Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
In my lifetime I've had great friends. Some long-term, some for just a short period of time. Church friends, school friends, neighborhood friends, Internet friends. Club friends, quilting friends, work friends, store friends, stab-you-in-the-back-friends, kindred spirit friends and more. Sometime friends move away and you don't see them for long periods of time but when you get together it's as if no time has passed at all. It's great when your friends have kids who become life-long friends and then THEIR kids become friends!
L-R: Gavin & Crizzy, Emma and Sydney. Their parents are our friends, their moms are friends (and were members of my Camp Fire group when they were young) and now THEY are friends. Isn't life grand?
Speaking of Camp Fire and friends......I grew up in Los Angeles and went to Cimmarron Ave. Elementary school. In kindergarten I met the ladies above: Toni Fisher & Vicki Riggs. We were Blue Birds together (Toni's mom was our leader) and then Camp Fire Girls (Vicki's mom was our leader and my mom ass't leader for a couple of years). We have great history. When we were all 13, I moved to the San Bernardino Valley and Toni & twin sister Terri moved to Simi Valley. I kept in touch with Terri & Toni all these years (although not as much in the last few years as I would have liked--my fault) but lost touch with Vicki. She found me a couple of years ago and we emailed a bit.
Exciting news! We're all getting together this summer! Terri, Toni, Vicki & I and maybe a few more of the old group. We're still looking for Olga Evergates, Jill MacDonald and Gail Plakos. Maiden names. Gail, I think lives in the San Fernando Valley. We're all 56 or 57 now. I'd love to find them too. Friends then, friends now. I can hardly wait till July.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Last week Liz used the AccuCut machine and cut out two of my Winding Ways tablerunner projects. I finished one yesterday and sewed two more blocks of a second one. Don't you love the negative/positive look of the runner? The inner border didn't come out exactly right...it's actually a dark brown Shadow Play (Maywood Studios), not black as it appears in the picture. I'm also making a blue version and have a picture of one block.My Blogger friend, Tanya, recently made a lovely Winding Ways wall quilt but she cut and sewed hers by hand. Check out the quilting on hers....this was her 2nd machine quilting attempt and it is marvelous. It's one thing to be able to technically quilt a quilt well, but Tanya was quite creative and thoughtful in the quilting patterns she used.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sydney ordered a triple-decker grilled cheese sandwich. The staff brought her strawberry ice cream with a cherry and candle and sang Happy Birthday. We had lots of fun.
Saturday night Mommy & Daddy, Grandma & Grandpa took Sydney out to dinner and to the Bounce-A-Palooza. If you've never taken a toddler to a Bounce House you haven't lived! The energy, the noise!
You have to take off your shoes and off you go! This is one of Sydney's favorite places to go and she really gets a workout. She runs from bouncer to bouncer, up the giant inflated stairs, down the slides, inside the whale's mouth and between the humongous Spider Man's ankles, around the corner, bounce up and down. I get exhausted just watching her. She's so short that sometimes she can't make it into the openings, but it's neat to know that the bigger kids always seem to help her out.
Here's Grandpa helping Syd ride her birthday scooter as we left the Mall. She learned to kick up her leg by watching Olivia the Pig. Perhaps you've read some of the Olivia books or seen the TV shows.
I'm birthdayed out! But it was fun!
Friday, March 20, 2009
#1: Today is the first day of Spring. The daffodils have been blooming at my house for nearly 3 weeks.
So smile a little, enjoy the Spring and Happy Birthday Jason!
My award goes to Paula Wonderly. Paula takes a lot of classes at Scottie Dog Quilts and she comes to nearly all our Drop-In Classes, Sit 'N Sews, Girl's Night Out!. Paula LOVES to sew. And we enjoy seeing her. Paula took a Strips and Curves class from Crystal last month.
There were lots of moans and groans during the following weeks as she worked on her quilt. She took the creative process to new heights. Paula always wants to get it right. She uses a design wall and looks, waits, ruminates and moves things around. I'm sure you'll agree with me that Paula got it right. Her first Strips and Curves quilt is stunning. I hear she's going to enter it in the Fair! I'm so proud of her efforts. I understand she's already bought fabric for her NEXT Strips and Curves quilt.
Paula...."You Sew Girl!!!"
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We had a great time! Then it was back home and Sydney spent the night with Grandma & Grandpa. I took her to Preschool before work today.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Here are my table mates....Bridgette, Paula and Katie. We were all working hard (at having fun!) on our projects. It just feels so good to be able to be the "quilter" and not the "shop owner" once in a while.
Angie and Weezie made an announcement about mid-day that had us all gulping and speechless. They need to concentrate on their families more right now and try to refocus on their pattern business (Just Can't Cut It, Sparkling Cider to name a couple!) and so this would be the last Pieceful Day. Crystal to the rescue! Our dear friend and teacher in the store, Crystal said that she'd take over management of Pieceful Days through July. Yay/Yahoo/Wohoo!!!!! Of course we'll all help her out. Thanks Crystal! You've made this shop owner very happy.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Bridgette brought several tables of lovely china, figurines (probably 50 chickens!), vintage pieces. She also had samples of the jars of jellies & preserves she'd made.
My good friend, Jen Duncan had wonderful things to sell....I just love her creative edge....and her new technique for making these rustic scallop edges on quilts!
I knew from her blog she was going to bring in die-cut (with WonderUnder already applied) Alphabet Letters so I'd actually reserved a set, but I hightailed it over to her table so I could get first pick. Don't you love her darling yo-yo kits? And those fabric & button flowers!
Jen has an Etsy store so no matter where you live you, too, can buy some of her wares. I only wish my camera caught her lovely smile. Jen smiles with her whole face, her eyes twinkle....she is such a calm person. I'm so glad to have met her through our store. Liz and I often say one of the best things about owning Scottie Dog Quilts is meeting the people we do.
Here are some really darling bags someone had for sale. There were fabric ones, felted wool totes, rag square bags and more.
There were so many things to see, I spent some of my $$ too.
Below is a request letter sent out by Chevron for whom Sarah's hubby Tom works.
Tom and Sarah Zalan of Chevron, are spear-heading a Charity Drive for some schools near Eleko Beach (described further below by Tom).
Sarah has made 3 stunning quilts, named ‘Snap, Crackle and Pop’, in different African fabrics that she is now auctioning to raise funds for the Schools project. Please see attached photos. The photo’s are good, but do not do justice to the vibrancy of the colours and the quality of the workmanship.
If you would like to bid on these quilts, then please email Sarah as soon as possible on firstname.lastname@example.org, because she will need a means of communicating the current bid price to you. The names of the various bidders remain completely anonymous. If you could also email your cell phone number, then this would also be helpful in case Sarah needs to get hold of you.
The starting bid price for each quilt is $200 USD.
Bidding has now started and will END at 12.00 noon, Wednesday 18 March 2009.
So…, time is very much of the essence.
Further questions can also be directed to Sarah,
Many thanks for your consideration of this matter,
Charity Drive Information about 3 Schools in Ibeju Village, near Eleko Beach
TOM ZALAN :
Dear Friends, As a fun new charity project, my children, Katie and Joe, and I are running a drive for especially needy schools in Ibeju village, near Eleko beach. We visited there over the holidays to scope out needs at two schools, Muhammed International Primary School AND Ibeju Public Junior & Senior High School. We recognize the potential far-reaching effects of helping to provide a quality education to these children. Muhammed Primary has over 200 students in 9 classes, grades K - 5. They are temporarily renting a site, until their new school is completed. Muhammed Primary is in great need of instructional materials and visual teaching aids, as well as portable lamps & fans, portable blackboards, a small generator and a mobile toilet. Their new school is currently being built on the outskirts of Ibeju village. Ibeju Junior & Senior High School has over 400 students attending grades 7 - 12. To help make the high school a more conducive place for learning, they are in great need of walls to be painted, new desks & chairs, and sports equipment. Plus please be aware that Chevron Public Affairs will very likely give matching contributions to the schools, so any monies you are generous enough to donate will effectively be doubled! Thank you very much for considering supporting a neighbor community."
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sarah's come back several times and Katie has gone to visit too. (Wow!, pack me in your suitcase). So now, Sarah lives in Nigeria. That's in Africa. Lions, tigers & elephants, Oh, my! African fabrics are quite different than our American fabrics. (Even though most of our American fabrics are printed elsewhere, they are designed by Americans.)
So back to the beginning of my story. I got an email from Katie who was sending pictures of three of Sarah's quilts using African fabrics. They are called Snap, Crackle & Pop although I'm not sure which is which any more.
I'm a "BLUE" person. I love blue and this Blue quilt is no different. I like the graphic Zig Zag of the red/green print that runs through this quilt.
These fabrics are African waxed Batiks and again....a hot color (gold) running through the cool colors. But such a more relaxing feel. I applaud Sarah...all three of these quilts are just wonderful. Each one evokes different feelings and snatches of memories.....but they are all the very same pattern. Great job Sarah! Thanks for letting us share your quilts.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Here's a picture of a local truck winding it's way through Eureka's Sequoia Park....I've driven that road many times and I'm surprised they could get the truck around the curves. Liz asked if they had a truck parked outside so she could take a picture of Sydney with a beloved Fire Truck. Sargent Miller said it was "down the block." Sydney said to one of the guys, "I have a smoke PROtector in my room." One of the guys got down on her level and told her what to do if the "smoke PROtector" ever went off. It was so cute.
At that point one of the officers was hightailing it down the street so he could bring the Fire Engine outside our door! Sydney was given a tour of the truck and they even put her on the front seat!