Monday, October 5, 2015

Celebrating & Cannon Beach

On our break from life we left the coast and headed to Portland where we celebrated our 38th Anniversary.  It is such a shock to both of us that we have been together for 38 years.  Our story is unusual in that we engaged 3 weeks later (2 of those weeks HH was in Oregon and I was in California) and then we married about 3 months later...when it's's right and I am blessed to be married to my best friend.

Portland was having some of those beautiful Fall days and we relaxed while visiting family, the music store and of course Fabric Depot.  

This photo I took of HH is one of my really captures the mood of the week...quiet and relaxing...with some beautiful music.

We celebrated our anniversary at one of our favorite local spots.

HH was trying out some resonator guitars and I had to laugh when I walked into the sound room because it looked like he had a whole crowd listening to him play! LOL

I still have a couple more slide show to share...not wanting to overwhelm you with a really loooong slide show.  This one is of a wonderful shop in Cannon Beach...the Center Diamond  I never leave this shop without a bag of something wonderful!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Learning the Ropes & Creative Fabrics

It is so fun watching Em learn the ropes of the quilting and sewing world.  We took a trip to Cynthia's Sewing Center where Sue gave Em a sewing machine class.  I have passed on my Janome 6600 to Em.  It has been a spectacular machine!  I thought it would be best to get it serviced and cleaned...

OMG, look at what Bill found in my machine!!!  I told as I say (service your machine once a year)...not as I do (never had it serviced...yikes)

Creative Fabrics in the little coastal town of Wheeler is one of my favorites!!!  I had to buy some of the Frida Kahlo fabrics!!!  I think I am going to make a bag with it!!!...that is if I ever learn to make a bag!!!

Enjoy the slide show...this really is one of my favorite spots to stop...her fabric selection is eclectic and wonderful.  If you see something you just have to have be sure to give them a call and let her know you saw it on the Woolie!!!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Florence, Oregon

Oh is my birthday month...and I am going to celebrate all month!!!  I am finding it hard to believe that it is already October!!!

When I got back home I had to hit the door running and wore a groove in the road between Sisters and Bend.  I took a break from the work to teach my DIL how to tack a binding down.  When I walked into their home I saw this quilt on the wall...I had totally forgot about making this quilt!  I believe I made this one for my son when he left for college...and the fabrics were purchased on a previous Fabric Stalker retreat!  Jane also purchased all the fabrics for this quilt!  I love our retreats :) And am excited to be heading on another one!

Now back to our coast trip.  I was sad to hear that a quilt shop in Florence had closed.  It reinforces the reason I write this blog...we are soooo blessed in Central Oregon.  With 9 shops within 45 miles I do not want any of them to close!!! Nor do I want any quilt shop to close!!!  Florence is a sweet spot on the Oregon Coast and the Old Town area is a nice place to walk.

There is still a shop in Florence and provides a place to meet for a lot of the coastal quilters.  There is a variety of fabric and the group that meet at the other shop are still meeting at Wenz-Daze.

I love the quilt on the cover of this slide show :)  I am heading to a Fabric Stalker Retreat in a coastal town this weekend.  So, next week I will have some great slide shows!!!  We are staying in the retreat space that is located above the quilt shop!!!  Is that amazing!!!  I will continue to finish up the week with more peeks of the Oregon Coast Road trip with HH...see you tomorrow!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ahhh, The Coast Life

Before I get started  I wanted to encourage you to help Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin to win the Martha Stewart American Made Contest!!!  Just click on this link, sign in and VOTE for Buttermilk Basin!!!  Stacy is going to send a Give Away for the Woolie blog!!!  So stay tuned!!!  Now...on to the blog post :)

HH and I enjoyed a much needed break at the coast.  We stayed at a friends place with a view of the bridge.  It was soooo relaxing...and,  filled with memories.  The Fabric Stalkers have had many retreats here...quilting our hearts out...supporting each other through all the ups and downs that life can bring.

The house is 3 stories and so Lori has hung her 2 Fabric Stalker Challenge quilts in the stairwell.  I loved see them again and remember how fun these quilts were to make.  The first one is a row quilt challenge with a Fabric Stalker theme...

The second one was a Fabric Stalker block exchange and Lori chose a beach theme.  When I look at these 2 quilts I can't help was give thanks for the friendships built while quilting!

This slide show doesn't feature a quilt shop...but, the fabulous Oregon Coast :)  Enjoy!  I still have a more quilt shop slide shows to stay tuned!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Quilter's Life

As I experience quilting through my DIL's eyes I am again reminded that the quilting life is all about sharing!  Sharing of time, experience and fabric.  I don't know how many times I have seen quilters share with a friend a piece of much needed fabric to finish a project...or make a quilt for a new baby, wedding, illness...The Quilting Life is about sharing and giving and that is what makes it such a beautiful existence.

Here is Em quilting her first quilt!!!...on my new machine!  I invested in a new Janome and so far our relationship (me and the machine) is filled with love, lol.

...and she has already pieced her second quilt!  A warm flannel Christmas quilt!  

JanniLou Creations  was my second stop on the way to the coast.    Jan and Lou teach at the Quilter's Affair every summer and have been running the quilt shop in Philomath.  The shop occupies a former movie theater!  Enjoy the slide show and keep your eyes opened for what classes they will be teaching at the Sisters Quilters Affair 2016.  Enjoy the slideshow! 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Honey I'm Home & Finally Together

What a nice break from our schedule.  We headed to the Oregon Coast and the weather was perfect.  Enzo went to Camp Mel's and as with all camp experiences he played, played and played and so has been laying around pooped since HH picked him up, LOL.  

While on the coast & Portland we relaxed, ate great food, walked, celebrated our anniversary, read and checked out quilt shops.  I have a week + worth of slide shows to share with you!

Starting our trip with a stop at Finally Together which is a relative of Lori, one of the Fabric Stalkers!   This shop is huge and filled to the brim with a wide variety of  fabric!

Picked up a license plate...I seem to have gotten hooked on the plates, lol...and still don't quite have enough for the wall hanging I am going to make...
so, I continue the hunt!

Enjoy the slideshow and if you see anything give Paula a call and 
tell her you saw it on the Woolie!  Have a great Monday!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

East of the Cascade Quilt Guild

Wednesday evening was the EOTC guild meeting...and at the helm were the 3 Sally's.  The guild meeting was enjoyable and It was a beautiful evening!  This week has been a busy one but now I am on vacation :)  The blog will be on hiatus next week and the Woolie will be back online on September 28th

We had a real treat at the guild meeting!  The authors of Pieces of Portland shared their quilts and the process of creating this charming book.  Since Portland is a second home to me and the hometown of my DIL I had to get us each a copy.  

Marie and Joyce had an enthusiam for quilting and Portland.  
The entire presentation was enjoyable!

Enjoy the is filled with member quilts and also the quilts that were used in the book.  See you back here on Sept. the meantime you can check in on what I am up to on Instagram and Facebook.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015


I woke up Tuesday morning...opened the blinds and saw this!!!  What a blessing!!!  The mountains covered in snow.  A tad early but we'll take it and are praying that it will continue to snow up there!  

Oh my aching sacroiliac...all weekend at the Sisters Folk Festival...sitting in those chairs made me squeal this morning at the PT office when Rich was working on my back.  Getting older isn't for the faint of heart is it?!  Afterwards I headed to Sew Many Quilts to stitch with a wonderful bunch of women...all kinds of fun stuff being created...wool projects, embroidery projects, cross stitch!  such inspirations...and then Sharon one of the owners of the shop showed me this sweet Pumpkin I ever in love.  The letters are cut outs that allow the background to show through :)  By next week they will have patterns and kits for, if you are interested just contact the shop!

Enjoy this short sweet slide show and we'll talk again tomorrow!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I'm Ready!!!

I don't want to wait anymore!!!  
Lately I feel an intense desire to live as if I am ready right NOW.  

Yesterday my DIL and I continued with our 2 person quilting bee.  She is cut out 6.5 inch squares of the cutest flannel holiday prints and started another quilt!!!   It is a wondrous thing to watch another person discover the ability to create.

While she was stitching away I started prepping another wool project.  Leaves and Hearts make me happy!  

Today I am heading to Sew Many the hand stitching group.  I am hoping that all their enthusiasm will rub off on me, LOL  I got a flu shot this week to help me avoid the flu but I am hoping to catch the stitch virus today :) 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I spent yesterday running my pootie off...but my work is done, my teeth are cleaned, my mail is picked up and I got to enjoy my Sisters Bookie Babes...but, alas no quilting was accomplished!  In all the running about I spent a lot of time in the between spaces things about what I am passionate about. 

Have you really made a list of your passions?  It can be a reaffirmation of what you truly want out of life you use your time.  I am foremost passionate about my relationships, both family and friends...then my list goes like this...
supporting my community
Mexican restaurants
....yada yada yada

you get the idea.  I really get something fulfilling from quilting.  It calms me when I am anxious, it soothes me when I am sad, it lifts me when I am depressed and it fills my soul when I can pass on a quilt to someone who needs one.  I so love this, share with me what you are passionate about???

This gal is passionate about her knitting...and, because of that we all can smile :)

Have a great day...I get to share my passion with my DIL today...does it get any better???