Thursday, September 22, 2016
I grew up on a coast line and the ocean air is a sedative...hearing the waves crash washes away my worries. I NEED ocean time at least once a year and when you combine it with quilting time...well, that is just cake!
This was our home for 5 days. The last time I came to the Fall retreat at this house was right after my mom had passed away while sailing on this very ocean 5 years ago. How time flies...Each day when I need a break from quilting I walked down, put my feet in the water and remembered the good times with mom.
I wanted to show you the cutest little card purse that Julie made for me...girlfriends know just what will bring a smile to your life.
I posted this on Instagram and Facebook when I finished it because I was so tickled when I pieced the block. It is the first block in a BOM I am participating in with another Fabric Stalker. Lori sewed hers on retreat and it really inspired me to piece mine when I got home...isn't that what quilt friends are all about...we touch...we pull...we prod...and, we support each other in our quilting making. I now have the barn bug...all I want to do is make barn blocks...but, poor me has to head to Portland for the Northwest Quilt Expo!!!!
Enjoy the slide show of the Center Diamond in Canon Beach... and be prepared for Quilt Expo Overload next week!!!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
First a couple of announcements...I never heard from the winner of the Give Away and I have no way to contact that person as her email is not attached to her comment so I have let the dog dish cough up a new recipient to the Give Away by Tina and the Woolie blog...Tpotts, if you contact me in the next 48 hours with a mailing address I will send the pattern to you. Sorry Nanalynn :(
After a weekend spent with the Fabric Stalkers I realized I need more stitch time and am going to readjust my blogging schedule. Currently you can find me on The Quilt Show on Wednesdays. G and I plan on a semi regular Quilt Roadie schedule on You Tube that will not only be on You Tube but uploaded to the Woolie Blog and My Pinterest. With that said, I will only be writing a official (as in newsie) Woolie Blog on Tuesday and Thursdays. I feel like what I write about will be a better quality and more interesting...mainly because i will be getting more stitching done, LOL...an ulterior motive!!! I hope you will continue on this journey with me and be sure to check out Anna and G on the Road on The Quilt Show Daily Blog tomorrow.
This past 5 day weekend...yes, it seems our retreat weekends are getting longer! In the Fall we like our retreat to be at the beach. Nothing like the smell of the ocean in the Fall. We all can't make every retreat but we sure try to. There are 10 of us and 9 made it...which meant that there was a LOT of sewing, a lot of new fabric and a lot of headway made on projects. We were only about 2 miles from The Center Diamond!
The Center Diamond is featured in the Fall/Winter Quilt Sampler Magazine
Here are 4 of the Stalkers supporting the local economy :)
Enjoy the slide show...be inspired to pick up those UFO's...be inspired to start something new...and wait for it...be inspired to start those Homemade Christmas Presents! Yes, lets make this a homemade Christmas!!! See you tomorrow on The Quilt Show and back here on Thursday :)
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Tick Tock Tick Tock...tomorrow I leave on the Fall Fabric Stalker Beach Retreat and I am all ready! I don't need another thing...and, I am thinking of creating a budget for the quilt shop in Cannon Beach...because the last 2 months I have partied on the road with the strength of Wonder Woman! It's time for a reality check, LOL. The difficulty is the shop in Cannon Beach is featured in the most recent Quilt Sampler magazine. So, I know that they have added even more than when I was last there. Will I have the strength of Wonder Woman to resist...or will I be like a minion and follow the rest of the Fabric Stalkers to the cash register?
The highlight of the month is another finish!!! This piece was one I designed and stitched in a workshop with Sue Spargo. Myrna from High Desert Frameworks wrapped the mat with linen...so beautiful. I have always said that I excel as a quilt customer but this piece, makes me feel like a quilt artist :) The workshop was to design a background for one of her peacock birds. Those peacocks didn't talk to me so as a rebel I started from scratch and am so happy I did! It is the perfect piece for our anniversary this month and I plan on hanging it on the wall in Portland.
Just a heads up...I for the most part will respond to all emails within a week? but usually I can't during a Give Away because there are too many but if you haven't heard from me otherwise it is because you return email isn't attached to your comment. In the case of the Give Away it will be very important that you check back on the blog to see if you are a winner because I have no way of letting you know. :)
I will be taking a Woolie blog break until Tuesday Sept. 20th. But, tomorrow you can check out the post on Anna & G On The Road which will feature Colleen Blackwood! And a video on Quilt Roadies. I will be posting on Facebook or Instagram. The only post tomorrow will be the winner of the Give Away click on the give away link and leave a comment you are interested in the pattern. Please be a follower of the Woolie Blog. Have a great week!!
Monday, September 12, 2016
It has been a busy weekend what with the Sisters Folk Festival and packing for the Fabric Stalker Retreat. It is hard to believe the Folk Festival is done for another year. Such a wonderful event that supports the arts in our community and bring people from all over! But, I have moved on to more important decisions...what to take to retreat. I can't believe it is almost Beach Retreat time and it can not come soon enough. I make the most progress on my projects during retreat time.
I have packed and re-packed. Do you do that when you are heading to a retreat? Let me explain...this is not a class type retreat with one project and the supplies for that project. This is a group of friends traveling to a rented beach house bringing whatever we want to work on..OMG! I have changed my mind at least 3 times. Trying to decide which projects I want to finish, start or make some progress on and most important, making sure I don't run out of stuff to do (LOL) I have finally narrowed it down to one over stuffed laundry basket. In this one basket I have a handful of Row by Rows, my Barn BOM, Home For The Holiday, a Buttermilk Basin Mat, Sue Spargo Cuppa blocks, wool Bittersweet Vine, Sashiko block, Kathy Schmitz embroidery, Crabapple Hill embroidery, a baby quilt and a brand new project....what do you think...can I getter done???
On a high note...I stopped by my son's house and my DIL had hung up my wool quilt! It looked so awesome having a place to hang! Quilting is about creating and sharing and I love that I get to see this quilt once in a while!
Hope your Monday is filled with lots of hugs! Don't forget to click Here and leave a comment if you are interested in the Give Away!!! Winner to be announced on Wednesday!!!
Friday, September 9, 2016
There are so many reason for me to be filled with gratitude. And to remind myself I have started to make a practice of waking up each day and giving thanks before getting out of bed...and, you know what things feel less stressful. Yesterday, I was so thankful to my friend Anne for initiating a small lunch group of stitchers. Yes, stitchers who do not do any stitching but have lunch or breakfast together once a month. It is great to just get together for conversation and girlfriend support :) I encourage you to start one...it has an entirely different feel than getting together to stitch.
After lunch I headed back to Sisters because the Sisters Folk Festival was ramping up! A full weekend of music that brings music lovers from all over.
The kick off event was held at the Sisters ArtWorks. Loved being with a couple of my boys :) I know that some people would roll their eyes at my next thoughts but when I see young students writing and singing their own music I feel better about the world...there is hope.
I was so surprised when I picked up my mail after our last adventure and one of my table mates at the Crabapple Hill sent me some wonderful patterns!!! Tina is the owner of Bittersweet Quilt Shop in Michigan. Her shop is located in a beautiful refurbished church...stained glass and all! And is on my bucket list Quilt Roadie trip hopefully next year! Tina said that they carry all of Lori Moore's patterns. Thank you so much Tina!!! so to celebrate the upcoming season and to share the booty I am doing a Give Away of the Autumn Greeting. It is a wool pattern but if you wanted to applique I think you could do that also! Be sure to check out Tina's shop website...it is awesome. She also has a quilting retreat place close to the shop which you can reserve for your next quilt retreat!
If you are interested in this Give Away just leave your comment on this post and please be a registered follower of the Woolie Blog :) Have a great weekend and we'll see you next week!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Oh you know you've had those moments!!! It seems that HH always catches me when I am having a group conversation by myself! He'll ask...who you talking too? or Did you win that argument? It is those moments that make me realize how important girlfriend time can be...it is a special time that grounds you into the reality that you are not alone. No matter what life is throwing at you there is a real live person to hear your conversation, LOL. The timing of the Berries getting together was perfect. We get to share, get support and laugh. 4 of the group are expecting a new grandchild! In fact one was in labor as we stitched!
We met our at Cathy's place which is a little slice of heaven, acreage with a full view of the 3 Sisters +!
We are slowly moving back into a warm period which is giving the flowers a second breath of life!
Take a look at this beauty! It reminded her of one of their horses so she made it for her husband.
Pat was working on a wool project out of Primitive Quilts Spring 2015 issue and it is so cute! I love that magazine and really should start making projects from my issues.
There was knitting, binding being tacked and a little bit of stitching going on...it is a special day when we can stitch outside. No sewing room to share as Cathy's sewing room is in her house that is in town...which I have shown you before :)
Her life is the country has an entirely different agenda and flavor. Check out what is going on at the ranch.
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