Thursday, February 22, 2018


No I am not in a battle yelling retreat...well,  maybe I am.  Today begins the Fabric Stalkers Winter Retreat and I am going to make headway on some languishing projects!  This Winter retreat is just down the road from home so if I need to head home I can...or, if I forgot some important piece of fabric.

My priority is to get my Sylvia Pippen BOM started and on the path to completion!!  I love Sashiko and I love the combination of the 2 was a no brainer for me!

There is something so relaxing about Sashiko...maybe it is the single thread or the softness of Egyptian cotton thread...whatever it is I love it!  And since I have a pile of things to prep and stitch I had better get cracking!  Send me good stitching vibes for a successful retreat!

And, have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Flexibility Is The Word Of The Day....

I am having to be light on my feet these days as life has been in constant flux.  G is still in recovery mode...yep, a month later and he is still not fully recovered...and, has even had a set back or two.  I was up in Portland Friday to play with my sister who was in town. And, I had a wonderful day with family and friends.  My sweet grandson was enthralled by the sweet melody being played by my nephews oldest son.

Then late Friday, early Saturday I got a call that G wasn't feeling well.  So my sister and I packed up and headed back home.  And, boy was I glad we came home when we did because the weather moved in and we had winds that would ultimately blow down some trees...and a nice dump of snow.   This change in schedule meant my sister got to see my baby grandson.  I love this photo of him!

G was starting to feel a bit better so my sister and I decided to go to the movies.  We both enjoyed "Lady Bird"  We recognized some of the characters as people from our past.  I would highly recommend this movie...I think it will speaks to many.

While my sister hung out in The Bee Hive practicing her Yoga I layered a quilt and started quilting!  So  see...sometimes a change in plans can open up more fun!!!

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Quilt Cruise: Central American Tour

Heart Month

I hope you all had a nice Valentine's is hard to believe we are already half way through February?!  February is heart month and so G and I went and had an EBT scan done as part of our quest for a healthy life.  EBT is short for Electron Beam Tomography.  It takes 5 minutes and doesn't require any prep.  The down side is it is not covered by insurance...the is only $99.  Which is a deal to find out if you have plaque in your arteries.     I am sharing this with you because G and I took a few moments out of our lives to have the scan and guess what, he has ZERO plaque in his arteries...not so good for me.  It wasn't a surprise because of my family history.   But, I was crossing my fingers during the scan.  My score was 25 which is mild but there is plaque.  I was so happy that I was already on the path to changing habits and this just reaffirmed that what I am doing is only going to help me.  With the support of G, my son and DIL and the book recommended by them..."How Not To Die" (great title) I am ready to get rid of the plaque without medicine!  I have so many projects that I need at least another 20 years!!!  I encourage you all...because I care about get an EBT scheduled!

I am taking a little break from my sewing and going to go play with my sister.  I plan on working on some cross stitch!!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday Thoughts

G and I decided we might need a vacation from our schedule, LOL...Since coming home we have been swamped with life.  February was designated as our get the work and business done so we can take the Quilt Roadies on the road.   But, it is looking more and more like take off will be later than we thought...dang.  But, it does give me more time to get my quilt show quilts done.  I still have to make my postcard.  Each of the Quilter's Affair instructors makes a postcard to be auctioned off in support of arts in the schools.   So, a lot on my "needs to be done" list before we hit the road.

I did have an opportunity to stop by and enjoy the February exhibit at QuiltWorks It was great to see the work of a long time local quilter Nikki Cooper.  I love these shows because they show the breathe of a persons work and you can see their quilting life from the beginning.  You can click on Nikki's bio and get to know her before you watch the slide show.  Have a great quilting Tuesday! And, a day of receiving and sharing my mom used to say...Valentines Day should be everyday.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Beyond The Surface

A few years ago when Crimson Tweed was published I fell in love with it!  What didn't grab me was the color scheme.  At the time Crimson Tweed didn't have any embellishment stitching!  Yes, this book was before Sue went crazy with the stitches!!!  Every time I saw this book I was so tempted...but took a pass.

Enter Monica and The Olde World Quilt Shoppe where she is the BOM moderator for the Crimson Tweed BOM.  The color and tone of the quilt is more on the tan scale and Monica is embellishing each block with all that she has learned from the Sue Classes she has taken.

Here are some of the blocks she has already completed...time for me to start prepping!

Sometimes looking beyond the surface 
possibilities come alive!

Have a great day 
and may the weekend be filled with stitching!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Give Thanks!!!

I am giving thanks that this UFO is ready for quilting!  You can click on the photo to enlarge and see all my fancy stitching.  I didn't want to over stitch it but added just enough extra to make it gobble!!! LOL  I am quite proud of myself because it was not a kit.  I chose the background fabrics using a variety of flannel and all of the wool in out of my stash!!  This quilt will be hanging in the Teacher's Tent at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and if you are interested in the pattern or kit you can find it at Buttermilk Basin one of my favorite designers :)

I continue to tweak and organize the Bee Hive.  A couple of months ago I spent the day stitching with the Fabric Stalkers in the new sewing room of one of our members.  She had added on a beautiful room that included enough space for everyone to stitch, a spot for her sewing table, cutting table and long arm...with a mountain view!  The best part of visiting sewing rooms is the ideas you get for organizing and storing your own space.  I was prepping a project and needed a little piece of wool and she directed me to these little baskets where her wool scraps were divided by color.  I loved the idea and decided to figure out how I could do that in my own sewing room.  Of course I have a lot more scraps than she did and they were all stuffed in gallon plastic bags which meant I had to dump them out when searching for that perfect piece!  I found some bigger plastic baskets at Target and they fit on my bookshelf just perfectly!!!  We don't have much of a moth problem but I'll place a sprig of lavender in the bottom of each one.  I could feel the stress just roll off my stitching back!

Wishing you a healthy week, 
filled with friendship and stitching!