Monday, April 1, 2013

Still crazy here!!

First I want to say - if you ever have a chance to go to a Quiltmaker Block Party - GO!  It was awesome.  We had so much fun and were treated like royalty!  The Jantzen Beach Red Lion is a great resort hotel.  The classrooms have floor to ceiling windows looking out over the Columbia River.  We had a great rainbow one of the days.  Yep - our days all blended together into wonderful memories of a great time.  
Please excuse the cell phone pix.  They're good, but not as good as the Nikon.  Of course, you have to haul the Nikon around .... choices, choices!!                                                                 

The rainbow was at a low angle - simply awesome!

Midnight flight was a HARD block - with 3 picky points!  But Bonnie's classes are always worth it!

Debbie Caffery is a great teacher - made us feel talented!!  Thanks, Debbie.

Jo Morton - from Nebraska too!!  Hand piecing, just the class to end the Block Party

The roomies from Newport!  It was such a party!!!  Thanks, gals!

A big shout out to Mary - we took the same classes the whole time!

Then I brought the Portland grandkids home with me for their school spring break.  At 4 and 6 their schedules are getting busy - we fit them in while we can.  Luckily, the weather was 'not March-ish' and we had an awesome low tide last week.  The beach is very popular with them.  There are rocks to find and/or throw into the ocean; lots of sand to draw on; driftwood to race to the ocean in streams; and well, needless to say we have to drag them off the beach every night.

I usually draw a heart on the beach - it started as proof I was down there!  But who can resist such a giant drawing space???

Castle building 101 - that's too close to the waves, buddy!!

"Sheriff"  Miss P drawing the line so no one gets too close to the stream we're throwing pieces of driftwood into. Papa was picking them out of the rocks and tossing them down to the beach - Mr M throwing them into the stream as fast as he could - trying to keep up with Papa!!

Hard to keep them in focus - always on the move on the beach!  Things to throw, things to climb!

Got'cha, you two little cuties!!

THE bench on the way back up.  Miss P sat with me here the first night and said, "It's so nice to hear the ocean waves again."  Yep, she must be 'channeling' a little old lady!!

I'm so excited - I've wrapped/gift-bagged all the new baby clothes. [ I went a little crazy at the Carter's Outlet at Woodburn!]  AND completed 4 flannel receiving blankies for Mr K;  AND finished binding on an UFO!  Ta-da!!!

Presenting "It's A Garage Sale Thing" - and what a story!  By the way, there's a top border, like the bottom border, folded down.  If you listen carefully, you can hear my DH holder/folder mumbling about the awkward size!!

I've had this quilt top for 5+ years.  Funny story!  When I moved to Oregon I had a giant garage sale - lots of quilt stuff.  Double car garage - absolutely filled to the brim!  A friend bought the giant baggie of squares - ala Bonnie Hunter style!  She made them into 9patches, one of my absolute favorite blocks!!

On that same weekend a mutual friend was also having a garage sale - the floral fabric was acquired there!  The friend then put together the quilt top and showed it to me.  I loved it and bought it from her!!!!  It now reminded me of all 3 of us!!!  It was like hiring a subcontractor to sew my quilt!!  

Only thing - it seemed a little too short for us tall people!!  So I hunted and found a green border for top and bottom.  As you can see - that one didn't work as well as it promised to!!  So last fall in Nebraska, I found the red stars - perfection!!  I had the Ladies Altar Society in Lincoln hand quilt it for me.  And I bound it - just tonight!!

A finish just in time - for the end of the quarter .... for getting me out of the top 20 in the UFO challenge... and  it also is registered in our guild's UFO challenge!  Triple delight!!

Don't know when I'll get back to you!!  Babies coming at us from all directions!  I'll let you know how everything goes ... eventually!!  Happy Spring!!!

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