Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Best Sisters Ever

Here's a picture of me, my two sisters and my niece.

I made a quick trip up to Ripon yesterday for a meeting at the rest home about my mom. All the kids and my dad were there. My little sister (the one on the left) came from Seattle last Saturday and my other sister Brenda (the one in the denim jacket) is here from Boston and her return trip home has been put on hold. She is able and feels she needs to stay there for a while which I am very grateful. I know it's hard for her. Emotionally and I'm sure she's homesick too. She's was gone on a trip before she came to California. Since we were all there, and my dad found a turkey in the freezer, the sisters decided to have a turkey dinner.

Anyway...that's not the only reason they are the best sisters ever, but look what they made and/or got me.

For those times when I need a little help.

To use when those creative juices are working.

Those are from Brenda. And when Beverly was here earlier this year she had this cool catalog with these charm necklaces. I gave her my order and she got it but never sent it so she brought it with her and gave it to me as an early birthday present.

There is a bone charm, a sewing machine, scissors, my initial and a heart that says grandma.

And about three years ago my mom was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Beverly found out that the burgundy ribbon represents myeloma cancers. So she got us girls each one of these bracelets.

My mom still continues to go downhill. We did get a picture of us girls with her. It's hard to see my mom like this. She could not smile and keep her eyes open. It was one or the other. By the end of the day she couldn't even hold her head up by herself. She still can't eat and is not getting enough fluids. She is now on comfort care. She loves to have her hands held.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cindy Needham Design Workshop

Just a warning. This will be a photo heavy post.

This past week I got the privilege to attend the Cindy Needham Design Workshop with 2 of my best quilting buds. We learned so much and had so much fun. Cindy is an excellent teacher and well organized. Each morning we started with show and tell, and then a lecture. The first day was her thread bar class. We got to play with all these lovely threads. Any of them. All of them.

We separated a piece of practice fabric and was encouraged to try all the different types of thread, thread she told us all about. She showed us samples of what the threads would look like and how to use them. This is my practice piece. Look closely. I see an owl with a graduation cap. (If the photo was turned around.)

After we played each day we stopped at 4 and had design time which I really found helpful. People brought in tops and we sat and discussed different options for machine quilting. After design time we were on our own and could sew however late we wanted to.

Her lectures included different background designs, using stencils (or parts of stencils), feathers, and of course design--pulling it all together.

Here are my samples and pieces.

This is a panel that I brought. This will be donated to our guild for the boutique.

A sample of mixing stencils and feathers.

And my sampler however it became a lesson in divide and conquer and then feather the heck out of. All done with silk thread which was lovely to work with. My machine really likes it.

Here are some of the ladies in the class.

One of Debbie's. Check her blog (link at right) and see her other pieces.

Janice's 2 pieces.
One of two ladies who came all the way from Canada. Loads of fun and talent. This is Maryann

This is Jeanette. The other Canadian quilter.

Joanne from Idaho.

Priscilla from Springville. I have seen her at Best of the Valley but never got to know her.

There were more but I think that's enough for the day.

Here is Debbie, Janice and I with Cindy Needham.

Oh and in our free time on the first day I quilted and bound this quilt, also for the boutique.

I was able to stop in Ripon to see my mom and my older sister Brenda was there on the way in and both she and my little sister were there on our way back. I will be heading back for a meeting with everyone and the rest home on Tuesday.

Thanks for looking.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Two Quilts for Guild Boutique

I bought a layer cake, a panel and some yardage to make these two. I think I could even get one more if I have time.

Off to a Cindy Needham workshop. I'll keep you all posted. So excited. Still need to pack.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

I'm a Lucky Girl

Our local quilt store is celebrating 20 years and part of the celebration was a quilt challenge using 1/8 yd cuts of some bright colors from their logo. (You had to buy the fabrics for $5). Since I'm always up for a challenge I bought the fabrics and made this fish quilt from a paper piece pattern I picked up on our cruise to Alaska in 2005. The challenge fabrics were perfect for the quilt and the rest all came from my stash.
In case you can't see what was on the paper it's a certificate that says I get 20% off anything in the store for ONE YEAR! Can you believe that? I'm thrilled. Thrilled that I won 1st Place Overall. There were 41 quilts turned in for the challenge. You can see pictures on Thimble Towne's Facebook page. I had some pretty stiff competition.
Thanks to Jeremy and Greg and the staff at Thimble Towne for a great place to shop. Love you all!
Thanks for looking.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Loose Threads Latest Challenge

The art group Loose Threads met last night where we revealed the quilts from our latest quote challenge. The quote this time was,
"If it wasn't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song." Carl Perkins
Here's Anna's. She wasn't quite sure how to finish the ragged edges and wanted input on whether she should bead or add any more. I suggested she use it as an area rug but she wouldn't do it. I really like it.

This is Graces piece. She's also not quite finished either. She's going to add some of the black rocks that was the inspiration for the quote challenge.
These rocks. Grace actually cut a few open and warned us there are actually rock in each rock so don't use an saw to cut.
Sara's piece is interactive. She downloaded and got a QR Reader tag so when you scan the code, it opens a video of water trickling.

As you can see I didn't get a project done. I have been traveling a little more these last few weeks and really wasn't inspired to be too creative. Just basic sewing to relieve stress. Barbara Sawyer has had some eye surgery and wasn't able to make one. Janice and Karen weren't able to be there. Karen did email Anna a picture of what she's done so far.
I was up north visiting my folks this past weekend which was emotional and tough (mom not doing good) but on top of that I got a text from my husband telling me that our little girl Doxie was not keeping any food or drink down. She fell off my bed a few weeks ago and then early last week we found a half rotten dead cat in our pasture that our dogs must have thought was a treat. She must have either perforated her bowel or had a blockage. But by the time we figured that out it was too late. I was able to spend one more night with her and loved on her before my husband took her to the vets to be put to sleep.
Here's my Duchess on her last night. She was 12 years old and pretty much blind since birth. The breeders would have put her down as a puppy if we didn't take her. She was a smart and fiercely independent little girl who I miss terribly. As my husband said she is out chasing rabbits with Eli, Kat and Sparky, our other dogs who are also buried under our walnut tree.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Leftover Goodies

After finishing the Christmas BOM I had this pile of beautiful fabrics. Our guild is having their second annual boutique in October so I thought I'd 'whip up' these little placemats. Except they aren't so little and they didn't just whip up. They took a little longer than I thought. But I think they are very pretty. This is a picture of just one but I made a set of four.

I try to make things for the boutique that I would like because we get back whatever doesn't sell.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Baby Quilt Done

The CEO of our company had his third little girl last month and I'm just getting around to finishing the quilt.  I used a charm pack of Giggles with Kona White and a couple extra 5 inch squares that I needed to make up the pattern.  The idea for the stars with the squares was something I saw on Pinterest and the flower and name band idea I got from Gingham Girls Season's Best pattern.

I used the rosette minkee that I picked up at Hobby Lobby - it's adorable but super messy.  I should have waited until after I made this to clean all my floors today.  

No good news on the mother home front.  Please keep her and my dad in your prayers.  

Thanks for looking.