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Another Catchup--NQR*

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*Not Quilt Related So, I've been away from the blog again.  Seems to be an unfortunate pattern!   No sewing has been happening either, for a number of reasons. Last week I left work midday on Wednesday to meet my husband at the ER where my 95 year old mother in law, Frances, had been taken.  She apparently had another episode of vertigo/dizziness/weakness walking in the hallway of her apartment at the retirement home, but did manage to make it to her bed, where she called out fruitlessly for help, then apparently passed out or fell asleep for a couple of hours. She telephoned for help when she awoke and an ambulance was called by the nursing staff.  No stroke, no abnormalities they could find at the ER, and after a couple of hours she was released home.  We were advised she probably needed more nutrition and more hydration.  While Grant went back to work, I spent the rest of the day taking her to get something to eat since she had missed both breakfast and lunch, and taking her

Design Wall Monday--Aug 18, 2014

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On my design surface today is a new project, and off the design wall is a finished one.  A friend has commissioned a quilt for an anniversary gift and I've tentatively suggested a Winding Ways quilt.  A key to that suggestion is the fact that I own a Winding Ways die for my Accuquilt GO! cutter.  We'll choose fabrics together but I pulled a couple from stash to try out the cutter and make some test blocks.   I did look at a couple of posts on Accuquilt for some tips on cutting the shapes.  They suggested cutting strips of fabric 10.5" wide, and making sure the selvage edge was placed toward the die label for the grain to turn out correctly.  My fabrics are thin cotton so I layered four thicknesses to get two complete blocks. Easy enough to roll through the GO cutter and peel off the shapes.  The 10.5" width was unnecessarily oversized, I think.  The die itself is only 10 inches, and the blades even short of that.  That left a fair bit of waste that really canno

Almost Wordless Wednesday

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Bear* in Paris, admiring  *Bear is my dad's small blue companion. Right now they're in Glasgow. Bear may or may not have been kilted. 

LA Quilt Show

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Since the International Quilt Festival moved to Portland, Oregon this year, quilt show options are slim in this area.  At our July Modern Quilt Guild meeting, we were informed about the inaugural LA Quilt Show being held at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.  Since the location was no further than we would have driven to go to the Long Beach IQF show, my sister Kathy and I made a trip to the show on Sunday.  Though I am a native to SoCalif, I had never been to the Port of Los Angeles.  It is a HUGE port. The USS Iowa is berthed there and I'd like to make another trip down for a tour sometime. Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is a collection of individually owned "shops" under one roof, a huge old wooden warehouse with soaring ceilings.  It was a cool site, even if there was no air conditioning :) We had gotten our tickets online and it included a really tasty lunch.  The show was very small, and there were only a few vendors; but--having no real expectations,

Results are In

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My sister Kathy and I went to the Ventura County Fair on Monday night to see how our entries did.  I haven't previously mentioned it, I don't think, but my sister and I have joined the local Modern Quilt Guild.  Though I don't really consider myself a modern quilter at my core, it is true that I have made and admire many modern quilts.  Anyway, there is an annual Fair quilt block challenge based on the theme of the Fair.  This year it was "A Country Fair with Ocean Air", and the guild meeting challenge was a modern block in the Fair theme.  I didn't make one, but Kathy did. As the Ferris wheel is always set close to the edge of the fair and the view of the water and islands perfect on a sunny day, she posed her couple in front of the sunset.  The first prize made us both happy, but Kathy was so excited she made a number of trips back to look at it as we made our way around the Home Arts building. I'm here to tell you Kathy made this block in about hou

Design Wall Monday--August 4, 2014

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It's been a few weeks since I posted on DWM--sewing has been sporadic of late.  I'm working on a number of projects simultaneously and there are a bunch more in the pipeline.  I hesitate to list them all, lest I instantly become overwhelmed!  But for today, just two to show :) The first is High Cotton, a Kim Diehl pattern.  I have been cutting and sewing, cutting and sewing.  I think I'm up to about half of the 63 blocks the quilt requires.  These are 6.5" unfinished and I'm having a blast making them. The newest are the bright green, the brown with blue leaves, and the purple with crescent-like shapes. Also on my design wall is a project that I've made for others but never for my own home--placemats.  These brightly colored placemats will color our table nicely for the rest of the summer (though the photo makes them a little grayed down).  I chose the fabrics to match a "ten minute tablerunner" I made a couple of summers ago. The s