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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts

I hope that life is treating you all well and that at the very least you are able to take a stitch or 2.  I have got myself on a schedule as there will be a little over a week or more  coming up where the stitching will be minimal due to traveling.  And for those of us living in Central Oregon...once the calendar flips over to January we start thinking about the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  I know for sure I will have 2 quilts in the show...which means I have to get cracking.  But, even with that I can't stop stitching my other projects, lol.  I finished my Woolie :)  the pattern actually said Woolen...but hey, I am all about the Woolie...so, I changed it.  It also was supposed to be a 14 x 14 but I didn't want it that big so I cut it down to 12 X 12.  Which is just perfect!  I chose little golden star buttons instead of round wool for the flowers just because I wanted too.  The Woolie is like me...All about that Bass.  If you are interested the pattern is by Threads That Bind Shawn has wonderful designs!


Here are some more photos of our walk along the Metolius.
Serene and beautiful.


The squirrels and chipmunks are still shredding the pinecones.


I found this interesting...the tree was grabbing on the rocks trying to keep from falling over...didn't work


If you get time today please hop on over to Pink Caramel and watch the video from the 2015 Toyko International Quilt Festival...AMAZING!!!

I am off to Woolie at QuiltWorks...can't wait to see the girls and get some inspiration!  Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Weekend Filled To The Brim...

It was a weekend that was filled to the brim...not only with activities but the weather was soooo dang wonderful!  In Central Oregon we know that January brings the 1st summer, lol...or the January thaw.  But this year we are talking a beautiful thaw...it was outdoor weather for sure.  I will be sharing photos all week of our walk on the Metolius River Trail...so, as to not bore you all at once! LOL


Enzo was beside himself when he heard HH start up the pickup.


I saw this on Pinterest and it totally cracked me up...like any of us would take fabric back, LOL

Friday evening there was an Art Reception by the Journey's Art Group at the Sisters Art Works.  The definition of group is a number of people or things that are located close together or are considered or classed together.  Well...that just doesn't quite fit the Journey's Art Group.  Yes, they are a group of artist but I am not sure you could class them together.  They are all so amazingly individual in the pursuit of their artistic expression.  What I can tell you is that they definitely support each other in their personal artist journeys.  And, when they put on a show you are going to be wowed! 

 June Jaeger(a Journey member) and Cathy Moen(a Juniperberry)...a couple of cowgirls enjoying the show.

Enjoy the slide show it will totally amaze you.  As I understand it,  in this particular project each member started with a quilt of their own design and each succeeding quilt evolved...taking something from the initial one until they were satisfied with their panel of art quilts.

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Here is your Monday thought for the week...better get stitching :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wrapping Up The Week

I am going to start off my review of the controversial movie American Sniper.  The whole concept of a sniper makes one take a breath. And, whether you agree or don't agree with the wars we have fought you deserve to open your heart and mind to what is involved in being blessed to live now in the safety of your quilt rooms.  The cost both personally and globally to the choices that are made are every one's burden.  War is a tragedy and in a perfect world we could live and let live if others would live and let live in a humane manner.   A Woolie 5 star for making me look outside the security of my quilt room and realizing someone is sacrificing to protect me.


All I can say is...I only got half way through this book before I threw in the towel.  I kept trying to understand the main character but she was driving me crazy and when she said that she put a pin on the tip of stick to be able to poke her boyfriends dog because the dog took his attention away from her...I cried UNCLE.  So...I would give it a Woolie "0"...cause I couldn't even finish it.  And, if they make a movie...I am not going!!!


I have been hunting high and lo for a copy of this magazine.  I WANT it...and I can't find it!  Anne of Cottons 'n Wool suggest I take my plea public!  I have contacted several quilt shops and several have it on their web sites but are out...so, if you have hard core facts that a shop has a copy I would be so grateful...:)


Yesterday was a work day!  Tamra and I have made a commitment to try and meet every week for a work session.  Since we are both hand and wool stitchers and our group, The Juniperberries will be having a special exhibit during the 40th anniversary of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show we decided we needed to encourage each other to keep on...keep on stitching!

Her design is absolutely adorable!


...and mine...ain't to shabby :)



The weather around here has been weird...I almost feel like flowers should be spouting and the geese will be migrating.  The boys are back and they are pushing each other around.  Another weird weather year???



Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you back on Monday :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mea Culpa...bless me Father for I have sinned....

I am a horrible person!  There was a 26 semi pile up on I-84...first, no one died! Thank Goodness but ...when I saw this photo of the Fed Ex truck my first comment was..  .I hope none of my quilt orders were in that truck!  Then I grilled HH about what happens to people who have quilt orders on the truck...yes,  I need to say 10 Our Fathers and 10 Hail Marys....


Oh yeah...I hear ya...Quilt Orders...what quilt orders???  Well,  I was sick...and no one wanted to come over here to stitch for fear of catching the virus...so, I was alone...all alone in my sewing room which meant I had to contact my favorite friends...Primitive Gatherings....Fat Quarter Shop...hehehe...they always come through for me!

Turns out my packages were not on that truck and the first one arrived in pristine condition!  I now have added a project...well...a couple of projects...hummm, maybe 4 new projects.  The first to arrive was my mini kit of Anchor Point, only 24 x 24.  And I ordered a copy of Christmas Gathering just because I needed too...so there!  Don't Judge ME!!!


I just had to share this video...even though most of you have probably already seen it because it is the most popular video on You Tube this week.  This police officer knows all the words to "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift because his 10 year old daughter plays it all the time.  It is hysterical because every time a car passes or someone waves he low keys his performance...then gets right back to it!  Enjoy!


I am finally at the point of attaching the binding to my 2013 
 As soon as I finish attaching the binding another UFO bites the dust!


What I can't figure out is this...I measured the quilt...totalled the inches...opened my app, put in the dimensions and was told what size square I need to cut my bias binding.  Then I cut it up, stitched and pressed...and this is how much binding I have left after attaching it to the quilt???!!!  I have enough for another quilt!!!  I don't know what happened...does this happen to you????


Have a great Thursday!  
I'll see you tomorrow for a wrap up of the week including 
book and movie review!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Material Girls...

I was so happy this past week...totally got my mojo back and enjoying the momentum.  Except getting that anxiety producing text.  I preface this with how wonderful it feels to know your adult children still share things with you and I wouldn't trade that for anything...but, REALLY...being a mother never stops whether you are in relationship with your children or not.  Once that baby pops out you are forever linked. And, I am so grateful that they do not want me to find out anything second hand...that could get ugly, lol. My oldest laid down his motorcycle.  He is an experienced rider, is a medical professional and still sh*t happens.  When he knew he was going down he knew how to fall and so blessedly got some nice looking road rash but no broken bones. Oh well...I say this resignedly...because from the first day they pop out you as a mom start losing control over their lives little by little...and, that is as it should be :) I have to admit I did start lighting candles to the Craig's List god that he would sell that thing!!!!

And so...I quilt...I finished my little wall hanging that I got at the 
Quilt Knit Stitch in Portland last year. 
Click the link for this year's show information


...and I finished a Buttermilk Basin candle mat. 
I love Stacy's designs!


It was so exciting to see what the Material Girls have been up too.   I am always encouraged to get off my duff and start stitching after I see what everyone is working on...so many UFO's are flying off the shelves!  
Are you off to good stitching start this year?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In Love Again....

"Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree...that makes it a plant...
which means...chocolate is Salad!"

I am in love again...I thought that there would never be a product that would replace Steam A Seam Lite 2.  Sure there are some that are adequate but...now, I have found a product for fusing my wool that makes me swoon! LOL  So far I have not found it locally but have picked up a roll at Fabric Depot and Pioneer Quilts.


Between feeling a 100% better and having this new product I was a prepping whirling dervish and prepped 4 projects in one day.  I can't tell you how satisfying it feels to have these projects just waiting for me to stitch.  Do you prep one project at a time or have a prepping session before stitching???


On Sunday...I didn't get out of my PJ's until 3:00 PM!!!  
It was so wonderful and such a treat...just prep, stitch knowing... 
Sean Connery just wants me to be happy :)



Monday, January 19, 2015

Welcome to Paradise...

Yes, I live in Paradise...or...at least Quilter's Paradise.  I have said it before and I will say it again...there is no place like home.  And home is Central Oregon.  This area has an exceptional amount of fabulous quilt shops...in less than an hour you can see 9 quilt stores.  That is if you don't get out of the car and shop, LOL.  The other reason we are blessed is the amount of quilting teachers, long arm quilters and designers.  Which brings me to a wonderful surprise.  When I picked up the mail this past weekend my issue of Primitive Quilts had arrived!  This magazine is one of my favorites and is always filled with projects that I have to add to my list.  But, this issue inlcuded a project by one of our local quilters, Lori who also writes Humble Quilts  


I love this wall hanging!  And will be adding it to my growing list of 
"must makes!"  


I saw this pattern on Fat Quarter Shop and had to have it...well, actually it took me 2-3 looks before I ordered but I really wanted a Valentine's quilt for my entry way...the only issue is that I will not be able to make it before this Valentine's Day.  But, for sure I will have this hanging by
 Valentine's Day 2016!



Quote for the week is a must for me!  

Have a great beginning of the new week!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Another Friday!

I think this year is going faster than last year!  I decided to clean my sewing machine...OMG...am I ever embarrased.  Everytime you make a purchase at Quiltworks in Bend, Oregon they give you a little pipe cleaner to clean out your sewing machine...they work great.  They start out looking like the one on the left...by the time I was done it looked like the one on the right.  Boy, did my machine ever need to be cleaned.  I think this is a good start to the new year :)


I did not see a movie worth sharing and I have started a new book...so no review this week.  But I am happy to say I finished 2 more Berties!  I am now ready for February...


...and March!


I wanted to share this photo with you...it is so beautiful and the story can be read on Lisa Bongean's blog post.
  

I also have so many memories of mom...sailing that I decided I needed to make the anchor quilt.  I chose the mini one and ordered the kit from Primitive Gatherings.  


Have a wonderful weekend...and remember...hug someone! :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Handwork Addict

While puttering in the sewing room last weekend I started going through some of my project boxes...then I took a break and started reading some blogs.  These two events have resulted in a renewed passion for cross stitch.  I have also added another cross stitch blog to my blog roll...Stitching Dream along with one of my favorite quilting and stitchery blogs Pink Caramel.  I included the Sew We Stitch button on the left side of the blog.  I admit it...I am addicted to all kinds of stitchery...I just love it all and have decided to make time for each of the different mediums.

I pulled a little project out of the box, to get my cross stitching feet wet :)

I also finished the last block for the Civil War quilt.  Now to decide on how I want to set the blocks. 

In pondering the month of January I thought to myself that really January is an awesome month...it is the start of the new Downton Abbey season and we are big fans...of the show...not so much of the fabric.  Different taste for different quilters.  Are there any other fans out there???  And I feel pretty darn good about winning my first Golden Globe, LOL.

Here is a little slide show of QuiltWorks and the Woolie projects for the month :)


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Woolie ~ Non-Wool Challenge

phewwww...I am back in the saddle again!!!  I ventured out to stitch with the Woolies...the first time in over a week I have sat and stitched with girlfriends!!!  Girlfriends are a true blessing life...not only catching up on all the news but having Lori figure out what I did wrong on my knitting! LOL


We had not see each other since before Christmas when we formulated the 2015 Challenge for the group.  I fell in love with a quilt in the #103 issue of Quiltmania and presented to the group an opportunity for each to create our own quilt using the same pattern.


The quilt is simple to construct but has a powerful presence with a 100 one inch squares in each block!  It is all strip pieced and takes about 1 hour per block.

These are my blocks.  We had a schedule of 4 blocks a month but since I will be incognito for a couple of weeks in February I decided to make both January and February's blocks.  I have chosen a red palette.


now...Marilyn, did not read the directions and so constructed her first  block by piecing each square...cursing me the entire time.  Then...duh...read the instructions and subsequently made 15 blocks.


Mary R. the overachiever made 18 blocks and total equivalant of 4.5 months worth of blocks.


Blogless Sandy is using a fat quarter pack which means her quilt will be bigger than all of our!


Nancy finished 3 blocks with a nice homespun look


...and finally Lori is making hers with a nice Batik look.


Anne of Cottons n' Wool had the flu and was not able to think about sewing so will be catching up and a few of our other Woolies will be jumping on board.  Come join us in the fun!!!  I will be sharing what the Woolies and I have been working on this last few weeks over the next couple of days :)