Monday, January 16, 2017

Design Wall Monday–January 16, 2016

Not exactly a design wall but it does show what I’m working on.  I’m in the process of quilting this very old UFO.  Once again, this will be the year of the UFO for me and this one is numbero uno.  This is my own design that I made 2 or 3 years ago at a guild quilt retreat.  It’s a 4 patch kaleidoscope set in a shadow box.  On the back I made a giant shadow box.  I love it and am anxious to get it finished. 

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My granddaughter Emily also completed a project this week.  She made a couple of gifts for friends.  They are fabric covered roll-up makeup cases. As usual she did a fabulous job and I’m sure her friends will love that she made them.

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Later this week is the start of Road to California.  I’ll be heading out on Wednesday for preview night and then attend the show when it opens on Thursday.  It’s a fun time, particularly since I get to hang out with some of my “bestest friends. 

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s blog.

Enjoy,

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Design Wall Monday January 9, 2017–A Year Long Project

 

Road to California is one of the largest quilt shows on the West Coast.  In fact I think I read that it is second in size only behind Houston Quilt Festival.  I am fortunate to live in Southern California and have been attending “Road” every year for many years now.  Believe me, it can be overwhelming but the last few years I’ve gone with a plan to collect or look for something in particular.  Last year I collected primarily grays to make a wedding quilt for my great grandson Ian and his wife Tamara. This year I’ve decided to make a bright cheery quilt for my own bed and I think it should be all shades of red, turquoise and light neutrals. 

Saturday my BFF Marilyn and I went out to lunch and visited a quilt show so I decided to get started with my new collection.  It’s a start.

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The plan (at this point, but of course subject to change) is to make a variety of different blocks in various sizes and end up with a queen size quilt, with shams, by the end of the year. 

This is a small wall hanging that was made by my friend Pat Adair.  It is part of my inspiration.

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And, I found this hanging out in my sewing room that was made by my friend Pam Osorio.  I think it just might make it’s way into the quilt.

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It may not be exactly turquoise but I think it will work. 

My plan is to start making blocks this week and continue until……………………………………….??????????

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s blog.

Enjoy,

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Design Wall Monday–December 12, 2016

Oh my, it’s been a while since I posted anything.  What can an I say, I’ve been busy?  Well yes I have been but I’m pretty sure we’ve all been very busy.  Anyway this Monday morning I’m finally sitting down to write a blog post. 

I belong to a group of quilters that exchanges handmade gifts every year.  There are 12 of us but each individual only makes 5 gifts.  We pick Christmas names when we arrive so that you don’t know who’s gift you are going to received.  You bring 5 gifts and you leave with 5 gifts. 

This year I made toiletry/make-up/sewing notions bag. 

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They start out as pre-made bags designed by Joy Mangano.  I then take them apart and rebuild them using the “insides” for my new creation.  I think they end up waaaaay cuter than how they come from the store. 

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Here are the 5 gifts I received. 

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A very cute Halloween table runner by Pat Adair.  Love it!!!!

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A very patriotic table runner by Carol Logue.

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A perfect wall hanging (or in my case a new front door quilt) made by Nancy Post.

And last but not least………………….

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A binding kit  made by my BFF Marilyn Pond. 

Thank you to everyone for all the wonderful gifts.  There were many other great projects made that went to others, but I am delighted with what I received. 

Now it’s time to start thinking about what to make for next year.  Smile

To see what others have been working on, check out Judy’s blog.

Enjoy,

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween–My dear friend Margie

Today is Halloween and is one of my favorite holidays.  As a kid I loved to go trick-or-treating and as an adult I love seeing all the kids dressed up and having so much fun. 

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 7 years since my friendship group “The Wednesday Wacko’s” attempted to celebrate Christmas in July.  In a typical Wacko move for some reason we didn’t make it by July and we rescheduled it for September and again had to reschedule it for October.  That year I was so thrilled that my friend Margie picked my name to make a gift.  And what a gift it was.  All hand appliqued even some of those itty bitty pieces. 

This is one of my prized possessions.  Margie and I shared a love of Halloween and she made me this wonderful wall hanging. 

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Unfortunately my dear, sweet Margie had a massive stroke and we lost her 4 years ago today.  How ironic that she found her way to heaven on one of our favorite days.

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Love you Margie!!!

Hugs,

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Friday, October 28, 2016

A Rainy Friday at Home

I live in Southern California so unfortunately we get very little rain and we desperately need it.  Hopefully today’s the day and we get some rain. 

Yesterday I finished decorating a pillow sham for our guest room. 

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On another note, it’s been quite a week. 

Unfortunately we’ve been dealing with a rat issue.  My husband’s car has been damaged by a “rat” eating some of the hoses in the engine causing some serious damage.  We think we have the car fixed and have now contact a “rodent” guy to try to trap the rat or at least find and seal any openings the rat is using to get into the garage.  We were hopeful that the rat was on the outside until last night.  As many of you know, my husband and I like to sit on our front patio in the evening, enjoying a glass of wine.  Last night, later than usual, we decided to sit outside before the big rainstorm hit.  As we were enjoying our wine I noticed a dark spot on the glass side of the blinds that cover the garage window that faces the patio.  As my eyes focused, the dark spot moved.  I grab my phone and took this picture.

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It’s fuzzy (I zoomed in to far) but that’s the rat sitting in the window of the garage.  Now what?  We think he’s trapped in the garage but so far none of the 8 traps have caught him.  The “rat” guy is coming back out this afternoon to do something.  Thank goodness that although the garage is attached to the house there isn’t an entrance from the garage into the house.  I’m pretty sure we’re safe but…………….YUCK!

On a much happier note, our grandson Sean and his girlfriend Sawyer were here earlier this week.  The stayed at our house while they enjoyed 2 days at Disneyland/California Adventure and an afternoon at the Long Beach Aquarium.  The night before they left the weather cooperated and we were able to take them to the Seal Beach Pier to enjoy the sunset followed by dinner at our local Mexican food dive.

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Now it’s time to sit back and wait for all that much need rain to arrive.  Have a great weekend.

Enjoy,

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Design Wall Monday–October 17, 2016

It’s raining!!!!!!! I live in Southern California so you have no idea how rare this weather event is.  The only draw back is………………………………we’re grand puppy sitting and this is his first experience with rain.  We made it outside and managed to “do our thing” but immediately came back in to dry off.

Here he is, all dried off and ready to take on the day.

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His name is Kona and he’s almost 4 months old.  He is such a cutie but he gets to go home tomorrow night.  

Back to sewing.  Very little is happening but I did have time to make a skirt. 

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Can you see the fabric?   Here’s a close-up. 

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I love this day of the dead fabric.  It’s got a gray background that I really like. 

Hopefully after Kona goes home tomorrow night I can get back to actually doing some “real” quilting.  We’ll see.  Wish me luck.

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s blog for Design Wall Monday. 

Enjoy,

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Design Wall Monday–October 10, 2016

Working on a very old UFO. 

I made this top several (more than I care to remember) years ago at a Quilters by the Sea retreat.  Why it’s taken me this long to get back to working on it is anyone’s guess because I really like it. 

 

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It’s a fun quilt and I think it really only needs simple quilting so it’s time to get to it. 

Check out the back.

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It’s a giant kaleidoscope and I set it similar to the small blocks on the front.   It’s layered, pinned and ready to go under the needle. 

To see what others are working on check out Judy’s blog

Enjoy,

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