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Monday, June 19, 2017

Pineapples, Christmas and Flowers

In January at the Road 2 California quilt show I took Anita Grossman Solomon's two color pineapple quilt.  My friend Janice took the class too and didn't want to start a new quilts so she made a couple of these blocks in the class.  So thanks Janice.  I finally finished it!  Yea!  I love it.  It can either be a Halloween quilt or if you are a San Francisco Giant's fan, it could be a quilt for you.


In binding it, I found a whole section I forgot to quilt.  That has happened before.  Try as you might, you sometimes just miss a spot.

And here are a couple little quilts for gifts or the guild's boutique.  The angel is actually a lap sized quilt - just looks small and the floral quilt is only 23" square.


This was a kit I got at Keepsake Quilting in 2014.
For Father's Day I headed up north to see my dad.  But on Sunday morning I met my husband and his folks and Kelly, Chad and my grandkids in Los Banos (centrally located for all of us).  They are starting a new life in Utah and leave this Tuesday.  So sad they will be so far away but excited for this new adventure.  Jack starts 1st grade next year so they wanted to get him enrolled in time for school.  So it was not only a celebration of Father's day but a goodbye time with the kids.

Jack is into math.  He kept asking me to give him math problems.  

And Dylan is just a sweetie with a great smile.  
And the weekend before I went to the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley.  Took a bus tour there with two friends, Debbie and Elaine.  I really enjoyed it.  They had a great exhibit of Titanic stuff and a cool lapel pin display of all Madison Albright's pins (brooches) which was really interesting.
 

Thanks for looking.  13 sleeps until 7 of my friends and I head to Sisters Oregon for the Sisters Quilt Show.  So excited.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bags, bags, bags and boutique items

I went on a mini retreat at a friends house this past weekend.  It was a great time - just 3 of us and very relaxing.  Lots of good food and fellowship.  Her husband is a top-notch barbeque-r.  And I had fun dancing and playing with her granddaughter who was also there.

I got a lot done.  First I finished the 2016/2017 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery quilt top.  It's a very spring like quilt.  Not sure how I want to quilt it.  Hopefully when I pin it tomorrow night something will come to me.

I also got these two boutique item tops done.


I also worked on a couple bags.  The small one on the left I finished before I left, but the other's I made this weekend.  They have a vinyl front so you can see what's in your bag.  It's a pattern called Whatcha Got? from This & That.

I also made this doozy of a bag.  It gave me fits and I would not have been able to do it if I wasn't with Anna.  She has made enough bags to figure out what the directions meant.  There are a lot of parts to it and the naming could have been done a little better.  I made some mistakes and Anna had some solutions so I didn't have to start over.  I really like the bag.  It opens wide like an old fashioned doctor's bag.  I am going to use it as my cosmetic travel bag.  The pattern is called Tool Tote by Quilts Illustrated.

And this little girl was very happy mommy came home.
Tomorrow I pin the quilts above and with that I will have 5 quilts that will be pinned and ready for me to quilt.  I bought a used Koala Cabinet for my sewing room and this will be the first real test to see how I like it.  I finally got the insert but there is still a little lip that I'm hoping won't cause me problems.  We shall see.  I got the table for $200 so I couldn't pass it up.  So if I only use it for a short time, I'm okay with that.

Thanks for looking.  Oh and 30 days until me and 7 friends will be leaving for our adventure to Sister's Oregon for the outdoor Sister's Quilt Show.