Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday Finish

I finally completed Cheri's sampler quilt. I kept it fun and prim!

Patchwork backing, as usual.

We were in Bend on Saturday after a race and stopped by Quiltworks for a final look (my kids' first look) at the medallion exhibit. Thank you to those who were able to enter and commit for a month of viewing. Marilyn says it has been a big hit!

We will be doing to the final reveal of Fall Festival on Friday. Or whatever you have completed. We'd love to see it, even if it isn't completely done. Send me a photo or plan on adding your link!

Monday, May 29, 2017

American Memorial Day

Thank you to all who died while in service to our country. 
Memorial Day is typically the kick off to summer and my patriotic decorating. 

But ultimately I remember the sacrifice. 

Love to you all today.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Fun!

We made it through another week! My daughter and I have a race tomorrow and other than that we plan on staying close to home and avoiding the crowds. 

 Next week I am heading to Ohio for a visit with my long-time friend Kathy.  I'm gathering up this and that to take with me to sew. We considered a team project, but we both have enough to keep us busy without adding another to the mix. We will be attending the Genessee Valley Quilt Show in Rochester NY and may be inspired to team up on a project after we go. If you are planning on going we'd love to meet! I'll be there on June 3rd. Kathy has also offered to take me to Niagara Falls! I saw it briefly in the 6th grade so am looking forward to seeing it again. 
My BBiggs is trimmed and the fabric is coming with me to get binding made. 
 I need 60ish flying geese for the ABC quilt so these are coming with me as well.
 Here's a big flop! I know the ABC quilt is primitive but these just won't make the cut! Any guesses of what they were going to be?
My Instagram feed for the week. The upper right is a receipt 
showing my very first senior discount at the Goodwill! (I guess some places consider 55 a senior!)
Thank you to all who have given their lives in the protection of the United State of America!

Have a terrific weekend!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mid Week Wednesday!

I got a few things crossed off my Monday's list. (That doesn't mean the quilt is done!) Because I only have snippets of time I work better this way. 

 Here is a fun spring quilt I got out. I am a sucker for a cute churn dash!
 Look what came in the mail! Thank you Rebecca for your generosity. I love all 3 patterns and the fabric. Cheri Payne announced yesterday she will be closing down her website. The cancer and chemo is making her prioritize and getting well and family is her concern right now. She will continue to have her facebook group and she will continue to share her quilting designs.
I haven't had any quilts hand work to do so I pulled out my French General embroidery and get a few stitches in every now and then.
I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Making a List, Checkin' it Twice

I admit to making a list, but not checking it twice. I've been doing so many group things that I've neglected the UFO's in my sewing room. Time to get organized!

 Found this beauty in my closet ready to be trimmed and bound! I love it! 
This is 9 blocks of the Benjamin Biggs quilt that Gay at Sentimental Stitches offered for free in 2014. Check it out HERE. Quilting was done by Sharon, Grass Roots Quilt Studio in Washington state.
Next up is a cute sampler that Cheri did as a quiltalong. Basted and ready to be machine quilted by me!

 Getting my Fall Festival top assembled. 
 The last quiltalong was Back Porch/Front Porch Summertime by Jan Patek. Need to get a backing made.
More to come!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday's Folly

Spring is finally in our forecast! Sunny days and blue skies are in the works for the rest of the month! Whoop! Whoop!
I've been sewing a little this week:
 Slowly getting the Fall Festival quilt top assembled. It's a large quilt so it is spread out all over my upstairs.
I'm happy with how it is coming together, but I admit, I've done a fair amount of unsewing!

 I'm getting together a little kit for the next quiltalong. It includes soft faded/worn fabrics, including pink.
 I'm not sure how many flying geese I need for the ABC quilt, but I'm slowly cutting up my bag of homespun scraps for that one and using a few pieces as leaders/enders.

My Instagram feed for the week. It's been a fun, but challenging week. 

37 years ago yesterday, Mount St Helens erupted. I still remember that and the ash falling in our town. What an amazing and destructive catastrophe.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ABC Quilt Sampler

 My ABC Sampler quilt by Cheri is slowly coming together. It's one of those projects you have to sew strips to make them fit together- no quilt will ever look the same!

V- W


Third row
And the three rows together. I still have a lot of flying geese to make and the top border of applique.

Karen and I have been working on this for a few months now and she is keeping me going! See her quilt HERE,
I hope you are having a great week!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fall Festival- Month 5

I barely got my pumpkin and vine done for today's show and tell! My sashing is green but I took this photo after dark last night and it looks very washed out.

Here is Denise's pumpkin and vine, although as you can see her top is together! Nice work Denise!

I'm not sure how many will have this next part ready but if you do, 
please add your blog link or send me a photo.

I think the quilt should go together pretty easily  So lets say June 2nd for our quilt top finale?

Have a great Monday!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Here a Quilt, There a Quilt

 This adorable little quilt came from Katy as a thank you. Well, Katy, Thank you! I love it!
 What a fun backing too!
Ruth invited me to lunch at her house before the guild meeting. Of course, i got to see some great quilts too.
 This beauty was on her bed. Such a great setting!
 So sweet adorable little quilts display.
 This one caught my eye. It was last years swap quilt by Amy. 
Ruth made this patriotic quilt for a veteran. Several were brought to the meeting. I love that about being a part of a guild.

And they revealed round robins too.Here's Ruth's. I love it.
Thank you again for the inspiration, fun and lunch!

Here's my Instagram feed for the week. It's been a wonderful, that's for sure!!

Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Seasonal Quilts- Piecemakers Quilt Guild

I had the privileged of sharing my lecture Seasonal Quilts with the guild in McMinnville on Monday. Ruth was kind enough to share some of her photos with me.
 I started with fall quilts- the very first one I show is my first sampler (no photo) but this one shouts "AUTUMN" to me!
 I brought a few smaller quilts and happen to choose Country Roads.
Mary Lu was a guest and happened to bring her Country Roads quilt too! 
I love that! (Thanks for the fabric too!!)

Winter- it doesn't always mean Christmas

 Spring- This is a fun way to set exchange blocks too. 
An old Country Threads quilt that I still love as much as when I made it!

 Summer. Here's my recently completed Flags of the American Revolution by Jan Patek.
 George Washington
And we know there is a great woman behind every man, so that's why the Martha Washington block is on the back.

Thank you all who attended, Ruth for suggesting my lecture to the president, Sally, JoAnn, Mary Lu and Tina for driving the extra miles to come and see the lecture. I was thrilled to meet you all!

I'm open to presenting at other guilds if you are looking. I can do 3 different lectures and a workshop.

And on another note: My son and his girlfriend surprised us yesterday and showed up! They have been traveling the world and are home for a little while now.

Happy Wednesday friends!