Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Back Home...but...Not In The Saddle Quite Yet...

First the winner of the Give Away is Nancy Anne Quilts!!!  Email me you mailing address and I'll get this sweet project to you :)

I am totally exhausted but, I am looking forward to sharing all my adventures and misadventures...but it will have to wait a couple more I'll see you on Thursday :)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Give Away!!!

I am on my way home after a week of Stitching and wanted to remind you that there is 24 hours left to comment on the Give Away.  Remember, if you are a "no reply" commenter you will have to check back to see if you have won because I have no way of contacting you.  To play, please be a registered follower of the Woolie blog.  I do enjoy reading your comments...if you are a "no reply" I cannot respond to them but still enjoy reading them :) See you back here tomorrow with a week full of Empty Spool blog posts!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

TGIF & A Give Away!!!

Let me begin with an announcement that the Woolie will be off line until Monday, March 30th.  I am heading down to Session 3 of the Empty Spools Seminar with 4 other Fabric Stalkers!  We are taking a 5 day class with Sylvia Pippen and I can't wait!!!  If you are an Instagram follower I will be posting some photos there during my travels.  

Today we start off with a movie review!  Finally :)  HH and I went to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel...and he was only 1 of 5 guys in the entire theater! LOL  The movie was entertaining but not as good as the first one...and, I still don't quite understand the ending.  The Bollywood dancing was cool...but, the story line was a little convoluted.  I would give it a Woolie 3 which is average...but, it did have Richard Gere in it :)

I have to show you the finished non-woolie Woolie challenge by Marilyn.  Of course she had to add a different is spectacular!!

Now for the Give Away!!!  Somehow I have ended up with 2 of the same pattern...don't say it!!!...I am giving one away.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post you are interested and be a registered Woolie follower.  I will announce the winner when I return on March 31st!

I stopped in at BJ's Quilt Basket and the shop was filled...I mean filled to the brim with all kinds of stuff we need!!!  unfortunately Smilebox was having technical difficulties and so I couldn't post a slide show. But, here are a few of my favorite photos.  You can click on them to enlarge and if you see something you like contact BJ's Quilt Basket!  Have a wonderful week and we'll see you back here on the 30th of March!! 
Don't forget to leave a comment that you are interested in the Give Away!

 Great Gifts for a Special Quilter!

 cool fabric...all the trees are made of bicycles!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday...ohmmmm

I have been keeping myself busy...getting up early to do some stitching in my sewing room.  Whenever I am in worry mode about something in my life I find the most peace early in the morning in my sewing room...does that also work for you?  When I looked out the window I saw this sight, lol...looks like Mt. Washington is about to blow!  The cloud formations this week have been spectacular.

Remember what I was saying about small quilt does not = few pieces.  Well, my friend Ruth agrees!  She created this wonderful challenge quilt for one of the groups she belongs to and it has a GAZILLION pieces!  I just might venture to say that a gazillion pieces does = a spectacular quilt :)

I made it to my goal!  Not, the one to take over the world (that is still on my list) but, to finish my Juniperberry Challenge for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  It is now at the longarm quilters for some beautiful free motion quilting!  Around here if you need a long arm quilters to help you finish a quilt for the Quilt Show you have got to have it done months ahead of time because they all book up!! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Material Girl

Material Girl is the perfect name for a quilt shop and the shop in Redmond is wonderful!  Not only is the building charming but Leslie buys the most amazing prints and I cannot leave without something! LOL

choosing happiness over sadness I made some purchases!...
and, oh did it make me happy!

I hope you enjoy the slide show and make yourself happy by calling Leslie up and placing an order!  We have reached "hump day" this week and  it looks like I may reach my goal to take over the world...I mean finish my quilt goals, lol.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Small Quilt = Fewer Pieces...NOT!!!

First of all...I am not complaining...I used to be addicted to mini quilts.  Actually had 2 patterns published in Miniature Quilt Magazine when it was still being published.  With that said...I forgot that small/mini did not mean easy or fewer pieces, lol.  I am loving the group challenge organized by Huckleberry Stitches.

This month's quilt is Hourglass...consisting of 135 squares!!!  And the hardest part...picking out the fabrics you want to use.  I do believe scrappy quilts are harder to put together because you are choosing one fabric at a time...give me a kit with the fabrics all chosen anytime...I LOVE being a quilt kit customer, LOL.

I did get my blocks all done...lets see if I can get it all pieced and quilted before the end of the month???  Anyone feel like betting? LOL

I also am working on a couple of pincushions.  I need to do the wool stitching on the tops.  As for the backs...well, I absolutely love the backing fabric.  I purchased it at Material Girl in Redmond, Oregon.  
Leslie, the owner said
 if you called she'll send you a couple of yard :)

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, March 16, 2015


I think starting this week off with "Goals" is a why not start with...taking over the WORLD!!!  I do have to be organized because Saturday the Fabric Stalkers leave for Session 3 of the Empty Spools Seminars

This past weekend was filled with family.  Our oldest grandson's basketball team won their region and the State Tournament was held here in Central Oregon.  Families from all over the state arrived on Friday filling up all the nook and crannies.

My DIL and youngest GS :)

The games were faced paced and ooooohhhh sooooo exciting.  My GS is in the middle of the photo looking right at the camera :)

Here are a few more photos from Linda's house, sitiching with the Sew 'n Sews.  Teddy is Linda's dog 
and, he enjoyed sitting on the couch with the sun shining in :)

Here is a peek at Linda's quilt for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  It is a Bunny Hill patterns.

Isn't it adorable!

Hope you have goals for Monday...if not you can help me TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

It's Friday!!!

I don't know about you but today is an exciting day!!!  My oldest son and his family will be arriving for the weekend.  My oldest grandson has a basketball game to play and a birthday to celebrate!!  How time flies!!  I am on a book and movie slump but last night I did rejoin my neighborhood book group.  Seems the rules are a little more flexible. And that, is my middle name.    I also did some stitching with the Sew 'n Sews and am making some headway on my Challenge Quilt for the show this summer.  What I love about stitching with different groups is that I ALWAYS learn something new!  Yesterday was no exception.  Linda is a prolific hand stitcher and it is nothing to dive into an intricate applique quilt!

Always on the hunt for an easier way to applique I asked about her technique???  She uses Templar applique Mylar for creating her individual applique pieces.  She has not been able to find it in our local stores and mail orders the product.

As you can see in the photos to follow she does a LOT of applique :) 

She liked these Turkeys but there were too many of them and so 
she tweaked the pattern.

....creating a Cornucopia as a center medallion block!

Her other applique project is this Country Journal Quilt!

This one is my favorite because of the ruffled chicken on the right side!

here is a close up of the ruffle!  
She collects all kinds of trims for her applique projects.

Monday I'll have a few more peeks of what she is up too :)  In the meantime...have a wonderful weekend and be sure to spend some time with people you care about and care about you!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gee's Bend

How blessed we are in Sisters to have so many wonderful quilters visit us during the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  This year our 40th Anniversary will be an exceptional celebration!  One of the many highlights is the Ruby Celebration by Maywood Studios!  It will be an evening of music celebrated with the Gee'sBend Quilters!!!  The Gee's Bend Quilters are from Gee's Bend Alabama and have shared with the world, the time honor use of fabric...and yet, it seems  as you view their quilts you might think they were at the cutting edge of the Modern Quilt movement.  As with all things in life...quilting is also one big circle of life.  

photo of a previous visit to the Sisters Quilt Show!

Here is a peek of the amazing use of color, value and design of their quilts.  You will want to sign up for the Ruby Celebration!

made by Lucy Mingo of Gee's Bend and part of the collection of 
Bill Volckening, Portland

made by Annie Mae Young

Love and Recycling

Please take time to look through the events that will be happening during the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and come play with us!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Dose of Stitching Makes The Day Better!

A little bit of a tantrum here...I wish banks, companies, industry would actually spend some time training  their is not fair to them and it is not fair to the customer.  I hate dealing with places where I seem to know more than the employees!! And, I know they don't want to deal with me when I am in the "OH NO you didn't" zone. OK...there it is,  a little jumping up and down screaming moment :)

But, the day got better because I found out that someone actually wrote a song about me. LOL  and....

Nothing makes a day turn from frustrating to superb like stitching with friends.  The Woolie's met at QuiltWorks and it was filled with talking, laughing and stitching...short but sweet!

Sorry...but Smilebox is having a technical problem which they are working on...hopefully it will be fixed the meantime here is a whole bunch of photos :) of what the Woolies were stitching away on!
Mary's quilt (don't know the name of the pattern)

Ruth's creation

Marilyn's stitchery

 Lori's project

 Nancy's Spring wool project!

 Sandy's Easter mat

 Mary R's. flowers

 Barb is thinking about snow :)

 Sandy's mini quilt

 ...and her 2011 Primitive Gatherings BOW...stunning

 Anne is working on her Non-Woolie Woolie Challenge

 ...and she is stitching away on her 2011 PG BOW