Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Today is Monday, Right?? Winners of the Giveaway Announced!!

It's been one of those weeks!!  I could not believe yesterday was Monday, first of all and second, where in the world did it go?  But I had a chat with Mr. Random Number Generator and he chose 3 winners!!

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who lives in Connecticut and does not have a blog but she does keep me on my toes if I don't get my Saturday Smiles out on time!!  Dotti likes French Age real and report fabrics, so I am guessing she will like some French General Mini Charms!! 

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who blogs over at Wedding Dress Blue.  I met Deanna many years ago on our blogs but never got the chance to meet up in person even though she just lived down the road from me when I lived in Logan, UT.  I KNOW Deanna loves postage stamp quilts because I have seen many on her blog over the years!!  Will she pick Contemporary or Dark and Dirty?

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I think Sharon used to blog but it looks like no longer.  She likes Contemporary, so I am going to see if I still have something from BasicGrey.

Congratulations to the 3 winners and a big thank you to 
all of you that played along!!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I Have Gotten a Bit of Sewing Done and a Giveaway!!

We are at a point now where we are just waiting for the roofer to have a couple of good days where he can come and work on the Studio roof, so Saturday and yesterday I did a bit of sewing!!  Woo! Hoo!!

I have a million, well, maybe not a million but 100s and 100s of the mini Charm Packs - the little guys that are 2-1/2 inches square.  Janet O. over at Rogue Quilter's favorite kind of size!!  So I was trying to figure out how to use them efficiently.

By adding 12 extra squares that I cut in addition to 2 mini Charm Packs, I was able to make 6 - 16 patch blocks ~

This collection is Pondicherry by French General.  I made them leader-end style and at the 2-square stage I tried to pick squares that contrasted with each other.

I am quite pleased at how they turned out and I have enough collections to pick from that I can just keep making blocks from different collections that will coordinate with these blocks and before you know it (yeah right, not at my speed) I should have a new queen-size quilt for my bed!!

Because I have sooooooooo many packs of these little goodies, I would like to share some with three different quilters!!

So, here are the GAME RULES:

For each of the three rules below, you will get one change in the lottery!!

1.   Leave a comment telling me 2 things - 1) what style of collection (i.e. French General; Dark and Dirty aka Civil War; Patriotic; Contemporary, etc.) you would want to have if you win and 2) if you were to make a queen-size quilt, would you sash between the blocks or just randomly sew blocks together.  And for those of you that found this post on Facebook, please let me know that too, will you?

2.   Follow me if you don't already and if you do, tell me you do.

3.   In the upper-right hand corner of my blog is a link to my renovation blog - Bandon-by-the-Sea, click on that link and check out my progress.  Leave a comment on ANY of the posts.

ALL three rules must be completed in order to have a chance in the drawing.

I will be giving each of the THREE winners THREE Mini Charm Packs of their choice plus a mini spool of Aurifil thread so your blocks will be perfect!!!!

Giveaway will close Saturday, November 18th at midnight.  Mr. Random Number Generator will pick the winners the next Monday morning!!

NOTE: If you are a no-response commenter, please leave and email address where I can reach you if you are one of the winners!!

Good luck and have fun!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

My Quilt Studio is About Ready for Move-In!!

We have all the windows in and tomorrow is the door and the vents.  Next week the roofer is coming to finish the roof with Weathered Copper metal roofing!!  I wanted to hear the sound of the rain when I am out there!!

I am so excited about the big window in the front.  It is 6 foot by 3 foot and it is going to be so nice to have all the extra light.

This is the view from inside!!  It is looking northerly!!

It is so close I can taste it but yet I have to wait until next weekend to start moving in!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Enchanting Rose 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal

Stephanie over at The Enchanting Rose hosted the 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange this Fall and today is the reveal of what we received.  I participated in both the Tea Cup and Mug Exchanges and was so blessed by the wonderful boxes of goodies I received!!

For the Tea Cup Exchange I received a super fun box of goodies from JoJo Hall who writes a wonderful quilting and travel blog,  Join the World Quilting Travel Adventure.  Now, most of the cookies and hot chocolate are gone now or almost gone!!  The Sillycow hot chocolate is amazing with a huge dollop of whipping cream on top!!

The tea cup and saucer are so unique, I just love it!!

Thank you, JoJo, you made me feel special!!

For the Mug Exchange I also received an amazing box of goodies from Cheryl Smith who writes the beautiful blog, Homespun Devotions.  Funny thing is that I don't drink coffee or tea but LOVE hot chocolate.  So, Cheryl spoiled me too!

The mug is fabulous!!  On the inside rim it reads "We the people of the United States of America . . . "  She told me she found the mug in an antique shop and thought it would be perfect for me!!  It certainly is, Cheryl!!

Plus she found out my favorite color (and fragrance) is lavender, so she added some wonderful lavender goodies to my box and a beautiful little book of sayings that remind one how fragile life really is.  One of my favorite sayings is "[i]t is not he who has little, but he who wants more, who is poor."!!  Thank you Cheryl, I love everything.  And by the way, all the ginger cookies are long gone!!

And thank you to dear, sweet Stephanie over at The Enchanting Rose for hosting yet another breathtaking Exchange!!  Hugs to you, girlfriend!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Good Day Before the Next Storm!!

Click HERE to see what we got done today!!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday's Smile!!

The Meta Picture on Facebook

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lot of Work Going on Here . . .

Click HERE to see what we got done today!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hexagon Flowers Completed . . .

Several weeks ago, I had finished my September flowers for Birthe and was ready to send them out when I realized I had made the wrong flowers!!  Yikes, I made the flowers for the gal one down on the list from Birthe.  So, now I have Birthe's flowers done and got finally got pictures of them before I sent them out today!!

Also, some of in the group are making heart flowers for gals in the group that are having health or other major problems in their lives.  Here is the flower I am making!!  Debbie, the swap mommie provided that darling angel fabric for our centers!!

Monday, October 23, 2017

My Cute Friend Tammy . . .

called this morning because she had only seen 2 weeks of Saturday Smiles on my blog and she wanted to make sure I was okay!!  I was happy to report that all is well here!!

This has been a crazy two weeks!!  Have you ever had a time in your life when you had so many things to do that you had no idea where to start getting things done?  Well, that is where I seem to be right now!!

We got the sill plate down on the two outside buildings last Wednesday and then the rains came down!!  And man, did the rain come down plus the wind was at about 25 miles an hour!!  Then, on top of that, one morning we got HAIL!!

One thing I did get done was get a new bed!!  Yay, now I am no longer sleeping on the floor on a thin camping mattress!!

Another thing that happened this past week is that I lost my camera, so no pictures!!  And then ANOTHER thing that happened is that I lost my phone!!  Went up to Coos Bay on Friday and got a new phone but I have no contacts until I find the old phone that I really believe is somewhere in this house!!  Yikes!!

So, I took this picture of my new bed so Tammy would know that my i-Pad camera works great and that I am safe and sound!!  Pictures are skeewampus because I just hung them where there were nails!! Ha! Ha!

Well, the sun is out and we are off to work on the studio today!!  Pictures to follow!!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Quilt Shows are Done . . .

and work is going on at the house!!  Check it out HERE!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday's Smile!!

This is the weekend of the Portland Quilt Expo!!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching . . .

I thought my Inchy Flower Swap flowers for September were all done and ready for the mail tomorrow morning but as I looked at the list, I realized I accidentally looked at the wrong name and made flowers for the wrong gal.  Oops!!

So, I will keep these flowers until I do get the gal that is supposed to get them, which could be months or years or never!!  LOL!!  At least I had fun making them!!

Now to pick out fabrics for the flowers I am supposed to make for this month!!  :-))

I am linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's Quilts.  Come see what everyone is working on today!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bandon House Reno Update!!

Come see what I have been up to this past week - HERE!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Enchanting Rose's 11th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange . . .

opens for registration today!!  I did this exchange last spring and oh, it is sooooo much fun!!  Denise over at Count It *All* Joy told me about it last fall and I had to wait months to join the spring exchange!!  If you love tea or coffee or hot chocolate and a fun new tea cup or mug, this is the place!!  Click on the picture below to read all about it!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Bit of Progress on the House Today!!

I took the morning to work on the house today!!

Come see what got done HERE!!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day!!

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Spellbound - All Pieced and Ready for Quilting . . .

Well, I got the top pieced and in the mail today to Tammy, my quilter!!  Turned out quite nice except the pattern was not written correctly for the final border at the top and the bottom.  It said cut each border at 56-1/2 inches and the quilt width actually measured 61-1/2 inches.  Sooooo mad!!  Now I have these two nasty seams where a seam should not be seen!!

Excited to see what Tammy is going to do for the quilting!!

And now back to working on the house!!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I am a Flower Child . . .

Come see what I figured out at the Renovation in Bandon by the Sea - HERE!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Progress on Spellbound . . .

This is really a fun quilt to piece.  You can see how it is made HERE at Moda Bakeshop.

I have 11 out of 15 rows completed ~

and I have the last 4 rows cut and ready to sew together ~

Today I am going to work on the "in-between" rows that ties the rows together!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Sun . . .

August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day!

No human action can disrupt the incessant dance of the cosmos, and the Moon's shadow will not wait on you if you're not ready. Like a mindless juggernaut, it plows its way through space toward a collision course with Earth. As predicted by the astronomers decades in advance, the shadow arrives with perfect accuracy, and touches down in the north Pacific Ocean at 16:48:33 UT*, at local sunrise. (At that spot, the Sun will actually rise while totally eclipsed. This is a sight few people - even veteran eclipse chasers - have seen, and from what we hear, it is quite uncanny.) 

A minute later, the entire shadow (the "umbral cone") will have made landfall - er, ocean-fall - and will be racing across the surface of the water at supersonic speed. Except for folks on ships at sea, and the occasional ocean-dwelling critter who dares to venture too near the surface, nothing sentient will note the passing of the umbra - until land gets in the way.


And that land will be United States soil. On the beach in Oregon, at a rocky spot of ground just north of Newport that sticks its nose out into the Pacific, the shadow first touches land at 17:15:50.6UT (at about 10:15 in the morning). This lucky piece of Earth experiences a full minute and fifty seconds of totality.

The actual centerline of the eclipse path hits solid ground a full six seconds later, and plunges Lincoln Beach and Depoe Bay into darkness for 1m58s!

It takes only about two minutes for the shadow to race eastward toward its first date with a large population of folks who will be breathlessly awaiting its arrival. DallasAlbanyCorvallisLebanonPhilomathMcMinnvilleWoodburn, and yes, Salem itself, experience various durations of totality (based on their varying distances from the centerline); on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem (the first of five state capitals the shadow will visit), lucky viewers will be treated to 1m54.5s of shadow at just after 10:17am. (Great time for a coffee break!)

The great city of Portland is NOT in the path of totality!  If you're there, or in Eugene, you will not get the full meal deal! Folks in Portland need to move south, and get into the shadow! That's right: IF YOU STAY IN PORTLAND, the eclipse will never be total for you! You will need to use your eclipse glasses for the entire partial eclipse, and you will not see the beauty of totality! (In Eugene, you need to head north!)

The eclipse then leaves our most western friends, and travels through the forests and deserts of central Oregon, hitting the mountains atMadras and Warm Springs at about 10:19. Mitchell and Prairie City are next, and the shadow leaves Oregon just north of Ontario. (Actually, Ontario gets 1m23s of totality at 11:25am MDT, but folks there would be better served to head north to the rest area north of Huntington on I-84, or into Idaho on US95 between Midvale and Weiser, for better than 30 seconds more totality! Soak them up; those seconds in the shadow are precious!!!)
Thank you to Eclipse2017.org for this information!!

Here is another total eclipse you might remember!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spellbound . . .

Well, I have not done much quilting all summer long because of the move to Oregon and several quilt shows that I have had to prepare for.  But, on Wednesday, I started the Spellbound quilt by Urbanchiks because I have 40 kits to sell and I would like to have a sample ready for the Portland Quilt Expo the last weekend in September.

It has been a long time since I have done any piecing and I am really enjoying it!!  I am trying to get two rows done a day so I can get it to Tammy, my quilter, by the end of August!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Old McDonald Had a Farm . . .

Here is what is going on over at the Oregon coast renovation - HERE!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Couple More Flowers with New Borders . . .

I received my July Flower borders a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to wait until I had added them to a flower before posting!!  Here they are and they turned out wonderfully!!  The center on the blue border is a flower I received from Erica Tahcone in November, 2013 and the flower in the yellow border is a flower I received from Paula O'Connor in December, 2014.

I love when I get a chance to add a border to a flower I received years ago!!

Well, I am off to Newport, Oregon to vendor at the quilt show up there this weekend!!  Have a great weekend and look for Saturday's Smile!!  :-))

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

I Sure Could Use Your Opinion!!

A couple of years ago, I taught a young Mom how to quilt.  She made a queen-size quilt for her Sister's wedding present.  Here is the quilt she designed and made ~

You can read the entire post HERE.

Well, she ended up with extra blocks and somehow I have them.  I thought I would use them to make a quilt for her oldest daughter's bed - I guess that would be a single bed.  But I don't know what to do with them.  Here is what I have and I have quite a few of them but will need other fabrics to add to them to made a large enough quilt.

I would love some suggestions!!  And for your time I will send a charm pack to the gal who's suggestion I use.

Also, here is a look at my I-cord now that it is felted.  Next, I need to figure out how to make a bag out of that big felted blob I created!!

Have a wonderful Friday!!