Monday, March 26, 2012

Nipomo Trunk Show and Cambria Retreat

So last Thursday I did a trunk show at the Nipomo Quilt Guild.  What a nice bunch of ladies and they really made me feel so welcomed.  One lady even gave me some brownies to take to the retreat.  It was great to see my friend Sue and fortunately I had my "groupies" with me so I wasn't among all strangers.  These were ladies who were coming to our house in Cambria for a weekend retreat.  Here's me on the stage and my friends who came with me.
From left to right - top:  Janice, me Sue, Elaine.  Bottom:  Debbie and Kathy
Even though it rained a bit this weekend, we had a wonderful time - probably because we don't get out much.  We went out for dinner one night and went to town one afternoon to do a little shopping.  We all got a lot done and as usual, plenty of laughs, food and fun.  Here are some of the projects we worked on.
Anna - a quilt for her daughters boyfriend

Debbie's scrap top (center) she made it bigger and better

Debbie's blocks she got when she was sick from her Material Girl friends

Elaine - she's not done and doesn't want anyone to see it

Add some wheels and you have a tractor quilt made by Janice.

Janice machine quilted this - fantastic

a mini dress for Kathy or maybe a dress for her granddaughter.

A quilt I made for my in-laws for a donation for their Orange Cove reunion

Headbands - the left Elaine made, Kathy made the one on the right and I made the 3 in the middle.
A joke we played on a friend.  
Anna was telling us the story they have been having at their new house with mice so while in town, Debbie and I bought this mouse and stuck in near her sewing machine.  We all had a good laugh over that one.

Anyway, besides bench butt we all had a good time and got a lot done.  Not near enough done for me - I don't know why I think I can get so much more done during these retreats.

Came home Sunday afternoon and headed up to Fresno for a Mad Men birthday party for my friend and coworker Geanie.   I didn't stay long - I was pooped from the weekend retreat and just wanted to crawl in bed.  But it was fun to see some people dress up.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Half Ton Truck to Carry My Sewing "Stuff"

I'm packed and ready for a retreat in Cambria and I'm also the speaker at the Nipomo Quilt Guild (doing a trunk show) and because I have to take not only my retreat stuff (you know, machine, tables, chair, fabrics, threads, rulers, food, etc) I have to take 4 suitcases and 1 plastic tub full of quilts to show so I have to borrow his "new to him" half ton truck to carry it all. He has mentioned this several times to me tonight.

So the last few days when I've had a few extra minutes, I've been finishing this little baby.  It's from the class I took at Road 2 California, the class was Layered Waves by Karen Eckmeier.  I decided to make mine a pillow to keep at the beach house in Cambria.
An the picture below is the reason we went to Livermore on Sunday.  We brought the parts for this shelving unit to the kids.  Jeff and his dad had all the parts and pieces of trim and it was their job to paint and put it together.  I am amazed at how fast they did it  Apparently the second we left, they got busy.  They did this while taking care of a 1 1/2 year old.  They are amazing parents and kids.  I love how it turned out.  And I know Chad was thrilled that he got to use his pneumatic (spelling) nail gun that Jeff got him for Christmas.
  I also did some baking this weekend.  Took pictures of my lovely cake but when I thought I was updating it to my computer from my iphone, apparently I had them deleted.  Let's just say it looked just like the picture I saw on Pinterest  It was a lot of work, but very good.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The View from a 1 1/2 Year Old Boy

I got to see my grandson this weekend and being the great Oma that I am, I let him play with my camera.  These are some of the pictures he took (with a little help from me).
Mom, GG and Gpa

Brother Beast looking at mom in the backyard.

Oma and me - I was crying so she let me play with her camera.

Another Beast picture

My chubby little foot.
He's a great little boy and so funny.  He and I were playing in the backyard and he stuck a handful of dirt in him mouth and I ran to him and washed his face off with my hand (and by this time he was trying to spit it out) and he also just thought it was hilarious - I was trying to tell him it was yucky and he kept giggling.  Then he'd do it again and laugh.  After the third time, we came inside.  He's pretty much potty trained during the day Kelly said but that doesn't mean he always makes it into the toilet.  Let's just say they need a little cup guard on his little toilet seat.  He's a happy little boy - but only when he can see him mom or dad in the room.  When Kelly went outside to put his blow up slide away (it started to rain) he sat at the back door with his brother Beast and cried --fake tear crying-- until I finally let him play with my camera.

Did not get a good picture of me and him this time.  But I did get this - look at those blue eyes.

Fake tears

He can comfort himself with the thumb in in mouth and then he plays with his belly button.
Obviously not much sewing on Sunday.  Saturday was a day of getting ready for my trunk show in Nipomo this week (Thursday) and getting ready for the retreat and doing a lot of laundry.  I had 2 very sick dogs this past week too.  We believe they had tainted dog food from Costco.  It had to be the weight control food because Guy didn't get sick--he eats the regular dry food.  Anyway, there was anal leakage EVERYWHERE AND ON EVERYTHING.   Poor babies - we took them to the vet and are they are on medicine, on a white diet (boiled chicken and rice) and are feeling much better.

Wish I had a quilt picture to share, but not today.  I did start quilting my project from the Road 2 California class during the free minutes I had this weekend and since I'm making it into a pillow - it won't take me long to finish.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lucky Quilt

I finally finished my green and white quilt and I whipped up two table tops to cover the nightstands as well.  Whew.  I love how this turned out.  The pattern is from a magazine however, this magazine didn't have the magazine name or date it was printed and I copied it a few years ago.  (I only keep magazines for 3 years - after that I go through them all and scan all the quilts and patterns I want to make one day.)  Anyway, here it is.

Now I'm going to spend the rest of the evening making half-square triangles for my Friendship Group's 2012 challenge.  I need 260 by April 22.  I got 86 done yesterday.  If I do a little each day I won't get bored.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

March Free Motion Quilting Challenge

While my machine was set up for machine quilting -finished my green and white quilt - just need to hand sew the binding down and do a label) I figured I'd work on the Free Motion Quilting challenge.  I also picked up another charity quilt from guild and figured I could practice on that too.  When I saw the tutorial for this months teacher I realized I had already completed the stars and loops last month.  See here and scroll down .  For information re: the challenge check out Sew Cal Gal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge

This is March's sample.  Used neon yellow in honor of the flowers.

Just her basic loop design from the tutorial.  (Charity Quilt)
Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to finally show the green and white quilt.  Yea!!!!

Thanks for looking

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Thanks to Suzanne Kistler from Quilt by Faith blog for giving me the coveted Liebster Blog award.
According to her post, The Liebster Award takes its name from the German word meaning Beloved, Dearest or Favorite.  It's to be given to blogs with less than 200 followers and for someone who inspires you.  

As part of the tradition it is passed along to 5 bloggers that have motivated and inspired.
To accept the award you must:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value.
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.

Here are 5 bloggers who inspire me.  

Paula from Paula's Pins and Needles - she inspires me because of how much she gets done.  She's a dedicated quilter and donates so much of her time and energy for charity quilts as well as to her family and friends.  

Jodi from Sew Handmade - she inspires me because she's a young mother of 2, in the process of building a new house, and still finds time to do crafts with her kids and quilt and she loves vintage fabrics and upcycling fabrics to make beautiful quilts.

Anna, the Artist Within - I think the artist in her is really coming out.  She does traditional quilts but I really love her art quilts.  For some reason I can always relate to them and I "get" them.  Plus she's a dear friend and she has taught me so much about quilting.

Darby from Quilted Squid - Besides loving the name of her blog and one day I'll have to ask her how she came about that name, she's a relatively new friend that I met through guild.  She just joined a few months ago, is starting a long arm business and she's just so darned cute.  Her photos on her blog are as outstanding as her quilt work.  She not only shows her customers quilts but also what projects she's personally working on.  

Debbie - Quilt Crazy Debbie - she's just an inspiration to me all around.  She has a lovely soul and is super talented as a quilter and has no problems sharing her ideas and helping you when you need it.  I can always text her a picture of what I'm working on and I know I'll get an honest opinion about it.  Plus we text and stuff during Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Downton Abbey and a host of others.  (Yes, I've had to increase my texting allowance because of this.)

Thanks to all the other people I know and don't know who blog.  You are all an inspiration to me.  I am a blog addict and am always trying to keep up on what's going on out there in the quilt world.

Thanks for looking.