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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!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you

Today we remember the sacrifices made by those who serve our country and tell them what we should be expressing every day, THANK YOU!  In my family, I am thanking:

Uncle Floyd, USAF (Col), WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War
Cousin Rob, USAF (Capt), Vietnam War
Cousin Ray, USN (Capt), Vietnam War, Desert Shield
Ex-husband Oliver, USMC (SgtMaj), Desert Shield
Daughter Brenna, USAF (TSgt), Desert Shield, Desert Storm
Daughter Tristan, US Army (SSG), Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom - still active duty

Thank you all for being willing to sign a check to our country that was for up-to-and-including your life to protect the freedoms and wonderful way of life we enjoy here in America.  I thank God for your willingness to protect and defend and I also thank God for His protection over all of you when you were in harms way.

**Update:  My beloved Uncle Floyd finished his final pre-flight check list and took off on his final flight December 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM.  At 97, he lived a long, full life free from most illnesses.  He departed with his beloved wife, son and his wife, and his grandchildren at his side.  As he did with everything in his life, he left us with grace and dignity.  He will be missed by all who loved him so much.**

Friday, November 7, 2014

Quilt Retreat and Microwave Bowls

I got home Wednesday night from the most fabulous retreat with my local guild.  Nineteen ladies spent Sunday through Wednesday morning stitching up a storm at the Palouse Divide Lodge.  The lodge is gorgeous
and this was what we woke up to
Sunday was gorgeous, but Tuesday and Wednesday the clouds must have been tired because they were down on the ground, giving the area a good soaking!!  Wednesday we had to leave by noon and the view changed to this

 It was perfect that the two days we were unloading and loading our cars were nice and dry and the days we could just stay in and sew were quite damp!  I got a bunch of sewing done - I don't get to sew much when I'm at home - I'm too busy dancing with my longarm!!!  I got the bindings on 4 quilts, made some microwave bowl holders, came up with a way to make some microwave plate holders and made two more quilt tops.
This is the Abacus quilt I made (forgot to get a picture of the other quilt I whipped out on Wednesday morning!)
I used some of my precious stash of ombre fabrics for the two new quilt tops...I'm on a bubble kick!  And then there were the microwave finger savers:
To make the plate holders, I cut 2 14" pieces of fabric, 2 13.5" pieces of microwave-safe batting, sewed the batting to the fabric, took tucks on all 4 sides 1/2" from the center line and 2" deep.  They certainly work great!  My plates are 10" and 11" in diameter and both sizes fit perfectly!   If there is any interest, I'll work up a tutorial (it would be my first!!) and put it up here.  And I'll put up a picture of my other quilt as soon as I finish unpacking!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes - November

Where did October go??  I blinked and it's November!  I am linking up with Sew Bitter Sweet Designs - doing this really makes me get at least one of my quilts finished every month...well, at least I try!  For November, I want to quilt, bind and label the quilt I made out of the blocks I had folks sign at my daughter's wedding in August.  I made too many of the blocks when I was making her wedding quilt, so I ironed freezer paper to the back of the blocks, taped a matting frame around them (to keep my 1/4" for sewing) and voile, I had her autograph album all ready!
This is my goal - can I do it??

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lovely Year of Finishes October Goal Met!!

The month isn't even half over and I finished my goal for the month!!!  It is done-done, right down to the label!  This is a pattern I tested for Sue Abrey and it was a fun quilt to piece.  Definitely different from any other quilt I have made.  Warning:  lots of pictures because each of the 20 golden "blocks" was quilted with a different pattern.

The back

Back detail

Great texture

Great texture

So pretty!!!

Love this pattern!

Love this pattern!

 I am so happy with the way this quilt turned out and I am gifting it away soon.  Gonna be hard to let this one go...it turned out so cool!!!  I may be needing to make another one for myself!  These are colors I would never have chosen for myself, but they match the decor in the recipient's home.

I have linked up sewbittersweetdesigns for the Lovely Year of Finishes!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New (to me) Quilt Shop

I just wanted to share with you a new-to-me online quilt shop - Hawthorne Threads.  I was looking for a specific piece of fabric - Tula Pink's Sea Stripes in Aqua (I'm totally blaming my total impulse purchase on Molli Sparkles!!).  I had never heard of Hawthorne Threads before my search, but their prices are fabulous - $7.50 per yard for Tula Pink *I know, amazing*!!  And their shipping doesn't double the price of the fabric!  Oh, oh...they do something they call Tiered Pricing, where the more you buy, the more you can save per yard!!!  Hawthorne Threads is owned by a married couple, Charlie and Lindsay, who have been operating this fabric shop out of their home since 2008.  If you are looking for fabric and don't want to pay $10 per yard or more, give Hawthorne Threads a look.  I'm not affiliated (they are across the country from me) and I am not being compensated in any way for this blog post - I can't even figure out how to put a button on my blog, so being sponsored by anyone...I don't think it's in the card for me!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Again this month I am joining up with Sew Bittersweet Designs for A Lovely Year of Finishes for October.  I have so much quilting to get finished before Christmas, I am using this as a carrot to help me achieve my goal!  I need to finish this beautiful quilt that I pattern-tested for Sue Abrey. 

Are you getting anything done-done?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Challenge Quilt Done!

I belong to the Inland Northwest Machine Quilters - lovely group of ladies who love to quilt by machine!  We meet four times a year and have a guest teacher every year.  Most everyone has a longarm, many have computer systems on their longarms and all of them are incredibly talented!!  Every year we have a challenge where we buy the kit to make a quilted something - changes every year - and this year I actually pieced my little 25" square wall hanging and got it quilted in time to be in the challenge!!  The last week of quilting it was a bit of a challenge because I was suffering from vertigo for the very first time!!  Is it really hard to stand there and guide my longarm when everything is spinning and tilting!!  I really went out of my box with this quilting and it was so much fun!  I used Superior Threads' gold and cranberry metallic thread and So Fine on the top of the quilt, and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  I used a double layer of batting - cotton on the bottom and wool on the top.  I also used Lisa Calle's Quilter's Groove Pro Line 16 (found here) to do the match stick quilting on the edges.  I forgot to get a picture of the back - Kona solids light gray - but when I get it back from the WSQ Spokane Quilt show I get some pictures of it - looks so cool!

Of course, this is the only picture I took - while it was hanging up at our meeting!!  I'm sure you can enlarge the picture if you are interested in seeing the quilting more closely.  There were 11 of us who participated in this challenge who were hand-guided, and only one who was using a longarm with a computer - they were supposed to digitize their own patterns and I guess most of them didn't know how to do that (I am certainly clueless!!).  This is probably the worst job of binding that I have ever done - it would not stop swirling with the room!!!  We will find out who wins the ribbon at the WSQ Spokane Quilt show October 17.  This is only voted on by the INMQ members.  It was fun to stretch myself and do something totally different.  I usually base my quilting on the blocks, and while I did use them for determining where the star points would go, I pretty much ignored what I was quilting on!!  When it comes home from the show, it will hang in my living room - my first wall hanging in my house!!!