Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Still celebrating my "birthday month"!

The Newport show was a great success.  The traffic on the coast this summer has been epic!  More so in Newport than ever.  Is everyone coming out to check out Eclipse Viewing spots??  That would be okay since it means after next monday, the traffic will disappear?!?! Ha!


Shhh - it's Low Volume hung unadorned but it did hang straight!!  It's a miracle!


View from the Deck got a ribbon this year.  So it's safe to come visit - DH says life is easier if I get a ribbon!  LOL!



The show is in the Newport Recreation Center, Here we are looking down from the track at the main gym.  It's a great facility - next year I'm bringing my swim suit - the pool is finally finished and looks Great!!!

After the show, I went on to Portland and celebrated my birthday there - Olive Garden one night and Panera Bread salad the next night! Oh - and I picked up my new Ipad too! Did a little shopping but no quilt stores this round!

Tuesday bright and early Miss P and Mr M headed toward the coast with me!  We had a great "Camp Nana/Papa".  Lots of fun and beach time.  It was pretty grey ... but that just adds to the 'coziness!'  Papa played catch inside and out every day!  Inside is with water balls from the Dollar Store. They work great for kids inside and many a game has been made up with them.  We watched the Little League tournament while pitching in the house!!

We threw frisbees every evening after dinner.  Our best count was 20? without a drop.  Must work on that!

We were on top of the sea stacks ...


We were in front of our favorite driftwood elbow ...


We were crossing streams precariously ...


One day the bed-hair was so drastic we had no choice but to go to Open Swim at the Brookings Pool ...


We walked thru the Redwoods ...


Stopping along the way to explore ...


Then Friday night we went to A&J's house and had a cousins' sleep-over!  Miss E was the hit of the party.  Nana had to compete with Miss P for holding time.

Legos were very popular

But a new game of airplane was also invented!

Bedtime was delayed many times for books and giggles.  But memories were made!

It's no wonder that when we got home (sweet home) I was low energy! I had a long and complicated 'To Do' list.  I must say, it made a great bookmark!!  I sat and read and read and listened to the ocean.  Made smoothies and didn't share with anyone! Hopefully I'm fully recovered now because the little guys are coming for their first "Camp Nana/Papa" this week.  YIKES!  I'll let you know how it goes!

Enjoy these lazy (?) definitely crazy days of Summer!!


Monday, July 31, 2017

A summer finish!


Unfortunately for me - not an UFO.  But - zowie - what a stashbuster!! 

Presenting Shhh, it's Low Volume!  It's 64 x 82 which is one of my favorite size quilts. Good for couch quilts; twin size beds; and a good size to throw across the bottom of our kingsize bed to keep toes warm! It is based on the Swedish "Mini Plus" tutorial found but considerably bigger!  Mini-Plus link

I had gone a little crazy ... errr, I'd been collecting 'word' fabrics the last few years.  I was totally out of control - and I was saving them for 'something special'.  Yep, those beauties were simply stuffed into a bin and then a bin plus a box, and a bag!!!

I felt so-o good using them!!  I did go alittle crazy because I decided I wanted to show it at the Newport Quilt Show THIS coming weekend.  Every 3 or 4 years I swear I will never enter a quilt that isn't completely done!!  This was an off year!! LOL!  I did make myself finish the top by the deadline (they needed measurements!) and had just under a month to finish the quilting!  What could go wrong???

Well, there was a semi-unexpected visit from my son, his wife and their family:  Mr D (6 yr old); Mr K (4 yr old); and Miss E (3 weeks!!!) Yep, you read that right!  A Newborn debuting on the coast!  It took me days to get ready, child proofing on so many levels!  You can see the visit pictures in the prior post.  They were here, nothing was done then, who had the time or the energy??  Then, there were several days after the visit just sitting in the quiet with a cool drink!!! LOL!

Back to work.  I was, of course, making this up as I went!  Designing the DSM walking foot quilting using my favorite Crayola Markers!  And although the quilt is set in row, every other row is offset.  I had to connect up the columns through the sashing.

But TaDa! It was done a few days before it needed to be mailed, I bound it, I sewed on the sleeve, threw it in the wash AND the marker didn't come out! So I skipped the guild meeting and rewashed it several times.  What finally made it less noticeable was Oxy-Clean.  But it did fade it out at the same time.

Now I have to confess that the Crayola markers were not washable.  I have made this mistake before without consequences. These might have been old markers - they were hidden in a drawer for goodness knows how long!  And I raided my friends' stashes for more low volume fabrics. Some of them were not washed.  The marks that didn't come out were washed out some places but not others.  Sigh!

My friend asked me what I learned after this ... she thought it should be not to use Crayola Washable Markers, but one time out of a decade???  We decided I would test it before using them again.  And we'll see if I follow through! or even remember my vow!!

I do hate to send off quilts that are right off the machines.  I don't feel that they 'know their way home'.  I was pretty relieved when it arrived in Newport.  I leave Thursday for the show ... and am fighting a summer cold.  Crap!  I had plans for this week!!!

I have a problem.  I seem to cut, make half the number of blocks that I need OR double the number I need.  What's disturbing about this is that I figure it out in a notebook!!!  So I have 40ish extra pluses.

Our Mod Squad challenge this month was "Magic Three" so I picked 3 of the blocks and  pieced this together.  I'm not 'done' with low volume and this was a fun mini trial.  I had some number fabric that had a six and a five but not together.  I had to find the leftover fabric ... not as easy as you'd think!  But I wanted a '65' on this project.  I celebrate my 65th birthday next week!
 



This month at Mod Squad we had a 'play date'!  We went to the studio of one of our members and made silk handkerchiefs.  What fun! We dyed; stamped, embossed, painted ... dangerous knowledge for people with long lists of UFOs!


Miss P (10 yr old DGD) made us icons!  Presenting Beach Nana and Papa!



I think I'm holding my phone!  





Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Whoooooosh! That's the sound of summer whizzing by!

How is it possible that the middle of July is past?  I'm not sure where the time is going - but it's going fast.

Here in Brookings, I've been going to aerobics at our outdoor pool every day I'm here.  It's been a great summer - about 20-30 participants and lots of room for conversations!  Then Monday and Wednesday it's TaiChi and we're really getting oh-so-much-better at the long form.  It's fun and it seems short when you're doing it well!!



The Sisters show was great.  My postcard went for the maximum bid on just the second day!!  $250 was raised for the HS scholarship!  But now, I'll have to be sure to enter by the deadline every year!  I'd told DH that I'd like to buy it back, his response was "Make another one!" And good thing - cuz that bid was WAY-OUT of my budget!



Lots of wonderful quilts in the show - modern quilts are getting so interesting!  Fun to see some of the Quiltcon winners.


This year four Stashbusters were able to meet in front of the Sisters Library for our annual meet and greet.  AND there was an awesome computer keyboard quilt hanging there for the photo-opp!


Jean Wells inspired landscape.


Theme this year was "Every quilt tells a story" (just like I've always said!) They had a book with small quilts and their stories.  Delightful!


Just a simple Logcabin with the dotted sash adding interest - fascinating! Must not start anything new ...




We had a great time at Sisters - the weather was average until it was H*O*T.  But we were staying at Black Butte and they have 5 swimming pools .... we were sure to frolick in 4 of them!


We had some disappointing meals, but the landscape made up for it!  Miss P, Mr M and I did the Letterbox contest and they each got a prize.  I bribed them with the pool when we finished!  Yep, I'm an 'experienced Nana'!!  What the moms don't know won't hurt them!!  What happens with Nana stays with Nana!!


The Hydrangea's are in full bloom around here - gorgeous this year.  This bouquet is from a quilting friend who gave them to me to thank me for consulting!  She doesn't know me well enough to know that it would be hard to keep me away!! I loved the flowers, thank you M.


I'm gradually joining in Fabric Art Post Cards again.  June bug seemed like a good time to stick up for the bees.  I put reptile stamps on the back to eat the pesky bugs!


Saturday was Fun Day at Guild.  I took my mini-log cabin blocks.  3/4" finished logs - 4" finished and made 17 blocks!  I'd decided to do a repeating block design vs a center-out design - mainly so I can start building them as I finish more mini blocks.  Each large block uses 16 minis.  It was so-o much fun!  I love the way it's turning out, much brighter than I thought! It seemed they were going together so fast (with a couple that needed some ripping :<) so I timed myself!  10 minutes from start to finish!!  Hope to get up to that speed again when I have time to restart making the blocks.

When I got home from Sisters I did what I swear I will never do again ... yep, I entered a quilt in the Newport show that wasn't finished! GASP!!  Working on it - but this week A&J2 and the 3 kiddos are here.  No time or energy for quilting today!  Miss E - who is only 3 weeks old is a party animal all night long!! It's downright impossible to sleep thru a crying baby - Mothers never forget!  The boys, 6 and 4 have been a hoot to hang with.

Last night the boys and I went for a walk.  As we passed the beach trail, Mr D (6) asked if we could just walk to the beach.
"Sorry, no - low tide is over and it's late.  We'll hit the beach tomorrow."
He asked, "We get to go to the beach tomorrow?"
I said, "Sure, that's what you come for, isn't it?"
He (buttering up dear Nana!) said, "No, we come to see you!" Too Cute!



Mr K racing the waves.


Dr D collecting water for ?????


Miss E on the beach for the first time!  She ate, she pooped, she got sand in her diaper - - it was the whole experience! LOL!

Hope you're taking the time for the 'whole summer-time experience!'




Friday, June 30, 2017

This Just In!!

High Desert Frameworks in Bend Oregon Just released the pictures of the Postcards accepted to be framed for the silent auction.  If you follow this link you can see all of the postcards honored.  All proceeds of the silent auction go to Wish Upon a Card charity that helps raise scholarships for Sisters High School students.

I love what they did with my postcard.  It was the first year I was included in the framed cards silent auction ... what an honor.


Who could resist such a beauty??  My DH is hoping I can!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Let's walk the beach!

It's time for our walk together.  Today was the last minus tide for a while - so even though it was grey we had to get down there.  It was great!  So I'm sharing it with you!  I forgot to tell you that we walked the Pacific Coast Trail last week.  And there was something left on the viewing bench!


Too cute - I can picture my GKs leaving this reminder!



On with today's walk.  This is our objective!  And there is 30 more minutes to low tide and look at the wide open beach!



The path starts at Building A by the highway.  It's a nice gentle slope, but I often share the path with rabbits; ground squirrels, and Eeeek! snakes!




Now we cross the maintenance road.  Our trail is named for a resident here that started it, maintains it beyond belief!  Ross is over 80 yrs old.  Last year he broke his leg on this trail.  This year he was already back to hauling rock by hand along to trail to ease our way!!  Never underestimate someone on a mission!  Thanks Ross!


Don't mind that sign - it's just for the tourists!!  On we go!



We're just starting - love this view of the condos.  We live in the building on the far left, 2nd floor!  Wave!


Now we start meandering down to sea-level!  Through the forest.



There are clumps of tall grass to mark the turn.  Now it starts getting a little trickier... by the end it's pretty much a goat trail!




Flowers love it here.  The side of the hill gets plenty of moisture and it faces south!  What's better than that! 



Hold on to your hats - it gets steep around this turn!


Purple grass?  I don't think we're in Kansas any more, Toto!
  

I'm happy to report that our beach is now full of sand.  It was all rock not that long ago.  And these algea wash up.  I love to step on them and pop them!  It's the ocean's bubble wrap!!  I only pick on the little ones, honest!


Ooooo, shiny rocks!


Nature does it's own sand painting around here!


Never mind the local residents!  It's nice to see them back.


And looky here!  Sea Stars!  Talk about 'nice to see them back'!  A couple of years ago there was a blight and a large die-off.  It really affected how many birds we saw and it emptied the tide pools. Now we look with that wonder again!


Why, hello, Mr Crab!  Hiding much???


We ran out of sand at the next headland.  No walking into Harris Beach Park this time.  Hopefully the sand will come back even more.  Turn back and head for home.  This is my favorite view of home! The view is good both ways!


Thanks for joining me!!  I should have some quilts to show next week.