Monday, January 26, 2015

COLLECTING MOMENTS

Collecting moments.

I like that idea
as a theme for living this year.

I made a fat quarter bag for 
a very gracious old friend of mine in NYC
who is celebrating another year of experience.
(In case you are wondering, I am 22 
plus several years of experience!)



Why do we SAVE fabric?

I finally used some of my Jan Mullen for this bag.
Fabric that I love
but have been NOT USING...
because it is too fun????
Does that even make any sense?
Ha! Ridiculous! 
I am discarding that idea 
(only use fabric that is not too much fun)
right here and NOW!



I have also decided 
to give a way a quilt a month for 2015.
This one is going to the same friend.
(Wonderfully, she loves purple).


Here's my finished
wanted-to-be-another-Vintage-Spin-but we-sliced-it-up.


Son #3 is graduating high school this spring.
Maybe he will take a quilt to college?!




I walk our rescued Walter
A LOT.
One path we do almost everyday,
while son #3 does crew,
had this spray painted on the path!

LOVE the reminder-
to quit sleeping/being lost in thought
through all the moments
to be experienced 
on this path and in life.



Look what we were treated to
after we woke up...


Visited son #1
at Evergreen College in Olympia
where he is happily thriving!
"I went from student to scholar"
is my current favorite quote of his.

Delighted by the surprise 
of seeing 
a quilt and quilty pillow in his room!



Yesterday,
son#3 wanted to visit son #1
so off we went went to Olympia,
about a two hour drive.
I dropped off son#3
and hunted down a quilt shop!

Here's Washington state's capital building.


And here is a most amazing quilt shop!
A must see if you are in the area.
It had two charming ladies
and more must-have fabric
then I have seen in a shop in a long time!










Then I went to Bayside Quilting
and...
had a private moment
with Elvis!


Hope you are 
enjoying some moments too!




Tuesday, January 6, 2015



Collecting palettes
for future quilty play.



A while back 
I used this piece 
to create a palette.


that turned into a bunch of these...


that continues to grow as
yet another
vintage spin!
(a Kathy Doughty pattern
which I will be teaching at Aunt Mary's 
on February 15th!)


To get the square
you cut off a lot of curved pieces.
What if...
(loving the what IFs)


then...
?


I am also working on finishing this piece
I started it in a class with Freddy
(she loves this book from Quiltmania)



For me, it's a 
"mediate on what you want"
quilt.
Joie de vivre
and metaphysical fish representing strong ideas!


I also started a beginning painting class
at the community college.
First class was last night
and today I went into the "studio"
to work on our assignment
which was about value.


I am also teaching 
another Kathy Doughty pattern
"soul searching"
at Calico Creations
on January 24th.

Here's Kathy's...


and here's mine hanging in the shop window!


Happily busy!
Join me?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hmmmm....

Taking advantage 
of a new beginning!
a new chapter!
A new opportunity to practice...



letting go...



remembering I (we) 
can soar.
It's a choice.


Since I (you) get to create the story,
why not have it be full of rainbows?
(ColorFULL?!)


Anything is possible
one step at a time...


even a masterpiece!
(My finished Freddy collage quilt!!)


Obviously,
lots of thinking is going on
and part of my thinking has been
directed towards intention.

What is my intention for this year?
 to grasp?
I want to grab all these bits of time
that seem to be zooming by so quickly...
seize?
seize the day?
maybe, 
but that seems too trite...
THEN...

I made breakfast...

AND...

there it was on the pancake mix!
(finding the sacred in the ordinary?!)
"Seize the what if"

HOWEVER...
"seize" felt like it had a violent or desperate connotation...

SO...

(one step at a time
trusting
looking/listening)


My intention for the new year evolved into

EMBRACE THE WHAT IF!

Love that!

Happy New Year!



Sunday, December 14, 2014

WINNERS! (Announced from my soapbox)

"get on your soapbox"
to start expressing strong opinions
(a soapbox is a wooden box people used to stand on 
when they were making a speech in public.)

(Imagine me stepping up on my soapbox!)

My gosh!
You ladies need to get out there
and take some classes!
I am shocked how many of you have never taken a class
and even fewer ladies have taken a class
from a "famous" quilter!
There is so much to learn!
And at the very least -
the ENERGY in a class
can be electrifyingly 
amazing!

(Imagine me stepping down from my soapbox)

LOVE 
those winners!

Jan Mullen fat quarters - Bella Quilts
http://blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com/


Aneela Hooey's squares - Barbra O.
http://naehtante.blogspot.com/

Black and white scraps - Michele T.

4" strips I used in Kathy Doughty pattern - Wendy 
http://wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!







Monday, December 8, 2014

HIP HIP HOORAY GIVEAWAY DAY!

YIPEE YAHOO!
I just love love love giveaway day!
I am hooking up with
Check out all the wonderfulness in giveaways!

This time, I have gathered 4 prizes
from 4 great quilting women I admire!

#1 - 11 Fat Quarters of Jan Mullen Fabric!


#2 - 35 Ten Inch Squares of Annela Hooey Fabric!


#3 Quart Size Baggie of Black and White Scraps
In honor of Victoria Findlay Wolfe



#4 - 9 Four inch strips of fabrics I used in a
Kathy Doughty pattern.


I have taken many quilting classes
and am having lots of fun 
planning quilting classes with "famous" quilters.

With each experience,
I try to take away at least one idea.
A friend of mine calls it "adding to her tool box of tricks."

SO -

chance 1 -

to win some fabric...
please leave a comment telling me 
who you took a class from
and what you were able to add to your tool box.
(also tell me which prize you would like)

chance 2 -

become a follower and let me know

chance 3 -

tell a friend about my giveaway

Everyone is welcome!
Winners will be chosen randomly by youngest son
Friday at 7:00 pm PST
Good Luck!



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A BIT OF VICTORIA LEFTOVER!

I know you know this quilt...
Vintage Spin by Kathy Doughty.
Love it!
It's more than love really...
it's a slight  consuming addiction!


You start with making these bladed circles.



While teaching Vintage Spin as a class,
Deb said, "Hey, I have a template for a twenty inch blade."
Hmmm...
they say the first hit is always free.


One became four and
four became six
and then I had nine!
So...
now what?
Fold them up and move on...


until the workshop with Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
She moved so fast and packed our day with so many ideas
it's taken a while to process all the information.

One message she kept repeating was the fact 
that she tries to do something different 
with every quilt she makes.

(Were my circles folded up because I didn't want to do another
Vintage Spin the same way?!)

Here's some of what I think I heard Victoria say..

"It's play, right?!"

"What can you do to change one thing in a quilt to show your personality?"

"I keep playing until the hair on my arm stands up -
that means a connection was made."

"Move quickly and let something grow."

"I work very quickly and think that it's not possible to make a mistake - I can always make another quilt."

"Get going and wait for surprises to happen."

So....
last Friday 
while sewing with Judy, Dorothy, and Opal...
I pulled out my 45 inch circle
and we reflected on the workshop
and the ideas Victoria shared...
and...
we knew what to do
(Well, Judy did!)
the circle was sliced!

In the picture below,
we are auditioning back ground fabrics.


While I wait for the background fabrics to arrive...
I have played
until my hairs stood on end and
a joyful giggle escaped...
I have released the worries...
I can (and will) most definitely make another quilt...
until then...
let the surprises begin!



Stay tuned for giveaway day
with 
http://www.sewmamasew.com/
on Monday!