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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 28, 2017

I'm Still Alive!

Wow, I didn't realize that it has been over a year since I have posted anything!  Well, I'm still alive and so is my dad - YAY!!!  I am still in Reno taking care of him. 

I kinda moved in with him the end of March, 2016 (after spending 6 weeks on Oahu at my daughter's house!).  He is now 96.5 years old, so doing all the physical things around the house is too much for him.  From March, 2016 through December, 2016, I would spend 3 weeks with my dad then drive 760 miles home to see my hubby for a week, then drive back to Reno.  That schedule ended in January when my dad caught a cold on a Saturday and I was supposed to drive home that Monday.  I stayed in Reno and I'm so very glad I did - my dad ended up in the hospital on Wednesday with double pneumonia.  While he was there, we found out that he has an aortic aneurysm that measures 5.3 (I don't really know what that means, except that at 5.5 they schedule you for surgery immediately!).  I guess that explains some of his back pain!  After 5 days in the hospital, he came home but he now has oxygen 24/7 (and he hates it), so driving himself anywhere is now a major ordeal - besides the fact that him driving scares the heck outta me!  Consequently, I have been home once this year, way back in March.  I am hoping to get home for a couple of days before Christmas - I miss my hubby, horse and longarm!!!

I have been piecing a bit, but for some reason the pull of fabrics feels like more of a push away.  Has this ever happened to you and how did you get through it and back to playing with fabric?   The actual quilting is my first love and I think I'm a bit depressed because I miss that creative outlet, but I'll push on!

Color me crazy, but for the past year and a half, I have returned to the job that paid for my B.S. and M.Ed.  Can you guess what that might be??  I am umpiring 5-6 nights a week (April-November) for the cities of Reno and Sparks for the adult softball leagues.  3-4 games a night and I get to interact with 60-80 people!  It keeps me sane by providing me with social interaction with people from 18 to 91 years old!  In addition to that, it has helped me to lose 10 pounds - sweet!!!

I will be posting more...maybe it will help me to sew more, especially now that there is no softball until January 10 when Freeze Ball starts (yeah, we play no matter what the weather, even snow).

I did finish a quilt that I donated to my church when I went home in March:
I don't remember if I posted about this before, but it is the only finished quilt this year, so far!

These are the quilt tops I made for my new grandbaby that was due in August...didn't know the gender at the time so I made two!  Turns out I have a grandson, so he will get the triangle quilt that I hope to get quilted in time for Christmas!

And I am slowly working on the hand sewing on the geese on this quilt:
I decided that every goose needs to be hand-sewn to be curved!  Thanks to the easy method Ricky Tims has on youtube, they are three dimensional and bias edged!!  There are over 300 of them!  Did I ever mention how much I dislike hand work?  Well, I really want to get this quilt finished, so I'm planning on picking it up every day and trying to do at least one goose!

I hope there is actually someone still out there following my blog...I won't be silent for so long any more!!

Piece peacefully!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Craftsy

First, I don't have a Craftsy sale site, I'm just a member - ya know it's free to be a member, right?  Well, I'm doing some poking around there this afternoon and I must say, I am totally blown away!!  I've been a member of Craftsy for some years now, but honestly, today is the first time I have gone browsing through the quilt patterns (whole quilts to blocks, quilting patterns to hints/tips). 

Were you aware that as of this minute there are 17,933 quilt patterns on there!!  More than any quilt store, right??  I'm browsing through these patterns and decided to list them in order price, least expensive first.  I'm on page 30 of 748 pages and I'm still in the FREE!!! section of Craftsy!!!!  I have been adding patterns like a crazy woman...they are FREE so really, I'd be crazy NOT to "buy" them! 

AND...Craftsy will hold them in my files online so I don't have to load-down (and potentially lose the patterns) them to my desktop!  Can't ask for better than that, right? 

Oh, well, you could always check out their knitting, crocheting, jewelry, sewing, embroidery or paper crafts while you are there!!  That's just under the heading of "Patterns".  I also love the classes there by AMAZING teachers!!  Yep, I've bought some (for real money), but I'm thinking I need to check out the free classes as well!!!

Check out Craftsy - so much more then I ever expected!!  Nope, this isn't a sponsored post, I'm just excited to share an awesome place with more free things than I will ever have time to make (but I'm going to try!!!

Happy quilting from western Nevada!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Need Advice on Quilt

Boy, how life can change!  I am now living in Reno 3 weeks a month to care for my 95 year old father.  He still drives and his mind is still there, but his body is betraying him, so I cook and pick up the slack.  But that means I'm away from my longarm most of the time!  I miss it but I did design and make a new quilt I need your input on, please!!!

This is a quilt for my great-nephew who is four and LOVES chickens (they live on a farm also and so they have lots of chickens).  I found a chicken panel and that determined the colors I used.  There was no written plan, I just made blocks that remind me of "farm" - log cabin and rail fence - and pinwheels just because they are fun!  The chickens were a weird size - 8x9 - so I did a wonky border on them to get everything the same size.  Since I am quilt-math illiterate, there was a bit of a challenge with the pinwheels, but I love the way they turned out!
 Ohhh....how do you like the border??  I hate plain borders and a few years ago I bought the Double Diamond Ruler and decided this was the perfect quilt to try it out on.
So now for the advice...do you think I should leave the white inner border alone or should I put large red rickrack on it like this:
I'm not sure if it is good as-is, needs a little more or if the rickrack is too much!

For the label, I did a "lasagne" quilt technique of sewing my scraps together in a long strip, alternating the white with the colors.  When I put it together, I came up with the most wonderful way to use my scraps up (I told you I was quilt-math illiterate) and have a label all ready to embroider all the info on the white parts:
I have not totally deserted my blog, but with only piecing to show, it is going slowly!!  I hope your summer isn't as hot as it has been here in Reno - over 100 every day last week - and the dry lightning has sparked many fires (lots of smoke in the valley here). 

Until I piece again!!




Saturday, June 4, 2016

Winners

So sorry I'm late with the giveaway!!  It's been a bit crazy around here :)

Without any further delay...

The Martha Quilt goes to Darlene
The Quiltworx.com gift certificate goes to Moira
The Applique Quilts and More gift certificate goes to Susie Q
Sunbonnet Sue patterns go to desertskyquilts

Please contact me so I can get your email address...gift certificate winners, I'll send you a picture of the gift certificate via email so you can pick out your goodies right away!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pets on Quilts Time Again







It is that time of year again!!  Snoodles at Lily Pad Quilting is starting to talk about it so it is time for everyone to go through their pictures from the last year to find that darling picture of your "baby" with one (or more) of your quilts!  If you are like me and can't find any, time to start putting those quilts out where your "baby" can find them to snuggle up with or if your "baby" is well trained, stage that perfect shot!!  The prizes are always great and I always enjoy looking at everyone's quilts and "babies"!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Quilt Top Finished!

I just finished making the pattern Prism, which was created by Linda Pearl - what a blast to get to play with flying geese in a different way!!  My daughter and her husband were over to return the car they borrowed while they were in town so I got them to hold the quilt outside for me to take a picture!

I used my hoarded ombre fabric and had fun figuring out where to put the colors.  I chose to make it a cool to warm/light to dark.  I also changed the sashing between the columns - the pattern called for 2.5" strips, I started with 1.25" and went up 1/4" with every new sashing I cut, ending up with the widest sashing being 4.75".  I also made a few too many geese and so I made up the borders.  All the geese were made with the one-seam flying geese method as demonstrated on youtube by Ricky Tims.  I'll be doing some more work on the geese, but it is nice to have a new quilt top.

I'm torn between calling the quilt "Which Way is South?" or "Escaped" for the geese in the top and bottom borders that look like they have escaped from the masses!!  Which would you go with?

Friday, May 13, 2016

I'm Baaaacccckkkkk with a GIVEAWAY!!

I feel as though I've been gone forever!!  I spent 6 weeks with my daughter in Oahu where she is living now - can I just say I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the warm so very much!!!  I got back to my dad's house the Friday before Easter and the Monday after Easter we woke up to 6-8 inches of snow.  Talk about a shock!!  Not complaining...the west is in desperate need of water in any form, so we'll take it!

I have been spending 3 weeks a month with my dad (he'll be 95 next month) in his home and a week with my husband at home 750 miles away.  Putting lots of miles on my car, that's for sure!!  I planned it so that I was home for my local guild's quilt show where I won 3 door prizes!!  Since I never win anything, I was thrilled!!!  I decided I was going to share the wealth with you and offer up 4 patterns and 3 gift certificates for you go win.  Since I don't do anything fancy here, just leave a comment with what you would like to receive and make sure that I have your email address so I can get in touch with you for your mailing address if you win.

 Two gift certificates are for Appliques, Quilts and More for $10.00 each and one is for Quiltworx.com for 10% off your order.


 A purse pattern from my friend Kathie Donahue at Prairie Cottage Corner.
Hawaiian Sue pattern from my friend Kathie Donahue at Prairie Cottage Corner - I quilted this quilt for Kathie when I was a new quilter!!
Thanksgiving Sue and Sam pattern from my friend Kathie Donahue at Prairie Cottage Corner.  Do you see a theme here??  Yes, Kathie is actually the president of my guild this year!!
The "Martha" Quilt pattern from KimberBell - layer cake and fat quarter friendly pattern!!

There you go - comment on which one you would like or I'll ship everything off to Kevin the Quilter!!  I'll draw winners at the end of the month.

I am finally playing with fabric again after 2 months without touching fabric or going into a quilt shop!!  This is what I am working on:
I hope spring has sprung or autumn has relieved you of the heat in your world!!