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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WOW!!!

How ever did September arrive so early???  I woke up yesterday and it was September!  Is it just me or do you feel like this year has flown by?  I don't know but it is somewhat unsettling and I want to cherish each moment for the rest of the year.

I decided to brighten up the front porch and found this sampler quilt I made in 2000.  That was 14 years ago!!!  some of the blocks were pieced and some were hand appliqued...isn't it the sweetest little quilt.  


Yesterday HH and I had a wonderful summer BBQ.  I had seen this tip on cooking corn on the cob and  wanted to share it with you.  If you have been a reader of the Woolie blog for any length of time you know cooking is NOT my forte.  So, when I learn something new and it works I feel like a cooking diva, lol.

Put corn on the cobs in the microwave and cook 3-4 min. for each one.


Pull them out of the microwave and cut the top end off.

next, cut the bottom end off

the husk and hair just slips right off and the corn is ready for eating!  All those years of trying to get all the corn silk off of corn are behing me.

The real success of the weekend was hanging up my Harvest Moon!!!  I finished hand quilting and binding.  

now...to decide what my next project will be that will be wonderful enough to use each precious moment left of this year?

Friday, August 29, 2014

TGIF Happy Labor Day Weekend

I have family in Napa and thankfully they are all well.  Although much was lost  :(.  It will take a while to rebuild and get Napa back on it's feet.  But, in support HH and I threw a "Wake for Napa" inviting a few of the neighbors to bring Napa wine while we provided the pizza and salad.  My sister thought it was great!  



The book of the week is a Jack Reacher Novel.  A series written with the same character in each novel.  I suppose if you were a purist you would have started with the first one for character development...but, in this case it didn't make a difference.  When the author referred to past events or relationships there usually was an expanded explanation.  It was interesting at the time I read it but wasn't so fantastic that I could quote whole events.  The whole concept of Americans grouping together in Montana and trying to create a whole new country...well, it does give you pause...could this really happen???  And then you remember Timothy McVeigh.


Last night I headed to Bend for a retirement party in the park.  A guy I worked with in Pre-Surgery was retiring!  So happy for him.  Years ago I also worked with his wife and their daughter and our youngest went to the same pre-school.  Now they have sold their home and the country is wide open for them.  I made a couple of pillow cases with a camping theme as a send off.  The fabric was so cute and they do like to camp!


Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend...this weekend is all about you!  It is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American Worker!  We all deserve a respite :)  

I will be taking Monday off...see you back here on Tuesday!

Enjoy one of my favorite videos...gotta love Matt!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Reets' Rags To Stitches

Reets is in my top 5 favorite wool designers.  My favorite WOOL designers include a long and expensive list, lol...but, she is a sweet and lovely person who definitely in the top 5!  Her designs are unique and the colors are wonderful.  Dyeing wool is a art all by itself and the colors that she achieves are just so yummy.

Reets in her booth at Quilt Knit Stitch

I would be hard pressed to figure out a design category to place her in...so I have decided that there are 3 categories of Wool designs, Primitive, Modern and 
Reets, lol

Remember in the Vendor slide show I told you to that Santa pillow would be a future blog...

Well,  I finished mine!!! and I love it!  The motif stitching was a piece of cake...wonderful design, beautiful wool (out of my stash :) and I decided to take out the ribbon and add snowflakes.  I used a little of my Clinque blush on Kris Kringle.

Putting the pillow together...well that was another event altogether!  I chose some woolie flannel for the back but knew that it would have a hard time standing up to the heavier wool.  So, I decided to take all the little pieces of Pellon SF 101 and fuse them to the back side.  Perfect use of all those pieces I had saved :)

Not being an experienced pillow creator I placed wrongs sides together and sewed all the way around leaving about a 6 inch opening at the bottom in which to stuff my pillow form through with the intention of hand stitching it closed.  Well...it wouldn't fit.  I rolled it up, practically sat on it to keep it tightly rolled...but, who would have thought that a 12 inch pillow form would be stronger than a mature quilter!!!  Then I noticed a zipper in one end of the pillow form and realized that someone in China probably on an assembly line said,
 "绗缝机在美国是不会知道怎么去枕这个枕头的形式...把拉链英寸"

rough translation, "hey, quilter in United States is not going to know how to get this pillow form to fit in pillow, put zipper in." And so I unstuffed the pillow form, put a zippered bag in the pillow, restuffed, closed the zipper and stitching it closed. I could have just bought a bag of stuffing and stuffed the pillow. While doing this I swear I could hear someone laughing on the otherside of the world!



Anyhoo, the pillow is done...I love it and I have one more piece of stitchery ready for my holiday deocrating!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Let's Talk Woolies!!!

I don't know why but I was so excited about Woolies yesterday...it might be...because, last time I fell asleep on the couch and missed it!  Burning candles at both ends results in naps in the morning!!!  It was great to see most everyone.  Summer means that there is sporadic attendance...but, we had a decent attendance and the best part is seeing what everyone is working on.

I am getting closer to finishing my Harvest Moon.  This Heart to Hand pattern is one of my favorites.  I am hand quilting and it has been fun.  I will actually have it done in time for Fall :)


I made a Smilebox of QuiltWorks and what the Woolies are up to these days...hoping that you will be inspired to pick up a needle~thread and start stitching some wool!!!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dancin' with Mac

Well my dear PC laptop was hissing and cough like a 3 pack a day smoker and it was time to suck it up and invest in a new one...oh the learning curve :).  No tantrums as HH patiently loaded my requirements and gave me some beginning lessons.  It's like we taught our sons...be the best you can be and make yourself invaluable to where ever you end up employed...HH is an invaluable Woolie resource, LOL.  And so, this is my first Woolie post on the MacBook Air...I feel like I have postphoned senility at least another few years!

QuiltWorks sent out their Fall class list and I immediately sign up for this class.  I have wanted to take one of these classes forever and finally it fit into my schedule!  one afternoon in November and I will be making my Christmas gifts!!!  Besides the fact that I can use some of my ugly fabrics...although I am pretty sure I don't have any ugly fabrics!!!  If you're local sign up for this one and we'll have a party!!


a short slide show of QuiltWorks...I'll have a long one after Woolie's today!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Gallery Slide Show & Chit Chat

It was a scary weekend with family living down in Napa...but they were all fine...just a mess to clean up.  There are definitely blessings to be counted!

My brain is leaking...and, I feel like I am back at work and an announcement was made that we will be going to a new computer program...which will take months to learn. But, if you don't "get it" your mistakes will end up harming someone, being sued or losing you job...oh, I don't miss those days.  I have been a PC girl my entire life...in work and play...I now have 15 days to figure out if I like MAC.  If not, it is going back and I am reverting to my comfort zone.

While going through my photo files I discovered an old friend.  DOOM squirrel!  This is what my son's named him because he was big, ornery and fearless.  He would knock on the door, taunt Enzo...with a "bring it" attitude.  I don't miss him one bit.... 


...because this is what my deck would look like every morning!  I would have to sweep up all the pine cone shavings before I could let Enzo out.  Yep, I can unequivocally say that I do NOT miss him at all!

Last Friday afternoon HH had to go into Bend to see if he could get his truck serviced.  I told him to drop me off at QuiltWorks because I needed to take photos of the Gallery exhibit and sign up for a class.  A few minutes after he dropped me off he called and said they could fit him in and it would take 40 minutes!!!  40 minutes to hang out in a quilt store!!!  I thought, "it was the best of time...it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" just paraphrasing Charles Dickens :)  and I ended up buying this fabulous Windham Fabric called African Surf.  I had absolutely no control...a fat quarter...Pas de l'enfer!!!! Jamais!!! 3 yards please....(cussing in French is so much more lady like)


Enjoy the slideshow...you will be amazed by June Jaeger and the SAQA members!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Handi Friday!!!

Yesterday was a BIG day!  My Handi Quilter was delivered and set up by Bill from Cynthia's Sewing Center.  I have been a customer of Cynthia's since the 90's...along with her husband Jerry a former Portland firefighter turned sewing machine repair and support person.  And now, I am a customer of their son Bill.  Cynthia and Jerry are now manning the Las Vegas stores while Bill runs the Bend shop which is currently located inside of BJ's Quilt Basket but will be moving to their own expanded space in Scandia Plaza in Bend.


The Handi Quilter is so popular that Bill has been assembling them left and right. Which means he can put them together while conversing, lol.


putting on some finishing fixtures...and you see all those tops hanging there waiting to be quilted!!! 
Bazinga!


A proud owner and soon to be UFO-less, LOL
....do you think that could really happen?

I have a ways to go but here are my very first doodles.

look at my kitty!

My brain was so full due to all the information from Bill and my practice pieces that I had to take a nap, lol...and then I just wanted to work on something small.  I layered, quilted and bound my sweet little Halloween candle mat from Buttermilk Basin

No book of the week...I am almost done with my lastest read but need another day.  But, HH and I watched a wonderful 2011 movie I got from the library called The Way.  A Woolie 5 star movie! Staring Martin Sheen and directed by his son.  Enjoy, have a great weekend and see you back here Monday!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Inspiration...wherever I can find it....

The first booth at the vendor mall that the Fabric Stalkers hit was the Kai Scissors where I found these wool scissors.  I haven't given them a try yet but plan on doing some more prepping next week.


The other find was these packs of 5 inch lights!  100 pieces in one and 60 in the other...a nice variety for the small quilts in my 101 Small Quilts book.

It seems that during the summer months the girls of the MG's are few...and I know I have missed my fair share of stitching with this wonderful group of women.  Last Monday I was so amazed at the stitching that had been going on.

  Adorable mini quilt by Linda....look at her hand in the lower right corner.

Exquisite Applique

Clever Pillow

Wonderful Crazy Patch Stitching

and some very fun stitchery!

Today is a big day for me...my Handi Quilter arrives!!!  I am hoping for many days of creativity, fun and and ever diminishing stack of UFO's!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wrapping Up The Weekend

The weekend was not only Quilt Heaven but filled with wonderful times in Portland.  The Fabric Stalkers went out for Happy Hour to The City Grill.  30th floor of the US Bank Building with a view of the river and city.  The best part was that my youngest son was able to come out and hang out with this group of mom-quilters, lol.


The Farmer's Market was beautiful!  The colors were inspirational!


It was also National Bee Day and the bee supporters were swarming the market :)

...and at Quilt Knit Stitch...
Debbie Busby (Wooden Spool Designs), myself, Blogless Sandy, Barb, Lori, Nancy and in the front row Anne and Gail (Gail Pan Designs)
great bunch of gals!

Jill hamming it up while taking care of the 

And here is Cakers and Nancy...thinking about waiting in the switch back line for Voodoo Doughnuts...lucky for me Nancy decided she didn't need 
the maple bar with bacon :)

I am plan on fitting some quilting into this week...how about you?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vendor Mall!!!

Although as you saw yesterday the quilts were fabulous...the vendor mall wasn't anything to sneeze about.  It is the first year and so it wasn't as big as I had dreamed about but it was filled with wool!!!  Normally you see one or two booths with wool. But, at this event there were several.  And...it seemed half of Central Oregon was in Portland for the show!  It was wonderful to run into several fellow quilters from not only Central Oregon but Blog Land.


Jill and Valori were manning the Stitchin' Post Booth!

Most of my Fabric Stalkers are also knitters...except for a couple of us.  It has been tempting in the past but I have always been able to resist...then, the Quilt Knit Stitch Show had so much beautiful yarn...and I thought it might help me avoid senility...if I learned to knit :).  Then, Cakers got a Blazing Needles tattoo!!!  Way cool!  With the help of Lori I picked out a pattern and yarn and she got me started on my first scarf!  Because, you know I need another hand project, LOL!


here are my bamboo needles and my eggplant colored yarn.

Enjoy the Vendor Mall slide show...it is cake for a quilter!

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