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. ('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


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). 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 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. 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


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. 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.