Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Baskets DONE

I spent a lot of time working on this basket quilt.  I had the input of my old friend Bonnie, inspiring me to use old filler pieces... quarter square triangles, four-patches, old basket blocks etc etc.

Making quilts like this is challenging, although I find it so rewarding once it's done.  It's a challenge to put something together without a specific pattern, but I love  doing it.  I need to do this more, especially with all my orphan blocks, which are quite voluminous!

One thing about this quilt that I'm proud of is that the blocks are SO varied.  At the same time, I wish they were all the same so it would have been easier to put together!  Oh well.

Vegas?  Great fun.  This is our gang! Let me let you know that my flashing red sunglasses were from an Elton John concert 4 yrs ago.  My friend and I had to replace the batteries, which was pretty challenging.  The concert was fabulous.  He's a great performer and musician.

There were many quilt patterns along the way in Las Vegas, which I couldn't resist.

When we were in Las Vegas, we went to the Mob Museum for a very interesting experience.  Las Vegas was the home of many gangs and they established a fabulous collection of memorabilia and photographs.  Of course, this section was my favorite, about a very prominent defense attorney!

Loved this picture about prohibition!

We also walked around to some of the other hotels (which are quite a scene) and found these in one lobby!

And this in celebration of the Chinese New Year.  I couldn't resist this!!

This tell you something about my sense of humor~!!

I flew up to Bend to check on my mom, who is slowly doing ok at the assisted living.  However, yesterday she started to cry when she was lamenting about her lost identity from her past life.

On the other hand, her cognitive abilities really are declining.  I have to explain things to her over and over and she still doesn't remember or grasp what I'm saying.  She has had trouble with her cell phone so today I tried to get her a landline.  I'm not sure she'll be able to figure out how to use the phone.  So terribly sad... she manifests to me the expression, "the lights are on, but no one is home".  Tomorrow I'll meet with the staff to get an updated assessment.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Great visit with my old friend

I don't know where to start.  It's been a very eventful week!

My old friend Bonnie Hunter was teaching at Asilomar this week and she was able to fly in a couple of days early and spend some time together at my house.  We had a blast.  The weather wasn't great but we managed nevertheless to enjoy the time.

On Thursday, when it was really pouring, we decided to pamper ourselves (did I need much convincing?? NO NO NO) and we went to my favorite local place for massages and then an outdoor hot tub!!  WOOHOO!!

Many of you know that I have extremely curly hair and I've recently been having it blown straight about once a week.  Well, I wasn't about to let that rain curl my hair so... picture this... we are out in the hot tub, pouring rain, and there I am with a SHOWER CAP on!! Anything to preserve the hair, right??!!  Good thing there were no cameras!!  It was a sight to see.

We had lunch when Bonnie first arrived in the charming little beachside town of Capitola.  There are these adorable houses with the most beautiful colors...

Bonnie was hard at work with her blog posts and her hexies while I was busy working on my basket creation!  It's almost done..
I'm happy to report that I dug into my orphan block piles and found several blocks that are at least 15-20 yrs old and incorporated them into this project!  I am shaking my head wondering WHY I couldn't have just made 16 blocks that matched each other in pattern and size... UGH.  I guess that's just not my personality... if only...

Sadly I wasn't able to take Bonnie down to Asilomar myself as we had tickets to see Elton John in Las Vegas and my other dear old friend Claire offered to take Bonnie there.

I'll post pictures from Vegas... there were quilting patterns everywhere!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

January's mini monthly done etc.

Wendy Reed has inspired me to try to get rid of some of my ufos, by doing a mini each month.  My minis will not be anything like the quality of certain GREAT mini-makers (ahem... Janet O!!)... but they will be done.

I went first to my collection of orphan blocks.  I made this little piece a few years ago, just as an experiment.  I put batting, backing and quilted it over the weekend.  I also used Janet O's process of binding it--I used single 1-1/2" binding and I sewed the corners at 45* as she showed in her demo.  I have no idea what I will do with it, nor did its completion reduce the pile of UFO/orphan blocks!  But one down is more than I had done before!  Now onto February's submission!

I think I mentioned that I've been participating in Céçile's little sew along -- this year it's basket blocks (last year was log cabin blocks).  I love that you can make them however you'd like.  What's amazing is how creative some people's have turned out.  Mine are pretty basic but I did play around with different sizes and patterns.  We need to have made 16 by March 15th and have them assembled.  I haven't yet decided how I'm going to put them together. that'll be the challenge since they are all different sizes.  I used many different resources, so that was fun.

All my churn dash swap blocks went into the mail as well so I do feel as though I've accomplished something but honestly---looking around at my mess of a sewing room isn't making me feel very accomplished.  It's almost an obstacle course getting to the sewing machine, with boxes of projects strewn on the floor.... Maybe that should be my next project! CLEANING... vbg

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Books for sale

I was looking through my books for a simple quilt pattern book for my grandson who has taken to sewing and I came across a group of books I know I'm never going to use.  So, following my friend Lori's lead, I'm going to sell them here.
I will mail them using media mail...those prices range from $2.63 - $4.10 max. If you buy more than one, I'll combine postage.

All these books are just about brand new, although some are old.

I have a PayPal account and can mail them out this week only.  We are going to Las Vegas to see Elton John on Friday for the weekend and then Hawaii with my son and his family.

So you have 5 days to claim them:

1.  Farmhouse Quilter's Companion by Cabbage Rose (1998)

$3.50 plus postage

2.  Wildflowers, Patchwork from the Meadow (Little Quilts, 1996)

$3.00 plus postage

3. Fields of Flowers, Kansas Troubles Quilters (1998)

$5.00 plus postage

4.  Fabulous Feedsack Quilts (1999)

$5.00 plus postage

5.  Favorite timeless Patterns for Today's quilter (1999)

$3.00 plus postage

6.  Farmhouse Quilts, Into The Woods by Liberty Homestead (2000)

$5.00 plus postage. SOLD

7.  Pennies from Heaven (Gretchen Gibbons  2010)

$15.00 plus postage SOLD

8.  Quilt in a Day Delectable Mountains Quilt (Eleanor Burns  2001)

$3.00 plus postage

9.  Borders, Bindings & Edges (Sally Collins 2004)

$3.50 plus postage

10.  Four Seasons in Flannel (Jean Wells/Lawry Thorn, 2002)

$3.00 plus postage

11.  No Sweat Flannel Quilts (Beth Garretson 2004)

$5.00 plus postage

12.  Czecherboard Quilts (Rose Ann Cook, 2012)

$3.50 plus postage

13.  Thimbleberries In Celebration of Quilting (2008 hardcover)

$3.00 plus postage

14.  Quilts, 1700-2010 Hidden Histories, Untold Stories (V&A Museum 2010)

$10.00 plus postage

Baskets are done and I'll post pictures tomorrow!  Just need to decide how to set them, since they are all different sizes!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Churn Dash blocks DONE

In a moment of weakness, I signed up to participate in Barb Vedder's swap involving what seemed like a small number of churn dash blocks.  I also decided to branch out and do modern ones rather than my usual reproduction fabrics.  It turned out I needed to make 54!  They were fun, and I did enjoy using these bright modern fabrics.  They were not quick, though. VBG

I did have a couple of times when I had to undo my sewing!  I did this while watching some olympic skating so I think I was distracted!

When I signed up, I had planned to use my stash of modern Kaffe Fassett fabrics;  when I saw the rules, I found that the brights needed to be solids, of which I did not have a single one! UGH.  Oh well. time to shop.  I found some gorgeous solid fabrics which I am hoping to find a use for soon!  Definitely do not want to add to my stash.

I had hoped to go with my friend Claire to Quilt-Con down in Palm Springs this week but it just wouldn't work with getting my mom settled.  Hopefully Claire will have a great time.

I did have a chance to meet up with Lori, before she jetted off on her mission to Columbia.  We had a fun lunch together last week.

We did have a bit of snow while we were in Sunriver this past week and it was just beautiful.  Of course I don't live in this weather full time and I didn't go out and shovel or use the snow blower so it's easy for me to say how beautiful it is!

My mom seems to be doing ok, although I haven't even left yet and I have to take her to the doctor tomorrow morning.  We are driving back to California tomorrow, as we have the darlings this weekend!

And I need to get back to my baskets!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day

I wish everyone a lovely, fun loving Valentine's Day, regardless of how you spend it.  I think even just wearing a red sweater makes the day sweeter!

I have a quilt to share with you.  This was made from a swap I think I hosted many years ago.  It's perfect for today!

I don't think you can tell that the border is red hearts that are shiny!  And my binding is wavy white lines on black.  Probably should've cut the fabric the other way, but oh well.

Here is the back, which was a way for me to try to use extra blocks and extra fabrics!

Getting my mom settled in her new Assisted Living has really relieved me of a lot of stress I didn't realize I was living with.  I have finally been able to do some sewing without it feeling like work!

I am trying to finish up the swap being organized by Barb Vedder... I need to make 54 churn dash blocks that are BRIGHT and MODERN!  I decided to try something different.  My plan is to set the block using my Kaffe Fassett fabrics I've been collecting.

Here are the beauties I picked up at Rosie's last weekend:

I had to buy solids as well some lights that seem more modern.  It's kind of fun sewing with completely different colors and themes.  I'm enjoying it, honestly.

When I joined the swap, I had thought I could use up my Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I later learned the fabrics needed to be solids!  YIKES.  I didn't have a single one that was all solid (not even mottled would work)... so shopping was required!  Just what I needed... more fabrics!

My mom seems to be adapting very well to her new home.  She's been walking all over the place, excited to be free from the confines of the board & care place she has been in for the past 2 months.  She's getting fed regularly and someone will clean her apartment every week.  I think she will have a much better life than she had previously, even without the driving.  She just couldn't handle the independence any more... new life stage which she is embracing.  Gotta give her lots of credit for her positive attitude!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Baskets to go

I did a little sewing tonight getting ready to fly tomorrow with my mom up to Bend.  I spent the day getting organized and finally sat down to the machine.  I whipped up 3 new baskets for the Bea et Cecile challenge.

Hope to have good news about my mom tomorrow!