Saturday, October 12, 2019

College Art Class assignment is presentation on art group origins - ModSquad!!!

You know all about ModSquad if you've been following me long.  It was a 'study group' I formed and it has been so-o rewarding!!  We started 3 years ago.  I had met Deborah Boschert at the Houston Quilt Show.  She had just published a book about Modern Quilt Collage.  The book had the 7(?) layout designs of modern quilts.  I talked a few quilters here in Brookings into exploring the topic.  None of us had any idea what we were doing, so we took turns researching the layouts, presenting them to the group and then each making a sample of that layout.  We decided to keep our projects secret and try to guess who had made them.  We also were to "Gently critique" each others' work.  We learned the techniques of Landscapes, Magic 3,  One Amazing Line, Dancing Grid, Symmetry, and Modular.

We got thru the entire book the first year.  But we wanted to keep learning new techniques.  So our second year, we each picked a theme or technique to 'modernize'.  We had fun that year too!! Our assignments included Identity, Doodle Art, Couched Embroidery, Mandalas, Hide this Fabric, Vacation, Trapunto, Bird & a Word, and 50 shades (of one color)!  

This is our third year and this year we are choosing more Themes and Techniques for our assignments: A New Beginning, Daily Button, Isosceles Triangles, Personal Symbols, Curvaceous Improv, Celtic Knots, and more!

After our first year's worth of assignments we were asked to mount a display at our community library.  Okay, I might have mentioned we'd be open to doing that ... but we were IN!  They are very large cases in the entry.  Our projects were a big hit - so colorful and interesting!!  But we could only show 3 projects for each assignment.  So, then we talked our way into presenting the entire year's work at the Annual Quilt Show.  So cool to see them all together!



This has been a busy fall for me.  I was able to go to the Quilt Expo show in Portland.  And then to Bayshore Babes Retreat in Bandon.  Don't you just love retreats??? Time to Quilt til you Wilt!!  And you usually only have to help with one meal ... everyone takes turns.

I'm not active in this group since I moved to Brookings 9 years ago??? So I'm careful to be a Big Help when I'm there.  I got called out on it this year!  So I explained - my Grandmother always said, "If you're not rich, you best be useful!"  Definitely words to live by!!  I may have to make a banner saying that!!!  Tee-hee!!


 Beautiful Sunsets and Thunderstorms rolling in!!  Oh My!!


So much fun!  But I was exhausted when I came home - talk about burning the candle on each end!!  Finally getting back into my life - time to finish up some UFOs that have been in 'time-out' way too long!!  After all, Christmas IS only  75 days away!!!  ARRRG!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

My State of the Stash


I belong to Stashbusters - a Yahoo quilting group.  We're a feisty bunch and the messages can be very entertaining.  During your birthday month you write a "State of the Stash" message.  I'm a Leo!!

My DH is 5 weeks younger than me - and we've been married 47 years.  And I listened to the same bad ‘older woman’ jokes for decades!! So, a few years back, I decided if I celebrate until his birthday I don't mind the jokes!!!  It's great fun!!

I've been quilting for 46+ years!  I figured out I've never gone two weeks without quilting!  And includes cross-country moves; vacations (I used to be able to do handwork in the car!) or busy times.

I don’t buy much fabric or books anymore.  (I refuse to define “much”!!)  But I am always on the lookout for reds and blues for Quilts of Valor.  I’m chair of our group and usually make 2-3 QOVs a year.  It's not so much buying more - it's replenishing the fabric.  But it does look like I bought a bunch this year!!

Otherwise, my stash was doing so-o well, I discovered Color Block method by Stash-Lab so even the scraps were kind-of-sorta under control!  But then a friend and I joined Jen Kingwell's BOM Marshal.  We don't have JK fabric out here.  We were going to stick to stash but ... a July trip to NE for a wedding.  My favorite NE store - Quilted Moose, a Gretna NE store, carries Jen's whole line.  Oh my!!!  Let’s just say I had a “Lollie-good-time”!!

I bought a bunch, enough that the owner gave me a hug when I left the store!!!  But she usually does that, it just felt longer!!!   I did split every piece with my friend.

THEN a NE friend was having a de-stashing fabric sale on  Instagram ... Gretna is her favorite store too!  And she had a giant bundle of JK fabric.  So, we bought and split that too! Friday, I brought out the JK fabric for show and tell at my small group.  Oh my!!


Meanwhile, the sewing space has exploded!  My DH has about 3" x 6" space on the single bed to sit and tie his shoes before walks!!! And not always that much!!  Our DGS was just here - it was perfectly clean then!!!  I guess it all started when I had to "find" something!

This is just one pile of a dozen(?) on the bed!

I finally gave up on fixing my DD's wedding quilt.  15 years and it's shattered!  The bad dog ate a giant hole in it 2 years back.  Discussing it with DD and offering 3 choices, she decided she'd like a redo of the pattern using the original quilt inside for the batting.  That should make future quilt historians scratch their heads!!  Tee-hee! 




I love this pattern from the Simple Joys of Quilting.  I want to try to make a QOV with blue patchwork inside and red patchwork borders!  Or is this more madness?

Each 3 1/2" square pile is 100 squares!  I'm using all the same neutral which I am in the process of cutting.  Soon I'll be ready to sew like the wind.  

I’ve discovered several things:  Most of the blues I cut for it yesterday were the same fabrics!!

Positives

I’m a good conservator – my fabric from 90’s still viable!
I’m fairly consistent in taste!  Not buying willy-nilly!
Boy, can I pack it into the space!!
The IG (Instant gratification) monkeys are alive and well in Oregon!!

Negatives

Boy, can I pack it into the space!
Squirrel Syndrome rules!!
Small condo – what space??
Am I growing in my craft or just stagnate?
Am I a hoarder??

Only one way to help this - Must Quilt Faster!!  Please don't let Marie Condo anywhere near here!!






Friday, August 23, 2019

August - my birthday MONTH!

We had a great time at Newport Oregon for the quilt show.  It was just beautiful.  No ribbons for me this year.  :<  Must try harder.  Looking back, I didn't get much done this year.  I entered my QOV quilt and Laurie Heine Bumble Bee wall quilt in the Brookings Show, and Bumble Bee and the crib "Color block"at Newport.



I have a new 'go to' dinner dish.  Hillshire Meats have the Veggie Sausage Dish on their website.  I generally add every veggie that looks good at the store!  We love asparagus, brussel sprouts, green beans, red and green peppers ...  And I don't do the lemon juice.  I think it comes out awesome no matter what you add or leave out.  We love it.  AND after it's been baked, the leftovers are good cold too. Win, Win!

Our ModSquad group's assignment this month was self-portrait.  Man, are they hard!  First you have to look at pictures of you.  That's my smile???  My top lip disappears!!  Then the project is 15" square - that's bigger than real life!!  BUT we had 14 self portraits turned in today!  That's our biggest participation ever!
Thanks, Ladies for all your hard work!

 

We, of course, thought it was going to be easy to guess who was who!  NOT!  So many techniques, so many memories, it was fun! Mine is not quite finished, I chickened out with the facial details you draw or stitch in.  Someday soon???



Next weekend is a small retreat - but I have big plans for what I will accomplish while I'm there!  (Of course!)  I have a list and several deadlines zooming up!  I'll give you a progress report next time.

Bye-bye summer, it was nice while it lasted!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Crazy Crazy days of summer are here!!


I've been a member of Stashbusters Online for many funfilled, quilty years.  I write the bobbin reminder on the weekends:

It’s the weekend and you know what that means?  Time to check your bobbin supply.  Is it time to rewind or reorder??  And your job doesn’t end there – you have to keep your eye on that little gem.  It loves to run out at the darnedest times, and that ain’t fun.  Beware when you use partial bobbins - your mind is picturing it FULL, you'll have no idea when it's going to run out!

We also have a Queen of the UFOs (not an honor!) and Ladies in Waiting procrastinating their way up to the throne!!  I’m going to have to go out and get a flight suit – the UFO Queen list is moving so fast this year!  I see I’m back up toward the top.  Luckily I finished 2 quilts!!

I've been playing with a scrap-eating technique!  Color Block!  Using all scraps of the same color, you build funky 'log cabin' blocks.  I was worried that my squares would be too dull - I don't have a lot of BRIGHTS!  But all was well in the end!  My first try was a crib sized quilt.  The second quilt was a quilt for  the Great Adventure.  With a flannel sheet for the batting, it's a 'summer' quilt.  Still heavy though - I can't seem to be satisfied with less piecing.  The more the merrier!  And heavier!!  Crib quilt will be hanging in the Newport Show this weekend.  The quilt is there and loved already!

 



The Great Adventure is on!! My DS and family moved to Central America for two years.  DDIL has a teaching job.  The chaos leading up to this event was monumental!  We went over to help pack/get the kids out of the way of packing.  And we kept the boys with us for 5 days at the end.  And then they actually left!

While they were here we went to the library summer reading program party!  The boys got to get up into a big rig (after having their faces painted!)  The most exciting thing was that there was a bunk bed in the cab!!  The boys made sure the driver knew they had a bunk bed too!

  

We walked the forest and beaches.  But I'm pretty sure they didn't get to pack that seaweed for the trip!

 

It will be hard with the kids far away, but we are skyping and trying to stay in touch.  My DGD (2 years old) will probably like us better on skype!  DS came to pick us up when we had some work done on our car.  She sang and talked about Nana & Papa all morning and during the 30 minute ride to get us.  THEN Papa got into the backseat and she was NOT happy!  We settled her down by Nana getting in the back, Papa in the front.  But she wouldn't look at us or talk to us all the way home!

 


P and I are starting her 13th birthday quilt.  Of course, she likes to text to her friends more than she likes to sew!!  (Who doesn't!?)  We have until September to get-r-dun!  As you can see, there is no sewing room and the iron is - well, it's from the 60s!!  But we're sewing!!

 


M played travel baseball this summer.  He likes to play catcher!  We managed to watch some tournament action and practices.  As you can see, a baseball left it's mark!  A bruise of the baseball stitches!  He was playing 2nd and a ground pop-up got him!  He determined he liked catcher better - because he could wear a mask!  After they (finally) won a big game, they initiated them with eye-black on their faces.  In case you ever need to know ... regular old Vaseline melts that stuff off with no trauma and even soft skin the next day!!!

The second Saturday in July is the Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show.  Always a great time.  A small group of quilting friends meet at Black Butte a few days before the show.  We have gifties for each other - this year's theme was hexies!  And someone found socks!!

We ask stashbusters members attending the show to meet up for a picture.  Always reassuring that what happens at Sisters stays at Sisters!!  LOL! We never rat out each other about spending money on fabric, etc.
 

R and I met in front of the library at Sisters. I can hear you muttering about Sisters in the summer ...  Believe it or not – it was only in the upper 70s!  Gorgeous quilts, as usual.  But I’m getting old … I only last until mid-afternoon these days!

 

After Sisters I left Oregon to go back to Nebraska for a family wedding.  Yep, a July wedding in Nebraska!  It was steamy!  But totally worth it!  Had so much fun catching up with family.  And what better time to get back together than to celebrate love??  A very happy occasion.  The three sisters back together again (with a DH within camera range)  I also got to see 2 quilting friends.  Always fun to get caught up on family and projects!!

Next Friday and Saturday is the Newport Oregon Quilt show – if you are in the area, please come over and see this show.  There are many reasons:  first the weather will be in the 60s!!!  And when you’re on the coast there is almost always a cool breeze no matter what the temp!

The show is in the Recreation center.  Big, airy, light-filled 2 story rooms display wonderful quilts!  There are numerous signs along the roads pointing out the way to the show.  Come see us!!

My grandson M, age 10 is coming home with us – so I need to reorganize the sewing room – it’s his sleeping space!!  How DOES it get so out of control so fast???

My DGD got a Marquee board and we've been having a lot of fun with messages.  I found them on sale ... and now DGS and I have one too!


Words to live by!!!  


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Post Annual Show Hermit stage!

The Brookings Annual Quilt show was fabulous!!  It's so funny that you work, work, work, nose to the grindstone and head down to get 'r dun ... and at the end you look up and "WOW!" it was all worth it!!!  Good job well done, Ladies and Gents!  Thanks to everyone that made it happen!

My QOV.  I love Double 4patch.  It's easy and so-o graphic!!  Makes a good showing.

 Congrats A for the 2nd place ribbon on your elephants.  My little Bee was made at the same class.  I'll have to look for a close-up of that later!


I'm happy to say that the yearly ModSquad exhibit was a hit!  What a group of talented ladies.  If you look closely you can see the projects are hanging in the category they were created for.  Not all of them are present ... they won't give us that much space!!!  They are an exhibit, not entries, but don't they look awesome!!







This year I was so-o busy with monthly sets of blocks to raffle for the QOVs, I only had 2 quilts in the show!!  And one was a QOV!  So, sadly, no ribbon for me this year.  I know you've heard this story before ... but I can't resist!  One year, my DH asked if I won any ribbons.  And I told him, "I never plan on winning a ribbon."  And he replied, "Yes, but life is better if you win one!!"  Better luck next year!  And I'm finishing a fun one to enter in the Newport show in August.  Fingers crossed!!

Our Quilt of Valor presentation was perfect!!  Every year we attract a bigger audience - and in general, that's a good thing.  But we have outgrown our space!  So we'll have to rearrange some things next year ... and you know how we all like change!!!  NOT!

We had 4 veterans that couldn't come to the ceremony.  I still have to contact them and get their quilts to them.  I told them to let me know when they were ready ... but I'll check in with them this week.  They were ALL so cute, saying give their quilt to another deserving veteran ... silly people - they don't get out of it that easy!!

The ceremony went pretty smoothly this year.  Of course, there is always a ker-fluffle or two.  Best laid plans and all that.  But we added a mike stand to our karaoke machine sound system and that helped.  One cannot hold a mike and hug a veteran without the mike squealing!!  Just saying - not my fault!!

This year we recruited photographers to take pix before, during and after the ceremony.  Some were perched on step ladders to get above the crowd.  All different angles and I'm happy to report it worked out really well!  Going to do that from now on!

I'm QOV chair next year too.  I've already picked out a scrap block for our block drive -  does anyone else feel like they are up to the ears in scraps?? 

When I moved to Oregon I actually had a box of scraps labeled "Too small to use, too big to throw away!!"  AND I'm happy to say, I think, that at long last, the mini log cabin king size quilt will be finished this year!!!  HooRah!  But of course, I'm kind-of optimistic about what I can accomplish!!  No worries:  You'll be the first to know!

I have a question for you.  I've been teaching some needle case classes from my own designs.  I'd love to sell them online.  I know that once we 'publish' pictures of them, anyone can figure out the dimensions (not as easy as you think, of course!)  But I'd like to sell the pattern cheap enough that it's just easier to buy it!

I'm thinking $1.00 - $3.00 each.  I have 3 different projects! When you are looking for patterns, do you go to Etsy?  CreativeBug?  Bluprint (formerly Craftsy)? What would you pay for a clever way to keep track of specialty needles, etc??  Let me know!

In closing here are some Quilt of Valor pictures.


You wouldn't believe how my face is in an odd expression in so many pictures!!  And there is always something blurred!!
 21 Quilts of Valor presented at the ceremony.  All well deserved.
The smiles say it all!

Until next week!  Get sewing, ladies!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ready or not - here it comes!! SUMMER! and the Brookings Annual Quilt Show!


Quilt of Valor Presentation
Sunday, May 26, 2019   2:00 pm
Kalmiopsis Elementary School Gym
650 Easy St  Brookings OR

If you are in our area - please join us.

And although I'm not nearly as panicked as I was last year ... this year is still B*I*G! 

The QOV quilt is the one I made this year.  I love Double 4patch - it's so graphic and don't tell anyone ... so easy!  I got this free pattern from maryquilts.com.  A valuable resource for quick gift quilts.

This morning, Fierce Beyond 50, had this timely reminder!

Is it me or is May just as chaotic as December? I feel like I’ve been high-tailing it from one act to the next, whipping through costume changes and practicing my lines, scrambling to get into place before the curtain rises. Sorry for the acting analogy ...but I was very into theatre back in the day.

Though none of the things on my calendar are there without my permission, during busy seasons like this, it’s so hard to take a break or scale back. There's nothing on my agenda that isn't good or worthwhile, but for me to enjoy all of them, I have to protect that much-needed me-time.

What do you do when your busy schedule crosses the line from invigorating to stressful?  No matter what you do to recharge, just remember to do something just for you!   

And take a bow, Fierce friend! Because you deserve a round of applause for all that you do day in, day out. 
Fiercely Yours,

Marie
Founder, Fierce Beyond 50

Check her out!  My 'not the best plan' recharge is ME tucked under a quilt, phone silenced, with a good book, chocolate or Mike's Lemonade!!  Okay, I make to-do lists too!

I'd like to say "more later"  But that hasn't been happening lately - and I don't think you'd believe me anyway!!  (tee-hee)  BUT ... hope springs eternal!!

doni

Sunday, April 14, 2019

There's something about spring ...

There's something about spring ... that makes me a bad blogger!  Sorry, I don't know if it is the rainy weather; spring allergies;  the countdown to the Quilt Show; there's a million excuses!  And I've been using them all!!

But I have been nose to the grindstone all weekend!  One of my QOV quilts is done-done!  Alleluia!!  It will be presented over Memorial Day weekend - no last minute sewing for this one!!  I'm presenting a QOV today to a local veteran.  He can't come to the Memorial Day Presentation, but his family is visiting this weekend, so we're giving the quilt to him today.

AND I'm working on a "color-block" quilt for my DS's family.  Have you tried this?  I first saw it on Pinterest (trouble maker that it is!)  Since I have been saving scraps forever, they were taking over the closet space.  I had sorted them into medium boxes by color.  Something had to give.  This method has many names - the 'mile a minute' method should be easy and fast ... right??  The answer is 'kind-of, sort-of!"  




Here are some of the blocks on the Design Wall.


I'm currently working on the end of the Orange blocks.  
Red, purple and blue are finished.


20-something blocks made YESTERDAY!!


There are threads and stacks of color all over the condo!!  I did make 20-some 8 inch blocks yesterday!!  I have definitely gotten the routine memorized!  

* Sort scraps by length
* Start by sewing 2 small fabrics together
* Press and trim if needed
* Pick a scrap the right size to add
* Sew together.  You're basically making a log cabin quilt with scraps of varying widths.  There are alot of choices and variations to get bogged down with!  But it's fun to see those stacks of fabric disappear!!

Just have 3 more colors of scraps to 'block'!  Fingers crossed it will be ready to 'top' this week.

Ladies - keep those engines revving!!  Sew like the wind!

You've heard about something new ... Now let's see something that hasn't been reported yet!!

We were able to display our Mod Squad projects from last year at the library again.  This year's display was just as interesting!  So interesting that we already are committed to March 2020!!  The display cases are in the lobby and they're HUGE!  Here are this year's challenges:


 The double cases with free magazines underneath.


Challenges included 'Thread fabric', A Bird and a Word, Hide this Fabric!, and Trapunto


Displayed in second case:  Vacation, 50 Shades, Doodle Art and Mandala


The intrepid Hanging Committee!  Thanks Ladies for your help!