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A Day At The Thurston County Fair

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I didn't get much sleep last night because of the heat....and boy was it HOT!!! When I did get up, I headed to Ruth's to walk. After walking, I came home and got out my list of what I needed to bring to the fair to work on.

Arrived at Donna's about 8:30 am. Love her dogs! They are so much fun!

Headed up to the fair, and parked at the school bus garage to get a ride to the fair. To think I've lived in WA State over 30 years, and I have never been to the Thurston County Fair. It's a very small fair that is really fun! It reminded me of Whitman County Fair on the East side of WA. I really like small fairs like that. It was fun to get around.


This quilt was on display for out QOV area.


So was this one. It brought up some really cool ideas of what we could do with the eagles. I enjoyed seeing all the quilts there as well. I didn't take photos, as I have a whole bag full of quilt photos that need to be gone through.


I worked on this block again today. I still need to…

It's 97 Degrees Right Now!!!

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I'm looking out my window at the thermometer and it reads 96 degrees. No cool breeze tonight! UGH. I'm in front of our fan!!

I did the usual, walking and cribbage. I got skunked again today. Missed it by 2 pegs. UGH! He's skunked me 4 times this month!! Me, only once....

I went to our quilt group meeting. It was getting hot in there as well. Not a place I would want to be in.


I worked on this eagle. I finished the eagle body and the red rose. I also added a couple leaves and the green part to the rose bud. That was basted down. I have more to baste done and will take the green to do that tomorrow while at the fair.


I found the red that I want to use on the firecracker tops. I will put those on tomorrow as well. I'm hoping to get some more done on this one. I'm taking the green with me to the fair to work on. This is part of the Baltimore Liberty blocks.


I pulled 5 basket blocks out of my stack. I will also take these to work on while at the fair. I may not get much…

Quilt Is Finished, And Ready for a Recipient

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I did the usual morning routine. Walking and cribbage.

When I got home, decided I better vacuum and clean up the kitchen a little. I was tired of my "piles." I tend to pile things up on the table and then clean that up when I get the chance. I took the box out to the garage, along with a few garage sale items.

After cleaning, I decided to sit and enjoy a movie that was on. While I was watching the show, I worked on three thread catchers.


I finally got a few buttons on them. I have three more that need buttons, and three more that need to be put together. The yellow one on the right is one I wish I had done the other way. I like the inside better than the outside.


Before going downstairs, I had the binding done on this quilt. It's a QOV quilt. I washed it. It turned out awesome!! I can't wait to see who receives this quilt!



I was surprised today when I went into my facebook account. My dear sweet older brother, Chris, put a really nice comment on the quilts my mother …

Wasn't in the Mood....

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Today was a walking morning with getting my butt kicked in cribbage. I was finally skunked on the last game.

I then went to our Mt. St. Helen's group meeting. I think if I didn't have to get the ruler to Judy, I wouldn't have gone. I got there, pulled out one of the eagles, and worked on it. Trouble was, I wasn't in the mood to do applique - go figure! I called it good about 12:30 and came home. I then sat down and put an ice pack on my elbow and relaxed. After a couple hours of playing games, I called Ruth and asked her if she wanted to go walking. So, we took another walk today.



When I came in the house, I pulled out the thread catchers to start finishing them up. I need a couple for Friday.


I will put the buttons on tonight. I have about three more to sew the sides up. That might not get done till tomorrow though.

I will finish up the QOV quilt. Then I need to wash it and have it ready for Friday when we go to the Thurston County Fair. I'm looking forward to it …

From One Thing To Another.....

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Today I went for my walk, and enjoyed not having to go play cribbage today. I did come home and enjoy Charlie's company for an hour. She hasn't wanted to come in lately. It's getting harder for her to jump up on the furniture. So, she seems to want to say outside. I did pick her up and put her in my lap. She was happy with that.

I went downstairs and worked on 5 more thread catchers.


I sewed them up and then had to leave. I went to the post office to mail out Pamela's winning fabrics. I then went to pick Phil up for lunch. We went to one of the Chinese restaurants in town but it was closed. So, we headed over to another one. We had a good lunch. I really enjoyed my time with him. I then took him home, and headed to moms.

I arrived at moms about 20 mins before having to leave for physical therapy. We were going through her buttons. I left her looking for her buttons. The good news at physical therapy is that it's working. I'm not at 100% yet, but my shoulder is …

Enjoying the Day of Sewing

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Today we decided to enjoy the day at home. That made my day! So, I went downstairs and pulled out some fabric for another set of table mats. I found a scrap fabric that I thought would work great in the middle of the mats.


I decided I wanted 6 mats, and started cutting the strips. I was able to get this far in about 3 hours. Patrick wanted to go to Red Lobster for supper, which is down in Longview. I noticed I was running short of the colors in this mat, so I asked for Patrick's help. Poor guy had no idea what I was doing. Anyway, he help me pick a couple more colors and I will be putting them on tomorrow. This way takes longer than the strips did. I had to take out two mats, because I was sewing them "backwards." I did end up sewing them from the left side of the foot instead of the right. Good thing I'm left handed, it worked out find. I just didn't want to take out what I put in on the first two strips (x6).


I love Glads! This one is starting to go bad, but I …

AND THE WINNER IS......

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Thank you to Pamela Butcher!! You have won my "tail" fabrics of solids. I am also going to send you a gift for being so kind and offering to take the tails. Since Pamela is also a QOV quilter, I'm going to send some scraps to go with her quilts.

Today was a quiet day, and truthfully, I didn't do much work. I did finish up all the thread catchers, and only two of them need some buttons for them. I'll probably do that Monday when I go to moms. I may even stop by the store and pick up some buttons that will work great for a few more. I did get some coupons from Michael's today, and my use them.



I did work on the binding for our QOV quilt. I'll take a photo of it after I'm done. I need to add the photo to my journal of all the QOV projects I'm working on. I love those clips! I didn't think I would, but I do. I don't like having to move them from where I am to the end, but that's nothing compared to me trying to figure out if I have the mea…

A Biking Trip......

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I woke early as usual. Ruth and I went walking and visited with a couple neighbors on the way. Got home, played a few games till Patrick woke up.

We then got a snack lunch put together. Patrick put the bikes in the truck last night, so we were all set to go biking. We headed over to Phil's to pick him up. It was awesome, I did better today then I have done in the past. I'm getting a little faster than I used to be. I do enjoy riding the bikes. If Phil goes with us more often, then I can really get in shape (wishful thinking!). It was a very enjoyable ride. Phil chatted and the ride seemed to get shorter faster. We were done in 150 minutes, which broke the previous record of 155 mins. It was a 17 mile ride from Tenino WA to Rainier WA.


I finished these four "thread catchers."


I like the smaller ones a little better. The bigger ones are a little "loose" so I'm going to stick with the smaller sizes. I will use the bigger one at my end table. That will keep…

Off Track AGAIN!

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Here I go, getting off track with my projects! I added the two new projects, that I really didn't need to add! All in all, I can't complain too much. I'm actually getting them done!

Last night I finished up the table mats.


They turned out great!


This is all four of them. I like the way the came out. I will be doing another set here pretty soon. I haven't decided what colors yet, or how I'm going to do it. I have a couple ideas, and with more strips from the solids , I may be able to do what mom did.


This is what the fabric catchers look like. I got some buttons from Ruth, and will put them on the ones I have done. This is not a "finished" project. I also cut another 4 smaller ones. Nancy came over to pick up the ruler I bought for her. While she was her, I showed her three of these and told her if she put the button on them, she could pick the one she wanted. She did. She picked one of my favorite prints, but I cut another one with that print so wasn'…

Happy Birthday, Phillip!

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Before I start my blog, I want to wish my son, Phillip, a very Happy Birthday!! He's 30 today!


My little boy is no longer little! lol - I have some cute photos of him when he was little, but will have to load them.


This is Phil and Emily on their wedding day. They've been married a year now. So proud of my boy! Emily is a keeper too.

On to my day. Today I spent the afternoon downstairs. I wanted to get some more 9 patches done.


I added two more colors to my stack. It is coming along, but still have a lot more to go. I did decide not to care how I put the "extra" patches together.


I just took what I had extra of and sewed them together. Not sure if I will keep them. I'm thinking of putting them in a bag and selling them at the quilt show for a donation. I have more to sew together as well.


I even got myself another project!! I can't believe I did, but I did!


I made myself a pattern, then I cut some of my scraps for this project. It's for "thread catch…

Day At The Casino

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I took our neighbor Art to the casino today. He looks forward to our once a month trip to the casino. We left first thing in the morning and stayed till after the speed Keno game was over. I didn't do good.

I have been working on the binding of the set of 4 table mats.


Sorry quick photo, so there is crap around my photo. I usually pay more attention. Guess today really isn't my day! lol

I have these two done. Fined the second one last night and started working on the third. I will work on more tomorrow. I'm also going to work on my 9 patches at the same time. I may try and do what mom did with the solids I gave her. I loved those place mats.

I have embroidery to do on the eagle that I finished. Oh, great, here I go again, thinking of all he things I need to do first or next.....oh, well. I couldn't believe I had a dream about making these mats! It was kinda funny actually. I was making two sets, then my mother said I had to the set I wasn't currently working on. I …

First Brazilian Embroidery and Then.......

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Today was a blueberry picking morning and then walk. After I was done walking, I headed straight to Walmart (I KNOW!) for some batting on the table mats. I wanted to make a few more to be able to have one the table. I thought mom bought batting, but she bought fleece. I like the feel of it, so I bought 2 1/4 yards for $9. I'm okay with that! No one will know the difference but me. - I know, I hate going to Walmart. I hate shopping there....unless it's before 9 am. They are moving things around, so I added another set of walking steps while trying to figure out where they moved the crafts.

After that trip, I headed to our embroidery group meeting.


I was able to finish the wheat stack on the right. I then started working on the sets on the left. I'm not done, but I had fun working on it. I was helping mom with her stuff as well. This was so relaxing. We have our meeting from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. It was nice to be able to work on this with good friends. We keep getting new me…

Back At It Again -

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I'm back to starting more projects, as if I don't have enough! Today was HOT, HOT, HOT. So, I hid downstairs all afternoon.

I saw how easy it was for mom to make place mats, so I decided I would make some for our house......okay, another project. Figuring it would take long, I pulled out my strips that were in the basket. I wanted purple, s I pulled out the purple colors.


As I went through my strips, I could not find a lot that I could use on 4 place mats. I then went through my fabrics to see what I could use up as well. That in it's self took time. I pulled out fabrics, then I started cutting. I had to be sure to cut the fabric pieces the same size. Some are smaller than others but it worked out. As I worked on it, I found the center fabric would work out perfectly.


The more I did the faster I got. I will say that I need to buy some batting that is a little thicker and skinnier than what I used. The thicker stuff mom used has the mat lay flatter and nicer.


After a few ho…

Saturday's Fun!

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Today I woke early, and enjoyed my morning playing a few games before Patrick got up. Then I headed downstairs. The best part of this Saturday is that there were really no plans other than going to my parents for supper and games.

I went downstairs

and started back where I left off. I was able to get some 4 patches as well as 9 patches done. I was enjoying myself, and watching "Perry Mason." I could watch all those shows over and over again!

I cut more pieces out. I have these to put together and I have more strips to make. That bucket is slowly getting used up. I took the extra strips over to moms. 

My stack is getting bigger and longer. I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with all these. It will be interesting to see what I finally decide to do. Should be fun. I need to buy some more black fabric. Thinking the black will be awesome with all these colors. Added a few more pieces to the stash. 
I am looking forward to seeing what else comes out of the solid …

Friday's Day of Quilting

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Today I did the usual, walking and cribbage. Patrick took the day off. He wanted to work in the yard, and just "putts" around. Which he did.

I went over to moms and enjoyed a good day of applique with everyone. We had a total of 6 of us showing up. We laughed a lot. Mom had to go to the doctors because she's got a bit that has festered. She got another one on the other leg. Found out whatever it is, she's allergic to it. Doctor told her to quit working in the yard till it gets fixed.


Yesterdays photo. I was working on this today. I have the feathers on the left almost done. I'm thinking of where I want the embroidery to go. I will work on that.

I was able to sell more raffle tickets for the quilt QOV is raffling. It's awesome.

Came home and called dad to see where he was on the freeway. We were going to go back to mom and dads for crab, but he was still on I-5. It took him 5 1/2 hrs to get home from Seattle. It USED to take 2 hours. Because of all the constru…