Friday, July 23, 2021

Another healing quilt and other good news

 Sadly, another person I know is undergoing serious treatments and I immediately sent her a quilt to cuddle under.  She's a quilter but I'm sure receiving a healing quilt will perk her right up!  I really did labor over this pattern and love the quilt.  I also love pink and brown together.

In other quilting news, I've been working slowly on the Moda Sampler Spree project.  It calls for 10 blocks a week, which is not entirely realistic for me but I'm plugging along.  These are my aqua blocks.  I love that color -- my new favorite!

And I just finished the latest installment, which called for green (one of my least favorite colors)!  I have one more to finish as well as the optional appliqué block. I think I moved the majority of my green fabric up to Oregon so I was pretty limited.  I love lime greens and they are in Oregon.

You may notice the one on the bottom left is a little crinkly.  It fell off my design wall and my puppy (all 65 lbs of him) grabbed it immediately and was sucking it with great delight. UGH.

Before we left our house in Sunriver, I had to take a picture of a bush I planted a few years ago that's just doing so well.  It's a real miracle that the deer don't gobble it up but maybe there's a scent they don't like.  It's a delphinium and I got it at Wal-Mart, so there you go.  

We are enjoying having our grandkids visit us while we are in California, although honestly the lakes and my kayak are calling my name!

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Quilt Show in Sisters!!

 Yesterday was the annual Sisters Quilt Show and I didn't want to miss it.  This picture is the quintessential picture from the show.  This is the actual Stitchin Post quilt store's outside wall and they usually post employees' quilts from a challenge they run.  This year, I didn't see anything about the challenge but the quilts were on that wall.  So great to see it again!  They use fire trucks to hang the quilts!

This is another picture from the show, where quilts are hung over the railings.  It's so western looking- don't you expect to see horses tied up?? VBG

You can't tell from the distance but all those quilts were versions of Jen Kingwell's Long Time Gone.  It was great seeing the variations, based on different fabrics.

There were a few quilts that really caught my eye!

I think there was a description saying that the quilter's son was a chemist so it's a variation on the periodic table!~. I loved her use of that new Tula Pink fabric, which I bought when I was in Virginia.

Check this one out using that same fabric!

We spent a fair amount of time at the exhibit for the featured quilter, Carol Dixon.  This was one of my favorites.  I think this is the year of the bird!  The pattern is by Barbara Persing and I think I'll look to buy it.  What fun it could be!~

this was another of my favorites!  So clever!

I also was intrigued by this quilt, which was quilted by my friend Sandy Lachowski, with whom I went to the show.  This was one of a group of quilts done by a small quilt group that's done similarly to a round robin, but they pass the blocks around for a year, each quilter adding blocks but not sewing them together.  That's the quilter's decision!  I don't think you can make out the fabulous quilting but I loved the colors.

Are you getting the impression the show was primarily modern quilts?? YUP.  I'd say it was.  There were lots of Lori Holt quilts, which were fun to look at.

Each year, there is an exhibit of the Cherrywood challenge (indoors!!) which travels throughout the country.  This year's exhibit was based on interpretations of Bob Ross, who is someone I was not familiar with.   I loved so many of these little quilts!

I loved this one's message!  So many of the quilts utilized amazing threadwork, which I found so impressive.

There were also several Sarah Fielke quilts that caught my eye!

More birds!!

I'm almost done with last week's Sampler Spree aqua blocks so I'll post those tomorrow.  We are heading back to California on Tuesday.  Hope you're having a great weekend!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

July is here! I guess that's a good thing??

 It is hard to believe that 2021 is half over.  I feel like 2020 was a blip that we just skipped over. Life is getting back to normal but I am not sure that normal will ever feel normal.  Know what I mean?

 I am happy to report that my June mini is completed on time.  Miracles do happen!  This little quilt was made using orphan blocks from a project I started but only got as far as six blocks.  So they got repurposed!

Other sewing that I've been doing is part of the Moda weekly sew along.
Keeping up with weekly sew along seems to be harder and harder. I did start the it earlier this month and finished the first week’s blocks. They are asking for 10 blocks a week. The good thing is they’re small-6”. The bad thing is they’re small!  Tiny pieces but I'm enjoying the process.  it's a bit much to keep up but I'm trying!  There is a tiny mistake in the top block which I corrected.  These are the first week's blocks.  I"m half way done with the second week and the third week's blocks were just posted.  Behind again!!  The sew along is from a book called Sampler Spree, and I'm enjoying the small variations in simple blocks.  

The weather here in Central Oregon has been beastly hot.  I feel like the earth is on fire.  In an effort to try to beat the heat, I went kayaking twice this week.  The lakes are a bit higher in elevation and the area was a bit cooler.  There was even a breeze!

That's actually me, taken by a friend.  We were at East Lake in the Newbury Volcanic region.   This lake is literally in a crater from an old old volcano.  I think the rock formations are so interesting and it's hard to believe that it's all from thousands of years ago!  For scale, you can see a boat in the bottom as well as a kayaker.

We were hoping for a break in the heat and last night there was thunder and a tiny bit of rain.  I thought the clouds looked so cool.

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend.  Stay safe and healthy!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Another healing quilt or two

 One of my favorite things to do with my quilts is to give them to anyone I learn about who is undergoing some serious medical treatments.  I've sent them to complete strangers.  I've given them to acquaintances.  I've given them to friends of friends.

I found out last week that someone we know here in Sunriver has a wife who was just diagnosed with bile duct cancer and is undergoing chemo.  i knew just the quilt to give to her.  I made this a few years ago with Céçile and Béa's quilt along, the year that baskets were the theme.  It's been folded, waiting for the right person to give it to.  I do love the quilt (I love baskets) but it'll do more good on Cristy's lap than in my pile of quilts! 😁

I also love the back!  I used extra baskets and some orphan blocks.

Before we drove back to Sunriver, I sent a quilt to a woman I know who became quite ill a few moths ago.  I completely forgot to take a picture of it (it was a 25-patch scrappy quilt that was pretty large!). She emailed me the sweetest note after she got it.  I'm going to share it with you so you can sense how much joy our quilts can give to others!

I encourage everyone to give away your quilts.  At least in my house, they just sit in piles, unused.  I can only use so many on my bed!  They can offer so much love and comfort to others.

Here is our sunset last night after thunderstorms all afternoon.  Mt. Bachelor is in the background.  One great thing about Central Oregon is the occasional summer rain--you know California is desperate for rain.

Hope you have a great Monday!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Antique store finds

 When we were together last month, Barb, Wendy and I stopped at a couple of antique stores, as well as a quilt store.  We found some great things to buy!

I always like to buy orphan blocks being sold (I mean, who doesn't need more orphan blocks!! VBG).  I shipped everything that I bought (we also swapped scraps, which is always fun!) and I only just opened the boxes this week.  Was I ever excited!!

I bought these blocks and hadn't realized that they were all HAND SEWN!!  Here's the back of one block!

And here are the blocks!  I put 9 on the design wall and put the rest on the floor.  I wound up with a LOT of blocks.

Here are the rest:

I'd love to know the age of these blocks.  If you have any ideas, let me know.  I'm thinking of adding a skinny sashing because their sizes vary between 9-10"...  I also don't know the name of the block pattern.  Any ideas?  Any suggestions for how to put them together?

I'm happy to report that I have finished the center block for the Primitive Gatherings Twilight Garden from 3 yrs ago.  I have been struggling with lining up the exact placement for the inner border (after what they call a "faux sashing").  I put chalk marks but the longer I look at it on the wall, the more I see that I need to more a couple of buds and flowers to make it more square.

This is what the quilt will ultimately look like, hopefully.  So I've finished all 12 blocks and the center.  I'm now on the inner border! I honestly never thought I'd get this far but I'm loving the quilt.  I'm not thinking about the huge undertaking the outer border will be! Taking it step by step!

Funny story:  the pieces for the border were printed on full sheets so I figured I'd copy them onto my soft fuse, which is my favorite product to use.  That worked great for about 3 or 4 sheets until the soft fuse MELTED in the printer.  What a mess to get that gunk out of the printer.  VBG.  I hand copied the remaining pieces so I was lucky I copied as many as I did.  You can see how many pieces are in the inner border!

We are back in Sunriver, Oregon, for the next month, and offered to take our daughter's micro mini golden doodle while she moved into her new apartment in SF.  He's all of 14 pounds and very sweet.  Last night, he got mad about something and chewed his way out of his crate in a very short time!

Fortunately our puppy hasn't thought of that (yet)... and our dog is weighing in a 55 pounds at 7 months of age (he was supposed to be 40-45!!)...

Zeke and Cooper playing in the backyard

Hope you're having a great week.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Fabric purchases

 I mentioned that I went to the local quilt shop near my son's new house in Ashburn, Virginia, and found some fun fabrics!  I figured since I don't have anything to share that has been finished, I'll share fabric that's waiting to be cut into!

I thought this was so interesting...  never seen anything like this.  I think it's a Benartex;  not sure how to use it.   Maybe as a border?

I love conversation prints and fabric with writing and couldn't pass these up.

The other find for me was a new Tula Pink line;  I actually bought a bundle of fat quarters, which I never do! I loved them all!

Purple and aqua blue are a great combination and I can see myself doing something just in those colors.  I need to make a baby quilt for my new granddaughter (to be born later this month) and they do not want pink!! ;-)

Have a great weekend.  I'm flying back home tomorrow--eager to be in my own home!

Stay safe!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Full circle

 I have been away from home for nearly 3 weeks so have not gotten any sewing done.  I did go to a quilt store in Virginia, where my son just moved, and did a little damage.  They were kind enough to offer me one of their machines to use while I visit!  It's fun to see fabric in different parts of the country.

I didn't get my mini done (or didn't take a picture before leaving) but did want to share this picture of a quilt I made for my son (who is now 33) when he was 3 yrs old.

This was a pattern that I used many times and still love.  What's so amazing to me is that my son's boys, now 4 and 1,  use this quilt.  So this quilt has gone full-circle.  I could never have dreamed at the time that the quilt I made when he was 3 would be used by his own children 30 yrs later!

I didn't know how to chain stitch back then (1991) so I did some sort of stitching to embroider the year.  There's no label (who knew to do labels back then??)

I think it needs a new binding but otherwise, it's just fine!  [--secret--I did look on Craigslist to see if I could pick up a used machine to keep at my son's since I expect to visit as much as I can!].  Anybody live near Ashburn, Virginia??

When my son was in the Marines Reserve Office Candidate's School in Quantico two years ago, I made him a quilt to commemorate his graduation.  Here are his sons playing on the quilt.  Another amazing example of a quilt coming full-circle!

I am finally able to download some of my pictures from our getaway to the New England Quilt Museum and wanted to share my favorite from the Pilgrim Roy exhibit!

I love the way the yellow flowers complete the main block but then form a secondary pattern. I could look at this for hours.

I also want to share a couple of pictures of some of Wendy Reed's (constantquilter) quilts which were on exhibit.  Hopefully she won't mind!

She did this one just this year as part of the sew-along hosted by Céçile and Corinne in France, where we needed to do curves.  Well, Wendy outdid herself!

When I get back to California this weekend, I'm going to pull some fabrics to start making some circles.  Such a simple but striking idea!

Look at this fabulous applique quilt she did.  Wendy does the most amazing appliqué.  I'll be happy to tell you that she even gave me some tips to help improve my stitches, which are definitely in need of help!

I'll be back in California this weekend and hopefully will get some sewing machine time and can share my May mini!!

Take care, stay well and be safe!