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alwaysnewproject
« on: March 03, 2008 07:29:22 AM »

Running Springs, California is known for wildfires! Yay! Oh wait that sucked. October 2007 our town was torn up by wildfires/forest fires (If anyone wants to laugh: when being evacuated I didn't grab photos, yearbooks, etc. I grabbed my sewing machine. It was new! It's pretty!). But being the eternal optimist instead of focusing on fire and burn I thought I'd focus the question "Wait why do you live up there again?"

Little facts about R.S.:
-Apparently 5000ish people live up here (but I could swear more than half of those are actually 2nd home owners...)
-We are safely above the smog at 6,129ish feet.
-We get snow
-We're about 20 minutes from Redlands, the "big town" or an hour and change from Los Angeles.
-The founders of University Redlands set up this town as a second home/leisure community.
-6 miles away from the former Santa's Village.
-All the houses here are off. From circular houses, to houses being held up by trees, the first house you see when you enter town is a castle (I wish I had a picture of that) with a little dragon under it, there are a few observatory looking houses...

Personal rules (creativity comes from rules) :
-No fire mentions
-No red, yellow, black, orange, or gray allowed (fire colors).

Here's the view from my bedroom that inspired this:

(sorry it's not at the right angle. Also normally it's a lot prettier. I just took the picture at the wrong time of day. It's usually sky blue and brown in the morning).

This was a picture from Rimoftheworld.net. I saw it and it was too pretty!
Here's what I made:


Twin sized quilt.  I wanted it to look like my view in the morning. Bright colors and the calming brown of the trees. I used a teal bandana like material which I thought represented California (cowboys, trendy, small town...) and the floral made me think of a second home how people try to be classy but it's still cozy. I thought it looks like blue sky cut by brown tree branches.
The back:

Cozy flannel with breakfast food. Everyone loves comfy breakfast food. I end up eating breakfast food all day because of the elevation.
Then:

Santa's Village reference. Giant mushrooms in weird colors and yet snow on the ground....

I tried to copy that sunset.

Quail inspired... We have a covey of quail that likes to walk around my neighborhood. They're so cute!

Whole bed at a glance. You know how I said houses up here are weird? The staircase at our house looks like a Go-go dancer's cage. My room is right on the other side. Oh! And the tinier teddy bear (the gray one) is from Santa's Village. Had him since I was 2.
And the dinky sewing machine that did it:

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mystico_tala
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008 08:02:37 AM »

I love that it is tree inspired.  Very neat!  And the fabric on the pillow is beautiful, it really matches that picture that you found.  And kudos for doing it all on that sewing machine, lol.  It's adorable.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008 08:20:07 AM »

great job! you definitely captured the feeling out of your window with the quilt. you can really see that in the picture with the mushroom pillow, with the window in the background. awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008 12:22:47 PM »

Cute quilt.  Glad to see someone didn't lose it all during the fires:) 


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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2008 07:31:30 PM »

I love that it is tree inspired.  Very neat!  And the fabric on the pillow is beautiful, it really matches that picture that you found.  And kudos for doing it all on that sewing machine, lol.  It's adorable.
The fabric for all the pillows I found at a local fabric shop. I'd never seen fabric like the type I used for the sunset pillow and was like "I NEED THIS!" Had no idea what I was going to use it for, but then this came up and it worked so perfectly. And I love/hate my little sewing machine. It's super cute and small which in a cabin is good.

Thank you guys for all the comments. I was totally nervous on posting this. What's cool about my town is everyone has this pine/clear sky view that is really pretty. Like the view out of my window: normal or way better.
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myers_kc
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008 09:52:27 PM »

Awesome job!! You mushroom pillow brings back all my fond memories of Santa's village, I have so many pictures of myself sitting on top of those mushrooms. I only wish my kids' had a chance to experience Santa's Village before it closed Sad
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grenouille78
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2008 11:12:59 AM »

I wish I had a view like that. Out my bedroom window I see a parking lot!! The quilt is great -- love the colors!
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grammar_gremlin
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2008 02:34:35 PM »

I'm too late to vote, but I think your work is beautiful.  You really captured the feel of a beautiful place that you obviously love.
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