Friday, April 24, 2015


Has it been a peaceful week for you?  Or are you trying to figure out me?  I saw this photo on Pinterest and almost snorted my coffee!!! LOL...that is soooo me.  But I did it...I went out in the cold and did some exercise.  

My movie of the week is The Imitation Game...every person in the universe should see this one!  It is a crime what we do to each other.  

My friend Tamra and I are on our continued quest to keep each other on schedule for our Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show entries.  OMG...hers is absolutely fantastic! you hear me...keep stitchin'!!!  Aren't these blocks fantastic.  A combination of cotton 'n wool :)

I hope you have a relaxing weekend!  And, you are able to take a stitch or 2 :)  I can't wait till Monday because it is the Material Girls Basket Quilt Challenge...a year in the making we will have the reveal and voting!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Central Oregon Shop Hop

The 2015 Central Oregon Shop Hop begins today and runs until April 26. This is an annual event filled with friends, fun, fabric and food! Pick up your passport at your first shop and get it stamped. Each shop has a free pattern and a free “chunky” 1/8th to give away. You can enter to win a door prize from each shop, too. Get your passport stamped at each of the eight shops and you will be entered to win one of 19 prizes! The top three prizes are lightweight sewing machines, perfect for a class. The next 16 prizes are $50 and $25 gift certificates from each shop. Plus, the eight door prizes give you more opportunities to win! So grab some friends and get ready for another fun Central Oregon Shop Hop!

I love that they are giving away 3 grand prizes lightweight sewing machines rather than 1.  As I get older I think a nice lightweight machine is better to haul around for classes rather than my behemoth machine :)

I hope you will be sure to make it out to Prineville...the Quilt Shack is such a nice shop.  They have some adorable Minki fabric!!!  Driving up you are greeted by this wonderfully painted quilt!

I made a little slide show of the shop...just to entice you to make the trek if you are in the area...and if not you might still see something that requires you to give them a call, LOL.  As for me, I am on the home stretch of completing my quilt show quilt stress in my life!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bumping Along

We have reached our Spring weather.  Some warm days interspersed with thundershower...and, the landscapers have returned to help trim the landscape.

I really enjoyed this video on Fat Quarter Shop with Lisa Bongean, who is one of my favorite designers.  Here it is just in case you missed it :)  I am going to figure out how to include a trip to her California shop and Road to California!!!

Since the "schedule" (I talk about the schedule as if it is a living breathing monster) made it impossible to attend the weekly Material Girls I was going through withdrawals. I missed the variety of quilters in this group and the joy they bring to each other.  Every one was especially excited because next week is the annual potluck and challenge quilt reveal.  The 2014 challenge was baskets.  I am really looking forward to seeing the creations!  In the meantime check out what everyone was working on :)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Introducing Violet Craft

The East of the Cascade Quilt Guild is blessed.  When a designer comes to town to teach a class they will sometimes schedule a show 'n tell for the guild!!!   This month we were lucky enough to have Violet Craft stop by and share her journey.  Violet was born to a family of musicians and artists but as with many her path took her off the familiar and into the world of business and finance.  Upon the birth of her first child she re-evaluated her personal map and decided to tap into the genetics she was born with and pursue arts and crafts.  Her successful venture into designing children's clothing ultimately led to the place she inhabits...that of a fabric and pattern designer.  She lives in Portland and is a member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and designs for Micheal Miller Fabrics.  If you remember I made a quilt out of her Bridges line and place mats...remember these :)

Enjoy the slide show and check out her website!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The Novel Idea , Quilt Slide Show & A Movie Review

I's Monday and if I am going to do a book and movie review it usually happens on schedule is either ahead of itself or behind...I am not sure which, LOL.

I can't believe it but my movie review is about the movie Wild...this is funny because I was not going to see this movie because I really didn't like the book!!! The book drove me crazy.  I found myself wanting to scream at Cheryl!  But, I guess it was because I was reading it as a senior citizen and she was writing about when she was in her 20's.  Truth be told, if I could, I would be screaming at my 20 year old self also.  Anyhoo, HH was interested in the movie since a portion of it was filmed locally.  Surprisingly, I enjoyed the movie and in fact had a new found empathy for her that I was not able to  round up while reading the book.

The book review is limited but I couldn't wait to show you the quilt show!  Each year Deschutes County Library selects one book to share as a community with book groups, classes, and artistically.  This year's book is A Tale For The Time Being.  Although I am only half way through I didn't want to miss the novelist presentation, which was wonderful!

Marilyn owner (left) of QuiltWorks is a supporter of the Novel Idea and each year encourages quilters to read the book and then create a quilt depicting some thing or feeling from the book.  This year the novelist Ruth Ozeki (right) was given a tour of the creation hanging in the QuiltWorks Gallery.  
She was amazed!!!

...I hope you enjoy the quilt show and that it will peak your interest in the book :)  the last slides are of previous Novel Idea Quilts and the book titles where the inspiration sprang.
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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 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 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 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 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 just aren't supposed to out live your children.  So, I am again reminded to be 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 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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