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  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,

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!!


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!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Well, This Happened ...

From Curry Coastal Pilot
Highway 101 is closed at the Hooskenaden Slide 12 miles north of Brookings after torrential rain caused the grade to sink.
Traffic may be rerouted along Carpenterville Road, however, if drivers must be aware there are areas of gravel road and places where the road is merely a single lane.
Drivers are urged to use caution and allow for additional travel time if you plan to use the alternate route.
This is about 10 miles north of us!  And we're always headed North!!  Including for two upcoming retreats!!

But moving on ... part of my Christmas present this year was tickets to the "Come From Away" Musical when it came to Portland.  That was this weekend.  OH WOW!  It is Fan-tabulous!!  We laughed, we cried, we gave a long standing ovation!!  I highly recommend it to everyone.  See it if you can.
With the slide, we had to go over to Grant's Pass and then up over the high passes on I5.  I don't like doing that in the winter.  But it was only a little nerve-wracking this time.  And a beautiful drive on our way home.
Only two more weeks in my embroidery class - it's gone fast and the students are even doing their homework between classes!!  Yay!  It's been fun and I'm sure I'll offer it again.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

And I've been having all the fun!

...with no time for blogging!

We got away to Southern California in January.  It was not the vacation of our dreams!  We got stuck for FIVE hours on top of the Grapevine.  6 inches of snow and it was crazy!  I wasn't sure my bladder could withstand 5 hours without a break.  When we finally got released, we stopped at a MacDonalds - but it was closed!  We begged the lovely man inside to let us in and -bless him- he did!

It definitely wasn't as bad as it could have been - we had excellent reception, no kids in the car.  Listened to NPR, 60s and practically everything else.  The new car was good on slick highways.  Got to Palm Springs later than expected, but 20 minutes before the hotel restaurant closed.  Dinner was served and it tasted mighty good!

BUT it was raining in Palm Springs!!!  The first rain they had for 18 months!!!  Lucky us!  But sitting around away from home is alright.  No chores calling you.  We went to see the "Green Book" movie and it was excellent.  DH and I grew up in the Midwest.  We didn't have the psychedelic 60s!  We definitely had the segregated 60s.  And they nailed that!  See it if you have the chance.  We've already qued up Don Shirley on Pandora!  Excellent music.

 My the pineapples are large in Mission Hills!

We did have a morning without rain!  DH looked up the weather the day before we were supposed to leave ... a sunny weekend!!  What the heck, we're retired, we booked a room at Cody's just off of downtown Palm  Springs and stayed 2 more days.  So glad we did.  A lot of Sherman's NY Deli was consumed!  I laid about the pool, reading.  It wasn't quite warm enough to get in, IMHO!

My view from the poolside.  Blue Skies!!!

We had a great time taking a Celebrity Homes Bus Tour in Palm Springs.  We had Annie - a /Real New Yorker tour guide.  She knew everything about those glory days.  It was very entertaining, she told stories, answered questions and managed to guide a giant tour bus around the narrow streets, past a wedding and the Woman's March.  All without incident!!  I highly recommend the tour!

The mountains in Palm Springs are different than our Oregon mountains.  These are certainly rock from the bottom up.  That's my hat on the hill starting behind the strip center.  Palm Springs has 3-5 earthquakes a day!!!!  But since they are built on the sand over an aquifer, they don't feel them unless they are over a '4'.

I made DH check the "Grapevine Road Conditions" before we left the desert - but it was smooth sailing all the way.

I got to spend time with a birth-sister in Tracy.  We had a great time talking and looking thru her family pictures.  Funny to hear the 'other' take of the stories.

We got home and had to make a quick trip up to Portland.  Boy, I'm too old for 'up and back in 2 days' trips!  But had to get back in time for our Guild Quilt Retreat!!!

We go up the coast 25 miles to a SureStay Hotel with a nice conference room we take over!  A rollicking good time was had.  There was plenty of chocolate, snacks, good food and late nights!  Who could ask for more??

I'm teaching a hand embroidery class at our local quilt shop.  It started this week.  The class was full and we had a good time, learned two stitches and they were sent home with homework on those stitches!  I think it went well, but we'll see if they come back for week two!!  LOL!

Then ... I was down and out for 2 days.  I still don't know if it was allergies, stress, or the good old fashioned cold.  But I'm still thinking allergies because a cold would have lasted longer, right??

Happy February!!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2019 - think of all the fun ahead of us!!!

The ocean is ever-changing, but it's nothing compared to what our beach does!!  The sand is high, the sand is low.  The cave is tall with a tide pool inside or the cave is munchkin size and you have to crawl to get in!!

The designated rock was showing, that usually means we can walk the whole beach.  But not this time!  Sand was high? low? who knows? ,,, water was too deep at the tight spot, so we had some time to draw 2019 on the beach.  As you may remember, we didn't get to do that last year - DH had just had Quadruple Bypass surgery!  I'm glad to report he is well and golfing as much as he dreams of!

He thought we needed to rewrite 2019 on the beach where we usually do - where we can see it from the deck.  So we carefully made sure we were straight-on, and dug in our heels to make the numbers BOLD.  Walked back up the hill to get the shot before the tide came in ... and some trees had the nerve to grow in the last two years and block our view!!!  LOL!  Oh well, I refuse to take it as an omen that the year will go like that!!!  I took it as a plus that I could get the shot of the first 2019 from beach level!!

Here is that shot - the message is just to the left of the little tree sticking up!!  I think the sand must be lower here because there seems to be more rocks!

Happy 2019 anyway!!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!!

            Happy Holidays from the Boyds!

        Sorry, we didn’t send out cards last year. R kept us busy. Dec 7, 2017, he failed a stress test –BIG TIME! 
        3 ambulances, a Life-flight, Quadruple Bypass and 9 days in the hospital - December was a blur! 
        Heart problem, not Acid Reflux, as we thought.
         I’m happy to report that he’s doing great – better than ever and golfing every chance he gets. 

And here’s what else has been happening!!  This shot was designated last year's Christmas card picture!

       A and J are proud to introduce Miss E. She 18 months old now! She loves to ‘read’ 
       books to her brothers! She’s very emphatic about the story and gives a royal “Ta-Da”
       at the end! The boys are busy entertaining her between all their activities and 
       marathon LEGO sessions.  K started Kindergarten this year and talks and tells 
      stories all the day long!

      J and L moved last summer - to a 1947 cottage on the edge of Portland. L loves 
      bringing this little gem in the woods to life. P is now in Middle School (!) and loving
      it. School and Tennis keep her busy. M found that he CAN easily attend a school 
      without his sister! He’s in Tennis too, but his heart belongs to Baseball and 
      Video Games.

     I was Honored Guild Member at our 2018 Quilt Show.  Truly a once in a lifetime 
     experience. It was great fun to dig out a selection of quilts and handwork for my 
     display and greet everyone as they came into the show. The rest of the summer was 
     filled with Camp Nana/Papa and weekend trips

       Can't you just feel the excitement of being at the beach??  I love this shot.
       Rocks to perch on ... things to do!

        Pictures to take,                                      Redwoods to explore!!

     We still love living on the coast! This year’s photo is last Tuesday’s sunrise from 
     our deck, The ocean is ever-changing, calm or gigantic waves, inspiring sunsets and 
     sunrises – something new to discover and enjoy every day.

        Wishing you and yours the best in 2019!