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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

I totally believe this quote...I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people and a good percentage have been quilters!


Yesterday I spent the day stitching with friends.  It was so much fun to relax, talk and to see a different sewing room than my own, LOL.  I love seeing how others organize...hoping to tweak my space a little bit more :)  Today, I get to stitch with my DIL...lesson #2!!!  Gonna be a great day in the neighborhood!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Penny For Your Thoughts

Do you belong to a quilt group?  How long?  Does your group have rules?  It seems in the last couple of years I have noticed that a variety of different quilt groups have started to evolve and disband.  Members age, their lives change...family responsibilities increase or decrease...with aging comes retirement, change in the family structure.  Maybe an opportunity to travel or even move.   In pondering this it seems to me that life is moving forward and a certain flexibility is necessary to maintain a quilt group. What I do know is I have been in a "quilt relationship" with the most amazing quilters in a group setting.


I received an email from QuiltWorks...it is really happening...I get to share my quilts with the quilting community...and, my sister!!!  As luck would have it my sister is coming to town just in time to see my little show.  I hope those of you who are local can come by Friday evening!


I spent yesterday morning weeding my flower beds but by mid-day I was up in the sewing room.  I decided that I needed some immediate quilt satisfaction.  I had this table topper all cut out and then tucked it away in a time warp, lol.  I pulled it out and started stitching.  Chocolate was the theme of the fabric...yummm.  When I finished piecing it and laid it on the floor...I laughed...Enzo was the perfect table topper model...same color and everything!


Have a great Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September?!

I am in awe that September is here...do you remember what your 2015 Word of the Year is???  Mine is "Release" and boy has that word come in handy this year.  This has been a challenging year on many different levels...sometimes the world seem like it is chaos.  The support from family and friends is a blessing...and then there is quilting.  I just don't know how a person handles the challenges of life if they don't quilt?! LOL


I thought this was a great quote to start September with :)  I am going to challenge myself to go to sleep with something positive in mind and to wake up the same way.  I think that even if we can't make a huge impact on the world our positive thoughts would at the very least change our immediate environment!


No quilting happened here yesterday...it was a day catching up on life...bill paying...doctor appointments...cleaning...but last night I did a little stitching while watching the BBC Sherlock Holmes show...I do think I am addicted to this show, LOL.  I am dedicating today to hanging in my sewing room...I hope your day will be as satisfying :)


Monday, August 31, 2015

Comfort Zone

Do you know what your comfort zone is???  Are you a city person or a country person?  Do you like parties with lots of people...or,  intimate dinners with a few people?  Each time we make the trek to the city I discover a little bit more about myself.  It is funny to think that at my "AARP qualifying age" I can still learn and grow.    Enzo is a people lover but not a mass humanity lover.  He loves being with us,  But, at the same time I do believe the city life can be overwhelming.  As soon as we arrive back into our little spot in the woods he crashes...as if the weight of humanity has been lifted off his tail :) I understand.

The city time was spent with family.  And, to have a little birthday celebration with my oldest son since we won't be able to be there on his actually birthday.  It is hard to believe that 36 years has passed since we first met!!!  He is the person who taught me flexibility, courage, humor and love. 

While in the city I did a little hand stitching on Evelyn's Album...a stitch here...a stitch there and I may just get this done before 2016!!!

The one thing I love to do when I arrive back home is to go up and stand in my sewing room.  Just to reacquaint myself with the place I am bonded to the most. There is no sewing during this time...it is just to feel the energy...the joy that fills this space.  When I looked at my design wall I saw the fabrics my youngest DIL chose for her first project!!!  Yes, I am filled with joy and can't wait for our next meeting :)


In the search for fabrics she would want to use I saw a piece with printed blocks and knew I needed to make a baby quilt this WEEK!!!  It is so freakin' cute.  We need to find the love for each other and these giraffes are sending the message!



Aren't these animals amazing!  There are 9 different ones in each half yard...waiting for me to get stitching!  It is wonderful to find such treasures when digging through one's own stash!  I must add that to my agenda each week! Dig, dig, dig...


Enjoy the final day of August!!! OMG...tomorrow is September!!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

TGIF...

The perfect goal for all of us!


This week I have been working away on my Evelyn's Album...but here is the deal.  When you start a project in 2012 and let it languish until 2015 you had better be sure you have enough fabric to complete the project.  Since I decreased the number of blocks by 3 and I am using those 3 in a separate project...I didn't have quite enough of the Moda Wool and Needle Barn Red Tweed.  I hate it when I am just short a little bit...so, I hit the Internet!  After a few starts and stops...cause you know they don't keep reprinting most fabrics I found some yardage at The Stitching Post...not the Stitchin' Post in Sisters but The Stitching (with a "g" at the end) Post in Indiana!


The 4 yards I ordered came in less than a week!  Accompanied by a little note card that I can use in a future letter and this lovely hand written thank you note!!!  Now, that is what I call great customer service!  I will definitely keep this shop on speed dial! LOL


Hope you have a lovely weekend and that there is time to take a stitch or 2 :)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa...

I think I may have to say 10 Our Fathers and 10 Hail Mary's because I may have just created a new quilter!!!...and, I liked it!  Of course, it is a little bit early to know and I would accept it...if it wasn't so...but, for now I am going to embrace the possibilities!!!  My youngest DIL thought she should give quilting a try since she lives in Quilt Country and we are after all related!!!!  Yesterday was spent together for her first quilt lesson...boy, does that ever have a musical sound to it!!! LOL

I explained the basics of quilting...quarter inch seam and accurate cutting.  We spent the morning talking about fabric, value...tone...color.  Then a baby quilt pattern was chosen and the fabrics decided upon from my stash.  It was interesting to revisit the basics of quilting...and to drag out all my novelty fabrics!!! OMG!!!  I need to start piecing again!

We took a break and had a field trip to the Stitchin' Post where Emily found a flannel roll of Christmas/Winter fabrics...her first pre-cuts!...I am so proud!


Guess who we ran into?!  Freddy Moran!! She was taking a class with Rosalie Dace???  The secret message in this is that you are never to set in your quilting ways to not challenge yourself, lol


I love this photo...Quilting Queen and Novice Quilter...
it is one of those special moments :)


As I said yesterday...anytime I step into a quilt shop I would share my favorite fabric.  Well, I lied...a whole new shipment of Kaffe cotton prints and wovens arrived...and...


...and fabulous solids to compliment them...how could I chose just one!?


Yesterday was such a gift and I highly recommend sharing your quilting love with a someone who has never quilted.  
It really reaffirms your own love of quilting.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hump Day

A friend sent me this quote and isn't it the truth...where would we be without our girlfriends?!  I went to Woolies yesterday and had my well filled with laughter, conversation and stitching...a perfect afternoon.  Of course I needed it after going to Costco and dropping my entire box of shopping in the parking lot and breaking one of the jars of curry sauce...yep, I can honestly say Woolies is an emotional life saver!!


I have decided that every time I walk into a Quilt Shop I am going to photograph my very favorite fabric of the day!  This piece  took my breath away!  If you are interested in it contact QuiltWorks.  I can see it as a wonderful quilt, bag or knock out dress.  It blends from daylight to nightlight...yum!


I had to share some of Blogless Sandy's quilts...
I love the touch of blue in this quilt.


I especially loved this sweet little quilt...I love the pieced background and the little Summer label.


Well today HH and I get to have our health work ups for our insurance carrier...I can't wait...NOT!  But once done I am going to have the most amazing experience!!!  I will be teaching QUILTING class number one to my DIL...oh yeah...you heard me...my DIL wants to learn to quilt...I tell you life is full of surprises!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts

I think quilting is the perfect medication for stress!  Whether it be job worries, money worries or family worries.  I am not talking just any quilting but quilting with a book on CD playing.  You really can't worry about anything when you are cutting wool leaves and your brain is wrapped up in trying to figure out who the murderer really is, LOL


I am heading to Woolies at QuiltWorks with my 2012 Primitive Gathering BOM ready to start stitching the border.  There are many trains of thoughts about how to prepare wool but I am a fuser because I travel with my wool projects and don't want to lose a wool leaf along the way. For the wool pieces I use Soft 'n Fuse.   On the back side of my blocks I use Pellon SF101 to help the flannel or cotton stand up to the wool.  When I went to add the setting triangles and outside border I realized that the flannel I was using was going to get all stretched out of shape because it was too large an area to use the SF101.  So, I baste stitched the entire outside edge...problem solved!


I am on countdown mode to September 4th...where I will be the featured quilter for the QuiltWorks Gallery show.  So nice of Marilyn to ask me and so I had to make sure I had labels on all my quilts, write up a little info on each one and today I am taking them to the shop.  It was fun seeing some old quilts...I have done a variety of quilts.  If you are in the neighborhood I would love to see you on Sept. 4th around 6:00 PM.  The group exhibit will the Woolie Non-Woolie Challenge!


Well, we finally made it to the last slide show from Quilt Knit Stitch...pheww...no wonder I was pooped at the end of the day!  Featured Quilter, Catherine Redford displayed a variety of her African Folklore Embroidery quilts.  There is a distinctive and color style to these quilts and pillows.  Enjoy the slide show and we'll see you back here tomorrow :)

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Monday, August 24, 2015

A weekend of cough cough cough...+ the Winner!

Before we begin today's blog post...the winner of the bright quilt kit is....
Judy in Michigan!!
email me your mailing address :)

In Sisters we have been smothered with smoke from the Warm Springs Fires and the Canyon Creek Complex Fire...you know it is big when they give it a big name.  So many people have lost their homes...keep them in your prayers.  We took off Saturday to visit our oldest son and  expected some relief from the smoke when we got to Portland...NOT...they were smothered in it...worse than Sisters.  Seems the 150,000+ acres burning in Washington State has covered Portland in smoke!  I was happy to leave it behind me and head home!



Enzo was wiped out with all that traveling.


...our buddy is a perfect segway into another slideshow from Quilt Knit Stitch...I know, I know...you are says are we done already!!!  Nope...one more after this one, LOL...This slide show features...

"The Festival Awareness Project 2014: It's Raining Cats and Dogs"

Such a wonderful challenge for all the animal lovers out their...my favorite is the cover quilt...so Klimt, lol.

Enjoy!
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Friday, August 21, 2015

TGIF

Can you believe it is already Friday!!!  Yesterday was a peaceful day of stitching.  I headed out to Linda's place and we sat out on her deck...enjoying the warmth while stitching away.  I was able to finish another block in the free Mystery BOM by Buttermilk Basin. On Monday I will find out who the dog dish coughed up for the Give Away so you have until then to leave a comment on the blog post and be sure you have joined as a follower of the blog :)

I had to show you one of her ongoing projects because it is going to be fabulous!  Her applique chicken quilt is extraordinary.  I love the embellishments used on each chicken...and can you see the pile of fabric underneath?  it is going to be another chicken added to the coop, lol


"Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. SAQA defines an art quilt as "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure."

Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA now has over 3,000 members: artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors. A dedicated core of volunteers and staff keep the organization vibrant, dynamic, and progressive." 

This introduction was taken right off of the SAQA site.  There are many members in Central Oregon and I was lucky enough to run into Marion who was volunteering at their exhibit.  Although these quilts may not be the average Woolie's cup of tea I think they will still amaze you with the vision and talent in this group.  The exhibit was called Redirecting the Ordinary.  I hope you enjoy the slide show...it is a long one so get yourself some coffee or tea!


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