Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chit Chat Tuesday

As you know if you follow the Quilt Roadies videos I am on full tilt organizational mode for the first road trip of 2017.  What I realized is that I won't have time to get all the quilting that needs to be done by the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show without help.  After piecing 3 backings, making sure I had the right sized batting I took 3 quilts to BJ's Quilt Basket where Sandi, long armer extraordinaire picks up quilts that need her artistic touch.  Occasionally, one has to resort to quilt by check book.

I had not been to BJ's in a long time...so long, that ownership had transferred.  The shop has always been spacious but now it seems to be even more so...and, there seemed to be a wide variety of fabrics from Batiks to 30's...whole shelf of Laundry Basket fabrics..I saw a lot of fabrics that could live in my stash just fine, LOL

Enjoy the slide show and put this shop on your must visit list when you travel through Central Oregon!  Heads up, they are doing some maintenance over at The Quilt Show Daily Blog so Anna & G On The Road won't post till Friday :)

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sit 'n Stitch

I love Sit 'n Stitch at Sew Many Quilts because there are absolutely no rules...you just show up and start stitching...and I mean any kind of stitching, wool, embroidery, cross stitch...anything that can be done by hand :)  And...it is where I can go to be inspired.  What I know is after I have been to a Sit 'n Stitch group I will leave with at least 3 new projects I just must stitch, LOL!  Here are just a few of the inspirations that were shared today...I posted the photos individually so you can click on them to enlarge.

A sweet little wool & cotton stitchery

cross stitch (I have to make this one!)

Look at this Buttermilk Basin Free BOM that was embroidered 
rather than stitched in wool...love it!

A monthly cross stitch...with weee woolies

This one was in process but I can see the beauty...a nest

This sweet cross stitch is going to be an adorable pillow!

A wonderful show 'n tell by Leslie!  A wonderful 30's quilt.

...and look at these Sue Spargo blocks...
isn't the color scheme beautiful!

If today doesn't include some stitching...at least you can dream about it :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Mystery

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Spent a great day at Sew Many Quilts at a Valentine Mystery Party hosted by Mary Ann.  We were provided with all the supplies to create a an adorable wool Valentine pillow.

One of my dear friends has been on the go...jet setting in two states for her job...but now, she is retired!!!  and back in Central Oregon :) and we decided to spend part of Saturday stitching.  

Mary Ann and Gayle provided quite a spread to keep our sugar levels up for attentive stitching, LOL and the conversation was lively.  

I got quite a bit stitched in the workshop.  I will be adding a few more embellishments.  I hear that they will be offering more of these Mystery Stitch Days and I highly recommend participating...it was nothing but a great time!

The days are getting longer and we have had some sunshine....instead of snow! And both G and I are getting itchy to take the Featherweight on the road!  But, I realized for the travels ahead I am going to have to organize 2 months worth of goals and projects to work on!!!  OMG...I have got to start organizing!!!  Wish me luck!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Here Comes The Sun...We Hope...

So far this month I have been stitching up a storm for 3 different reasons...one, I hate being home alone and G had to go over the mountain for a couple of days which meant I spent a lot of time in my sewing room.  And two...the snow is driving me to stitch and three...rearranging my sewing room created a peaceful Feng Shui which means I love being up there!  

My goal as you know has been to chip away at the UFO pile but that hasn't precluded me from shopping.  I will say that I have become really picky when I shop.  But every so often something passes across my view and I must have it!!!

I have always been a fan of Hatched and Patched.  I have made several of Anni's pincushions but I was wow'd by her latest pattern.  How could you not love Dancing Chickens & Flying Pigs!!!  It is a BOM but since she is in Australia I decided to order the whole pattern and put my own kit together...it is not as if I don't have enough wool around here, lol

And...she included a free mini pattern!  So Sweet...and now that I have been stitching up a storm I have a few project boxes to fill with new ones.

Sometimes you just have to fresh up the project list!  Hope you have a wonderful sunny weekend...we could all use a little bit of sun!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Long Arm vs Sweet 16

I have had a few quilters ask me about why I decided to trade in my Long Arm...and, what I like about the Sweet 16.  A little back history...I used to own a Gammil with a 12 foot table.  I loved it and quilted many quilts on it...the machine hummed and I had a great space with more than enough room.  But, a move came and the next house did not have space for a 12 ft. Long Arm and so I sold it.  This was followed by several years of Quilt by Checkbook for the larger quilts.  I do love Quilt by Checkbook...but, it does impact the quilting budget.

When we left that house and moved to the latest digs my sewing room grew again and I started thinking about a long arm.  After a couple of years I went for it...not thinking about the impact of the machine on the way my room functioned.  It was a snug fit at 10 feet and it meant I had to get rid of my comfy chair.  The comfy chair not only was great for stitching but G would come up and hang out...and, I could sew a little longer.  Because the room is so bright on dreary winter days he sometimes would bring wine up at Happy Hour and we would hang out and talk.    The other thing...I am 10 years older and it was physically challenging on my back and shoulders to pin the quilts to the leaders along with the back and neck strain  leaning over the quilts to continually check my quilting.  I wanted to love it...but, for some reason I wasn't feeling the love.  You have to understand that I come from a long line of peeps who are constantly on the move and to put a quilt on and have to finish it before I could quilt another one...well, it was not me.  I like to quilt a little on several quilts.  

With the Sweet 16 I can sit and quilt with a large throat machine and I like that the machine is facing me just like the long arm.  Visually you can really see what you are working on.  Plus when I get bored working on quilting blocks I can put it aside and work on another quilt.  Since I use the fusible 80/20 Hobbs layering quilts has never been a problem.

There will be a learning curve but I can tell already that I made the right decision of me at this time in my quilting life.

And now...I have a comfy chair back and my Tuffet has a perfect spot!

So...there is my story and I foresee many days of quilting in my future!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wool & Embroidery: The Prep

Quilt Respite + A Happy Birthday

Yesterday was a Quilt Respite...the definition of respite is a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.  And so, a definition of a Quilt Respite is a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant...like cleaning or watching the news!  This group of friends and stitchers hasn't been able to get together for 2 months...2 months.  And, it was a respite for the soul..and it was great to catch up.  There were a couple of extra "friends" although they weren't interested in stitching, LOL.

I love this hand appliqued square that Pat was working on...what I liked was that she wasn't sure what she was going to do with it...maybe the center medallion for a larger quilt???  What freedom of discovery to stitch something and let it take on a life of it's own.

Nola is forever making wonderful quilt for others and she was binding the latest gift.  Quilting is such a wonderful medium to pass on the love.  

Karen was knitting away with yarn she brought back from Ireland and me...well, I was stitching some wool.  Yep, a perfect day.  Then I rushed home because my Sweet 16 arrived and I can't wait to take it for a spin!!!  

May you day be filled with friendship...a little thread...
and a lot of love.
Happy Birthday G...you are a blessing!