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Friday, April 18, 2014

Feel like quilting this later? Study explains why...

I am taking liberties with an article I read in the paper by Melissa Healy of the Los Angeles Times on Procrastination.  

"Quiltcrastination, suggests a new study, is an evolved trait that probably served humans well in a time when finding fabric and fending off other quilters were job one, and time spent working on lofty goals for an indistinct future was sure to result in an early demise.

The inclination to defer unpleasant but necessary tasks appears to coexist intimately with the trait of impulsiveness!!!

It's not surprising then, that psychologists have long noted that impulsive quilters are highly likely to be quiltcrastinators, and that quiltcrastinators are very likely to be impulsive!"

It makes sooooo much sense!  No wonder I have so many UFO's...I am both a Quiltcrastinator and Impulsive!!!  Both my word of the year, "Quiet" and my oath to try and not internet shop at least until June (at which time I will reevaluate) have helped both my impulsiveness and my UFO pile.

Are you also a Quiltcrastinator or an impulsive quilt shopper???

Now for the winner of this great pattern donated 
by
 Fabric Stalker Julie...
Nancy P.!!!  email me your mailing address...


and you'll be able to make this fabulous quilt just like Julie!


The book review of the week is "Still Life With Bread Crumbs" by Anna Quindlen. At first I was surprised at how light this book was...I found myself skimming over the orgasmic encounter between the 2 main characters...same 'ol, same 'ol.  But, maybe it was because the main character was a 60 year old woman who was still finding out who she was...and, maybe it was the idea that in life, no matter what age...you keep growing and changing that I ultimately enjoyed the read.  No movie this week...but, I do know that HH and I are headed to the movie this weekend!



Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Count Down & BJ's Quilt Basket

Counting down in so many ways...first, the last day to leave a comment on the Give Away post!  Tomorrow Enzo will see who's name is coughed up by the doggy dish.  


We are also counting down to landscaping time and the local landscapers have decided there is better pay in being a lawn ornament! Obviously my neighbor has a better pay scale, lol


I headed over to BJ's Quilt Basket to add some cowgirl fabric to my camper quilt! Lo' and behold they were getting ready for the Central Oregon Shop Hop!  Enjoy the slide show!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Retreat Finale & The GiveAway

For those of you who have not been on a quilt retreat there is nothing like it!  You get to let your "fabric down" and relax.  No interruptions...no what's for dinner...no vacuum calling your name and no day to day life issue to take care of.  Retreat provides a respite, a break from the ups and downs of life.  It is a time to share your "highlights" and your "lowlights" with friends.  You get to make headway in the ever growing list of UFO's...and, you get to fall back in love with projects that have languished in your quilting soul

The Fabric Stalkers have been quilting together for many years and as expected life changes are inevitable.  Our group members now live in 3 different states.  3 of our members are retired, 7 are continuing to work.  There have been births and deaths.  Some are grandmothers, some still in the process of launching children.  And, with all these challenges we keep making plans to gather and quilt.  We don't all make every retreat but we are always there in spirit.


And, at the end of retreat I headed down the road for home.  Back to HH...back to Enzo...back to the day to day duties...a wonderful life for sure...but, still dreaming about the next retreat!

This slideshow is about us, our projects and lest you feel like we have gotten so much done...many of these projects were UFO's in various stages of completion...so don't panic, lol.  Don't forget to leave a comment on the  Give Away link!  Please be a registered follower and check back Friday for the winner!  Thank you Julie for donating the pattern!!!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shop Hopping to Retreat

Our retreat was about a hour drive for all of us.  Since we were coming from 3 different towns and schedules we all drove ourselves coordinating a meeting point at Material Girl in Remond...from there we headed to The Quilt Shack in Prineville.  The slide show today features both of those shops.  

The Fabric Stalker Caravan of 6 cars finally arrived at our destination.  As you can see by the photos below it took a committee to figure out the process of opening the gate and then it was a made dash back to the cars to bring our little "wagon" train through.



Once we were through the gate we got lost ending up at a dead end and the whole caravan had to make a U turn...waving as we passed each other! LOL

This place was fantastic.  Sitting all by itself above the Prineville Reservoir,  it was 5000+ sq. feet of quilting luxury.  Sleeping for 24 (there were 7 of us), 6 bathrooms, 2 kitchens!!! a game room...and a dining table which was so large we could all sit around it with our sewing machines, lol  Everyone agreed that this was our best retreat rental ever!!!  

Enjoy the little shop hop and don't forget to leave a comment on the Give Away post. Also, sign up to be a registered follower.  Winner will be posted Friday!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Give Away!!! & The Prineville Retreat

This sign was hanging in the kitchen of our Fabric Stalker Retreat Rental...and, is it ever true!


I promised a Give Away on Monday and here it is!  Sponsored by Julie who donated this pattern which she purchased at QuiltWorks in Bend Oregon.  She made this quilt for her daughter and is it ever a beauty!  Remember in order to be in the drawing you must leave a comment on this blog post and please be a registered follower of the blog.  If you are a "no reply" follower then you must check back on Friday for the winner announcement and email me your contact information.


Just to entice you to sign up for the Give Away...here is the completed quilt that Fabric Stalker Julie made for her daughter!  Stunning!!


Here is our very favorite Fabric Stalker Pin Up Quilter Irene!!!  Why you ask?  Because she found us this fabulous retreat house!!!  


Can you believe this view from the main living area!  Tomorrow I will show you the rest of the Quilt Villa and what projects got done!!! 



Friday, April 11, 2014

Week in Review & The Dog Stars Quilts

I finished...finally.  It was a difficult book for me to breeze through...and what I have to say is, the second half of the book was better than the first half.  I kept shaking my head through the first half.  But, after a book and author review by a friend who attended the presentation by Cheryl Strayed in Bend I decided to give it the 'ol college try and see if I could complete the read.  What she accomplished was amazing and if you look at her narrative as a Pacific Crest Recovery Trek both for her future and understanding her past you will enjoy the read.


As for this movie...save your money!!  This was a mix of Lord of the Rings meets August Osage County and a little pinch of the Bible...what a disappointment!  I really can not even believe this movie got made.  HH said as we were leaving the theater..."well, that was painful!"

I have not read this book but it was the Deschutes County Library Novel Idea book for 2014.  A post apocalyptic setting made this a dark read for most of my friends.  I have the book but have been reluctant to pick it up...until now. 
  

...the reason is because of QuiltWorks quilt gallery show.  Each year QuiltWorks has challenged quilters who are reading the Novel Idea book for the year to create a quilt which is inspired by something in the novel.  The show is extraordinary...and surprisingly it seemed the quilts are uplifting in theme...which makes me ponder if it was a bad choice to skip this read.  Now the Dog Stars is back on my need to read list and the quilts as you will see are wonderful!  Have a wonderful weekend...I am continuing to quilt in the sweat shop in Prineville :)  and look forward to being with again on Monday!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hitting the Road!

OMG!!!  The Woolie Blog has reached follower 650!!!  Which means Give Away time!  On Monday when I return from retreat I'll have a surprise to Give Away!

I have decided on my projects for the Fabric Stalker retreat...a little bit of this...a little bit of that.  Lets see what I can accomplish with 4 days of uninterrupted sewing???!  My basket is piled with Tula Pink blocks, Jelly roll, placemat fabric and a Glamper quilt for the camper!



I also prepped border #3 of the 2011 Primitive Gatherings BOM...making some headway on this quilt!

This little guy is the youngest in the bunch...and the cutest!  He is very curious about Enzo and Enzo is really wanting to make a new friend.  But mommy is not so keen on having Enzo over to play :)


It is a short slide show because tomorrows will be longer!  Thread was flying at the Woolies yesterday.  Lots of photos being passed around of the grandkids...Blogless Sandy is a grandma!!!  Oh how life is going become more adventuresome, lol.  I was so proud of myself because Sandy brought her latest BOM from Piecemaker Quilt Shop called Sophie's Garden.  I almost fell off my internet fast but was able to resist!   See if you can resist?!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Busy Bee....Buzzzzzzz

Today I am a busy bee...getting ready for the Fabric Stalkers Spring retreat.  What projects to bring??? UFO's...something new...handwork...machine projects????  what, what, what shall I bring???  I love the Spring retreat because it is usually away from here but not so far away that you are tired getting there and not so close that you feel compelled to let your day to day life get in the way.

Once I get packed I'll show you what I am taking and then we can see what I actually get done, lol.  

Last week in Portland I took 2 trips to Powell's Bookstore...one with my youngest grandson.  That trip only allowed me to skim the quilt book isle which is huge.  On my second trip HH headed to the Pearl room and I took a stool to the Quilting isle and immersed myself in all that it had to offer.  Powell's is the largest independent bookstore in the Pacific Northwest and it carries new and used books.  I found this used book on Sashiko Quilting for $2.95!!!  it definitely is dated but the patterns are timeless.


...and it included 4 mylar design templates!  I love a good find!


Well, I noticed that the Woolie Blog is not far from 500,000 page views!!! and that the registered followers are only 3 shy from 650!!!  I decided which ever comes first...we will have a GIVEAWAY!!!  So stay tuned....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Yahooo!!!

That is all I can say...Yahoo!!!  Even though I am a Google Gal, lol...I am so happy to have already completed my April UFO!!!  Crow Gossip by Lynda's Primitive Pieces is done and on the wall!!!  I love the spot I chose to hang it because I can see it when I am at my sewing machine!


I absolutely love this project, even though it took me a while to get it done!


I even hand quilted it!  I chose a cross hatch from the body of the quilt and then a looping chain for the border.  Although I am having fun with new and old projects I am most pleased that I am keeping up on my UFO commitment.  How are you doing?  Don't give up...just get back on that UFO saddle and keep putting one thread in from of another.  


Yesterday morning Bambi showed up...Spring is definitely here and I am enjoying the sunshine!

Todays slide show is a combination of some photos from Portland and the Material Girls in Bend.  Boy are they ever a busy bunch.  Today is Woolies at QuiltWorks.  That should prove to be exciting!  Have a wonderful Tuesday!
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Monday...how sweet it is...

My oldest son needed a little sewing repair done on his work vest but I realized that I didn't have any black thread...so off to the nearest shop which was the Button Emporium.  I found out that the Gutermann's thread with the green top is recycled thread!!!  And, did you know that it takes 10 plastic bottles to make one spool of thread!!!  I am sharing this because after reading the news I think we have to recycle even more than we do.  I have been following the hunt for the missing Malaysian flight and was disturbed to hear that in the remote part of the Indian Ocean...where few flight and shipping paths exist there is so much floating garbage that it has been challenging to differentiate garbage from potential plane wreckage!
  

I am going to do my part in recycling and upcycling...have you heard that term "Upcycling?"  It is where you take an item that you no longer use and reinvent a new use for it rather than throw it away...thus a little flower frog becomes a beautiful holder for all my loose sewing tools that normally lay around my sewing table.


My favorite photo from the Portland digs for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook or Instagram.  


This week will be filled with sewing...I sew missed my sewing room!  That when I enter it I feel like a piggy who has found the best mud hole to roll around in!!!  Squeal!!!!