Saturday, June 24, 2017

The new arrival has arrived!! Mom and baby are doing well! Yay!!

It was a very busy and scattered week.

We went up to Portland for Father's Day weekend.  Movies were seen and doll clothes were made.  Yummy food was devoured and there was a lot of talking!
A great time was had by all!

We came home Monday and by Tuesday is was time to head for the valley.  Miss E was likely on her way!  We got over there just as they were leaving for the hospital.  Miss E was born early evening that night.  Welcome to the world, little one!

Two excited big brothers meeting sister for the first time!

Beach Nana and Papa with the grandkids.  This was one of many takes ... the only one with everyone looking the same way and smiling!!! :)

We came home Thursday night after entertaining the boys, cooking and shopping for the proud parents.  It was 101 in Brookings on Thursday!  I'm talking temperature not Hwy number!!  What a surprise.  Glad we missed it - it was 87 in the valley, and that was hot enough for me!  But Friday coastal weather was back to usual - in 70s.  Water aerobics in the outdoor pool was heavenly!!

I have caught up on wash and hope to get some quilting in this weekend ... we'll see ... book club is reading Inferno by Dan Brown and it's getting exciting!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Rainy Weekend - better get quilting!

Rainy here and I'm having trouble getting started today.  Yesterday I worked on my "Mod Squad" homework.  You may remember, I met Deborah Boschert last fall in Houston.  I loved her work and bought her book "Art Quilt Collage".  

I've been quilting for over 40 years! And just lately, I have been fascinated by the Modern Movement.  "You've come a long way, baby" is a good description!!  No interest for me at the beginning, but it's grown into something that's got my interest now!

So I organized "Mod Squad".  I talked some quilting friends, and their friends (10 of us) into working our way thru the book's design guides.  It's a discussion group - because we're all working out of our boxes! No official leader.   [Occupy Sewing Room group??]  Each month (at the fabric store classroom) one of us presents the "design of the month assignment".  We all go home and make a 15" square using that design.  We decided on 15" because it's little enough to be fast, big enough to show our idea!!  The squares are ok unfinished, because we have no idea what we will end up with.  Pot holders?  a quilt? Part of another quilt?

We 'sneak' them into the store in a brown paper bag before the next meeting and the owner hangs them in the classroom so they are 'anonymous'.  We gently critique them round table style.  Then we each guess who made what!  Then we reveal who made them.  Some of us have our own distinctive style, we're easy to guess.  But we have a few who are universal!!  Some pieces have 5 different names guessed!

I'm easy to guess.  Even when I think I've been clever - yep, they got me!  So this month I just gave up and used fabrics I'm known for.  They're going to guess me anyway!  With a trip to Portland and a new grandbaby coming - why not just do something that pleases me this month!!

It's been great fun and boy, are we learning a lot!  You can see the growth each month.  So far we did Line; Landscape: Grid and this month is Thirds (with personal symbol thrown in!)  I'm from Nebraska (through and through!) and the thought of a personal symbol boggles the mind!  I changed "personal symbol" to "favorite things" and it's easier to come up with 'themes'.  I love-love-love houses!  I've finished several house quilts over the years, and have a few house UFOs as we speak.  So that would have been an easy one - but there are others I've developed that aren't so well known.  So I picked another favorite and expect not to fool anyone at all!

There are times that it's just another obstacle in front of deadline work (before the show we were all a little stressed) ... but basically, we're all growing into it. Each month I get "I may not get the block done this month excuse from one or more..." but usually, they come thru!   It will be interesting to see how much we're learning is 'incorporated into our box' at the end.

DH is off golfing this weekend and I'm still working on my "To Do Later List".  That list got started when prepping for the Annual Quilt Show got overwhelming.  Just told myself, I'll do that later.  

Well, it's simply amazing how fast "later" zooms up.  Now that list is "it's later than you think -- get-r dun now" list!  

I made a frankenbatt for the new baby quilt and I'm not happy with it!  I just don't quilt (DSM, walking foot) close enough to feel secure that it will stand up to baby usage!!  So I'll run a few more lines (Forget the design factor!) up the overlaps.  My kids tend to run their quilts into the ground!!!  I like to see them used, but it does imply a obligation to get them to last longer!  It's bound and ready for the wash after I add that quilting.  A Finished UFO! But no time to celebrate!

Off to the next two projects.  Wool checkerboard lap quilt out of  DBIL's brother's Pendleton shirts!  Since there is a family wedding back in NE this July - would like to send the couple's Christmas stockings and this memorial quilt in the same box.  Yep, it's 'later' NOW!

And then .... there's 2 million projects (?) in my mind, on Pinterest, stacked in the sewing room, promised to people, fabric bought for, started but currently in 'time out' waiting for me!

Send the Minions, please!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

You know all those things I put off til "Later"? It's LATER!

I am now discovering life "after the Quilt Show"!  I'm still finishing up on the QOV paperwork.  I don't trust my mind to remember what to do next year!!  I'm still so very glad we did a presentation.  Oh my, it was so moving.  We presented 17 veterans with quilts to standing room only space. By default,  I was the host at the program.  

Now, I'm the first to admit I don't have much problem talking!!  LOL!  But that is usually to friends and fellow quilters.  I can talk about quilts for hours - paid or unpaid!!  But this was different.  I was talking to veterans and I know I am not worthy.  They have gone through so much, for our benefit.  I didn't want to offend, or make them feel uncomfortable.   I was so nervous, even before, writing the speech, figuring out the logistics and after seeing the crowd, I panicked!

Too late to quit now!  Breathe ... So I simply kept my eyes on the veterans in the first row and talked to them!  It worked!  I teared up a few times, (I wasn't the only one) but I didn't break down.   The veterans were awesome, loved their quilt and even loved their hug! Really loved their hug - I'm positive I got another hug from each of them as they left.  The support around them was spectacular.  We already have SEVEN nominations for next year! And more quilters pledging to join the QOV portion of our guild!  

What can I say - my mother raised me right.  Okay, I don't always follow my training ...  BUT I did after this.  I wrote an article for the newspaper, (they printed it!) I wrote thank yous to the Veterans' Groups, and the Honor Guard. 

I also sent a thank you with a picture of the group with their quilts to our QOV Long Armers (machine quilters). I told them thank you and how glad we were for their part of QOV. We worked with seven quilters - and not a one of them had EVER been thanked with a picture of 'their' veterans with the quilts!  Really? They do half the work!! Note to self - always do that!

But I'd been putting off things until "later" and LATER has arrived with a vengeance! This weekend I'm working on my new granddaughter's quilt.  She is expected to be born June 21st!  Nothing like waiting until the 'next to last' moment!  The top had been done and waiting - so just machine quilting and binding it this weekend.  LOL!  And I'm afraid that's just the 'tip of the iceberg' on the "Later" list!  I told you the most urgent ones last post!  More have popped up!

It's a beautiful weekend, but breezy.  The rain has finally stopped, the ocean is blue, just enough of the breeze wafts through the condo.  The best place to be is sitting by the sliding glass door, quilting away!!  So I must get back to that!

Happy summer!  doni @ Oregon coast

Monday, May 29, 2017

Quilt Show was a great success!

So bring on the lazy crazy days of summer, I'm ready for them.  More lazy, less crazy if you please.

Here are some highlights of the show.  I brought home a 2nd place ribbon for my Guild Challenge - A View From the Deck.  So I guess I'll keep quilting!!

Had a minor success selling at the country store.  First time I haven't just donated my items to be sold by the guild.  It's surprising what didn't 'go' with bargain-basement prices too!!

The Viewer's Choice this year was a Wall Quilt!  It won THREE ribbons, each one well deserved!

We had NINE hand quilted entries!  Last year we had to talk the Chairman out of taking the category out of the show.  Instead we lowered the size requirement from a double bed to 'bigger than a crib' quilt.  Several of us started hand quilting but didn't get it finished - I'm one of them!  So-o "Next Year" is the rally cry!!

But by far the highlight of the show for me, was the QOV presentation.  We set out a full rack of chairs, and at the start time, pulled out another rack, set them up and there was still a standing room only crowd!  The Coast Guard Honor Guard was very impressive and set the tone perfectly.

The Veterans receiving the quilts were all very appreciative and loved their hugs!  It went so well for our first try!  I'm waiting for photos from our 'official' photographer.  But here is the group shot of all with their quilts.  More to follow.

So-o-o-o, what to do next?  I have a baby quilt to be finished before June 21!, A pair of Christmas Stockings for a July wedding.  And a memorial wool quilt to be finished for my BIL from his brothers shirts. Or ... something new??

Who knows!  For today, sitting under a quilt with a good book sounds perfect.  We already walked the low tide.  Saw five Starfish and a bazillion rocks!  The sand is so low, there are lots of rocks for the picking!!

Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

#WhyIRead - May 2017 Contest

#WhyIRead is a contest this month celebrating the 200th anniversary of Harper Collins Publishing. I read fiction for the fun of it - the escape - the downtime. I can shut off my mind (ok, I heard you snickering!) and go where the author takes me. So much of life is reading to get information. Reading for enjoyment is a whole different world!

I love "adult Nancy Drew" books. A mystery, a feisty heroine and good story is a great way to spend time. But wait there's more!! I love Science Fiction, I love our Book Club selections, I love discovering new books from favorite authors. AND I really love having a friend hand me a book or tell me about a book I H*A*V*E to read!!

I read every night before bed. And most days,for a little while, I read out on the deck, or in the armchair cozy with a quilt. I love reading to my grandkids and hearing them read to me.

I read ebooks on my computer but I still love that feeling of the book in my hand. Like the weight of a quilt, it comforts!

So - go read something! It's good for the soul.

PS  Yes, my bookshelf picture is of a shelf of non-fiction!! But it was taken this morning - just to point out that books can be your decorating theme too!! They go very well with a 'beachy' theme!(tee-hee)

PPS And - having trouble with blogspot formatting today! Must go read and find out what I'm doing wrong!  This will not be reading for entertainment!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Shhhh!! It's acting like summer ... finally!

I thought I was going to get so-o-o-o much done today!  I had plans, darn it!! Well, I got caught in a "Spring Cleaning Your Studio" Blog Hop.  Does that count??

If you have hours to waste, I mean, if you are looking for ideas on studios - this is the place!!

Each blog is more enticing than the last!  You can get seriously hooked!  Thanks Cheryl for introducing yourself and your studio-links!   But when will we have time to work on our own studios????

It's T-minus 6 days to the Annual Azalea Festival here on the Southern-most Oregon coast.  Seriously, it's 7 miles to California!!  I hear it's an awesome festival - it's also the Quilt Show for us, so I haven't seen much of anything else that is going on.

But if you're looking for lovely weather (check!) Some awesome quilts (check!) and a great place to kick back alittle - come see us at Brookings Oregon over Memorial Day weekend.

Our (my) first Quilt of Valor Presentation Ceremony is Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Kaliopsis Elementary School gym.  That's where we hold the show every year.  It will be at 2 pm.  We are presenting quilts to 17 veterans.  We're so excited and nervous!

I had a quilt to present today - the Korean War Veteran 'doesn't get out much'.  It was my first presentation and I have been driving myself crazy.  But I was so glad to 'get it under my belt.'   The presentation doesn't have to be perfect, moving or even about the quilters.  I found that if I can help the veteran to relax, and not be nervous too - it's all good!  I think, if I can just remember that, the big presentation will go well. Fingers crossed.

I'll be back tomorrow with how much I'm getting done!!!?  Promise!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day to one and all!

Happy Mother's Day to those who not only raised their own children, but to those who have mothered others - related or not, full grown or tiny.  For those who have mothered me and have had such an influence in my life.  All who mother their fur coated and 4 legged babies... Male or female, for all who have mothered, this day is for you!  Have a wonderful day, everyone!!  -Bonnie Hunter

We decided to take advantage of a low tide and walk our beach.  Lo and behold - there is no beach!  It's all rocks, more than we have ever seen!




And lots of "O" rocks.  DE told me "That Oprah, she's copyrighting everything now!!"

Today my computer updated and now - when it 'goes to sleep' I get to see pictures stored on my computer.  There are a lot of quilt pictures - you guessed that, right?  But I've also seen my children, all 4 grandchildren, my mom, my mother-in-law, loads of family.  Happy times!  It's mesmerizing!!  I had to actually force myself to stop it to blog!!  It's been fun to watch it, especially on Mother's Day!!