Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gingerbread wall quilt

I spent today working on the little quilt I started last weekend. It's kind of an experiment for me. I wanted to use materials that I had on hand and I wanted to mix the fabrics. I used wool, flannel and cotton adding some handwork too. I have the top done and now I'll wait a few days and think about the quilting. I think I'll use machine decorate stitches, but I may do some hand quilting too. I want to use it for the Gingerbread Quilt Retreat in November. I think I'm done planning my pampering gifts for the ladies and have most of my decorations ready to go. It will be a four day retreat and should be very fun.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I've been busy....

I remember one of the things my friend Clarice (Storybook Woods) told
me about having a's hard to keep it up! It takes a lot of
time. That it does. I have just been so busy and gone from home, I
haven't had much time to work on my blog.
Quilts*quilts*quilts*. Quilting and quilt retreats have been consuming
my life. That's OK too. I think of where my family was last year with
dad's stroke and heart attacks. That was all we could do with life. He
is so much better and happier now and we are so thankful. God has been
gracious. We have dad's house ready to rent, so that will be one more
"good" thing to have off of the list for him.
We were at Maupin this
weekend. I got to quilt and Jim got to fish fish fish. He is enjoying
being able to get out there in the water again. After his hip surgery
and then his knee surgery, it was so frustrating for him.
I'm so ready for fall, but warm humid weather has returned to Oregon. UGH.
photo is from the NW Expo Quilt Show I attended last week. I love this
Oregon quilt. It was on on display at the show. I am sorry I don't know
the maker's name as it is just wonderful. I thought it would be a good
one to share as Jim and I have been all over Oregon this month.
I am waiting for fall....

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Post retreat

Still trying to get back to normal after the quilting retreat. All went well, except we have to find a new home. The hotel is doing away with the conference room. It was kind of a shock.
Fall is on the way. The days are still warm but the evenings are getting chilly.
I finished my gift for our fall Tasha Tudor group exchange. It went together quickly.
Gina called tonight from New Mexico. It was good to hear her voice and of course, she had me laughing.
Tomorrow is dad day. I haven't seen him for awhile.
I have paper work to finish up form the retreat and some banking to do yet.
Time for bed.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Morning

A nice cool morning. Our Illinois company has gone to the coast for a few days.
Time to get the lawns mowed again before a busy week starts up. Apple Harvest Retreat next weekend. It's such a nice time of the year. I am trying to settle down and enjoy things a bit.
We moved dad's things to the storage unit, so that is done now. Duane is working on the house and as soon as he is done, we can move ahead to rent it out for dad. It looks so big (well, even bigger) with all the furniture and everything out now. I wish I could rent it! I would love to have all of that room.
You can feel fall in the air in the evenings now.
This is a fall pattern I found that I think would be fun to make! It's from Countryside Patterns...they have lots of cute fall things to make. I'm such a sucker for fall. If you come to my home, you won't see many handmade items for summer, but you will in the fall. Maybe I just feel more creative going into autumn.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Apple Time....

I have been having a difficult week. I went out to my mailbox this
afternoon to find a delightful card and apple kitchen towel from a very
kind and thoughtful friend. Thanks LaVonne! You really made my day and lifted the clouds.
Apple Harvest Retreat is coming along. These events are fun but require
a great deal of last minute work. It's just the nature of the business.
So many people just don't get it, but my dear friends do and sure give
me a great deal of encouragement and support. I wanted a little
business and this fits the bill.
I am ready for the new crop of
apples soon to arrive at the farmers markets and I'm ready for fall. I
need to get some "stuff" out of my life or at least over and done with
so I can enjoy my favorite season.
I am hoping that LaVonne and I will be together sometime this fall!
Thank again my friend.