Friday, December 2, 2016
Today Christmas Video is dedicated to the
Fabric Stalkers who bring laughter into my life.
I don't know if you have ever thought about who your Doppelganger Quilter is...let me explain. The definition of doppelganger is apparition or double of a living person...a Doppelganger quilter is someone who closely approaches the world of quilting in a similar way as you do...enjoys the same kits, worries about UFO's, has an abundance of WIPs...get the picture. I have a friend who is my doppelganger...we gravitate to the same projects, fabrics and approach the world of quilting in a similar way. There is comfort knowing that I have a Doppelganger Quilter, lol.
The Day 2 Give Away is one of Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin favorite Snowman patterns!!! Just leave a comment on this post you are interested and be a registered follower of the Woolie Blog and we'll see who the dog dish coughs up on Tuesday! The winner of the Day 1 Give Away will be announced on Monday so you still have a chance just click on the Day 1 link and leave a comment :)
Have a great weekend! I hope it includes some stitching...I know mine will!!!
Thursday, December 1, 2016
This is my favorite time of year...The Woolie 12 Days of Give Aways! For those of you who are new to the blog I collect patterns or books that have been either made by myself or some of my friends and give them away for the first 12 days of December...actually only post on the week days :). All you have to do is comment on this blog post each day that you are interested in that particular days Give Away, be a registered follower of the blog and check back to see if you are the winner and email me you snail mail address. Easy Peasy!
Day One Give Away
Winner announced on Monday!
Life is all about flexibility and my play days with Stacy didn't happen for a variety of reasons but all worked out for a great time in Portland with my oldest son. I was able to set up the city Christmas Tree, wrap our grandson's Christmas present...and, make a visit to Fabric Depot. I did a Quilt Roadies Video of my visit there which G is editing (not the best videographer, lol) and I took some spectacular photos over and back on the mountain pass.
On the way over
On the way home
Barely any traffic which made for a peaceful journey. The only truck heading home was one filled with Christmas Trees...which is kinda of a crack up since there are trees everywhere, lol.
Anyhoo, it was a wonderful time is the city but I am happy to be home with G and Enzo...and of course more sewing time in the Command Center!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I hope those celebrating Thanksgiving had a wonderful day. Black Friday came and went without HH or I stepping into a store and the weekend was a peaceful one. We hung holiday lights outside and decorated the inside. I enjoy all the warm fuzzies that come with bringing out the Christmas decorations.
I finished a new book and it was very entertaining. I have read John Sandford before but not the Virgil Flowers Novels. It was a fun read and I know that I am going to be hanging out with Virgil Flowers again!
I spent yesterday creating a new Woolie addict...I admit it! A neighbor bought a Buttermilk Basin kit from the Stitchin' Post came over and got a lesson on how I prep my wool. I can't tell you how tickled I am to know there is another Woolie in the neighborhood!
Afterwards I started working on my pillow project from Santa's Workshop at Sew Many Quilts . I think it really is adorable and I can't wait to finish it...alas, it'll have to wait till I get back home.
I also finished block one of Bringing Home the Tree by Stacy West .
Don't forget the Woolie 12 Days of Christmas Give Away starts on Thursday!!!! Even though I will only be blog posting Tuesday and Thursday I will be posting the Give Aways Mon. - Fri. So stay tuned and be sure to be a registered follower of the Woolie Blog.
Now...get some stitching done and I'll see you back here on Thursday!!!
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
For those who celebrate, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Don't forget tomorrow's post on The Quilt Show Daily Blog Anna & G On The Road. We will be on blog holiday until November 29th. Exciting times ahead, Stacy West aka Buttermilk Basin is coming to play in Portland! And, for those of you who have been a Woolie reader for a while...drum roll...the 12 Days of Christmas Give Away starts on Dec. 1st!!! Remember you can only qualify for the give aways if you are a registered follower of the Woolie Mammoth
Quote of the Day
This is your one life...make it memorable
This past weekend I was having some up and down moments and had an overwhelming desire to feel some control over my world. Now...think about it...how does a quilters gain control over their world? They organized their stash! OMG...OMG...here is the disclaimer (not in tiny writing) DO NOT do this unless you can live with chaos for several days. And so, I challenge you for one final 2016 challenge to reorganize your stash. I am not kidding you...I felt like I was possessed by all the quilter's who have gone to that great sewing room in the sky and left behind a mess.
I use a 8 x 6 inch ruler to wrap all my fabric, folding it first selvage to selvage and then in half again so I can wrap it around the ruler. I pull the ruler out and then use my iron to flatten it a bit...like getting air out of a plastic bag. I then moved it around creating different stack criteria. This is when I found out I had a full stack of border fabric, Halloween, dots and stripes! I also made separate stacks for my Asian themed fabrics. Otherwise I kept to the color wheel format. I looked through all my bins, reorganized them...getting reacquainted with my kits and fabric bundles.
What this did for me was make me fall in love with what I have...wonder why I bought something and ignited a quilting fire within me! I got rid of a nice pile of "what the he**" fabrics. And, am now a born again quilter. I strongly encourage you before the end of the year to immerse and touch each piece of fabric you own and 2017 will be our year!!!
I just want to go stand in this closet and feel smug!!! LOL
Fabrics are stashed by color way except for Asian prints, dots, stripes, border prints and Halloween. Milk crates hold wool by color way and kits. To the right are project boxes and 2 wire baskets of Civil War fabrics. Batting on the top shelf along with rolls of fusible and bolt of muslin, SF 101 and black Kona.
Getting off my soap box and on to other things!!! HH and I went to see the new JK Rowling movie and I have to give it a "C" Not as exciting or engaging as the Harry Potter series. Granted our expectations are high...but, this fell below the mark even with all the great actors.
Enjoy the last few days of November and we'll see you back here on Nov. 29th! See you on Instagram and Facebook :)
Thursday, November 17, 2016
I have been keeping myself busy although without a plan...yesterday, I decided that I would feel better if my sewing room was a little more organized...and so...I started with the Stash. OMG...what a job!!! So far, only 1 and a half shelves cleaned up. Once I get it done I will take a photo and share. Just with a couple of shelves done the closet is looking like a control freak lives here, LOL. On Facebook they had a test to determine what percentage of your brain was right brain vs. left brain. Only 15% of my brain is left brain!!! This explains so much about my life...The word plan is not really a part of my vocabulary. The 15% of my left brain is working hard to straighten out the stash.
This is my quote for the week 💗
There are some sewing rooms that make you smile as soon as you step into them. My friend Leslie has created such a space. She has wonderful little quilts scattered about her home...but, her sewing room just lightens the heart. I hope you enjoy the slide show and get all kinds of ideas! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
I know...I know these 2 photos have already been on Instagram and Facebook...but, I am soooo dang tickled with the out come!!! I am using the little hexie quilt on my antique stove as a candle mat.
And, my bowl I think I am going to hang on the wall!
HH and I figured out that the next Super Moon won't be for another 40 years!!! I am glad we got to see it this time around.
This past Saturday was a day of Fabric from beginning to end. Got up at 5:30 in the morning, took a bath and headed out to the PJ Sale at the Stitchin' Post where I met up with some Fabric Stalkers. After some heavy duty shopping I then headed into Bend to participate in Santa's Workshop at Sew Many Quilts. Yep, Fabric from dawn to dusk.
Val, Jane and Cakers giddy after shopping!
Enjoy the slide show of crazy quilters shopping and stitching! Don't forget tomorrow there will be a slide show about the Hilde Morin Bowl Class on The Quilt Show site under the Daily Blog, Anna & G On The Road!
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Today Lori and I head off to the Stitchin' Post for a bowl class with Hilde Morin. Here are a couple of examples of Hilde's bowls. It's a 2 day class of design and construction and will be interesting to see how our bowls turn out...wish me luck!
This week I finished a James Patterson book and boy was it different from his previous publications. I was hooked by the reviews. The female main character may become Pope...Yes...Pope of the Catholic Church. Step out from your normal book choices and take a chance with one that is challenging in so many different ways.
Have a great Thursday and and even better weekend!
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Well, the birthday celebration is wrapped up for another year :) My friendship with Colleen started our first year of highschool and we have been celebrating ever since. The last handful of years we meet either in Portland or San Francisco. This year it was Portland and the fall colors were a riot. We turned on the firepit on the deck and enjoyed happy hour girl talk, lol. Eating at our favorite haunts, browsing Powell's books, visiting the Portland Art Museum and shopping. A perfect weekend...plus, I got to see my oldest son!!!
The Andy Warhol exhibit was at the Portland Art Museum...I had been hoping to see it and wasn't disappointed.
I also finished a book recommended by a friend...glad I added it to my list. A modern day interpretation of Taming of the Shrew and I am passing on the recommendation. Light reading, interesting characters and a good ending...these days we need a good ending.
On the way to Portland I stopped at the shop in Keizer, Oregon. It was a first time visit and what I found is a small but sweet shop. Obviously by the number of quilters shopping it is a favorite for many. Enjoy the slide show :)
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