Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lost Dog Found

Well, the yellow dog's owner was located via a notice on our mail boxes.  The happy owner retrieved her  retriever first thing Saturday morning.  Our animals were glad to have their territory back.

We got one sunny day today.  I finished the 3 quilts to donate to Piecemakers.   One is the Piece it Tonight, two are variations of Pam Cakes.  I like the last 2 so much that I may keep them and sub for ones I already have.  The beige one here is made with a piece of decorator fabric.  I like the way they cut up. 

The one with the solids is 48  5 x 9 inch slices.  I want to work off all of the 9 inch that I have cut, and stick with the 9 1/2 for the future.  The solid spacers are 2" cut.  It finished about 45x53 inches.

Today's best....finishing and fresh air.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Visitor at the Villa

We have a visitor here this afternoon.  This youngster doesn't want to leave.  Our kids don't especially like him, so we are looking for his home.  Meanwhile, he is convinced the deck is THE place.

It's still raining mostly, so I'm still quilting mostly.  I'm working on 3 quilts to give the Piecemakers Guild in Union City on Tuesday--I like to donate to the Community Service when I speak at the guilds.

I got a phone call from this one today.  She likes to talk--can you believe it.  Here she is all glammed and ready to retire in Florida.

Today's best....chatting with our Emily Rose.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Good weather and quilt show, and my brain is elsewhere--not blogging. 

The Turlock Quilt show was wonderful.  They had a lovely showing, and some real superstars like Mary Ann Bloom and Shelley Dameron. 

Today's best....being home.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Evan

My son Evan and family...

Today's best....having a 27 year old kid..yikes!!, like retirement doesn't make us feel old enough.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Two and Two and more

I got the binding on my 2 ugly fabric challenge quilts for the Turlock Guild small group--used the Urban Chic pattern.  I planned it so that all of the fabric would be used up--didn't want any of this lying around.  I went into project leftover bags to find fabrics that already went together.  The Urban Chic pattern uses 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" pieces for the centers, so it was easy to cut from leftovers.  The Kaffe was leftovers from a Paper Roses quilt, which uses 7 1/2" strips--perfect for this project.  Oh, the ugly fabric is the goldy, background fabric.

Two more Haiti Just Can't Cut It's are here too--just can't beat them for quick and fun.
And back to finishing old projects, I quilted this Lightning Quarters Throw that I had bordered and made into a twin.  It was a favorite with these watery colored shadings.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Show and Show

It feels like we are just hanging around waiting for the winter rains to be over. I know, I know, California wimps.

I did get out to the Folsom Quilt Show--class act. Happy 25th to them.

And Sunday night at the movies at the Nevada Theater, a place with kind of Indie feel to it.  We saw Pirate Radio--it rocked!

I've been doing mostly little Haiti quilts.  The 6 block Just Can't Cut It is still my favorite.  It's so much fun to make the fabrics work, and then so fast to sew,  I can Just Cut another.
The horse panels worked up great, too.  I used the 7" finished Star points like our Little Baby Star pattern.  So all I had to do was border the panel with excess and cut it down to 14 1/2".  This is another that was fun to find fabrics to work, and nothing required too much yardage.

BUSTED!  Several PT pieces for the Haiti quilts, including backs and batting scraps.

Yesterday's best....Quilt Show and Movie Show.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Show and Tell

It's great to see photos from quilters who bought kits.  This is from Terri in Yerington NV.  She made  changes in the placement that look really good.  And she had fun quilting. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Haiti or Bust

Obsessing with getting quilts done to send to Haiti, I haven't done much of anything else.  PT had 2 extra sew days on Sunday and Monday.  They had a great turnout and dozens of quilts were finished.    I spent my usual time in the closet--getting borders, back and bindings--and getting into more trouble designing and playing with fabric.  Tonight at the Guild meeting I turned in 15 finished--all that I had started since Jan.22.  And there are many more in various stages.  Not all turned in today were suitably bright for the Haiti kids, so I'll want to concentrate on more of that in the next 2 weeks. 

I have photos of all, but not all are terribly exciting.  These are just a couple of my favorites.  The Just Can't Cut It with 6 pieced blocks goes extremely fast. It uses up 4 1/2" and 6 1/2" strips of fabrics, and there were a lot of theme fabrics that just had the 25" needed for the big squares.

The other is our Marguerite's Frame Up that has been used a lot in the Turlock area over the years in the large throw/small bed size.  I will need to write it up for this small size.  It is just the right thing for a feature print like this horse one here. 

BUSTED! Lots of fabric from the PT closet, although it never looks like it.  I really did use up a lot of small pieces of fabric, as well as the larger themes and backs.

Today's best....the Pine Tree Quilt Guild meeting.