Friday, September 22, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 4


Clue FOUR means that we have been together on this journey for a month now.  Say it isn't so and that our lives are not racing by that quickly.  Please.

I am back from a wonderful time at the beach with ladies that are so near and dear to my heart.  We have laughed til our bellies hurt, cried a few tears together, and formed bonds that will hopefully never die.  However, now it is time to get back to the real world and I'm ready, although reluctant.

I know it's repetitive, but PLEASE read all the way through the clue before starting.

This week are two tried and true units for you but first, let's do some cutting.

Using Color 1, Light Green, cut 128 - 1 1/2" x  3" bricks.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Home from Surfside

Lydia and I have said goodbye to Surfside and are on the way home.  Hello Mr. Austin.

On the way down, we decided that the return trip would take away our Buc-ee's virginity.  Yep, that's right.  Neither of us have been to one yet.  Today is the day.

We take the Madisonville exit and voila -- it's right there.  In we go.  Oh, it's lunch time too.


First things first.  I've heard they have the cleanest restrooms and it's true along with them being super huge, but what I hadn't been told was about all the pictures lining the walls as you enter and the cute signs right before the turn.  I adore these.

We decide to go our separate ways and as Lydia heads to the grocery end of the store, I go the other way.  I'm checking it all out as quick as I can and know I am missing a ton, but a few things do manage to catch my eye and are deemed picture worthy.

These signs may show up in future emails for group posts.


Aprons to die for --


And a cookbook open to a page that just makes me giggle.


I locate a meat, cheese, egg, fruit, tray to snack on in the car and some fudge and jerky to take home.  I WILL be back next trip.  On the way out -- this sign catches my eye.  Another reason to return.

Surfside Beach Retreat #2

We are now in the second half of day 7 and our numbers are increasing again.

Our first-timer, Gilley has joined in and is followed up by a carload of four more.

I love that before they have barely arrived, Stephanie is heading for the beach to get her feet in the water.  YES!  Setting up can always happen, but we're at the BEACH!

There is a group of tweeners heading out for their afternoon walk and as I watch from the deck, Stephanie just joins right in -- padding around with her shoes in her hand.


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!

AS ALWAYS:  PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CLUE BEFORE STARTING.

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


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Surfside Beach Retreat - Tweeners

It is day 5 at Surfside and some of the Group 1 people have left.  Two more are leaving tomorrow morning so we still have a full house, but it's much more laid back.  No one is racing around preparing meals and play is all around.  At one point, I am talking to Debi in the kitchen and I walk into my room for a split second and return to an empty kitchen.  After asking all around the room as to whether she went outside, no one claims to have seen her.  I start walking back towards my room and hear this faint knock.  Okaaaay.  It happens again and I stealthily follow it.  I'm sure to anyone else this would have looked super crazy but no one was paying any attention at all.  Finally, I come to a stop outside the pantry door and open it.  There she stands with her finger to her mouth going, "Shhhh."  I'm trying so hard not to laugh but I close the door and go looking for someone to pull a prank on.  I know --- Sharron.   I ask her to get me something from the closet but she gives me this really weird look and say, "There isn't anything in there that I can reach that you can't.  I smell a rat."  Well, dang it anyway.  Without giving anything away, a few minutes later Maria walks in and I ask the same question saying it's on the top shelf and that I need help.  This time it works because she is actually taller than me.  (Note to self:  remember this type of stuff when messing with people.)  She goes to the door and opens it.  Debi is standing there and say, "I needed a plate."  In reality --- it's a good place to escape and take a chill pill now and then.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Surfside Beach Retreat #1

Waiting a whole year for an event to take place requires patience, patience, and more patience with this year requiring an extra dose.  Houston has been hit with an unbelievable hurricane leaving thousands homeless and a large portion of the city underwater.  There have been moments where we were not sure that our annual beach retreat would even take place.  It is a go but we have a bit of guilt at having something so wonderful take place while others are struggling intensely.  We will be boosting their economy so in a small way we are helping by being there.  Surfside Beach was spared but according to the rental property manager, the town is rather quiet.  We will be a burst of energy to the area in more ways than one and this crazy redhead can't wait to hear the ocean.  We're not sure we can even get in the water, but it really doesn't matter - honest.

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.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CLUE BEFORE STARTING.

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.

Goals:  ARE YOU JOKING ME?  HAHAHAHAHA

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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 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.

Goals:

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 - Summer camp sessions are still in full swing.  With one week remaining before this one ends, the list of ideas still have some unchecked items.  Today the DMA is on tap and while there, they have an exhibit by Iris van Herpen entitled, "Transforming Fashion."  That sounds like fabric to me so we make a point to check it ou.  I have to tell you that some of these dresses look dang uncomfortable but give it up to creativity.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ava's Quiet Book

6/7  Miss Ava, my granddaughter, is turning one next month and since I made her sister a quiet book for her first birthday and personalized it so that it was unique and "just hers", I am about to embark on a second adventure.  To see the first one, here's your LINK.  It likely has more construction pictures and info than this one as, well, this is round two.

Apparently you CAN teach an old dog new tricks because I learned a LOT the last time.  I will not start out by doing a couple pages at a time.  Each step will be completed for all pages at the same time.  Now where to start?

Out to the studio I go.  Do I have enough solid fabric stored?  YES!!!  Wohoo -- a little happy dance here.  That's my big step forward for today.  I have a grandson visiting and limited time.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Heritage Village Treasures

We've opted to do a real step back in time type of Indepence Day celebration.  My sweet man looked into the Heritage Village in Dallas and found that they were doing things up right today.  Therefore, it' a plan and we are off for some fun.  With three grands in tow, I'm sure it will be a blast.

Upon our arrival, it's already apparent that this will be special and I'm in heaven.  You can read all about our day by clicking on this LINK and scrolling down to day two.  I am only going to highlight a few things in this separate writing.

Several of the old homes have great mementos of the past and I just can't stop my camera from clicking.  Take a stroll back in time with me through pictures.  It's pretty sweet.


Friday, June 30, 2017

June 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.

Goals:

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 -
Quiet Book - All pages cut out and all little parts cut out -- embellishments all bought.  

1st -  It is summer and that means that I will have kids all month long.  Obviously my goals will not be met, but some sewing and quilting may occur in between events.  At least my fingers are crossed for that.  Today Jacob is here and sleeping in so first thing I tackle two more old blog entries and am able to mark them as done.  Now what to do?  My leg is driving me nuts. I have been bothered by a rash on my leg for a week now and it is really starting to travel and get worse.  I am biting the bullet and heading for the doctor.  After a quick appointment which  nets me some steroids, antibiotics, and hydrocortisone cream, we are off to Central Market for groceries.  It's a pretty boring day for a grandson that is 14 and I feel bad for him, but dang --  my leg is a mess.   Dinner is at Smash Burger, as requested, and nothing has changed since the last time we were there.  I think that was their final death march for us.  No more Smash Burger.  When asked the difference between a regular and large burger, the attendant held up two cups and explained to me that one was regular and one was large because one was bigger than the other.  Honest.  You can follow along with this  Jacob visit link to see all that we do.  Oh, he and Grandpa are working on photography this week --- cameras everywhere.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 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.

Goals:

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

1st -  Happy May Day!  This goal of trying to get my blogs all caught up is sure resulting in one heck of a lot of time clicking away at the keyboard.  I have been at it  ALL day again and somehow I lost four hours,  Yes FOUR!  How does that happen.  After racing around the house like a crazy woman (because the clock freaked me out), I manage to be ready as the DART bus arrives and take me to the train station.  Wow.

Mister picks me up and we are off to see Mom H. fora  visit.  After that --- woohoo -- dinner out with my sweetie.  We are trying I ❤ Pho for the first time and the name rings true.  It's very good.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Introduction


Woohoo!  It's time.  Lift your glass in a "Cheers" and let's get started.  I am so excited that you are taking this journey along with me and have such high hopes that everyone will have some fun along the way.  If you are new to mysteries, please give this a shot.  I PROMISE it will not be too difficult and that the process will be enjoyable.

The past couple of years Ribbons of Love and Chasing the Sun produced so many absolutely beautiful quilts and I am humbled by the number of people who have sewn my design.  I thank you one and all.  Perhaps the greatest honor I have received is to sign or be photographed with the quilts made by those who participated in the mysteries.  I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Are you ready?  I know I am.  Let's get started.

A Day At The Beach - Summary


Can you believe it's my third mystery!!  I am shocked at how time has flown and yet am super excited.  I hope ya'll have just oh so much fun with it and please, please, please share what you have done.  I can't wait to see each one.  The first clue goes live September 1st.  Yes, it is a week later this year, but I am traveling with my sweetheart the week before and want to be available to answer questions, thus the delay.

I am gathering all of my mystery posts and placing them here so that you can link up and find what you want easily.  They will each open in a new page, leaving you access to this post.  You can always find this page by clicking the tab at the top of the blog.  Please become a follower and you will always know when the new post is up.  Welcome to everyone and comments are always appreciated.

CLICK ON THE POST LINK BELOW TO GET TO THE CLUES!!!

Post 1:  Introduction
Post 2:  Strings (or not)
Post 3:  Bird in the Air Units and HST's
Post 4:  More Bird in the Air Units and HST's
Post 5:  Flying Geese and Sew and Flip Units





Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Nifty Thrifty by Bonnie Hunter - Quilt-A-Long- Week Two

We are doing a Nifty Thrifty Quilt-A-Long.  The pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter's Scraps and Shirttails book at quiltville.com.  The picture at the left is hers as well.

It's week two and in all fairness, I have to confess that I completed this step while at retreat this month.  It happened while I put the first Nifty Thrifty together and I simply used these strips as my leader/enders.  What that means is that I left retreat with this stack of strips all ready to subcut.  Today I will tackle that part of this clue.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nifty Thrifty by Bonnie Hunter - Quilt-A-Long- Week One


When I cleaned out the studio last month, I unearthed TWO completely cut quilt tops.  I used recycled men's shirts and the Nifty Thrifty pattern by Bonnie Hunter.  I'm pretty sure I did this back in 2014 when I was making quilts for all the grands.  Somehow, I must have jumped ship and these have lain ever since.  It's time to resurrect them.  (Picture at right is of Bonnie's quilt)

Everyone knows that we all get more accomplished when someone else is either working along with us, or watching our progress.  With that in mind, I had a vote in our Facebook group for a quilt-a-long and Nifty Thrifty won.  How cool is that?  I think everyone just took pity on my but I don't really care.  They are gonna get done.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Brazos House Retreat May 2017 - Session 2

Session 2 is underway!  Since there isn't really a setup time, my camera is taking a break and we'll pick up at noon --  Come along and see how the weekend goes.

11th -  Yeehaw and round 'em up.  We are off to Babe's in true Western style.

I absolutely am thrilled when others play along with our theme.  We have such fun when we let loose a bit.