Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eclipse Mania

OMG...I get it...it has been 99 years since a total eclipse has gone from coast to coast...but it is crazy out here!!!  G and I are heading to the next season taping of The Quilt Show and there were more people heading to Central Oregon than leaving!  NASA has designated that Madras has the perfect location and weather for viewing this celestial phenomena  and everyone and his uncles is heading to Central Oregon while we have been making a Bee Line east and south!  We barely got a spot to camp for all the people traveling to see the eclipse!


We have been putting the pedal to the medal trying to get as far from the craziness as we can waving from the truck to quilting friends as we passed through their towns.   And, finally today pulled into American Quilting in Orem Utah home to Under the Garden Moon some of my favorite patterns!  Check out the Quilt Roadies videos soon for a nice tour of the shop!  Of course I couldn't pass up Lori Holts latest book!!!


Although there is nothing I can do about it I feel somewhat sad to be away at home when so many of our community is on Level 2 alerts because of a lightening fire that started 2 days before we left.  I thought for sure it would be under control because it is so close to a subdivision in our community.  But alas Mother Nature kicked up the wind and now it is out of control.  Keep my community in your thoughts and prayers.



Bee Kind, Bee Generous and Bee Hopeful

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beehive Update August 2017

Road Running Days....

G and I have been running around like crazy Road Runners plotting our next Quilt Roadie adventure, organizing and packing...and, in between getting in some Silas times :)


I am really excited about  the experience of witnessing the recording of a live show...The Quilt Show.  They are recording an entire season, 2 shows a day for 5 days with an audience!   I have never been to a live show recording so this is going to be fun!  And I hear that a certain someone...moi...will be on a small segment!  I will be demoing  a couple of wool stitches :)

We actually had a couple of smoke free days...and then a new fire started :(


A friend shared a new BOM by 
OMG...tempting :)
...a combination of Sashiko (I love) and Wool!!!!


Hope you have fun stitching today...me, I will be doing laundry, organizing and figuring out what I want to work on while camping!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Little Bit of This...A Little Bit of That...

Yesterday was a full day of fun!  I started cutting out a new quilt top...no photos yet...but, you'll see it on the Quilt Roadie trip.  I dug through my pile of quilts I want to make and found a fun Halloween Quilt.  A pretty simple pattern and will be great to sew in the camper.  

Then I got to hang out with Silas while his mom had an appointment.  He is the sweetest baby!  Not that I am a little biased, LOL!  I do believe he likes hanging out in The Bee Hive :)


...and the Sweet Sixteen proved to be the perfect spot
 for a quick diaper change!


...although I think Silas would have preferred 
 not to have a photo taken, LOL
Hey, You lookin' at me???


We wrapped up the day with a fabulous dinner
 with family and friends
...yep, an all around perfect day :)

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday and weekend 
and
 it includes stitching and friendship

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mtn. Meadow Quilt Show Sunriver Oregon 2017

Choices, Choices...

No, I didn't make either of these quilts...but, I am trying to decide which of these 2 quilts I want to make next???  I feel the countdown of the next Quilt Roadies and my quilting brain has been swimming with choices.  I know I have lots of handwork to prep but on these camping adventures I like to pre-cut any machine sewing pieces.  Both of these are from the Red Button Quilt Co. I really do love all these patterns.  Can you tell I am getting excited!!  I also am working hard to finish a quilt for my grandson...because it is one I started on a previous Quilt Roadie trip and I want at least the top done before we head out again, lol...you know...just to make myself feel good.




I just finished this book and it was highly entertaining....a good mystery to be solved by Hieronymus Bosch.  So if you like a good detective story you will like this one :)


May you Bee Happy, Bee Generous and Bee Stitching

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sewing at Belknap Hot Springs Campground

Cross Stitch...the flip side of passion

What I know is that quilters are passionate people...and even if their #1 passion is quilting they might also be involved in Scrapbooking, Garment sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Mixed Media or Cross Stitch.  I love embroidery and cross stitch.  I have been asked by fellow stitchers to share more about my current cross stitch project.  This cross stitch pattern is one that a friend and I fell in love with while attending the Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork.   The Vendor Mall was the most amazing but the sample of this cross stitch just WOW'd us and so we shared the cost of purchasing the pattern.



Since this is a long project it is printed in 4 sections.  I roll and clip my pattern as I finish a tree.  I also pencil in a line once I have stitched so as to keep track of where I am.


likewise I roll my linen as it is easier to hold and stitch.  And yes...it is a fact that I do not use a hoop! (OMG)  I can hear the gasps.  I have never had an issue with my pieces and it is easier for me to handle.  You just have to be consistent with your tension.


I am happy to report that this week I have moved on to page 2!  This will be a year long project but it is so relaxing to stitch.


Bee Happy, Bee Generous and Keep Stitching

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Both G and I grew up nomads.  Our families traveled and moved across the country and oceans as we were growing up...and yet,  as teenagers our paths were only a couple of miles apart, strangers to each other.  In adulthood our paths finally intersected.  This traveling and moving bug is deep in us but we find now that having a home base makes us happy.  Now on our travels we take a bit of home with us and love arriving home as much as we love taking off, LOL.

We have cleaned the camper and restocked for the next adventure and it is especially satisfying to know that I finished a stitchery!  Which is part of taking something from home with me on the road.  Having a few projects from home allows me to feel connected to base camp.

This little stitchery is by Kathy Schmidt and is actually only 1 block in a BOM.  I just wanted to do the one block.  I also wanted to add a little texture to it and so instead of stitching the leaves I used wool.  You can click on the photo to enlarge.  It is now hanging on my wall of little quilts leading up the stairwell to The Bee Hive...the perfect spot.



Don't forget tomorrow to check in on
 The Quilt Show Anna & G On The Road...
and remember to give yourself some stitching time...
it's good for the soul.