Once in a blue moon

Well, it seems that is about the frequency of my posting here lately.  Remember that shot I had of my section of the booth at the Coburg Quilt Show in July?  Well, it seems the advertising paid off, and my phone has been ringing off the hook.  I have quilts hung up everywhere here.  I finished a cute flannel baby quilt today, have a French Braid loaded on the machine, and a Bali Wedding Star on the zippers waiting to get back on the machine this weekend.  I will sew with my good friends for a while tomorrow at Our Sewing Room in Springfield, and then will be back to quilt some more!  I’m also going to manage the website for Our Sewing Room and will be teaching there a bit more often.  We’ll probably re-design the website in January.

So, let’s see – what else have I been up to since I last wrote?


I quilted this for a new customer about a month ago — may have already posted it here.

I taught Sharon Schamber’s machine applique technique, using her Scarlet Serenade patter, at Our Sewing Room on August 18.

I got this Bali Wedding Star in to quilt.  It’s all ditched and CC’d in the rings, but I need to re-load it and get the fancies in this weekend.

I got this beauty (plus another set of corners added to it) in from my very first customer.  It will go on the machine later in the weekend.

I’ve done a bunch of other quilts, but didn’t take pics — I don’t always.

I took my Willcox and Gibbs machine up to Jack Boersma’s in McMinnville on my birthday, bought some luscious sock yarn in his yarn shop across the street from his quilt shop, went to the coast with the dog and my sister.


On the way home, my sister told me we had to stop at Sears to get a new saw blade for my brother-in-law’s saw, because they are working on a new deck for their house.  Well, I told her while she was getting the saw blade, I was going to check out the refrigerators because I was in need of a new one.  Surprise, surprise . . . we were actually there to buy new a new fridge for my birthday!  I got a lovely new Whirlpool, but discovered that I will now need to replace the kitchen floor when we installed it.  My old fridge had been leaking at some point (all dry now) but had rotted my floor.  Ack!  I’ll tell you — when you live in an old house, there’s always something to fix.  At least I now have a great new refrigerator.  I have no idea what I did to deserve this, but I’m happy to have it.




One of the very best days of my life

I was scheduled to teach a machine appliqué class today, using the Sharon Schamber appliqué foundation method.  Indeed, we used Sharon’s Scarlet Serenade pattern to learn the technique.  I’m always a bit nervous when teaching, thinking that my students will undoubtedly think I have no idea what I’m talking about, even though I’m aware that I really do know what I’m trying to explain.  Anyway, not only did I teach them the technique, but I shared a lot of tips with them, which they appreciated, and at the end of the day, they told me that they really enjoyed the class and learned so much.  They asked what else I could teach them and said they’d love to sign up for more classes.  I was thrilled.  I came home, feeling very happy, and picked up a few things I needed to take to my sister’s house as I went to retrieve my dog (she was puppy-sitting Ozzie).  I decided to check if there was any mail, and, when I opened the front door, there was a package for me.  It was from my friend Bethanne, who lives back in Pennsylvania, and I couldn’t imagine what she was sending me.  When I opened the box, it contained a very pretty quilt — largely made of what appear to be Moda fabrics (my favorites) and quilted with the Seashell panto designed by my friend Michelle Wyman.  Also included in the box was a card indicating the purpose of the quilt, and it was signed by my sisters of the heart, Bethanne Nemesh, Deborah Poole, Wendy Currie, and Michelle Wyman.  I am so totally blown away.

You know, I think, as you grow older, you look back on your life and, though you hope there are no regrets, you sometimes realize that you are not as good a person as you would hope to be.  You recognize your failings, you hope that you have learned from your mistakes, and you occasionally marvel that you have any friends at all.  And then, something like this happens to you, and you realize that, despite your shortcomings, there are people who genuinely care for you, and you experience a moment of actual awe.  I cannot tell you how many bouts of tears I have experienced this evening.   I have such marvelous friends, and I am so blessed to know such awesome women.  I thank them and am so humbled by their gift.  I will post pictures later when I am able to get some good light on this beautiful quilt.

Oregon on the simmer

We are definitely in the dog days of summer here, having only recently arrived at summer itself.  Oregon is very dry and hot right now.  Good weather in which to stay inside and quilt with the AC on, which is mostly what I have been doing lately.  I seem never to have a minute to sit down, but when I do, I usually fall asleep!  I’ve been quilting, picking blueberries to store in the freezer — I think I have about 60 pounds in there now — and playing with the dog.  I have made a few attempts at yard work, but most of the grass is brown and the garden has a trough in it where Ozzie slides through to get the ball.  Perhaps when the latest heat wave has died down, I’ll go out and rake the dirt back into its beds, put a little pebble path where Ozzie disperses the dirt, and then add plants and some bark mulch.  Maybe by then some rain will come to help it all stay in place.

We’ll be rockin’ on Jefferson Street for the next several nights.  The Lane County Fair starts tomorrow and is only about six blocks from my house.  I’ll hear the nightly concerts in my back yard.  Not too many artists I recognize, but Heart will be playing tomorrow.  I like their music — not my favorite, but I can rock out to it while quilting, for sure.  I also know Weird Al is coming and the All American Rejects, so if any of you want a free concert, just feel free to bring a lawn chair over and sit in my backyard for the next few nights.  It will, however, be hotter’n Hades out there, and Ozzie will expect you to throw the ball non-stop.  He’s also not into sharing his puppy pool, so don’t plan on cooling your tootsies there!  What a funny dog — he’s taken to hiding behind the tree when he needs to relieve himself when we’re outside playing, almost as though he’s embarrassed for me to see him pee.  ;D  What a dog!

Summer’s HERE!

Wow!  Summer came ripping in with a record 102° yesterday.  Things will cool off substantially today, as we’re only supposed to get to about 90.  I don’t often complain about the heat, as I’m always freezing.  Even this morning, I’m sitting here in jeans and a sweatshirt, as it will take a bit for the heat of the day to come and my body has no metabolism.  I did hang out in the air-conditioned bedroom last night for about an hour, as it did get very warm in the living room and I needed to wait for the outdoor temp to fall before I could open the windows and go to sleep.  I’m so blessed to live in this part of Oregon, where the temperature always falls into a very comfortable range at night.  In the 33 years I’ve lived here, I can only remember a handful of nights that were too warm for sleeping.

After a good morning ball-toss session with the dog, it will be a good day to stay in, crank the AC, and quilt!

Catching up

Wow.  It’s really amazing how something as small as a little white pill can drag you down into the pit.  I am still here, so busy catching up with everything I’ve left neglected for so long.  Cleaning the house, playing with the dog (much more than we had been), quilting up a storm, working in the yard, going to pick blueberries, out to lunch with friends, and taking a few moments every now and then to just stop and think . . . phew!  I hope to have some photos soon.  I’ve been working on a huge Bali Wedding Star quilt for a client.  It was a lot of stitch in the ditch work, but today the fun starts – pretty quilting designs!  I hope to have it done soon.

So, life is again wonderful.  Go out and look at that moon tonight.  It was amazing last night and promises to be more-so tonight.  We’re actually getting summer here — I should be griping about the heat in no time!