Sunday, June 30, 2013

Quilt Camp 2013

We wrapped up Quilt Camp 2013 this afternoon.  It's always fun....a marathon of sewing, laughing, giggling (sometimes singing is involved), new friends and old friends (but none of us admit to being old, you understand!), good food and so very much more!
We started out on Friday at 3 pm with a nice "S'mores" kit at each place...these are the microwave kind because we didn't have an open fire.  

Dawn and TJ got right to work!  We had a project called "Pandora" but several people were working on finishing up other projects..... 

Donna was working on her stunning version of "Origami Stars."

Not sure how to turn this photo....It WAS correct until Blogger got a hold of it.  If anyone knows how to turn photos in blogger, I'd love to know.  There were many good natured groans when Linda showed her finished Camp Project..."Pandora."  How could she finish up so quickly they wanted to know?  I just say, "Lovely!"

I got a kick out of seeing all the different pincushions...this was a colorful felt cutie!
 Look at this Alaskan hunter pincushion.  That's real fur!
Someone brought this bread...have you ever had any?  CHOCOLATE bread!  Yum. It was from the Lolita Bakery.

I worked on several projects and here's one, a raggy Flag.  Just in time for 4th of July!

So many things I didn't get photos of: The yummy Pot Luck on Friday night, Sydney playing on her IPad and giving us all "cool" names (  Judy got to be, I'm The GRAANNND Canyon...since I'm Grandma.  I don't know if I'm insulted or impressed?!?), walking to Rita's Taqueria and having dinner on Saturday night (I had the Shrimp Burrito).  So much fun!!! Wish you had come too.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

There's a baby coming!

In five or six weeks we're going to have a new grandson.  I've been working on a quilt for this new Prince but it's not ready to be shown yet.  This week I've been working on burp cloths.  Every baby needs burp, well, to burp on.  And to wipe up urp from the couch, from Mom's shoulder, the floor or table.  They are useful to keep baby's chest a little warmer when a cool breeze comes up and to keep the sun from the little one's head.  They can double up as a diaper in a pinch or a blankie if needed. Way too many uses to write here.  I've actually made six of them for this little guy.  His older siblings all had burp clothes from Grammy and a few of them will still be floating around but every baby needs new ones too.  They are made of flannel and a few of them are good 'ole Sock Monkey.  The red is redder in real life than this photo shows and the orange is richer too.  Thought you'd like to see them.

Baby is coming in five or six weeks, Grammy will be there in four weeks.....can't wait to welcome a new member of our family.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Strawberry Pie!

Mr. Scottie Dog is putting the finishing touches on the remodel of our rental house in Fortuna, CA.  Just a few more hours inside and then a little clean-up outside and he'll be done.  That meant I was alone today at the house.

I sewed the blocks for our store's Summer Mystery Quilt.  Love the way it goes together!  No's a mystery.

I watched an episode of "Lark Rise to Candleford," on Amazon Prime. I'm trying out a free month long trial.  I've seen this series before and it's worth a second viewing.  It is an English series taking place in the mid 1800's.   Lark Rise is a "hamlet" (which I've learned is a small town of 50 or less inhabitants) and Candleford is a "market town."  I imagine it has about 200 living there.  

Then I did a load of laundry and cleaned up the kitchen.  Sounds industrious, I know, but then I proceeded to muss it up by making potato salad for a bar-b-que tomorrow and a fresh strawberry pie for Mr. Scottie Dog.  I figured he worked harder than I did and should have something special.

He said it was good and I should post a picture.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Fruit Loops

Today I'm working on a new class sample.  We're going to begin a new "Tool of the Month Club" at Redwood Sewing Center.  This is the beginning of  a baby quilt/wall hanging/small tablecloth.  Or I suppose one could make a nice pillow.  The ruler/template we'll be using is so cute.  In this class we'll learn to use the "tool," how to insure perfect curved seams and invisible machine applique. I was amazed at how easy the template was to use and simple straight stitching made my circles lay flat.

Oh, yes....I'm calling the quilt: FRUIT LOOPS!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day and a Birthday

Father's Day this year fell on Mr. Scottie Dog's birthday.  The long weekend also began on Liz and Steve's 10th wedding anniversary.  So Mr. Dog and I packed up the trailer, drove about 35 miles south east to one of our favorite campgrounds: Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.  We swam in the creek, made new friends, saw a lot of wildlife.  Sydney and I made a berry cobbler for Mr. Scottie Dog's birthday (how old is he?  He'll be signing up for MediCare before the year is out!), we roasted marshmallows, went on hikes, read books and.....rested.  

Even the fallen trees are big!

Sydney and the birthday boy.
A deer in the middle of the campground.  He didn't know he should be afraid of people yet.
Yep, in Northern California the trees grow tall!

Hiking in the Redwood Forest.

Here's our trailer nestled between the giants.  Notice that we don't really rough it.  Some people call it "glamping"! That's short for Glamour Camping. I'm just happy for a shower.

While Sydney and Grandpa were off on their own one day, I had a big thrill.  I heard what I thought was a bunch of people wading/running in the creek below our camp site.  Since it was an area quite far removed from the swimming area I got up to look.  I saw a family of at least 8 otter swimming and playing in the creek.  I was able to watch them and hear them chatter for about 10 minutes before they swam back upstream.

It was a grand time.  Now we're back home and back to work, grateful for a bit of "re"-creation time in the beautiful country we live in.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

My sewing room is safe!

Yahoo! My sewing area is safe from the clean-up police!  I found my camera in a tote bag I took to work.....whew!

Just thought you'd like to know!

PS. If you are completely in the dark as to what this post is about, you should read yesterday's post  HERE.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dropped off the Face of the Earth?

 Hi all!
Did you think I dropped off the face of the earth?  No, I have misplaced my camera here at home.  I suppose that means in my sewing area.  I've looked a few times, spending about 10 minutes each time but with no success.  Now, don't rag on me about how you are picturing my sewing space....yes, it is a tad chaotic, perhaps some might call it m.e.s.s.y.  But I call it a lovely creative space!  Never mind that I can't find my camera (or my Purple Thang...if you don't know what that is....well, suffice it to say that it is something I use for quilting). I LIKE my sewing space...spread out, I like my things, fabric, books, patters and what have you...available for my perusal at any time the creative bug bites.

I have lots of photos in my camera I wanted to share here on the blog.  Photos of Quilt Market, of current projects I'm designing or working on, a table runner I made for a trade with the nicest woman in upstate NY. (I have no idea where that is exactly, but I've always thought it sounded cool.  I live in Upstate California...doesn't sound the same.  Where I live in NORTHERN CA makes San Francisco in CENTRAL CA!).

I have photos in my camera of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, of the beautiful sunshine on my rhododendrons, of my granddaughter at her end-of-the-year honors assembly at school last week...and so on and so on.

I guess I REALLY need to clean this up. 

PS...going camping with Sydney tomorrow.  Hope my house sitters have fun (but don't you dare mess up my sewing space!).