Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Here Come The Judge...

This is the face of judgement.  I woke up tired yesterday morning and forced myself to go to my swimming excercise...which meant Enzo came along for the ride but didn't get his walk.  Then I had a couple of errands to run, and by the time I got home I was REALLY tired so I fell asleep.  I woke up cursing that I had again let most of the day slip away and started working on my house block project because I want to take it with me to retreat.  But, when I turned around in my sewing chair...this is what I saw!  The JUDGE...the face of judgement for sure.  I know what he is saying because he is much like Spock and can do the mind meld thingy..."I have not had a walk, nor chased a ball...I haven't picked up any "pee" mail on the bushes during a walk...and yet, YOU aren't getting anything done anyway because you keep watching the news about the storm and worrying about all your blogging friends in the path!"  Stop and lets get some fresh are leaving tomorrow and you need to spend time with ME!

Oh man better...

Lets hope today will be more productive!  I wonder if the neighbors will give me some candy??  Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Magnificent Monday

Before I start today jibber jabber I wanted to let you know that I put a new button on the right side of the blog that goes step by step how to go from a no reply to a reply blogger.  I try to answer all comments that are written but many are "no reply" so I am unable to answer questions that are asked and I feel bad...that you think I am ignoring you...I am not.  Check it out, the instruction of changing are on a really cool the way.

When I was working an 8-5 job Monday through Friday I dreaded Mondays.  Then I became a nurse and my schedule was all over the board.  Mondays, now a days have no emotional hold. Other than...I like them, the Material Girls meet every Monday!  As Fall settles in more of the MG's show up and there is a lot of stitching and conversation!  Although the town is filled with snowbirds who have flown the coop, the MG's really don't have a bunch of's ranks are filled with those who stay which is wonderful.

Before the end of Oct. (lol, still gotta a day) arrives I am posting the Woolie Robin Oct. Ornament of the Month!  Adorable bunny!!!

Enjoy the slide show of the ever productive and talented Material Girls!
Don't forget to check in with the Patchwork Posse Wool Challenge

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Super Monday!

Wow...I am worried about my blog friend Debbie who is near the Super Storm that arrived today.  Keep all the people on the East Coast in your thought!

Today the Woolie is featured on Patchwork Posse Blog please take the time and head on over! I'm enjoying a cappuccino while blog hopping! Tomorrow I will be posting the October Free Ornament of the sure to come on back!

I had to show you this sweet gift I received from Barb, a MG and Woolie!  When I saw hers I really wanted one but was going to be out of town when the local guild had them for sale.  She gave me one!!!  I love it...such a clever needle case!  Thank you Barb!!!  I love it!!!

 It opens up like a flower!

I spend Sunday in my sewing room!  This is heaven to me...a great quilt to work on, a book on CD and the sweet scent of a wonderful candle!  Do you set the scene for quilting???

Besides working on my house blocks I started packing for retreat!  I changed my mind several time and I know before Thursday I will be changing my mind again...but at least I started getting organized.  I have got a variety of wool projects and cotton pieced projects.  New projects and old projects...and in all this...Enzo was watching me...he is very intuitive.

Have a great Monday...and I hope those of you on the East Coast are high and dry!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mama Mia Is Life Good!

What a fun breakfast we had on Friday morning!  Arranged by Marilyn from the MG's because our long lost MG, Sue was in town.  A few years ago she moved with her husband to the Southern US...taking her quilting experience and vivacious personality!  But she was in town for a visit and we gathered to catch up on life.

The best part of some girlfriends is when you get together after a space of time apart you pick up right where you left if time had no effect. Oh, and that giant thing in front of her is an Apple Dutch Baby Pancake...she didn't eat the whole thing, lol

I have to show you a quilt that she pieced and quilted...that has been in my possession since she left several years ago!  Every time I look at it I think of her.  So beautifully pieced and quilted...and I knew that a fan quilt was not in my repertoire, lol

Back Row: Mary, Me, Marilyn, Bev  Front Row: Jean, Sue and Joann

With the weather letting us know that Fall is here for a moment and Winter won't be far behind HH and I decided to make a crock pot stew.  I chopped the veggies and he made the sauce and seared the stew meat...I love a man who can cook!

Don't you wish you were here for dinner!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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You would think I would run out of stuff to talk about...that occasionally my world would be boring and uneventful...but there is a reason my 1st grade teacher made me sit in the back with tape on my mouth.  After my swimming excercise class Enzo and I went to Sisters to check on the one was there working but I could tell the plumber had been there because there was more plumbing.  What I REALLY want them to do is put the roof tiles on so when it rains the inside won't get wet...but, I am not the boss of the project just the purse of the project.  

I stopped in at the Drug Store...the Sister's Drug Store is not your typical drug has a whole wing of kitchen supplies, a full display of those Christmas Village buildings and a ton of other things that one must have!  I laughed when i saw this sign hanging in the kitchen section! LOL

When Enzo and I got home there was a whole herd of deer in the yard.  You might think they look all cute and Bambi like...but, let me tell you a woman across town was taking a photo of a herd and her dog ran out of the house barking...3 deer stomped him so badly he need surgery.  Because of this I have taught Enzo to sit and be quiet around them...he can look, he just can't bark and chase.  They are not able to distinguish between a domestic dog and a coyote.

half the time you can't tell they are they cause they blend in...this guy was lying right outside my dining room window next to my stacked rocks.

I got an email from a friend of my sisters letting me know that the Napa Valley Museum was looking for seasonal quilts for a future exhibit.  I email and asked if you had to be a resident of Napa and she said to go ahead and send in a photo and submission form.  They will let me know by Nov. 15th if it gets juried in...but, in the mean time I thought I would post it here for those of you that might not have seen it before.  I like the stripped background blocks.

large photos a little blurry but here is a close up of some leaves.

Have a great weekend!  I will begin packing and organizing for the Fabric Stalker Retreat to Black Butte Ranch which starts on Thursday!!!!!  Have you got a retreat planned in your future?  They are the best!

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Wool Challenge!

As you can see the Wool Challenge is beginning!!!!  And yes, the Woolie is participating! There will be a  some free patterns, tutorials and interviews with those of us who are crazy about WOOL!

Today we start with Patchwork Posse and a free wool pattern!  Every Monday there will be an interview with another wool just click on the Wool Challenge on the left side of the blog!  Of course those of you that visit here regularly know that there is a Free Wool Ornament each month designed by Woolie Robin!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Pie Goal

This past summer one of the Woolie followers Linda who writes for the home section of our local paper did a piece on Sara, pie baker extraordinaire.  As noted in the article she gave pie making classes in her home.  I immediately emailed her knowing that the first moment I had free for pie making class was problemo.

Now, I have heard from some of you that Pillsbury pie in a box is easy and taste good...that frozen pie crust is just as good...and if you were me, buying a pie off of a stack of pies at Costco worked just fine. BUT, if you were me you would know that once I set my mind onto a goal I pursue it like a junk yard dog on the scent of a trespasser. 

My desire started a few months ago when I made a bulletin board on my Pinterest site called "A Pie Goal."  I remembered that back when I was young as in 4-5 years old, an only child my mom made pies...there was a time where she seemed to be a homemaker...cooked and stuff.  She made awesome pies.  Then she gave up her pie making roll to become an emperor of a small nation...namely our family.  I wanted to recapture that memory...and make one extraordinary pie...and maybe learn enough to make a second one???

Enter Sara who is an incredible teacher and pie maker!

here is my pie in the works

WOW, you naysayers can squawk all you want about Pillsbury tasting just as good...NO WAY!  This crust tastes better than I remember my mom's tasting...which means she was smart to give up baking for being an Emperor!

Of course my classmate Don's wife signed him up for the class (smart woman) and as our day progressed I found out I was not only in the company of a pie genius but also a culinary master!  Don cans all kinds of veggies and meat.  He make bread, cookies,  pizza, caramel corn...on and on and on!  Now he is adding pie to his list!

Of course Sara, Don and I had to take a break...pie making is exhausting! lol and sample some of Sara's pie.  We left class not only with a completely baked pie, but a turnover, a couple of extra slices of Sara's pie, a completely rolled out dough for an additional pie, dough ready to be rolled out, some extra apples and a complete manual compiled by Sara in case we need her help in a midnight pie baking frenzy!  

I think what this experience has taught me is that if we don't take an occasional chance on something new...if we always stay within our comfort can get pretty darn predictable...which translates to boring. 

"Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you."
(the dough making was pretty scary!...and then there was the variety of rolling pins to choose from)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Playing Catch Up!

You can't close your eyes for a moment without nature pulling a fast one on you!  This tree is absolutely gorgeous!  I am waiting to pull out onto the road but the shear brilliance is mesmerizing!

Enzo could not wait for me to open the door!  He loves spinning cookies in the Marilyn from the MG's says...he is a joyful dog.

This cross stitch is my October UFO!  I absolutely love it!!!  But it languished in a pile...somewhere deep in the recess of a drawer...back in the cavern of a closet...somewhere near the center of the earth!  The pattern was dated 1988!  I know that I must have started it sometime in 1991 because Robin taught me to cross stitch the winter of 1989.  When I discovered the partially finished project it was almost done...just the lady and some of the grass.  Makes me wonder what happened in my life to make me cast this to the depth of earth???  Maybe I quit working on it in 1993...the year I started quilting???  Anyhoo, I am happy I finished it and it will hang in the laundry room.

The slide show today is a catch up show from a couple of weeks of quilt group, the embroidery group at Sew Many Quilts, the Material Girls at the Historical Museum and Woolie's at QuiltWorks.  It was so nice to meet a Woolie follower, Jenny from Eugene who stopped by the MG's for a visit!  Quilter's are the friendliest people in the world!  Next time she visits she is going to have to bring a project so she can sit and stitch for a while!  Enjoy the slide show!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ya Gotta Love A Weekend!

Yes...I am still in love with weekends, mainly because HH is still part of the working force.  If it wasn't for him I wouldn't know what day it was, lol.  We are lucky to live off the most beautiful street in town during the Fall.  The leaves have started their colorful display and I just want to ride back and forth...but my turn off is right where that white truck it pulling out.

Since we had to go check out the construction...the birthday discount from the Stitchin' Post was starting to speak to me.  I have come to a peaceful space with the quilter in my head...(wish she would shut the blankety blank up) right now I am the boss of her and decided that I wanted something new to take to retreat.  Something simple, fun and give me a sense of accomplishment.  Besides, the really great reason about adding another year is getting a bigger discount!  I am not sure I am going to use this pattern because I saw a really cute block on Pinterest and saved it to my Quilt Block board.  

From the outside the house looked the same but in fact the plumbing is completely done and they put in all the showers and tubs!

The temperature is dipping down and the mountains are now covered in snow.  I decide to make some soup.  Pasta Fagoli, it was delish! the recipe is on my Pinterest bulletin board, Soups and Salads.

 and least you think I have not accomplished a thing with all my running around, I am hear to tell you I never travel without hand work!  I saw this drawing on the internet and emailed the artist for permission to do a one time copy for embroidery.  So my Queen Bee traveled to France with me, design, one spool of thread.  I embellished her with a few beads, found a frame she fit and am ready to hang her up when we move to the new house next year!

Today is Woolie Tuesday!!!  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ruminating and Reminiscing

Ruminate: to meditate or muse; ponder

Reminisce: to recall past experiences, events

I received these 2 photos by text on the same evening.  I was already starting to sink into my emotional well which is what happens when I haven't had a moment to breath and then come to a space in my life where I can stop. I teetered here, is it  good or is it bad...this space? It is "this" space which I hope to explore and develop in 2013.  Since childhood I have been a force to be reckoned with...never sleeping, always moving, always thinking.  But when I got married...HH taught me to dream.  You wouldn't think that dreaming could be taught...but is much like learning to meditate.  I read the best description of meditation, I think it was in the book The Untethered Soul.  I always thought I was a failure at meditation because I couldn't keep my mind on tract when in fact meditation is practiced by concentrating on your breathing and when you notice your conscious mind has started making a list, listening to the next person or singing a bring it back to concentrating on your breathing.  So one day early in my marriage I was going on and on...asking HH..."how can you just sit there?  What are you doing?  What are you thinking about."  He looked at me and said, "how can you know, what you want, if you cannot daydream about it?"  WOW

Oh I am running on...back to the photos.  The one on the left is my oldest son with his son...two wild and crazy guys in glasses.  The one of the right is my sister's oldest son with his oldest son.  Wow, where did the time go.  When I received these I got all teary with gratitude that this is how one lives forever through those you love.  Looking at these photos really gave me a jolt, that the space of quiet is not to brow beat yourself about the state of your life and specifically about quilting (which is what I have been doing this last week) but it is about joy.  And so I bring this full circle back to quilting.  I have been figuring out how to enjoy my quilting life because this last week since I have been home it has been a love/hate relationship...and I only want love.  

What about you?  What do you want in your emotional space?  

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Last But Not Least!

Last week as my sister and I wrapped up work down in California I got to spend a day in Napa.  The next morning she had to run and take one grandson to school and bring another to her house for the day.   I was faced with the daunting challenge of packing my carry on suitcase so it would meet the approval of TSA.  I heard a strange noise and realized that the hot air balloons were up and going.  I ran outside with my camera and there were 4 of them on a perfectly glorious day.  They take off in the vineyard just beyond my sister's house.

Here we are 2 sisters who have had a challenging year and have reached the other side!  I love this mural she had painted in her home.

...and here are  my new shoes!  Purchased at the vendor mall.  I told both my sister and Colleen that all vendor malls include, shoes, jewelry and clothing!  I wasn't going to buy them because we are headed into our winter season but then, my sister made the perfectly logical comment that our feet will still be the same size in the spring! LOL Besides they make me smile. My sister bought the high heel version to wear to the wedding and they were a hit! 

Shoes purchased at

Enzo is sooooo happy his family is back together. This week he has developed the funny habit of not eating unless both of us are at home???  I wonder what is going to happen the next time I am out of town??? oohhh he looks and feels so soft.

Finally, I have reached the last PIQF slideshow!  I don't know about you but I am ready to get moving on my own stuff...of course, it does not compare to anything on these slideshows!  Enjoy!  And just to let you know, I have been freshening up the blog by adding a few new the really fun Halloween count down and be sure to check out the blog roll.  I found a couple of new blogs that have new inspiring ideas. 

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Beautiful Quilts and Beautiful People

Several of you asked about this pattern and kit that my sister bought.  It is by Reets' Rags to Stitches please let them know you discovered them on the Woolie.  

As Colleen and I made our way around the convention center we ran into Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts such sweet quilts and wonderful new projects!

And then...there was a British invasion!  The hotel was hosting a Father Daughter dance for a local girls school.  The place was all decked out and it was fun to see the 6th - 12th graders all deck out and their dad's in tuxes.

I cannot believe this is the 3rd slide show but not the last!  I don't know about you but I can't believe how many quilts there were and I only took photos of about half!  Well enjoy today's slide for me I am trying to figure out where I have lost stuff in my sewing room!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

PIQF Quilter's Dream

Day 2 of the Pacific International Quilt Festival provided me a slower pace in which to view the quilts and to share the experience with my childhood girlfriend, Colleen.  It was fun sharing quilts with a nonquilter...I got excited about quilting all over again!  

As we walked up and down the rows of quilts I discovered Jill Monley's quilt!!!  She is a local quilt instructor with QuiltWorks.  Remember last week the little quilt of Zantangle Owls...well  this quilt based on the Princess and the Pea was juried into the show!  Amazing can take a closer look at the detail by clicking on the photo.

As Colleen and I walked down the isles we came upon Lawry Thorn from the The Stitchin' Post which had a booth in the vendor area...ahhh a bit of home!

...and now slide show #2...the quilts are amazing, inspiring and humbling...enjoy!

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