Friday, April 18, 2014

Nature Sounds

Hello everybody - I write this post from a little bit of paradise.. ok, hazy paradise, but still paradise..

I am in Morro Bay, CA, for a conference at Cal Poly.  We are in a lovely little in called The Inn at Morro Bay, and this is from our deck... lovely, lovely.

That giant rock?  Well, that's an extinct volcano...  from millions and millions of years ago... 

The Inn is next to a protected wildlife area that has become a rookery - thousands of cormorants and egrets are nesting there now... the eggs are just starting to hatch...they make the most amazing racket - cooing, purring, honking, squawking - a cacophony of sound...there are nests everywhere..

So after I had drunk in all the nature sounds I could stand on our balcony, I came in, and what did I see on the nightstand beside the bed?  A sound machine that makes - you got it - 'nature sounds'... ha!!

With a little view of sunset, I bid you goodnight, I am off to sleep, perchance to dream.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

It's A Linen Quilting Sunday

Oh I do love Sundays...  and Saturdays... 

One day, when I retire, will life be a long string of Saturdays and Sundays????  oh my, that sounds lovely.  

Today I am quilting on this lovely..................remember this piece?  It's a Madeira linen tablecloth... and it's just beautiful..

I put in double batting - a very thin cotton, and then a layer of wool, so the quilting is really well-defined.
 It will take a while to stitch around all the cutwork and the embroidery... but it is so beautiful I don't mind at all...
While I am stitching, I am trying to decide on a name... this piece doesn't yet have a name... 

I have also put together a couple of charity quilts - I found these blocks while cleaning out a drawer, and they quickly became this cheerful top.

 and this modern-looking crumb block piece that now needs some binding on it!

Well - have you finished your taxes?  I have not , and they are strewn across the dining room table - so I better go make some progress on that little task !

Be back to sewing later...

Happy Sewin Sunday


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I'm Out of My Funk!

Well, when last I posted, I was just overwhelmed - everywhere I looked, there was just 'too much'...

too much paperwork for taxes, and where oh where is DH's form from Social Security???? not to be found, waiting for a replacement now......

too many quilts...........??????

too many scraps.............???????

funny how your perspective can change.

I covered up the tax paperwork with a big towel.  It it's still there on April 15, I will hit the button on Turbo Tax that says "file extension" and worry about it later...

I took all the charity quilts outside and photographed them on the fence:::

 here are some closeups:  

I made a few of these - others I just quilted, over the past 8 months... aren't they fabulous???  They will go to the Wrap-A-Smile program , that sends Rotary-sponsored doctors to third world countries to perform facial disfigurement surgery.... and we send quilts to wrap children in afterwards...  a big old lovey hug.
Well, that made me feel a WHOLE LOT better...
And then the mail came:
My quilt "Elizabeth's Legacy" got juried into the Denver National Show... yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I have to get it all packed up - at least it already has a sleeve and a label. 
And, as for the scraps - well, they just are what they are....  an invitation to sew - not a mandate,  not a burden, not something to be guilty about.........
OK, I am finding my way back to some even keel - I think I will go sew!
Take care,

Sunday, April 6, 2014

quilt - tax - quilt - tax - quilt - tax

Oh me

Oh My

Oh Me Oh My Oh Me

UFO quilts

UFO taxes

and I need a nap.

Be back later........................


Monday, March 31, 2014

Staycation Highlights.... Last Day

Happy Monday to you all, and happy Cesar Chavez day !

Well, five wonderful days of quilting staycation - today is my last day... Let's see what's hanging around my house:

Here is my design wall, and those are the blocks from Sue Garman's "Sarah's Revival", so far... I think I am almost halfway... lots left to do!  But oh are they fun...

My linen pillowcase quilt is moving forward, but it is next to impossible to photograph...

 closeups are better - here's the pheasant center - still have some stitching to do in this part...
 More to do around these leaves and the applique and embroidery
 and I have a lovely piece of lace that will trim the sides and top.

And now, I shall snuggle up on the couch with some handwork and watch TV and relax, and think good thoughts about returning to the sweatshop  office tomorrow morning.

A good week to you all.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Staycation Quilting Retreat Day Four

Day Four !!!! 

Today I write a bit earlier in the day - just cause I am having so much fun!

I found this wonderful Madeira linen on eBay - at a reasonable price...  sometimes you get lucky...  and I decided it will be one of my "big projects" for the next year or so... 

So - get ready to see this piece OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!

The first step is always a good wash in an Oxyclean product to freshen up a vintage piece - there are still some very faint discolorations - but that just makes it more vintage, doesn't it?  I can imagine this being used for a holiday dinner... 

I just love this cutwork - very ornate, and just gorgeous!!

These are just guidelines - to help me put stencil shapes on the piece that are hopefully straight and properly lined up...

This is one of the stencils I will be using... 

and this one in the center... 

So now I can do some marking...  not sure if I will finish this weekend, but at least I have a start.

Other fun?  Could I be having other fun, too?  Heck, yes..

Finished a little charity quilt from some old orphan blocks - Mystic is sure there is a mouse under any quilt I put on the floor...
 and I found another GIANT pile of string blocks - hidden under the extension arm of my sewing machine table -  I knew I shouldn't have cleaned under there!

So - too much fun, and it's only noon here - time for lunch and then more sewing!!!

Happy Sunday everyone.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Retreat Staycation Day Three

Day Three - and I promised I would post at least once each day...

so here goes: 

No photos today... it was what I call a "PREP AND PROGRESS"  day..........................................

the PREP:
1.  Made bindings for three quilts.
2.  Washed three charity quilts before putting them in the magic bag which cat hair can not penetrate.
3.  Sandwiched two charity quilts.
4.  Ordered thread. 
5.  Tidied up the batting storage  area.. 

1.  quilted on the hexagon quilt;
2.  got a lot done on the linen pillowcase quilt - it is wet now cause it was time to wash out all the blue marker;
3.  prepped some applique blocks for my Sue Garman quilt;
4.  Quilted on a charity quilt...

WOW, that's a lot, isn't it????  I started this post wondering what I would possibly find to say...

I'll say I had a lot of fun, and I got a lot done. 



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