Saturday, March 4, 2017

A real taskmaster that Lori is!! ;-))

My dear friend Lori (humblequilts) came to stay at the cabin for a couple of days this week now that the roads were safer for her to drive!  And it really was great fun.  I got so much done;  Lori, of course, put me to shame.

You probably don't know this about her:  when she comes to sew, she brings along many projects, most of which are about 95% done!  Then she quickly finishes her projects and exclaims with glee that she has finished another project.!!  Don't you just hate when someone does that??!! ;-)

You know I'm kidding, of course.  Lori and I have been friends for about as long as I've known Bonnie (maybe 20 yrs!).  We are sometimes the Three Muskateers, truth be told.  So you know I'm telling you about Lori's successes out of total love and admiration!

Anyway, she got so much done and I kind of piddled along!  I did get another Triangle Gatherings block finished:

And I got into the binding mood and put on a few bindings:

This started as kit that I bought at Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  I added more fabrics and more pieced blocks to the French General theme.  I doubt you can tell that many of the fabrics are actually textured which adds to the overall interest in the quilt.

I got the binding sewn on and down (by machine) to my little snowman quilt.  This is a Bird Brain design, which took me several years to complete.  If you look closely, you'll see that my blue thread is not consistently the same throughout.  Story of my life!!

My friend Sandy Lachowski in Bend did a fabulous job on the quilting.  I took a close up so you could see the little snow flakes she quilted!  Don't look too closely at my embroidery.  It's pretty rudimentary!  Nonetheless, I love the little quilt.  It's perfect for our cabin in Oregon, where it snows for about 6 months!

Did I ask anyone if they wanted the pattern?  I'm definitely not going to make it again.  If you think you'd like to make it, let me know.  I'm assuming I can find it when I get back to California!

After sewing away for a couple of days and nights, Lori and I went into Bend for First Friday (a great way to get people into town and out to mingle!) which is always celebrated at Quilt Works, the quilt store I love in Bend.  You may remember that they have a different show every month.  This month, one side of their display area was devoted to New York Beauty quilts (they obviously didn't consult with Bill V, who could've filled the place to the rafters!).  The quilts were just wonderful.  

This was a Judy Neimeyer pattern sewn by Anna (I'm sorry that I didn't take a picture of her info).  I just love it.  And she was there so I was able to tell her how much I loved it!

Kevin H--how would this be for a quilt of valor??? Amazing!

The colors are so vibrant in this quilts!  If only I could perfect the art of curved piecing!!

My dh and I went into Bend for dinner after Lori went back in her direction home.  We went into a fabulous little shop that sold this adorable pillow.  I have made a quilt with the bullseye (as have many of you, via my sew alongs!).  What a great idea for a pillow. Don't you think??

I did buy a couple of pillows for my couch, which needed a little color.  This is one.  It's made of wool loops, and I'm sure it's all by hand.  Skiing is a big thing in this part of Oregon, even though we don't downhill ski.  I'm more of a snow-shoe kind of girl.

Hope you have a great weekend with lots of time for sewing!


  1. Lucky girls to get all thst stitching fun done together..enjoyed seeing all the wonderful quilt photos. Thank you for that.

  2. I'm glad you found one of the hooked pillows! They are adorable! The taskmaster says you should have made it! LOL
    Thanks for a fun few days! I can't wait to make a quilt like your French General!!

  3. Sounds like a productive time and those NY Beauties certainly lived up to their name!! Such incredible variety within the pattern was displayed, too.

  4. Now wait a minute.....I saw that you put binding on one of Lori's quilts. What a good friend you are in helping get her closer to finishing a quilt project. Your snowman quilt is adorable. A good finish.
    I have always admired New York Beauty quilts of any kind. What a wonderful display at the quilt shop.

  5. Getting together with sister quilters is always fun and always inspires me to get busier and accomplish more. Usually the feeling wears off later and I'm back to being my procrastinating, lazy self, and never change. But I am trying harder these days to make the moments count. As I am looking downhill at my 70th B-day rolling around come December, I realize how short life is and there's only one go-around so it's making me more aware of the time I waste.

  6. If you're looking for a new "good home" for that blue work pattern I'm your girl!! I love projects like that because they are portable!! Promise to take good care of it ... if you can find it! I was cross country skiing in my 20's ... LOVED IT!! My ankles aren't what they used to be so am very limited now. They snow shoe "Up North" and hubby and I keep saying we should give it a go ... inexpensive equipment and quite portable. We'll see!! LOL Linda H

  7. I love your snowmen quilt. I love snowmen and I think your embroidery skill is "good enough to not complaint", in my book anyway. :^D Thanks for sharing the pictures of the New York Beauty quilts. I love that block and admire anyone who can make it look that nice. Wow. I am maladroit when it comes to curves, not to mention all those little elongated triangles. Ouch! But it makes such gorgeous quilts. Awesome quilts in there. ;^)

  8. I loved seeing all of the beautiful quilts!

  9. Love your French General quilt and your cute snowmen! Embroidery looks good to me!
    Wow! Amazing New York Beauty quilts.
    Great find on the pillows.

  10. Lori a taskmaster ? ah ah ! I can't believe that .... :))
    I'm glad you spend lovely moments with her at the cabin ! Thank you for sharing these beautiful quilts you've made ! They are awesome as usual...

  11. Sounds like you had a lovely time together--nice wooly pillow----uh...slow but (sort of) sure--c'est moi!! hugs, Julierose

  12. I have been in a blogging funk, but I'm so glad I popped in to visit today. What a delightful post to read while I enjoy my morning coffee. I love the quilted snowflakes on your snowman quilt, and yes, that pillow is precious! Glad you had such a nice time! XO

  13. Having special quilting friends is such a blessing, especially ones that crack the whip and help you make really good progress.

  14. Isn’t it amazing what wonderful designs come out of HSTs? I love your block because it seems to have such movement! So cool! I love how you framed each snowman block – you really highlighted each block! And YES, I WOULD LOVE THAT PATTERN! Sandy did an outstanding job on the quilting as well!
    Those quilts are so lovely – eye candy to be sure! Thank you for sharing! Visiting you from Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!

  15. So happy to hear that you two had a great time stitching it up! Love those New York Beauties. Thanks for sharing.

  16. It sounds like you and Lori had a lot of fun! No doubt! I love your snowman quilt, but don't think I want to make one. I'm sure someone will want the pattern. I would love to go to one of the First Friday shows in Bend! Those NY beauty quilts are amazing!

  17. Great quilts Randy, looks like you really did get alot done!!! See you soon!