2017 Finish List

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Wahoo, wahoo, wahoo!!!
Midnight Flight is finished and headed to my bed today.
I started this quilt in May at a retreat with Bonnie Hunter.
I am thrilled to have it finished.

My friend Jane quilted it.
I told her I wanted gold thread and swirls and to just do her Jane thing.
I love what she did!

I have been working hard on trimming up the scraps.
I am pleased to report that the backing extras are cut to usable sizes and put away.

Each retreat I stop to take a picture of this snag.
It's on the road into Royal Ridges.
I was a bit disappointed that the leaves weren't all orange yet.
Maybe they will still be there when I go back in November.

I worked on the secret birthday project until all the blocks were complete.
They are now stacked and pinned in rows thanks to help from friends.
Next up was Garden Party #2.
I just took posy block kits and I think I completed 30 more blocks.
These are so fun to make.

All the while, leader and ender Oklahoma Backroad blocks were being made.
I think 21 more blocks were completed.
I'm almost ready to lay this one out for real.

Retreats are fun.
Retreats are energizing.
Retreats are exhausting.
Retreats are special.
I get to spend hours sewing with one of my daughters and a bunch of my friends.

Today is catch up at home day.
Lots to do!
Hubs was lucky and harvested a deer on opening day so today is processing day.
And when that's over, you'll find me in my sewing room.

See what others are working on at Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Design Wall Monday

We just got home from a few days at the beach.
It's clamming time again.
Yeah. While I don't like them, I do have fun digging.
Until my back hurts and then I'm done 
and go sit in the truck and spy on people with the binoculars.

I sewed a for quite a while on Sunday.
I make 11 more Wild & Goosey blocks and found 5 untrimmed ones in the box.
They are all now pressed, trimmed and depapered.
I still have a lot more to make and
need to enhance my medium/dark fabric bag.
That's on the list for next trip.
I don't want to take too much so I just work with what I have.
It's quite fun.

This is my view from the truck Saturday evening. 
Stunningly beautiful.
I love the beach.

See what my friends are working on at 

I have to wait and check them all out later,
I have laundry to do and stuff to put away.
I love coming home but I don't love the coming home chores. 

Monday, October 02, 2017

Design Wall Monday

The only sewing that happened this past week looked like this.
I made parts of 9 patches, 
lots of parts and pieces, blocks and framed blocks.
All for Garden Party #2.
Except that one piece by the Tootsie Roll! 
That is my Oklahoma Backroads leader/ender.
 2 more blocks went into the l/e box.
(***The advantage of blog photos is seeing where you need to unstitch.
That dark green on the left is sooo wonky!)
After last Monday's blog post, 
I packed my car and headed to Crystal's house to stay with 4 kiddos while they vacationed.
Let me tell you,
after 4 days, I was one tired Gramma!
But we had lots of fun.

Saturday I spent most of the day in my sewing room.
At the end of the day,
I had a good pile of pieces and parts sewn.
In my basket I have 30 framed 9 patches,
30 more waiting to be framed and
the bed of my machine has a lot more ready for the next steps.

These tools are usually on the bed of the machine.
I call them the tools of my trade.

I buy the seam rippers and thread snips in bulk from Amazon. 
I can't live without my reverse tweezers for pulling threads.
The stiletto is the skinny extension of  my chubby finger!
Bonnie shared the instructions on her blog here.

Funny story...
I was shopping at Winco one day after she posted this.
I always buy canning lids when I shop there.
As I was getting my lids, out of the corner of my eye,
I saw packages of the turkey lacer things.
Marked down to 25¢ for a package of 8.
I don't remember how many packages there were.
I took them all.
Lots of friends now own stilettos. 😉

Design Wall Monday posts can be found at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.
Oh my, there are some fabulous pictures there and I can't wait to go visiting!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Design Wall Monday

It's time to work on Garden Party #2.
This is from our retreat in May with Bonnie Hunter.
I haven't opened the box since May 22
After finishing Midnight Flight, 
I decided this is my next get it done project.

I have all the flowers kitted up ready to sew.
I decided to do the 9 patch chain blocks first.
Since I'm changing from Bonnie's original setting,
I need more blocks.
No problem, these are so fun to make.
I have my bins of parts to pull from
and everything else is already cut and ready to sew.

I have a retreat coming up pretty soon.
When your granddaughter sends you a picture of a quilt from a store
and she loves the colors and wants one kind of like that for her 18th (gasp) birthday,
you get busy.
Found in her free patterns section.
I have a big bin of black and white strips but no aqua.
I ordered a strip set from my friend Judy at SewFunQuilts on Etsy.
Miss 18 is going to love this. 

Yesterday I sat down with my strips and made up block kits.
Each set is stacked in the order I want them sewn together.

Oh yes, I have a retreat plan.
Scrappy Trips first, then work on Garden Party flower blocks.
I think this will be enough to keep me busy for the whole retreat.
That's my plan today. 😉

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Long Day In And Out Of The Kitchen

Our freezer has an abundance of clams.
I don't like them but Ernie loves them.
I canned Clam Chowder base from the recipe in the Ball Blue Book
last year and emptied the last jar a few days ago.
So it was time to make more.
11 half pints (single serving) and 8 pints were canned today.
Plus 2 more pints went in the freezer.
I ran out of potatoes so will grab some tomorrow for another batch or 2.
Clamming season is about to open again and the freezer needs space.

I figured since I had the canner out, I may as well can some beans.
I love this simple process and having them on the shelf ready to use.
8 pints of red kidney beans, 5 pints of black beans and 19 pints of pinto beans.
My pantry shelves are going to look full again.
And my husband is thrilled to have his stinky clam chowder whenever he wants!

While I was canning, Ernie was outside.
He is the proud owner of an Alaskan Chainsaw Mill.
While wood cutting this summer, 
he brought home some maple logs to mill.

Out son in law is a woodworker and cannot wait to get his hands on these slabs.
I can't wait to see what he does with them.

This will make a gorgeous, rustic coffee table.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Wednesday is Binding Friends Day.
I had my rows to Midnight Flight sewn together, 
I took them so the ladies would help me lay them out.
I really need to get a design wall up again!
After much oohing and aahing and a couple of rows switched,
we had it perfect!

It is now a completed top,
arrangements have been made for the quilting.
Pressing needs to happen today.

Lori at Humble Quilts is hosting another QAL.
This one is called Palmateer Point and part 2 is up today.
I know what else I'll be doing today.

Oklahoma Backroads is coming along nicely.
It's my leader/ender project.
I am one block short of half way.
This will be a lap quilt.

I worked on Mischief Quilt in the evenings this week.
I had to lay out a few of my blocks because it's time to cut more parts.
I can't wait to see what the next set of blocks will be.
No more pink or blue because there is a lot of that.
The strips are in the bin so it will be easy to cut the next bunch.

It's nice to be back into super sewing mode. 
And to make it better, the rain has returned to the Pacific Northwest!
I'm very thankful for that!

It's a great day to sit with my coffee and catch up with my friends.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Summer

We did a last summer hurrah at the beach.
11 days of family, fun and sun!
One day it was 94 degrees! 
At the beach!

Since buying the lot next door
(our 45th Anniversary gift to ourselves)
lots of brush clearing has been happening!

There is a big pampas grass bush right in the middle.
The plums are about to burst open.
I'm probably not going to see them. 😒
Unless we make a quick 2 or 3 trip next week. 

Over Labor Day weekend, Crystal and Co came to camp.
I can't believe I didn't get one single picture of the campers.
I guess we were having too much fun!

Over the Rod Run Weekend, Dee & Co + Stellie came down.

It's so fun when family comes to stay! 
Makes this Momma's dream come true.

We were ready to watch the cars as they headed from Ocean Park to Longbeach.
That didn't happen but we had a great time with friends.
We did see quite a few awesome old cars but not the parade.
Next year we will be better informed.

Remember the septic tank that isn't buried in the ground?
(You can see it here in this post behind Ernie in his lounger.)
I convinced him to use the fence boards to make a deck over it.
It can be easily lifted if the tank ever needs to be pumped.
It sure looks a lot better now. 
I want to fill it with flower pots next spring.

And this is how we spent our summer vacations.
Retirement is awesome!

With hunting season starting soon, 
I'm sure our trips will be made around the clam tide.
I am ready to get back to my sewing machine.
I have a list of projects longer than my arm!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Design Wall Monday

When my world is in chaos and I can do nothing about any of it,
I retreat into myself and seek my quiet.
My quiet is in my sewing room.

It's been a while since I've spent so much time with just me, my machine, 
my thoughts and my prayers.

The borders for Midnight Flight are complete.
Now it's time to lay out the blocks and get them sewn together.
I'll have grandhelpers here today,
maybe it will happen or maybe it won't.

Next up were the exchange blocks for our Christmas Club party.
(It's not really called the Christmas Club, 
but I needed to name it. 😉 )
I can't believe I am this ready so early in the year!

Since I didn't have anything else ready to work on, 
I kitted up several more Oklahoma Backroads blocks.
All the piece for a block are pinned together, ready to lay out.
I'm using this quilt for my current leader/ender project.
And since I wasn't finished retreating,
I just sat and sewed several together.
Now I need to kit some more.

Several more blocks were added to the stack.

And of course some had to be layed out just to see. 😍

I can't believe I haven't done a DWM in over a month!
OMGosh, the things that are posted over there,
I can't wait to go visiting!!!
I truly love Monday in Blogland.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Quilting? What Quilting?

We had a fun time at the beach this past week.
It was only the 2 of us.
We had our own little Eclipse Party.

Ernie is not one to sit around and crochet or knit or sew like I am. 😏
He does take some time off once in a while to just read.
He loves his westerns and when he gets in to one, he's all in.

Lots more weedeating, chainsawing and chipping took place on the new lot.

Isn't it amazing!

There is still so much more to do.
It's a jungle!!!
He got a pretty good path made for the fence line.
You know what they say about fences making good neighbors.
Mostly it's to keep our dogs in.

I was determined to finish my Virus Shawl.
I started this in December 2016 after seeing a picture on Facebook.
You know what that's like...ooohhh, I must have one of those!
I can't believe I didn't blog about it.

I finished it!  It's so cozy.
I've used it several times already.
I used Red Heart Unforgettable yarn. 
The color is Tidal.
I love the feel of this yarn but it is not one I will use again.
I like a smooth yarn, not one with thick and super thin spots.

I brought 3 pair of my knitted socks that needed a little mending.
I am not a great darner but I got the job done.
No one ever gets that close to my feet to notice where these were fixed. 

Once these was finished, I got busy on my Meandering Vine socks
These were last shown here in July.
I was about halfway into the heel flap when I put them away.
I got them out one morning when I couldn't go back to sleep and
finished the flap and the heel turn.
I picked up the gusset stitches later in the day 
and on the way home just put my head down and got through the decreases.
Now it's mindless knitting in the truck for the next trip to the beach.

One day I sewed on my Wild & Goosey blocks.
I now have a total of 25 full blocks.
Each full block uses 4 3" blocks.
It's probably time to figure out how big I'm going to make this one.
It's fun just using what scraps I have with me.
There is not going to get more out of the bin.
Once the bag gets down low, I'll bring more.
But until then, it's the use 'em up game!

So that's most of the news from the last week.
Until next time...

Friday, August 11, 2017

We Thought It Was Going To Be Fun

Buy a lot at the beach lot they said, it will be fun! 
While it has been fun, it has also been a whole lot of hard work!

Our campers arrived Sunday.
Lots of fun chatter, tent set up and then an evening out to dinner.

Monday they started tearing the newly rebuilt deck apart.
This was my plan all along.
I hated that big deck sitting right in the middle of everything.
I did understand it's purpose but it didn't need to be so big.

Now it's a smaller deck right off the bus.
It's perfect!
And the perfect project for the kiddos to help with. 
Miss Clella Mae is a beast with the power screwdriver!

When we bought this lot, the owners had left behind a dog kennel and 2 dog igloos.
What a great playground for the kiddos.
One of these days, that will also be removed.
The previous owners did some strange stuff here.

After a hard day,
Relaxing is easy.
The hammock is a new addition and was lots and lots of fun!

Cards and fun!
Look at granddog Sadie in the blue chair.
She knows how to relax!!
See the red woodchipper, 
talk about a beast!
Took care of the pile of bamboo like in record time.

We bought the lot next door.
It's a jungle.
Somewhere under that mess is a septic system that needs to be found.

Ernie did lots of weed whacking and chain sawing!
They should be able to locate it now.
 Next up is more clearing and more fencing.
And more playing!!
Want to come camp with us???

Thanks for a great family week at the beach.
Huge thanks for your hours and hours of hard work!