Saturday, September 24, 2016

Big Stitch Hand Quilting, Farmer's Market, Quilt Shop....

Zinnias at Peter's Farm, loads of color!
We're at Peter's Farm Market, Salem, New Hampshire.

Chrysanthemums Wow.

Mini pumpkins, Indian corn, fall has arrived here.

Pine Tree Quilt Shop, Salem, New Hampshire, great fabric selection.

My liberated four patch with log cabin surround, hand quilting work in progress.

Hello, from the East coast!!

In between sight seeing, visiting local farmer's markets and going to parks with our grand daughters, I manage some time to get hand quilting done on my 'four patch log cabin surround'. I've found a quilt shop in town, Pine Tree Quilt Shop, very friendly and good atmosphere. That makes being away from home much easier.

I must get going, things are hopping around here and I'm needed.
Keep stitching and sharing, I appreciate being able to check in on all of you and seeing what you're up to, thanks!!

Happy Weekend!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Butterfly Applique Quilt, Princess Rings in New Hampshire........

Butterfly applique quilt

Romano's pizza is loved by many.

Dunkin' Donuts big on the east coast.

Princess ring.

The  younger Princess.

Butterfly fabric I bought in Redondo Beach, CA at Nina's Quilt shop.

I'm in New Hampshire helping with the soon arrival of grand baby. Supervising two little princesses.
The butterfly applique quilt was made by my mother-in-law about 15 yr.s ago and now resides in my daughter's house in N.H. where I am now. She put a lot of work into that quilt.

Investigating the town, Salem, NH, is fun. It feels a little mossy here, I imagine hobbits would be at home here. I was told that Dunkin' Donuts is said by the locals to make the best coffee. Sorry, StarBucks has them beat.

I'm pondering the gorgeous butterfly fabric I bought at Nina's Quilt shop in Redondo. I might have to 
make a kaleidoscope quilt with it. It's the planning, dreaming stage.

The princesses are calling.
Hope your weekend is full of relaxing dreams!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Antique Sewing Machine Display, Meadow Storm, New Fabric Line....

Display of antique/vintage sewing machines outside All Saints.
The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA.
Display in the Getty Villa.

The Roman Villa look.

They make the best fish and chips here.

Driving Hwy 1, we stopped at the Getty Villa, a museum made to look like a Roman villa showing Roman artifacts.
Stopped in Santa Monica to walk the Promenade and window shop. All Saints clothing store has a unique display of antique sewing machines along their outside walls. I stayed there too long looking at the old Singers, Whites, etc. Thrilling, because I'm fascinated by old sewing machines. 

I plan on visiting this local quilt shop, Nina's Quilt Barn,
Redondo, CA, not too far away. Always great to see what the locals are up to in the quilting world.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts has a new exciting line of fabric just out; Meadow Storm, it's a must see! She's always busy designing, teaching and promoting quilting, Yey, Victoria!

Happy Tuesday!!
I hope you enjoy your day.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Crazyvictoriana in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA...Hello Sunshine

We drove our Durango; rest stop along I-5.
Pistachio orchards along I-5.
Santa Monica exit coming up...
Here we are in Rancho Palos Verdes, after 8 hr.s drive time.
This is where we'll be staying in RPV.

Looking out to the Pacific Ocean, RPV.

Rancho Palos Verdes cliffs, beach.

Happy Holiday or what?

We are here! The drive went well. I don't have much time to write now.
I'll post photos of Santa Monica; shopping, and Malibu; eating fish and chips, in a couple days.

Happy weekend to everyone!!

Keep quilting and stitching!!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Wow Kaleidoscope Quilters and Butterfly for September....

My butterfly calendar for September!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly for September! I'll be traveling to the east coast in a couple of weeks, I hope I get to see a swallowtail, they look beautiful. I'm linking up with Ann @ fretnotyourself for Kaleidoscope of Butterflies, 1st of the month.

Speaking of kaleidoscopes I found two amazing women who specialize in kaleidoscope quilts. They both live on the east coast. It's worth checking out their work and stories here, Elizabeth Ohlson and here,Paula Nadelstern. 

We're driving to L.A. on Wednesday, Rancho Palo Verde, on the coast, a resort area. 
Wish me a good trip. I wish you a good week! 

I'll keep checking in on what you're up too!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sewing Room Down, House Packed, on to L.A. the Adventure begins

Sewing room packed up.

My Baby Lock and Pfaff, faithful work horses.

Happy Weekend!!!

It's been a long week here. The house is packed up, everything goes into storage and we're off to L.A. to visit family, then off to the New Hampshire, of all places!, to help with grand daughters and new grand baby. My head is spinning.

I hope when I'm in L.A. to be able to visit Christen Brown and take a class or two. OOps!! I was just looking online at Christen's local class schedule and I noticed that she is giving classes in San Diego, CA not, and I repeat, not in L.A.. So I probably won't be able to take her local classes, unless I fly to San Diego. Of course I could take one of her online courses easily, I'll check those out now.
She is, however still, the Embroidery Woman Extraordinaire.

I will keep posting because there is so much color out there to share and after all color is 'the thing.'

My Baby Lock and 32 yr. old Pfaff will go into storage, I will miss them. They're so capable and dependable, nothing fancy, but I like the challenge of using what I have, what I am, my view point, to make art and quilts. I was born an artist and trained in art and I look at my quilting through those eyes. I'm taking hand quilting and stitching projects along with me. Even though I might not have a lot of time for stitching at least it will be there to touch and look at.

Off to 'where no man has gone before!' That's a little dramatic, I know. Sorry.
I'll be looking for color to share and stopping in to see what you're all doing.
Because that's where the fun is!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Liberated Shoo Fly Block, Sampler Progress.......

Rows I have finished for my sampler quilt, sashing will go between all rows...

Shoo Fly blocks will be the final row in sampler quilt...

August!! Fabulous month! 
Why is that? Because of the gorgeous peaches and watermelons being sold at the local farmer's market that's why!

I'm piecing shoo fly blocks, the last row of my sampler quilt I'm making because I took an online  Craftsy Quilting Class, Colorful Scrap Quilting, by Amanda Jean Nyberg of crazy mom quilts .
I had fun with the class and I'm putting my own spin on the sampler quilt because I can never follow directions exactly, I always say, 'What if I try this instead?' or move this over here or make this block liberated instead of traditional?  Almost done with it.

Also new in the online quilt world are MSQC/Jenny Doan's newest youtube tutorials, Quilt Snips.
They are quick single block tutorials. Such a good idea for freshening up your memory or for a new quilter working through a new block. 

Have a great weekend!
Support your local farmers and enjoy fresh summer produce, cause it's delicious.