Monday, August 10, 2020

Covid 19 update

 I'm happy to report that my mom is remarkably recovering from her bout with Covid-19.  I'm not completely confident that she'll recover, since I've read many stories about the elderly taking turns for the worse after looking good.  But as of now, she's eating, drinking and getting up.  Her speech is very limited which I'm guessing is a product of the virus as well.  It's still amazing to me!  

Thank you for all your very kind wishes asking about her and praying for her recovery.  It was heartwarming!!

On the sewing front, I did finish the border on that log cabin kid quilt, having found an adorable stripe which matched well enough.  It is sad to say that I have absolutely no recollection of having purchased this fabric, nor do I remember ever seeing it before.  But no matter---I found it here at the cabin and it worked just fine!

I must confess that in a moment of weakness I purchased an entire bolt of a cute light pink print!  It was on sale from Missouri Quilts and have decided to use it instead of whites.
Let's be serious, really.  How long will it take me to use up an entire bolt of fabric?? Probably a while!! VBG. If you think you'd like some, let me know!  I've got LOTS to spare!!

I did find a cute pattern using 2-1/2" strips and have been using the pink instead of the muslin the pattern calls for.  I haven't squared up the block/unit yet but you can get the idea.  It'll be a perfect quilt for a child.
I actually think it's more interesting with the pink rather than plain muslin, don't you?

I've also been working on my neighborhood and decided it really needs some trees. So I looked on Pinterest and found the perfect size tree.  I only started last night so there are only two so far.  But they add some more interest.

I will likely continue to look for other trees that might fit the right size, just for a variety.

On another note, not quilt related, I decided to start a little book club with my 10 yr old grandson to encourage him to read and sharpen his comprehension.  So he picked a book (Nancy Drew!!)  and we've been reading a few chapters every couple of days, and he answers the questions I email to his mom.  We've been doing this on FaceTime.  Since he loves to cook, we are also baking for each other, sort of!  Just like real book groups, right?  He's tickled by the idea.

Hope you are all well and staying safe!  Please wear your masks and social distance from people!!  This isn't over yet!!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Reality check

I haven't gotten much sewing done but have almost finished my July mini..thanks to Wendy Reed (constantquilter) who keeps me honest!  I decided rather than make more placemats, since all the kids are gone, I'd put the log cabin blocks together for a kid quilt for my small quilt group.  It's almost sewn together and I'll send it to the group for someone there to quilt it.  Blocks are 6" finished, by the way!

Anyway, the real reason I'm posting is to give everyone a reality check on the Covid 19 situation.  It's pretty easy to pretend it doesn't exist in our insular world, but I've learned it really is a big problem.

I may not have told you that my mom, in her memory care facility in Bend, tested positive about two weeks ago after an employee brought the virus into the facility.  Mind you, they've been meticulous in keeping everyone out.  I have not seen my mom in person since early March when they closed the place up tight!

Well my mom got sick with Covid 19 about a week ago.  She was in the hospital for two days and is now back at the facility being cared for by hospice.  I am not sure if hospice is there to offer extra help or to make her comfortable while she passes away.  I keep getting different answers.  She was given experimental drugs, and maybe they will work.  But a 92 yr old probably doesn't have a great chance of ultimately surviving this nasty virus.

So I'm reminding everyone to wear your masks, wash your hands, stay out of crowded places, take care of yourselves.

Much love to you all
ps:  I had a birthday in all this earlier this week but didn't really feel like celebrating.  70 yrs old is not an age I ever envisioned myself!  Happy to be healthy and enjoying every day of my life! ;-)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Just a little progress

The rest of our kids left on Sunday so I had some time to sit down and get some sewing done.

We did have a wonderful time having our grandkids visit us here at the cabin and feel very blessed to have been able to enjoy them.

I have been participating in a small challenge  with some friends and I was able to put on the first border yesterday!

my next attachment will be a darker border (brown, I think) before I add on the next real border...we are using both flying geese and half square triangles.  I am thinking I may do the flying geese last to pick up the theme from the center.  I saw a really cute pattern for using hsts on the Mood Blockheads 3 project, which I think I may adopt.

I also got some more placements done (although now that the company is gone, I don't really need to make more... I may incorporate them into a different project.

I haven't sewn them together yet so I'm open to a different project suggestion, if you have one.  These are quick blocks and kind of fun to sew.

I'm heading to the Bay Area today to pick up our mail and take care of some things back in California.  I did make a big mistake, though:  I intended to get up at 6:00 am but I misread my alarm clock and was out of bed at 5:00!  When I realized it, I was already dressed!  I think I may need a nap later!

I'm hoping to get some sewing done so will share my progress!

Friday, July 17, 2020

More log cabins

We have been having our kids and grandkids visiting us at the cabin for the past 3 weeks so I haven't been able to get very much sewing done.  That's a good thing.

Before they arrived, I did whip up some more new placemats while on my log cabin binge!

I had fun picking the centers as well as the fabric for the strips.

I started 3 more but didn't get very far.

Everyone will be leaving Sunday so my life will go back to normal at the cabin here in very HOT Central Oregon.  Our house will be quiet and a bit empty.  But they of course go back to their real lives~!

Here are 4 of the 5 kids!

On a sad note, my mom's memory care facility unfortunately had a case of Covid 19 from one of the employees, which in turn spread to over 30 residents, including my mom, who tested positive but is asymptomatic.  We are keeping our fingers crossed and hope that all the residents will recover.  Thank you for your good wishes!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

It's a log cabin kind of week

Can't believe it's the end of June!  We've been at the cabin over 3 months already!  Love being here for the change of seasons, although it was hailing two days ago!!  Not warm on a consistent basis...doesn't bother me.

I had participated in a sewalong last month where we made a bunch of log cabin blocks.  I decided to use mine in a different way.  First I made a cover for my sewing machine and called it my June Mini!! That was for Wendy Reed (constantquilter)!

I enjoyed making the log cabin blocks and kept going-- then I made two placemats for our table!

You can see that I got a bit bolder with the second set of blocks!  They are 6" and my strips are 1-1/4" unfinished.

Our daughter has been staying with us after having decided that life in a studio apartment in San Francisco wasn't so great.  It's been one of the silver lining results of Covid--we've had a chance to spend lots of time with her.
Anyway, she wanted to know where was HER placemat??!!  So I started on more log cabin blocks this week.  She was very particular about the colors, though!!

Our son has now arrived at the cabin with his family so I'll need to make more placemats, I think.  It'll be a little harder with two little kids, though, so I don't expect to be getting much sewing done.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

A challenge and more houses

I am doing a small challenge with a group of friends and I spent a lot of time trying to decide on my center.  I finally found a block I was attracted to from the book Autumn Bouquet by Sharon Keightley and went about working on it.

In cleaning out my sewing room in our California house, I came across a bundle of pinks and browns that I bought at Quilt Market many years ago and decided that was the perfect fabric!

I actually went into the local quilt store yesterday for the right color thread to do the applique and found that pink print which I've laid the block onto.  The pinks aren't bright but are kind of soft.  I also got to use a printed background I've had (I've been collecting them for a while).  I fussy cut the center of the flowers (which were from the print I used in last month's mini!).

I feel like this is the culmination of modern technology:  I paper pieced the flying geese;  I machine appliqued the stems, flowers and leaves.  I did use freezer paper for the applique pieces.  I don't think you can really tell that I used my machine to sew the pieces down.  Of course hand appliqué would look spectacular, but I'm too impatient busy to spend the time doing that.

I've also done more houses and it's almost looking like a neighborhood! I'm enjoying these blocks and like using brights!  I would like to add some trees too, if I can figure out how to make them the right size!  These are the Moda houses.

I had printed out the pattern for this fun block, looking like a propeller. I'm going to make mine all loud and fun!

More kayaking this week but I found a small tear in the bottom of my boat so I had to drop it off to be repaired.  It explained why I had water in the bottom of the boat! ;-)

Hope you are having a great week and staying safe.  We are still very happy staying in our cabin in Central Oregon;  our daughter came back up to stay and work from home here rather than in her small studio apartment in San Francisco so it's nice to have her with us!

It was this time last year that Claire and I were in Vermont for the quilt show with Wendy Reed and Barb Vedder.  We are all sad it's not happening this year but we're looking forward to being together again next year, if not before!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

A little of this and that

Today was my first time this year heading out on my kayak.  It was a gorgeous day and the lake we went to was spectacular.  Now that Janet O. taught me how to change my picture on my blog, I was able to show you my view.

I have done a little sewing, although not much.

I fished out two ufos from at least 10-15 yrs ago.  I don't even know when I made these tops.  I added borders to them to make them large enough to donate to the kids' quilt group I belong to.  I dropped them off at a friend's and felt good about contributing something during this time.  I also had two other tops ready to go.  I'm showing you the before and after!

My recollection is that this was a pattern from Quilter's Newsletter many years ago.  I was supposed to make 4 sides of flying geese;  I obviously stalled after the first one.  I took it off and added a border instead.

Then in cleaning out a closet, I came across this small piece.  I honestly have absolutely NO idea when I made it. It's a cute pattern but it was too small for a child so I added some fun fabrics to it:

the most amazing find was that I  still had some of that center cute fabric and I FOUND it!

so this is what I came up with:

We spent two weekends in California and got to have our grandkids stay overnight.  That was great fun.

We are now back in Central Oregon, sheltering in place. Except for going out on the kayak!

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!