Friday, March 7, 2014
Wow, it is hard to believe we are already winding up the week! Are you feeling like time is just zipping by?! So much to do this weekend! Next Wednesday Robin and I leave for the Empty Spools Seminar and ROAD TRIP!!! We have plotted out our travels and plan on taking the quilt stores by storm but in the mean time I still have stitching to do!
This weeks movie is fantastic! In fact I haven't seen a wonderful, feel good movie in a long time. Morgan Freeman uses the English language like a beautiful poet. No murders, no screaming, no terrorist...just a wonderful human interest story. Both HH and I loved it! I discovered it on Netflix.
With that said....the book I am reading is filled with suspense and crazies. But, that is what Jonathan Kellerman is all about. I like his characters, a psychologist and police detective which appear in every book...and all the twist and turns. A fast read...which I need because Wild is just not grabbing me like I had hoped...but I am still reading it.
The Junierberries met yesterday and had a guest! Wish I had brought Enzo...I am sure he would have been smitten!
Nola made this wonderful minki blankie and aren't the elephants adorable!
With all the fun conversations going on around the table I came away with the understanding that quilters are always worried about the Y2K of the quilting world! That moment in time when there is a tear in the fabric of time and you can't get the products you love. We all...have that product we can't live without...sacre blu!
One of the Fabric Stalkers has been hauling her much loved strip cutter to every retreat...then yesterday one of the Juniperberries also was touting the perfection of this tool...and she has a brand new one hidden away in case...yes, in case they don't make them anymore! Now I know she isn't the only one with this mind set...we all are worried about that perfect piece of fabric that won't be printed...or our much loved thread...or...I can only use this certain kind of needle so I had better buy 10 packs...just in case they stop selling them. You know who you are...like me you stock piled the Steam a Seam 2 Lite...and where did it get us...no where because they stopped making it!!!
The next item that came into the room was this cutter because it cuts so much better than the rotary cutter...Well, if I only changed my blade once in a while maybe my rotary cutter would cut! But, noooo I don't want to change the blade to often because then they might stop making the blade for my cutter...god forbid! And the question begs to be asked...why am I so cheap about changing my blades. It is not like I don't buy a pack every time there is a sale. I must be preparing for the Y2K event in quilting???? We quilters are a quirky bunch...my mom may have washed and saved plastic bags...but is saving rotary cutting blades any different???
Have a great weekend...hope it includes some sunshine and stitching! See you back here on Monday!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Slowly but surely I am becoming a stitchery prodigy! I guess Malcom Gladwell is correct, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a prodigy! I am slowly increasing my stitch repertoire by replacing the standard whip or blanket stitch with some of the fancier stuff. And...let's hear the drum roll please...I have finished the May Bertie block (#2). If you click on the photo you can see some of the stitches I have included! I am loving this BOM...especially because I am keeping up with it, lol.
isn't she cute!
This week was the final needle case class...and I took a shot of the teacher's (Tamra) stitching...so perfect!
I finished my book...no UFO, WIP or PIG for me but DONE!!!
Although my bee looks like she had liposuction/nip&tuck I am still proud that she looks like a bee...maybe I'll name her Joan Rivers?!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Living in Oregon is like a slice of heaven...so many different environments, so many activities and then there are the trees...
On the way home the waterways were brimming with water. We hadn't seen the levels this high in years...and we so need the water!
a few years ago we had a fire called the Cash Mountain Fire...it was the largest in Oregon and left an entirely different landscape. HH and I were driving over the pass when we saw the first flames of this fire...several cars pulled over because it was a scary site...that proved to be a huge fire. But the scar left by this fire is a different kind of beauty in winter.
while in Portland I went to the largest Antique and Collectible Show at the Expo Center. 1400 booths! I have to admit right up front...I only lasted half way through...oh yeah, I couldn't get past booth 700...I was too pooped and I had already reached my budget.
The prices were really over the top...more of the retail level than what you would expect from an event like this...no fantastic buys. With that said, we were there on the last day and in the afternoon so dealers were willing to make a sale. I didn't pay full price for anything but I didn't feel like I was getting anything for a steal.
I loved this old steam iron and the little sewing table drawers. I couldn't pass up the poodle pincushion either.
not quite as cute as Enzo but fun. It is made out of metal and the head bobs up and down!
I also found this baby carriage! Cute, huh!
I didn't take a lot of photos but you'll get a sense of this yearly event!
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
There is so much to be learned from fellow quilters...and when you visit them in their space you can't help but absorb tips, decorating/storage idea and excitement. I was surprised to learn that as prolific a quilter that Pat is...she sews on old Singers...the collectible kind! She has a affinity for the Singer featherweight. Which means there is no computerized fancy sewing machine in her sewing room. Where she lives is peaceful and conducive to stitchery. And one can only imagine the ideas that float out of all that peace and quiet.
Her sewing room is in a separate building accessed by a covered walkway from the main house.
Welcome to Pat's Sewing Space...take time to run the slide show more than once to get wonderfully creative ideas on how this quilter manages her world!
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Monday, March 3, 2014
Have you ever met someone who you feel so comfortable with. And, as you talk you realize that they love exactly the things you love...just maybe by a ripple in the universe you have met a sister from another family??? Well, that is how I felt within moments of meeting Pat. She is living in my dream house...a log cabin! And, she loves to go antiquing for that perfect find! I swear some of the items in her home were things I used to have in our farm house in California some 35+ years ago!!! She loves all things historic...from little kids shoes from the 30's to old irons! She collects buttons...and, do I mean collects! Old irons, coffee grinders, chocolate molds, baskets...and everything is displayed in wonderful little vignettes!
Her quilting likes are totally in line with the Woolie...and, she doesn't like Batiks either!!!! I have divided the slide show over 2 days because I didn't want any numb rear ends out there, lol. Today...the home. Tomorrow...the sewing space!
Get a cuppa coffee and join Pat in her home!
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Friday, February 28, 2014
Today's blog is about "help"...on many different levels. First the movie review of the week is a documentary by Tom Shadyac, director of Ace Ventura, Liar Liar...and many other comedies. After a life changing event he did some inner and outer searched for a documentary called "I Am" which focused on 2 questions..."What's wrong with our world? And, What can we do to help it?" It is very thought provoking and I give it 5 stars! I was able to get it through Netflix. Since it has become an international movement I am sure you can find it at several different venues. I continue to read "Unbroken" and am on the final few chapters...if books were rated on a star system...this one would get 5 stars also!
I cried help and Robin came running! Truly a friend indeed! June Jaegar of Log Cabin QuiltWorks sent out an email to announce that those students who have taken her class "Best Friends" can enter their quilts in a group exhibit during the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Poor Enzo has ended up on the UFO pile although he was almost done because I couldn't get past the fact that I didn't like how his nose looked. When the email came out Robin called and asked if I was going to enter Enzo...if so...she would enter Brim. After all, they are best friends. I cried HELP and she came to the rescue! I know that the quilt is not supposed to be an exact detailed reproduction of the photo but the nose just didn't look right. Having no real art background I was stumped. Robin figured out what my issue was (she is a quilt therapist) and the problem was solved!
While we worked away the boys hung out, napping and bugging us for treats. Good thing I keep a dog biscuit jar in the command center.
I loved this photo of Brim because he looked like he was praying to my sewing machine...until he looked my way, lol
The class was amazing and is being offered at Quilters Affair again this year. You start with a photo, blow it up to an 8 x 10. Send it off to June Jaeger. She then she blows it up and draws an enlarged paper template. In class you reverse trace it onto tissue paper and then the fabric constructions begin.
...and then you end up with a quilt of your best friend!
Have a great weekend! I have an wonderful slide show for you on Monday!!!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I am trying to catch up on quilting news! Usually I hit a quilt group every week somewhere...but this week was 2 days in a row because I knew I was going to be busy next week and couldn't bare to miss time with my girlfriends. Rather than spread out what was going on in our neck of the woods I decided to combine both groups into one slide show...Material Girls and Woolies! Some of us belong to both and some only to one or the other. But, the quilting community in Central Oregon is really one giant organism with a multitude of DNA strands...providing life to the quilt shops and each other! lol.
Hard to believe "blog-less" Sandy is turning 50!!! The baby of our group is soon to be a grandmother also! This provided us an opportunity to celebrate. Anne brought cupcakes and both she and Sandy provided us with a nice show 'n tell which you will see on Cottons 'n Wool this week.
Material Girls meets at a local church and Woolies meets at QuiltWorks where you are always greeted by Piper, shop dog!
I hope you get inspiration by the creations in the slide show...after all...that is what quilting is all about...learning, creating, generosity and friendship!
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Oh, and I got my February UFO done! Just in time! All it needed was a binding attached and tacked...funny how projects get waylaid.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
For the rest of the world this is the Year of the Horse. People born in the year of the horse are travelers. It is also a sign of speedy success. Horses are best in a leadership role and are known for their pursuit of freedom. They are passionate in their beliefs. As a side note my mother was born in the year of the horse and to her dying day was proud of the year she entered this world.
In this space I occupy it is not the year of the horse but rather the year of the UFO. It is a year filled with mystery (where the #$%^ did this kit come from?) and wonder (holy moly...I could open a shop!!!). Those of us brave enough to embrace the Year of the UFO are committed. We also are passionate about the pursuit of freedom from the burden of our past. We desire excitement in discovering new projects but are disciplined enough to realize that by embracing the UFO we will set our sewing rooms free!!!!
I encourage you to stay the course. To embrace those UFO's that have been crying for freedom...we are closing in on the second month of the year and we must be strong!
With this said I dug out a BOM from 2013 designed by Kathy Schmitz and dove right in...I decided after seeing and talking with Candace at Squash House Quilts to also construct mine into one quilt rather than 12 little ones. I had a good start on the stitchery but seemed to have had a Labrador moment and bounced off after some other project. NOW, IT IS THE YEAR OF THE UFO!!!
2 Down...10 to Go...
I may have a Labrador Retriever Brain...but, I am an Optimist!
Have a wonderful Wednesday! And, hug a UFO!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Here we are entering the last week of February!!! Holy calendar Bat Man...how did that happen! What I do know is that my commitment to not internet shop the first 6 months has been an eye opener! Not only where my pocketbook is concerned but how I feel emotionally. Who would have thought that this commitment would open up a pile of revelations about myself. Life in the command center is much more relaxing without packages arriving by mail. And, there is a real sense of control and contentment as I chip away at the piles around here.
I have already finished the 1st Bertie BOM! This is what students who actually had their homework ready on Friday for class on Monday must feel...I decided to do a little fancy stitching on my leaves...and to use different colors of green for the leaves. If you look at a tree...the leaves are never all the same shade of green. I also didn't like how the little nest looked and so stitched and clipped some gold pearl cotton to look like bits of straw.
Because I know that I am not going to like all the wool selections provided in a BOM I save all my little scraps from previous projects so I can be a little more innovative. I save them in gallon plastic bags and when I am looking for a variety of greens I dump the bags and ALWAYS find something just right!
I already have the next months block prepped! I didn't like the neon colored wool that was provided for the flowers and so did some wool diving into my scrap bags.
I generally don't follow the instructions to the letter but am always looking for easier short cuts. Rather than prep and stitch the center first before piecing the border...I pieced the border, attaching it to the center before attaching the motifs. This way I can center the pieces perfectly. Then I applied SF 101 a Pellon product to the entire back to give it stability. I sewed an 1/8th seam all the way around to further strengthen the flannel and prevent stretching.
Today I head to Woolies...and will begin stitching on Bertie #2! Hope your Tuesday is filled with stitching.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Long arm quilters who provide quilting services for those of us who won't, don't or can't quilt our larger quilts are angels...and, once we develop a relationship with a long armer we rarely use anyone else. They are like the dentist of the quilting world...once you got a good one you never switch, lol. Recently, I have been approached by different long armers to try out their services. It is scary but wanting to be able to share what's out there I thought I would take the plunge. There are a variety of prices, talents, skill levels and schedules. In our area the two big squeeze times are right before Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and Christmas. So, it is wise to be in relationship with a couple of different long armers so you can be sure to be on the list!
We are starting the week off with an introduction of a Long Arm Quilter named, Keith...and his wife Linda! Both Keith and Linda are very familiar with the fiber arts. Keith in fact had quilts displayed in Man Land at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and Linda has been editing quilting patterns, magazines and books as a career! He has been long arm quilting for about 3 years and finds that it is another element in his ever growing list of artistic achievements. Although he leans toward more traditional quilting the modern movement has provided some interesting graphic elements.
In order to make room for the long arm Keith converted a portion of his garage into a bright fun working environment...and of course Frank, the Lab who is his constant companion while quilting was the inspiration for the business.
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883 SE Briarwood Ct.
Bend, Oregon 97702
Linda has provided him with all the support a fiber artist such as herself can provide. How many homes do you know of that have 2 sewing rooms beside the long arm room!?
Linda, former editor of Sew News is also leading a Fiber tour to Hong Kong this year and for anyone interested is this American Sewing Guild associated event just click on the link for more info! Sew Much Fun
It seems this couple are living the Fiber Life!
Here is the wedding quilt i finished at the Quiet River Retreat! Glad it is done...now lets wait and see how the quilting turns out!
Enjoy the slide show of the Quilting Lab!
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