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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

more log cabin progress a la French General

I think I mentioned that I'm doing Cécile and Béa's log cabin quilt along and have been doing them in miniature (inspired by my friend Janet O, of course!).  This past week I made some more and have yet to decide how to sew them together.  Here are a few options, none of which have a sashing, which I used in the last group.  Will have to add sashing outside, though, to make them the same size.




A pinwheel wasn't my plan but I played around with them and all of a sudden there was this design.  I like it, actually.



Which do you like best?  And if you'd add a sashing between the blocks, what color?  I am stumped on that.

I had a chance to babysit for the new baby for an hour last week and took him for a walk.  
Here he is all wrapped up in his quilt!


On our walk, I passed a "gentleman's club", which I didn't think existed any longer.  Check out this street sign:

Do they have  scantily-clad girls dancing inside?  X-rated movies in private booths?? VBG. 

And then when I was on my way up to SF on Friday to pick up the other kids, I snapped this picture as the moon as setting.


We are back up at the cabin in Oregon, buried in feet and feet of snow.  It's just beautiful but very tough!  Have you ever heard of ice dams?  It's very common here in Central Oregon where you have a huge build up of snow on the roof and the heat from the attic melts it, but then it freezes up, causing an accumulation of ice.  When that melts, it is not uncommon for it to leak into the house!  We had one leak before we left and found another one today.  

We have a roofer on the roof today (lucky us!  They are very much in demand these days) shoveling the roof!  We have about 3' of snow on the roof alone.  He has been getting up on the roof and hammering away at the accumulation of ice!  Someone told us that it's the most snow they've seen here in 20 years.  The schools in Bend have been closed because of the fear of roofs collapsing!  Ah, Mother Nature!  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Is this any way to lead a lecture? NO

I have a bone to pick, if you will.
I went to a local guild meeting last night hoping to learn something from an teacher/lecturer about The Value of Value.  Seemed like a worthwhile idea, especially since my dh, who seems to be settling into his non-working status, is home all the time! ;-)

Anyway, she primarily does appliqué and mentioned a couple of times about a product she uses for appliqué without mentioning it specifically.  She also talked about her method for binding quilts, using a pillowcase method, without offering any specifics.

I approached her after the lecture to ask her about the product she alluded to for her appliqué method.  She told me that I had to attend her class in order to get that information.  WHAT!!!???  Was she kidding??  I think she also said you had to buy her CD in order to find out how to do the pillowcase method of binding quilts.  SERIOUSLY??? Um, I don't think so.

Being a close friend of Bonnie Hunter's and having attended many classes, I have to say that I was shocked that she treated me (and everyone else, for that matter) like that.   I've obviously been spoiled by the likes of Bonnie and others so that I was truly offended by her attitude.

Anyway, here are my first 4 log cabins, sashed.  It makes a huge difference, I think.  I'm even liking them, notwithstanding their tiny tiny size!


Liking them so much that I started on the next two (four) blocks!


This is another line from the French General, with different colors, though.  I think I will sash all 4, once they're done. Aren't they fun?  I'm cutting my strips at about 1", and after sewing the seam, I'm pressing it and measuring 1/2" precisely, so the finished "log" is 1/4".  maybe next blocks I'll do a little demo, like my friend Wendy Reed! vbg.

In case you haven't been following the weather in California, we've been getting deluged with rain.  It had been this way many years ago, but not for years have we had this much rain.  Mud slides everywhere; trees down; potential flooding, my rain gauge is filling up every day!  The worst thing for me is that I'm unable to WALK!! I am falling behind in my steps on my Fitbit, which is driving me crazy!! I'm hoping tomorrow will be clear, finally.  When I was in Oregon at the cabin last week, I got lots of walking in, which was great.  This week?  Not so much!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Two becomes Four!

At the end of last week, before we got the grandkids, I managed to do a couple more of the log cabin blocks for Cécile and Béa's quilt along.  The two blocks are now 4!  And I'm NOT behind, which is a miracle!!



Here's another arrangement of them:


I have packed up 6 little packages for people who expressed an interest in getting my leftover fabrics so I'm OUT of it.  That's making me think that maybe I'll do groupings of 4 blocks for this quilt along.  Not sure if that's within the rules, but I may go ahead and try it.  do something totally different every 4 blocks!

I also finished putting the borders on the Quilt of Valor I've finished.  I am pleased with how it turned out (you may not notice that I ran out of border fabric and had to put something different for the 4th side.... oops!... I don't think it's terribly noticeable).


If I make this pattern again, I think I'd do the large diamond in reds to break it up a bit more.  I also decided to use a yellow for the inner border because I thought it needed something different.  I'm not sure what I'll use for the binding.  I think the red might be too much.  What do you think??

We had the lucky opportunity to have all FOUR of our grandkids over the house at one time (well, the little one is just 8 weeks old).  My son was afraid the 7 yr old wouldn't be able to hold the little one so he and his wife wanted to be in the picture, too!


We were pretty excited to have them all, even for just a day!~

off to the post office to mail the FG scraps and the Quilt of Valor to the machine quilter.  It has actually stopped raining here a little bit today so I may try for a walk.  Brief respite.  We have had a lot of rain.  We keep a rain gauge outside our kitchen door and we've been emptying it every day, with at least 3-4 inches!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A little progress

As I mentioned, I am going to do Cecile and Bea's log cabin quilt along, which isn't very long and won't involve months of work.  My kind of project!

I decided to go mini (thank you, Janet O, for your inspiration!)!  For me, it's more difficult since my piecing is certainly not super accurate.  The strips finish at 1/4", by the way.  The center finishes at 3/4".  The block finishes at 3-3/4"!  I call that small!




I really enjoy fussy cutting!  That's Max in the center (well, not exactly but close enough)


This is a bird.  The other centers are other animals!

I'm using my leftover French General fabrics, which I'm still trying to get rid of!  VBG.  Doing these mini blocks, though, won't use up a whole lot of fabric.  So, if you're at all interested in inheriting some of these fabrics, please leave me a comment and they'll be yours!  I think I'm done with this line for a while!




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A great new start! And a winner

I'm kind of excited about the new year.  I'm not one for making resolutions.  I find I don't keep them (usually) so why set myself up for failure. Know what I mean?

And I'm not going to set quilting goals, either.  I don't have lots of UFOs;  but even with the ones I have, I'm not in the mood for putting myself on task for something I'm not really interested in doing.  I'll get to them one of these days.

I am going to do Cécile and Béa's log cabin challenge, which is only a couple of months long.  I also want to do that Canadian women one, although I'm not doing it in red and white.  I'm only 18 blocks behind already.  ;-)
Story of my life.  I would like to have a sew-along but I've yet to find a pattern I like.  Keep watching.

We drove home from the cabin yesterday, after days and days of lots of snow.  I thought you'd enjoy this picture taken in front, with our address barely visible.  That's snow on the ground; it's not snow from the plows!  It's just beautiful.  It was very cold, though... barely above 10*.  I went for long walks with a friend just about every day and I miss that already!  Now that I found my Fitbit (and it's charged), I enjoyed having large totals at the end of the day.  Today and yesterday?  Not so much!! ;-((



On the way home, I was able to do another one of the wool appliqué blocks before it got dark!  I found I was missing one flower so it hasn't yet been sewn down.  I like this block.  I have only one more to go!  Then I'll tackle the center and the borders, which will probably require a drive cross country! VBG

After having done 11 blocks, I decided I needed different green threads so I ordered 3 Valdani greens to tackle the rest of the quilt.  Some of the greens that I have look brown!  The center and borders are large and will need lots of greens.

I also was working on the Mountmellick quilt and found others who have done it already.  Susan Rynex was kind enough to offer me extra border fabric that she had.  Bloggers and quilters are just amazing!  What a nice surprise to come home to!  Now to get back to work on that quilt! WHEW!


One thing I am going to try to do is be a more regular blogger.  I feel like I don't always have something quilt related to say (never have been accused of not having something to say about everything, I might add!) so this will be one resolution I'm going to work on.  Maybe if I know that I need to do a blog post, I'll do more sewing!  I expect to travel less this year, now that my dh seems to have decided he's done working (more on THAT in another blog post! Let's just say I'm not necessarily a big fan!).  So I should have more time for sewing.

Happy New Year to everyone.

I forgot to announce that the winner of the giveaway is CARLINE.
Please email me so I can get your snail mail address and send you the book.
randyiris@gmail.com
I'm going to be doing lots of giveaways this year for sure.  I need to downsize!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Visions of Sugar Plums

Sunriver Lodge always hosts a gingerbread house competition over the holidays. Kids from the area make their versions of some gingerbread house interpretation.  I always enjoy looking at it and thought you'd enjoy seeing some of their creations to mark the end of the year.









To further put you in the mood for winter and year's end, here was a picture I took yesterday during a walk I took in the afternoon.  We have such beautiful scenery and I feel so lucky!



Now for a bit of humor (we have to laugh at ourselves, right??) about my memory and a senior moment:  I've been wearing a Fitbit Charge for the past couple of months, replacing my Fitbit Flex.  Because I've been up at the cabin and trying to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and (chilly) weather, I've taken lots of walks and my step total has been very high.  That's a good thing.

Last night I noticed my Fitbit was not on my wrist and I was positive that it felt off when we were at dinner in Bend.  I was very distressed and went this morning first thing to purchase myself a new one.  I was ready to set it up on my laptop and went into my sewing area to get the laptop only to find my Fitbit Charge, attaching to my laptop, charging.  I had absolutely NO recollection of having plugged it in!  NONE!!  That's what I call a senior moment! Fortunately my husband is so good natured that he just shrugged it off, saying he does the same thing all the time (which he does).

So, on this last night of 2016, let's be thankful for everything that we have.  The good times, and the bad, whether we remember them or not.  Our families, near and far, whether we see them a lot or not.  Our friends, who by definition will be there for you no matter what and at any time you ask.  Let's shed the negatives and look at what we have, rather than what we don't have or did have.  Let's let go of the things others may have done to us or things they haven't done that we expected.  Life's too short and we have so much to be thankful for.  Don't we??? 

I am so eternally grateful for every one of you and all that you have added to my life through my blog, which is a LOT.  I wish you all nothing but happiness, health and lots of time to sew!  

Sending you my love from snowy and chilly Sunriver, Oregon!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Another Quilt of Valor and a year-end GIVEAWAY

I've been able to do a little sewing in between family events and babysitting (YES!!  had the baby to myself for 3 days while everyone went skiing!!).
I think I mentioned that I was going to use up the left over strips.  I wound up having to cut lots more but really had fun with this.  It's almost done.


My plan is to actually put red in the 4 corners.  I just haven't made those blocks yet.  Fun, don't you think?  I saw this pattern on Pinterest, which I never look at! (well, obviously, I did once!).

Last summer, I bought the Sisters Quilt Show poster (which I never do, either) and had it framed.  I just loved the picture this year.


 Notice that it's still on the floor. I haven't hung it up yet.

My dh made an ingenious set up for me.  I have been watching Madam Secretary on Netflix (GREAT series, btw) on my little lap top.  We picked up a cable yesterday and he connected my laptop (11") to the tv and I'm now able to watch the show on my tv!  It's almost like IV tubes, I think!!

Maybe you've already thought of this.  I was excited.  My husband isn't the most handy kind of guy around, let me tell you! VBG  So this is an accomplishment!

We are coming to the end of 2016.  Hard to believe.  I'm going to have a GIVEAWAY to honor the end of the year.  

Tell me something that you consider the highlight of your last year, 2016.  What have you done that you are most proud of??  Or what have you experienced that was monumental?  Or what has someone you know or love done that stands out above all else??  Can you send me your comments by Sunday, Jan 1st and I'll draw a winner on Monday??  I'll need your email address, please.

I've got a book I'd love to give away, "The Creative Pattern Book" by Judy Martin.  It's new.. I've never opened it.