Monday, February 23, 2015

Looking like spring

Don't know if this will keep going, but it sure is lovely.  Cold nights but blue skies and sunshine during the daytime.  Great!

Saturday night was a new adventure.  As a Christmas gift from my son and daughter-in-law, last Saturday we went to a Symphony Bach and Wine Tasting event.  It was all orchestral pieces - an orchestra sized as it would have been during Bach's time.  When the entire orchestra was on stage, there were perhaps 40-45 musicians.  Really excellent and lots of fun.  New experiences.

This week I am getting ready for the Sewing and Stitchery Expo.  An annual event.  Very exciting if you have never been.  The advertising says that there are over 480 vendors at this event.  There are classes all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Sunday is a shorter schedule.  It is quite amazing.  While I don't need any fabric, this is THE place to go to find the latest notion, tool and gadget.  On Wednesday, the day before opening, I will take two classes.  More details will follow, but they are a Marti Michell class on making a pineapple block and a class on two-handed fair isle knitting.    Then on Thursday and Friday mornings I will "work" at the Expo as a CTA volunteer.  We help in classes (ticket taking, seating, assisting the instructor, etc, etc)

these are some of the classes offered

Thursday morning I am working in Room G.  Don't these look like great classes to get to audit.  And then my friend Julie from Maine is coming to meet me for lunch.  Won't that be great!  Friday I am working on a rotation as a substitute.  I'll take photos and show you.  Great adventure.

Happy days to you.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Keepin' the ole Pfaff humming

Well, yes, I have spent some time in my little sewing room.  Rather busy, in fact.


A lovely new book and some fabrics squares.  Not sure what is happening with the fabric, but I did like it.

I have been busy (still) with Days for Girls,

Monday, February 16, 2015

Isn't this embarrassing. . . . .

Well, guess what, I am still alive and well.  And, in fact, have been busy, but haven't made time for this blog.  As Caro says, it is so much easier to facebook or other means of communicating with the world.  Alas.

So let's back up a bit,
I have sandwiched and backed 3 table runners - all given away.  I'm working on another table "topper" (about 36 inches square) just using up bits and pieces.  I have completed my 50 blocks, as has Michelle and we spent one day this week laying them out.  She is making the setting triangles and  when she's finished, I will work on 2 (or maybe 3) borders.

Here you can see green setting triangles.  In fact, we've chosen to use a dark brown.  The green and a blue will be used in the borders.

I'm working on completing the mystery blocks - a la Bonnie Hunter and her Grand Hotel color scheme.  (see previous blog)

On Friday I went to a marvelous workshop on making shields and liners for Days for Girls   (  It is such a wonderful cause to be supporting.  There were 19 of us sewing from 10-2 and we made a lot of headway.  Hopefully this will become a "full-fledged" charity with CTA.

Do go and read about this great organization and the work they are doing.  It feels good to be part of it.  So I have one more week to complete the kits I brought home (I hope) although next Friday is another community sewing day - this time making tote bags for foster kids.  Then the end of the month is Sewing Expo.  If you aren't familiar, that's another to check out.  Needless to say - there isn't time for too much sitting around here at Casa Nana. Life is good!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Perfect Days for a bit of this and a bit of that

Been working on several different projects and so enjoying myself.  Some might think I would get bored - but NO, so many things to "mess about" with.

I finished all the sashing for my Buggy Barn Quilt.  (sorry about the photo - don't know why it is blurry)
With all these different colors and patterns, I'm now stuck about what to do for a border.  HMMMM.

I'm working on a string pieced quilt top, with fellow RVing gal, Michele.  Tomorrow we will meet at the fabric store to think about sashing trianges and borders - as these blocks are set on point.

The club will have an auction on May and this will go on the block, for that.

Also been making more pieces for the latest Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  She introduced each block, once a week.  Her suggestion was that we make at least a few for each step, so that we would have the idea.  And then go back and complete the requisite numbers of pieces.  So I'm in the "Go Back" place.
this is what it will look like when all assembled from the various pieces.

Been working on something I had seen online.  Kind of crazy but what the heck.  I have simply taken all sorts of orphan blocks and put them together.  It will be weird but why not?

Hope you're having fun, creative days - whatever you are up to.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Here Comes January

Happy 2015 to one and all.  This is going to be a GREAT year, I feel sure.

2014 ended and 2015 began in the same way as it has the past several New Year's.  With a group of friends, we celebrated in Port Townsend, WA - a charming, Victorian small town on the Straits of Juan de Fuca.  Always plenty to do, but we supplement with puzzles and games and great food and great company.

I did, of course, take along 47 gazillion projects to work on and didn't get much of anything done, but it was fun, nonetheless.  Michele and I decided while there that we would make a quilt for our up-coming RV group fund-raising auction.
Something in this vein - a Bonnie Hunter free pattern.  String pieced with blues and some green and tan.  We got together and swapped fabrics so each of us had some of the others.  I have been sewing 6 1/2" squares (sewn on phone book pages - my favorite).  I think I have about 35 done.  It's easy to turn on a movie and just sew,

I also ordered myself a new template to make mini periwinkle blocks

They're pretty cute and not hard to do.  I'm using one of those stacks of pre-cuts that are 2 1/2" square - don't remember what they are called.

We got the downstairs table cleared off and winter Puzzle Season has begun

So on our way!

Monday, December 29, 2014

"Yes, Virginia, sewing is and will be happening"

So I gave you all the familius  Now - a couple of sewing/quilting things.  Between other events, I have been working on:

1.  Bonnie Hunter's mystery
2.  Complete a dolly blanket and binding
3.  Make binding for a table runner
4.  Complete Block #6 for a Block-a-month that I bought ages ago.  All 1930's style fabrics.

5.  Cut the pieces for block #7 - here's a photo and my fabrics

It would seem I must be feeling guilty to list this all out for you.  But just in case I should run out of things to keep me amused over this traveling New Year's adventure, I found a couple of more things that really called my name.  We just had to stop by Carriage Country Quilts - one of my very most favorite quilt stores in the northwest, as we were in Des Moines.  Of course, they have rooms full of treasures (just ask Caro and Dieuwke and Willemijn) and a couple jumped into my basket.

String-in the Lights
Little birds holding a string of Christmas lights

Marked down Christmas merchandise.  This makes a 22" pillow.  Also some great fabric for a table-topper.

The border is a lovely grey.

And finally something I've never done before - just had a wild hair, I guess, I bought a block a month kit (12 patterns) with all the fabric.  I love it and will bring it with me over the New Year.

Each month's house is a different theme and bordered with a different color.  Confetti fabric sashing.  So cute!

So I guess I will have a few things to focus on, do ya think?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Joyful holidays

Even spread out over several days, this has been a delightful holiday, all around.  So this will fill you in on my family events.  I have done lots of sewing for the holidays, which I couldn't show you before hand, so I shall try to show you what I have done or at least tell you.

Christmas Eve day was Christmas with my son, DIL and two little grand-girls.  The 20 month old didn't totally "get it" but enjoyed tearing lots of paper.  The 3 year old kind of was tuned in and could mostly read the names on the packages - if printed plainly.

New sleeping bag for our annual camping trip

A quick dip before a nap

Two little ladies in the center (white dress on the left and red dress/black sweater on right)  The girls decided that during the Family Church service they needed to go up to the front with some of the other children.  It is extremely relaxed and that was a fine decision.  You may notice that both Mary and Joseph are holding a "Baby Jesus" (Actually there were 6 babies (Jesi?) so it was decided that they all should participate.)  Y'all come - everyone is welcome.  Everyone enjoyed the service.

Christmas morning was quiet, just the two of us.  Very relaxed and peaceful.  I even also did a bit of sewing later in the afternoon.

Today, Dec. 28, was Christmas with my daughter and those three grandkids.  They had been out of town earlier.  It was also my grandson's 12th birthday.  So all the gang gathered, including my ex-husband and his wife, and son and his kids.  "Hail, Hail - the gang's all here".
3 y.o.

20 months

Looking "up" to older cousins

The "big" boy

8 y.o.

Oldest granddaughter made a "Lego" shaped birthday cake.  Yummy!

Last week we went to see The Nutcracker ballet, with friends.

Cooking with friend Diane.

Been working on 12 mug rugs.  We are going away for New Year's with friends and I've made them each a mug rug.  Working on the latest Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt.  We are up to Step 4.

So there you are.  A very Happy New Year and excitedly looking forward to new adventures in 2015.