Saturday, November 14, 2020

WOW! This is my 501st blog post!! Amazing

Oregon is ordering "The Pause" starting on Wednesday.  A sneaky way of getting everyone to quarantine for 2 weeks.  And please, let's do that!  We have to get back to our lives! 

We've been laying pretty low most of the time.  I wear a mask in public.  No meetings.  I do have P in my covid pod.  We're together quilting or cleaning up quilting most days.

My sister (almost 80) caught Covid in Nebraska.  She was in the hospital for two weeks, but never on a ventilator.  It was so scary.  I was able to talk to her most days.  Thank God our medical personnel believe in science and use it daily. 

Sis got the plasma from a recovered patient, steroids and the drug.  We kid that people have to stand up when she enters a room - Presidential treatment, don't you know.

Please wear a mask - it isn't going to kill you - and Covid could.

Off the soap box - I teach a Hand Quilting class to artists tomorrow!  Gulp! This month's display is  Annabelle Walkley's one woman quilting exhibit at the Manley Art Center in Brookings.  She's a good friend of mine, and a member of Mod Squad.  At our meeting yesterday, she curated her show for us.  What a font of info!

After finishing a quilt, she soaks and rinses her quilts in cold water - no soap.  And never puts them in the dryer.  Blocks them on the floor to dry.  Hmmm.

Well, tomorrow, I teach up to 7 women hand quilting tips.  The first thing I will say - "our quilting is NOT going to look like Annabelle's!  But we'll work on learning the process."

Working with artistic personalities has so far been like herding cats!  And I'm allergic to cats!!

No contract; I didn't get the class list until I begged for it yesterday to send a reminder.  I furnish the kit so-o we'll all start with the right supplies!  

They wanted a class to 'go with the show'.  Everything about piecing quilts can taught at stores, on the web, etc.  But even books tend to 'cover' quilting with "quilt as desired!"  So - wish me luck!

We're having a King Tide here - seriously, there is NO beach today!!  The promised winter storms have arrived with a vengeance two nights ago.

I was wearing ear plugs (DH was mumbling / whistling in his sleep)  And the wind in the trees woke me up!  It was that strong! We're supposed to get about an inch of rain each day for the next week.  But the storms always give us an interesting ocean to watch.

So - it's been going thru my mind lately, Hello, I'm Doni and I'm a quilter.  I have no wish to 'recover' from it.  Quilting has occupied me for over 40 years now.  DH says 'possessed' is more accurate!  

I honestly don't know where I'd be without it!  It's given me an outlet for creativity and energy.  Kept my mind active - planning the next project, working out the problems and organizing.  And I love to gift them, display them and pet them!  And of course, cuddle under them.

My DS and DDIL are in Panama for 2 years.  Interesting times to be there.  They left everything they couldn't fit into suitcases in a storage unit in Oregon.  It burned down in the Almeda Fire. Luckily I have the important papers.  BUT they lost family photos, the kids' toys and stuffed animals, thousands of Lego blocks, musical instruments, books, videos, kitchen supplies, dishes and at least 28 quilts.

A friend in the area went into the storage unit area and found very few things left but recognizable.  One golden dragon tea cup that was part of a set of dishes my birth brother brought back from Japan for me in the 50's.  DS loved that set.

No Legos were found - they were expecting to have a large multicolored plastic lump but apparently Legos evaporate!

Do families that are not related to quilters have 28 quilts?  Probably not.  I'll have to count how many quilts I have in the small condo we live in.  I'm pretty sure it's more than that!  How many do you have?  Yes, count the wall and holiday quilts!

I'm going to make/finish a quilt for each of them - ready when they come back next summer.  Most of the kids' quilts were panels, we have pictures, but there is no way I can duplicate them now.  It will be a new adventure.  Lord knows I have enough fabric for the undertaking!!

Stay safe!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Quilting Physics - no really!

 I've been quilting for 45 years!!  OMG!  I consider myself an 'advanced beginner'!  I don't take my skill seriously.  I mainly follow the "Squirrel!!" method of learning!

"Squirrel!" is from the Disney movie UP!  The dogs would be seriously training and then ... you guessed it - they saw a squirrel and everything changed!  And all of a sudden, everything on the To Do List was forgotten and off they all went in a totally different direction.  Sound familiar??  It's rampant here!

Once a year we have carpets cleaned.  It's this month!  DH likes to make it easy for the company to clean every inch so everything comes off the floor.  Furniture is set in the bathrooms, brick hearth and kitchen space.  Closets emptied onto the beds.

The problem - as always - is my sewing room.  I'm always 'rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic' in there.  There is always lots of things on the flat surfaces; sewing desk, single bed top, under bed, ironing board ... and the floor.

I had an epiphany - I don't have enough storage space.  Perhaps I should "Marie Condo" everything!  If you're not familiar - she only keeps things that sparks joy.  Bad news, when you're a quilter ... everything sparks joy!

I was doing fine until I started helping my friend P fit everything back into her sewing space.  Yep, some things started coming home with me.  

I have several UFOs - Unfinished Objects - some are even from the 90s!!  I have revised the list year after year ... but some projects still spark joy! And trying to tide up does encourage me to revisit those languishing UFOs - seeing if they are worth working on again. 

Here is Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom in Christmas colors. Bonnie was here teaching 3 years ago.  I'm happy to say that the top is finished.  I made a few more blocks for the back - I really love seeing that row of blocks on the back when I make my bed!  It cheers my soul!


And a very old Courthouse steps with 54-40 or Fight Stars combo.  It's hanging on P's design board.  We did take breaks!!  This pattern is definitely from the '90s. One of my favorite pattern companies, that I cannot remember the name of!!  Any guesses??

 I'm still playing with what size I'd like - the next task is to cut and sew a bunch of the stars.  Then I can see ... but it's one of those that I can picture KING-SIZE.  Gasp!  We'll see.

The quilts above have a wide variety of fabrics in them.  From batiks to plaids.  

I love plaids!  And I have several UFOs and current projects that look really good in plaids.  So, I took out my basket of plaids and the Bear Paws UFO - started around 2000.  It must be the Mary Poppins basket of plaids, I'm not joking!

The cute little basket sitting in front of the door to the balcony.  That's a 12" square ruler in it!  So innocent looking, don't you think?

This is basically a 41 x 53 kitchen counter.  My appointed cutting station.  Covered and stacked with the basket contents!!  After ironing!!!  Someone call the science police, please!!  Two long days of recutting into the pieces required for the 3 patterns.  Oye Vay!  But wait there's more ... I found another box, so another day of cutting up pieces tomorrow!

Luckily, it's work I love - petting and reshaping beloved fabric.  We always say - shop the stash first, it's filled with fabrics you love!

The plaid projects I'm currently recutting for are:

Double Slice - see the tute on Jenny Doan's Missouri stars.  I've made this several times with different types of fabrics.  It looks good in everything!  Especially cute - in a manly way - in homespuns.  Voila!

On commission for my sister, Here's one I made for a Great Niece, I sashed the blocks to calm it down - these fabrics were wild and crazy without the sashing!  Trust me!

Plaid Bear's Paw blocks - I was hoping to just make a 60 x 80ish quilt - my new resolution.  I can quilt that size myself with my domestic sewing machine.  But, alas - it's way too cute!!!  Pay no attention to the bedspread under the blocks! That striped checkboard is not part of the quilt.!

And a new project found in an old publication - 6.5" squares with 2.5" squares making up a sashing.

Must go and start getting thing done ... oh, oh!!  Squirrel!!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hello - waving royally - The Queen of the UFOs is in the room!

 I belong to Stashbusters online.  And we have an UFO challenge contest every year,  you finish UFOs to go to the bottom of the list.  There is usually around 70 participants.  

As other quilters go to the bottom, you work your way up.  There's a few Ladies In Waiting and a Queen of  UFOs.  (This is not really an honor!!)  

I just got an email last night that I've actually been Queen since Monday!!!  During your reign of 1 week, if you finish an UFO you can abdicate the throne; descend to the dungeons and start working your way up again.   IF you do not finish an UFO during your reign, you must mail a FQ to the royal treasury.  It's not the FQ that bothers us, it's the shame of not finishing the UFO. After you send in the FQ you do go down the list to the dungeons.

Here's what I've written to my loyal subjects so far:

Wednesday:  Arrrg!  I've just found out I'm the Queen of the UFOs ... Since
Monday???  Your royal highness is so sorry to leave my royal subjects 
without guidance.  Oops!  I’m pretty sure that I’ll be mailing a FQ pretty
 darn soon!  I just finished “Wild Thing - I think I love you” BUT alas, it’s 
not an UFO - it was started during quarantine!  Quarantine just seems like 
it’s been years!!  It really hasn't been years, at least not yet!!

More assignments, royal edicts and babbling will be forthwith tomorrow!!!
Queen doni @ Oregon coast, humbly asking for your attention at this late 


Ahem - waving royally - the Queen is in the room.  A little history on your queen:  I’ve been quilting since 1974 [gasp – that IS a long time!] My grandma quilted but not by the time I came along – she was hemming diapers for the Red Cross by then because her eyes had failed.  Besides, I was too much of a tomboy to bother learning to sew from her!  My great-grandmother on my dad’s side ran a house for ‘girls in trouble’.  She kept them busy with piecework – and I’ll tell you, they were NOT passionate about it!  I found some really odd scrap quilts that were poorly made – but immediately fell in love with them.  From then on –scrap patchwork has been my favorite type of quilting! 

Here is "Wild Thing - I think I love you!"  top.  It was quilted by L, a longarmer here in Brookings.  "Finished" picture still to be taken!


My first quilt was 2 sheets tied together – after I made a simple frame.  Don't laugh!  My children are still using them and they have definitely stood the test of time.  Then – well, would you believe, a queen sized bedspread of baby blocks [tumbling blocks] set in a pyramid!!  I was sure it would be oh-so--much cheaper than that $200 bedspread!! LOL!!  I was simply too dumb to know it was beyond my reach!  AND my MIL’s quilting group hand quilted it with a bed sheet back!  Poor ladies!

Here is my 'booth' as Valuable Guild Member in 2018.  You can see the Tumbling Blocks quilt on the right.  Everything in the booth was made by ME!  The fabric postcards hanging on a ribbon on the right, the Nautical Stay Robin, the silk screened lighthouses of Oregon.  The Pies and Tarts on the back table and "Cat Bellies" on the side table!  Yes, that is a green bungee chair.  My good friend P loaned it to me and I charged everyone who wanted to try it out $1 - to the cookie sale just across from me!!!  The cookie chair decided she always wanted to be near me - where ever I am!!

I have learned a thing or two since then,  and forgotten a lot of information I wish I could remember.  I still love scrappy.  The more the merrier!  I'm not a 'neat sewing space' type of person!  

And you have to be a really good friend to be willing to share a table with me - I don't work well in captivity!!

One time, a friend was coming over to quilt.  We have a LARGE dining room table that seats six.  To be funny I ran a piece of masking tape at the 2/3 for me, 1/3 for you mark.  BUT the joke was on me - by the time my friend arrived, I was already spread across to her side of the table!

Ladies, start your engines, errr, sewing machines!  I will give an edit about the weekend tomorrow!

Queen doni @ Oregon coast

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Foggy August Days!! but not complaining!

 When the valley across the mountains from us gets HOT, we get fog.  They've been up in the 90s - 100s for the last month.  And although we typically get some sun each day, the fog has been pretty tricky this week.

Last night it was beautiful at sunset, DH and I were sitting on the deck having martinis(!)  Something new we started during quarantine!!  And I spotted a whale!  There is an island close to our beach - Rainbow Rock Island.  And the whale was between the beach and the island!  I don't know if he was really BIG or just looked big because he was so close!  Either way, it was a thrill.  I'll take a picture of our view looking North - if the fog ever lifts!

And don't think that it was just the Lemon Drop martini talking!  We both saw it, spouts spouting for hours!!!  No we were not drinking for hours, but after we had lasagna for dinner, I went back out to see if he was still there - he was!

Just like dogs ... people tend to refer to whales as he or she.  I think that depends on which sex your dogs were / are.  I always call them 'he' but a good friend calls them 'she'.  We try to convert each other to the other pronoun, but no luck so far!

Last night I finished binding "Wild Thing - you make my heart sing"!  You remember the X-plus blocks I made during quarantine.  (picture of blocks on the design wall.)  Someone, when seeing it, asked if it was for a child?  Nope, just made by a 68 year old child!!!  A Grandkid might get it eventually ... but tonight it's going on my side of the bed!!

I've been going to our outdoor pool faithfully all summer.  It had a late start, but we've been holding water aerobics classes.  There's a lot of hoops to jump thru ... wearing masks everywhere but IN the pool.  Temperatures taken each morning.  Outside entrance and outside shower.  I miss the changing room.  But so glad to be there, my knees are much happier.  For those of you concerned, our county has only had 19 cases.  The lowest covid count county on the Oregon coast. And we are fighting to keep it that way. :>

Pictures coming,  really, I promise!!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Some more quilt stories that are my favorite

Blogspot has changed photo selection - Arrrgh!  But I found this wonderful photo of my Great Niece N and Granny (my mom).  N is back home after a hospital stay.  I know Granny is watching over her - their spirits are so alike.  God bless you, N.

When I started making QOV, I thought, "Well, this is a good program, but I've got veterans in my life that I want to make a quilt for first.  My DBIL was one of the first 3 recipients.  I was afraid that it wouldn't go over well, but of course, it did.  He loved his quilt.  And we love him!

A spring challenge (loosely interpreted!)  It now belongs to our local Habitat.  They hang it at their Annual Garden Tours!  Can you find the bunny?

This little scamp moved in and used the wall quilt I was binding as her new quilt when I went to make her bottle!!  Mom and Dad's Blue and White wedding quilt on the back of the couch.

Reminisce by Lori Smith.  Challenging but oh-so-worth-it!!!  Scrap Happens, our Lincoln NE small group all made the border blocks to exchange.  We didn't all finish at the same time, but the ones that were ready (a year past deadline!) hung in our guild show.  Exciting to see them all in a row!  And no - they did not look alike, in fact, we couldn't convince some people they were all from the same pattern!

I love this July wall quilt.  I adapted a pattern, to make it bigger and I love it.

We used the Blue and White wedding quilt pattern to make a "get well soon" quilt at South Shore in Newport.  Fun working with  non-sewers.  But it turned out awesome!  Tied, not quilted for comfort.

Starry Starry Night.  Variation of a Red Wagon pieced star.  I was laying this one out at a small group quilt meeting in Lincoln NE.  I had all the stars lined up all in a row and MJ, a neighbor looked at it and twisted a star, and I almost fainted!!  But she convinced me they 'twinkle' when mixed up.

A challenge at the Brookings guild.  We all wrote a technique and each month we pulled one out of a lunchbag!  We started with a center block, then drew paper piecing, applique, words, triangles and squares!!  My friend had a new embroidery machine and sold me these lovely vintage nautical blocks that are in the top and bottom borders.  The poem adapted by a poem, 'If You've Ever Lived on a Island' embroidered around the center:

If you ever lived by the ocean; if you ever lived by the sea,
When you return inland, your spirit will have been set free.
If ever you've heard the sea gulls, the waves,a foghorn, the winds,
then you've heard the song of the ocean and the peace it sends.  ... so true!

A flying challenge at Brookings.  I asked my Grandkids what should be on it.  Airplanes, obviously, birds, bees, hot air balloons ... then we got silly!  The house from 'Up', Superman, Mary Poppins ...  Most of these are cancelled stamps, some pictures of stamps (there was a deadline!)  Blocked with very heavy boxes sitting on top of it - because it couldn't be washed, of course!

Leftover blocks from A&J's wedding quilt.  I sewed them up and used it as a charity quilt for Soroptimists!

Mr D with his big boy bed quilt.

Next time ... back from the quilter ... The PlusX Covid quilt!!  How Exciting!!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Quilt Stories!!! I seem to save them up into batches!

This was another hunt for fabric that lasted years!  I saw this pattern on a Swedish quilting website after following the link from Pinterest.  

It was a baby quilt! Oh, Baby! my bin of 'conversation prints' was overflowing and it was such fun to use some of my favorite fabrics!

SL in Scrap Happens called text fabrics "conversation prints" and the name stuck.  Kind-of like 'Beige-ings"!

And of course, I had to buy bright fabrics to go with it!  I use this on my side of the bed in the winter!   And Oregon summers!!  It's my second quilt RIGHT NOW!!

The back is a nautical print that didn't work for a QOV back. 

Spring Strippy  2008

Evening Stars Workshop had a block exchange of the churn dash blocks. Then I was in a "strip of the month" club led by a good friend of mine. I'm sure I drove her nuts! But she never said a word!. [Thanks, M!]

The first month's assignment was "half-square triangles" - that's churn dash! 

The next was "square in the block" - ha! churn dash!!!

Well, you get the picture - if churn dash fit the description - there it was! [I had a lot of the blocks!] I even had a row of churn dashes left over - [they ended up on the back!]

I thought the extra row made the quilt too long for the width and didn't want to deal with redesigning it. That's probably why it had a l-o-o-n-g incubation / Time Out period as UFO.

As you know, if you came here via FB.  Miss JJ is now the proud owner of this quilt.

Kinsey's Whimsy Wall Quilt - Literary Challenge  2007
Just 27 x 27

Lincoln Quilt Guild had a "Literary Challenge".  Pick a favorite book or character.  Make a quilt that character would like.  It was a great challenge - so many different interpretations.  I chose the Sue Grafton alphabet mystery series.

I used nickel squares (Kinsey was very thrifty!) in a Bento Box pattern.  I picked bright "California" fabrics and loved making it.  I used it for years as my picture online.

Edyta Sitar was just beginning her quilting career - or I just found her!  And she said - against all Quilting Rules - that you CAN put quilting fabrics and batiks in the same quilt!!  So I did!  and I never stopped from that moment on!

 Oregon Lighthouse Wall Quilt - the Challenge  2006  40 x 40

I found some mini lighthouses on our Oregon Trip one year.  Quilters Corner Quilt Store in Port Orford had had a challenge with them.  The entries were on display and Halleluiah!  They still had the silk-screened lighthouses.

There was a challenge in Lincoln guild too, so of course, I incorporated them into that theme.  I liked it - but when I hung it up in my cubicle at work ... there was a whole lot of sighing and begging for it.  JJ has an August birthday too, so I gave did it to her ... eventually!

Hmmm, I do love that Bento Box setting.  I have another challenge this year for Brookings Guild ... hmmm!

We're getting to the end of the FB challenge - but this has been a whole lot of fun to pick out favorite projects and review them again.  What do you think of "Quilt of the Week"???  Let's see I'd have enough to publish them for a decade or more!!  LOL!  We'll see!

Have a great weekend and stay safe!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Favorite Quilts over on FB - but the fun part - WHY! - is here!

Selvedge Yard  2011  

CAUTION:  Long story you might want coffee!!

Selvedges galore, Unruly lettering, I even put my practice longarm piece on the back!  2015 I sold this piece at Sisters!  Cheaply ... but still, it sold within the first few hours!

So, as an out-of-my-box experience goes - let me tell you - that quilt grew like a summer weed. Here begins the saga: years ago I started making string blocks incorporating selvedges. 6 inch blocks and they were fun. Something else came along ... distractions, many quilts, you know how it goes. 

There are 600-ish selvedges in the quilt - yes, there are repeats! And the most colorful ones came from the quilts made for grandkids and the many pair of pj pants I've made them. But there are many reproduction fabrics represented!!

I always wanted to do LazyGal's free-style 'wonky' alphabet and this was the project to do it. Those letters are fun - use a whole lot of thread and are bigger than you think they are.
I figured out my saying - hmmm - too long, shortened it and started creating. Let me tell you there were threads everywhere!! But words appeared. After I had the quote 'written' out, it was bigger than planned. [Of course, it IS that quilt!]

Revision - gonna need more blocks!! There was blank space at the end of the words - before the corners. Hmmm, I could lengthen the quote with quilted words - fill in, so to speak, but now I'm stuck with an "AN". 

Think of adjectives that start with an vowel, make lists in the middle of the night! Consult with mom over the phone. Using my own 'best' [HA! - my handwriting isn't known for it's clarity!!] handwriting I added these 'secret messages' to the quote and free-motion quilted the words. 

Think of adjectives that start with an vowel, make lists in the middle of the night! Consult with mom over the phone. Using my own 'best' [HA! - my handwriting isn't known for it's clarity!!] handwriting I added these 'secret messages' to the quote and free-motion quilted the words:

QUILTING NOT SO MUCH A HOBBY (you know) MORE LIKE AN (infectious) OBSESSION (and we love it sew!)

A & J's Wedding Quilt  2010  
I thought doing this king size log cabin quilt would get those out of my system, nope!  I'm still making mini log cabin blocks for one of my own.

This has 2 color combinations for each row and even though it was carefully drawn out ... I made 20 blocks with the wrong colors together.  "Recalculating ... "  
Wanted the Love stamp block in it to break it up, 3 of them.  Got it all laid out on the floor at Bayshore.  We all looked it over, moved a few things around and completely missed the log cabin block going the wrong way!!  Arrrrgh!

I cut the strips  2" and although finished 1.5" logs seem reasonable for a king-sized quilt - I have to admit the logs look really big! Don't ask me why! I don't know!

The Lights of Home   2006

I bought the silk screened lighthouses at Lattimer Center.  I found the lay-out on a barn quilt.   My friend, MW, helped me draw it up.  I made the quilt and R loves it too.  

The funny part about this quilt is when I was in Nebraska it reminded me of the Oregon coast.  And after we moved to Oregon, it reminds me of working on it in Nebraska!!  It's one of my DH's favorites because it's only 2 colors! 

There - we're all caught up.  Other than the blogspot problems, it's fun to look through 45 years of my quilts ... hope you're having fun too!