Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cabin Fever

There are so many things to do and see when you spend time at a cabin in the woods especially when you're near a river. I once thought I wanted to make a quilt of hand-drawn blocks depicting the wildlife or wildflowers I'd seen. I was even going to name it Sightings. But that idea was short-lived when I realized I was a bit overzealous about this project. I did two drawings and that was the end of that! Since then I found a much better way to tell my story using novelty fabrics instead. I started Cabin Fever in November 2010 and finished it in January though I still have to sew on a label. Each diagonal row has a theme, e.g. animals, insects, nature, dogs, birds, foliage, etc. that features 6" squares alternating with Uneven 9 Patch blocks.

I was determined not to buy any fabric for this quilt. I had enough from other projects including the "river-looking" fabric which I used along the borders and in the corners. 

Here she is...the "moose of my life" and the only one I've ever seen! This "lovely" girl was a traffic-stopper on Rt. 73 in Lake Placid, NY, Nov 2008. She wasn't the least bit bothered by all the attention. 

I had a small piece of this moose fabric. It was perfect!

 A red eft on a hiking trail and....

....a tiny toad that was only about 1" long.    


This fabric represents all the creepy-crawlies that we've seen in the woods. 

The Ausable River in Jay, NY, where people sit on the rocks to cool off on hot summer days. 

Great "river" fabric!

This cairn was at water's edge in Franklin Falls, NY. I don't know why but it makes me smile. 

Pebble fabric--at least that's what it's supposed to be.

On a short autumn hike we saw this colorful fungi and then added a red leaf for contrast. 

Love this mushroom fabric!

My "granddog" cooling off in a puddle. She's the featured dog for March in the Dog Days 2012 calendar published by Adirondack Life magazine.  

There are lots of dog fabrics but this one had "big" dogs--my favorites. 

I still don't know how these Great Blue Heron chicks stay in their nest. 

 Yes, they really do come from eggs. 

We were sort of chasing the cloud layer and took this pic atop a small mountain.

A wonderful fall foliage fabric that I purchased on a quilting trip with friends on the way to Lancaster, PA. 

This is the drawing--actually a tracing--that started it all. I put it in the center of the back of the quilt just to remind me about my original intentions!

I found this Adirondack-y fabric a long time ago and finally put it to good use!


  1. Lovely expression of the outdoors in your area.

  2. Thanks ~ The moose sighting is the most memorable so far.

  3. Thanks for this, you have helped me to solve a problem with some fabric I have. ~ Lynda

  4. You're welcome! Glad to have inspired you :)