Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
I have just fifteen minutes to post this morning, then I have to get ready to get over to Sonora for another Grammy Squares class.  I'm still getting caught up on emails, orders, and life, after our days without power and Internet.
The following pictures are from my two Sew'n Wild Oaks classes at In Between Stitches last week.  I don't think this is a complete set of pictures, so I'm apologizing now to those who were left out.
I'm beginning the morning show with Evelynne's amazing quilt.  This is entirely paper-pieced! She has been working diligently on it for months.  She will finish it too!

Now we have a parade of Country Sunshine blocks in all stages of the making.

Here are some Grammy Squares with a western theme.

Isn't this creation gorgeous!  All beautifully machine appliqued.

Shelley diligently worked on her Moda quilt along.  The little blocks are beautiful.

Carol is working on her applique and borders.

While Barbara was having some work done in her home, she sequestered herself away in her sewing room for four days and finished this beauty!  I guess I need to have a complete home makeover and lock myself away too!

Diana's Toyland Tree is getting all decked out in trim and bling.

 Look at Judy's little kitty and can of cat food in her flower.

We will be able to make another snowman this weekend!

Isabelle's pile is growing and she keeps working away on it.  Stayed tuned for what this pile is going to make.

Laurie finished her Buttonwood quilt.  This was a kit from In Between Stitches.

Laurie may never want to see a half-square triangle again!  Wonderful detail in the machine quilting.

I'm off to Sonora this morning to teach Grammy Squares again.  It's a smaller class this time, but everyone on the waiting list is now in the class.
Another snowstorm is predicted for this weekend.  We still haven't completely dug our way out from the last storm.  Gotta run!
P.S.  Patterns for Buttonwood, Toyland Tree, and Country Sunshine are all available HERE in my Etsy shop.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Where to Begin?

Hello Everyone,
After three days of living with snow, day.....

 ....and night, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Power is back on and we are now connected to the Internet, and our phone works.  The little red thing is the bird feeder.  I should really call it the squirrel feeder.

Never one to back down from a challenge, our son said a real mountain woman would be drinking a glass of wine (whine) on the I did.  I was blanketed with snow in no time at all.

And then, Susan in Kentucky said if we got bored, we should make imprints of our faces in the snow.
It works!  Here's Mr. Joe.

Here's me.  Instead of saying "Shiver me timbers", I was saying "shrivel me wrinkles!"  Maybe this is a new face lift technique!  But, it's not good to have your double chin resting in the snow for very long.....but then again if it decides to roll up like a window shade, why not?

I trudged through the knee-deep snow one morning and took a picture of the back of the cabin.

Yesterday the temperatures started to warm, and the snow was falling in big clumps off of the trees.
It was beautiful.

You would have thought I would have a bunch of quilt blocks to show you....not.  We turned the generator on sparingly as we were running low on propane.  I didn't do much quilting at all, but I did cut fabric towers for my next show.  I also prepared some blocks and got them ready for sewing.

Mazey is ready to play some football.  She is loving the snow even though it sticks to her fur and she walks around with dingleberries hanging off of her "feathers".

Friends came for a visit yesterday with their 8-year-old grandson to do some sledding.  Evelynne brought a pot of delicious homemade chili and chocolate cake.  It was nice seeing someone from the outside world.
All you can see is the garage that sits at the top of our lot.  The house is down the hill in the back.  Mr. Joe cleans off the driveway with the snow blower, while I shovel from the back of the garage down to the house.  That shovel is making blisters that may interfere with my sewing.

We are pretty much back to normal today.  The only glitch in the system is our TV.  We have sound but no picture.  While I'm at my quilt guild meeting, Mr. Joe will futz with the TV.  After the guild meeting I have to get caught up with many emails and Etsy orders.  Everything has been on hold until our services returned. 

Back to the real world today.


Friday, March 16, 2018

A Dry Run for the Trip to Alaska

Hello Everyone,
I'm posting tonight while I can, when the generator is running.  The power is supposed to be out until noon tomorrow......and we are running low on propane.  Conservation is the word of the day. Just got an update from the power won't be back on for two days.....until Sunday.  This is Friday!
I've been working on my Glacier Bay blocks.  I'm loving them.


I put them out in the snow today (no, the backdrop is NOT batting!)  I liked this picture so much...

.......I decided to line the Aurora blocks up for their photo shoot.  I was afraid the entire block of snow was going to fall off of the railing.  Then I would have been scrambling to find the blocks twenty feet below!

Eagle's Nest and Black Spruce wanted to get in on the act too. Where to put them?  In a tree of course!

My birdfeeder resembles Marge Simpson's hairstyle.  The birds don't care.

Mazey is loving the snow.  She runs, and runs, and runs.

It looks like I will be doing a lot of cutting and prepping on the Alaskan quilt over the next couple of days.  I've been working on pattern directions, walking in the snow, and shoveling the snow.  It has been a fun change to my normal cabin life.  If you don't hear from me, I'm going to be right here with a good book and a hot toddy.....with or without electricity.

I'll post more when I can.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Country Sunshine Class Was In Session

 Hello Everyone,

Yesterday was a great day in the classroom at In Between Stitches.  The room was filled with sunshine......Country Sunshine blocks.

Here is Gail's first beautiful block.

It started it's life out on the block layout sheet.

I love the check in this one in the center of the double flying geese.

It all begins with a pretty center.

......and it grows into a beautiful block.

Valery's quilt is going to be all scrappy, and all in batiks.

It all begins with the center.  I LOVE seeing all of the different variations of this very versatile block.

In reviewing my pictures, I have to apologize to some of the girls since I missed some of your blocks.  I'm behind the 8 Ball again!

Here are pictures of my two quilted.....on not finished yet!

I'm back in the classroom today with my Sew' Wild Oaks girls.  They will be bringing their own sunshine into the room on this very rainy day.


P.S. My Country Sunshine pattern is available HERE on my Sew'n Wild Oaks Designs Etsy site.