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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

For those readers who are celebrating Thanksgiving I pray that you are tucked safely at your destinations and that the aroma of a good life is wafting throughout your homes.  For those who do not live in the US and are not celebrating, I am thankful for your company each weekday morning.  And finally for those who are not able to be with family this day...I am grateful for your service where ever you are!


Today since I cannot share my pie...I share a slide show of the November Gallery Show at QuiltWorks in Bend, Oregon.  The quilt below was part of the show and was made by a Juniperberry, Jeanne.  I love the courage of color and piecing!


Enjoy the slide show, the turkey...the pie...the Thanksgiving Day Parade...the games and most of all each other!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Over the Top

Yesterday was one of those over the top days...all good...but, filled to the brim.  I enjoyed 2...yes, 2 stitchery groups.  Started the day stitching with Tamra at the Stitchin' Post and ended with Woolies at QuiltWorks. And, I got the confirmation of my reservation for the Quilting Cruise with Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings and Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin in 2016.  Sooooo, who is coming with us??


QuiltWorks


I got to see 2 cuties...one furry and one handsome.  Piper the shop dog is about the cutest...can't let Enzo hear me talking about Piper.  Blogless Sandy's grandson stopped by for a visit!  Yes, time is flying by he is already 8 months old!


A short slide show of what the Wool Addicts of Central Oregon are up too, lol.  Just a reminder that starting Monday December 1st the Woolie 12 days of Christmas starts.  On each of the 1st twelve days I will be posting a Give Away pattern or goodie!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Feeling It!

It seems the holidays are fully upon us!  I am not sure if it was the early snow...or the fact that Thanksgiving practically backs up to December this year...anyhoo, it is here and we either have to deal with it...or enjoy it!  Me, I am going to enjoy every moment! 

Last night HH was practicing some Christmas music with a couple of neighbors.  Did you know that Santa is a neighbor of our!  Nothing like a little Christmas jingle to get you in the mood.


I couldn't help it...I just had to go into Bend to see my Material Girls!!!  I have missed stitching with them and it was a good thing I did because Bev brought this quilt to show 'n tell.  There is a story behind this quilt...so, here goes...years ago...as in about 12+ years ago Bev taught the Material Girls a quilt class called Hidden Wells.  It wasn't hard but it was tricky.  The fabrics had to be placed just so in order to creat the secondary patterns in the quilt.  I did not get mine done and it ended up in the back recesses of my sewing closet where it remained until about a year and a half ago when we were moving and I was cleaning out the closet.  Having been over 10 years there was no way for me to remember the tricky steps and so I bundled the entire quilt up and  brought it to Bev and said...here, save it and do with it what you will.  And so, this is my quilt, done and saved by Bev!  Every quilt deserves to be saved...you just have to find the perfect Quilt Angel :)


Enjoy the slide show on what the Material Girls were up too.  I am off to spend time with people who love wool so I'll see ya back here tomorrow!  
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday???


It is hard to believe it is Monday or that it is November 24 and that it is 2014!  I try to grasp each moment but sometimes it is moving faster than the speed of light!!  Having snow on the ground automatically makes you slow down and if you don't...well, this weekend I saw several cars off the road.  Ya gotta slow down, moron!!!

The herd has really hunkered down in town.  Did I tell you about the herd in the carport?  Yeah, a family of 8 huddled in a opened garage, lol.  They are fearless!


"What are you looking at???"

"Phhhtttt"

We headed to Bend for a birthday celebration and Enzo was excited to be hanging with his bud.


The birthday boy received a beautiful flannel quilt

I on the other hand made the birthday boy a Mug Rug!


...and I chose the perfect mug for a fisherman :)

I have been compulsively making Mug Rugs for Christmas.  They are so much fun and useful.  Picking the fabric out to complement the mug has been really fun...and, I love making Christmas presents. The weekend was definitely productive...lets see how Thanksgiving Week turns out!  If you are not hanging with the Woolie this week I want to wish a wonderful holiday!  I'll be here :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wrapping Up The Week

It is a good thing that I don't have issues with cabin fever and that I like the company of HH and Enzo because the roads and the weather has kept me at home for most of the week.  I did venture out to the East of the Cascade Guild...but, my neighbor drove :). And, I did go to the store but HH drove...what can I say...I am a "Driving Miss Daisy" kind of gal.  Today's blog is a mish mash of information...none of it quilt related.  That is not to say I haven't been stitching...but, I have been working on Christmas presents and so can't reveal them :)  I have been constructing Mug Rugs...soooo much fun!  

I finished Edge of Eternity and it was a perfect read...held my attention, several moments of 'NO WAY." And, the history was verifiable and intriguing.  It is the 3rd book in a Trilogy...which means you must read the first 2 books in order to fully appreciate this amazing book.


Love Thy Neighbor was a 5 Star Woolie movie!!!  Bill Murray was outstanding and this was a break out role for Melissa McCarthy.  The story was beautiful, heart breaking and uplifting...a must see movie! 


I was walking home from a neighbors house and this deer asked me, "Does My Butt Look Big?"  I didn't want to be rude and said "Well, white makes everyone look bigger."


And...yesterday HH and I went to Bi Mart and stopped at the local Subway for breakfast!  It was slippery and on our way there was a car off the road.  Luckily no one was hurt but the car was totally stuck in the snowbank.  The Subway in Sisters is owned by a local Woolie...so stop on by and support the locals!

...yesterday was a perfect evening for the first Spanish Coffees of the season. 

Overall a very nice week!  I am amazed at how fast the month is flying by...and,  you know what that means...come December the Woolie has the 12 Days of Christmas Give Away!!!  I have been saving all year for this fun event.  For those who are new to the blog I save patterns that I have made during the year and give one away each day for 12 days.  My bag is full...so there may be more than one winner on some days!  I also include a Christmas music video each day.  So stay tuned!  

Have a great weekend and see you back here on Monday!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

East of the Cascade Quilt Guild

I spent yesterday tacking down the binding on the Christmas table runner I had made and quilting my "log jammin'" quilt from last summers Quilters Affair class.  The roads around here have been treacherous and it just felt good to stay home and stitch.  Such a tough decision! lol.  HH and Enzo have been getting a little cabin fever so we went out to breakfast to start the day. But the Gallery is only about 5 blocks from us. It is beautiful to view the white Winter wonderland and not near as bad as the Lake Effect snow in New York.

Last night I decided to brave the elements and attend the local guild meeting.  I invited a neighbor to check it out...she just bought her first sewing machine...***insert evil laughter***there is nothing like introducing someone to the world of quilting, LOL  Surprisingly...given the condition of the roads and the freezing rain there was a nice attendance.  The meeting is held at the Stitchin' Post...such a lovely place for a meeting and only about 3 blocks from home.  Ahhhh, the benefits of living in such a small town is that you aren't going to get stuck on an Interstate.

Enjoy the slide show :)  It is another day of stitching...hummm, wonder what I am going to work on???

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pushing Forward

Yes, I have taken myself to task and have set up a program to accomplish all that I need and want to by Christmas. Yesterday I designated pillowcase day.  In between all the household things that needed to be done I made 5 pillowcases...one for all the little people I love in my life.

I love making pillowcases because it starts with choosing some really fun fabrics!  And, what is not to love about shopping for fabrics that are totally out of your normal list of fabric wants, lol.

I love coordinating the trim and cuff and I use a French seam so there are no raw edges or raveling after laundering.



here is a photo of the pillowcase body.  Aren't they fun!  I love thinking about the kid I am going to make one for and choosing the perfect fabric :)


Not sure what is on the list today.  The weather continues to remain below freezing and thus the snow remains.  Which means it is another day of quilting and this evening Valori Wells Kennedy will be speaking at the Guild meeting and I am hoping she will be sharing her trip to Morocco!

Have a great day and let me know if this is a handmade Christmas or if you will be hitting the malls to complete your list?  Mine is a mix of both.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

36 Days Till Christmas!!!


I know I am sharing my own anxiety....but, it seems to have snuck up on me.  I am not sure if it is because we had an early snow storm and we are covered in snow, which always makes me feel in the holiday mood. Or, maybe there is a conspiracy to replace the Gregorian Calendar with a shorter more abbreviated calendar by big corporation so we will panic shop!!!

Whatever the cause I am in major Christmas mode.  I swear every year that I am NOT going to think about it till after Thanksgiving...but, this year I can't!!!  I am already Christmas shopping and spending lots of time in my sewing room stitching.  Last week my friend Ruth came over for a "Woolie" wool class and brought a project she was going to make by Plays With Wool.  I thought it was so cute I borrowed the pattern and created my own candle mat.  Simple, yet adorable!  I now have my first Christmas decoration done :).



What about you...are you one of those organized individuals who has all their shopping  and stitching done...or, did you break out in a sweat when you saw the title of this post???

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Monday...How Sweet It Is!

This statement was posted on Facebook this weekend and it really resonated with me and so I thought I would share it with you...are you there?...or do you have a challenge saying NO...or, need to be liked?  Life is short...make the most of it and use your time well.


Our weekend was a filled with snow!  It was beautiful! The neighborhood dug ourselves out.  We had too...since several neighbors were invited to a Harvest Gathering Potluck and we had to be able to walk since the roads weren't wide enough for car parking and it was only 4 houses away :)

Enzo was enjoying himself and I got to dust off my snow shoes.  The temperature dropped to -5 and yesterday afternoon we hit a high of 25 degrees...practically balmy, lol.  I saw a small herd of deer huddled inside a car port in town...yep, even they thought it was a little too cold!


I did some baking this weekend, and this is where Enzo hangs out when I am in the kitchen.  He is such a chicken!


With the weather so chilly I spent the entire weekend in my sewing room...well, I did come down for meals and I didn't sleep in there.  I dove into a new project and love how it turned out,  I have the wool all prepped for stitching.  This is a Primitive Gathering pattern.  I decided to add the year on the basket, kinda like when the year is added to a stitched sampler.  If I were to do this again I probably would just piece the area where the wool pieces are attached.  It is going to be cumbersome to stitch those wool pieces while manipulating the enter piece.  I started to worry about stretching and fraying of all those half square triangles while stitching the wool...so I covered the entire back with Pellon SF 101 and my problem was solved :)


My brain has been going 100 miles an hour thinking about Christmas, about organization...finishing projects, making gifts....I think I am making myself a little crazy...you did know that there is only...37 days till Christmas...sorry...my panic needed company.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Week Ends With A Bang!

Well just because Father Winter was ready...it didn't mean the rest of us were!  We woke up to a dramatic build up of the pile of snow!




We did watch a great movie this week!  Chef...with an all star cast, it was entertaining and had the added bonus of making me want to cook...or at least eat a Cubano!


Yesterday I was running through the snow!


Today, I am stuck...which translate to Quilting!



A snow day was declared locally so it was fun in the neighborhood!


It literally snowed all day long! And, today will be more of the same!  My little pagoda became a mushroom, lol


Enzo would go outside and do his "dooty"
...but, as you tell he is anxious to get back inside!


...and so, what did I do all day?  Cut out a new quilt and laid it all out...since the snow has continued to fall I will be piecing it today!!!  What are you doing on this fine Friday???
See you on Monday...have a safe and warm weekend :)