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  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!!