Saturday, May 07, 2016

I love color palettes...

It's been such a long time since I created a color palette that I almost forgot how to do it! I was looking through old photos and came across this shot of some coral at the Long Beach Aquarium, located near the convention center in Long Beach. I took this shot - I don't know how many years ago - when attending the now-defunct Long Beach Quilt Show. I miss that show!

Love this color combination! :)

Take care,

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Time gets away from us, doesn't it?

I've been so involved in other aspects of my life that I haven't been posting nearly as often as I used to. I'm sure those of you who have been reading my blog for years have noticed. I still love my blog, but find it a bit more difficult to think of interesting things to write about. I've also fallen off the photography bandwagon for awhile. I haven't used my good camera in many months and that is something I want to rectify... I miss it!

I have managed to finish another UFO (well, technically I still have one side of the binding to sew down by hand, but I'm counting it as finished since that will happen today). I'm still somewhat surprised at myself for sticking with my goal of working on as many of my UFOs as I can. I seem to have developed a very short attention span over the years. I thought for sure that I would want to start something new by now, but it hasn't happened. This is my 4th finish for the year.

I started this Scrappy Trips Around the World in 2014 - only 2 years ago!!. :) And, I used random fabrics - meaning I just grabbed them out of a basket and sewed them together. I did make sure that I used the darkest fabric for the middle row so the design would work out, but other than that there are some really ugly fabrics in this quilt.  Turns out that I love it!!! I'm going to keep this one (unless someone offers me some good $$ and begs with me to part with it) because it's so cheerful and happy. It's fairly large too.

I quilted it horizontally using wavy lines, which left it soft and cuddly. I seem to gravitate towards the simple quilting styles these days.

It rained Friday and yesterday and it was forecast for today, but so far the clouds have just blown over. Isn't that wonderful? I mean about us getting rain. The landscape is green and lovely right now and the roses are prolific! I don't know if I'm just appreciating them more because of our drought situation or they really are more spectacular than usual, but they are gorgeous!!

Ok... off topic but, I'm wondering why this bill was defeated last week?

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend... I am!!

Take care,

Monday, March 07, 2016

I took the long way home!

I had to make a quick trip over to the post office this afternoon, and on the way back I decided to take the long way home.

The air is so clean and beautiful after our two recent rain storms and everything is so green. It used to be this green almost every spring, but now this is rare and it's a treasure. A bit more rain has been predicted for the end of the week, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we actually get it.

These photos were taken on the road leading to the Sycamore Canyon trail head, which is only about a mile from my house as the crow flies. I know I'm blessed to live near such beauty and I try very hard not to take it for granted.

After I got back, I made Lemon Curd and a Texas Sheet Cake. I'm planning on sharing this with my Tuesday quilting group tomorrow.

Take care,

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Here's a sneak peek... sort of!

Here's a very, very obscure peek at what I'm presently working on. It's one of my UFOs and I've completed all the blocks for this quilt, and am in the process of sewing them together in anticipation of quilting the top/batting/backing together. I seem to be having a little difficulty trying to decide on a quilting design at this point.

I want to do something more modern than might be expected for a quilt such as this and I keep thinking that any day now an idea is just going to pop into my head. So far, it hasn't but who knows what tomorrow may bring?

Can you guess which quilt pattern it is?

Take care,

Monday, February 15, 2016

I'm on a roll right now...

I've got another finish for the year (my 3rd) and I'm very happy, to say the least. I love crossing these UFOs off my list. I've been working on this quilt, off and on - mostly off, for six years - and now it's finished. All I have to do is find a place in my house to hang it.

I've already begun working on the next UFO on my list. I started it in early 2012, so it's only been 4 years in the making!

I spent Friday afternoon making Lime Curd for the first time ever, using the many little limes off my tree. It took 16 limes to get 1/2 cup of juice. I used this recipe and I can truly say that it tastes heavenly! It's so good!! I did not make the tart since I wanted only the curd, but it sounds wonderful. I made a second batch on Saturday afternoon using limes given to me by one of my quilting friends. Her limes are prettier and much larger than mine, but the curd tastes just the same! :)

I also wanted to share with you this photo of the most stunning sunrise of a week or so ago. We don't have beautiful sunrises very often so it's always a special occurrence when it happens and this one was extra-special.

Take care,

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

It was cold today!!

On Tuesdays, our mini-group meets at Jane's house from 10-4pm. We sew/quilt in her garage, which has basically been coverted to a sewing studio... large enough to accommodate 6 or 7 of us. It's wonderful sitting outside to sew, but today I have to admit that it was c-o-l-d. My feet still have not warmed up.

I took this photo in Jane's backyard of the latest pair of socks I finished (my 2nd finish this year). I liked the idea of using the rocks to contrast the socks. This yarn is the new Australian Merino wool sold at Joanns. I have been wanting to try it since I first saw all of the beautiful, muted colors it comes in. It's 8-ply and it knits up beautifully, but it's easy to separate the strands as you knit. The socks feel wonderful to the hand, but I haven't worn them yet so don't know how they will wear and/or stretch. For $14.99 a skein (and it takes two for a pair of socks), I'm not sure I recommend it. If you can get each skein for 40% or 50% off, then it's a good deal.

Karen brought another of her embroidery quilts to ahare with us today. We still all marvel at just how quickly she does the embroidery, but also gets the quilt completed. This is just the top, but I guarantee you that it will be quilted within the month.

Those blocks are adorable and look at all the embroidery on them!! That's a lot of work!!

Take care,

Monday, February 01, 2016

A great start to 2016!

Wow... it's already 32 days into the new year and you would not believe the "to do" list I have started for 2016! I've got a big year planned.

My UFO list is at 38 and I'm sure I'll find another couple projects in my sewing room that I forgot about. I gave away several projects that I knew I had no interest in finishing and I'm hoping that I'll get to see them completed by the recipient. Actually, it was quite motivating to list and prioritize all of those unfinished projects. I don't plan on finishing all of them, or even half of them, but if I can make a dent, I will be extremely happy. In that regard, I've already completed one project, except for the binding and I'm working on that today. Photo to come soon!

Our year has certainly started off right. We've had rain... and it's been good rain. Rain that can actually be measured. It has cleaned everything - not only the air itself, but streets and buildings.Today, it's cold out but it's supposed to warm up into the high 70's by Saturday/Sunday. I'll bet that sounds nice to those of you in the colder climates, but I would rather have the cold/rainy weather. Our hills are just starting to green up and we haven't seen that in quite awhile.

I have too much going on the first part of the year so I declined to sign up for the Spring Semester of quilting. I'll miss it (I'm sure more than they will miss me), but I'll go back in the Fall. I've got some kitchen remodeling and wood flooring to do and that will keep me busy, I'm sure. And, one of the benefits of sewing at home on Thursday is that I'll be able to get some of the UFO's, that are too large to work on in class, completed. I'm so looking forward to it.

Anybody go to Road to California? I went with some friends and we had a great time. I was so impressed with the quilt pictured above, but feel sad that I didn't get the name of the maker. I can only say that it was truly outstanding!!  Next month, we're going to QuiltCon. I've never been so I'm anxious to see what it's like.

Guess that's it for today!

Take care,

Friday, December 25, 2015

It's Christmas!!

Just a quick post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Take care,

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It's a SALE!

I'm in the mood for a sale and I hope you are too!  Especially since the holidays are coming up...

I've added lots of new items to the shop and will continue to do so during the next month. I've got a whole stack of things you haven't seen in the shop previously, plus I'm adding lots of fabrics too!

If you see something you want, make sure you use the coupon code Holidays2015 and a 20% discount will be applied to your purchase(s). The coupon expires 12/31/15.

Hope you have fun!!

Take care,