Tuesday, August 21, 2018

PROGRESS???

The time is going faster than ever.  And I have been busy with another craft show at the Harvest Fest that took place this past weekend at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Museum.  It is a wonderful facility displaying the history of the area and demonstrating typical methods of harvesting - this weekend anyway.  And, it's only about a mile from my house!

In between sewing items to sell, I have worked on this Christmas wall hanging.  I basted it, along with several other things, a while ago and have done some quilting on it.



Here's a close up of the quilting on the lower section.  I still need to quilt the car, trailer, trees and the "snowballs" under the words.  I'm determined to get it finished before Christmas this year.  Last year, I gave up on it when we decided that we would spend Christmas in Florida.


Another large project is Bonnie Hunter's Bowdacious quilt that I decided to make for my 9 year old DG (who lives in Florida).  I plan to get it finished before early October so I can show it at my guild meeting.  In later October, I will be traveling to Florida again and we will celebrate Christmas early while there in Florida, as this year we will be home for Christmas.

Below are the latest block sections that I have been working on.  And I just now noticed that the lower right one needs to be fixed!  Oops!


Below are all the blocks that I have finished so far.  I need 40 of these.  I needed 15 more when I took this out last week, and now I have finished 2 and have 2 more almost done.  Each completed block has these 4 sections (like the ones above), and has 53 pieces.  I had decided to make this quilt after participating in Bonnie Hunter's Virginia Bound workshop in Texas and seeing this quilt that she showed us along with other quilts of hers.


I sorry that I haven't been blogging as much lately.  The time just isn't lasting as long lately.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

YAMHILL COUNTY FAIR

As I said in my last post, I entered my Dear Jane's Journey quilt in the Yamhill County Fair and won a 3rd place ribbon.  I was very happy at how it was displayed.  This is what you saw upon entering the crafts building!  The quilt on the right won the 1st place ribbon and Best of Show.  It is a beautiful quilt and the quilter who made it also made 2 other quilts that I will show.



Here are the 2 other quilts and these were designed by Crabapple Hill.   I'm sorry, but I didn't take a picture of the quilter's name.

Snow Days

Snow Days

Snow Days

Mystery of the Salem Quilt Guild
Here are some other items I saw at the fair that I liked:




I recently joined another quilt guild because it meets during the summer, Gone to Pieces.  They are making a 14' tree skirt that will be sent to Washington DC to go under a 20' tree at the Department of Agriculture for Christmas.  Here are a few pictures of the tree skirt.  It is designed to look like a wagon wheel with each section of the wheel depicting an aspect of the State of Oregon.  All the Christmas trees for the DC government buildings will be from the Willamette Valley forests, which is where I live (not in the middle of a forest, but in the valley).

Mt. Hood with skiers skiing down the mountain

Light House with all the light house names in their respective locations

Eastern Oregon John Day National Park and a wagon train, etc

Making a 14' tree skirt is a huge undertaking and there is still a lot of sewing to do by hand which we all will participate in at our next meeting.  

Stay cool and happy quilting!

Friday, August 3, 2018

SPECIAL SHOPPING TRIP

I just finished these socks this morning.  I think I've knitted over a dozen pair of socks, mostly for myself, but some were for my DIL and 2 DGSs.  I learned how from a lady at church and it is getting easier with each pair.


My LQS has a couple special ways to keep you coming back.  For one thing, they have a punch card (actually a key ring with a plastic punch card on it).  When it is all punched, you get $25 of free fabric.  I finally finished a punch card.  The reason it took me so long is that sometimes I forgot it and I had to start a new one.  You can't combine them.  Also, you don't get punches for anything on sale, and since I buy mostly from the sale bolts in the basement, it takes a lot longer to get one card all punched.  This is my first one and I have lived here 4 years!

The second thing that they do is give you 25% off the week of your birthday and you can use the $25 card to pay for it.  Since my birthday was Tuesday, I planned my shopping trip for Wednesday morning.  My DS#1 gave me a gift certificate of $1 for each year of my life and combined with the $25, I had a nice round number to spend!

I saw the table runner pattern for Nordic Stars in the November/December 2017 of McCalls Quilting Magazine and used part of my $ to buy fabric for it.  I took 2 pictures and neither one turned out very good, but I'm including both of them so that maybe you can get the idea of what it looks like.  The pattern looks easy, but it was kind of hard to get everything lined up just right.

There are 4 shades of blue and a white background.



Here are some of the other items I bought on my shopping trip.  A new ruler by Creative Grids.  I had read good things about these rulers, so I thought I would try one.  So far, I really like it.


I bought 2 different white on white fabrics that maybe you can see if you enlarge this picture.  I used the bottom one with the snowflakes for the background of the table runner.  I didn't have much good white fabric, so I hope this will last a while.


I also got a couple different red fabrics as you can never have too much.  I should have enough fabric to last a while, but you never know when you will need a particular color for something, as well as fabrics for backings, etc.  Even though I keep sewing all the time using up fabric, it doesn't seem to decrease much.

I entered my Dear Jane quilt in the Yamhill County Fair and got a 3rd place ribbon.  I will also be entering it into the Oregon State Fair soon.

This weekend is the 2nd weekend that I will be a vendor at the Powerland Steam Up Quilt Show.  Powerland is a place of interest mostly to men, but to give the ladies something to do while the hubbies are busy looking at all the antique steam engine tractors, etc., they started a quilt show several years ago.  This is my second year as a vendor there.  If you are near Brooks, OR, this would be a good weekend to attend because the weather is supposed to be very pleasant.  The quilt show is in the air-conditioned Truck Museum.

Hope you have a quilty weekend!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

TRIP TO WASHINGTON

We took a short trip to Washington state this week and saw so many amazing things!  First of all we visited our DGD and she took us to a couple quilt shops.

The Quilt Shoppe is located in Poulsbo, WA which is a scandinavian town with a street named King Olaf!  The owner is Norwegian and she has created some Norwegian type patterns.  Unfortunately, I didn't take very many pictures there, but if you ever get to that town, you should stop in.


Next, we went to Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, WA, which is a very cute, old town.  The quilt shop is wonderful and we had a good time looking at all the fabrics.






I didn't buy much and don't have a picture of it.  Don't you love the quilt in the above picture?

Next we went to Olympic National Park and up to Hurricane Ridge at 5242 feet elevation!  The drive up there is beautiful, however, they are re-paving the road, so it is down to one lane for a significant section of it and took a little longer to get up there.


The Visitor Center is on top of the mountain with a perfect view all around!


Look at this!


Then we drove down to SW Washington and went into New North Light House, built in 1898.  The light is still in use and can be seen for 17 miles out to sea.


It wasn't too tall, so we were able to make it to the top!


I had been wanting to go to Astoria, Oregon in the North East corner of Oregon for quite a while.  We crossed into Oregon via the Astoria Bridge, which is 4 1/2 miles long.  The special thing for me is that I have a good friend whose husband worked on building the bridge in 1966!

While in Astoria, we learned a lot about the Columbia River.  The entrance to the river from the Pacific Ocean is the most dangerous of any other river in the USA and it is called the "Graveyard of the Pacific."  Over 2,000 ships have gone down there.  The ships are required to have a "bar pilot" help them go through the entrance (which is called the bar).  The Columbia River Maritime Museum was so interesting!



We also went to the Flavel House Museum, which was built 1883 by Captain George Flavel, a bar pilot and business man.


I love touring historic homes!


Astoria is the oldest city on the west coast and got started because of the beaver trade.  I love history and there is so much more to learn about this area. 

Now, I'm anxious to get some sewing in this weekend!


Friday, July 13, 2018

FAN QUILTING

When I got ready to quilt two table runners, I was trying to figure out how to quilt them and I finally decided to use the Baptist fan stencil, which is becoming my favorite way to quilt things - especially small things.  I like the large stencil that I got from Barb even on small items like table runners.  

I had these stars already done and found them in a box, along with the stripy blocks which I just had to make a few more of,  and put this table runner together.  I had to go get some more brown fabric and my quilting buddy and I went to Grandma's Attic in Dallas, OR - which is our 2nd favorite quilt shop.  I got the brown for the border there.


I also bought the backing fabric, which was on the sale shelf for only $3.00 per yard - there were 2 yards left on the bolt!  You can see the quilting better from the back.


I don't remember if I showed this "bright kitty" fabric before, but I purchased a yard of it at a shop in Des Moines, Iowa in April.  I made a table runner with different size blocks and have the kittys facing in all directions, so if it's on a table you can see the kitties from each side.


Again, the fan quilting seemed to work best and I quilted it with a gold thread, but used a purple and pinkish variegated thread for the black border.


We went to a quilt guild meeting on Monday and I won a kit for this lap quilt, which I put together today.  I have the backing ready to go and need to see if I have enough batting to baste it - I don't think I do.


The weather is very hot this week, but not up to 100ยบ.  The 90s is hot enough for me.  My echinacea plant just started to bloom.


The humming birds love this crocosmia flower. Unfortunately, it doesn't last very long.


This is what's left of the hosta planted in front of my house in the shade after the deer ate all the leaves and the one flower from it.  I think next year I'll just plant some more begonias because they seem to do fine there.


Keep cool everyone!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

BASTING, QUILTING AND WASTING TIME

I've been very busy basting and quilting, so why? do I waste time???

First of all I worked on this project, Secret Window, and got it quilted.  It is pretty wonky, so I hope when I put the binding on it will straighten up.  I used different colors of threads when quilting the flowers and then used a turquoise thread when quilting the "window" lines and backgrounds.



I started out quilting the backgrounds a different way and then had to take out all the stitching (of the background that I had done) because my tension knob changed and loosened up the top thread which was showing through to the backing.  The tension knob is right in front of my machine and is easily bumped without my knowledge until I notice that it is way off.  I don't know when or how it happens, but it is very frustrating when it does.  After fixing the tension, I decided to stitch feathers in the black and turquoise background parts and I liked it a lot better than my original choice which was ripped out.


Here is a pile of basted Christmas wall hangings (2) and table toppers (3).


I also finished my Topsy Turvy table runner which I posted about here.  Before I basted and quilted it I decided to change a couple of the side triangles so that I wouldn't have 2 of the same fabrics right next to each other.  I quilted this with Barb's Baptist fan stencil and that went quickly.


Moving along, I quilted another table runner made with Australian fabric.


Here comes the wasting time part.  I have some boxes where I will put little pieces of fabric or HSTs, etc.  In fact, I have quite a few of these boxes, be they those plastic shoe boxes, or smaller ones like the one below.


Sometimes I will look into these boxes and get side-tracked by taking time to square up HSTs, maybe sew a few into pinwheels, etc.   Or place them into baggies that I have with the size written on the baggie.  I have HSTs in all sizes for future use!


I came across some pieces of scraps that I had started to sew together some years ago.  I just don't like to waste fabric, so I don't throw small pieces away.  You never know when you might need it, right?


I made these small pieces into coasters of various sizes.  I had these left overs from making some 9-patches years ago for DS#3/DILs bed quilt and couldn't stand to toss them.  I love some of these fabrics!


Others were from a variety of other projects.


One never knows when one will need these tiny pieces of fabric!  Am I nuts or what?  Don't answer that question!