Friday, September 15, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 3

Hello there!  Week 3 is upon us and you will find that it's almost a repeat of last week.  Yep - more Birds in the Air variation units.  Same bat channel, different bat colors.  I didn't time the cutting part of this, but started sewing the entire clue at around noon and was totally finished by 3 and that included photographing and writing as I went.  You've got this!


To start:  Cut 32 - 2 1/2" squares from EACH of colors 4 and 5 (medium and dark blue)

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 2

Welcome to week two.  Did you survive the strings?  Or opt out?  Either way, this week is fun.  The colors get to come out and we get to start to feel the beach as it washes around our feet.  In the picture above, spot the sand, a shade of sky, and the green of the water.  Those are being played with during this clue.


First up is Unit 2 -- keep it labeled as such from here on.  It is a variation on the Bird in the Air block and you will need 64 of these.

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 1

I've got tingles all over.  It's time for another mystery and I have to tell you, this one has been fun to work on and yet challenged my mathematical skills a bit.  Fortunately, I did all that just to make it go smoother for ya'll.   Yes, yes --- pretty proud of myself here.

As many of you know, I am a beach person.  Few places (perhaps the mountains) make me happier than hearing the sound of the ocean while watching the water and feeling the sea breeze on my face.  Science has been trying to figure this out for years.  In fact, Wallace J. Nichols writes, "We are inspired by water - hearing it, smelling it in the air, playing in it, walking next to it, painting it, surfing, swimming or fishing in it, writing about it, photographing it, and creating lasting memories along it's edge.  Indeed, throughout history, you see our deep connection to water described in art, literature, and poetry.  'In the water I am beautiful,' admitted Kurt Vonnegut.  Water can give us energy, whether it is hydraulic, hydration, the tonic effect of cold water splashed on the face, or the mental refreshment that comes from the gentle, rhythmic sensation of hearing waves lapping a shore.  Immersion in warm water has been used for millennia to restore the body as well as the mind.  Water drives many of our decisions - from the seafood we eat, to our most romantic moments, and from where we live, to the sports we enjoy, and the ways we vacation and relax.  'Water is something that humanity has cherished since the beginning of history, and it means something different to everyone,' writes archaeologist Brian Fagan.  We know instinctively that being by water makes us healthier, happier, reduces stress, and brings us peace."

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Quilt Update

Welcome to the Monthly Update.  What does that mean?  Well, it's just little ol me trying to recap what took place during the month so that I can keep track.  I kind of use it like a journal.  Please sit back and enjoy a peek into a month of my life.

Any links that you click in this post will open in a DIFFERENT window, allowing you to continue reading this without losing the page.

The previous 2017 monthly update links are located at the end of this entry.  I hope that you make it that far.


Easy Street (ES) - quilted, bound -
Garden Party (GP) - quilted and bound - 
Midnight Flight (MF) - blocks made
BOM (blue) quilted and bound -
BOM (Thimbleberries)  quilted and bound -
BOM (pink) quilted and bound -

1st - It is my last day in San Francisco.  Wow -- these days just flew by but then again, so has the whole summer.  Hello August.  Oh golly -- there is SOOOO much to do this month and I have more trips.  Will it all happen?

I am up and packed, checked out of room, and waiting in the lobby for Amanda and Abe.  We are walking about 8 blocks for breakfast at Sweet Maple.  Let's hope it is worth the hype.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Japanese Garden Costumes

Today's visit to the Portland Japanese Gardens netted me a lovely surprise in amongst the  sand gardens.  I received a great education in theater AND was treated to seeing incredible costumes in person.  Fiber, people -- fiber.  It's what we are all about right?

I wish to pass the information on -- yes, it's a bit but if you make it through -- the costumes are incredible.

The word kabuki literally refers to the lively song (ka) and dance (bu) performances (ki) that brought to life the exuberant merchant culture of Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868).

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Unique Quilt Show/Shop in Fossil, Oregon

Our destination for today is Fossil, Oregon, a place we think may offer a good viewing of the eclipse tomorrow.  As we arrive in town, there is a street fair in place.  Everyone is having a great time and I spot a sign over a door that it appears hasn't opened in a very long time.  However, the sign looks new.

I go next door to the Fossil Mercantile and peek in.  Well lookie here -- I've found the quilt show.  Enjoy the eye candy.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

24 Hours at Miller's B&B

As a result of globetrotting and running camps all summer, I have been experiencing a dearth of girl time.  Not mother/daughter or granddaughter "girl" but my GIRL time.  I've watched people gather at various places to sew together and wished I could too, but it just didn't fit the schedule.  However, one event caught my eye and I thought, maybe, just maybe, I could make it happen.  My soul sister (I'll explain that sometime), Sherri, is alone for 10 days and has opened her home to visitors.  That includes weekdays.  Aha!  I happen to have one of those in between Abilene and Portland.  With the perseverance of a pit bull, I grab ahold and sink my teeth into this idea.  I know I can only eke out ONE day, but 24 hours would be incredible.

With some quick talking through a beer, I have secured the car.  Woohoo.  Now, can I leave the night before?  Yippee!!!  This means that my sweet machine needs a spa treatment.  Come on pretty lady, you're gonna like this and feel oh so much better when we are finished.  (Seriously ladies - she's getting cleaned.)

I am packed and ready to go when my sweetie arrives home from work.  A few minutes later, the car is loaded and I am on the road again.  I am starting to believe that Willie sang that song just for all of us.  It only requires a few word changes and you'll know just what I mean.  Check it out.