Thursday, July 11, 2019

If you see something......

Hello Everyone,
If you have been following my blog, you know that my sister Gail and I do almost everything together.  Here we are at a quilt retreat last May in Susanville.  With my sister's permission, I'm going to relate her story. 

Eleven years ago Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She had a double mastectomy to rid herself of this insidious cancer.  At the time, through genetic testing, chemotherapy was ruled out, as she wouldn't benefit from it.  She also didn't have radiation, as it was not in the current protocol to administer radiation to patients who have lupus.

Over the past eleven years, she continued to have her regular check-ups.....all showed her cancer free.

About three years ago, she noticed a change in an area in the scar tissue.  Her doctor performed a needle biopsy, and it came back negative.  The area wasn't bothering her and she took the doctor at his word.  A couple of months ago she noticed a change in the area.  Again, she went back to her doctor a couple of weeks ago, and he said it was nothing.  But, he did suggest she have an ultra sound.  The technician who performed the ultra sound, said it was nothing.  The nurse told Gail she should ask to have a punch biopsy.  The biopsy came back positive.....the cancer had returned.

Had the nurse not suggested the biopsy, this story may have a different ending.

What I want to share with you is:  If you see something, say something.  This is your body, you know it best.  Gail followed her intuition, and a nurse substantiated her thoughts.

The good news is the bone scan and C/T scan both came back negative.  The cancer has not metastasized to other organs.  On Monday, Gail went in for surgery and had the area removed.  We are awaiting the results of the pathology report to find out the next steps.  Gail is doing great!  She's already back to her normal routine and is pain free.....thanks to the drugs and ice.

During the passage of the last eleven years, new research has been conducted and protocols have changed.  We will find out soon if she is a candidate for radiation.

Gail wanted me to share her story to elevate cancer awareness.  Follow your instincts.  Get a second opinion.....or third if you feel something is wrong.  Schedule a mammogram that you've been putting off.  Take care of have a lot of quilts to finish!

Needless to say I haven't been doing much quilting lately.  Today I'm getting ready for a workshop and trunk show in Concord, CA for the Quilt Guild of Contra Costa County this Saturday and Monday.  Pacific Gas and Electric notified us there is going to be a scheduled power outage from 9am to 3pm today.  Yikes!  I have to get printing NOW and doing everything I do before a workshop.  Maybe this would be a good day to sit on the deck and read.



Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy July 4th

 Hello Everyone,

Happy 4th of July.  Crank up the barbecue and get ready to celebrate with a sale on my Etsy site for Zinnie's Choice.  Today, through Saturday July 6th 2019, my Zinnie's Choice pattern will be on sale.  Click HERE to take advantage of the lower price.

The quilt looks more complex than it is.  I see a square in a square, flying geese, and half-square triangles in this block.

There are double flying geese in this block.  The double flying geese are fun to make with clear instructions.

The quilt only contains the components in my Patchwork Math book.

I love to decorate with this quilt.

Mazey claimed this quilt early on when she was in her puppy stage.

Deborah from Michigan, sent me a picture of her Zinnie's Choice with the modification at the top of the flag.  I love it!

We are hoping and praying there will be absolutely no fireworks here in the mountains. There are always a few idiots out there who think it's fun to shoot firearms into the air, along with some illegal fireworks.  It makes me cringe.  The fear of fire is overwhelming at this time of year.  Even though we had a banner year for rain and is now very dry.

Let us all hope and pray that all of the leaders in our country will come together and work in a bipartisan manner to form a more perfect union.  A union that would make our founding fathers proud.


Monday, July 1, 2019

Happy July

Hello Everyone,
I can feel it in my bones that the summer of 2019 is going to be a busy one!  It is starting out with a 4th of July bang.
I met up with "my girls" at the new location for In Between Stitches in Livermore last week.  As always, the girls have been busy since our last meeting.  Karen is down to the borders on her gorgeous Romancing Alaska. This is one of the quilts that I taught on the quilting cruise to Alaska last year at this time.
There was so much creativity in the room.

In some case, the girls don't need patterns.  They see a quilt they like and are able to reproduce it on their own.  (Yikes, maybe they don't need me anymore!)

The detail on Pat's Snow Globe quilt is so impressive.

In my spare time, which has been limited, I've been working on my Patchwork of the Crosses, AKA Lucy Boston blocks.  This project is so portable.  I have a small tote box at the ready that I can grab on my way out of the door.

We are off to the Alameda County Fair this week to watch our three granddaughters show their goats, lamb, pig, and turkey.

The animals have been thoroughly groomed, washed, and all received hair cuts and hoof trimming.  The turkey was even washed and then blown dry!  My daughter informed me that they won't be selling the turkey since they are only allowed to sell two animals each.  I don't know for sure, but the next time you see a picture of the turkey will be on our Thanksgiving table.  My daughter, and granddaughter said they will not be eating this year.

On the home front, we've had visitors during the night.  Bear 2, hummingbird feeders 0.  The feeders now spend the night indoors.  To those with inquiring minds, this is NOT my husband dressed in a bear suit!  Now if this bear was a bit smarter, it would realize it could have taken the stairs just around the corner.

I don't think the video will play, but give it a try.  It does work on my FaceBook page by clicking HERE


Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Mailman Arrived

Hello Everyone,
Here is my $10 garage sale find.....complete with Rocking Chair Lodge.  Just perfect as a decoration at the cabin......complete with rust.

The woman that I bought it from wondered what in the world would I do with an old mailbox?  Well, display a quilt coming out of it of course!

I have the new (old) mailbox on display right next to two bricks.  The bricks are all that remains from our house that was destroyed in the Camp Fire in Paradise.  It is a sad reminder to so many happy years spent in our family home.  You can see that one of the bricks looks brand new, the other one is scorched.

I'm still getting ready for company. I'll be moving quilts around and taking more pictures.

Have a great weekend.


Friday, June 21, 2019


Hello Everyone,
I've been writing the pattern for Country Romance, and testing while I go.  Changing up the fabrics make a huge difference in the look of the block.  While pattern testing, I'm also making up my step-outs for my teaching binder.  It has been a nice, relaxing time to work on this.

Yesterday, I marked the entire quilt to get it ready for machine quilting.  First I had to decide what I was going to do, and now I have to quilt it!  I normally do not mark my quilts, but I wanted a very special border for this one.  Notice I didn't mark the inside of the block.  I will free motion quilt in each block.  

If I had the backing made, I would have loaded this one on the long arm yesterday. I can't wait to see how this one turns out.

During my TV time at night, I've been working on my Lucy Boston, Patchwork of the Crosses blocks.  This block has not been stitched together just yet.  All of the basting is finished, now it's good to go to be stitched together.

I've been cutting and packaging kits as I go.  It takes me weeks, and weeks to get ready for a show, so I start preparing way in advance.  I would like to have ten blocks, and 100 kits done before the show in October......wish me luck.....I have a lot going on between now and then.  It takes a ton of product to fill a large, 20' booth.

I'm going to have to put my quilting aside while I get ready for two sets of summer company arriving next week.  It's a good thing we have visitors, since it's the only time I really CLEAN the cabin.  I keep things semi-picked up throughout the day to lessen the burden of cleaning.  I like to call it "housecaring" which isn't as daunting as housecleaning.  My quilting room is going to take up the most amount of time.  I actually love to be in my favorite room organizing the chaos, I mean organizing my creativity.  I find all kinds of treasures that I'd forgotten about.



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Busy Times

Hello Everyone,
I was surprised to see that it has been two weeks since my last post.  Let me tell you that I haven't been idle during this busy time.  One of my first priorities was finishing the borders on Country Romance.


I decided to put a little checked circle at the intersection of the swags.  This covers my little indiscretions where the swags aren't in perfect alignment......and they are just plain cute!  I have a lot of circles to make and applique.

Last week I taught an applique class at Quail's Nest in Sonora.  Here is my little demo piece.  It is the birdhouse from my Party in the Garden pattern.

I also taught English Paper Piecing along with the applique class.  This is a Lucy Boston block, also called Patchwork of the Crosses.  This block is made from Rochester fabric by Di Ford-Hall.  I can see this block in a Spring/Summer quilt.

I'm putting more blocks together and I'll sell them as kits at my shows.  This is a scrappy, reproduction block from my stash.  I wouldn't put the two blocks together in the same quilt.  Their styles are just too different.

Last week was High School graduation day for our granddaughter.

This is our proud son and his family.

Harleigh graduated with honors, and received a scholarship from FFA (Future Farmers of America).  We are so proud of her, so is her boyfriend, Will.

Tomorrow I will be at In Between Stitches in Livermore for their class Preview Party. You will need to sign up for a time slot during the day. All of the teachers for the upcoming quarter, will be stationed at a table to discuss our upcoming classes. I plan on teaching Patchwork Math, Cute as a Button, and my monthly Sew'n Wild Oaks classes.  Stop by and visit us at the shop in their new location at 167 Livermore Avenue in Livermore.

Patchwork Math is my most popular class.  It seems that quilters enjoy getting back to basics and learn basic quilting math skills.  I try to dispel math phobias, and make quilting math fun, and easy to understand.


 I will also teach each version of Cute as a Button.  The little version, and the Country Courthouse version.

More busy days ahead.  I'll try to do better and post more often throughout the summer.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Camp Quiltalot Part Two

Hello Everyone,
As promised, here are so more photos of the Show and Tell at Camp Quiltalot in Susanville.  The quilts displayed by the attendees were amazing.

The maker of this quilt for her yet to be born grandchild said the mutt was in the middle.

This is a picture of the two gentlemen who did all of the cooking for the retreat.  They cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for 67 quilters!  Laura Roberts is hugging one of the men.  Laura is the owner of Country Pines Quilt Shop in Susanville.  What a gem!

We were all packed up from the retreat, and needed to head out for the drive to Red Bluff.  Gail's friends, Jim and Marilyn invited us to breakfast before we headed out of town.  Jim cooked us a glorious breakfast of crepes on a wood burning stove.

Here's a picture of the fire box to show you the actual fire.  It was 82 degrees in the kitchen.  Jim reminded us of the phrase by Harry Truman.  If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Here is the end result.  A beautiful, and delicious breakfast of crepes stuffed with either berry, or an apple filling.  We didn't need lunch that day!

Marilyn is a very prolific quilter.  Here are just few pictures of her beautiful creations.

This quilt hangs in her dining room and it was my view while devouring.....I mean very slowly eating and savoring my breakfast!

Under stormy skies we headed off to Red Bluff for a trunk show to the Sun Country Quilters that evening.

We had so much fun at Camp Quiltalot, we both signed up to attend next year.  Maybe by then, the snow will be melted and I can get over the mountain pass!  Wait a minute, we will experience another winter by then!