Thursday, October 27, 2016

Movin' Movin' Movin....

I tell my last post stated I am on a roll and it is all because of a change in the quilting brain waves!  Looking at my projects and putting them up on my design wall as I feel like working on them has cleared the clutter!  Yes...I still have a Matterhorn size pile of projects but dealing with them on the design wall individually has made a huge difference.  It's like when you go out to lunch with a friend and you turn your cell phone off because you know the relationship is one you want to spend time on and you don't want to be distracted by others :)

Talk about distractions I have great friends for that!  I prepped this project yesterday after seeing the "completed" project by Anne and Sandy.  I had a nice pile of woven towels to choose from and a lovely pattern from Buttermilk Basin although the more I look at it I think I may make it into a pillow for my cousin...isn't that what quilting is all about, sharing.

I finished  another block of my Yoko Saito BOM by Primitive Gatherings!  I love the color and feel of this BOM.

...and look at this adorable pillow I made!!  I love it!

Yes, it has been a productive couple of days thanks to the encouragement of fellow stitchers! Stitching in a group helps keep me focused and as Sandi says...the crow brain in check when they see something shiny, LOL  Oh lookie that.....hop hop hop

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Happy Soul!!

I did a few quilting brain adjustments this weekend!  #1  I cleared off my design wall!  Instead of having the entire wall covered with 6 different ongoing projects I decided to clear it off and only have up a specific project I want to make headway on...I cannot tell you how this small move has changed the way my quilting soul feels.  I actually felt a decrease in my stress level.  And, it seems to help in my productivity.

The next thing I did was start poking around at the little piles that were laying on the cutting table, sewing table and stitching table.  It seems I spend a lot of time moving these piles around so I could work on other piles.  Well, on Sunday and Monday afternoon I picked up a pile and worked on it till it was done!  

1st. pile to be completed, my placemats using adorable fabric I found at the Center Diamond and a Valori Wells pattern.

Next up to be finished was Snowman Joy by Buttermilk Basin!  This was a project I started on the stitching cruise I took earlier this year with Stacy West and Lisa Bongean.  It is now ready for the holidays!

...and, finally I finished the project I used for my Sue Spargo stitchery class last week with Tonye Belinda Phillips.  I am so tickled that I got this done.  You can click on the photo to enlarge and see all my fun stitches.

Sometimes clearing out the cobwebs of piles both on surfaces and design walls can really lift the quilting soul.  Give it a try!  Don't forget to check out "Anna & G On The Road" the Daily Blog on The Quilt Show on Wednesday. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Start Planning

As we tip over into the second half of October I have already been plotting ways to make headway in my growing pile of  projects...ALL of which I love.  I always function more efficiently when I am quilting with friends where we can encourage each other to keep on stitching.  I started an Instagram hashtag board where we can post any headway we make on a quilt, BOM, stitchery, blocks.  So when you make ANY headway post the photo and type #2016BOMchallenge . This way we'll see what each other is working on and finishing!!! We will finish 2016 with a bang.  Then Jan. 1st I will start a 2017BOMchallenge.  Together we can work together to enjoy our journey!

I had a wonderful 2 day Sue Spargo stitchery class with Tonye Belinda Phillips.  We are so blessed to have someone who can easily step in for Sue while she progresses forward towards wellness.  If you have ever taken a Sue stitchery class it is a unique experience...low show up with a piece to stitch and then make a goal of learning 2-3 stitches.  The stitching that Sue Spargo teaches is not your run of the mill embroidery stitch and Tonye has a wonderful grasp on the steps.  You will be able to enjoy a slide show of this wonderful class held at Stitchin' Post on The Quilt Show Oct. 26th A & G on the Road.

I almost got my piece done and boy did I have fun!!!  I learned so much and my classmates were so productive! to keep stitching and get her done!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fabulous Fall

Although it rained the entire time we were camping the Fall colors were beautiful.  The news reported 2 tornado's on the Oregon Coast!  That is a rare occurrence. For us it was great weather to hang out with friends, talk, stitch and read. 

I was surprised by friends with another birthday celebration!  The cake was amazing dense chocolate...fantastic!  Can you believe this photo was taken inside of a girlfriend's 5th wheel!  They were on their maiden voyage and we broke it in with a party!

I received all kinds of wonderful goodies but this dish towel took the cake! LOL  My friends know me so well.  The only thing I would add is Step 5: Make sure Enzo is hiding in the bathroom :)

When I got home there was the most amazing birthday card in the mail...I just had to share it with you!

When you open the card a Ferris Wheel pops up.  It is so delicate and beautiful!

Now pay attention...I am going to give you the best advice you will hear all week and save you anywhere from $7 - $10.  DO NOT go see The Accountant.  We went to see it because of the title...mistake.  Truly the only redeeming part of the movie was 2 minutes in the last 10 minutes where they talk about autism.

Today I head to the Stitchin' Post for my stitchery class with Tonye Belinda Phillips who is subbing for Sue Spargo.  I have my piece all prepped, stitched down and ready for the fun part!  Embellishing the circles!!!  This piece will then be attached to the front of my Yazzi bag.  I can't wait for class!

Have a wonderful Tuesday...Fall is my favorite stitching season!  Don't forget tomorrow to check out Anna & G On The Road

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Catching Up!

I had so much fun making this table runner for my dear friend Robin.  She is the caregiver for my chicken Bridgette.  Robin has chickens at her house but she lives inside the city limits and only a certain number are allowed.  One of the chickens is mine.  She is a beautiful black chicken and her name is Bridgette.  From the beginning she was different...she loved to rome and did not agree to go back into the coop at night.  Sometimes Robin would get so frustrated and I would say...she is FRENCH and has a mind of her own.  So when I made the table runner I gave Bridgette an Effiel Tower tatoo :)  Thanks to Quilts by Cheri

In the neighborhood the landscapers are moving in packs now 
and they are cleaning my flowerbeds...

The featured quilter for this months Gallery Exhibit at Quiltworks was Corni!  
A talented and generous quilting spirit!

you can click on the bio and read about this local quilting gem!

Enjoy the slide really does reflect the history of this local quilter!  Have a great weekend and we'll see ya next week with some progress on my goal list!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Chit Chat Tuesday

I so love this I am sharing it with you :) 

My birthday was last Friday which meant I had to go to the Stitchin' Post to use my birthday coupon!  Robin had one also from her birthday so we walked around and around and around...trying to make a decision.  I ultimately settled on 2 carved wooden stamps, a flannel jelly roll and a yard of Halloween fabric. Between the Stitchin' Post and Twigs you can always find something you need to take home!  The really awesome thing is that there are still 21 days left of my celebration!!!

I did it!!!  I finished stitching and piecing my Making Waves by Sylvia Pippen!!  I really thought when I laid out my blocks that I was in trouble but with her instructions for putting them together it was so easy!  I decided not to put the motif in the top border...I like the borders plain to show off quilting.  I plan on using the envelope method and then lucky for me Sylvia gave quilting suggestions.  I love this quilt and that I finished it, LOL.  

Last night was East of the Cascade Guild Night and the featured speaker was none other than Jen Kingwell who's designed My Small World for Quiltmania.  You will be able to see a video interview and some of Jen's quilts on Quilt Roadies shortly.

Now...go check your UFO's 
and see which one you want to start working on!!!