Friday, December 26, 2008

Another Mystery Quilt DOUBLE DELIGHT

It's winter here. We've got lots of snow and bitter cold. I'm so glad I have a warm house to be in.



Well, Bonnie Hunter has posted info about another mystery quilt she's going to do for New Year's Eve sewing. I cannot believe how excited I am to start this one. It's 7:40 am here and I'm headed to my sewing room to check out my fabric stash for this mystery quilt.
Thanks Bonnie.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mystery Quilt Done

Done! Phew. I've said it before. That was GREAT fun. I almost am salivating at the thought of doing another mystery quilt.

I've pinned it up against a quilt on my living room wall, but here it is:


And there are a few surprises in it, too. This brown brick was left over from a duck stamp quilt I did for the local quilt shop, A Fabric Patch. I didn't fussy cut it, but a duck did show through on the edge.


And, of course, Emily loved it. What more to say?


I'm waiting to see the owner's sample with borders on it, but I doubt I'll do any. It's plenty big. Fifty something by seventy something. It's called Old Tobacco Road.

Monday, September 1, 2008

More Mystery Quilt

This has been so much fun, I just have to share it with you. If you read my last post, I'm doing a Labor Day mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter's website, Quiltville. She's done these step by step mystery quilts before, but I've never been able to join in. Something was always happening. But this weekend, I decided to jump right in.

So, first up I had to make one gazillion four patches. Light/dark colorways and no browns. No problem. Then I had to make two gazillion half square triangles and sew these up as pinwheels. Both of these blocks measure 3.5 inches unfinished. Now, the interesting thing about the pinwheels is you had to have each pinwheel the same color but each blade had to be a different fabric. For example, in the photo below on the right are my pinwheels lined up and ready to sew into bricks. The top pinwheel is green in colorway, but each green is a different fabric. Very cool. Also in the picture is Gadget's cat bed because she likes to lay right there and watch me and doze off as she's allowed AND my Singer 301. It has been humming right along sewing these up.

Here are the "bricks" sewed up. There are only half a gazillion of these. Now the special thing about these is the four patches HAVE to go a certain way, as shown in the picture. Also, I forgot to mention that all the pinwheels have to turn the same direction. Mine do. (*phew*)


Then I had to cut up bunch of brown/black/rust/dark tan 3.5 x 6.5 bricks, as shown below.


Then step four is laying them on the design wall and sewing them together. This is what I'll be doing today, my day off.



As you can see, the end brown bricks will be cut even, so there will be no zig zagged edge. Can you see it taking shape?

I have to tell you that this is SO much fun. Now, interestingly, I never minded cutting up and sewing all those four patches and pinwheels because I simply didn't know what this quilt was going to look like. So, it was no big deal to me to sew them up.

But honestly, if I was to look at this quilt all finished, I might not sew it up because I can hear myself saying "look at all those four patches and pinwheels...yuck".

So, you see how much fun a mystery quilt is? I might never have sewed this one up if I had seen the end product. So cool!

When I get this done, I'll post a final picture. Take care and I hope everyone is having a safe Labor Day holiday. Pray for those being affected by Gustav. They need our prayers.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mystery Quilt Fun

WOW, it's been a month since I posted last. Sorry. I can't help it. I've been busy.
Family reunions, car races, quilt retreats and all the usual Summer fun. Oh yeah, beating the husband on the golf course!

I have been a long time follower of Bonnie Hunter's site, Quiltville. She specializes in scrap quilts and since I have a TON of scraps, I'm doing things her way. I have told countless other quilter friends about her site and now they all know her when I talk about her. I've shared several of her scrap patterns with others and even demonstrated one I was working on at a recent retreat.

In the past, she's done some mystery quilts. Where you piece a quilt, step by step, not knowing what you're going to have until you get to the end. They always looked like fun.

This weekend, she has started Old Tobacco Road mystery quilt and I decided to join in. So far so good. A gazillion four patches AND two gazillion pinwheels. But lots of fun. I'm able to keep up, but I sew like a fiend. Good thing my Singer 301 is keeping up with me. The fun part for me is doing each step one at a time and not looking at the next step until I'm done with the step I'm on. What a challenge to stay AWAY from the computer.

So, that's where I will be this Labor Day weekend. Take care. Footage at 11.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Clunky, Rebirtha and New Babies

Busy, busy, busy. That is now my new middle name! I cannot believe how fast the Summer is flying, too. Sheesh.

Ok, this is just a small part of what I've been doing lately. Our church is having a Backyard Bible School. It's just like a VBS, but held outside in a city park. Our church has two puppets they use with the kids to teach them Bible stories. Clunky and Rebirtha. I did not name them. Do NOT email me. Clunky is described as a boy in kindergarten for the 5th year in a row. He normally gets things wrong. Blessedly, he has Rebirtha to set him straight.

This year's theme is cars. And not the Pixar movie cars, either. Just cars. The pastor wanted me to sew up a couple of "car" shirts for these two. Now, Clunky only has a torso and Rebirtha has a whole body. He is a size 3 in a little boys shirt and she's a 24 mos in RTW. Below is what I came up with. The secretary at church loved them! She squealed when she saw them, too.

Next are my two new favorite machines. The first is Singer's 301. Mocha, short bed for you Singer techies out there. She sounds just like my featherweight, but is much faster. No wonder they call it "the featherweight on steroids"! Here is an "after" picture. After the "spa treatment". Her name is Ethel. Don't ask me. Months ago she told me her name and that was long before I saw her. A friend sold her to me and it took me about 4 months to get to the other side of the state to pick her up. In the meantime, Ethel told me her name. Go figure. I don't normally name my machines.


And for some equally strange reason, below is Steven. I know, he should be "Rocky", but he's Steven. I can't help it.

Got my Singer 500 Rocketeer off Craigslist for $40. He came with the same desk my 401 came with. So, now I have two desks and I'm not using either because I have a sewing room where they won't fit. He is in pristine condition. One minor flaw on the light cover. Other than that, he is beautiful! And both my 301 and 500 are a delight to sew with. Right now, they are center stage in my sewing room with my Bernina and Singer 185 stowed in another room. *gasp*

I've been sewing for the quilt shop and sewing for a gal who works at the quilt shop and trying to sew for myself here and there. But it isn't working out too well.

My family reunion was July 18 and DH's family reunion is this Saturday. I can't wait. His family is so nice and it's the second time we've gotten together. Last year was the first time my DH had met almost ALL of his cousins. Weird family, but hey! They're together now, and that's all that matters. I'll post pics after his reunion. Get both families with one post!

Take care!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Blog Header

As you can see, I made a custom header for this blog. I also changed the color scheme to match the colors of the quilt in the header.

That Singer Featherweight is the machine I inherited from my Mother who inherited it from her Aunt Alda.

The quilt is called "Arctic Crystals" and it's made from green and blue/purple batiks. I made it at a quilt retreat a few years ago.

So, you all out there in blogdom...can you assist me in the following:

1. How to make the photo a bit higher and longer to fit in that header catagory.
2. To change the colors of my PR widget. (I may check into this and figure it out).

But I am loving this new me!
Thanks in advance to any/all help. Take care.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Projects

I thought I'd show you some shop samples I've made for my local quilt shop. I simply love the effect on this first quilt.

The fabric is this way on the bolt. There are four shaded areas divided by a line. You simply cut on the line (lengthwise cuts) and you have 4 different colors. I am going to make one for myself out of blues, greens and browns. Those will go with my living room walls.

This one below is a Halloween wallhanging.

It's not something I would sew for myself. But you'd be surprised at the number of ladies who come to the shop asking for Halloween fabric and then not knowing what to do with them. Well, here is a sample. The pattern is free. It's from clothworks.

Then there is this cute "ant" apron on a panel. It comes complete and it's a twill type fabric, so there was no need to put a backing on it. I simply serged the edges, pressed them over and stitched them down. The handles are all pressed in half and then stitched together and (using a tube turner) turned and sewn on. Oh and I insist on giving credit where credit is due. The curved patch pockets are courtesy of Debbie Cook's tutorial on "perfect curved patch pockets". Thanks Debbie! ;)

Lastly, is a Christmas wallhanging using Laurel Birch's cats fabric. The company is still creating more cat fabric using her designs. Ms. Birch passed away last year.



Anyway, just samples. But it's better than listening to my ranting of late. Remember to double click on the photos to see them up close.

I am in jury trial this week and am looking forward to having Friday off! I hope you all have a very safe 4th of July! Take care.

Friday, June 27, 2008

I Can't Hold Back Any Longer

Warning: If you loved George Carlin, then you won't want to read this blog entry.

Ahhh....deep breath.

I have been dying (pun intended) to respond to all the people who leave comments on the Yahoo groups I belong to and other internet sites I visit about the recent death of George Carlin (hereafter, GC).

I have held back and not left comments, but OH, I wanted to. Then I thought, "Hey, your blog...do it there!" So here I am.

Ok, now, as everyone knows he was an atheist. But the only comments I hear are: "oh, he will be missed" and "he was so talented" and "he was so funny" and "may he rest in peace".

Give. Me. A. Break.

His ranting on religion is full of error. He once said:

"Religion easily has the greatest BS story ever told. Think about it, religion has actually convinced people that there's an INVISIBLE MAN...LIVING IN THE SKY...who watches every thing you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten special things that he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever 'til the end of time...but he loves you."

Boy did he get that WRONG!
1. Jesus is not invisible. He just doesn't reside on Earth any longer in bodily form. But He is here, living in the hearts of believers worldwide. And He is real and alive and one day I'm going to see Him in all His glory.

2. "He watches everything you do", etc. That's right He does. But not to sit in judgement of you. Jesus is on the Mercy Seat right now, not the Judgement Seat. That's why it's possible for people to get saved. If He were on the Judgement Seat, no one would be able to be saved. Right now...concentrate on the Mercy Seat. He's calling you to Himself.

3. "He has a list of 10 special things that he doesn't want you to do." Ok, here GC is referring to the 10 Commandments and he's wrong in thinking those are things we're "not suppose to do" because no one can keep the commandments. No one. Not even if you tried. They are called "the law" and they were given to the Jews. The Jews were to keep them. But they couldn't. That's why Jesus came to Earth. To call the Jews to himself and extend salvation to all mankind.

4. "And if you do any of these things, he has a special place", etc. etc. Yes, GC is referring to what people call Hell. The Bible refers to it as The Lake of Fire.

Here's where the "clincher" is.

Whether you keep the 10 Commandments or not does NOT determine whether you go to The Lake of Fire.

What puts you IN The Lake of Fire is your rejection of Jesus as Savior.

That's it folks. Nothing else. So simple. Yet GC not only makes a mockery of it, but thinks he's funny, too. This guy was gross (not to mention he had the foulest mouth I have ever heard)!

Closing thoughts:

GC died without acknowledging Jesus as Savior. So he can "rest in peace" for now but the next time he opens his eyes, he's going to be a believer. Because he's going to be standing in front of Jesus...and the joke will be on him.

What a shame. So much for a "talented" man, don't you think?
Don't let what is going to happen to GC, happen to you. Please.

Thanks for listening. I feel so much better now.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Frame Job

Earlier, before my last (ranting) post, I told you about my scooter. A Yamaha Zuma.

Michele asked about fabric storage space. It reminded me that I forgot to post what is one of my favorite things about riding this scooter. The storage space below the seat. In England, it's called a "boot". So that's what I call it.

It holds my full face helmet when not in use and it will also hold two gallons of milk if I have to make a quick run to the store. It holds my purse, jacket, nonspillable coffee mug and anything else I need for my morning run to the office. Under that gray felt liner is a socket for the tire, the registration in a ziplog baggie and a bungee cord for tying things on the rack. But I admit I don't do that very often.


Das boot!
And for fun...I got this great license plate frame.


I saw one that said "born to quilt, forced to work" but I do more than just quilt. And "sew" is a shorter word. After all, I don't have THAT much room. ;)

It says it all! Take care everyone.


Friday, May 30, 2008

I've been tagged for a meme

Gwen has tagged me for this meme. I have to admit, I haven't seen this particular meme going around, but I guess it's better than picking up the nearest book meme that I've seen. The nearest book happens to be my DH's Bible. On second thought, not a bad book!

Ok, here goes:

1) What was I doing 10 years ago:

Well, I had the same job I'm at now, which is being a paralegal for my county's prosecutor's office. DH was DBF then. HA! We've only been married 8 years.


2) What are 5 things on my to-do list today (and not in any particular order):


I've got a quilt to piece for the Fabric Patch. It's 40x40, so I will probably get it done tomorrow.
Put the laundry away.
Vacuum the carpets.
Remind myself NOT to make to-do lists!
I can't think of a fifth thing. Sorry.

3) Snacks I enjoy:

Ok, now I can easily name five things! Nachos, carrots, popcorn, nutri-grain bars, pistachios

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Wow! What a prospect. I'd make sure my kids were taken care of (and I don't mean bumped off so that I wouldn't have to share!). I'd make sure my Mom and brother and DH's brother and sister were taken care of. Wait...I'd quit my job. That would be FIRST! (Phew...what was I thinking). Yeah, quit job. Then hand out money to relatives. By the time I got to that point, I'd have relatives coming out of the woodwork!

Then, I'd find a really worthwhile charity, such as Make-A-Wish or Habitat for Humanity and give them alot. I'd pray and ask God where He would want me to give the money.

Eventually, I'd get around to buying a new house. The roof leaks horribly in this one and DH and I are going to "fix" it this year. Our plans are a new metal roof. But what the hay! I'm now a billionaire. New House!

You know, all this being aside, I really hate money. Always have. It divides people. Some have too much and others don't have enough. I hate it.

5) Places I have lived:
Olympia, Tacoma, Republic and Ephrata. That's it, folks. Washington state has always been home.

6) Courtesy Bus driver for my Dad's former VW dealership, maid at a motel, Veterinary Technician, cattle ranch operator (10K+ acres), cook and dishwasher in restaurant, Police/Fire/Ambulance dispatcher and Legal Secretary/Paralegal. That's it. Vast and varied.
Of course, this list does not include motherhood and being a wife.

7) 6 peeps I want to know more about (and not in any particular order):

Charisma
Rhonda
Amanda

Sorry, that's it folks. I'm a woman of few friends (that blog).

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Wheels

Oh yeah. Warm weather is finally here. These are my "warm weather" wheels. A 2002 Yamaha Zuma.

75 MPG. Yup. One fill up on this baby and I can ride ALL month long.

History: DH and I went shopping for one of these in late 2002. Saw a beautiful BLUE one on the showroom floor for $1800. I wanted it. DH wanted me to have one, too. But, come on. As soon as you drive it off the showroom floor, it depreciates in value. Why pay full price? DH constantly watches the nickel ads. Sure enough. March 2003, this baby was for sale. The previous owner had only put 50 miles on it. When DH went to buy it, the first thing he said to the seller was "it's not blue". The guys says "huh?". DH informs him that the wife wanted a blue one. Oh well.

As I was pulling into the driveway after work that night, there was DH sitting on the front porch witha smug expression on his face. The garage door was open (very unusual) and there inside where I park the car was this beauty. What a surprise. At a fraction of the showroom cost, too. Got my motorcycle endorsement (a WA state requirement) and I was all set.

Fast forward to 2008. I've had it for 5 years. I love it. It is SO much fun to ride.

It goes up to 40 MPH, but in this town, the fastest you can legally drive is 35. So, it's perfect.

Happy Memorial Day.

Zoom Zoom! ;)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Singer Machine

This baby is the newest addition to the "herd". She joins my Bernina, Singer 185J, and Singer featherweight. That does not include my serger and coverhem machine, either.

I found her on Craigslist ($50) with the help of a friend, who shall remain anonymous. ;) She came with the cabinet (which looks like a small desk) and almost all the attachments and manual. No buttonholer or walking foot, but those will come later.

She needed a VERY good cleaning. This is a "before" picture. She's on my cutting table where I gave her the spa treatment (to coin a phrase).


This is the "after" picture. I wonder if you can tell the difference, other than the light is on. Oh well. Take my word for it, she was filthy! She had sat a very long time in the garage of the previous owner. She certainly purrs right along. And power? You got it, baby.

When my husband picked her up for me, he spoke with the male of the house. He said his wife really used this machine and sewed all the kids' clothes on it and his shirts. I got the impression that he bought it for her new. The couple are in their mid-70's now. The Singer website is of no use as all "NA" serial numbered machines are listed as being made in 1951. But I doubt this is the case with this one. I've seen people advertise 1956 and 1958 models.


And this...is what came out of her bobbin area! Can you spell Y - U - C - K??

I thought of putting it on my spinning wheel and getting a skein of yarn out of it, but hey...I don't own a spinning wheel. So into the garbage it went. Good riddance. I will be taking very good care of this machine and it will, no doubt, outlast me.

Well, sorry this is so short, but I wanna go play with her now. Take care!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Nothing But Sewing

First a big thank you for those who left compliments and well wishes. I appeciate them AND you!

I have obviously not blogged in a while, because I've been busy with the following:

This first shirt is for DH for our family reunion. The theme this year is a Luau. If you knew my husband like I do, you would know he would never be caught dead in an Hawaiian flower-dy shirt. But last year I found this great cotton/rayon at fabric.com and bought it for him. I washed it and folded it and then showed it to him saying "you only have to wear it for one day". He actually said "ok". So here it is.
This is the same shirt pattern I have always used for men's shirts. Simplicity 7330 OOP. I just scarfed one up on eBay this week for a paltry $3.45 including shipping. My pattern is about worn out even though I've traced it and put most of it on posterboard. Also, because this "surfer" shirt (that's what it actually is, right?) is only going to be worn one day by DH, I am giving it to my girlfriend who wants it. And the pattern is for her too, actually, after I make another tracing!

This is the first time I've done this convertible collar style. I've always only ever done the collar band/stand type. And I hate them. I have Kenneth King's book, video and Margaret Islander's video, and I have YET to sew up a collar like they do. I just have to buckle down and cut fake necklines and collars and stands and P-R-A-C-T-I-C-E. Yeah right.

This shirt below is actually the first shirt sewn. I didn't want to ruin the rayon print if I struggled with this collar type. But it was a cinch and I actually PREFER it to the collar stand shirts. Too bad the men in my life don't like it. DH thought it was a blouse. But that is partly because it's on my dressform. I wish I could make my son's long sleeved partly western style shirts with this collar. Maybe in the next "batch" I make for him, I'll slip one in and see if he notices!


Oh, the best part is I was able to talk DH into snaps instead of buttons. I showed him these from snapsource that look like buttons but are snaps. I think if you double click on the picture, you can see it. They are great and now I need to reorder them. I hadn't put any on the surfer shirt when I snapped the pic, but they're on it now. The ones on the striped shirt are antique brass and the ones on the surfer shirt are antique silver. Both look great and are a snap to put on (pun intended).

Below is the famous Amy Butler Weekender Bag that the people on pattern review have said was very difficult. I read each review and then the only change I made was to cut my bias strips for the piping wider than what the pattern calls for. They say cut them 1 1/2 inches wide, but I went 2 1/4 inches wide and then trimmed it after sewing. Much easier to handle that way and I was amazed at how NOT difficult this bag was to make. I'm ready to jump in and make one for myself. This one is at my local quilt shop on display.


And lastly...a pillow. In fact, it's actually a neck pillow and was so simple to make. Three pieces of fabric (8x14). Sew them together but leave an opening for stuffing. Loops on ends are optional. This also was done for my local quilt shop using a pattern they gave me, but honestly, you could do it all on your own just by looking at the sample I sewed. I hand stitched the opening closed and did it on the prequilted/chenille side where the hand stitches disappear into the chenille.


My work week went much better this week. We were starting a HUGE jury trial yesterday. I had 43 witnesses to try and figure out how to schedule so that not too many of them sat all day upstairs waiting to be called. Fortunately, the case settled at the last minute and I got to call all my witnesses off. Phew!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. It looks like it's finally Spring around here and DH and I are planning a round of golf Saturday. Take care and God Bless.

Happy Mother's Day! Call or hug your mother Sunday. Tell her that you love her and mean it!

Friday, April 25, 2008

April Flowers

It's been a rather rough week at the office. I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love my job. I love every aspect of my job and I enjoy working for the county. I am assigned to work with a great prosecutor and I love organizing and managing the adult felony files that we have. What I detest about my job is trying to get along with the other two year olds ladies in my office.

Today, I needed a break. So where did I head? My local quilt shop. Their slogan is "Where Nice Matters". Isn't that nice? AND...one of the ladies is married to a man who works in my office. So she knows more than most about what goes on where I work. That helps, too.

So after the usual "how are you?", I got tearful because of my office. They all hugged me. Made me feel much better. Then back to my office where a short while later, I was greeted with the following:




Aren't they beautiful? I honestly never expected them to go to such a great length to make me feel better. I was totally surprised. The flowers came with a box of hand made chocolates. Four pieces, but they are the size of a golf ball. I had one this afternoon after lunch and it was a truffle. I hope the other three are, too. I'll pace myself and have only one a day until they're gone! (oink oink)

The card accompanying the flowers says "I've said my very best prayers...and I've said them all for you." Then they wrote "We love you so much! Please have a great day!" and then they signed it. *sigh* God is so good to give me such great friends.

A week or so ago, I sewed up the below wallhanging for them, at their request. They cut 12 kits and sold them all within a week. They are going to cut some more because it was so popular and it's very easy to do. AND...it looks so Spring-y considering the long winter we've had.

And I recently finished this one below. This quilt has a name...something like Basket of Flowers, but we call it "applifake". The only applique on the quilt are the four corner blocks. The rest just LOOKS appliqued. Very easy.



So, I've been busy sewing up a storm. I am totally LOVING my Singer 185J that I got on eBay a few months ago. I can not believe how fast and smooth it sews. It produces THE most perfect stitch I have ever seen and it's sews like butter. Honest. I've been doing all my piecing on it. Saves my Bernina, right?

Hope you all have a great weekend.


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Busy as a Beaver

I have been super busy sewing up a storm here. Below are two pictures of fabric bags that the Fabric Patch wanted me to sew up for them. The first bag is kind of droopy because there is no interfacing in the top portion above the pockets. I followed the pattern instructions, which were awful, to say the least. They were so bad, I emailed the company and pointed out all the mistakes/typos in their pattern. I never heard from them. They are either too busy to answer or not happy with my email. Ah well.

These two bags are made from jelly rolls of Moda fabrics. It takes 19 strips and 5 fat quarters to make this bag. There are 40 strips in a jelly roll. So, for payment for making the bags, I got to keep all the extra strips. I was given two jelly roll packages...so I have enough left over for a quilt. YAH!



You might be able to tell that this bag below HAS the interfacing in it. Also, the owner of this bad did not want ANY brown fabric in her bag. So...it's more pink, blue, yellow and green. These bags ARE easy to sew up...it's just the instructions are horribly written.


As I dropped off bag #2 at the quilt shop, they gave me several projects. As you can see below...I have a busy day ahead of me.

Clockwise from top left is a rather *unique* quilt. It's a border panel quilt and the back is brown minkee. I just have to sew the binding on it. Next is another quilt I did not sew. The Americana quilt. Again, just slap on the binding. Next is the Crazy Starz quilt I sewed up recently. Just putting on the binding. Then, one of last years Shop Hop quilts. You guessed it...binding. Then the colorful strips you see are another 32x40 wallhanging. This one needs to be pieced. I am hoping I can quilt this on my home machine, but we'll see. I don't like doing large type quilts at home. I have too many Gammills in the area to be wearing out my home machine for it. Lastly, bottom left corner is some home dec fabric from the quilt shop and two Amy Butler bag patterns. The owner wants me to sew these up so she can take them to Market in May.

So, that's my Saturday stuff to sew. I had better get at it, huh?

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

It's Amanda's Fault...

When Made by Amanda posted what she bought on Etsy way back in November, I just HAD to have one, too.

Hers looks like this.

Mine arrived yesterday.

This pendant is made from an old typewriter key!

A very old typewriter key.

Some of you may have to Google "typewriter" to discover what I'm talking about.

I even left Amanda a comment saying how "cool" it was and I've been wanting one ever since.

Pathetic. I know. Thanks Amanda!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Quilt Retreat March 2008

This is the fourth quilt retreat I've been on. All of them held at the same B&B (Rimrock Inn B&B) just outside Wenatchee, Washington. Beautiful. Below is my friend, Sheila, who went with me. She's the one responsible for starting me into the wonderful world of quilting. (DH...it's all HER fault!) This was a last minute type of retreat for us, too. I signed up the previous Saturday and I got Sheila to sign up the DAY BEFORE! I am so glad she went, though.



As you can see, we're all set up and sewing. Below is my machine as I faced Sheila. We shared two tables and had a TON of fun. We arrived Thursday afternoon and I sewed until 2:30 am Friday. Then I went to bed and got up at 8am Friday. I stayed up sewing until 5am on Saturday morning. Yep. I went to bed at 5am and got back up again at 9am. Phew...




Below is the UFO I took to finish. It's the BIG paper pieced pattern called Stars and Stripes Forever from RJR. This is the one I've been sewing on since January. It is HUGE! I've added a border and all it needs is to be gammilled. I will review it on PR when I get it all done and can get a better picture of it. It's 84x84 right now. I've since added a dark green border to it. Now it's closer to 90x90. Did I mention it's H U G E?





Below is a view out the sliding glass doors from where I sat sewing. It is always so pretty up there. For those familiar with the area, we are right below Mission Ridge Ski Resort.

We got back home Saturday evening in time to recover and make it to church. Now this was two weeks ago. Palm Sunday church.


I took a lot of photos but I realized I can't show many of them to you because we're all in our jammies! I would hate to get a nasty email from someone who went and then saw her picture on the net for all to see!


Well it's been a busy week. A very close friend of mine suffered a severe stroke on Easter Sunday and is currently in the hospital. But, the Lord Jesus is healing him. At first, he couldn't move his left side at all and now he has muscle resistance there and has wiggled his left toes and moved his left hand. He is feeding himself and can talk pretty darn clearly. Praise the Lord and if any of you out there are so inclined, please pray for Mike. He needs your prayers.



Hope everyone has a great week.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Car Show

DH and I went to our local community college this morning and saw an extremely small car show. There were maybe 30 cars there and that included the new junk the local car dealers brought to entice people to buy.

But there were some real classics there, too. Below is a beautiful two-tone mustard colored Hudson Hornet. Remember Paul Newman's character in "Cars"? The blue Hudson Hornet? Well this is the same car. We not the same car, but one like it. You get the picture.

I thought it was gorgeous.


Then, get this. On an INSIDE car show, this car's convertible top was UP! What is up with that? (No pun intended.) It would look much better with the top down. Don't you think? It was a gorgeous salmon color...almost coral. Double click on any picture to enlarge it.


Next was my personal favorite, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. The essense of muscle car!


Then outside was this cute Chevy Belair. Small and pretty.


On the sewing front, I slapped three borders on a quilt and ran it down to the quilt shop. All tolled, I'll have five quilts on display at "market" in May in Portland OR. I won't get to go, but my local gals will be taking pictures for me.

Hope you all have a Happy Easter and go to church tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It's a GUY thing...

Last night right after dinner, I had to leave for Bible study. I asked DH if he would put dinner away. He said sure.

Ahem... THAT was not exactly what I meant.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Etsy

I've become very familiar with the blogs I link to here. I check/read them each day. And I've noticed that Made by Amanda does Etsy alot. I looked into it one time, but didn't think that much about it one way or the other.

Then Saturday last, I decided to look at it again. Since I have a sheep/lamb collection, this is what I found! Brooches. Pins, really. Same maker. Bought all three. Cute, huh?


And I don't wear necklaces alot (hardly ever) because I just don't like that feeling of having some chain around my neck. I tend to wear brooches on my blazer lapels for the office. I have these great faux pearl earrings that I get alot of compliments on and I like wearing them because they're pretty. For a while now, I've been looking for a pearl brooch to wear on my jacket with my earrings (again, since I don't wear necklaces).

Below...it just arrived today. Cheap. Elegant looking. Can't wait to wear it and my earrings next Monday. But don't be mistaken. I'm not looking forward to Monday. I still cannot wait until tomorrow afternoon when I head for my "Quilt til I Wilt" weekend!!


Oh, and more are coming. There is a gorgeous faux garnet/ruby brooch coming AND one hand-painted pansy brooch, too. Stay tuned.

So, a shout out and THANK YOU to Amanda. Oh, and DH thanks you, too...I think!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What "Donna" means...HAHAHA



What Donna Means
What Donna Means




You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.

You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.

People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.



You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.

You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.

At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.



You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.







You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

Well, you that know me....is this right? Sheesh...I sound like an Amazon Woman!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Off to Retreat

Well, since I can't upload any pictures this morning (I tried 3 times without success because of a Google error message), I'll just type.

Normally, I'm not a "last minute" kind of gal, but yesterday was different. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend the upcoming quilt retreat being held in Wenatchee and sponsored by the Fabric Patch. At the time, I didn't think I wanted to go. And to be honest, I forgot about it until yesterday. Then suddenly, I *wanted* to go! So, I hussled down to the quilt shop to see if there were still some openings and there were. So...off I go.

This is the routine:
Leave Thursday early afternoon. Arrive (45 minute drive) around 3pm. Unload machine and all the stuff you need. Change into sweats or pajamas. Begin sewing. Don't stop until it's time to leave Saturday 6pm. Honestly.

This will be my fourth quilt retreat. Charisma always comes with me, but she has finals this week for some college courses, so she won't know until Tuesday if she can go. Even if she can't go, I'll be fine. It will just cost me a bit more because I won't be sharing expenses.

Normally, Cindi picks a book (you get a 20% discount off the book and ALL notions you may need for the retreat) and a couple of patterns from the book to sew up that weekend. This time, she's picked a book entitled "Sweet Treats" and says WE can pick the projects. All the quilts in the book are sewn using half square triangles and four patches. Easy! Only thing...I'm not sure I want to sew anything out of the book. That's the great thing about these retreats. You can bring your UFO's and sew them up there, too. You honestly don't even HAVE to sew anything, if you don't want to. Just being there is great fun. Oh, the book also has recipes for sweet treats (doh) and we'll be getting a sampling of them, too! :)

There are other fun things to do at retreat. We have a "beautiful" and "ugly" fat quarter contest. I've won the most beautiful before. Charisma has one both before, but when you win, you get everyone's fat quarter that they brought. Yuck...winning the ugly fat quarter contest is NOT really winning. You get about a dozen other ugly fat quarters!!!!

Cindi also does a block swap, too. We'll each sew up two blocks of whatever we're told to do and then they go into two separate piles so that they will make up two quilts. Cindi generously gives the border fabric. There will be a drawing for each of the two quilts. Usually, Cindi donates "gammill" quilting time to each winner IF they can sew up all the blocks to make the quilt top. I won one year and got my blocks sewed together before the end of the retreat. It was great. I still have that quilt with a label that each gal signed. I even signed it because I didn't know if I'd win or not.

Cindi also hides little notions, etc. for us to find throughout the B&B for the chance at prizes. It's always a TON of fun. It's also great to bond with all these women. I've made many friends there.

The retreat is held at a B&B in Wenatchee. Our hostess cooks all our meals and she is wonderful! We get the whole B&B for the weekend to ourselves. Which is a good thing, if I'm sewing at 3am. Historically, Charisma and I are the last to go to bed and the first ones up in the morning. I remember our first retreat. We sewed until 3:30 am and then were up again at 7:30 am. I got about 5 hours sleep the entire weekend.

One of the great things about these retreats is that most of us are Christian ladies and the retreat ends Saturday at 6pm. This gives us time to get home, get unpacked and relax before heading off to church on Sunday. I love that I don't miss church when going to a retreat.

I will be taking my RJR paper piecing quilt and finishing it there. The other UFO will be a charity quilt that a girlfriend and I started last year. It's all 2 inch squares and half square triangles. I'll post pictures when I return. Hopefully Google won't give me any error messages.

So, tomorrow when I get into the office, I'll need to put in for half day Thursday and all of Friday off. That's pretty much the last detail. I am getting really excited for this. I love being up there and sewing all night long. Long after most everyone else has gone to bed. Hopefully, Charisma will be able to go, too.

Hope you all have a great week. I'm stoked for Thursday!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Promotion

Well, I have no sewing photos for you tonight. It's been a long week at the office. The best thing that happened to me this week is that I got promoted. I am now officially a Paralegal. I consider it an honor. Before I was technically called "Legal Secretary IV/Paralegal" and the county only considered me a legal secretary. The term "paralegal" was not really used. Now it is! I am no longer a legal secretary. A very nice raise came along with the title. It's a real blessing from God.

The worst thing that happened to me this week was not really that bad. Some might consider it so, but I took it in stride. You see, my prosecutor and myself are in jury trial this week. I was actually called as a rebuttal witness this afternoon. I only had to answer two questions. Short and sweet. But it's the first time I've taken the stand in a jury trial. AND...as a preliminary question about myself, I was asked what my title is...! Guess what I said??? Yup...Paralegal! Tee Hee!!!! :)

And now back to paper piecing for RJR. I've still got to get this quilt done for market in May.
Hope you all have a great weekend.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Crazy Starz

Well, I blogged about one of these quilts in my February 2nd entry, but I've since done another quilt from this pattern, so I thought I'd share both with you AND the pattern.

It's called Crazy Starz by Cindi Rang. If you're a regular reader, you know she owns my local quilt shop and graciously lets me sew up the shop samples. You can't imagine the deal I have with her. She phones me up and says..."Donna, can you come by? I have a project for you". I rush down there (break or lunchtime or after work, whichever is closest) and she hands me a lovely bundle of fabric and a pattern or book and tells me what she wants. I absolutely LOVE it. And it's funny, because SHE thinks she's getting the better deal. Yeah right! I get to sew with beautiful fabric and patterns. There is always a challenge to the projects she gives me. The "deal" is, I get to keep the pattern (even if it's a book!) and any extra fabric. I get the experience of sewing something I wouldn't normally sew for myself AND I don't keep the finished project. Most times I don't want it, just the experience of sewing it up. And she gets a shop sample basically for free (minus the pattern/book). It's a great arrangement.


Here is the first quilt I sewed with the pattern. These batiks are all Diamond Textiles batiks and they are drop dead gorgeous. This one was a crib sized quilt with lighter starz and dark background AND noodles. See the loops around the border? They are noodles! Now, you have to be careful putting these on a crib quilt obviously. But they look great on this small one here.




And I started this one below yesterday and finished it today. It's a larger quilt, throw size. And, it's dark starz on light background. Don't know what they're going to have me do for borders yet, if any, but it's complete as she gave it to me.

The pattern has two different sized starz in it. The small ones are 7 " and the large ones are 14".

And lest I forget to include a cat picture, here is Gadget loving my Bernina! Sometimes it's difficult to get any sewing done when she's in this mood.


I'm still sewing up quilts for RJR and they are keeping me plenty busy, but I played hookie this weekend and sewed up Crazy Starz for Cindi. It was a nice break.

Hope you all have a great week! God bless.