Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Part 2 of our trip - welcome to Palm Springs!!!

DH picked me up from the Quilt show on Sunday and off we went to beautiful downtown Palm Springs!  We were lucky enough to stay at Casa Cody.  It's a beautiful collection of old motels and houses that are grouped together.  I didn't realize how loud the Radisson was by the airport.  But at Casa Cody I could hear birds singing and surprisingly little traffic noise.

There was a delightful heated pool right outside our unit!  I was in it every day!  There were orange, grapefruit and lemon trees all around!  It was great fun.

We walked around downtown at will!  We had dinner at our favorite restaurants. 360 - a small jazz club that used to be Torme's.  Shermans - the best deli in the west!!  We ate there everyday!  Breakfast, lunch or just desserts!!

L, a good friend from Newport Oregon lives close by in the winter.  She came over for lunch at Sherman's and a little shopping.  It was great fun to see her and spend the afternoon with her.  Thanks again for making the drive!

After three glorious days in Paradise ... off we went to meet my daughter and her family back in LA for a surprise trip to Disneyland!!  The grandkids found out about it that morning.  Balloons in a box saying - "Go get dressed!  We're flying to Disneyland NOW!"

It wasn't quiet, but we walked everywhere.  It was very crowded, but we managed to hit all the roller coasters and almost everything we wanted to ride.  It was too much fun!


Goofy and me!!  (Goofy is on the left!)


Mr M on the Rocket ride.


We scored the front of the Monorail for a great ride!


Indiana Jones ride line was long - but worth it!


Even Flat Stanley enjoyed the entertainment!


Miss P loved meeting the princesses


We were able to sign up the kids for Jedi training - they really had fun.  Mr M fought Darth Vader!


Miss P fought too!


Almost everyone loved riding the "Screamer"  All but Mr M and me! We hung out together riding other rides in CA Adventure.  We loved Soaring and Cars land.

Two weeks after I left, we got back home.  I was up to my Mickey Mouse ears in laundry.  And there was just 3 days until our Guild Retreat started!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

We now return to our regularly scheduled blog ...

All I can say is what the heck happened to those lazy crazy days of Winter??  January was stuffed full of events with little chance of blogging!!  But what fun I had!!

For the first time, I was able to go to Road to California in Ontario -it's in the LA area.  I h ad signed up for my favorite teacher.  But it was not to be.  Sue Spargo - sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.  When I heard that you were in chemo, my second thought was - "well, everyone else there and the nursing staff are now embroidering those curtains all over!!"

But that just gave me plenty of time to look over the quilts with an eagle eye!  And of course there were vendor "hazards" galore!!

Our hotel was full of surprises.  Not to mention names (Radisson) they were fighting an uphill battle.  Before all of us quilters arrived someone had hung some clothing on the ceiling sprinkler spout.  Yep, it set those puppies off and took out 40 rooms on 2nd and 1st floor!  The elevator closest to our room was in the construction zone.  We walked about a mile to the room ;) before we discovered the short cut thru the pool area.

There were hot water challenges in the morning; television challenges - shake the cord to get it to turn on!, and even the telephones and wifi had to get into the act!! There was a very funny waiter in the bar, whom we got to know pretty well at dinner times!  "See what I have to put up with??"  But we all muddled through.

We all had our favorites in the show.  The grand prize winner was fascinating.  Based on a photo of the Marrakesh Market - the pillows looked absolutely 3D!


This was a quilt hanging in the hallway - WWW.  I just loved the 'bugs' in the web!!



Our friend Georgia Williams' quilt was accepted into the art quilts category.  Although she didn't receive a ribbon, it held it's own with the others in the category.  And she had perfect placement - he was peeking out from the alcove he was hung in!  Congratulations!!


There were many fragmented project quilts.  A picture is divided up into units and each quilter creates one section.  There is usually some coordination of fabrics; and guidelines where the units will meet again. Then it's put back together to create a whole. Fascinating!


Another Brookings artist was also in the show.  Beth Nufer does awesome work.  Each one is truly a work of art.  These Mariners Compasses had more points than I've ever seen.  The center has 236 points!!  Each one perfect!



Here are the 3 roomies - thanks gals for a fun time!


This quilt surprisingly didn't win any ribbons.  It was fascinating.  Based on the Doppler Radar of a tornado.  Made by an airline employee who flew thru the storm that night!!  Enlarge it for a closeup of the quilting!  It's really something!


This is from the "Graffiti" contest.  They were oh-so-fun!




 Road is the third biggest quilt show in the US.  Paducah is #2 and Houston is the biggest. Paducah takes over the whole town! I hope to go to Houston in 2017 - Jim West has/had? a quilt cruise after Houston with a bus to take you to the port - Western Caribbean islands.  Sounds like heaven to me. 

Well, that was 1/2 my January trip!!  Stay tuned for the next episode of "Great Adventures of January 2016"!!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Back by popular demand ... Year in Review!




Ok, I'm probably the only one wanting it!  But somehow the New Year doesn't seem started until I summarize the last year!  This year, I'm really,really late doing this.  So, best get on with it!

Projects I made and loved.  Not necessarily both on the same project!  Just ask DH - sometimes he thinks I've turned into a teamster! The language!!



Over the River ... the Scenic Route.  This adorable Crabapple Hill pattern was a joy to make with a friend.  Until I moved and had finished my part of "her version" but hadn't started on my own!  Then it drug on and on and on ... Here it is on the design wall. But it's Finished at last! And I like it again! Read more about it here.



Brookings guild had a Nautical Challenge.  Oh, I've got no time for that, until I was sifting and sorting thru books and found one that had a Nautical Theme and there were several patterns there that attracted me ... I found I did have time after all! Story here.

Finished
First 16 blocks on design wall
 

I made a Stacked Blocks Quilt of Valor.  It's really scrappy - just up my alley!  But at the same time, looks very modern!  I don't always still to RW&B for QOVs.  It's no required, but usually they are RW&B.  But I think an interesting to look at quilt is welcome any time. Read more here.

We had a RW&B raffle quilt last year.  When a friend and I were selling chances on it at the Town Home Show.  A veteran let us know, in no uncertain terms, that just because he was a veteran did NOT mean that he was attracted to RW&B.  Let's just say, we were well-educated women on that subject! And it gives me the chance to make scrap quilts!  I love that.



The Newport Guild is uber-organized.  The BOM one year, well - N organized it within an inch of government control!  We had to sign a contract that we would display it at our show during the next 3 years.  Boy, 3 years can just whiz by!!  It's a lovely quilt, but I was done with it.  So I took the flowers and put them in the garden. Notice the bunny hiding in the flowers!! More here.



There was a wedding quilt to make for a Great-Nephew.  It's an online pattern and it worked up wonderfully!  I recommend it! Get the information here.

      

My favorites were the Halloween quilts - not started until late September - but I loved them and so did the 4 grandkids!!  Read about them here and here.

There were PJ pants; fabric post cards; cuddle blankies ... and lets not forget - an Alaskan Cruise!

I read at least 68 books!  I reread some of my favorites, didn't count those

My favorites included:

Poison Flower by Thomas Perry

Slow Kill by Michael McGarrity

A short series of books by Jack McDevitt - Ancient Shores and Eternity Road, and Moonfall. This author (from the past) writes the BEST sci-fi!  Not about the technology, but personalities.  I haven't read any that I didn't love.

The Girl from Boston by Anita Diamant

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Finders Keepers by Stephen King  I love how King weaves his other stories into this books!  Makes me smile every time.

The Martian by Andy Weir  And you thought the movie was good ... the book is even better!

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer

Which books did you love last year??

I'm going to have to start keeping track of movies!!  Here are some I remember loving!

A Good Lie
Star Wars The Awakening (of course)
Tomorrowland

Well - that does it!!  Let the new year ring out!

In the words of Neil Gaiman   (from Word Porn ):

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness,  I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.  And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.









Happy New Year!!

Let's just pretend that I didn't leave you hanging at the end of the year!  I caught the respiratory flu the week before Christmas and it took me DOWN!  Luckily, we were able to keep our Christmas plans - I finally felt like myself the night before we left!  Thank you!

We headed to DD's in Portland first.  Thanksgiving was so hectic, we stayed in a hotel next to my DS's family and felt that we didn't get much Grandkid time.  So we "avoided the rush" and went a day early ... along with 1/2 of the crowd that had the same idea!!!  There's no control group, but I feel that we still got there a little easier than past years.

There were games and baking and wrapping and peeking ... also some last minute-ish shopping by DH and myself!  Great fun.  We made chili for Christmas Eve dinner.  We had my DH's favorite side dish - cinnamon rolls! It was a MidWest favorite school lunch!



Miss P showing off her snowflake ornament made at school!

The dogs were interested in EVERYTHING.  Luckily my DD always gets a present for them, which they get to open first - which keeps them busy the rest of the day.  A new chew bone or Kong.



Mr M showing his new Jurassic Park Lego video - a cute game that follows the movie plot.



Here's the Christmas morning PJ picture.

We stayed in Portland until after opening the presents Christmas morning. And then headed for Medford to DS's house.

More traffic than usual on Christmas Day but still easy.

There is a game that the boys love to play with Papa, Dad or Mom (Nana can't do it!)  the boys run from the kitchen into the adults arms and everyone goes over backwards screaming and laughing!!  The boys can do this forever!!!! This picture is always blurry - even using the Nikon!!






Enjoy the "reset" it doesn't last long!!  The biggest surprise was when DS came roaring in after them!!  No, he didn't make Papa catch him, but everyone was hysterical with laughter!  Soon after that "scare" DS had to take over the 'catching' role.




DDIL always makes sugar cookies with the boys at Christmas, then everyone helps ice them.  For some reason, the gingerbread people always turn into super heroes!!  She's got that down pat!!

DS had made a roast for dinner and that was delish!  The boys are still young enough (probably the last year) that we can pretend that Christmas is the 26th.  So we got to have two Christmas Eves and two Christmas mornings!  It was great fun watching 2 and 4 year olds tear into presents!!  The pj pants were a big hit!



Christmas morning in Medford!

After the presents were ooohed and ahhhhed over, we headed for San Francisco!  Going over the Siskiyou pass was our favorite view of Winter!  Clear highway, beautiful fresh snow covered mountains out our windows!! Perfect!

We stay by Fishermen's Wharf; the first night we walked to Scoma's on the wharf. One of our favorite restaurants.  I've been 'researching' Lemon Drops this year - as in, who makes the best!!!  I don't drink very much - 3 drinks give me a hang-over ... I mean headache the next morning.  But the research must go on!  LOL!  I had a little surprise at Scoma's - the bartender rimmed the glass with salt, not sugar!!  Yeow!

He apologized, he'd thought he might have and was keeping an eye out ... and made me another one double quick!!  But, yeah, there's no mistaking that little error!  The rest of the meals went perfect after that!!



Our wedding anniversary is Dec 28, We celebrated 43 years by enjoying the city.  Two nights we dined in North Beach Italian restaurants.  YUM!  There was a chocolate raspberry dessert that I'm dreaming about!!




I L*O*V*E Britex Fabrics off of Union Square - there's a Notions FLOOR!  Love the button selection!

      

We got a 3 day pass for city transportation and rode cable cars, the trolly and buses for the rest of our stay.    The trolly driver was fast off the line and one hand on the horn at all times!  Except when he had to get off to rehook us to the cable!!! Pushed the limit on how fast he can take the corners!  And although the temperatures were reported to be in the 50s ... well, it was SF 50s - glove weather!!  It didn't rain on us; and we had great fun.  Love the cable cars even in cold weather! We rode all three lines - and one of the cable cars had decorated the ceiling for the Holidays!!

  

The chills; the hills; the thrills!!  The conductors were always in a good or entertaining mood.  I'll never forget the driver of the car, when it dawned on him he was trying to squeeze-in in front of a cable car!!  Deer in the Headlights personified!!

Other than some traffic problems outside of SF - our trip was picture-perfect.  Beautiful drive back up 101; stopped at Freddies to pick up milk, etc.  Pulled into the driveway and it started raining!  DH remarked, "Well, crap!  We're home!"  Brookings had 26 inches of rain in just December!  So, hopefully, the drought is over!

Next up - Year in Review!!  I promise!



















Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Just another winter day at the Oregon Coast!!

These photos were taken last Thursday. It took me 30 minutes of freezing out on the deck,  and I had my heaviest long winter coat, stocking cap and gloves on!!   Waves are tricky!  

Those that look good, fizzle out.  The sneakers - well you don't always get them at their peak.  AND the best ones are when you've given up and turned your back! You should see the ones "that got away"!!

For those who don't remember our view ... This is Rainbow Rock Island.  Just north of our deck.  It's 100 feet tall!

What do you think?




Now that's what a call a storm surge!!




Saturday, December 5, 2015

Do you want to build a snowman???

Yesterday was our Woolies Christmas party!!  Whoo-hoo!  It was such fun and we all got sewing done too!  Bonus!

Time to reveal one of my favorite gifts to give:  Christmas ornaments that are also adapted to be a gift card holder!  And as I mentioned last week, Gift card holders also hold a package of needles!



This is one of my favorite Christmas patterns!  I've made meadows of snowmen over the last years! I've only made the Snowman Head ornament!  I'm sure the other projects are just as easy - and when I've "ornamented" the world with this one, I'll try them!!  


Two finished ornaments from past years on top.  First you have to sit around and make faces!!  You could use buttons for eyes - but it's easy to machine blanket stitch wool circles and the nose.  The mouth could be beads as well as the hand stitched Xs in the pattern.  Make that grin a little crooked for Holiday charm!


After the faces are made :) Blanket stitch them down on the large background piece. I've noted that next time I'm going to make the background a skootch bigger and trim it back later.  It would be easier to add the back piece. No, the hat has not been added yet!




This charming guy has a ski type hat on - pick any color!  Trust me, it will look like Christmas even if it's not red or green.  This year I added bright color brims and I like them!


Machine blanket stitch hat and brim.  It's easy to chain stitch this project.  I made 12 this year - 8 for the Woolies and 4 for various other friends!


The leaves (don't wonder why - just add them!) are easy and fast.  Just a simple straight stitch down the middle of the leave.  Note that the black background has the horizontal leaf space coming off the hat. Start with that one and then add the 2nd one pointing to the face 


Machine blanket stitch the berry and you're done with the front. they each have their own little personality!  One year, I was out of shower caps and P a cruise fan collected some on her travels, just for me!!  I made her this ornament but added a "shower cap" over the hat.  Made me laugh the whole time I was working on it!  She loved it too!  Personalize as needed!


Now you want to add a wool back - copy the large background piece again.  Good thing about wool is that it is reversible!   Now is the time to add the back pocket for a gift card.  This is my addition to the pattern.  I use a hotel key card + a quarter inch. Now is the time to pay attention, hold it up against the other piece, make sure to match the edges.Check the back against the front, and sew the pocket on the correct side of the back.



As I mentioned, both hand needles and machine needle packages fit in this pocket!  Win-win!


Here we are, during the short break in the rain!  I told everyone that they could re-gift the snowman without hurting my feelings; and they all said, "But would you make me another one then??"  So I think they were a hit!