Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
It is time to hit the road. Wish me luck...maybe by the time I get there they will have booted her out of the hospital and I will be heading back home...I hope so, my mom does not do sick well.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Just as Enzo and I were headed out for our walk this morning Robin stopped by on her way to Cannon Beach and dropped off a whole bag of golf balls (that is another blog) and this wonderful clay imprint she did of Enzo's paw! This is her year to try new things and it included working with clay. I love it and hung it in my sewing room.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Naturally I used Transfer-eze because it is soooo easy and within 5 minutes had it ready start stitching!
Next it was layering and getting my penny rug ready to stitch the outside edge which was done while watching TV with HH. Didn't it turn out adorable!
BJ's Quilt Baskets First Saturday is only about a week away so I decided to get those blocks done rather than wait till the night before. It always feels so good to have your homework done way before it is due. I only wish I had learned that while in school!
...and finally a little work on the Civil War blocks. Two more done and now I am done with January and February. All in all it was a satisfying day...can't wait till the next one!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
In the afternoon it was Woolies and everyone was working on a variety of projects which is always so inspiring! Marilyn, the owner of QuiltWorks asked for assistance with a BOM she is putting together and the Woolies jumped right in...so we are all making 4 little 3 1/2 wool blocks for a sample the shop needs.
Well, it is off to work, to enjoy my patients and coworkers for all the gifts they bring to my life.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Yesterday was my Mrs. Honey Do day...say that 5 times fast! LOL It started off with a walk up the side of Awbrey Butte on the Upland Sawyer Trail. Enzo loves morning walks, cause then he can sleep the rest of the day! I was convinced that there must be some way to get from the Upland Trail to the River Trail. Once at the top I looked around and through great "outdoor female" instinct choose to go down this street of million dollar homes that ended in a cul du sac. At the top of the cul du sac was 2 vacant lots for sale (like those will sell anytime soon). I knew the River Trail was beyond the lots...but how to get there? With Enzo leading the way we made our way on a deer trail...down the side...of Awbrey Butte! Let me tell you...those dang deer can walk on really steep terrain! And so as we made it down the side of the butte on a deer trail...me hanging on to sage brush and scooting sideways...I thought....I should have had a V8! But, we dropped down onto the River Trail! I have got to find an easier way...
Mid day was spent with the Material Girls and the monthly birthday potluck. Which led to my next dilemma. I was bound and determined to finish the binding on my cousin Jenny's baby quilt. After all her baby was starting high school in the fall...no, not really...but she was almost 2 months old. As usually talking, laughing and potluck interfered with the ability to get the binding done! So what did I do...go to the post office and finished tacking the binding down in my car...have you ever done that??? I felt really good sending it off! It was my only "have to" quilt project. Today is filled with quilting again...how lucky am I. Sandy is coming over to work on Civil War blocks and then the Woolies meet! Hope your Tuesday is a sweet one!
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Monday, May 23, 2011
Deciding to march down this road I needed support and so dragged a few recruits along with me. We have decided to meet once a month for about 4 hours and tackle this year long project. Because of schedule constraints among the enlistees, I will actually be meeting twice a month. Then, there is the POW, who thinks we are nuts and is just showing up to heckle us. That would be Robin. We have decided that she has way tooooo much leniency and so next time we are going to make her iron our blocks and rip out any mistakes!
Our first meeting was yesterday and boy did we have fun! We are hooked! What you have to understand is that the BOW started the first week in January, posting a block every Saturday. As of last Saturday there are now 21 blocks!!! Lori and I started with block 1...but naturally Irene ( who is also making yo yo's) started with block 21...both sides will eventually meet in the middle. Tomorrow Sandy will be here. She started at the beginning of the year and has 11 blocks done because she lost steam but will catch up fast!
Last night was also book club (didn't read the book but was just going for the eats & friendship) I asked one of the members who was car pooling to come early because...she is a quilter also and she could bring me some show 'n tell....ahhh what a great Sunday!
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Sunday, May 22, 2011
The other thing you need to know about this couple is what an full life they live! Manager Keith has been sewing for over 20 years and that he met Linda at a fashion show where they were both modeling their creations. But, not only does he sew...but he golfs, creates stained glass and road bikes. He has participated in the Cycle Oregon and Cycle Idaho several times! Now that he is manager of Hancock Fabrics you can bet that great things will be happening there. You can call him about using the sewing space for your group. Already the American Sewing Guild and 4H meet at the shop. As for Linda, she leads a fabric travel group every year to....Hong Kong!!!! If I didn't have a wedding next year I would be on that plane!!! If you are interested here is the information...and please if you go...bring me some fabric back! http://www.asg.org/files/tour/SMF_HongKong_2012.pdf
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Saturday, May 21, 2011
Yesterday, Terry came over with my "Quilt Topper Rack" and mounted it on the wall. Bev had seen it either on a quilt show or in a magazine. It can be made any size, to fit any space whether it be 3 ft, 4 ft or more. The concept is that by hanging your tops up on the wall you can see what you have to do, what is available as a gift or what you really wanted to make (at one time). I was shocked!!!! I had at least 5 table runners, 6 baby quilts, 4 wall hanging and 2 lap quilts!!! The best part is that when I get all these quilted I can use the rack to hang finished quilts...yeah right, like that day will ever come!
Terry will build you one if you are interested and can make it to fit your needs. If you are coming into town for the Quilt Show and give him fair warning and you can pick your rack up. If you live in Central Oregon he'll come hang it up! Contact Bev, boss of the Honey Do at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday, May 20, 2011
....I am working on as my next UFO to finish! It is the cutest Penny Rug and I am making it as a fall gift. It is a really simple project and I ordered the pattern on line from Pumpkin Patch Primitives http://www.pumpkinpatchprimitives.com/.
At first I wasn't keen on the felted wool that came with it but, it has been fun to put together and of course I mixed a little of my own wool. I guess I am spoiled by the hand dyed wools...yummy. The pattern is by Cathy Wagner http://cathspennies.blogspot.com/ lots of fun, doable projects.
This is how far I have progressed...you know why...because I don't have any embroidery project started. Once I start one of those I get totally fixated! LOL
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Here is a close up of the panel. Isn't it sweet!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
While I was quilting the table runner Enzo had a date with Evie the groomer and he came back looking dapper. His coat feels like crushed velvet and so he gets bunches of back rubs!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Lori is one of those people who can do it all...she has tole painted, quilts and knits. At any retreat she may be knitting a sweater for a granddaughter or piecing a quilt for a niece or nephew. Recently, not much quilting has been going on and as you can see by her quilt room...it is spotless. A recent remodel of new paint, new carpet required everything to be pulled out...which led to reorganizing. Thus a spotless sewing room! As a quilter she loves it all and is game for any class that might look interesting...as a shopping partner...she is the best...as big a fabric sucker as I am. She lives in the most peaceful place and I know for a fact there are many places to hide more fabric! Which she did not reveal....I wonder if the barn has a fabric stash????
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Monday, May 16, 2011
I took the time to do a photo op of Lori's quilt room and will have blog that on Tuesday...but for today...enjoy the Flipping Birds!
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Saturday, May 14, 2011
This is my latest "getter done" project. It is a wool project bag that my girlfriend Lori and I signed up for last year! All my pieces are done I now just have to put them all together, bind, embellish and I am ready to use it!!! When it's all done I'll show you all the little compartments. It really is a fun bag!
Pooped Enzo, too much play...now he must sleep while I work on my bag!
You are not going to believe these next two photos!!!! I was given the name of a woman who lives in MN. who is an artist who does it all! I had seen these items at Phyllis's house who was a previous featured quilter/quilt room of the Woolie blog and wanted my own...real bad!
So, I emailed her and asked if she would create and sell me the same items!!!! They arrived in the mail yesterday and I am telling you....I am in awe of you Pam!!! They are so amazing. If you are interested in purchasing your own let me know and I will forward you request. The acorns were $2 a piece and the snow man was $30...and I am telling you...worth every penny! The work is incredible!
Yes those are real tops of acorns!
Mister Snow Man is so adorable and the detail is amazing!
It is finally happening...spring has arrived in Bend! I walked around my yard and took some photos. A group of golfers asked me what I was taking pictures of and I told them to check out what had survived the winter. The "girl" in the group got out of the golf cart and climbed the rocks to check it out with me! LOL