Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Another Day Away from Home.

Today was on of my "fast" mornings. I was up and out the door to pick Art up to take him to the Casino. We had a good time. I did come home with some money, so I feel it was a good day.

I got home, got laundry going, and then put supper in the oven.

Since it was 3:00 pm when I got home, I wanted to work on my embroidery. I didn't like the second mum I did last night.

It didn't look right compared to the other one.

So, I took it out! I decided to take it out and work on it again. My threads ran out. Since the new skein is a little different with the dye lot, I decided to mix what I have together.

There is a slight difference and one can see it, but since these last two will have the mix, it will make it look nature because not all mums look the same. Just as long as I do it right this time!!

We have bowling tonight. I need to step it up! I really, really, need to get my average this week.

I'm looking forward to the next three days!! I'll be home!! I don't know what it is about being home all the time, but I'm enjoying the time I can work on my stuff and not having to worry about forgetting something. No quilt meeting this week. No embroidery meetings till the 18th, and Rose won't be here till next week.

If I can get this done, I will put it in a frame and put it in the fair. I'll probably put the first one I did in the fair as well.

Okay, time to get moving! Have bowling to get to! Happy Quilting!!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Brazilian Embroidery meeting today.......

Today I was up and cleaning! I wanted it to look great for my fellow stitches. I even made some Krispy treats for everyone. We had 7 members show up. We didn't have the meeting at the church because Julie and Georgie were not able to come. It was an awesome meeting! We sat out on the deck, relaxed and enjoyed everyone's company. We laughed so hard it hurt! We enjoyed the cool breeze that came across the deck.

I worked on the mums. I started another after everyone left. They all were here till about 1:45 pm which was awesome. Just wish I thought about giving everyone lunch!

I love the way it came out. It's laying a lot better than it did before when I was trying to get them right. I may just try and finish them up this week. Once I get those done, I'll be putting beads on ad then it's done! Then I can start working on one of the pieces from the Seminar.

I then sat down to work on some cross stitch to get caught up on my Instagram. I'm a day behind on posting my works.

Funny how I write this out and then think of things to say after I posted it. Think I can remember what it was when I post again?! NOPE....May need to get tested for memory loss at this rate!

We pulled out my grandmother's and 2nd great grandmother's needle case. Made copies of it for the two sisters to get a pattern for me. They are going to get the pattern and then make a couple to see how they work out. I want one like them! It would be so much fun to have one I can use. I could use theirs but don't want to wear them out.

The weather is awesome! It's about 84 degrees. If it gets any hotter, I'll be hiding in my basement! I may even desert Patrick and sleep down there.

Okay, still can't remember what I missed yesterday. I've been thinking of cutting fabrics for the English Paper Piecing pieces I bought.....I can g a lot ready for when I'm out of the house. I may do it yet! I'm still there....Happy Quilting!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Another Busy Sunday...Sort of.....

Didn't want to get up this morning. That's unusual for me. I did put some rolls in the oven. Had some sweets this morning. Not the best but haven't had them in awhile.

Decided to get some cleaning done. Did laundry and took stuff out on the line. After laundry was going, I headed downstairs.

This is my mess from coming back from Seminar. I just "dumped" everything on my counter. I worked on putting stuff away. The first thing that I did, was pull out Phill's sleeping bag to fix the opening.

LOL! It looks like a butt shot!! It's the bag! Anyway, I sewed this up and there was another spot that was ripping as well, so I sewed that down to. That got one thing off my sewing table that needed to be done. Since I borrowed the sleeping bag, it was only right that I fix it.

This is the kit that Bev had. I decided to take her BOM that she had. These are really cute. There isn't any border fabric but that's fine. I'm not crazy about the strips and plaids.

While Patrick was outside, he tapped my window to show me the deer in the yard. They were worried about momma as she was getting "shuuuu'd" from the neighbor. Momma got in the neighbors yard while the two little ones were still in our yard.

She finally got out of their yard, and took off! lol

She went through that corner to the neighbors house.

After all that fun, I was able to get this cleaned up! Its looking better. I still need to sew up the corners to get the pink bag (in the middle) so it stands up. I will do that later. I just wanted to get my counter at least half way cleaned up.

After we came home from the movies, I found a butterfly around the flowers. I hurried up to get a photo of them! I was surprised I actually got one!! It was flying around like crazy.

I loved seeing it.

I haven't had the chance to sit down and do my crafts today, that's coming up in a little bit. I did do some genealogy. I was finding my 4th gr grandfather married 4 times, but I'm thinking it's a little confusing right now and will work on that.

I'm heading in the direction of Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hello Saturday!

Woke this morning and make blueberry muffins from scratch. I used the recipe out of the "Joy Of Cooking" book. It didn't have enough "sugar" in it. Tasted "blah." It was okay, just not good enough to call home about. Patrick thought they needed sugar, but he still ate 4 of them!

After all that, we went to the new movie, "Find Dori." It was really good. Almost liked it better than the first one. I love Pixar movies! They are a lot of fun!

We headed to the Spaghetti Factory in Tacoma. Traffic was slowing down around the Dome. On the way home, the traffic going north was even worse then it was when we were going up there. So, I was so glad we didn't want to go later.

I kept forgetting to post this block. This is the block I made for the Challenge at the Council, ID quilt show that is this weekend. It will be interesting to know what others did.

After I got home from supper, I printed out this page to do the coloring. This is the next "scrap" quilt. I was trying to see what I wanted to do. I know I just need to make 4 of two colors and 8 of two other colors.

This is what came in the mail yesterday - the pieces for the above printed paper.

Took those packages apart and found a ring to put the pieces on. This way they are close to get to. I can do them as I go.

This is one of the blocks I got back yesterday. This was done by Ethel M. These are all out of Rebecca Campbell's book. I'll post that information again later.

Mom finished this one.

Bev J. finished this one. It has more pieces to be put on it. I'll do that later. I'm working on my block too. These will all be on point. I want a good size quilt out of all of them.

Last night I was able to get more done on this. I like the way it's coming along and they outlining will be great. I may actually get this done by the end of the summer.

My problem is that I keep seeing that "squirrel" that Donna was talking about. The one where her dog goes running after a squirrel every time he sees one! I'm that way with projects!! Oh, I like that....that will be started soon!....oh, look at that one!, I want to do that too!!.....Guess what?! This one is even better........time goes by and I'm going...Oh, crap!, look at all this stuff I need (or want) to do!!....when am I going to finish this?!......oh, look, I haven't seen that one in awhile, guess I better work on that.....look there, I thought I finished that!...oops, started another project...WHAT HAPPENED TO FINISHING TWO AND STARTING ONE????!!!! Guess I forgot about that part!

Worse yet, I started one project at Seminar, one project with the friendship quilts blocks, two projects for QOV, and how many things did I finish this year?! Not 8 projects, I can tell you!

Oh, well...I'm Happy Quilting!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Quilting Friday....

Today I was able to sleep in. I got up and then worked on my family history. Actually Patrick's but I do the work. One of his distant cousins passed away in May. My father-in-law sent the obit. I entered the information and then was running behind.

I got to mom's and was glad to see Judy there. I gave her the book and stuff I got for her at Seminar. While I was there, I worked on the binding of the quilt for QOV. I've gotten about 3/4 of it done. I'll try to finish it this weekend. After everyone left and I tried to leave, mom and me do a few things for her. Patrick and I met up at 3 pm here at home. We decided to go out to dinner. The freeways was packed so we had to take the back roads.

I worked on this last night. I've got the bird cage almost done. I have few more things to do around the edges. I'll roll it later tonight too.

Didn't get as much done as I had hoped. But I did come home with more books! Bev brought her books that she was giving away, so I took some cook books and some quilt books. When I got home there was the 1" Mylar pieces I order. I need to work on the design so I know how they go together. Then I can work on the English method of putting the pieces together. I figure I can put those in the car so I have things to work on when I forget. I'll work on the pieces when I get the chance.

In the meantime, I'm thinking of a ton of stuff to work on! Guess that's Happy Quilting!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Quilting Day at the Shop (During Shop Hop!)

Today I was ready to go walking, even made it around the corner, before I realized we wouldn't be walking this morning. Ruth had guests and I didn't want to get in the way. Plus it was raining, so I just turned around and came back home.

I relaxed before getting ready to go to the shop for quilting. We had 7 of us there. Kathy H was working at the shop for Shop Hop. There were people coming and going the whole time we were there. The group brought cookies for everyone to have while they shopped. It was nice. I found some QOV fabrics on the clearance shelf, so had to buy some for the quilts we do.

Miss "goofy" is me. I had someone at the group take the photo and she wasn't sure how. I don't know why she didn't get Deanna in the photo! Oh, well. This is the quilt that Donna did for Quilts of Valor. We will probably have it in the fair as well. Then after that we will give it to a Vet. I had to pick up some 3" finished half square triangle paper. Rita had some QOV fabric on clearance and I couldn't pass it up! I need to quit spending!! I have spend so much money in the last month that I'm in need of stopping!! lol

I didn't get any cross stitch done last night, so will be doing that tonight. I am getting behind on my Instagram photos of the cross stitch and what I'm working on. No worries, I'll get caught up again.

I did take the eagle to work on. Ended up doing about 1 1/2 sides of the above quilt with the binding. It won't take long to finish the binding. I'm planning on taking it with me tomorrow. Quilting is at moms tomorrow.

I've been thinking of my Brazilian embroidery all week! I really want to get back to working on those as well. I will have the group over here on Monday. Can't wait to have them come!

Good news is that I'm back at being Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Back To QOV Block.....

Today we walked 3 miles. Not sure how it marked it as 3 miles when we usually get in 2.5 miles. For some reason the fitbit was counting the first mile a lot faster than usual.

After the walk I was off to my doctors appointment in Olympia. That's a good 30 - 45 min trip up north. Traffic was okay. At least it wasn't rush hour. I arrived, pulled out my block, and was called into my appointment room. Spent a few mins working on my arrow before the doctor came in. Went to Group Health in Olympia to check on my medications - didn't get hardly any time in for applique because they are so fast getting prescription stuff moving. Headed home and stopped at mom's to check on the smoker my brothers are wanting for our family reunion. No such luck. Looks like we are going to have to buy another one. ugh.

The arrows are done. I was only able to get one side of one arrow done at the doctors office. I came home after moms and watched some TV shows while working on this block. I finished the second arrow, and got started on the body.

I started putting the tail down and decided I better work on the body first. So, I went and appliqued the two sides of the body. I need to put the head and tail down. I'll take it to the meeting tomorrow and work on it.

Last night I was able to get more done on this. I'm liking how the bird feeder is coming along. Ineed to fill in a few more stitches that got missed. I'll probably work on that tonight.

Donna texted to say one of the QOV quilts has the binding on and she wanted me to stitch it down. Said I would. I'll pick that up tomorrow. I'm starting to think of what I need to do for more blocks for dad. I have a few things to think about. I also need to pick up some half square triangle rolls tomorrow. Then I can get working on more scrap blocks to get another quilt done without having to wait on my applique.

May we all be Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

An Awesome Quiet Day!

We did our usual walking. I don't know how, but we ended up with 2.75 miles this time. Usually it's 2.5. That's okay, I needed that added to my "extra" walking time.

Got home and just relaxed...and relaxed....and relaxed. Didn't really do much of anything. I did work on Ancestry and sent a ton of emails to possible family matches through DNA. I also worked on MTurk for some more money to Amazon.

I did buy the cross templates and Mylar. I'll be doing those when they come in. It will be nice to use up some of my scraps that way. I am looking forward to getting them. I just hope the Mylar really works when ironing them. I guess I'll find out. I saw  couple more templates that I thought about, but will see if these work first. If they do, who knows, I may buy that set too.

I worked on my cross stitch this afternoon. I was happy to get as much done as I did. I need to get a few more stitches filled in before I can roll it again. I do love the way it's coming out and I can't wait for the outline stitches to go in.

Picked blueberries before we left for bowling. We were ahead by 3 games, but after tonight we will only be ahead by 1. We were bowling a team that had 364 handicap. So, it was hard when we only had 54.

Our apples are looking good. Getting ready to be picked.

As I said before, it was a very quiet day. I enjoyed every minute of it! I'm feeling a little more normal then usual. lol

Tomorrow is a Dr's appointment so I will definitely be Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 20, 2016

It's So Good To Be Home!!

I'm not complaining mind you!

Today I was back on track. We walked 2.5 miles. I was actually up at 6 am because Patrick was getting out of the shower then. He had issues at work and was out till midnight with work. Then he left early today to try and get things working. Poor guy didn't get much sleep. So, since I'd been getting up around 6 am every morning it wasn't easy to try and go back to bed - specially when the phone rang.

So, I walked with Ruth and then came home to pick blueberries that are ready in our yard! I was so surprised because they usually aren't ready for another couple weeks.

It is a full tree this year.

I got a good amount today. When I went out this afternoon for some asparagus I noticed there were more ready to pick. Guess the sun got to them today.

Some of the roses is coming out too. They look like they have been eaten on by a bug. I know Patrick is working on fixing that.

I came in the house after all that, sat down, and started falling asleep in my chair. I got up and laid down on the couch......wasn't long before 2 hours went by. I rarely sleep for 2 hours during the day....let alone take naps! I remember telling mom when I was little that I don't do naps. Guess today was one of those days mom was right! lol

I pulled out my cross stitch to get back on the track. I have projects that need to be finished and I need to work on them. I'm free tomorrow as well. I'm hoping to get more done.

I was working on the third bird today.

Today was the day to get caught up on laundry! I had all my clothes as well as Patrick's for the past week. It felt good to get moving on laundry. I didn't get it all done, but I did get it down to one load left. I'll probably do that load tomorrow. I'm also trying to figure out what dessert to make for Patrick. Luckily we have some still from yesterday, so I can keep thinking about it.

I will work on more of my stuff tomorrow. I'm hoping it's one of those days that I do more of my projects. I want to work on the mums and roses Brazilian embroidery piece. I'm really close to finishing it. I will keep working on the cross stitch. Once the mums and roses is done, I can get back to working on the projects from the Seminar. Looking forward to doing some applique as well. That will get me back to being Happy Quilting!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!! Came Home From Seminar!

Today started off early. We all got packed and ready to leave. We arrived at the kitchen at 7:30 am. We were the last to leave the breakfast table too. Everyone that was there said good-bye to each other. We then started home at about 8:30 am. On the road we went - getting back to the house at 10 am. Thought Patrick was still sleeping but he came around the corner and brought in my suit cases.

While I unpacked, Patrick worked in the yard.

I had a lot of supplies and things to put away. I even worked on putting some floss in the box.

Hard to believe all the stuff I came home with!

We had my parents over for Father's Day. We played games. I showed them my class work and the patterns.

We had hamburgers and hot dogs. It was nice out on the deck and we had our dinner out there.

Tomorrow is a day to myself! I can't wait to relax! Wonder if I'll get up for walking tomorrow. I was falling asleep as we were playing. I was thinking of my kids when they were 2 - nodding their heads because they were so tired. Then the head would snap for them to wake up. I actually felt that bad...but it came back. Hoping I can sleep through the name.

I'm looking forward to being back to working on my quilting and craft projects.....Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Final Day Of BDEIG Seminar

Today I forgot to set my alarm cock, so at 6:30 am Bev asked if I was sleeping in. Guess at that point it was time to get up. Wasn't really awake, even after a shower. Went to breakfast and still didn't wake up. I must have forgotten my head on the pillow!

Went to my bird class and finished (sort of) my chickadee. It looks like the head is at an angle. Guess he's questioning the other birds. I was so relaxed and did so much better today then the first two days. I borrowed a snap frame. It worked 100% better. I do like the technique and looking forward to doing more. Loretta is an awesome teacher and at times thought she could have been doing something elsse since it was only 3 of us. She was happy to be there to help us out. We all appreciated her being there for us. I did forget my instructions and floss, so headed back to the room for my stuff. Used the lighter yellow on the belly and I liked it a lot better.

After lunch I loaded some of my stuff and get my bags partically loaded. I will probaby get it finished toniggt. We'll load the car before we go for breakfast. Then I helped Jeanette organize her floss. We had our banquets tonight. It turned out awesome. We had a barbershop quartet sing for us. After that was going to stitch but chaned my mind.

Have been thinking of a lot of embroidery that will work on my quilts. Looking forward to adding them in! Looking forward to being Happy Quilting!!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Day 5 At BDEIG Seminar

Today was another early morning with classes. I was nuts when I scheduled 2 class for today. The others had the afternoon off and went to Fabric Depot. Good thing I had classes or I'd have bought more fabric.

My first class was with Debbie Goff. We worked on stumpwork. I had fun. But it wasn't a good starting day for me. I seemed to have stuff missing from what  needed. I managed without it anway. We used wires for the fish fins. Had a blast working on those. When i get home I'll post more photos when I get home.

After lunch I ten went to Rosalie Wakefields class "Ruth's Farewell." We worked on the detached buttonhole stitch. Got a few stitches done. Wasn't able to get more done, but instructions are awesome.

Tomorrow's day is a smal class and then relax. We head home on Sunday morning. It will be good to get home.

Keep up and stay (for me) Happy Quilting!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Day 4 Of BDEIG Seminar

Was ready to go this morning. We had a late breakfast, which was ok with me since I brought my yogurt.

My class was by myself again. Sandy and Jeannette will take the class tomorrow with me, Sandy and Jeannette were together and Bev was on her own too. I took the "Dragon Fruit Cactus Flowers" by and with Debbie Goff. I really enjoy her classes as well as her work. An awesome teacher and designer. She well worth looking up! She has a business in Florida. We worked on doodle cloth to do our work. The best part is not working on the actual design in class so I won't have another project to worry about finishing.

Worked on the bird feeder in the afternoon and decided I will wait till I get home. I'll do the smaller one for the birds.

This is our room. Above is the shared bathroom.

Decided to get back to this one.

Going to take a break to get ready for tomorrow. Looking forward to another day of learning.

Stay Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Day 3 At BDEIG Seminar

Didn't get much sleep last night. Poor Bev had leg cramps a couple times that were so painful even I hurt for her!

I took a class for Jeannette. It was Debbie Goff's "Coastal Delight 5607," well worth it! I learned a few new stitches and had fun doing old stitches. Learned the way I was doing stem stich was half right. I thought both stem stitch and back stitch were the same. After looking at them side by side realized they are not! This was a 4 hour class. By 11 am I was yawning!

We had lunch and I had another salad. The meals here are awesome, no complaints here.

Next I was off and running to my next class, "The Northwest Bird Feeder" by Loretta Holzberger. I took out the "bigger" bird feeder I worked on last night. It wasn't laying right. Showed Loretta and we reversed it. Started appliquing it down till she started teaching the birds. I then went back to my smaller on (yesterday's photo) and worked on my bird. I learned how to make the feathers on the bird. I was doing it backwards.

After class we had supper and then came back to the room. Jeannette and i headed upstairs to the merchant mall. Of course I had to buy more stuff! Got a few more floss colors that will work for birds.

We relaxed and are now calling it a night. Have another class at 8 am tomorrow and realized I have 2 classes on Friday. Oh, well, I'm still having fun.

Hope others are Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Day 2 At BDEIG Seminar

Today startied out early and it wasn't by choice. Someones alarm went off around 5:30 am. Funny part was, I had finally got to a deep sleep. No worries, we were up shortly after. I showered and got everybody moving since breakfast was at 7 am.

My class didn't start till 8:30 am. It was only 3 hours. We worked on the NWBirdd House. After we got started our teacher realized the pattern was smaller than it should have been. We are still working on it, it will just be about 20% smaller. LOL

After class I came back to the room to organize my stuff. It took me an hour and a half to get all my threads on the holders or "keeper."

Around 4 this afternoon Jeanette came in looking like some truck ran her over. She wa worn out! She had surgery last month and is still healing. So we talked about me taking her class tomorrow so she can have "down time." we cecked and I will be going to her class. It's a 4 hour class that starts at 8 am. I'm looking forward to it actually.

After supper I worked on the bird house block. I had the bird feeder close to do when our teacher came in and said not to get too much done. She was giving us a new pattern with everything in it to restart the class. We just had to return what we didn't need. We told her it didn't bother us, but guess it bothered her. She's an awesome teacher. So, I got our new patterns and started working on it. My piece for the feeder that is appliqued seems shot, so may have to take it out and try again. Ugh. No worries.

Not real sure I'm ready for the class in the mornings but I am looking forward to i.

Patrick said our team won 3 in bowling tonight. We may stay on top for a little while. At least I'm hoping.

It's been a long day and a fun day. I was able to be (even thought very little) Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Day 1 At BDEIG Seminar

This morning I was able to get my walking in. Afterwards I got everything together and waited or my ride. I watched TV and walked around, and around, and around. I'd go through the door to the kitchen, then out to the living room and around to the kitch door again.   I took a photo but it's not letting me load . I'll try again tomorrow.

They finally arrived around 11:30 am and we were off to Portland. With 4 of us going the van was loaded pretty good.

We stopped and got some Mexican food before heading to Concordia University. We logged in, got a bag full of goodies! We unloaded and then were shown around. We ended up at the cafeteria were we had dinner.

After dinner we went to the merchants mall where I picked up two books, one for Judie and one for me. Got the threads I needed for class tomorrow as well as my other classes. I saw a pattern I fell in love with and got that too. There are two patterns I plan to get before I  leave. Saw some jewerly I may get for Katt before I go as well.

Tomorrow is my first class. I'm really looking forward to it. So I guess one can say I'm Happy Embroidering instead of being Happy Quilting!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Prays for Orlando....

Woke up to the news about Orlando. This should not be about the "Gay" world. This is Terror on American's and doesn't need to have a title behind it! Prayers to all who had to go through this!

I could say a lot about what I think about all this, but this blog is not for "politics" but about my crafts. So, I'm going to try and move on.

This morning I was "running" around putting a few more things together for my BDEIG Seminar tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to this! I'm nervous because I don't know what to expect, but I'm hoping for a lot of fun! I got a few of my necklaces ready to go. I got out my shampoo and conditioners (from motels) ready to go.

I had a nervous "tick" that had me walking around trying to figure out what I needed. I even walked around in circles in the living room, thinking of what I need to do. lol - Good thing Patrick was outside. I'm sure he would have asked what the heck I was doing! lol

I worked on my cross stitch this afternoon. Was able to post it on Instagram. I'll probably work on it some more tonight. I am taking dad's eagle with me to work on. I'll leave this behind. I like the way it's coming along. I had to take out some because I was off just enough! I hate it when I do that. Even the ones that only needed one cross stitch. Oh, well. It's coming along.

Before supper, Patrick told me to go out and check out the Iris' that were in the yard. Love the color!! He couldn't remember where he got them, but I love the colors.

He had me go check them out before I leave because they won't be there when I get back on Sunday.

This is life. They are beautiful!

So, now I'm closer to leaving for Portland OR. I'm excited and nervous. I usually like staying home and doing "my thing" but once a year, I try to go to a retreat to improve my skills in what I love doing. This year it's embroidery. I love what others do! I often think others do a better job than I do! I love hand work.

I'm always working on something. Even if I don't do the handwork, I'm constantly thinking of what I can do with my handwork. I've been thinking of how I'm going to put dad's stripes on the quilt block. I will need to have it done right. I'm constantly thinking of things I want to do. I'm constantly thinking of how I an do something on my quilts, embroidery, or whatever I'm working on. I think of designs, but when it comes to putting them on paper, they are lost. What I see in my mind, doesn't seem to get from brain to hand. I'm close, but no cigar. I learned to deal with it. So, life is good, and I'm still running my brain on full blast. We can all be Happy Quilting!