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Thursday, May 31, 2018

I Like Thursday #7

We spent the last week at the beach. 
It's always fun when family and friends come to visit us there. 
It's such a happy, relaxing place. 
We are still working on clearing the brush off both lots. 
I think we are close to where we want it to be. 

This week's likes are all form the beach. 

Miss Daisy loves to stick her head out the window.

Little Jessie cuddles up against dad.

I like yellow but not I don't like Scotch Broom.
It makes me sneeze!!!
Oregon and Washington roadsides were gorgeous with them but
they need to be controlled. 

There was a cruise ship docked in Astoria.
I'd like to go on a cruise some day.
Maybe to Alaska.

I love all the old houses in Astoria, Oregon.

In absolutely no order...
Here are a few of my garage sale finds.

Singer 223 found by my friend Pam.
We were headed home when my phone rings and she yells
"I found a sewing machine! Come back!"

Grandson Elliot needed a new bike.

These 3 love their stinky clams!

I added 3 new pots to the deck.

The Poop Deck is pretty pretty.
See the leaf bird bath in the center?

A really sweet lady makes them with these leaves.
It's called Gunnera Manicata or Dinosaur Food.

She sold Pam and I each a start.
We are both pretty excited about it.

Dee & Vern's trailer was moved to it's new spot.

Isn't she cute?

The view from their sitting area.

Ernie gave the bus a good scrubbing using the ladder he bought at a sale.

I really like sea gulls.

And Eagles!

And sunsets.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I like Thursdays #6

This week's I Like Thursday will be about my favorite retreat place.
It's close to my home. 

I've been coming here for retreats for 20 years.
I take a picture of this snag (dead tree) every visit.
One day it will be on the ground.
I will be sad.

There is always a welcome sign.

I love these Turkens!
I need to add these to my flock. 

I discovered this almond butter.
I will be buying lots of this.

My dear friend and table mate, Marian. 
I sat staring at the snack table but did not indulge except the almond butter and veggies.
That was the toughest part of the whole retreat!!!

Friendship at meals.
I absolutely love these ladies and our time together!

The chaos that is the sewing room.
With 24 quilters, there is a lot of stuff!
But oh my, the inspiration is fabulous.

The walk up from the kitchen and cabins to the sewing room.

I love all the rail fences.

I love quilts on rail fences.

I love On Ringo Lake by the old steel wagon wheels.
See the cabin in the background.

I just love Royal Ridges Retreat!
I love that I have such a history at this place.
When I was a child, the owners of this property would take us to church 
and about once a month, we would come to their home for Sunday dinner.
The adults would adult and the kids would explore this great farm.
When the owners were elderly, they donated a huge section for a church retreat for children.
It became a huge success.
It's fun to see the buses full of retreaters in the summertime.
I know where they are headed and that they are going to have a blast.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Design Wall Monday

This past weekend was our annual Spring Retreat.
My projects were all UFOs.

I had 6 blocks for Reach for the Stars all kitted up and ready to sew.

I made 2 full blocks and for 2 more blocks, I just needed to add the last piece on 16 papers.
I couldn't do it, 
I was just too tired to focus so I came home.

Right after breakfast on Friday,
these 2 were finished.
They don't look like the same size but they are.

Here is a horrible picture of all 6 of my blocks.

Next I got busy building the last of my house blocks for Moda Be My Neighbor.
The bee hives (that's what I call them to honor of our bees) were already sewn.

I took all my rows apart and added sashing between them.
The owner of the quilt I had seen the blocks set that way was there.
She said she was flattered at how much I loved her quilt. 

I love the trees in this quilt.
They were so much fun!
The wonkyness of the purple plaid makes me giggle.

And it wouldn't be fun and games if there weren't some whoopsies. 
First those darn chevron!
They were mocking me in every way!
I told myself to be careful because 3 went one way and 3 the other.
Yacking and laughing and carrying on makes a person not pay attention.
I started on the last block and got to a point and darn! 
Where are my other pieces???
So I when I came home that night, 
I recut the 3 chevrons and the extra red pieces.
Before leaving yesterday,
I sewed my chevrons, and when I went to sew them to the house,
Well, you can see what I did!
Time to pack up and come home.

I had to lay finished On Ringo Lake over the fence for a quick photo shoot.
I love how it turned out!

Before leaving for retreat, I started quilting the baby quilt.
I can't wait to get in there and get back to work on it.

We play the greedy gift game.
I made this tote bag for my gift.
As I was making it, I pulled fabrics for 2 more.
One for myself and one for a gift.
They have such cute, cute patterns!!

Of course there was lots lots of new quilting ideas.
I had to rush to the computer one night and order a pattern pattern because I loved it so much!

It was a wild, wild, productive week
and I had a blast every single day!
I'm really glad I went.
I really missed being with my favorite retreat partner.
Can't wait until fall for the next one!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I Like Thursdays #5

I'm really liking my enthusiasm towards getting my UFOs turned into FOs.

I like how much these 2 love each other!

Again, I like binding.
I don't like finding a mistake after the quilting is done.
I like that it doesn't really bother me. 

I like spending the weekend with these kiddos and Granddog Sadie..

I liked this conversation so much that I shared it on my Facebook page.

10 year old granddaughter is making cookies. I say it's probably a good idea to use a mixer instead of a wisk. She says I don't know how you guys did it way back in the 60s. I say we used a mixer. She says I didn't know you had electricity back then. Bahahahaha 💕 💕 💕

And then she tells her brother that she's making the cookies "the old fashioned way"! OMG, I'm dying inside. 😂😂

I think that means without the help of the Kitchen Aide mixer.
But Oh My Goodness, it was funny!!!

Friends brought over their horses and mule.
I believe this day was better than Christmas.
I really like this view!

I like to make bags.
I like Clover clips.
I'll share the bag photo next week.

I like repurposing things as flower pots.
I like Wave Petunias.
I can't wait to see how much these grow in the next couple weeks.

I'm headed out to quilt retreat for a few days.
I like that my projects are ready to start sewing on.
I like this rolling cart that houses my featherweight, iron, lamp and miscellaneous necessities.
I like that big Ikea zipper bag.
Inside are 4 quilts for show and tell.

Shenanigans are about to ensue!
I like that a lot!!!

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