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Monday, October 29, 2018

Design Wall Monday

What a fun, full week I've had! 
My plan was to quilt and quilt I did.

Tuesday was a good day to channel my friend Julie and get some basting done.
I set up my basting tables and basted 4 quilts,
2 baby quilts, 1 twin and 1 queen.
I had one already basted and on the machine with the quilting started.
When Ernie is away hunting for the day,
I take advantage of no interruptions.

This is the Calendar Wall Hanging that was 1st up.
I can't show it to you until I share it with the gals at Christmas Club.
I'm so happy to have it finished finally and can't wait to hang it.

Next up is baby quilt 1.
I don't know who designed this block. 
I've searched and searched but have no idea.
It was fun to sit down at EQ7 and figure it out.

Baby quilt #2
These will both go to a local charity.
I loved digging in my strip bins and using up strips from our swaps.
It was also fun deciding on backs for these.
I wanted fun and bright (and fabric out of my stash!).

My next retreat is next weekend.
I had already planned to work on Virginia Bound from
Bonnie Hunter's book Scraps & Shirttales.
My string bins are overflowing and I've wanted to make this one for a very long time.

Friday I decided to cook up my last Blue Moon pumpkin
and get the puree in the freezer.
My friend Pam gave me 3 of these,
I gave 1 to Crystal.
I saved the seeds from my 2 to share.
She saved her seeds too.
We are going to have plenty of pumpkins next year.

Isn't it pretty.
I don't think mine is going to last very long.
Hubs has decided he really really likes pumpkin bars.

We celebrated this weekend with Leland.
He's in the blonde in the middle.
Happy 9th birthday Big Guy! 💗

My plan for this week is to take a short break from quilting.
I'm going to make some doll clothes for some special girls
 and a couple sweaters for myself.
Then it's back to quilting.

This is the next quilt to be quilted.
Have you watched Angela Walters' on You Tube?
She has a series on Dot To Dot quilting.
That's what I'm going to do on this one. 
Or we can say that's my plan. 😉

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

My Fabulous New Printer

I want to do a quick share with you all about my new printer.
 I am in printer heaven.  

No longer do I need to worry about if I have enough ink to print my patterns.
I buy and print a lot of pdf patterns!

See on the front where the colors are,?
I can see my ink levels.
When I need more, I can jump on Amazon and order and it will be here in a couple of days.
I don't even have to leave the house. 

The info for the printer says the ink in the tanks will last a very long time.
Cartridges do not.
I figure in a year, I will have paid for this printer and 
the new ink by not buying replacement. cartridges.

I've had this for about a month now and I have printed lots of pages.
I've used very little ink. 

Not often I am giddy over a product but I am with this printer!
I had to call in one of my gurus to set it up for me.
I probably could have done it but I know when to not try.
She had it up and running in no time!

So if you are in the market for a new printer,
I highly recommend this one.
No affiliation, yadda yadda yadda....

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

I Like Thursdays #27

I  don't know what happened to last week. 
It just whizzed by, it was Monday then all of the sudden in was Saturday!
I think I was recouping from retreat
Which was awesome!

 So here's what's been happening in my happy little corner of the world.

 We went to Clella's soccer game in the fog.
When we left our house, it was sunny and gorgeous.
The closer we got to town, the thicker the fog.
I'm sure glad I grabbed a quilt!

It kind of cleared off after a while.

We also celebrated 4 October birthdays.
I don't know where Leland was. 
Sorry he missed the picture.

I cleaned a bin out of my sewing room and found this locker hook rug project.
I had no idea when I started it.

Heck, I couldn't even remember what it was called. 😕
We got it figured out and I'm on my way again.
This has been filled in and a new section started.
I like clearing things out of the bins.

Blocks for our Christmas Club party have been completed.
I really like the Bloc Loc rulers for trimming half square triangles.
The rotating mat makes it soooo easy!

Beautiful fall days all week.
Now the rain is supposed to come.
That's ok, quilting weather.

I like using up all my batting scraps.
I cut fusible interfacing into strips and join it together that way.
Use all the scraps!!!

Tuesday I decided it was a good day to pin baste quilts.
My friend Julie at Idaho Quilter's Adventures inspired me to get basting.
I pulled out all my safety pins and was able to baste 2 baby quilts,
a twin size quilt and a queen size quilt.
I have 4 pins left over.

Then I decided to jump over to Amazon to order more pins and pin covers.
I like having a stack of quilts ready to quilt when I'm in the mood.
I'm so glad my quilting mojo has found me again.

To close, here is Miss Daisy Dog.
She likes to lay in the sun. 
She also likes to lay inside the table fort when Mom is basting the big quilts.
She likes it so much, 
she snores!

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Design Wall Monday

It was a slow sewing week for me.
Every time I thought I would be able to sew for the day, 
something came up.
I spent some time Sunday morning cleaning and clearing in my sewing room.
 In the afternoon after a trip to see the grandkiddos for a bit, 
I decided to sit down and sew my
Fun On The Farm block for October. 
I think it turned out cute. 

Then I figured I better get my hinnie busy and get my Christmas Club blocks made.
I have all my half square triangles sewn and most of them are trimmed.
I am hoping to finish them on Monday.
I wish I could convey how much I love that Bloc-Loc ruler!

Then it's back to the baby quilts.
This week I have no plans except for Wednesday,
so lets all cross our fingers for a good sewing week while the hubs is a hunter.

While emptying a bin this morning,
I came across this rug project from several years ago.
I had to ask in our retreat Facebook group who taught us this technique and 
what was it called.

After I failed at finding any information on Google, 
one of our friends said it was called locker hooking.
More searching and I found some instruction on You Tube
and I'm a happy locker hooker again!
Isn't the internet amazing!

When I put this down to get ready for bed,
I had 2 more rows in the middle of this section to complete. 
It didn't take long to get into the rhythm again.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Design Wall Monday

It was retreat weekend.
We had so much fun.
I had my projects and of the 5 I had planned,
4 were completed.

Project 1 was to make an apron for Granddaughter Stellie.
I've put this off way too long! 

#2 on the list was to make these heart blocks for a special project.
So cute!!

#3 was to frame these pinwheel blocks for a special baby quilt.
I have saved these pinwheels and was thrilled when I came across them and 
a baby quilt design popped in my head. 

Project 4 was was to work on this cute wall hanging.
I'm making it for Clella.
I'm going to put some of my Gramma's buttons on it for the centers of the flowers.
How fun to have something made by your Gramma that contains something from her Gramma!

We retreat at Royal Ridges.
I've been retreating here for 20 years. 
There were 6 horses up on the hill above the sewing room.

Every retreat I take a picture of this snag. 
It's fun to use it as a landmark. 
I'll be going back there in a few weeks,
I'm hoping the fall leaves are still there. 
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Enjoy your week!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

I Like Thursdays #26

We made a quick overnight trip to the beach this week.
On the way home, I thought it would be fun to write a blog post 
about scenes from the passenger seat.
This guy here, he stole my heart a long time ago!

Black dog Tony, brown dog Daisy.
Sometimes they lay down and sleep like little angels.
Other times their noses are out the windows.

Jessie dog like to cuddle on mom's sweatshirt on the console and sleep.

These are my passenger seat knitting socks.
I am finally at the toe decrease.

I sent this picture to my sister after she told me how cloudy and dark it was at home.

Then I sent her this one a few minutes later.
The Columbia River is gorgeous!

Do you hold your breath through the tunnels?

This bridge--I love it, I hate it!

The Port of Astoria is a bustling place.

I love the old buildings in Astoria.

Our favorite rest stop.
I'm not sure what the real name of it is,
we call it Bradley Hill.
These restrooms are always so clean!

I love this memorial bench.
Whenever our grands stop here, they sit here for a picture.
I don't think I could get my 4 to all sit at one time.

Look how pretty Tony and Ernie pose for the camera.
Daisy dog does not like to have her picture taken!!!

I tried to get Jessie over for the picture but he was stubborn too~

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Monday, October 08, 2018

Design Wall Monday

I'm pressuring myself to get caught up with the 2018 UFO Challenge.
I'm starting to write this blog post Sunday morning.
I am working on the borders today.

This is the UFO for August.
I was so afraid to start quilting it.

But after a heart to heart with myself,
I decided to go for it!
I wanted to use rulers.

My machine did pretty good for a while.
Then we started to struggle.
It was no fun anymore so I took the ruler foot off and went to free motion.

Now that was fun!
Lots of fun.

Not perfect by any means but neither am I.
And this is my quilt so no big deal.

Of course the seam ripper has to come out to play.
The machine has to be threaded right to get a good stitch.
At least it was an easy take out.

Sunday morning the borders have begun.
Can I do it?
Can I get the binding on it so I can take it to the beach to finish?
Not if I don't get back to it....
To Be Continued. 

It's so fun winning the bobbin chicken game. 🐔
I knew I must be close so when I was ready to turn to the next border,
I checked.
I win!!!
This time... 😀😀
and the next 2 times, I was the looser. 

That black stuff...
That's a Teflon oven liner. 
I need to replace my supreme slider so I tried this.
It works great.
I bought it from Amazon last year and finally tried it out.
I just marked the needle hole and made it larger 
and tape it down with painter's tape.

Quilting is done, binding is sewn on.

I was going to get the next UFO out to baste today but
a cute little 6 year old reminded me that I said I would make her a new apron.
So a new apron will be made instead.

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