Monday, October 31, 2011

Rambling on and on and on...

Here's my latest project.  It may not look like it but there are over 320 different sections here.  I have been sick for over a week and I started to put these on my makeshift design wall in the apartment but got frustrated.  I don't have the room to lay this out.  I feel for those of you with limited space.  It really is a struggle.  So I gave up and went back to watching TV.  So today I am feeling a little better and my goal is to put this together is sections if I can.  I won't be able to quilt this till we move, which I hope will be during Thanksgiving week.  Still waiting for our down payment money to come through.  Patience is not my virtue!
I did take a class at Bolts in the Bathtub in Lancaster, Ca last Thursday.  I thought I would take anything just to meet some people.  I was feeling pretty miserable but decided to go anyways.  I made this pin cushion (it is suppose to be a birthday cake) and had a great time but I only met one person - the teacher.  I was the only student.  She was a great teacher and I really enjoyed getting to know her.  I hope to sign up for something else but they only post their classes one month at a time and they still don't have the ones for November out yet. 
Don't I have the greatest secret pal (Kings River Quilt Guild).  This is what I got.  Love everything and can't wait to use it.  Hoping to go to the Christmas party in December to meet her but I don't know what to do for her for Christmas.  It has to be something special.  Got any ideas?

Here are some pictures of Becky and Daniel when we had lunch two weeks ago.

This is from the church picnic Saturday.  We just went up for the day.  This is Daniel and Aggie.

Here is Becky (she won't let anyone take her picture anymore) and Ben.  They thought it was fun grabbing the tree and jumping off the rock they are standing on.  Sorry Genelle!  It was a great time but a long day.

This week will be one of waiting to hear about the farm escrow.  It better close soon or we are in big trouble with our escrow.  Hoping to look for a couch again this week.  Found one I really like but it is too much money.  I don't know what to do.  I can't find anything else I even remotely like.  I just need to settle on something cheaper and hope I don't regret it.  It really shouldn't be such a big deal but when all you do all day is sit here thinking about what you want to do with a house you don't have yet, you get a little crazy!

Enough of that.  I hope you all have a great day!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN! (I think we will go out and drink tonight!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I have been busy in the quilt room (apartment extra bedroom) quilting some little quilts and also busy outside the apartment.  Here is a piece I just finished.  A few weeks ago Sara, Barbara, and I got together and played with decolorant.  This is a piece I did on black rayon.  Then I quilted it with metallic thread and beaded the edge.  I'm not sure if I like it.  It looks childish or maybe it's because it is more "artsy".

This is a piece I made from scraps of some hand dyes I did sometime ago.  The more I work with my own fabrics, which I do not have many of, the more I like it.  I think once we move, I want to do some dyeing.  This is called Cattywampus.  It is for a friend who was criticized for using that word.  I like the word and since I could not get the squares and rectangles to look straight, hence the title.
Last week I went to the Pacific International Quilt Festival.  There were some amazing quilts but there didn't seem to be as many as last year.  There were too many vendors.  I really didn't seem to come home with that much stuff for all the money I spent.  Some patterns, thread, projects for Christmas presents and more decolorant.  I did get an embellishment book that I have almost read from cover to cover.  When I make some of the embellishments next week I will post them and the book title.  On the way back we stopped at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  I just had to take this picture for all my friends who are coffee lovers.  Besides her clothes being made out of everything coffee, her boots had coffee beans allover them.

On Saturday I taught the fifth in a series of six classes on the Vintage Moments book by Marsha McCloskey.  Here are some of the centers of the class.  Three of our students were missing but I am hopeful that they will be there next month for our last class.  We came up with another class to be done in a series for next spring but I have to make the quilt first.

Well we are in escrow on a house in Acton.  We are still waiting for the farm to close but are hopeful that all will be in order and we can move in on Thanksgiving.  Believe me, it cannot happen soon enough!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The lastest

Remember my "I Spotted a Frog" quilt?  It was selected for the Kings Art Center's postcard for our quilt exhibit.  Barbara emailed me  a picture of the postcard but I haven't seen one in person yet.  I think the show starts this week.  I wonder if I'll get to see it.
I have been working on my fans for the vintage moments class.  Here are the 48 fans finished.  Finally, I thought it would never end.  Now all the parts are done, including the middle, and I can start putting it together.  I'm working on a birthday quilt for Janice right now so when that is done I can get to it.

I made these place mats to add some color to this boring apartment.  Here are the six I made for us and I have four more for someone else.  Can't say in case she reads this far down the blog.

Here I am holding the baby quilt from the Hanford church for Tami's new baby Anna.  Genelle and Peggy came down to help me put it together.  We whipped it out in one day.  I wish I would have had more time to do some quilting on it besides stitch in the ditch but it had to be done.  The shower is this Saturday.  I hope she likes it.  I found the fabric at Bolts in the Bathtub in Lancaster, Ca.  It is a great shop and no, Jeremy, it's still not better than Thimble Town!  Thimble Town is still the best quilt store for my money!

  It is suppose to rain tomorrow so I hope to get a lot of quilting done.  I love the rain and am always more productive when it rains.  Spent today running around town after getting a flu shot and having lunch with Jeff at the Saugus Cafe.  Great food, been there since forever, diner where the movie stars have gone in the past.  Don't know why the movie stars go there.  It is kind of a hole in the wall from the outside.  Come to visit and I'll take you there!

Off to see "Money Ball" with Brad Pitt. My son-in-law Stephen's brother, Bryan, is in the movie as one of the Pitchers. It's suppose to be a great movie.