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Memorial Day

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My Memorial Day weekend has brought some sewing, some gardening, and some shopping.  Today there will be some barbecuing and family time.  Our flag is flying outside and we are thinking of those whose service ended in death, and those whose service continues daily.  The most memorable Memorial Day I ever had was in 1980, when I was 18 and staying with some family friends stationed on Oahu.  The husband, an Army Major at that time, was Commanding Officer of Schofield Barracks and was off on maneuvers in the Philippines w ith his company for three months.  As they had four children, the youngest of whom was 4, I was helping out with childcare.  The family was living in officer's housing on Hickam Air Force Base, sandwiched between Pearl Harbor and the Oahu International Airport.  All the big planes flew low over the house before turning to land, and when the air force jets were flying in and out, the roar was incredible.  You got used to it surprisingly quickly.  Their two boys w

Coasting

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I've been in a neighborhood Bunco group for a few years now.  If you haven't played before, it is really fun because it is a no skill dice game during which you can eat, drink, tell stories and laugh.  Plus, prizes-- yay !  In our 12-member group, we have a $5 per month buy-in for cash prizes, and we sign up for potluck dish categories.  Sometimes there is a theme.  This month is my turn to host, which means I provide the drinks and table settings, and otherwise sit back and wait for the food and fun to arrive.  As a mostly non-drinker, I am grateful for ready-made Margarita mix.  I picked a BBQ theme and decided to make some coasters a la Karen of Sew Many Ways (click on the link for a tutorial) as a sort of party favor.  First I cut 5 inch squares, then pinned through the center of a CD as a template and used my rotary cutter to cut around the CD through a stack of 5 "charms" for each coaster.  Very quick and easy.  I cut, pressed and sewed all of these Tuesday n

Joining

Not being much of a joiner myself, this blogging thing has been great for "meeting" people and sharing stories, laughter, real life, and of course quilting.    I love spending time in blogland , to the detriment of my "finishes" list, I know. The Bloggers Quilt Festival third edition has been a lot of fun.  I hesitated to join in--just for a moment--because I knew it would involve more sitting-at-the-computer time and of course it did, all enjoyable!  There are some very talented designers and quilters out there, and lots of new cult inductees--er, I mean new quilters to encourage.  I think I've gotten to probably several dozen blogs by now, some familiar, many new.  I appreciate all the commenters on my entry and welcome a couple of new followers. I'll continue checking out entries over the week.  I also joined in on the Spring Fever Blog Bingo at the In Stitches shop's blog.  W ords being my thing, it was right up my alley (I should probably h

Blogger's Quilt Festival

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Once again, Amy has organized a wonderful quilt show for us bloggers!  New visitors, Welcome to Annie's Quilt Orts.  I have been blogging for just over a year and the quilt I am going to show is one I made for my Australian friend Sue.  Though we originally met online through quilting, it was the commonalities in other parts of our lives that made us friends.  Sue came to the U.S. meet me and my family in 2001 and we have remained friends since.  Her life changed more than mine and eventually she found herself getting married again, to the soulmate she had been missing.  Jokingly, she asked if I fancied coming to the wedding and I knew the time had finally come for me to repay the visit.  I had always wanted to go to Australia!  After making my travel plans and plane reservations, sending off for my passport and making arrangements to take off work (I had 3 jobs at the time!), of course, I decided to make a quilt.  It had to be simple to suit Sue's modern tastes yet sparklin

Just about 40.5% done

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Last night I laid out all the blocks for Erica's quilt plus the setting triangles and, through the magic of phone-ology, sent her a pic so she could vote on the setting.  Lucky for me, she liked it just as it was.  Of course, I had used the printout of her choice of settings as my guide.  This was taken at night in a not really well lit room, blah blah blah, you all know about my lack of fabulous photography skills! Part two, not so lucky me, I get to match all these points!  There may be some whimpering and cursing coming from the sewing room soon.  However, those are large blocks so there are only 6 rows, plus the large setting triangles.  After that there is a border of flying geese and then a plain border out of the imitation suede in purple.  This is going to be a really heavy quilt.  The quilt designer suggested wool bating to counteract the weight of the stabilizer for the silk plus the (recommended fabric) velveteen.  I let the silk weave go this way and that as I pieced s

Couldn't resist!

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Some retail therapy happened last week.  I could not wait to spend my LQS gift certificate the girls gave me for Mother's Day. I spent a lot of time looking at tools and accessories, since those usually can't part me from my money due to the prices!  I came home with some fabric too, of course.  The navy and cream with navy prints are already spoken for.  The other was a "light" that I liked so it came home with me.  I got a yo-yo maker and a 60 degree Marti Mitchell ruler, both for other projects. I'm happy to support my LQS but that ruler was kind of spendy ($17.49) so it was a good thing I had a gift certificate!  But it was a productive shopping trip, even though the Frolic fabric I was looking for wasn't available at the shop.  They have a fabric card plan and the salesgirl announced I have $1.98 before I reach the $200 mark that allows a 20% extra discount on anything.   I should have thrown a fat quarter on the pile! The above situation kept me from sew

Orts

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Just another random collection of stuff... People will take anything if you label it FREE...Dr. P and I spent two afternoons last week cleaning out our office storage/garage (we had a mouse problem and the ladies refused to use it as their break room for months).  We stacked a ton of unwanted crap in the alley behind the garage with a FREE sign--Halloween decorations, old vases, office supplies, some old chairs, etc.   All of it was gone over the weekend except for a cubicle partition wall and a big bag of pillows that were in a leftover plastic bag labeled Hazardous Waste.  But if they had been in some other kind of bag I bet they would have been snatched up!  Hmm, will have to try that. Do any of you read the household hints column by Heloise?  Well, there was rather a head-scratcher in a column this past week.  A woman wrote in that she finds that if she is trying to remember something for the next day, like not forgetting to take something to work, that if she leaves something

Mother's Day 2010

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The annual Mother's Day brunch we have put on for many years was once again well attended.  My mom and dad, mother in law, Grant's brother and wife, and my brother and his wife and boys came.  This year all three of our kids brought their boyfriend/girlfriend so we topped out at 19.  I made three different oven omelets, Grant cooked a whole lotta bacon and sausage, his brother brought a Honeybaked ham, my mom brought fresh strawberries, and my brother's wife brought homemade chocolate chip scones and blueberry muffins that were to DIE for.  There were also waffles, mimosas, coffee, flowers, gifts, cards, and lots of conversation, laughter, and introductions.  Oh, and 3 dogs, including my nephew's newly adopted lab puppy and the granddog, Scully!   My mom took a few family portrait pics in the backyard and I will share those when she sends them to me. It was a lovely day all around. Nick brought me these beautiful roses and a mushy card.  He is soooo like his wonderfu

Last of the quilt eye-candy

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Step right up folks, plenty of room for everyone to get a look! This quilt had all the fabrics from Collections for a Cause and some of the other lines used in the Greenpiece BOM I am doing.  Also one of the fabrics in Erica's quilt.  I love all of them! Isn't this optical illusion fantastic! More pretty applique.  It looks like the quilter had a little trouble with the center flying goose on the bottom there...I'm sure that would be my problem too! Absolutely gorgeous and complex medallion quilt.  I have seen this pattern somewhere--probably on the cover of a quilt magazine! A 12 days of Christmas quilt, so clever and jaunty.  Look at the milk spilling out of her buckets, and the piper!  The action in this quilt was great. The pears were my favorite crackle fabric but you can't see it very well in this photo.  The color is off because the lighting was not very good in the fairgrounds building. This was a beautiful small quilt in broderie perse .  I loved the

More Camarillo Quilt Guild eye-candy

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First, on the sewing front, I have now put together eight blocks for Erica's quilt--that leaves 16 to go before the top can be assembled.  I'll show those sometime over the weekend probably.  They are so pretty!  Also I finally talked to my newly married friend who had not opened the wedding gift for three days but loved the zigzag quilt and said it was already in use as a throw on their bed.  So pleased they liked it!   Okay, now on to some more quilty goodness: Erica said, " Hmm , I wonder why you like that one" (sarcastically of course!) Okay, so its red and green (and cheddar!).  Of course I love it! This is not applique but quilt crayon of some sort, with embroidery.  Each block was a little bigger than the size of a regular sheet of paper. Fantastic, and I loved the sashing and framing. Very pretty Lone Star.  This pattern is on my list of "someday" quilts.  Again with the piecing and applique. Civil War prints, with excellent piecing work.