Thursday, March 31, 2016

A little sewing and a lot of grandkids

We feel so very lucky that our daughter agreed to let us take Ryan and Emma up to our cabin over spring break. The kids, who live in the city of San Francisco, are just loving it. 

Emma decided her crib (she's 3+!!!) in my sewing room was preferable to a bed!!  But she also kind of took over with toys here and there!!

And Ryan decided he needed to arrange my strips for the kindergarten quilt!

And I learned that the purple Olfa cutter has no guard!!

It's been a great week with almost no sewing but we are happy nevertheless!!

Emma calls the hot tub the "hot water"!! And I've been taking them for swim lessons so the hot tub is the best way to practice!!

Friday, March 25, 2016

More Cheri blocks and stumped on the class quilt

I squeezed in time to do the two latest blocks for Cheri's quilt:

This kindergarten quilt for the teacher is giving me a lot of grief!  The bulletin board idea was too chaotic. 

I started adding more sashing

I'm going to put the class photo in the center. Thanks to Wendy Reed for the fabric sheets!!

Every time my grandson comes over, he keeps adding more to his block!!

It's going to be a quasi medallion quilt I think!  Hope to get it done next week. We are taking the 2 older grands with us up to the cabin in Oregon. May not get a lot done but it'll be fun!

Happy Easter to all!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Plugging along

Because we were babysitting until Sunday night, I'm only now getting a chance to sit down at my machine. 

Put my rows together!!

And then did blocks 11, 12 and 13. Started having fun with the blocks!!

Will do more sewing tomorrow when Claire comes over. 

Someone commented that the machine I thought was a 401 isn't. Any thoughts?? It doesn't look like my other 301s. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Just keeping up and a heartbreaking story

I am watching the two youngest grandkids this week so I'm lucky just to have been able to sew these 2 blocks from Cheri's mystery:

I did manage a couple of selfies, which I usually avoid!! Vbg

Elsa is a favorite!!

Since Jack's crib is in my sewing room, I decided to move a machine into the dining room to try to sew a little bit during naps!  Here is my set up:

I bought this 401 months ago and honestly never tried it so now is a perfect opportunity to give it a try. Hopefully she's ready to sew!!

I'm going to work on the kindergarten teacher's quilt, which is coming along beautifully!! The blocks are adorable! At least I think so!

I'm going to sew them onto a yellow background to make it look like a bulletin board!! I'm hoping to finish it before we head back up to Sunriver just after Easter (with the two oldest grandkids, Emma and Ryan). 

I have to tell you this story, which shows that even little ones don't miss much:
At Christmas we took Ryan and Jack with us to Sunriver and our daughter wanted to keep Emma with her for the week and then take her up to Portland. When we picked up the boys, Emma was extremely upset when she saw that we'd taken out her car seat. 

Fast forward nearly 3 months and Emma laments to me that we FORGOT her when we took Ryan and Jack to Sunriver.   She has since told me and my daughter the same thing at least 6 more times, even as recently as last night. She will probably forever believe we forgot her, even as she grows up!  Broke my heart!!  Our daughter won't do that again!!  When we go back after Easter, we will be "forgetting" Jack this time!!  Vbg
Hopefully the little 2 yr old won't be as traumatized as the 3-1/2 yr old was!!

Saturday, March 12, 2016


I was working on more blocks for the Circa 2016 as well as Cheri's mystery. I love these little projects. So nice to be able to stay current!!

These are the 5 blocks for Cheri's mystery. I had fun!!

This last one had me stumped because the sizes given made it impossible for the center to have crisp points. Those who know me will realize that that's not something I usually fret over!! Vbg. I just couldn't get it to work. Oh well. 

These are the latest two blocks for the Temecula quilt Circa 2016. My center was done weeks ago so I'm curious as to how we  will be using these larger (!!) 3" blocks!

While I've been up here in Central Oregon, I made sure to stop in at Quiltworks which always has a great display/show in their upstairs. This one didn't disappoint. She had a featured quilter:
This woman does some wonderful quilts!

I wanted you to be able to see the fabulous machine quilting done by Sandy Lachowski, who met me for lunch before we went together to the shop and saw her great quilting!!  She's very talented and will actually be a featured quilter at the Sisters show in July. 

Can you see the great quilting that Sandy did to highlight the adorable appliqué??

These were Kim Deihl patterns and fabrics!

We head back to rainy California tomorrow and a week of watching Emma and Jack!! Can't wait!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

These sew alongs are so distracting

I love these little sew alongs. It's like taking small bites of a meal. It's easy to get the steps done and to mostly keep up. 

It does also mean that I'm not working on other things. But no quilt policing here!!

Finished two new little blocks for Circa 2016. Love this block and might have to make more!!

Then I did the two blocks for the scrap basket mystery from Cheri. Fun

I'm also doing the little kindergsrtners' blocks:

It's snowing here in Central Oregon so it's  a perfect day to sew!!

What next??

Monday, March 7, 2016

Mini tumblers

Blogging has opened up a new world and provided the opportunity to make friends we'd otherwise never have been blessed to know. 

One such friend sent me a most darling mini tumbler for no particular reason other than that Janet O. is a most generous woman, not to mention talented!!

Look at what came in the mail to me:

It almost motivated me to take up my mini tumbler and make another little quilt. Note I said "almost"!!

My dh and I are spending the week at our cabin in Central Oregon so I'm limited to what projects I brought.  One thing I want to work on is a quilt I'm going to make for my grandson's kindergarten class. 

I see a really cute idea recently so I'm following that one. I had all 35 kids sign and draw in a little 6" square I brought when I was helping out last week. I sashed just one:

Isn't this adorable??

This is what I'm following:

I am using a darling red/white/blue stripe for the border and a yellow for the center. The teacher has been wonderful to Ryan so I think she is a most deserving person!!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Stars in a Time Warp truly done

I got the borders put on for the Stars in a Time Warp. I just love how it turned out. 

I was planning to use the red for binding but came up short when I cut the strips. How would the blue look instead??

I wanted to show you these clothes I spotted last week at a fairly nice shop in San Jose. I didn't look at the prices but can imagine they're expensive!  Quilt patterns are everywhere!

I don't think I'd wear any of these but I thought it was cool that quilt patterns are the basis for clothing!!