Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snowmageddon


Well needless to say...we have a little snow...we having been spending our days plowing, stitching and playing music.  The thing is we used to have winters like this regularly but it has been over 25 years since we have seen this much snow for this long on the ground.  And, I love it!  This amount of snow forces you to set your priorities.  I do recognize that being retired makes this amount of snow beautiful...back when I had to get up at 4 in the morning to plow before work at 5:30 was no fun!


I was tempted to head to our little spot in Portland till I saw the news...there is no escaping snow in our life, LOL  Here are a couple of views of downtown Portland!


I love this one!  This is in Pioneer Square...
someone gave him a snow shovel, LOL!


When the view out your sewing room looks like this all you can do is decide which project to work on...which is what I did between the plowing schedule.


The result was another project box emptied!!!!  I finished piecing the top to my Snapshot BOM from Fat Quarter Shop.  Enzo may be a little bored with it but I am tickled with how it turned out.  Each block consisted of many pieces but it all went together perfectly. This quilt makes me smile!


Have a great stitching weekend and lets keep working on those UFOs!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Quilt Retreat

Last weekend was the first Fabric Stalker Retreat of  2017!  Only 5 of us were able to enjoy the time away but as with any retreat, timing doesn't always work for everyone.  Here in Central Oregon we have been buried in snow since the beginning of December and we are expecting more!!!  What this meant was G and I had to dig out of our house and also the Fabric Stalkers had to dig into the retreat house.  While plowing the driveway and clearing the berm that is created by the plow I fell flat on my bum...as in feet in the air!  The fall was in slow mo...so slow that G couldn't believe I had fallen until he saw the bottoms of both my feet in the air.  Most people when they fall have an immediate embarrassment response...not me...I am like a toddler.  When I fall I look around yelling "I fell down", drawing attention to myself.  He came a running, lol.  It is times like that where I am grateful for my padding.

There was a good 10+ inches on the driveway of Quiet River which had to be cleared so we could carry all our retreat supplies inside. And, just so we wouldn't forget it is winter...we had to dig ourselves back out at the end of the retreat...so rude!




Quiet River was my mother's vacation home which my sister now owns and so whenever I walk inside I am filled with so many memories of family times.  Also the home is filled with quilt memories.  The Fabric Stalkers have been coming here for retreat for several years and so when my mom passed away they put together this beautiful quilt in her memory which hangs in the great room.


Years ago I made this wall hanging using the stained glass method.


My mom was a sailor and I loved making this  wallhanging for her birthday one year.  It is a combination of pieced and fusible applique.


I loved seeing this piece again...it was a needle point I did in college way before I became a quilter :)  


I put together a little slide show of what the Fabric Stalkers were stitching on retreat.  I hope you are inspired to dig out those UFO's!  Don't forget tomorrow to check into The Daily Blog

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sew 'N So Sisters

Our Sew 'n So Sisters Christmas Gathering was postponed due to a family loss and so we gathered after the holiday.  It was a lovely day of friendship.  The Sew 'n So's decided for this years holiday to exchange pillows.  There was not a size restriction and you could use any technique you wanted.  With 6 of us in the group it meant that we would each leave with 5 pillows.  It was so fun and the results were wonderful.  


We met at Linda's house where we enjoyed her holiday decorations and a wonderful potluck brunch.  Linda's is such a wonderful stitcher and the holiday stitcheries were inspiring.


The slide show is filled with vignettes of holiday sweetness and of course the pillows...I so love my pillows!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend of stitching!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Let's Get Going!!!

A little tip to share...I finished this project in 2016 but didn't really pay attention to the size of the project in relation to ready made frames.  The project itself is adorable by Norma Whaley but when I finished it the last lamb wouldn't fit into a pre-made frame! His little hind end was hidden under the frame edge.   Robin's boyfriend to the rescue!  He made me a frame just in time for this Christmas gift to be given!  Advice...measure when you layout your wool pieces.


Are you ready for a Quilt Along???  If not I am going to continue on my own...but, it would be more fun together.  I am heading to a Quilt Retreat later this week and so prepped several items to work on...first and foremost is Block One of Sunflower Gathering.



For those of you who are doing Buttermilk Basin Bringing Home The Tree the first block is fast and easy!  If any of you want to share your accomplishments you can send me a photo and I'll share it on the blog...no pressure...I know life can sometimes get in the way and some months it will be hard to keep up but a cheering section is bound to help, lol I am going to try my best to keep up.


Have a great stitching Tuesday!

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016

WOW,  I don't know about you but this year flew by...there were moments of shear joy and deep sadness. But, isn't that the definition of a full life :)  I dream that each year will be a full one no matter what it brings.  When I made the 2016 slide show I realized how much I had experienced, how many new people  I've met, the number of projects I had finished, the quilt shops I enjoyed. I also started writing once a week for The Quilt Show plus G and I began our Quilt Roadies journey.  I realized that woven in all this was a lot of wasted time judging myself about fabric I have bought, kits I ordered and projects I have not completed.  Life is too precious to waste on that which is negative or draining of spirit.

And so, my Word for 2016 is Detox.  I am going to detox the negative in my life.  Whether it be my own brain conversation, that which the media vomits, negative people, self judgment, other people's judgment...I am going to treat my life as a beautiful commodity and detox that which drains.

I have been using a dry erase board since November for a way to track my monthly goals and I have enjoyed the process.  It hasn't made me feel bad if I don't meet them but gives me information on how I might use my time.  So in 2017 I will continue with the monthly goals.

I have settled on 2 Quilt Alongs...if anyone wants to join me.  One is Bring Home The Tree if you send me a photo of your completed block I will post them here on the 3rd Friday of the month. 


My second Quilt Along is Sunflower Gathering which is a Primitive Gathering BOM from 3 years ago...so if you have it tucked away in your closet drag it out and quilt along with me.  Mine will be only 8 blocks so it will fit a wall in my house :)  but all the same setting blocks and borders.


The other quilts that I plan on moving from the UFO pile to the finish pile are ...Sew Spooky, Granny Squares, Snapshot Quilt and my Yoko Saito Floral Bouquet :)  of course I have all year to do that, LOL!  Of course these will not preclude any new projects I might want to start...yes, it is going to be a quilty year filled with fun!!!















And now...a huge apology...as I was organizing the mailing of the last of the Give Aways I realized I had never posted the 12th Day of Christmas Giveaway...holy moley...and so the winner of the Buttermilk Basin kit is ....

Judy Zoll!!!

Be prepared...the 2016 Woolie Review is a long one...afterall it is a full life...so if you decided to watch it...please get a cup of coffee, tea or a bottle of water...a protein bar would be good and some left over Christmas candy :)  Have a safe New Year and see you in 2017!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fringe Stitch Tutorial + Extras

Plotting for Retreat & Goals

I completed my December Goals and spent some time yesterday figuring out my January Goals.  Right now I am wonderfully distracted from my goals because my sister and her family are visiting Bend for the rest of the holiday.  But I did spend the day in the sewing room while they were up playing on Mt. Bachelor!


Later next week is the Fabric Stalkers Quiet River retreat and since Robin already had her projects packed I felt a need to start planning on what I wanted to work on.  4 days totally dedicated to quilting means I can make some headway on my UFO's and also start a new project.  I was torn but finally narrowed it down to a nice pile!  Be sure you check in on Facebook and Instagram where I will be documenting my progress...but, that is for late next week.  For now I am tinkering and plotting for my 2017.  


I finished the most wonderful book!  I LOVED this book!  It was charming, wonderful and at moments brought tears of both joy and sadness.  Did I say...I LOVE this book.  So many characters with all their flaws and gifts...the main characters are a 7 year old girl and her grandmother.  This is a book I would read again!


The 2017 Quilters Affair Class and Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show info is released...just click Here



Tomorrow I will post a slide show of 2016, reveal my plans for 2017 and talk about my thoughts on the quilting world.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Yesterday I started working on the last item on my December Goals list...prepping a block of my Yoko Saito BOM.  I can now say I met all my December Goals!!!  I am working hard at clearing out the quilt cobwebs in my brain and gathering my plans for 2017...so be sure and check in on Friday!

I hope today you'll take the time to read the Daily Blog A and G On The Road...and inspirational story :)

I have been doing a lot of reading over the holiday.  Finished 2 books!  The first one is The Woman in Cabin 10.  It was suspenseful but there were moments when I wondered about the main character.  Wasn't the best book I read but it wasn't the worst either...so depending on your mood you may want to read it.


The the second book...The German Girl was a good read.  Another in a long list of WW2 theme'd books but as with others I did learn a lot I didn't know before.  I think you'll enjoy this read.


Today I am going to hide out in my sewing room and start prepping for a Fabric Stalker Quilt Retreat which will be coming up in a couple of weeks. A great way to start a new year!