Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October!!!! Boise Quilt Show Slides!!!

I don't know about you but Fall is my favorite time of year and it is my birthday month!!!  Yes, the celebrating starts today...although I received a wonderful birthday card from Laurie at the Stitchin' Post in the middle of September.  Which means I have extended my birthday celebration to a month and half now.  I suspect one day I will just celebrate the entire year, LOL...everyday a party!!!  I have never been one to dread a birthday...I earned every single one...every gray hair, every wrinkle and every pound although now I am giving those pounds up to the "Pound God."  I suspect there is some celestial being that looks around and decides...hey, she could use a little extra love!!!  I have definitely been loved.  Do you dread birthdays????

I started celebrating my birthday at the Boise Quilt Show!  The vendor mall had so many tempting items but since Boise was our first stop and as HH said...I have many more quilt shop ahead of me I was pretty darn good.  I loved this little Woolie...and yes I am going to change Woolen to Woolie :)

Sunflower Fields quilt designs had a booth and so I purchased the pattern for these 2 adorable little pillows.

I so appreciated HH dropping me off as he went to Cabella's LOL...poor I bought him some cookies and a magazine of patterns by Patrick Lose for myself.

I can't tell you how wonderful the Boise Quilt Show was!!!  I did not take a photo of every quilt because it would have taken me all day.  The slide show includes quilts I likes, some quilts I would never make but I know some of you would...Getta a cuppa joe and enjoy!
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BQ2 aka Big A** Quilt

The best thing about hitting the road is seeing places you have never seen before.  I would have never guess after crossing a desolate area from Boise to Provo that Salt Lake City was this big!!  We cruised on by!

We did make a trek to Sundance....what a beautiful area for the Sundance Film Festival and the restaurant was beautifully rustic.

There was a quilt hanging between the resturant and gift shop constructed with cotton, silk and upholstery fabric by Kara DiOrio

Finally, I wanted to show you my latest finish!  It is huge it wouldn't even fit on my Handi Quilter!  So off to Mike it went.  I visited Mike back in May and posted a blog about the Cascade Quilter (click this link to read about him).  I told him then that I would eventually be bringing him a big one! Finally I got it is a special quilt because I had been collecting indigo/Asian fabric for a long time knowing one day I would find the perfect pattern to display them.  The BQ2 by Maple Island Quilts is the perfect pattern to display fabrics!  

After consulting with Mike I decided on an all over Baptist Fan pattern and it worked out perfectly!

I loved all these prints but I especially like that I put the blue ribbon fabric in the quilt...that one was saved from some curtains I made for HH's office several years ago and when they built a new office and the curtains were not needed I put the fabric back in my stash!! LOL

Hope you are fitting in some stitch time!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Chit Chat

A wonderful mentor of mine has left this life and she is going to be dearly missed by many.  She was younger than I...yes, your mentors can be younger than yourself and there are times we need a more youthful voice to keep you out of the doldrums :)  My most precious medal received for "running"...yes, running the entire Portland Marathon was in part because of her support and coaching while running the trails of Central Oregon.  When we spoke last I told her my running days were over but I would walk the Portland Marathon and think of her the entire way...she said she would be with me :)  Keep her family in your thoughts or prayers next time you are out walking or running.

I have been looking through my photos and realized that I had forgotten to share them.  A friend of mine had a birthday this  past week and with my commitment to include handmade gifts I turned to Pinterest.  I found a small antique creamer in Redmond, filled it with little white buttons and glued a wool ball on top for an adorable pincushion!  The orange spool...well, that was in the photo because I emptied another thread spool...and that, well that is a celebration!!!  I made another needle keep and practiced my Sue Spargo and Tamra stitching :)

My birthday isn't until next month but a dear friend gave me an early present of these adorable placemats, a buttermilk basin pattern and my favorite thread.  Something beautiful, something cute and something I will need.

I grew one tomato...well actually I grew several but this is the only one that got ripe before the night freeze got my plants. We took it camping with us and it was delish on a nice salad I made. It is my own fault I planted too late.  Next year I am starting early!  But, I am proud of my of my one tomato!  How did your garden grow this year?

Remember the product Dye Magnet that I talked about a few months ago.  It is a sheet that you throw into the washer with multi colored fabric and it keeps the dye from transfering.  Well, several of you told me that you couldn't find it and it was looking like we were going to have to start separating our colors again.  Then I found this product and it works just as well!!!  I have already used it with success.

HH and I are on the road and I am in stitching heaven...I am so blessed with the ability to stitch and read in the car!  And new quilt stores!!!  We have also hit every Cabela's along the way...alls fair in love and traveling!

Stay tuned I have some slide shows coming up this week for you!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Reviewing the Week, TGIF!

I liked this movie although it wasn't on HH's top 10 list.  I like the historical nature of the movie.  And, it did stimulate conversation between us on politics, relationships, the news media...and I can guarantee if FDR had to deal with today's media our world would look very different.

This book was interesting and my first Amy Bloom book, I copied a review from Amazon because the reviewer did an excellent write up of the I am on to the next read, :)

"At first, I thought "Lucky Us" was such an odd and ironic title for a depressing tale of two sisters and how they learn about shallow, backstabbing people and how easy it is to contribute to the destruction of others' hearts and lives. I didn't get hooked on the story or the characters until around halfway in, and that is when I began to understand the title and the point of the story (no matter how grim, or how dishonest, disappointing, disastrous a life or lives may seem, there is always a chance, and always hope, that there are better times and happier moments ahead - maybe right around the corner - or maybe years away; also, if you have one person in the world who loves you and who you can love, you should consider yourself lucky, because such love is not guaranteed in any life)."

I did it!!!  I really, really DID IT!!!!  I finished my 2011 Primitive Gathering BOW which is now a BOM on their website.  I did not put the piano key border on the outside because it would have made the quilt to large for the wall where it will be hanging.  Instead I made a piano key binding!  I love out it turned out and am especially happy with the quilting which was done by Sandy Lachowski who quilts from BJ's Quilt Basket!

The Oregan desert is spectacular!

I don't know...there is something about camping even in a little trailer that makes you sleep like a baby.  Have a great weekend and see ya back here on Monday!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Woolie Mania

HH, Enzo and I are heading out on a camping trip this week and decided to get Enzo all spift up for the ride.  Well, it looks like one of his nails got cut a little too short and he was bleeding...poor guy. And so I put some neosporine and bandaided it all up and to keep him from chewing on the bandaid I put one of my socks on him...he is not too happy :(

I have my projects all prepped and I am hoping I am as successful as Paulette when she takes her winter hiatus south of her border.  And I am praying to the Quilt Gods that I find as many quilt shops along the way as she does! LOL

Yesterday morning I woke up to a full rainbow over Sisters Country...This photo was taken by Valori Wells Kennedy from her driveway.  Such a wonderful way to start the day!

 At the Tuesday Woolie group Marilyn the owner of QuiltWorks was pleading with the woolies to help her with some English Paperpiecing...only 2 of the woolies bit...the rest didn't make eye contact and kept their heads down, lol.

and boy are we glad we did because watching Mary and looked in Survivor and being voted off the island challenging!

A short but sweet slide show of the Woolies and QuiltWorks!  
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Anniversary

WOW...37 years together!  When we reflect back on our years together we can hardly believe how time has flown.  I believe a good marriage is filled with challenges, heart ache, laughter, sadness, anger, joy all mixed together with a large dose of love and friendship.  

A few years ago I made a quilt to commemorate our years together.  It is a combination of cotton and wool and on the center tree of life I carved our names with the year we were married using embroidery thread.  It hangs over our bed and is my favorite quilt.

here is a close up...sorry for the angle, is hung high on a wall.

No stitching is a day to play with my best friend!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hangin' at the Stitchin Post

I moved to Sisters not only for the slower pace of life but for the expansive views and the ability to walk everywhere...or in my case...ride my Rosie.  I have had my cruiser bike for over 15 years and she is still as beautiful as ever.  I had the day dream of being able to ride my Rosie over to the Stitchin' Post and stitch.  I checked the schedule out and it turned out there was a new Wednesday stitching group (which doesn't interfere with my MG's and Woolies) where you just drop in and bring your own project.  Score!!!  Although I am not able to make it every time they meet because of my own crazy schedule I wanted to check in with the group and see what was going on.  What a lovely group...everyone was working on something different...someone was even hemming some slacks.  There was a husband/wife stitching team and several other ladies...and I found out they break for lunch and head over to the Depot Deli!  What a great time...I am definitely adding this group to my calendar :)

Since I was in the shop I checked out the new samples...look at this adorable Contemporary Tote pattern made in wool by Tonye Belinda Phillips.

it's amazing what a little wool can do for a pattern! lol

I know I posted this photo on Facebook but I wanted to share it on the blog...isn't it beauitful...and if you click on the photo it will enlarge and you can see the quilting!  Fabulous!  Barb at the Stitchin' Post is going to add this to the winter schedule also due to overwhelming requests!

Just to show you some of what is going on in the Wednesday Stitching group...Tula Pink blocks!!!

The way I have it figured...if I fit a stitch group in here and there I might actually get something done!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop!

I was invited last week to join in the Around the World Blog Hop by Pam who shares her life on Mama Spark's World.  I was to answer 4 questions and link to an additional 3 bloggers that I thought you would enjoy!  Be sure to check out Pam's blog...she always is up to something, lol.

1.  What am I working on?

Well, this is a simple question with a complicated answer since I have 20+ Project boxes.  But my favorite project which is usually my current project is Home for the Holidays by Primitive Gatherings.

2.  How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

Since I don't consider myself an artist it is much like most quilters.  I buy a pattern I like and make it...kind of like cooking...I can cook but a chef I ain't, lol

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?  

I write a blog because I like to write.  I like the connection to other quilters around the world.  And for all our differences culture, religion, race and politics we are bound by the love of quilting.   I create because I am addicted and there isn't a 12 step program for quilters!

4.  How does my writing/creative process work?

My writing process I liken to a frog sitting very still and a fly buzzes by...with the flick of the tongue it's writing is like that...I get an idea and run with it.  As for quilting...well, it usually starts with a girlfriend saying, "hey, look at this!"  Then I get said pattern and all the fabric that goes with it because god forbid I should use my stash!!!  Then I put it in my sewing room to ferment the required amount of time before I rediscover the purchase and make it!

I decided to challenge myself by not just picking blogs on my blog roll but something a little different...But, of course I couldn't pass up one of my favorites.  Sweet P (Paulette) home base is north of the border although she does spend her winters cavorting around Southern in way south.  She basically loves all that I what is not to love???  She is prolific and hangs with a bunch of quilters who are as creative as she is!!  

On a whim I decided to include a blog that is different than a quilting blog.  Jennifer Lake is a neighbor of mine.  Her paintings are collected world wide and she has recently launched several stores which carry her work on a variety of products...and get can also print her work on fabric!!!  She is also launching a store that will sell quilt related art work :)  There are wonderful gift ideas on her blog!

I wanted to get myself out of my self contained project box and introduce a new blog...A Quilted Passion.  This blog is written by Zenia who is living in Arizona.  She is refreshing and inspiring...since I am older and set in my ways I am hoping that her blog will inspire me to new height!

Enjoy the blog hopping and I hope you are inspired by all that you discover!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hard to Believe...

This week flew by!!!  Did it for you?  It went so fast that I can't quite remember what I did and what I got done, lol...maybe I didn't get so much accomplished.  But, what the is too short to worry about a few lost moments.  I did finish The Heist.  I liked this book but it may not be for everyone...lots and lots of detail.  It is a spy type book with the main character being an Israeli operative who is also an art restorer.  I love reading books where the author has spent some time researching historical facts and weaves them into a story.  This is a detail book so if you want a read that allows you to breeze through this is not the book for you.

I was able to visit the Gallery Show at QuiltWorks featuring quilts by Tammy MacArthur and the group exhibit had the Modern Quilt Guild Quilts.  They are all amazing and inspiring!  Enjoy and we'll see you back here on Monday.  Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alleluhia Sister! I am cured...

NOT!!!  Well I was feeling kinda least for a day.  Some of the Stalkers headed to BJ's and I walked out with a total purchase of $1.43!!!  I do not remember that ever happening in my quilting history!  This photo is proof positive!!!

Then the next day we went to Sew Many Quilts and QuiltWorks and I had fallen off the wagon...but, my justification was that I would have made a bigger dent in the 'ol pocket book if we had gone to the beach with the intention of shopping along the way.  So, ya see this was only a small transgression :)

 A short slide show of the little shop hop that we did in Bend.  It was a beautiful weekend and now out here in Sisters we can feel the Fall moving on in...our days are temperate but the nights are cool and in freezing the tomato plants cool.  How about you?  The weather changing in your next of the world?  Doesn't it make you want to stitch?!!!

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