Saturday, October 22, 2016


This month included very little, if any, sewing as we sorted and purged and donated 3 car loads of items for a local charity. Most of the rest is packed up and in boxes stored in an upstairs room as we wait...for still several weeks...till our flooring will be replaced. We are waiting for a preferred installer that we liked. So I don't really see the effect fully of my cleaning out.  We will have to wait till I unpack and put it all back together to see if we indeed made any progress to lighten our load. I know I still have more to do.  Does anyone know of a good way to donate rubber stamps?  :-)
On the quilting front however, I did make my way up the state to Santa Clara for the Pacific International Quilt Festival. It was a good show of some beautiful quilts and creative vendors. I am usually rather strongly drawn to the shopping but found less of a pull this year. Someone told me there were fewer vendors there and I did find that a couple of my favorites were missing and there were few new ones. The quilts displayed this year however were, in general, a lot more interesting to me. So here are a few...
From my favorite applique artist and teacher, Nancy Brown,
Leonard's Big Day
Almost too fun for words :-)  Leonard has his binoculars hanging from his royal neck, and he and his bird friends are wearing colorful sweaters. The ostrich may be my favorite just because his face shows so much attitude.
I really enjoyed this and also being able to see Nancy briefly. She really amazes me with the detail and creativity she puts in her work.

Of course I was drawn to the animal quilts in the show. Quilters did not disappoint this year.
One of Nancy's students entered this beauty.

These elephants were also a favorite. Such beautiful creatures.

I have more quilts to show in my next post and a pic of something fun I did get to sew.  Have a wonderful Fall weekend everyone! 

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Happy Fall! Still my favorite time of year. We actually had a short heat wave here on the coast but we survived and are enjoying the cooler temps that the fog and breezes bring us. 
I finished a t shirt quilt for a friend's son. They are visiting colleges for his next adventure and hopefully will enjoy this quilt with shirts from his athletic days.

It is sandwiched with Hobb's 80/20 and quilted with stars and loops using a primary colored Rainbows by Superior. I used what I've learned is identified as Lingerie fusible to stabilize the shirts. I like it because it doesn't add any unwanted stiffness to the shirts but makes it so they sew up nicely.

There will not be much more sewing for the next couple of months here. After a few years of researching flooring, putting it off, and finally getting around to going to a flooring store...we have made a decision and committed to having all the carpet in our house removed and replaced with luxury vinyl tile. DH was all set for engineered wood but the flooring specialist steered us this way as it is more easily cleaned and more durable for the dogs and cats in our household and it really does look like wood...or close enough for us to be happy.  We have quite a bit of stained wood in our house as it has sort of a craftsman look to it. All the baseboards and doors etc is stained fir and oak so picking a product sounded daunting.  We brought large samples home and surprisingly found one that worked pretty well with what is here.  We also worked pretty hard to abuse those samples and found them to be rather resistant to scratching. So here's hoping all goes well. I will miss my carpet somewhat but will add some area rugs and possibly runners as the dogs get older and might find the smooth surface slippery. 
We are spending time now going through our house culling out what we don't need and packing the rest up to store in the 2 rooms that won't be affected. We'll move the furniture into the garage right before the job is done.
I'm trying to pretend that I'm actually moving....trying to trick myself into getting rid of as much as I can.  I'm not a hoarder but I sure like my stuff :-) We will see how well I have done when actually trying to fit all this stuff into the designated space!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Still not much sewing going on here but lots of dog walking and yard work.

Early in the month, I did manage to get my Four Patch Strippy quilted using a design called Chocolate Feather Swirl by Kathy James.

I added a couple of darker colors to this fabric kit that I had purchased years ago as some of the choices don't quite thrill me as much as it must have then. I have lots of fabric leftover and I think I will like them better thrown into the mix of the rest of my stash to tone down this girliness :-)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pets on Quilts 2016

It's time for the Pets on Quilts blog hop again and I'm joining in. This year I'm showing a picture of my neighbor/realtor/friend's cat adorning the quilt I made for her. 
A fun quilt to make and such a handsome Maine Coon boy blessing it!
I'm linking up to Lily Pad Quilting where you can visit other pets on quilts.
Enjoy the parade and add your voting choices to win some fun quilty treats!
P.S. I still have my sweet family of pets too. We have grown to a group of 5.
Luke and Sabra

Elinor and Marianne
and Sammy

Friday, August 5, 2016

July Plus

Still busy here with the new pup, Sammy. He's doing great and is quite the love.
Here he is smiling at the vet visit.
And to show the amazing progress with this boy who only knew to chase cats...
sharing his bed with Marianne. 
So not much quilting here. I did manage to get this quilt sewn together and put on the longarm frame...
but that's as far as I've made it.  Maybe a finish soon.
We have enjoyed blissfully cool but sunny days here all summer. I've done lots of yard work and have enjoyed the tomato bush that the birds planted for me.
It's about 8-10 feet in diameter and is so far giving us about 10-15 little grape tomatoes every day or so.
Had I planted would prolly have never grown at all. Best left to the birds and the professionals!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June and a New Guy

June has been a busy one. At some point I thought I would get a quilt sewn but that simply isn't happening. I started working with Aviary fabric by 3 Sisters (fabric from quite a few years ago) using a pattern from Blended Quilts by Marsha McCloskey and Sharon Yenter called Four Patch Strippy. I only got a little farther than this...
My attention has been pulled away though. Sabra was sick for a couple of weeks after eating some grass and who knows what. That was stressful but she finally cleared it all and is happy and back to normal.  Then I declared war on some ground cover that has taken over my yard, I helped my sister settle into her new home a bit, and then everything changed! This past weekend we welcomed (or some of us welcomed...) this cute guy into the family.
This is Sammy. He's 10 years old and very sweet.  His owner has moved to a Memory Care Facility and is no longer able to care for him.  Sammy has had some different experiences in life. Some that we don't know about.  He was found stray and sheltered about 3 years ago.  Advertised in the paper and adopted by my neighbors.  The past 3 years, he's been living the good life here in my Cambria neighborhood but then was sheltered again for the past 3 months with people in 2 counties trying to find a home for him. He came back to Cambria and was going to be surrendered (with apparently little chance of finding a home) to the local shelter but another neighbor called Thursday to tell me Sammy's story...and well, now he is a part of our family :-)  I didn't know about Sammy's plight but apparently the rest of the neighborhood did. As we walk around the blocks, we keep meeting up with people that knew him and are so happy he has found another local home.
This has been a bit of a challenging adaptation process. Sabra and Sammy both seem to have some issues with each other but I think we are moving forward. Luke who has been a trouble child in the past is getting the Good Citizen award.  My cats have been sequestered in a "room with a view" where they can be safely up on my large cutting table while Sammy comes in for some cat orientation. Marianne ( my grey kitty) is more comfortable socializing...both with people and she is doing the bulk of the orientation and training. Sammy has never been around cats before.  He is a little too interested at the moment but seems mostly interested in smelling and doesn't show any aggression.  I'm sure chasing would be an immediate hobby though so there will be no free rein for some time to come and only after behavior testing has shown success. Elinor ( my black kitty) will simply join in later when she is good and ready.
So hello chaos! Things are calm enough this morning that I can leave the dogs in the other room and enjoy some quiet time with the cats. I miss them having the rule of the house. They will declare order again someday!
Next post...Seven Sisters Quilt Show pictures

Monday, May 30, 2016


May involved completing my quilt for Hands 2 Help and making a baby quilt for a new niece due to arrive in the next couple of weeks. While looking through my fabric stash I found enough fabric of the same that I used for the very first baby to make my brother a grandpa. Kian was a boy and got blue detail to complement the zoo animals.  This new little girl is getting pink and yellow added.
I fussy cut the animals and framed them. The backing shows the novelty fabric uncut.
I used a pattern for a giraffe by Bunny Hill for a little extra fun.
I hope she likes it :-)

Yesterday I had the fun of meeting Susan Branch at a book signing for her latest books, The Fairy Tale Girl and Isles of Dreams. It was a fun gathering in Morro Bay.  Susan lived in San Luis Obispo area for several years and much of the writing is about her time and connections there. It was fun to even read of Cambria's charm. I recommend both as well as checking out her blog. She's a creative and uplifting soul. It was fun to have my picture taken with her.
I'm accepting another challenge ...or just a good idea :-)  to work on some fabric I purchased "I don't know how many years ago" made by 3 Sisters called Aviary. It's lovely soft colors of florals and came in a kit with a free pattern that doesn't really call to me like the fabric did.  So I'm thinking of going with something that I think will showcase the fabric better and hopefully fit the bill for the 10"squares, jelly roll and yardage that I have. For some reason I bought about twice the amount I would need for backing so I may have a little room to play. I'm also wondering about size and what I would do specifically with this quilt so we shall see where it leads me.  This next picture shows one idea from a book by Marsha McCloskey and Sharon Evans Yenter called Blended Quilts. I'm thinking it's the one I'll use. 
Linking here To Confessions of a Fabric Addict for her Friday Can I Get a Whoop!