesday the 30th.  I just read a blog post from “A Sentimental Quilter” about her trip to Vermont to see the original Dear Jane quilt and wanted to link to it – it looks amazing for the age of the quilt – someone took care of it well before it went to the museum.


While we were at Casper waiting out the snow storm I got some more work done on the tumblers while watching a movie – it is growing but slowly.  I have continued to have trouble with the arthritis in my thumb and the thumb brace has done nothing but make it hurt more to the point that I quit wearing it.  The doctor did say it didn’t work for everyone.  If it continues I am sure I will just have to move more and more to machine work and save my fingers for applique.

Here are 3 sections of 10 rows x 10 rows sewn together now making the quilt top 20” x 45” I believe.  It is not pressed.


After we left Wyoming the countryside started to get a little boring to me – everything is pretty in it’s own way but there are less animal sightings of course once you get out of the mountains so more and more while we are driving from campground to campground the sewing is reappearing – I draped it over the chair to see how it would look – I now have another section done – it is growing – there is one section on the seat of the chair that has to be sewed to the main part it is just resting there.  At least now I can say progress!  This last section will make it 20 x 60”  getting there Smile


The links in the post here will lead you to the sale of the classes – all classes!!  Now might be the time for me to purchase a class or two on knitting socks seeing as I haven’t been able to get the sock loom figured out.  There are about 2 of them I believe that I might try out.  I will need to check out the quilting classes of course also and see what is there for me to view when I get home.

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Moving right along on the Tumblers – I made a lot of progress today (Aug. 21st) a bit of a rainy day and we were in the camper for most of it.

I got this much pressed before we took off this morning – we had a late start as we were not going far – just 3 hours north west getting us closer to Glacier National Park.


I spread it out over my kitchen workspace and laid colors out for the next 4 rows so I would have them ready to stitch on the days drive.


I now have two sections ready to sew together!  I haven’t measured but I think it will now be about 30 inches wide by 20 inches high.


As you can see on the above photo I had to get the heavy quilt out last week when at Yellowstone, it will be staying on the bed now for some time to come I bet – it is a 2 quilt kind of trip this year.

The back window is starting to get a bit dirty with all the roads we have been on and the rainy weather we had – this is looking out at the campsite – all the white ribbons around the trees are for a beetle treatment – a worker was going around while we were getting settled in marking trees for treatment.


Settling in for some reading while it was a bit rainy outside – made a pot of tea and got my book out ready to recline on the bed!


Our campsite – another rustic – no hookups – and it was rainy off and on so we didn’t get the chairs out or the table quilt – we do get days like this when we travel.


From our door we can see the “bear box” across the drive – for those in tents if you can’t store you food and cooking utensils in your car you store them in these bear proof boxes that are scattered through out the campground.  Bear have been sighted in the campground but who knows when – these are rules that have applied for years now for safety.


The “facilities” a short way down the road – and really some of these are really clean – they make them so much better than they used to with the way they ventilate now and cement floors to make cleaning easier  – the water pump is a short distance from that.


flowers in our site.  Tomorrow’s weather is supposed to be more rain (the 22nd) so some time in the morning we will take off in the car and go exploring – maybe back to Butte and see things, go shopping, see a movie or something – and drive around seeing things.  Very few campers are here today, we will be here for 3 nights, I wonder if it will get busier – nice and quite although we are very close to a road that has traffic but it seems to have gotten quitter since evening came.



I have made a little more progress on the Tumbling into Insanity and it is growing – I had taken these photos on 8/24 so it has grown more by now I’m sure. The bed in the camper is the only place to lay it out so excuse the log cabin quilt underneath it – I am working on the 3rd section each measuring 20 x 15 I believe.


Now back to the Ghost Town, this building had been a store at one time.


I like how they left the wall paper on the walls, just hanging there – you really have the ghost town affect.  Dishes in the cupboards, some furniture you can get a better feel for a room with these things in here I think


I like how they had signs by these items on the table – I never would have guessed what this wire contraption was  – a baby walker! wonder how many safety filiations that would break now days!



I have no idea what these berries are but they sure looked good – wish they had been raspberries! but all I saw were finished off by critters I’m sure!


What lovely pine trees.


This was a neat exploration for the day – lots of walking and going in and out of buildings.  Nice people working there that were available to answer questions and chat with.  The day was chilly but at least the rain held off until after we got back to our campsite.

Next post will be from Glacier National Park


Well we got to Yellowstone National Park on the 15th.  The campground is way busier than I like and crowded of course – you do not have large campsites and we are usually out so much daytime that we rarely set up much  outside – usually tired by time we get back from running around all day.

The last couple evenings I decided to go ahead and get a Lemoyne Star block done and put the tumbler’s aside for a couple days.  The Star block went together really quickly.  If I remember right I have enough fabric cut out for 40 blocks to put together for a wall hanging.  I don’t think it will be more than about 40”square – estimating – with sashing a little bigger.  If you wish to see some hexies though stop over at Angie’s blog A Quilters Readers Garden and skip on around the blogs I have linked my tumblers there as she said that was ok too.

Here it is ready to work on.


I put this much together one day – these are 4.5 inch blocks.


Not pressed, I don’t have electricity at this campground and I doubt I will take time to press until sometime next week or – I feel it turned out straight though even if it doesn’t look like it here.  I didn’t think to bring a rotary cutter to trim now a square ruler so that will wait until we get home.


This shot taken through the window of the camper on our way to the campsite – the buffalo were out full force to great us.


Big things aren’t they!


And shortly afterwards – not 30 minutes into the park there was a traffic jam which means only one thing in Yellowstone – a animal of some sort has been spotted – we parked inquired to the nearest people – a grizzly bear has been spotted on the other side of the rode up in the hills – there is a ranger out in the area of field where people have congregated to look.  A ranger almost always seems to show up quickly when a bear has been spotted to keep stupid people from getting too close.  Seeing as he was out there Mike got the zoom lens ready on his camera and out there with the crowd – knowing to stay where ever the ranger says to stay – the bear was quite a distance as even with his zoom this is the best he got:

Here is the ranger and the bear (bear is further away than it looks)


see that hump close to the head – grizzly’s have that.



I do wish it had been closer so we could have gotten better photos – we need to get Mike a better zoom lens!  (I do not mean dangerously close!!! I just mean a little closer than the 3 or 4 football field’s away that it was to give you an example of distance – I stayed right next to the car even at that distance LOL)


An eagles nest up high in the tree I believe.


A good size deer the antlers were really neat and you could see the felt on them




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Edited:  August 20 in the evening.  I have been scheduling posts as I come to a place with service.  It has been few and far between!  I planned on catching up with my blog reading tonight but found I had over 300 blog posts in my feeder – hopeless to try to read them – I have glanced at many quickly and left no comments, just didn’t have time.  I have been thinking of all of you though and thank you all for so many nice comments of our trip. If you have left a comment which needed an answer I have tried to do so but sure I missed some here and there – real time – we are now in Montana and have left Wyoming behind us although I have a weeks worth of posts scheduled – hope you enjoy them!  I have been able to check my email and respond on my phone but have not had success blogging from my phone.  I like to keep blogging almost every day and go through my photos at the same time.  With the program I use for blogging “live writer” I can write the post save it, and then when I have service I go back in and schedule it.  I have linked my tumblers to Angie’s A Quilters Readers Garden although they are not hexies she said that the tumblers were welcome :) so you might want to go on over and see the hexies that others are working on.


“Tumbling into Insanity” has been moving right along.  When I get done with the second set of 10×10 row rectangle I might put it away and reach for one of the other projects I brought along for a change so far though 11 days into the trip I have not gotten bored with it.

It has been growing!  I timed myself out of curiosity and each row of 10 tumblers takes me about 15 to 20 minutes to sew because I am looking at scenery at the time – when I am sewing in the camper I’m sure it is a little faster – to sew a row to another row it takes about 10 minutes.  So this little amount has taken somewhere between 6-7 hours to do – and all while sitting back and enjoying the scenery or relaxing in the camper.


Oops wasn’t watching what I was doing in the car good enough and messed up not once but twice – the one on the right is upside down – had to rip.


My sewing kit in the car – believe it or not I rarely have to use that clover needle threader, even in the car I can normally thread my needle with out it.


We had a minor problem with our hot water heater/pump and had to run down to Cody from the campground we were at – 1.5 hour drive! to get a small part for it (luckily Mike knows how to fix things like this) – it was a rainy start to the day so that was ok – I checked as soon as I had cell service and there was a quilt shop in the small town – Friends and Company quilt shop (Cody, WY)– the name is on the opposite side of the building as that is where the street is but you actually go around the building to the parking lot. this shop too mainly aimed at machine quilters and machine embroidery – the staff was very friendly!   I wanted to see if they had some “thread heaven” to coat the thread I am using to make it easier to use – they did!  I picked up that thread I am using at the last quilt shop I visited in South Dakota and I find it twist and frays a little on the end (the shop I bought it at looked like it was mainly aimed at machine quilters and even though I did ask the lady if she had any hand quilting thread – I don’t believe she really knew now if it worked good).  How I wish I had tucked my white YLI spool in the basket – I had thought I would use a different color that was more of a blue/white color – but I do believe I am tossing that one – the Mettler cotton with silk finish is not what I like either even if it is a good thread – YLI as soon as I find it – if I find it before I get home.  At least for the Lemoyne Star wall hanging I do have some gray YLI.


All of the places out here seem to have a lot of hanging baskets and they are so pretty and big!

(as of this post we have left Yellowstone and are now in Montana – where I’m not sure – we are winging it and will end up in Glacier National Park eventually but watching weather – well put it off until next week as cold weather is moving in there right now and I want it to be warmer than 45 and 30 for a low when I am there so I can enjoy myself!)

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