Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Quilting Reatreat in February

Prep work is completed for my Dove Tales quilt.  All the block elements are cut and I'm ready to take it to retreat in February.  All the pieces for each block are separated on a paper plate, and it makes it so easy to just pick up the correct piece and start sewing.

Then I just had to do a sample block for my Primitive Patchworks basket pattern.  That pattern I am working on the rest of the cutting for.  I hope to take it to retreat also.  I will have my choice of whichever one I want to work on, and maybe it will be a bit of both.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sewing day

Today was a special day.  My friend Kelly came over and we went to lunch (first things first, you know), and then spent the afternoon sewing.  Kelly has come over a couple Mondays a month for several years and we have a great time eating and visiting and sewing.  Yes, we actually do get quite a bit accomplished. 

These are some of the blocks I worked on today.  I have 56 blocks now that I need to stitch around the circles with black blanket stitch and then put the top together using black and white sashing.  I saw a quilt much like what I'm doing hanging in a quilt shop and thought "I could do that," so purchased some more black and white and bright fat quarters and here we are.  I'm getting excited now to get it all put together.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Beach time!

Two wonderful days spent on the coast at Gleneden, OR.  This is one of my favorite areas to stay, as it is off the highway and very small, making it a great place to walk and walk, with the beach being right there and very few cars on the roads.  
The sunset photo was taken from our balcony, so our view was spectacular. 

I worked a bit on my turtle wallhanging that I purchased the supplies for when we were in Hawaii in April.  It will eventually be finished - I hope.  The pattern is "Herd of Turtles" by Pacific Rim Quilt  Company.  It is a two-fabric applique pattern.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Top is done!

I have long wanted to make a Hunter's Star quilt, and I finally did it.  I would have liked it to be a bit bigger, but I was running out of some of the fabrics.  It turned out to be fairly easy construction using the Rapid Fire Hunter's Star ruler.  So that's one thing that I can scratch off my quite extensive list of quilts I want to make.  Now I need to sandwich it and figure out how I want to quilt it.  In the meantime, on to other projects...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Disappearing Pinwheel

I mentioned a few days ago that I was tempted to make a disappearing hourglass quilt, and then I discovered the disappearing pinwheel pattern (tutorial and pattern here: ) .   I was intrigued, to say the least, and made a DPW block.  It was super easy and I love the way it comes out.    I like how it's depicted on several images I saw with the DPW blocks surrounded by a plain border and then a border of pinwheels.  I think that will be a project in my future (not too distant though, probably).

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dove Tales and Mt. Hood

A while back a friend and I were at a quilt show and one of the vendors was a quilt designer who was one of our very early quilt teachers.  Her name is Pam McMahon and she was a wonderful teacher and is a very talented designer.  We each bought a pattern.  I had a terrible time deciding, but eventually chose Dove Tales.  Her website is .  I didn't see the Dove Tales pattern on her website (of course I could have missed it), but there is contact info if anyone wanted that pattern.

I decided to make a test block and love how it came out.  I am not using layer cakes, as she did, but I was able to cut what I needed from scrap yardage with no issues at all.  Anyway, I am pleased with the result and looking forward to making 19 or maybe 20 (depending on whether I use the test block) more blocks.
This photo of Mt. Hood was shared yesterday.  The credit goes to Oregon Mt. Hood Territory.  "Our" mountain is just stunning in its beauty!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Tough decision!

A while back I saw a couple photos of completed disappearing hourglass quilts, and I was smitten!  There is a tutorial here by the Missouri Star Quilting Company.   

 Then, today a friend showed me the Disappearing Pinwheel and I really fell for that one.

I think they are both beautiful, and since I can't decide yet which one I want to do, I guess I will start making primitive patchworks' "Prairie Baskets."  I bought this pattern last week after I saw a sample made up in our LQS.  I have PLENTY of fabric to make it without purchasing more, and after I use some of my stash the dent in my fabric supply will not even be noticeable!!   primitive patchworks is a local pattern company and I don't find them on the web at all.

Friday, January 2, 2015

More quilts from 2014

I was looking at photos and decided to share a few more quilts that I completed in 2014.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I can't take credit for this photo, but Mt. Hood has received a lot of snow, and is always beautiful, but especially lovely cloaked in a stunning white blanket of snow.  Mt. Hood is about 45 miles from our home, and there are a number of places in town where we have a wonderful view.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

 First, I hope all will have a very Happy, Healthy New Year!

A viewer asked me about a quilt pattern from my blog, so I decided on this last day of 2014 to post again (that is, if I can figure out how to do it after all this time.)  The four photos are some of the quilts from 2014.  The following quilt was in a magazine, and it hangs in the summer in our dining area.

 This quilt I had wanted to make for a long time.  It is "Shakespeare in the Park" by Judy Martin.
This quilt was made for our grandson who is an avid New Orleans Saints fan.  Unfortunately, the Saints sort of crashed and burned this year, but he loved the quilt.

I made two of these snowmen table toppers for our two daughters-in-law.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More photos

While we were gone, we made an impulsive decision (sometimes the best kind) to make a little detour and go to Arches National Park in Utah.  It was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky, and the rock formations were beyond amazing!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

What?! No blue jeans? Too funny!

Some folks may have seen this on Facebook, but It is just too funny, and such a reminder of how different times were.

If looking neatly put together to enjoy my sewing is required, I've got a long ways to go!

More travel pictures soon.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July.  Perhaps today is a good day to show a few photos from the Black Hills in South Dakota.  This was one of many places we visited on our recent road trip.  I'll start with .Mt. Rushmore, with the stunning carvings of four of our presidents.  Adjectives don't adequately describe it, I don't think.  It is awe-inspiring, and a grand tribute to not only the four presidents, but to our country in general, I think.  The second photo is of DH and I.

We saw probably 20 or so of the burros standing in the road.  They would come right up to the car window looking looking for food handouts.  Pretty darn cute!
 We saw a few hundred buffalo.  They are simply massive!  It's hard to believe that people get out of their cars to take photos.  The rangers say that every year someone gets gored or otherwise injured by one of them.  The little calves are cute.  It's hard to imagine that something that small will grow so much.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The wanderer has returned

What a wonderful vacation we had!  Now before I tell how many miles we put on our car, you need to know that we love road trips.  So here it is:  5446 miles!  At some point I will share a few photos from our travels, but first, I had made arrangements with my quilting friend in Kansas, Linda from Linda Quilts to meet her and her husband at a restaurant in Holdrege, NE.  We had a great breakfast, and then we went to Quilter's Delight, which is so accurately named!  There is so much fabric and lovely samples!  The lady who owns the shop was very, very nice.  The two photos below are of Linda and I in front of the shop.  Needless to say, I parted with some cash here.  I was almost out the door when I saw something else I just had to have. It was so nice to see Linda and her husband again.  

I have long been a fan of Pearl Louise patterns, so when we went through Rapid City, SD, I just had to stop at her shop, the Thimble Cottage.  What a wonderful shop this is!  The displays are stunning, and so many beautiful quilts on display to tempt the browser.  Unfortunately, when I arrived, it was nearing closing time, but maybe it's a good thing I didn't have more browsing time.  I came away with a book that has a great snowman quilt pattern that I think I will have to make.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Not sure I'm ready for this

 We're getting ready to hit the road on Friday morning, and I'm not quite psyched up about it yet.  Mind you, I'll get there, but right now I'm thinking about all the grandkids' events that we will miss, and there are tons in June.  HOWEVER, we will be taking a lovely road trip, which we both love to do.  We'll see some beautiful scenery, and visit family in Nebraska and North Dakota.  I'll also get to see my friend  Linda from  Linda Quilts Too.  Then we will get to go together to a quilt shop she really likes.  I will try to post photos after she and I have our little reunion.

I am so glad our peonies decided to make an appearance before we leave.  The buds were so tight that I was just sure we were going to miss them entirely.  I had never seen a peony before we moved to Oregon way back when, and I just love them.  There is a peony garden not far from us where they raise what must be hundreds of different peonies.  The only disadvantages of peonies that I can see is that they are expensive to purchase,  and the blooms don't last long enough!
And then this is the last of our irises.  They are so cheerful and bright.  It makes me think maybe I should make a bright yellow and purple quilt!

And then on a total self-serving note, I'm hoping all of our blueberries don't get in any big hurry to get ripe.  If they would just hold on (doubtful) until toward the end of June, that would be grand.  :-)

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