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Living Through a Heat Wave....

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As I sit here typing, I realize how thankful I am to have a "basement" that is cool. It's our split level and the downstairs is so much cooler than the upstairs. It's hard to believe it's only June and we are already in the 90-100 degrees. Poor Kat, she's in 104 degree weather where she lives. I'm thankful I don't live in Wenatchee but at the same time, I'm sorry for all those families that lost EVERYTHING. We are going to be dealing with this for a while. I can't breath in this heat at times, so I just come downstairs. Patrick seems to be okay with the heat, as he stays upstairs. lol


I came downstairs early in the afternoon and started going through the bucket. I'm not only sewing the strips but I'm cutting them, and sewing them into 9 patches.


As I cut them, I stack them for sewing. I tend to go from one part of the process to the other. I just don't want to do the same thing every time. It does get a little old.


As I was going t…

Cooler Day Today....But More Coming!

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Today was cooler, but still hot. We did hear some thunderstorms but didn't get much here. It did sprinkle rain, but not enough to enjoy.

I headed downstairs to work on my strips.


I'm starting to go through this bucket. I have been sewing the strips together. I know I have a few more solids to cut for strips, but decided to make it a little more exciting by working on the strips already cut.


This is my left over solid box. As you can see, I have plenty to go through! I don't know what I'm going to do, but will think about it. First things first, I'm working on what I have done.


I pulled out the shelf on the cabinet to work on. I figured it would be easier to have everything there to work on.


This is some of the strips that I done and cut to get ready to sew 9 patches. I found a couple of them had one piece left over. I'll figure out what I will do with those. I may just line them up one on the other and use that for the border strip. Truthfully, I have no idea w…

Still Stripping

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Like that title? I do! lol  I was thinking of a good title for today's busy day. I remember how I had to work on titles when I was at Centralia College. English Comp was not my favorite class, but the older I got the better I was at writing. I've been slipping lately when it comes to writing, but OH, well.

I've been busy cutting strips again today. I did about 4 more sets.


I added them to this bucket. My solids are coming down in volume but there are still a lot more to go. Not all will match with light and dark. So, I'm going to hold off on those solids and may get black or white and make them that way. Which means a completely different quilt....wonder how many quilts will come out of all this!


I sewed about 4 of the sets together. This is only 2 of the 4. I will sew them into 9 patches. I'm sure I will have left overs. I'm also sure that will be odd ones out. When that happens I'll deal with them then.

About the time I got this much done, Patrick decided…

A Day At Moms

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Today was a fast day. I started out with having to run errors. I must have stopped at about 5 places before heading to moms.

I must have brought 3 bags full of fabric to work on my applique as well! I took my computer and tablet with me as well. One never knows what will happen at moms. I had planned on stay all day, and Patrick would come over after work to eat. So, I knew I would be there all day. Sometimes things don't work out as one hopes, so I was prepared.

I started out with the blocks that needed more basting added to it.


Since the applique was done on here, I added the brown for the feathers.


Then I worked on basting some fabric on here for applique work to get done. I'm thinking of making the middle firecracker with blue and white stripes. I'm still thinking about what the star will be.


I started appliqueing the ribbon (gold fabric) on. It's going quick and easily. I was working on this, but I also went for a walk with dad. So, I really didn't get as muc…

Cutting, Quilting, and Applique

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Today was a day without walking. I did have to follow our neighbor in his car to get it fixed. I brought him back home.

Then I went downstairs and figured it was time to get more stitches in the quilt.


The lighting in the basement is awful, so a lot of my pictures down there have an ugly yellow color to them. I was able to get around the butterfly today. I have a few more stitches to put in on the center and then I can move out to the open area.


I did get a few more stitches in on the flower. (Even though one can't tell it's a flower)

After about an hour and a half of quilting, I decided I needed to get up and move around.


I pulled out more solid fabrics and started cutting more strips. I did more than this, but didn't realize I had them under the fabrics I was cutting.


This is the bucket of strips. I have the bottom full of four rows. There are at least 10 per row, that is hard to see. That bottom is a light blue, not white. I have been surprised at how much I've cut …

Cutting Strips

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Today was the usual of walking and cribbage. I finally won a game today.

Since today was a day at home - which I love - I went downstairs and worked on cutting more strips.


The more I cut, the more I have to sew. I'm surprised at how much I've cut and it doesn't look like I have even put a dent in my two boxes! I have so much solids that I can use up. I'm trying to get the light and dark colors of the same color. It's coming along. I have some really bright colors, like the yellow, that I'm thinking about using. Ones eyes get cross eyed with the bright colors.


I appliqued the striped fabric down, and basted the shield and top of the flag. This block has to be step by step because of the way the applique has to go on. I actually like what's coming out of it. Tonight I'll work on both blocks for QOV. It will go pretty fast since I have a lot of the pieces on the blocks to applique down.

It's been nothing but HOT around here. I guess we are expecting m…

Lunch With My Cousin, Donna

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Today was quilting day with Mt. St. Helen's group at the museum. We walked today, and got in more step/miles then we usually do. We decided to take one of our "old" walks down Jackson Hwy, and over to the golf course. We then went around the housing area where we usually go.  I lost all three games with Art.

I then went to the museum for our meeting. One of the gals that was in the guild showed up. Looks like she's going to join too. She asked if I knew anyone that would be willing to finish her Hawaiian quilt that was designed at the same time I designed mine. We took a class from Nancy Chong. I asked if she wanted to have someone do it on commission, and she said, no, she wanted to give it to someone to finish. I told her I would take it if she's giving it away. I love doing Hawaiian quilts. I will make sure her name is on the design, and I will make sure it gets done. I'm actually excited about that.


I took my Baltimore Liberty quilt block to work on. I wa…

Brazilian Embroidery Meeting

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Today started out with a walk, then off to our meeting. Pat Campbell is our "teacher" and coordinator of our meetings. We had a good turn out.


I finished the piece we made in the group. Three or four of us are done. Mom is in the beginning stages of this. Since my plastic holders are in, I can now work on the next piece. Told Patrick I'll wash it up and he can frame it. Then we can give it as a gift or hang it on the wall.


I was lazy the rest of the day, except for laundry. I cut out some 2 1/2" strips for the 9 patches I'm going to do for another quilt. I want to use up the solids I have. I figure I'll do the light and dark colors together. Those are the colors so far for the patches. I will cut more out this week. Tomorrow is quilting with St. Helen's group and then off to see Donna around lunch time. Should be fun. I'm looking forward to it.


it was time to pick blueberries. They are showing up fast. Usually we don't pick them till about July/A…

Happy Father's Day!

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Happy Father's Day to all father's out there! May you have a great day!

I would like to wish my father, Myron Taylor and my husband, Patrick Wiltzius, a Happy Father's Day.

Today I left Patrick's gifts on his chair for when he got up. He said he needed some shirts, so I bought him a couple as well as a wallet. Katt called and wake him up early this morning. It's one of her traditions - to wake dad up on the holidays.

I got up and went downstairs to look for a book. I wanted to find a block for scraps, that I can use to use up my solid fabrics.


I checked out both these shelves to see what I can come up with. I pulled out a few books, and still didn't find what I was looking for.


When we went to pick up mom and dad for supper to celebrate Father's Day, I checked out her books. She had these two books that I borrowed. I found a couple of quilts in there that I will use to help me out. I'll probably start cutting the fabrics this week.

Last night I did get …

Father's Day Weekend

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Today I was actually able to sleep in. I got an extra hour of sleep and it felt good. Patrick slept for another hour and then we went out. We spent most of the day out. Went to the casino and then to the movies.

We do like going to movies. We look for good movies and then we go during matinee time. Cheaper that way. We do have the movie card, and it comes in handy. We have been known to get in to a free movie from time to time.


I did get more quilting in last night. The weather was good, not as hot as it is tonight. I seem to be getting around pretty quick. I'm not sure if I'll be working on this tonight.

We're watching another old war time movie right now. Jack Lemon is in it as well as Ricky Nelson. Both have since passed. Hard to believe all these movies I loved have half the actors still alive.

I went downstairs earlier to see my next project on the list. I would like to make it a little bigger. So, I'm going to have to figure out the math parts to make it just a f…

A Meeting Day!

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Today I did the usual, walking, cribbage, and then off to a meeting. Guess the meeting part isn't usual, but it's close. I go do meeting more often then I ever did. Monday is our embroidery day, so I'll be off for that as well.

The meeting today was at moms. Mom was showing the pattern she got for me that I gave back to her. A couple of them asked if I was going to make the quilt, and I told them no, not since she shared it with everyone before she gave it to me. I gave it back. They couldn't understand why I did that. I told them I don't like working on something, sharing the pattern, then that person finishes it before I do. Mom made the comment that it was because I was mad at her for taking my Christmas quilt and finished it before I even started it. In some ways, yes, but that's not the reason. I just feel like quilters who found a pattern they really like, work on it, and then share what they are doing, wouldn't appreciate the fact that that person fi…

Thursday with the Quilters

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Today was a day of walking, cribbage, and quilting. I went to Walmart before heading to the quilt group. I had to pick something up for the potluck. Plus I needed cat food.

We had a good meeting today. We only had about 7 blocks for the drawing. I didn't do a block for the drawing, since I had plenty of stuff to do the last few months.

Our potluck was really good. Mostly salads. We did our usual drawing for prizes and I didn't get the book I wanted. :-( , but then I really didn't need another book.


Got home and Patrick came home early. So, I worked on this basket block. I have a couple more petals to do and then I can do the embroidery on it. I really like the colors, which is odd since I'm not a pink person.

My pattern I ordered the other day is on the way! I'm excited. I ordered the Spring Bouquet - Laundry Basket Quilts. I really love the patterns from there! I'm hoping to start the Sweet Sixteen - Laundry Basket Quilts pattern here soon. I've been colle…

Thinking Too Much - AGAIN!

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Today started out great. Walked and came home. I started making my Scandinavian Almond Cake. It was awesome, and I still love making that cake! It's actually a kind of pound cake. I could eat both any day. We had a lot of almonds in the house, so got busy making it. It takes a good hour to cook, but when it's done, it's awesome!

I did go downstairs and quilt for two hours.


I did get this area ready for rolling again, but need to move to the middle and then the right side before I can roll it.


I have half this block done. This is block number 4 of 9.


I put up my UFO's to keep me on track. Still have a ways to go. I need to get back to working on the basket blocks.


I saw this upstairs and took it downstairs. It's a pattern/kit that mom brought back for me. It's a table matt for the table. I'm not quiet there yet to work on it.


Then I had the "stupid" idea. I kept looking at this pattern on the wall. I thought it would be fun to do the embroidery on …