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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
I am going to join up with Val at Val's Quilting Studio to do the piggy bank savings challenge. For one year I'm going to save my change and see how much I can accumulate...I'll put the savings towards going to a quilt cruise! It may take me more than a few years to save up, but that is something on my bucket list.
Since I don't know how to put buttons on my blog (I've tried several times, never successful), this is what the button looks like:
Are you interested in joining us in our savings plan? It is amazing how fast the coins add up and adding a few bills never hurts, right? Found money!!!
I actually picked up my needle and thread!! I am surprised at myself. I really don't like hand work but I really love this quilt that I am trying to finish within the next 10 years!! So I added 7 more curvy geese to the total and now it looks like this:
Can you tell the difference between the curvy geese and the ones I haven't gotten to yet?
I haven't just been sewing to be creative. I went to a class Thursday night with my Daughter #2 (she is moving from Hawaii to Georgia and I am her first stop on that journey across the country) at a place called Board and Brush. I got a head start on Christmas by making this for my niece and her husband to hang at their farm/ranch where they raise chickens and cattle.
Their oldest son is really into the chickens and has had a small flock of his own to take care of for the last year or so...he is now six! I hope they like it.
Still waiting on the baby to be born...another week or so!! I hope to have a picture of her and her quilt soon!!