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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday...already???!!!

It is hard to believe it is already Friday and that we are heading into Memorial Day Weekend!  If you step into any quilt shop in Central Oregon you know that something is going on...it is count down to the 40th Anniversary of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  But, at the Stitchin' Post today starts the 40th Anniversary Birthday Sale that goes on all weekend!!!  25% off...if you are not able to come into the shop...head over to their website!  

Here is Edie making the most beautiful fat quarter packs of solids!  Yummm!!!

I spent yesterday at the Stitchin' Post taking a class with Pam Raby.  She resides in the valley teaches in Lake Oswego and Philomoth.  But, lucky for us comes over the mountain to occasionally teach classes here in Sisters.  She is a lovely teacher and I highly recommend any class she might teach.  Here she is showing off a table topper where she used the diamond ruler by Jaybird Quilts.
  

Enjoy the slide show of our Little Pieces class.  I had soooo much fun...not only was the teacher great but my classmates were a hoot and a half! LOL  Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stitching is good for the Soul

I feel sorry for people who do not stitch...what a sad, sad, life they must lead, LOL.  What can be better than to be drowning in UFO's, WIPs and PIGs.  I decided to head over to Sew Many Quilts and stitch with Linda and her "Gang of Stitchers"!  As I have said before, Linda is a savant when it comes to the embroidery needle and maybe if I was able to stitch with her...some of it might rub off.  I decided that I wanted to jump start this UFO that was languishing in a project box and maybe finish it before Halloween????  I still love it...so why not finish it!!!


Here is just a little peek of some of the stitcheries that were being worked on...yowzers!!!



Last night was Bookie Babes and our book for this month was Beneath a Marble Sky.  A Historical Fiction about the building of the Taj Mahal.  An easy read with some historical facts and some stretching of the truth...if ya know what I mean. But if you want a book that doesn't tax the brain but entertains, this is the one for you :)  


Have a great Thursday...I am off to class at the Stitchin' Post

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ahhhhhh....

Well, I did it!  I scheduled a day just to hang out in my sewing room!!!  A "Me" day...and my friend was right...it was what the doctor ordered.  It had been over 3 weeks since I had sat at my sewing machine and I really missed it.  I popped a book on CD in my player and I started stitching.  I have decided to schedule a "me" day on my calendar.  HH was so sweet...because he knew how important this day was to me.  So, he drove back and forth to the next town with papers that had to be signed and delivered so I didn't have to leave the house :)  Now, that is love!


I have a dream of finishing this quilt before December so I can hang it up for Christmas.  What is your #1 project that you want to finish this year?  I have so many I want to finish but this is definitely my numero uno.

  
 
I have reached the first hurdle and have finished all the wool applique blocks!!  Now on the agenda is to make all the pieced blocks...yikes!


It was so nice to putter around my sewing room.  I worked on my May 101 Small Quilt project and then started sewing the blocks together into rows for the Non-Woolie Woolie Challenge.  Afterwards, I decided to chose a new Wool project to begin working on...sweet.  Yes, I highly recommend a "Me" Day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

One Two Three...

It seems my days are filled and I am paying for it in a variety of ways.  A friend told me that I need to take one day a week just for me.  A "quiet" day.  Do you take a "quiet" day?  I was born in an Army hospital tent on a beach...so, noise and chaos has been part of my life from day one.  But, I am feeling the need to find some quiet moments.  Yesterday was not one of those days...Enzo needed to go to the Dog Doc in Bend and my car needed to be serviced.  This meant I needed to be in Bend all day.  I was able to drop into the Material Girls group for a while which is always a sweet time.


I dropped him off at 9:00 AM and was not able to pick him up until 3:00 PM which meant a lot of time to fill. After the car service I headed to the MG's. Then the Material Girls wrapped up their gathering at 2:00 PM...so, what to do for an hour.  I decided that I would check in with Sew Many Quilts.  Gail & Sharon had just returned from Quilt Market with lots of surprises for their customers.  They already had some new items and had already started rearranging the shop in anticipation of a whole lots of newness!


This is a project that a couple of friends are working on...and, one that I should be working on but I am just not ready too.  I love it!

This adorable quilt is from the 101 Small Quilts book!

 These are 3 reallllly cute pincushions!

Linda who teaches embroidery at the shop is a savant when it comes to stitching.


I have never found a Red Button pattern I didn't love! LOL

The shop really has some wonderful projects that just make me want to add to my already mile long list!

So...I am going to try to find a Quiet Day.....

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello Monday

It was a smorgasbord weekend...a little of this...a little of that.  Poor Enzo has been under the weather and this sign sums it up...except, we needed a Barfsville also :)  I am hoping to get him into the Vet today.


 The time with our little minion was priceless.  


 
It had been a while since my sis and I spent some one on one time together and all I can say it that it filled my soul. This kind of perfect weekend didn't allow for any stitching.  But, I do have quilting ahead of me!  This week Robin and I are taking a class at the Stitchin' Post called Little Pieces.  The row of blocks are 3 inch blocks.  I will need to pick some fabrics out of my stash before class.  It has been a while since I have taken a piecing class...should be fun!


Hope you have an interesting week planned!

Friday, May 15, 2015

TGIF...and I'm still standing

Well, I am still standing but the little minion gave us a run for our money :)  No wonder they say children are for the young!  Anyhoo, I thought I would wrap up the week with some Portlandia stories...As you know President Obama was visiting our fair city and attending a dinner just down the street from us.  I took a shower, fixed my hair...and waded through the throngs of protesters to make sure he could come over and talk to me.  But...guess what...all I got to see was 30+ motorcycle cops! They were impressive but still it wasn't Podus...and so, I decided to move him down to #6 on my speed dial!


It was gorgeous weather and we went out to enjoy it while it was here.  HH loves the sun!


We had done our Mother's Day celebrating all week so on the actual day we were doing laundry and packing up to head back over the mountain...but, not before we walked down and had breakfast at Cheryl's on 12th street.  Love those bengeits they give to each table :)  On the walk down an old street person said to me..."Happy Mother's Day Bro"  made us LOL


A final book review for the week...a thriller!  David Baldacci keeps you hooked from page one and the more you read the more you HAVE to keep going!!!  With all the plot twist and turns it is a great diversion from my standard fare!

Now, here is the final and most amazing story of the week.  Remember earlier this week I was trying to contact Sally who had sent me emails saying she mailed me something but didn't have my address and so sent it to the Stitchin' Post.  First, you have to know...she sent it in March!!!  I was beside myself because there wasn't a way for me to let her know that no one at the Stitchin' Post knew a thing about it...I felt horrible that she must think me an ungrateful blogger.  So, this week I posted her name on the blog hoping she was still reading to let her know that I was grateful for her thoughtfulness.  But, that I had not been able to intercept the package.  Then!!!  on Wednesday I was out to lunch with a friend when one of the coordinators of the East of the Cascade Guild saw me and said she had just left me a message!  She found an envelope in her box of mail.  She had been out of town and had just picked up the box, LOL...mystery solved!!!  And, look at what I got!!!  I am so excited about these cross stitch patterns.  Thank you so much Sally!!!




Have a wonderful weekend!  With my sis in town I doubt I will get much quilting done. But, I hope you do!  See ya back here on Monday!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Woolies

Woolies had a nice turn out considering that 5 people were out of town.  I always love catching up not only with friends but with my stitching.  I am now working on block #12 of my Christmas quilt!!! Yes, the last one!!  

I loved the little spider and web that Marilyn had stitched on her UFO :)

The next 5 wool mats were made by Pat and they are all so adorable although I really love the apple core wool mat!





The QuiltWorks May featured quilter is Mary Klein and her story is as wonderful as her quilts...wait until you see the hexies!!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Humpty Dumpty Day...

...and so we have reached mid week.  Does it seem to you that time is flying by?  We have been dealing with rainy weather but no complaints since water is in short supply.  Tonight my little minion is coming to stay with us for a couple of days while his mom takes a trip with her dad and brother.  My older GS is staying at his other grandma's house since he still has school.  And my son will get much needed sleep since he works the night shift.

My next book review is a sweet book.  The kind you take to the beach, camping or on vacation.  Never having lived in the South I am only familiar with "Southern Women" through books and movies.  And, since my family were nomads I didn't have friends from birth.  When I read a book like this it gives me a warm feeling and I dream of a life that includes people who know your people...if ya know what I mean :)  Light hearted and enjoyable!


Ever since I got the special Winter issue of Quilt Mania I have dreamed of making the house quilt on the cover!  It is the perfect size and like many quilters...I fell in love with red and white quilts since first laying eyes on the Red & White Quilt Exhibit in NYC.  I only wish I could have seen it in person!!!  The challenge was picking the right red and, the right background.


 I narrowed down my choice to Kathy Schmitz's Patchwork Garden Red.  I love that it reads as a solid but has all this script writing across it.  I think if I can find enough crackle fabric in my stash that might be the right background.  I am not going to start it right away...but it will be all ready like a PIGs project aka Project in Grocery Sack.  I do seem to have a bunch of PIGs in my sewing room!!


Today I head into Bend for Woolies...it will be a small group as several are out of town but I have a great need to keep stitching away on my Christmas wallhanging.  What is your top priority project??

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HELLO SALLY

Before I start todays blog I wanted to say something...if I don't email you back it is because I don't have an email address for you...I try to answer back within 24 hours but life sometimes gets in the way...with that said...Sally...I have received 3 emails saying you sent something to me at the Stitchin' Post.  I have gone down there and they said there is nothing for me.  Thank you for whatever it was and sorry I had no way to let you know :(

On the way to Portland we stopped at Pioneer Quilts which is now located in the Historic Broetje House.  Which without mincing any words...an AWESOME place for a quilt store.  The grounds were in full bloom!


I purchased a Buttermilk Basin candle mat kit...hard to pass those up and a few pieces of wool out of the wash basin of wool :)  I am stitching away on my Christmas project but other than that have nothing to show...but soon...I am going to start a whole bunch of new stuff!!!  I wish my Fitbit would keep track of energy spent on quilting!  I would look like one of those skinny models! LOL

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Honey...I'm Home!!

Well, I obviously needed the break because the first weekend in Portland I slept most of the time!  I never take naps...I drove my parents crazy when I was little because I refused to take naps...not this time.  I seemed to have hit a wall.  My brain was working to hard on the changes in life and I just pooped out :)  So, what did I do when I finally woke up?  Did a little quilt shopping, read like crazy and finished 3 books (there will be lots of reviews this week) and started 2 others.  Went to listen to David Sedaris and literally laughed out loud!  Stitched 4 more blocks for my Primitive Gathering Christmas quilt...played with the kids...and, I got a Fitbit!  Which means I was walking up a storm and in Portland that isn't hard.  It may be a challenge in Sisters.   Because, in our little town you are only a few steps from everything.  


Mother's Day can be both a blessing and a challenge depending on how motherhood treated you.  For some it is a time to reflect on one's own mother which can be a blessing or not...or, depending on your relationship with your children it can be a happy day...or not.  What I know is a lot of mother's did the best they could and in a world filled with challenges it is always healthier to have empathy, forgiveness and love.  

I received this sweet coffee cup with some fresh ground coffee from my oldest sons family and boy did the car ride home smell great!  I couldn't believe this cup...it was like it was made for me!!!  

...and then I found out it was!!!  

My younger son and his wife brought me the most delicious dark chocolates made special...and of course, I don't have any to show you for obvious reasons...except for this last piece which I can't bring myself to eat!!!  Well....I might eat it when I feel the need...it will be my emergency chocolate!

My first book review is a must read.  A 2015 Non Fiction Pulitizer Prize Nominee it is not a depressing book...even though it talks about extinction.  But, it is a book that every person should read.  Fascinating in it's fact and yet the author writes in a narritive style that keeps you going.  With that said...the first couple of chapters are a little slow but once you get into it...you will be amazed.  This is the type of read where I am continually stopping and telling HH information :)


I am so ready to get back into the quilting life...how about you?