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Friday, April 17, 2015

Coffee or Tea Time!!

Well,  I am wrapping up the week with some thoughts on quilt groups and retreats.  I was sitting out front when the change in weather brought our vultures back.


They have an interesting behavior that is not to far removed from quilters....wait!!!...I mean it!  Every day the vultures/buzzards fly out long distances in search of...politely put...the perfect snack.  Quilters also go out far and wide in search of  the perfect fabric.  Then at around 5:00 in the evening you can see the vultures gathering...in the birding world it is called a Kettle.  They swarm around each other is an ever building circle.  I imagine the conversation goes like this...Hey, what did you find???  Well, over on Hwy 20 I found some road kill...well, I found a ground squirrel over on lot 88 in Pine Meadow Village!  

Quilters do the same thing...hey...what did you find at Customer Appreciation Day at the Stitchin' Post?  Well, I found a new needle threader...yada, yada, yada...What's in YOUR bag???  Yep, all living things are connected in one way or another! LOL


I finally was able to put together the Prineville Retreat photos...it is time for you to put the 'Kettle" on...gather and enjoy the show.  I'll have more to share on Monday...Violet Crafts program, the QuiltWorks Gallery Show and some book conversation...Enjoy your weekend!!!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chit Chat

Here is a photo of the inner workings of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  I have volunteered to help my friend Kathy process postcards for the Wish Upon A Card 2015 project.  Sitting in the command post of the quilt show has given me a peek at the work that goes into making this show a success every year!  
I hope you will be able to attend!


My mailbox coughed up a wonderful project from Sylvia Pippen!!!  I can't wait to start this Sashiko wallhanging.


The Woolie's met this week and although a small gathering 
the projects were inspiring :)

Anne's applique


Nancy's penny rug

These wonderful snowman were stitched by Mary...they are a variety of patterns she has been collecting over time.

Then she finished this great quilt!

Sandy finished this Kim Diehl mini

...and this wonderful BOM


I have been organizing my sewing room...it is amazing what you discover when you actually straighten up your little piggy pen, lol.  Do you clean up after yourself or do you wait until you can't see over the cutting mat???  Have a great Thursday...I am going to go listen to Voilet Craft this evening!!!  If you don't know who she is...here is a quilt pattern she designed that Cakers made!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Key Is The Gooey Center

I know I sound like a broken record but I have been trying to develop a way to slow my quilting life down.  I know it seems counter productive. But, I really feel like I am missing a key component to what making quilting such a wonderful art form.  I have lists of projects I want to make...and, it seems that I strive to make and,  complete my lists of quilts...but, what about the inbetween part...what about the gooey center!!!  Lately, I have been paying attention to those mentors in the quilt world who seem to embrace the process and thus enjoy even more when the quilt crosses the finish line!

Here is one of those quilters!  Remember Jeanne!  You saw this quilt in her sewing room...Finished and entered into a quilt show...and, do you see those ribbons!!!  Yes, there is a different kind of satisfaction in taking the time to make an exquisite quilt, enjoying the process :) and now she is ready for the next challenge!


Well, here is it!!!!  My Empty Spools creation in Sylvia Pippen's Class.  I fine tuned my Sashiko skills, learned new applique techniques 
and how to face a quilt.  Yes, you really need to put Empty Spools on your bucket list!


...and it is now hanging in a dear friend's home!


Have a wonderful Wednesday...see ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Running Backwards...

It seems lately that I seem to be running in place or better yet running backwards.  Although it feels exhausting I am not complaining...this week, 2 different people I know have lost an adult child.  It is so hard to fathom the loss of a child and as one grieving parent told me...you just aren't supposed to out live your children.  So, I am again reminded to be grateful...to open my heart to those who are trying to move forward when their pain stops them in their tracks.

I am embracing my quilt world...with all it's UFOs, WIPs and PIGs.  I am an evolving quilter :)  I am giving up goals for goals sake and I am embracing the process.  I finished my Tula Pink quilt for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  After coming back from Empty Spools Seminar with some new found tips I decided to face my quilt rather than finish it with a traditional binding.  Facing a quilt really makes it lay flat.  I love the look!

You can click on the photo to take a look at the quilting done by Kim at QuiltWorks

With the schedule I have been keeping I am slacking on the blog front and realized that I haven't shared the last sewing room I got to visit!!!  The Juniperberries meeting was held at Nola's house which is a lovely log home in the forest.  What a wonderful place to display one's quilts!!!


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Monday, April 13, 2015

A Quilter Lives At Parsonage Winery!

Since we were attending Empty Spools and both the seminar and Mary Ellen reside in Monterey County...we had to add a visit with Mary Ellen to our itinerary.  Mary Ellen is a quilter and a vintner. I say quilter, in a way like...she is a quilter like me...NOT.  She is an artist!  She and her husband grow grapes, create wine at the Parsonage Winery, where HH and I became wine club members.  Becoming friends with Mary Ellen was easy...just follow the dots...like in those dot to dot pages you did as a kid.  I traveled to Monterey/Carmel for a business meeting...stopped at Back Porch Fabrics...met Jeanne of Jeanne Mills Tours...went to Patchwork ~ Europe...where Mary Ellen was Jeanne's travel assistant.  You see, if a quilter keeps her eyes open there are other amazing quilters all around her!!! LOL

The setting of Mary Ellen's quilt life is perfection.  The Carmel Valley is like a bit of heaven.  When I was a kid my dad used to take us on Sundays to the Thunderbird Bookstore, which was in a renovated barn.  We would spend the entire day enjoying books in the sun. 


The Parsonage Winery is a boutique winery with it's own tasting room in the Village.  They have won numerous tasting awards.  I love when the wine club shipment arrives in Sisters :)  How so you mix a quilter and a vintner ...well, photos of some of Mary Ellen's quilts are printed onto the labels...and, the reserve wines are named after her grandsons :)


Each time I am in Mary Ellen's presence I come away with a piece of wisdom.  My current state of quilting existence is to make mental lists of what I NEED to accomplish...what my GOALS are...and sometimes...I walk into my sewing room and feel stress from all the projects.  Mary Ellen's sewing room is a sanctuary.  She enjoys the process...however long it takes.  She doesn't take short cuts to just get it over with.  She will work, cutting out fabric laying it out on a design wall and then if she is not satisfied she'll take it down and start over!!!  So, tell me what kind of quilter are you???  I always feel at peace when I leave Mary Ellen's quilting life and I think I want to readjust my view of my quilting life...what was my 2015 word of the year???  Oh yeah, RELEASE!!!  Enjoy the slide show!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Empty Spools...Student Process :)

I thought it would be nice to show you some of the student work so you can start making plans for attending Empty Spools :)  One of the wonderful processes we learned in Sylvia Pippen's class was Cyanotyping.  The quilt she is displaying is a combination of Sashiko and Cyanotype.  Cyanotype uses a specially treated fabric.  You then design a pattern by using plant material or silhouettes cut out of card stock.  You lay it on your fabric creating the design you want...cover it with a plastic sheet or glass and expose it to the sun for a few minutes.


Here is the design I created.  I exposed it to the sun for 5 minutes.  You then take the fabric and rinse it in water until the color stops bleeding (a couple of minutes).  Finally you dunk it in a bath of water with a couple of cap fulls of peroxide.  Robin had to do this for me because I couldn't touch the chemicals.


Here is Robin holding my Cyanotype...she is the best! LOL  I am going to add some Sashiko stitching and create a wall hanging.


Here are a couple of Cyanotype's that Sylvia made and then she added Sashiko on one and appliqued flowers on the other!


The class went crazy making Cyanotypes and we all had sooooo much fun. 


Now for a little slideshow of student work as I walked around on viewing day.  I hope you will be inspired.  Have a wonderful weekend...and I hope you are still hanging in there with me...just a couple more Empty Spool posts and we can move on to day to day quilting, LOL.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Quilting = Instant Friends

One of the best parts of quilting is you are never alone...Quilter = Friend.  You can travel around the world and if you meet a quilter they will totally understand you.  Don't you agree?!  I met Jeanne one day when I was shopping in Back Porch Fabrics.  We had a conversation while she was cutting my fabric...and in that conversation was born a friendship...that lead me to the largest quilt show in Europe!  During that conversation I found out she lived in one of the beautiful painted ladies of Pacific Grove...which are lovely homes from the 1800's.  Growing up in the area I had always wanted to see the inside of one of those homes!!!  She invited me to visit and over a cup of tea I found out she lead tours to France!!!  yep...all you have to do is say hello to a quilter and your whole life can change.

There was no way I could go to Empty Spools in Pacific Grove without visiting Jeanne.  Robin was the only one on the trip besides myself who had been to Jeanne's house and I knew the rest of the gals would enjoy seeing not only Jeanne's home but her quilt collection...and, her own creations!  After the tour we walked to the Red House for dinner...Yummm


I enjoyed this dish of Portabello Mushroom and Polenta...absolutely the best!


Please enjoy this wonderful slideshow of a lovely quilter and her home!  
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Crafters Mall & Sewing Room

Back tracking a little bit...on the way down to The Empty Spools Seminar our first night was spent in Redding, California.  Redding has 3 quilt shops but we only had time for one stop.  The Crafter's Mall & Sewing Room won this trip. It is a funky shop in that it is not only a quilt store but, also an antique shop and has individual crafter's booth with handmade items for sale.


Here is my shopping disclosure...a few fat quarters for the non-woolie Woolie Challenge...a couple of pieces of wool and then 2 pieces of this awesome wool that leaves had been dyed into the wool!  So cool!!  

If you see anything on this slideshow you have to have call the 
Crafter's Mall ~ Sewing Room at (530) 246-2056

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Empty Spools...Chapter 4???

Needless to say hanging with the girlfriends presents a whole lot of silliness!

 Nancy is checking out Kathy McNeil's applique tools and method...
YES, we all bought the tools! LOL

 The Monterey Bay continued to WOW us the entire week!  It was the perfect session for us...we drove down on snow free roads and arrived to sunny skies :)

This slideshow gives you a glimpse of some of the instructor's own quilts.  Some of the photos are a little blurry because they are a photo of a photo but you will still get the idea.  I didn't visit all the classrooms but enough to know that Empty Spools is like the vortex of quilt instruction!  I hope you enjoy it and are not getting to bored because I still have a few more posts to go so I can cover all that we embraced on this trip!!
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Asilomar...the Perfect Place to Quilt :)


I know I am beginning to sound like a broken record but Empty Spools is really a bucket list item for quilters.  Not only do you have your choice of wonderful instructors but as you can see in the photo of the girlfriends below...you are quilting in one of the most beautiful settings in the world!


All along the beaches there are these boardwalks to protect the dunes but still allow you to enjoy the ocean.


I have included a group of photos from our class with Sylvia Pippen so that you can click on them to enlarge and maybe get a better sense of what this class was all about!  We practiced the art of Sashiko stitching and then tried several applique techniques until we discovered the one that worked best for us.  That was one of the wonderful things about this class...Sylvia was an adventuresome as the rest of us and was willing to try new techniques.



Glue pen for applique












These 2 gals had just been to the Road to California...taking a class with one of our favorites, Lisa of Primitive Gatherings!  On the right is Melanie our class angel...the class angel is the instructor's helper.  And, the gal on the left is Pam from The Traveling Quilters!  I am definitely going to keep that link because I want to take a trip to The Road to California with Pam!!!


Here is a little slide show of the Artist in Residence for Session 3, Susan Powell! Thanks for stopping by and we'll see ya tomorrow!
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