Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Quilter Extraodinaire

One of the disadvantages of being on the road is you miss a lot of your local life and although I will never give up the enjoyable nomadic quilt life, I do miss the gallery shows at QuiltWorks in Bend, Oregon.  Now that I have settled in for a bit I had to go check out the June Gallery show!  The featured quilter is one who I have admired for a long time.  You'll also be able to see the group quilt exhibit on The Quilt Show, Anna & G On The Road tomorrow.

There are quilters and then there are QUILTERS...and Jean Mays falls into the later group.  When I lived in Bend I belonged to a stitch group called the Material Girls and Jean was a member.  She always set the bar high...and by high I mean she appliques, pieces and hand quilts...oh, and she machine quilts too.  But, a lot of her quilts are hand quilted with a perfect quilt stitch.  Jean has always love beautiful floral prints.  

I hope you enjoy this slideshow and 
feel the inspiration to start stitching.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Busy Bee

Yesterday was a Busy Bee Day...lots of things to accomplish in Bend before heading home for an appointment in Sisters.  Some days just seem like one wild moment and it's done, lol.  Somehow I ended up with a rock chip which overnight created a crack half way across my windshield!  5 phones and transfers later I have an appointment in a week and a half.

The highlight of the day was hanging out with the Sit 'n Stitch gals at Sew Many Quilts.  It was a day filled with sharing, laughter and iPhone tutorials, LOL  One of the gals got her quilt back from the long arm quilter and it turned out beautiful!  This is a Heart To Hand pattern.

 

Leslie showed up with the cutest project to stitch on and come to find out...she used the design from a Mary Engelbreit coloring book!!!  She is so clever!  And, best of all Mary herself liked it when Leslie posted a photo :) besides I love the bees on the background fabric!


After getting home I saw the pile of mail that G had picked up and there was the sweetest surprise!  A couple of books for my new grand baby along with the most wonderful card!!!  I don't know about you but I can see a wall hanging in my future with the motifs on this card...isn't it adorable!


Needless to say I dropped into bed with 
visions of quilt projects dancing in my head!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Love Letters

When I was 12 years old my dad gave me 2 letters he had written to me when I was a baby.  The first letter was to be opened on my 16th birthday and the second letter was to be opened on my wedding day.  I treasured these letters...never peeking until the milestone day...and it was the first thing I did each day!  It was a looking glass into my dad as a new father and a powerful message to me.

So when I found a package by the front door from Bonnie, who I met at a previous Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Facebook friend, Quilt Roadies viewer addressed to my new grand baby and his parents I couldn't help but take a peek.  Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa.  While she was visiting Sisters she had to check out the Stitchin Post and Twigs where she found this wonderful book "Letters To My Baby."  


Inside were pages of envelopes where you could tuck letters to your baby...so sweet!  Little did you know Bonnie how this gift took me down memory lane!


3 generation of men in our family.


This week I am stitching labels on my show quilts...and plan on layering a baby quilt...hope your week includes a bit of quilting!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Baby Has A Baby


8lbs 4 oz 201/4 inches long
arrived today at 12:25 am


We welcome you to our family

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Time

When you are a kid time has no meaning.  As you age time takes on a life of it's own...as a student, time is measured in holidays and school vacation days.  Adulthood brings time being measured by days off, as opposed to days working, tax time, daylight savings time (depending on when you live) and seasons.  When you reach your 50's & 60's time is looked at in relations to  a future retirement, grandchildren and the changes in your body.  As a quilter time in measured in UFOs, WIPs and PIGs, LOL.

As for G and I, we have a front row seat not only to time ticking away in our life and our friends lives but, in our children...and it is such a blessing to be witness to the steps that we recognize.

This cool urban couple....


...is now heading to the next segment of time in a full life.


...and me...my time is currently highlighted by a UFO
 for my new grandson...
he should be here any day
 and, become the new CEO of time in our family!


Have a wonderful day...and take some time for yourself :)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe

Berry Time

Not only is it  Oregon Strawberry season it was also time for the Berries to meet at Nola's house.  Just so you know...Oregon strawberries are the best...they are sweet and red all the way through.  The season is short so we try to enjoy them to the fullest!...Now, back to the other Berries who are a group of women with have a long history in of stitching together in Sisters.  Life is busy but we try to meet once a month at one of our houses and this month it was Nola's.  The project Nola is working on is actually our towns street flags!  Generous of spirit she made some bright happy flags that are attached to sticks and sit on holders next to the cross walks on either end of town.  We are a tourist town which means a lot of  pedestrians and cars compete for space.  To increase safety when crossing the street you grab one of these flags and wave it as you cross so the drivers can see you!!  The kids love them!




I had to show you this sweet little quilt that Pat made...each square is about 3 inches.  She prepped the squares with hearts and then needle turned them while traveling by plane.  Great idea to keep you distracted while flying!


I am stitching away on baby quilt...I have a feeling the bambino will be here before I am done but I still have high hopes, LOL...wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

All I Can Do Is Count....


Every day the news breaks my heart a little more and to patch it back together I count the many blessings in my life.  It is easy to get pulled down in the mud and start to feel like the world is tipping but I know the power of one...and each of us can be that one! 

G and I have been pondering the nomadic life and how we want to travel...the last 3 months we have talked the pro's and con's and finally made a decision.  So, here we are only 1 mile from our home doing a dry run on a travel trailer...more about our choice in a future Quilt Roadies video. 

I can't let all these distractions keep me from finishing up the last of 4 bindings...alleluia!!!  A nice little campsite with Enzo keeping a watch for any possible treats that may come his way :).


Have a wonderful day, hour and moment...
this is the time that is the most important...
be the One!