Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Here's To Dreamers...

 It is hard to believe that G and I would have any time to do anything else but shovel snow...but we took a break and went to see La La Land.  It was entertaining and we are huge Emma Stone fans.  It really is a fun movie to see on the big screen and it is a tribute to dreamers...and I can't imagine a bigger group of dreamers than quilters!

This book was a must read.  A non-fiction it talks about the legal system in America through the eyes of the author.  You think boring...it is anything but...I couldn't stop reading it.  And I recommend it to every citizen.

Back to the snow...what a pile.  I told you last week while shoveling I took a cartoon fall and boy have I been paying for it...oh my aching sacroiliac!  It is going to take a while to mend from that bounce...and now we are preparing for the Big Melt.  Temperature is predicted to go up this week.  G and I spend the weekend, taking down the Christmas lights, digging the snow away from the house and piling sandbags to direct the flow from the melt away from the front of the house.  Oye Vey...winter is beautiful but boy is it a lot of work!

In between all that outdoor work I made time to stitch.  The dreamer in me came out and I started working on old projects.  My Sew Spooky really took a leap.  The whole center is completely done!!  Now for the pieced blocks of candy corn and a border of bats!  I have put it away till next month  so I can keep chipping away at other projects!

Here are a few shares from Fellow Woolies...I love how the mini Buttermilk Basin mat is framed and interchangeable!  Never thought to do that with them :)  Wonky trees will become an awesome quilt...I especially love the one with the snowman!  Please join me on Instagram and when you post a photo hashtag it to either #2017bomquiltchallenge #2017stitchchallenge or #2017ufoquiltchallenge  and then we can all share the journey this year!!!  I have decided that is the best place for us to support each other and be inspired!

Check out The Daily Blog tomorrow to see which new BOM I am participating in...maybe you would want to join me!  Crazy loves company!!!  Have a wonderful stitching day!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017


Well needless to say...we have a little snow...we having been spending our days plowing, stitching and playing music.  The thing is we used to have winters like this regularly but it has been over 25 years since we have seen this much snow for this long on the ground.  And, I love it!  This amount of snow forces you to set your priorities.  I do recognize that being retired makes this amount of snow beautiful...back when I had to get up at 4 in the morning to plow before work at 5:30 was no fun!

I was tempted to head to our little spot in Portland till I saw the news...there is no escaping snow in our life, LOL  Here are a couple of views of downtown Portland!

I love this one!  This is in Pioneer Square...
someone gave him a snow shovel, LOL!

When the view out your sewing room looks like this all you can do is decide which project to work on...which is what I did between the plowing schedule.

The result was another project box emptied!!!!  I finished piecing the top to my Snapshot BOM from Fat Quarter Shop.  Enzo may be a little bored with it but I am tickled with how it turned out.  Each block consisted of many pieces but it all went together perfectly. This quilt makes me smile!

Have a great stitching weekend and lets keep working on those UFOs!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Quilt Retreat

Last weekend was the first Fabric Stalker Retreat of  2017!  Only 5 of us were able to enjoy the time away but as with any retreat, timing doesn't always work for everyone.  Here in Central Oregon we have been buried in snow since the beginning of December and we are expecting more!!!  What this meant was G and I had to dig out of our house and also the Fabric Stalkers had to dig into the retreat house.  While plowing the driveway and clearing the berm that is created by the plow I fell flat on my bum...as in feet in the air!  The fall was in slow mo...so slow that G couldn't believe I had fallen until he saw the bottoms of both my feet in the air.  Most people when they fall have an immediate embarrassment response...not me...I am like a toddler.  When I fall I look around yelling "I fell down", drawing attention to myself.  He came a running, lol.  It is times like that where I am grateful for my padding.

There was a good 10+ inches on the driveway of Quiet River which had to be cleared so we could carry all our retreat supplies inside. And, just so we wouldn't forget it is winter...we had to dig ourselves back out at the end of the retreat...so rude!

Quiet River was my mother's vacation home which my sister now owns and so whenever I walk inside I am filled with so many memories of family times.  Also the home is filled with quilt memories.  The Fabric Stalkers have been coming here for retreat for several years and so when my mom passed away they put together this beautiful quilt in her memory which hangs in the great room.

Years ago I made this wall hanging using the stained glass method.

My mom was a sailor and I loved making this  wallhanging for her birthday one year.  It is a combination of pieced and fusible applique.

I loved seeing this piece again...it was a needle point I did in college way before I became a quilter :)  

I put together a little slide show of what the Fabric Stalkers were stitching on retreat.  I hope you are inspired to dig out those UFO's!  Don't forget tomorrow to check into The Daily Blog

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sew 'N So Sisters

Our Sew 'n So Sisters Christmas Gathering was postponed due to a family loss and so we gathered after the holiday.  It was a lovely day of friendship.  The Sew 'n So's decided for this years holiday to exchange pillows.  There was not a size restriction and you could use any technique you wanted.  With 6 of us in the group it meant that we would each leave with 5 pillows.  It was so fun and the results were wonderful.  

We met at Linda's house where we enjoyed her holiday decorations and a wonderful potluck brunch.  Linda's is such a wonderful stitcher and the holiday stitcheries were inspiring.

The slide show is filled with vignettes of holiday sweetness and of course the pillows...I so love my pillows!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend of stitching!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Let's Get Going!!!

A little tip to share...I finished this project in 2016 but didn't really pay attention to the size of the project in relation to ready made frames.  The project itself is adorable by Norma Whaley but when I finished it the last lamb wouldn't fit into a pre-made frame! His little hind end was hidden under the frame edge.   Robin's boyfriend to the rescue!  He made me a frame just in time for this Christmas gift to be given!  Advice...measure when you layout your wool pieces.

Are you ready for a Quilt Along???  If not I am going to continue on my own...but, it would be more fun together.  I am heading to a Quilt Retreat later this week and so prepped several items to work on...first and foremost is Block One of Sunflower Gathering.

For those of you who are doing Buttermilk Basin Bringing Home The Tree the first block is fast and easy!  If any of you want to share your accomplishments you can send me a photo and I'll share it on the blog...no pressure...I know life can sometimes get in the way and some months it will be hard to keep up but a cheering section is bound to help, lol I am going to try my best to keep up.

Have a great stitching Tuesday!

Friday, December 30, 2016


WOW,  I don't know about you but this year flew by...there were moments of shear joy and deep sadness. But, isn't that the definition of a full life :)  I dream that each year will be a full one no matter what it brings.  When I made the 2016 slide show I realized how much I had experienced, how many new people  I've met, the number of projects I had finished, the quilt shops I enjoyed. I also started writing once a week for The Quilt Show plus G and I began our Quilt Roadies journey.  I realized that woven in all this was a lot of wasted time judging myself about fabric I have bought, kits I ordered and projects I have not completed.  Life is too precious to waste on that which is negative or draining of spirit.

And so, my Word for 2016 is Detox.  I am going to detox the negative in my life.  Whether it be my own brain conversation, that which the media vomits, negative people, self judgment, other people's judgment...I am going to treat my life as a beautiful commodity and detox that which drains.

I have been using a dry erase board since November for a way to track my monthly goals and I have enjoyed the process.  It hasn't made me feel bad if I don't meet them but gives me information on how I might use my time.  So in 2017 I will continue with the monthly goals.

I have settled on 2 Quilt Alongs...if anyone wants to join me.  One is Bring Home The Tree if you send me a photo of your completed block I will post them here on the 3rd Friday of the month. 

My second Quilt Along is Sunflower Gathering which is a Primitive Gathering BOM from 3 years ago...so if you have it tucked away in your closet drag it out and quilt along with me.  Mine will be only 8 blocks so it will fit a wall in my house :)  but all the same setting blocks and borders.

The other quilts that I plan on moving from the UFO pile to the finish pile are ...Sew Spooky, Granny Squares, Snapshot Quilt and my Yoko Saito Floral Bouquet :)  of course I have all year to do that, LOL!  Of course these will not preclude any new projects I might want to start...yes, it is going to be a quilty year filled with fun!!!

And now...a huge apology...as I was organizing the mailing of the last of the Give Aways I realized I had never posted the 12th Day of Christmas Giveaway...holy moley...and so the winner of the Buttermilk Basin kit is ....

Judy Zoll!!!

Be prepared...the 2016 Woolie Review is a long one...afterall it is a full life...so if you decided to watch it...please get a cup of coffee, tea or a bottle of water...a protein bar would be good and some left over Christmas candy :)  Have a safe New Year and see you in 2017!

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