Friday, December 9, 2016

Bordering On.......

Hello Everyone,
Just briefly touching base with you today.  The borders are now sewn onto Spoken For

The fabric I selected is the same as the background in the blocks, even though for some reason it looks darker.  My blog reader, Jacqueline, hit the nail on the head when she suggested I use the background fabric for the borders.
I'm going to fill the border with elegant feathers separated by a narrow, plain, straight lines.

Some of you probably aren't going to believe this, but I placed my first order with Amazon this week.  I now have my own account, and boxes are arriving daily, sometimes twice a day. This efficiency somehow seems so inefficient.  My poor mailman, and UPS delivery man rolled their eyes out loud at me yesterday!

It was easy to shop from my computer, but I do miss the hustle and bustle of shopping for Christmas, hearing the Christmas music in the mall, and seeing Santa.  I may have to make a trip to the mall just to get my Christmas shopping "fix". (That fix is going to last all of 5 minutes and I'll be ready to flee to the solitude of my own home).  I'm still a huge fan of shopping local.  I will spend a day in downtown Livermore looking for specialty gifts to compensate for my Amazon shopping. 

Here's to the environment.  Park the car and take a stroll through downtown in your own hometown.  Shop Main Street USA!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Let's Make a Diehl Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday this beauty filled the classroom at In Between Stitches.  Suzanne finished her super-sized Walk In The Park.
This quilt is 114" x 114".  That's a lot of backing and binding!  This quilt is absolutely stunning.  It was beautifully quilted by Lora Zmak.

The classroom was filled with Kim Diehl fabrics, blocks and projects.


Some of the girls are working on Kim Diehl projects using different fabrics.

 This is going to be a completely different interpretation of Walk In The Park.  I can't wait to see it.

My least favorite part of the quilting process is on my to-do list today......borders and backings.  I wish someone would magically appear and make them for me......sigh.  What I should do is make the backing before I start a quilt, and tuck it away until I need it.  But, knowing me, I'd forget where I put it!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Decorating is Done!

Hello Everyone,

I like you, have had a very busy weekend.  It is so nice to be able to walk through the house without having to navigate between trails of boxes.  The house is about those Christmas cards, shopping, and then wrapping.

I managed to get Spoken For together and the flange sewn on.  I won't be able to tackle the borders until tomorrow since I'm off to class today at In Between Stitches.  The fabric I planned to use did not become reality.  So time to switch gears, think outside my normal quilting box, and switch to Plan B. 

Would someone please tell me what Plan B is????


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Spoken For

Hello Everyone,
I've been working really hard this week on Spoken For, my newest pattern. You know I'm loving the plaid.

The fabrics were designed by Karen Styles from Marcus Fabrics and are called Elizabeth's Dowry.

All of the sixteen blocks are unique.

When I got back to this quilt on Tuesday, my design wall looked like this.

 Now it is starting to fill in.  I can get so much accomplished when I have days of uninterrupted quilting.  My only distraction is watching the birds in the bird feeder.  Then there was a herd of about ten deer gently walking through the snow.

Speaking of snow, it has now turned into Sierra Cement.  The temps have been down in the low 20's during the night, which turns our world into an ice cube.  It is worth your life to take a step outside.  I'm staying inside with my sewing machine running full speed ahead.

Speaking of cold and snow, I can now share a piece of news with you.  It's official......insert drum roll here.......I've been asked to teach on a 10-day Princess quilting cruise to Alaska in July of 2018!!  I will be teaching the four days when the ship is at sea.  The rest of the time, I get to have fun will all of the quilters at the ports of call and additional excursions.  I'll be posting more details as they become available. I do know the ship will be leaving out of San Francisco.  It will stop in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Victoria, British Columbia.  Start saving your money now, and get on board with me and make plans to quilt and cruise.  Mr. Joe has his bags backed and he's ready to go!  

"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world."  John Muir



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Twinkle Trees Table Topper

Hello Everyone,
While the weather outside has been frightful, I've been busy quilting up a storm inside the cabin.  We had 8" of snow over the weekend.

I've been working on the Twinkle Trees Table Topper from Kim Diehl's Simple Christmas Tidings book.

This was a fun and easy project.  I hope to get it on the long arm in the next week or two so I can use it this season.

Mazie loves to be included in all pictures related to quilting.  She loves to pose for me.

We spent Thanksgiving at home.  The day after Thanksgiving, Jess and Emily came over to help me set up my Christmas village.  This used to take me hours to set up by myself.  Now, Emily is in charge and directs the entire set-up.  She is now tutoring cousin Jess in the construction of the village.
We dragged everything, and I do mean everything out of the under-the-stairs-closet to get to all of the Christmas boxes.  The entrance hall, living room, family room and dining room are piled high.  The kids loved the maze they created.
Well, we finished with the family room on Friday.  There's a small tree all decorated and the village is now done.  Early Saturday morning I was at the computer and saw the weather forecast.  A foot of snow was predicted for the cabin.  We hadn't planned on going up for a couple of days, but I was afraid if we didn't arrive before the storm, we would have to dig our way through the driveway and into the cabin.
So I woke up Mr. Joe around 6am and we decided then and there to get out of town and get to the cabin before the first flakes started falling.  I packed my sewing projects and Mr. Joe packed the car......turkey carcass and all. 
To make a long story short, we made it up to the mountains one hour before the storm hit.  The temperature dropped rapidly and we just sat back, ate our turkey soup and watched it snow.  It doesn't take much to keep us entertained.

Sometime this week, we will have to go home and face the MESS we left behind.  Oh well, it's not going to go anywhere.  We wouldn't have missed this time at the cabin for all the boxes of Christmas ornaments in China!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sewn Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
With Thanksgiving taking center stage this week, I'm a little slow posting the pictures that I took at the class last Tuesday.  Better late than never.
I'll begin by showing you little Checkerberry waving to you.

Laurie made FOUR Checkerberry pillows for her family for Christmas!  They look so cute together.  Her family is going to love them year after year.

Patty is making the tummy for her Checkerberry from a kit.

Barbara finished her Homemade Holidays table runner.  I love the embellishments she added.

The fur on top of the stocking is the fuzzy side of Velcro.  Great idea!

Love the little tags on the packages.

Kristie has her adorable wall hanging all together.

Look at the cute little eyes and noses on some of the blocks.

Irene is working on her Kim Diehl table runner.  She is going to modify the pattern to fit her table.

Here is a picture of Irene's little squares all stored together in a plastic sleeve designed for business cards.  Genius!

Kathy was working on binding for a baby quilt.

 Barbara is working on her family tree.

Laurie is making great progress on her Lil Orphan Scrappy quilt.

Isabelle finished the applique on her pumpkin.

Kristie is working on her Country Charmer blocks using Jo Morton fabrics.

Wendy is making a black and white quilt using the Lil' Orphan Scrappy block pattern.

Here is a picture of this very talented group of women in the classroom at In Between Stitches.

It is so much fun for me to just it back and listen to their funny and heartwarming conversations.  Tuesday was a special day as everyone felt so thankful for this time together.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Let Us Be Thankful

Hello Everyone,

I am thankful for you, my blog followers, friends, and family.  It has been a wonderful year of meeting more of you, hearing your quilting stories, and realizing how much we have in common.

Let us be thankful for what we already have.  Let us be thankful for the small pleasures life has to offer.  Let us be thankful for the time we spend with each other.

Let us be thankful for our health and family.

Let us be thankful.