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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grandma Shower at QuiltWorks

The Woolies decided to celebrate our youngest member entering that wonderful time when someone starts calling you grandma, granny, nana...hey you, lol.  I picked up cupcakes at Ida's Cupcakes in Bend.  Boy are they ever delicious!!  We all brought a little something that she could use at HER house for the newest little farmer.


Hard to believe that Blogless Sandy is a grandmother but she does have 3 grown sons!!  I included a few photos of the party and then some shots of QuiltWorks.  Although they do not have a website you can order off of...if you see something you absolutely need you can call them up!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yabba dabba doo


Ok, it wasn't Yogi and it isn't pleasant...but, this is what Black Bear skat looks like.  I didn't know that.  But, as I was picking up after Enzo (dang, that he doesn't have opposable thumbs!) I came across a pile on my front lawn that looked exactly like this!  I immediately said, "This is NOT my dog poop (yes, I said it out loud) but, it is the weirdest dog poop I have ever seen!"  HH who was talking to a guy on the side of the house excused himself by saying as he rolled his eyes, "my wife wants me to look at some poop"...well, he didn't use the word poop.  Being an outdoors guys he immediately said, "That is black bear skat."  I said, "NO WAY!!!"  At which point he brought up the photo on google...what would we do without google...and showed me an identical pile of poop.  He then proceeded to tell that one night when I was at Quilt Retreat (thank my lucky stars) Enzo woke up and went into the bathroom growling...which is right outside where I found the pile! Yabba dabba poo!


I have been working away at a Jelly Roll quilt made from a Blueberry Crumb Cake Roll...and yes, it is as yummy as it sounds! I buy jelly rolls because I can't afford the calories of a real jelly roll. I have never made a jelly roll quilt but I feel the calories burning.


...and while I was strip piecing I had an awesome experience!!!!  As providence would have it, HH was sitting in sewing room when this happened!!!  I am not saying it is as good an experience as some that I have had with him...but oh...it was still satisfying.

Then...I get to start a new one!  I think next year I am going to keep track of how many spools of thread I empty!

Have a wonderful Tuesday! I am off to Woolies for an exceptional stitching experience, lol

Monday, April 21, 2014

Goodies Galore!

This past week and weekend I was feeling the glow!  Customer Appreciation was going on at the Stitchin' Post with all kinds of demos, sales, classes...plus, getting to talk to all the quilters who showed up!  I also received a couple of goodies from friends!!!  This sweet little bag which Enzo is so kindly being the dog model is filled with a quilter's chocolate bar!!! Yum!!!  Since I am going up to the city to meet a friend who is flying in for a girl weekend...I am going to save it for our indulgence!!!


Then I got a package in the mail from another friend who sent me this much desired pattern which I passed up at Back Porch Quilt Shop when I was down at Empty Spools!!  I looked for this pattern all the way home and even at Fabric Depot...to no avail!  Lessons here...if you love it buy it, because you may never find it again and I just lucked out that a dear friend had pity on me :)!


In supporting my local quilt shop I decided that I must have this book!  It really is a visual feast and all the projects are doable.

Isn't this the sweetest little mini quilt?!  This one project is worth the purchase of the book but it is also filled with projects that are going to be added to my "Someday List." Which is the topic of future blog :)

Enjoy a little peek of the Stitchin' Post!  We are on count down to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Feel like quilting this later? Study explains why...

I am taking liberties with an article I read in the paper by Melissa Healy of the Los Angeles Times on Procrastination.  

"Quiltcrastination, suggests a new study, is an evolved trait that probably served humans well in a time when finding fabric and fending off other quilters were job one, and time spent working on lofty goals for an indistinct future was sure to result in an early demise.

The inclination to defer unpleasant but necessary tasks appears to coexist intimately with the trait of impulsiveness!!!

It's not surprising then, that psychologists have long noted that impulsive quilters are highly likely to be quiltcrastinators, and that quiltcrastinators are very likely to be impulsive!"

It makes sooooo much sense!  No wonder I have so many UFO's...I am both a Quiltcrastinator and Impulsive!!!  Both my word of the year, "Quiet" and my oath to try and not internet shop at least until June (at which time I will reevaluate) have helped both my impulsiveness and my UFO pile.

Are you also a Quiltcrastinator or an impulsive quilt shopper???

Now for the winner of this great pattern donated 
by
 Fabric Stalker Julie...
Nancy P.!!!  email me your mailing address...


and you'll be able to make this fabulous quilt just like Julie!


The book review of the week is "Still Life With Bread Crumbs" by Anna Quindlen. At first I was surprised at how light this book was...I found myself skimming over the orgasmic encounter between the 2 main characters...same 'ol, same 'ol.  But, maybe it was because the main character was a 60 year old woman who was still finding out who she was...and, maybe it was the idea that in life, no matter what age...you keep growing and changing that I ultimately enjoyed the read.  No movie this week...but, I do know that HH and I are headed to the movie this weekend!



Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Count Down & BJ's Quilt Basket

Counting down in so many ways...first, the last day to leave a comment on the Give Away post!  Tomorrow Enzo will see who's name is coughed up by the doggy dish.  


We are also counting down to landscaping time and the local landscapers have decided there is better pay in being a lawn ornament! Obviously my neighbor has a better pay scale, lol


I headed over to BJ's Quilt Basket to add some cowgirl fabric to my camper quilt! Lo' and behold they were getting ready for the Central Oregon Shop Hop!  Enjoy the slide show!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Retreat Finale & The GiveAway

For those of you who have not been on a quilt retreat there is nothing like it!  You get to let your "fabric down" and relax.  No interruptions...no what's for dinner...no vacuum calling your name and no day to day life issue to take care of.  Retreat provides a respite, a break from the ups and downs of life.  It is a time to share your "highlights" and your "lowlights" with friends.  You get to make headway in the ever growing list of UFO's...and, you get to fall back in love with projects that have languished in your quilting soul

The Fabric Stalkers have been quilting together for many years and as expected life changes are inevitable.  Our group members now live in 3 different states.  3 of our members are retired, 7 are continuing to work.  There have been births and deaths.  Some are grandmothers, some still in the process of launching children.  And, with all these challenges we keep making plans to gather and quilt.  We don't all make every retreat but we are always there in spirit.


And, at the end of retreat I headed down the road for home.  Back to HH...back to Enzo...back to the day to day duties...a wonderful life for sure...but, still dreaming about the next retreat!

This slideshow is about us, our projects and lest you feel like we have gotten so much done...many of these projects were UFO's in various stages of completion...so don't panic, lol.  Don't forget to leave a comment on the  Give Away link!  Please be a registered follower and check back Friday for the winner!  Thank you Julie for donating the pattern!!!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shop Hopping to Retreat

Our retreat was about a hour drive for all of us.  Since we were coming from 3 different towns and schedules we all drove ourselves coordinating a meeting point at Material Girl in Remond...from there we headed to The Quilt Shack in Prineville.  The slide show today features both of those shops.  

The Fabric Stalker Caravan of 6 cars finally arrived at our destination.  As you can see by the photos below it took a committee to figure out the process of opening the gate and then it was a made dash back to the cars to bring our little "wagon" train through.



Once we were through the gate we got lost ending up at a dead end and the whole caravan had to make a U turn...waving as we passed each other! LOL

This place was fantastic.  Sitting all by itself above the Prineville Reservoir,  it was 5000+ sq. feet of quilting luxury.  Sleeping for 24 (there were 7 of us), 6 bathrooms, 2 kitchens!!! a game room...and a dining table which was so large we could all sit around it with our sewing machines, lol  Everyone agreed that this was our best retreat rental ever!!!  

Enjoy the little shop hop and don't forget to leave a comment on the Give Away post. Also, sign up to be a registered follower.  Winner will be posted Friday!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Give Away!!! & The Prineville Retreat

This sign was hanging in the kitchen of our Fabric Stalker Retreat Rental...and, is it ever true!


I promised a Give Away on Monday and here it is!  Sponsored by Julie who donated this pattern which she purchased at QuiltWorks in Bend Oregon.  She made this quilt for her daughter and is it ever a beauty!  Remember in order to be in the drawing you must leave a comment on this blog post and please be a registered follower of the blog.  If you are a "no reply" follower then you must check back on Friday for the winner announcement and email me your contact information.


Just to entice you to sign up for the Give Away...here is the completed quilt that Fabric Stalker Julie made for her daughter!  Stunning!!


Here is our very favorite Fabric Stalker Pin Up Quilter Irene!!!  Why you ask?  Because she found us this fabulous retreat house!!!  


Can you believe this view from the main living area!  Tomorrow I will show you the rest of the Quilt Villa and what projects got done!!! 



Friday, April 11, 2014

Week in Review & The Dog Stars Quilts

I finished...finally.  It was a difficult book for me to breeze through...and what I have to say is, the second half of the book was better than the first half.  I kept shaking my head through the first half.  But, after a book and author review by a friend who attended the presentation by Cheryl Strayed in Bend I decided to give it the 'ol college try and see if I could complete the read.  What she accomplished was amazing and if you look at her narrative as a Pacific Crest Recovery Trek both for her future and understanding her past you will enjoy the read.


As for this movie...save your money!!  This was a mix of Lord of the Rings meets August Osage County and a little pinch of the Bible...what a disappointment!  I really can not even believe this movie got made.  HH said as we were leaving the theater..."well, that was painful!"

I have not read this book but it was the Deschutes County Library Novel Idea book for 2014.  A post apocalyptic setting made this a dark read for most of my friends.  I have the book but have been reluctant to pick it up...until now. 
  

...the reason is because of QuiltWorks quilt gallery show.  Each year QuiltWorks has challenged quilters who are reading the Novel Idea book for the year to create a quilt which is inspired by something in the novel.  The show is extraordinary...and surprisingly it seemed the quilts are uplifting in theme...which makes me ponder if it was a bad choice to skip this read.  Now the Dog Stars is back on my need to read list and the quilts as you will see are wonderful!  Have a wonderful weekend...I am continuing to quilt in the sweat shop in Prineville :)  and look forward to being with again on Monday!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hitting the Road!

OMG!!!  The Woolie Blog has reached follower 650!!!  Which means Give Away time!  On Monday when I return from retreat I'll have a surprise to Give Away!

I have decided on my projects for the Fabric Stalker retreat...a little bit of this...a little bit of that.  Lets see what I can accomplish with 4 days of uninterrupted sewing???!  My basket is piled with Tula Pink blocks, Jelly roll, placemat fabric and a Glamper quilt for the camper!



I also prepped border #3 of the 2011 Primitive Gatherings BOM...making some headway on this quilt!

This little guy is the youngest in the bunch...and the cutest!  He is very curious about Enzo and Enzo is really wanting to make a new friend.  But mommy is not so keen on having Enzo over to play :)


It is a short slide show because tomorrows will be longer!  Thread was flying at the Woolies yesterday.  Lots of photos being passed around of the grandkids...Blogless Sandy is a grandma!!!  Oh how life is going become more adventuresome, lol.  I was so proud of myself because Sandy brought her latest BOM from Piecemaker Quilt Shop called Sophie's Garden.  I almost fell off my internet fast but was able to resist!   See if you can resist?!

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