Saturday, April 30, 2011

I had two shops to finish for the shop hop this weekend so ran out this  morning and polished it off.  Now I'm hoping to hear from multiple shops that I'm the winner of either one of their $25 GC's or perhaps a couple of the gift baskets valued at $300!!!  HAHAHA  I know, dreamer!  But a gal's gotta have some hope after driving that many miles and putting that much gas (at TODAY'S PRICES) in the ole tank, right?!!  Anyway, while there, I decided to take a picture of the sample quilt of the Christmas quilt class I've signed up for.  I think we're doing the classes by section so like upper left 1/3, upper middle 1/3, etc.

I doing mine more dark, not bright, Christmas colors but so far I've only done a few 1/2 sq. tri's.  Missed the 2nd class while in San Fran. so I better get busy!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I haven't posted in a few days and that's because I've gotten very little done.  I've worked on my Buggy Barn pineapple quilt that I saw Nedra doing over a Cactus Needle but still haven't gotten it put together.  I DID pick up my beautiful Tree Farm quilt by Edyta Sitar that was started on the Stitchin' Heaven quilt cruise.  Susan Corbett is my longarmer and she ALWAYS does the most GORGEOUS work on my quilts.  This one was NO exception and I'll post a couple of photos later.

Today I did half of the N. Texas shop hop and made a stop along the way to see Lissa Alexander at Moda.  I delivered IN PERSON some of the Just One Star blocks made by members of my guild (Bear Creek Quilt Guild) and of course HAD to get a picture with Lissa.  She was a really busy bee as she's getting ready for market in Salt Lake in a couple of weeks so I didn't want to detain her too long.


I wished we'd held up a few more of the blocks but, oh well, too late now.  And the second picture is for Monica over at Happy Zombie and this is some sort of secret gestures she and Lissa make when they see each other--don't ask me!  LOL

Each shop on the hop is giving a different log cabin pattern.  This was the quilt made using their pattern at Lone Star and was my favorite on today's part of the hop.  I have 5 more shops to finish up so I'm sure I'll see at least a couple more 'favorites'!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Just thought I'd share a few more photos from California since we're home now--made it in just ahead of some HUGE storms and boy was I GLAD!!  I HATE taking off or landing in rain or wind (probably everyone else does, too..LOL).



Isn't that ferny thing cool?  I loved that detail along the stem.  That big heron was SO far away that I had to super-zoom it on the camera and was really surprised at how well it came out.  And I got a little bonus critter in the lower left--funny!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is risen--Hallelujah!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Well, I spent part of the day ridin' the Skunk Train (no really, that's it's name!!), part of the day pickin' up glass on Glass Beach, visiting the Port Cabrillo lighthouse and part of the day twisting, winding and weaving along CA-1..was BEAUTIFUL!!




First, the little skunk train we rode on today and then what we were told was a 1,000 year old redwood.  WOW!  Then Frank is amongst a stand of huge trees, a view of glass beach (from Fort Bragg's website about the beach "Beginning in 1949, the area around Glass Beach became a public dump. It is hard to believe these days, but back then people dumped all kinds of refuse straight into the ocean, including old cars, and their household garbage, which of course included lots of glass. By the early sixties, some attempts were made to control what was dumped, and dumping of any toxic items was banned. Finally in 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board realized what a mistake it was and plans were begun for a new dump away from the ocean."  And some of the glass I collected on the beach.  Then on the walk to the lighthouse, I saw some beautiful wild iris, near that rock in the water were some bobbing seal heads but doesn't look like I got them in the picture and finally the beautiful lighthouse!!  Was chilly today but no rain, thank heavens.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Well, we're having a good time and good weather so far in San Francisco.  Yesterday, I stopped at one quilt shop, Thimblecreek I think, and it was very nice!  Today, I stopped at the one in Danville (can't remember the name but will look it up later) and it was another cute shop.  We also did a few touristy things like visit Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate bridge.  I was SO PO'd that the Alcatraz tours were booked up so I probably won't get to get out there!  When I checked at home, they had availability but not so today.  BOO!  So I just took pictures of it.  Hmph!




WHAT the HECK is that rocket thingy?  LOL  We were just driving along and I saw it and snapped the picture out the car window.  No clue what it is or why it's there..just thought it was funny.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's GROWING (I actually added one more gray block and one more color block after I took this picture).  I'm liking it more each time I add a little.  I do need to dig out the lighter gray that will be the setting triangles but that will have to wait til I get back.   I also worked on my of my Buggy Barn crazy pineapples.  It'll be a nice wall hanging when completed.

I took a few show & tell pictures at guild tonight but for some reason they came so dark (probably cause I was at the back of the room) and then my stupid battery died!  UGH!  But there were some good ones, as always.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Moda's Just One Star

I meant to tell you in the earlier post that our LQS' owner told us today at Quiltsitters that Moda has already WAAYY surpassed their goal of 1800 star blocks for the 100 quilts they were wanting to make.  They've received over THREE THOUSAND!!  WOW!!  She was told they were going to just keep making quilts til the stars run out but are still shooting for finishing 100 quilts by the middle of June.  If you're a local longarmer or are willing to help with binding, they'd LOVE to hear from you.

Here's the info once more and I'm sure you'll be able to find contact info if you're able to help at all!  That is AWESOME!!
Show & tell from Quiltsitters today....



Brenda's 'The Generals and their Women' (or something like that), a couple
from Scrap Basket Sensations, a Kansas Troubles and a Blooming 9 Patch.

Our spring shop hop is coming up in a couple of weeks and each shop is providing a pattern for a different 9 patch.  The first one is Beverly's sample and finally our non-mystery mystery quilt revealed.  I haven't been doing much as we've gone along.  Better get busy!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just had to post a couple of photos of my beautiful clematis--


Friday, April 15, 2011

I've been working on this UFO the past couple of days.  It's a design by Lynn Roddy Brown in her book "Simple Strategies For Block-Swap Quilts".  She came to our guild a couple of years ago (?!) and taught us the Texas Two Step (quilt not dance, HA).  We were supposed to use scrappy but I wanted to do scrappy in just red, white and blue.  I'm getting close to finishing up the blocks for that one but this one just kept calling to me.  I really love how it's looking up to this point and will try to keep pluggin' away.  Lynn's got some other neat settings for blocks but I shy away from swapping so hafta get the swappy, scrappy look from my own stash! LOL

I'm feeling better every day but have to keep telling myself not to push it.  Don't wanna relapse!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MAN, I HATE this pneumonia thing.  You feel like you've got a cold but you wear out in no time flat!  And I'm really not pushing myself or overextending..just trying to get a small thing or two done here & there.  So I couldn't find a good picture on the 'net and just took a picture from the book.  Since I had to miss Gwen Marston's workshop last weekend, I decided this was going to be my next project (I actually think this was Freddy's quilt)....

These are not my usual colors but I LOVE it!  The blocks are BIG (at 20") so just a few will make a nice-sized quilt.  I worked on making a few of the 1/2 sq. triangles but am too tired to trim them so that will wait.

And this was my companion as I rested on the couch last evening.  He couldn't squeeze all of his fat little body on all of the soft blankie so part of him was laying on my foot.  Too funny, goofy boy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Well, I actually did not ever feel like sewing yesterday so cut a little so that I COULD sew today, which I did!  Cara over at Cara Quilts posted awhile back asking for blocks for Canadian Quilts of Valor after seeing all the hubbub over Moda's Just One Star project.  I volunteered to do one block (which right now I'm glad is all I said I'd do given the way I feel) plus send an extra piece of white for setting triangles.  Here is my ONE maple leaf block.  Very quick & easy which is my kinda project right now!

Monday, April 11, 2011

I have felt SO BAD the last several days to the point of not feeling like doing ANYTHING!  Finally yesterday morning, I dragged myself to the local CareNow clinic and found the reason for my feeling poorly.  I have double pneumonia!!  Good GRIEF!!  No wonder I felt so bad!  So now that I've got a couple of doses of mega-strong antibiotics in my system and several shots of an inhaler AND a cough syrup, I'm feeling a tad better.  I might even take a stitch or two later.

We had a pretty good storm blow through last night and got a little much-needed rain.  I've been meaning to take some pix of my beautiful iris but just hadn't felt like it.  So this morning,  I sauntered VERY SLOWLY (cause that's about the only way I'm moving right now! LOL) out and snapped one picture.  Not the best to be sure, but still...

and, on the way back inside, I noticed the first ever morning glory of the season.  These pups reseed like CRAZY which is nice as they cover my trellis in the summer.  But they really crap out kinda early in the season which I DON'T like.  Guess you gotta take the good with the bad, huh?  LOL

Friday, April 1, 2011

start of new BOM

Today is the start of a new year's BOM and the color choices this year were tan & red or summer brights..and NO, I haven't finished last year's yet.  I haven't done the final block from the black & white & bright but I DO know how I want to set it.  So that's just another (among MANY) UFO.  I'll get it done here pretty quick, I hope, as I really like it and want to have it on the 'finished' list.

And today is the start of baseball season here in Dallas/Ft. Worth so

           GO RANGERS!!!