Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day

I wish we had an extra day every week! It seems like there is never enough time for everything I want to do. I've had the mixed blessing of catching the flu this past week. Here I am, living proof that the flu shot doesn't always work. I call it a mixed blessing, because, if I hadn't caught it, I would be at work right now, instead of sitting here typing on my home computer! Since I've been working in Pre-Admission Testing interviewing & inputting patient medical histories, I just don't feel like sitting down to blog. Hence the sparse posts. I tend to snap quick photos here & there & Facebook with my phone these days, rather than the slower more thoughtful posts that belong to blogging. 

This is just a bit of what's been happening in the past few months for us.

This is a work in progress, started in my Rayna Gillman class last summer, it hangs in my studio & morphs every now & then. 

This was our house-guest, grand-cat Boy. He stayed with us for most of November, because he was very sick & there is no Vet in Nome where my son lives most of the year. He had to be in the hospital for almost & week, then came home with subcutaneous infusions. He is in chronic renal failure. He's a sweet boy, & is back home whit his own family now.

About that same time, we started ripping up our upstairs bathroom for a remodel.
The new tub became part of the Christmas decorations in the kitchen. It's still there, & will probably be there until my next birthday ! 

I made this flower for our annual ornament exchange,

& these suet feeders too, as well as the suet. For someone who doesn't eat beef normally, the process of making suet was disgusting. The smell made me gag, but the birds loved it!

This is my dear friend Mindy. She taught me how to pull glass. It was awesome. I could get addicted to the whole process. I only pulled 3 long stringers, each about 7 feet long.

I broke up 2 1/3 of them & laid it out into a circle (below) with a layer of clear glass, & fused it.

The white on it is just a flare from the flash. It will be the start of my 2017 calendar quilt, which is an oxymoron, "Fire water".

We had a pretty good earthquake not too long ago.  A 7.4. Woke us out of a sound sleep. We stayed in bed & rocked away, wondering when it would end. The next morning we got up to assess the damage & found minimal. A few broken dishes. The crockpot that walked itself from underneath the shelf in the far upper left was pretty amazing.

The saddest damage was the favorite of my kitchen roosters lost his head. I consider us very lucky.

Most of my spare time for past several months is being spent on this quilt. My dear friend Carol Wight Jones had been trying hard to finish the applique on it in her final days. I promised her, we would finish whatever she didn't get done, & pass it on to her family. My calendar girlfriends Jan Wills, & Mary Lee & I finished the applique od 3 borders, & I've pieced the blocks together in an unusual arrangement to make them fit the borders.

& I've been quilting...

& quilting...

& still quilting, but making progress.

I've finished this Mola Bird, which was a block I bought at the quilt museum in Tillamook, Or several years ago, & the red pieces on it I bought at the Quilt Zone, where she takes trade in fabric for store credit. Someone traded these in, & I bought them. They were 3 pieces, that I cut 1 into 4 pieces & used the other 2 whole, & just added on the black to complete the piece. So the quilting & button embellishment was really the most creative part on this for me. It will go into our small quilt auction in the fall, unless someone would like to buy it for a $100.00 donation to St Jude's Children's Hospital . It's 14 inches square.

This little piece below is 6 inches square. It began on a day where I needed some mindless activity. I needle felted wool on to a satin fabric. I liked the contrast of the 2 very different textiles. I bordered it with bits of my had painted cotton, that I'd printed with Oil Paint Sticks, so it's a bit of a mixed media piece. I quilted it with a variety of threads.

Here is one more mixed media quilt, that's almost finished. I still intend to do some beadwork to secure the glass pieces ( made by Mindy of course). Some nice cabochon beading soon as I figure out where I put those perfect green beads I know I have somewhere...
The "print" pieces in this one were just quilting doodles I did with black thread on muslin then I colored them with Inktense pencils.

This little rooster was a gift from out white elephant exchange at Christmas. I was quite thrilled with him.

I made a tail for hem, 

& now he holds a little pair of scissors for me.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bathroom Remodeling & a little bit of Quilting

I know my posts have been few & far between. Life working full time, 10 hour days , mostly at a computer doesn't make for much time or energy left to blog at home.  Usually the last thing I feel like doing is getting on the computer now at home.  I do think about all of those lovely people who I like to read & chat on line with though, & I miss you all. I look forward to growing up (older) & retirement, so I can make it a regular habit again! 4 1/2 years & counting!

The big project at home right now is our upstairs bathroom. This is how it looked before-
The window was looking into a dead space, that we boarded off last year, with plans on expanding the bathroom to get a bathtub back into it!  With our big lifting of the house & building a basement under it, we had the plumbing all redone, & we lost 2 inches of space, that made the bathroom too small for a standard tub.

So now we are taking out the window wall,

& making the bathroom big enough to accommodate a real bath tub! 

Wiring is getting done next, then we can work on walls, floor & get the tub installed, which won't happen until after the holidays. Never enough time on the weekends to get it all done!

On Lily, right now is my friend Carol's last quilt. This was the project she was working on when she died, & I had made a promise to her that we would get it finished for her. She had all but 3 borders finished, & those she had all marked & started. 3 of our Calendar Girls group worked on finishing the applique, then I pieced the top & have just got started on the quilting. I got the first border quilted 2 weekends ago, & then realized I couldn't really go any further until I found something big enough to do a good circle around the blocks. I'd been looking for months now for a template to get a 16 inch circle, & could not find one any where.

I finally called a local glass place & special ordered a 15 3/4" circle in 1/4" acrylic. It wasn't cheap, but I got it today, & it's just right! Maybe now I can get going on it next day off!

Last Sunday I spent the day on a simple project, with minimal (for me) quilting. I've had these blocks since at least 1996, or maybe a little earlier! I won them in a drawing at PALS guild when I was in Muskegon.

I pieced them together, used some of the old Christmas fabric & sort of ugly green trim from my stash, & now all I need do is get it bound on the edges.

I also thought I would share my little gossip piece. It was a project with Calendar Girls, where we played the telephone-gossip game. Mary G went first , making a piece from a photo inspiration. She showed me her piece for a few minutes, & I made this , showed it to Jackie, she made one, showed it to Jan, etc.

Mine I even made my basket hold ephemera.

You can see the others here. It was pretty funny, the direction this took. We had a good laugh over it at  the reveal. We are doing it again this year with a smaller simpler piece. It was too much fun to stop.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Port Townsend Vacation

Before our vacation, I tried to get caught up on making birthday Quards. I made several, but only remembered to take photos of a couple. This 1st one is for grand-daughter Maeve who turned 1 in Sept.

The next one was for her Daddy Brandon who had a birthday Oct.7th.

 When we got on our flight to Seattle, who was setting directly across from us, but my dear friend & fellow Calendar Girl Mary G.!

In Seattle we met up with Warren's sister Jan, & her husband Joe. They spent the whole week with us. I took these silly pictures of them at the Pacific Center Mall, in downtown Seattle the first evening.

We spent our first night at the Camlin, then got on the ferry the next morning & went to Port Townsend.
We stayed at our favorite place on Discovery Bay. Our condo was right on the waterfront. Trees were just starting to turn when we got there.

My DD Michelle came over with the one & only grandson Sean. We had a good time with them all.

We did the Wild Animal Park in Sequim, Sean was thrilled, as well as Joe & Jan & the rest of us.

He giggled

& covered his face & said "Oh my GAWD!" Wonder where he got that!

This was the outside of the window after the park. It's a cool place to spend a day. You buy loaves of bread at the gate when you go in, & can feed most of the animals. They come right up to you for the bread.

Sean & I played on the swings at the condo every day too.
I had a lot of fun with him.

Every morning when we got up there were loons & other birds out on the water. 3 times I also saw a seal & on the final full day- morning I actually got a couple of pictures of him.

The best part of the whole trip though was spending time with family. Michelle made some killer cupcakes for Warren's birthday, & we got to go see their new home in Seattle.

It was a lovely vacation.