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Enjoy your stay under the variable skies of Eastern Washington and watch the seasons change, from planting to harvest here on the farm...be sure to wrap up in a quilt during the winter, it's cold!!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Snow Much Fun Blog Hop

So sorry to Cindy at Quilt Doodle Doodles so being late with this post.  I am working on a quilt for a new grand due this summer and trying to figure out how to quilt it on my DSM...which y'all know I just don't do!!  The fabric for the background went to my home instead of where I am, so hubby put it in the mail for me...and it was 4 days later than I was told it would be on the last leg of its journey.

How do people not break their backs pinning a quilt sandwich??  I guess working on small tables that are about knee high isn't the best solution!!

Those ladies participating in the Snow Much Fun Blog Hop are:


Today we bid farewell to Koda, here far to short a time, deeply loved and missed so very much already.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year, Merry Christmas...and all that jazz

I will admit the last three years have been more difficult then I realized they could be when I made the decision to move in with my dad and take care of him.  I left my hubby, horse and longarm (as well as most of my quilty things) behind in Washington...750 miles away.  The first year wasn't so bad as I stayed with my dad for 3 weeks a month then went home to Washington for a week, but that changed 2 years ago.  It was a Saturday night and I was supposed to drive home on Monday, but my dad was just beginning to show symptoms of a cold, and for some reason I decided I could not go home.  By Wednesday that week he was in the hospital with double pneumonia.  If I had gone home, I don't think he would have survived until I got home.  *Note to self, listen when your intuition yells at you*

After that, he was on oxygen 24/7.  I didn't realize just how limiting that really is nor did I understand just how out-of-breath someone on oxygen becomes with the slightest physical exertion.  Now I know.  Since January 2017, I have been home once for 4 days in March 2017 and I did get to meet my hubby in Hawaii for the wedding of one of his daughters in December 2017.  I miss my hubby, horse, longarm and all my quilty stuff!!  But I won't be going home until after my dad goes to his heavenly home, so...

Looking back on the past year, the only quilt I pieced was the one for my new granddaughter who was born this past summer.  I think I am stuck somewhere in my head I don't want to be, so...

I have decided I need some help to get sewing again, so I am going to participate in some BOMs that are free.  Marian at Seams to be Sew has a list on her post today of a bunch of free BOMs.  Six of them appealed to me, so I'm going to be giving it a go to try to break out of my funk.  I just might even post more often if I have something to show off!!

Since I really love this man, I don't want him to leave me any time soon!  This is a picture of the two of us celebrating his 95th birthday over two years ago...

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Free BOM

I just received word that Quilt Doodle Doodles is hosting a new BOM next year called Garden Sunshine.  It will allow you to either embroider or applique (always nice to have a choice) and did I mention it is FREE???!!!  All right, yes, there is a catch...you have to actually download the free pattern each month it is offered.  If you miss a month and want to get it later, there is a small fee, but once a month, I think I can at least download one pattern!!  Use your own fabrics or she has fabric kits for the piecing alone OR piecing and applique both!

Pop on over to Quilt Doodle Doodles, follow her blog and get your free BOM!!!
I'm off to actually get some sewing done today!!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Good Fortune Mystery Quilt

I have decided to participate for the first time in Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery Quilt.  If you would like to join in, you can get the fabric requirements and first week's instructions here.

Here is my fabric pull for this quilt, just a bit different from Bonnie's color choices.

Here is another view:

The top is gray as my neutral, olive for the red, yellow for the green, coral for the blue, teal for the orange.

I'm linking up here for the first week.  Are you playing along??

#quiltvillemystery and #goodfortunequilt

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Help Another Quilter Out if You Can

Those of you in the United States undoubtedly have heard of the devastating fires in California that have wiped out the entire town of Paradise.

Several years ago the farm I live on was threatened by fire - God bless the volunteer firemen who stopped the fire one mile from the house.  I can't tell you how terrified I was...hubby was at work, I had 3 horses and no trailer to take them away!  A friend from town came out to see if I needed help and the sheriff's deputy came by to make sure I knew of the danger.  I was going to turn the horses loose in the hay field (it was green and moist) and hope they didn't stray from the abundance of food since there aren't complete fences around the field.  Extra vehicles were going to join the horses.  In the back of my truck I had already packed up photo albums, all my quilts and tops, then stood watching the smoke from the fire.  I had warning.  Paradise didn't have much at all as the Camp Fire raged through the community.  The death toll keeps mounting.  Those who survived generally did so with the clothes on their backs.

One family that survived has really touched my heart.  No, I don't know them personally, but I know that they are in need and perhaps fellow quilters can help be a blessing to them.  Melanie has posted about their story, with links to their social network profiles.
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Rachelle is a new quilter - remember your passion at the beginning of your quilting journey??  Please read their story (I went to Facebook), pray for them and if you can help bless them, please do.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery Quilt

I have decided I am going to try doing this quilt!  Of course, I'll start out way behind because of my shoulder surgery tomorrow morning, but I'm going to give it my best shot!  My stash is minimal here at my dad's house, but there are wonderful fabric shops near me, so as soon as I can drive I'll be heading to Home Depot or Lowe's to get my paint chips and get myself situated as to how much of what color I need to buy.  Reds and oranges aren't plentiful here, so I know those will be new fabrics.  I don't have much neutral either, so I'll pick those up to.  Heck, I don't have much green or blue either, so I'll just make it a big, expensive trip to my LQS!!

Are you planning on doing the mystery quilt as well?  If you have no idea what I am talking about, this is the place to go to get all of the information...inspired by her trip last year to China!!!


Sunday, October 28, 2018

HQAL, Liberty Belle and My Other Life

Wow, I haven't posted since July!!  I guess you can really tell I don't like hand work.  I did actually work on my curvy geese a little while I waited for my car to get an oil change...a whole three more added to the total, and I am still working on the green geese!  I have so many more to go that  it is overwhelming!!
I finally got pictures of my Liberty Belle quilt from my phone to my computer.  As much as I hated to let someone else quilt a quilt of mine, I just cannot quilt on my sewing machine!!  I miss my longarm so much!!
Here is a close-up of the quilting and binding - I did a faux piping binding and used a variety of the reds (I think) and blues in the quilt for the binding.  I did put this all together back in April and I haven't seen it in person since!!
While I have been taking care of my dad 750 miles from my home, I have returned to umpiring adult slow-pitch softball and kickball.  I used to do this "back in the day" to pay for my Bachelor's and Master's degrees (with no debt!!).  Now it is my sanity and social interaction.  This is a shot I took of a pitcher in kickball - it is so much fun (note his tutu and angel wings)!  I would not do this during a softball game as those balls really aren't soft!!
Earlier this summer, before a softball game, I found this baby on the ground under a tree.  This fledgling was learning how to fly and had no clue how to take flight from the ground.  He willingly climbed on my finger and I was able to return him to a branch.  I checked later and he was gone so I hope he found his way home.
I will not be doing any hand work until next year as I am having my shoulder operated on on November 1.  Not sure I'll be able to even do much typing, so if I don't make it back here, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a blessed Christmas.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

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