Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire Part Two

Hello Everyone,
Here are just a couple of pictures from the Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire from last weekend.  We were so lucky the power was turned on just prior to the show.  This quilt is called Almost Amish, and it was made by my friend Janice.  It is gorgeous!
The show is held in the music room at Ironstone Winery.  The setting is incredible.  I was called back to my booth while I was strolling through the show, and I have very few pictures of the actual show for you.  Trust me, it was fabulous.

This is my Grammy Square quilt, and my friend Lynnette made a matching bikini for me.  We entered the bikini in the wearable art competition.  It was hysterical!  Am I ever going to wear this bikini you ask?  Not on your life!! 

My Heritage pattern was our scholarship quilt.  I heard a woman local to Arnold was the winner of this beauty.

The grounds around Ironstone were ablaze in color.

This show is always a destination quilt show.

Now that the show is a wrap, I have to turn all of my attention to my last retreat of the year which begins on October 28th.  Today I'm going to unpack everything from the show, and repack for the retreat.  Is it too early to take a nap at 7am?


Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire

Hello Everyone,
I have just a few minutes to do a quick post to show you my booth for The Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire in Murphys, CA this weekend.

We set up in the dark since we were caught up in the power outage that swept across our state.  We pulled out every single lantern we own.  We were absolutely delighted when the power was turned back on right before the show.

We are off soon to meet everyone who passes by.  Yesterday was a day full of hugs and kisses, as so many friends stopped by.

Come on by and stroll through the spectacular Ironstone Winery, and enjoy the spectacular quilts. 
Here are just a few of my friend's quilts.  I'll try to get out of my booth today and take more pictures.



Monday, October 7, 2019

Keeping Myself Busy

Hello Everyone,
I've been quiet on my blog lately because I've been working, working, working, on Country Romance and preparing my booth for the Mountain Heirloom Quilt Show this weekend.
Country Romance is all done.....except for the pattern writing.

Today is the day to concentrate on the finishing touches for the pattern and start printing.


I finished the binding while watching the recorded episodes of the Country Music documentary by Ken Burns.  I'm sad we finished watching, since we both enjoyed watching every episode.  It was well done, and extremely interesting.

I've also been making kits for my booth.  It's a three day quilt show and I have to have a ton of product.  In my travels around the state, I purchase a wide variety of reproduction fabrics.  Luckily my friend Mary Sue and my sister Gail helped out in the latest round of kit making.  It takes a village to get me ready for a show.

Here is just a very small sample of what I will be offering.  I have tubs of product bundled, inventoried, and priced. 

Since I have my last retreat of the year the last week of October,  I hope to have some things left for the girls.  Anything left over after the retreat will be put out in my Etsy shop. 

I hear Mr. Joe stirring this morning.  He is going to head out early to help set up the frames at the quilt show.  All of the men who show up get a free lunch.  That's one way to get the men involved!


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Machine Quilting Country Romance

Hello Everyone,
The bobbin has been working over time here in the mountains on Country Romance.


I want to have Country Romance hanging in my booth at the Mountain Heirloom quilt show in mid October.  So a lot of quilting, binding and pattern printing is going to be taking place over the next week.....or two.

 I love the Susanna's Scraps fabric by Betsy Chutchian.  It is very romantic.

A couple of months ago, we moved my long arm to the cabin.  We cleared out a large area in the garage for my toy.  The garage is pretty much split down the middle.  Mr. Joe has his stuff on one side, and the long arm takes up the other side.  Insert here that my side is much, much neater than Mr. Joe's side.  We are going to have to have a come to Jesus talk soon.

Summer is making a last gasp of heat here in the mountains before we can officially call it Fall.  Yesterday, while I was working in the garage, I opened up the big garage door in addition to the smaller door to get a cross breeze.  I don't know, but I'm pretty sure that I'm the only long arm quilter that has to be concerned about the real possibility of a bear walking into their workspace!  It is hard to concentrate on quilting when I'm constantly distracted looking and listening.  It was very pleasant, and I did have the feeling that I was quilting outside under the pine trees.

I have to hurry and get this done as the weather is going to take a turn south over the weekend.  I don't think I want to be doing any early morning quilting in 30 degree weather!

Wish me luck.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A Chance to Help

Hello Everyone,
Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile know that I lost my family home during the Camp Fire in Paradise.  My parents bought the house in 1959, so it had been in the family just one year shy of six decades.  Although I left Paradise in 1971 to attend college, my ties to Paradise are strong.  I have a rich history with the town and the people.  I've always said, you can take the girl out of Paradise, but you can't take Paradise out of the girl.
I have had the honor of speaking at the Paradise Ridge Quilters' Guild multiple times and have taught two workshops to guild members.  Guild members have come to my retreat, and several have come to classes that I've taught in the Northern California area.  It's a GREAT guild, full of wonderful, determined people.
Now we all have an opportunity to help them get re-established so they can continue to rebuild their community of quilters.....and assist in the rebuilding of their town.  The guild is selling tickets for their opportunity quilt called Sweet Surrender.  This guild is NOT surrendering to anything!  I saw this quilt in person when I was at the guild's first meeting in January after the fire. It is stunning! Check out my post about their first meeting HERE.  This post is well worth the read to show you the resilience of this inspirational guild.

Now I'm asking you to help again.  Here is information on what we can do together.
Ridge Quilters' Guild: Opportunity Quilt 2019 -  Sweet Surrender pattern by Sue Cody, appliqued and pieced by guild members using Kaffe Fassett fabrics and quilted by member, Marsha Haunschild. 
The Ridge Quilters’ Guild from Paradise, California has been overwhelmed by the generous and heartfelt support offered and given by the nation’s quilting community. Many guilds have asked how they can help us.  We believe the best thing you can do for us is to help us help ourselves, by purchasing tickets to our 2019 Opportunity Quilt, “Sweet Surrender” which was saved from the fire. A majority of our guild members lost their homes, quilts, and supplies in the fire and our storage facility was also destroyed. With your support, we will be able to replace our quilt racks and other necessities before we need them for our next show.

Ticket purchases can be made by check sent to Ridge Quilters Guild,  PO Box 1668, Paradise, CA 95967.Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 or $5.00, or 13 for $10.00. Please include your email address so that we can send you confirmation of your ticket purchase and your ticket numbers. To help defray costs you will not receive ticket stubs so please keep your check as your proof of donation for tax purposes.  The drawing for this beautiful and hope filled quilt will be on October 15, 2019 at our general meeting.  Thank you for your continued support. For more information, please contact Contact Rae Hainley at Sourdoe43@gmail.com
My check is going out in the mail today!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Country Bumpkin

Hello Everyone,
It's pumpkin time!  It's Country Bumpkin time! 

This was one of the projects during my retreat in August and will be again during the October retreat.  The pattern is now available in my Etsy shop HERE.

The table topper is only 20" x 20" which makes it easy to machine quilt.

I made another little pumpkin during the retreat and added an embellishment.  I think this would make a nice little pillow for Fall.

 I've started some Fall decorating.  The days are definitely getting shorter and cooler.  It rained here twice this week which is quite unusual for September.  We are expecting more rain next weekend. 

The bathrooms gets decorated for Fall too.  Guests always wonder what that "thing" is over the tub.  It's an old clothes dryer, and I use it all the time.

 I love to move the quilts around along with the furniture.  It drives Mr. Joe crazy.  It really drove him crazy when I washed and ironed the seven valances in the dining room.  I needed his help hanging them all back up again.  I didn't plan on doing a major "Fall" cleaning yesterday, it just sort of happened.  If I'd planned it, I would have dreaded it and put it off.

We had a wonderful visit with our friends of 42 years.  We always enjoy a morning walk through Calaveras Big Trees State Park just three miles from the cabin.  It truly is a spiritual experience wandering through the 2,000 year old giant redwoods.

Our son calls us the gray hairs.  This is a picture of my sister Gail, Mr. Joe, and me.

We had a lot of good food, wine, and conversation.  The next time they come for a visit, it will be way too cold to eat out on the deck.  It was almost too cold this trip, but we wanted to squeeze out every single minute of deck time before the season changes.

We have a rich history of memories over the past 42 years.  Lift a glass to memories.  Isn't that what life is all about? 


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
As always, my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls have been busily creating over the past month since we last met.  

Here are some gorgeous Aurora blocks from my Romancing Alaska pattern.

When Liz walked in the door, she said she was going to get her Cute as a Button all together.....and she did!

Here is a beautiful wool and flannel quilt.  An heirloom quilt for sure.

Here is another heirloom.

Kathy's precision is incredible.  The sashing and pinwheels finish this quilt off beautifully.

Here are the Beach Bums!  Lynnette and Barbara are entering their quilts in my local guild's quilt show in October.   They've each added their own special touches.

Barbara framed one of her cross stitch projects in quilting components.

Barbara is also ready for Halloween.

Mary is creating beautiful blocks for Christmas.

My friend Karen said that coming to our quilting group at In Between Stitches is like walking into a warm, inviting hug.  That is what quilters do.  They welcome, they support, they laugh and encourage.  Give yourself this gift, and join a quilt guild and quilt group.  You will be so glad you did.

I'm getting ready for company.  My sister Gail and our best friends of 42 years are coming for a 3-day visit tomorrow.  This will be a very special time since Mike has stage 4 cancer.  We would normally go kayaking but rain is in the forecast.  We also aren't quite sure how active Mike will be.  It may be a good time to sit around the first fire of the season in the wood burning stove, sip coffee or cocoa, and talk about life.