Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A new quilter !!

Happy New Year!  We spent a week up at our cabin in Oregon and just about the only sewing I did was to get the adorable table runner done.  Remember I bought the fabric kit from the LQS before I left?  I did get this done and actually tried the free-motion quilting on the Juki.  I was quite pleased with how nicely the machine handled.  hmmm.. Now to do that more often!  Aren't these fabrics adorable!!

I also worked on my scrappy hourglass quilt.  I got another round done and was very pleased with it.  It's a lot of fun but definitely takes a long time to go all the way around!  My blocks finish at 3".  My next round is bright green!

I also gifted a quilt to a friend who lives near us in Oregon.  She and her husband had never received a quilt before so they were delighted. She is obviously NOT a quilter! vbg  This was a quilt I made several years ago but hadn't been using.  it is a very simple quilt to make and went together pretty quickly.  It's great to gift something like that to someone who will appreciate it!

I wanted to show you just the little bit of snow we had in Sunriver.  Here is a picture of our front yard and Mt. Bachelor.  The snow was gone by the time we left on Friday to head back to California. So different than last year!  I will admit that I slipped on the ice our first night (taking Max out) and landed right on my arse.  OUCH.

My grandkids came for the weekend and I decided that little Emma needed a bag to transport her toys.  She has a collection of plastic animals that she brings back and forth (you don't want to hear about the time that I left the bag at her house!!).  This time my daughter packed them in a brown grocery bag.  That just won't do.  So I went through my stash and found this adorable castle fabric I bought some years ago.  Ok, I did go and buy some go-withs.  What was so great was that all 3 kids wanted in on the sewing.  I propped the foot pedal onto a little stool and set them one by one in a chair next to me to press the foot pedal as well as the scissor button.  Gotta love my Juki

My 8 yr old grandson decided he really wanted to do more so I figured he was old enough to have a go in front of the machine.  He had a ball!  You may notice he's wearing necklaces and bracelets.  What can I say?  He likes to wear my jewelry when he comes over and I see no reason to dissuade him.  Know what I mean?  At least he feels free at our house to do what he wants to do.  He also loves to cook!  That might explain why the kids hate leaving our house!

Here are the sides of the bag;  I even sewed Emma's name in one spot, which turned out to be at the bottom... oops.

Thanks to everyone who sent me such sweet comments about my mom. She turns 90 tomorrow and is itching to get back to her own home.  I'm making sure she's strong enough so she is staying in the board and care home at least until the end of January.  From then on, I don't know what will happen. She has an appointment at the memory care facility next week;  and a social worker is meeting me this week to evaluate her home for changes to make it safer.  I will be trying to arrange for caregivers to come and help her;  it remains to be seen how many hours she'll need help.

Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope you enjoyed a joyous holiday season and are welcoming the new year with open arms.  I never make resolutions; I just always try to be a better person and do better!  I wish you all good things and especially health and happiness!


  1. Very cute panel prints in your runner. :)
    What are those tiny blocks in the background of the photo of your hourglass project?
    Very kind of you to gift your friend a quilt.
    I'll bet your grands feel so important getting an opportunity to sew on grandma's machine!
    Beautiful bag for Emma's animals. It will be hard to forget them now!

  2. That sounds like the perfect getaway spot. It is also wonderful that your grandson had fun sewing. Darling bag for your grand daughter too!

  3. Happy new year dear Randy !
    I love love love your hourglass quilt !! It's going to be awesome and the quilt you offered is beautiful !
    I love the picture with your grandson !! He is very concentrating and no matter he loves your jewelry !! He is happy and it's the most important !

  4. What an amazing view you have...I am sorry you slipped and fell! Happy New Year to you!

  5. That bag for Emma is so darling! Not as easy to forget when it isn't a brown bag, either!!
    The table runner is super cute!!
    Glad you are working with a social worker to help place your mom- thats a great place to start. Happy birthday to her!!

  6. Beautiful post, Randy ... pictures are gorgeous! Love that your grandson likes to cook. My nephew LOVES to cook and it started when his grandmother (my mom) taught him how to fry an egg and then make an omelet when he would stay overnight with her. All he wanted to do after that was eat eggs! LOL He's now 30 and says he still loves eggs and remembers making omelets with her. The table runner is ADORABLE!! I would have snapped up one of those kits as well. Happy New Year to you! Hugs from a VERY cold Northern Michigan!! Linda

  7. How fun that your kiddos want to learn to sew! The bag is adorable, as is your runner!

  8. It's so special when the grandkids want to help stitch! Maybe we have a few future quilters among us! That is a pretty special bag btw!

  9. Wow, Ryan looks like he knows what he is doing! They are so lucky to have you (and vice versa I know!). Sun River looks beautiful right now. It was 29 below at my sister's on Monday. Sheesh! I love Emma's bag. And, what are those tiny little blocks just about the hourglass?

  10. Love, love, LOVE to see anyone sewing with kids!!! Way to go, Grandma!!

  11. I love your quarter square quilt top! Is it a pattern or are you winging it? The table runner is lovely too. I make table runners to sell a lot and that one looks like it would be popular. The snow looks fun - we were in Florida for Christmas. It was pretty cold, but no snow. We're on our way home now and should be back by Sunday - DH wanted to drive. Go figure!! The bag is a great idea too - quilters think of all kinds of things that we can make to make life better, don't we?

  12. What a delightful way to spend time at your cabin. Emma's bag was stitched by all her favorite people.

  13. I enjoyed seeing your grandson sitting at the machine. He may never be a quilter but at least he got to experience the machine a bit.