Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Homestead Quilt Shop, West Coast Road Trip, Volcanos

Lake Natoma Inn, Folsom CA. We stayed here over night.

We visited here, while we stayed in Redding, CA.

Oroville Dam, from the visitor center look out tower.

Mt. Shasta, CA one of many volcanoes we saw on our road trip.

Beautiful area and remote.

Homestead Quilts and Fabric, La Pine, Oregon.

Inside, Homestead Quilts, does this look fun or what?

Hello! from, 'Where am I anyway?'
Oh, I know, Renton, WA.
Last week my husband and I took off on a road trip up the west coast, leaving Rancho Palos Verdes; LA, avoiding the big highways when possible, to visit our #2 son and his wife to help with their baby and move into their new house.

We drove to Folsom, CA on hwy 99 the first day, it felt good to be in our home town. We visited relatives and then drove onto Redding, CA the next day and took time to visit the Oroville Dam. The Oroville dam repairs and California Department of Resources updates are one of my hobby/interests.

The next day we drove through the Grass Lake, CA area and got gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta. 
We turned off I-5 at Weed, CA and drove north into central Oregon on hwy 97, coming to La Pine, Oregon. Of course I had to stop at the local quilt shop, Homestead Quilts, link above. It was full of great fabric and inspiration! 

I'll share more of our adventure and photos soon. Now I've got to help out and find the nearest quilt shop, quick!!

Have a wonderful day! I'll be by to visit soon. 
When life gives you lemons bust out the tequila or is it the quilt fabric? I think it's quilt fabric, hmmmm,
what do you think?

Friday, May 12, 2017

'Wedding Ring' Quilt Block #3 Jasmine Heaven

'Wedding Ring' B.O.W. #3 in Rest and Refreshing by Piecing the Past Quilts.

Cutting fabrics for piecing, irresistible orange batiks,
The 3 blocks I've pieced together for 'Rest and Refreshing' Quilt.

Clouds and wind, Rancho Palos Verdes, looking out over the Pacific.
Jasmine shrubs I pass on my walks, tropical and they smell heavenly.

Happy Friday from Rancho Palos Verdes!
The temperature has warmed up and the clouds are still here.
The rabbits can be seen running around on the golf course across the street. I think they're planning on taking over the world, they're reproducing fast!

I finished 'Wedding Ring' block #3 in 'Rest and Refreshing' B.O.W. by Piecing the Past Quilts, link above. The blocks are traditional and beautiful. I did add in my own colorway, however.

Missouri Star Quilt Company has a new tutorial on a,  Nine Patch on Point Quilt. 
Great idea and fun, using Amy Smart's new fabric line 'Gingham Girls. 
No I'm not getting paid to write that. It's a good tutorial and fabric line, no harm in saying what's true.

Happy Mother's Day weekend, spring is a good time to celebrate moms.
I'll be by to visit and see your projects.

Friday, May 5, 2017

'Woven Time' block Color Inspired by Bougainvillea Pink

'Woven Time' block #2 in Rest and Refreshing B.O.W. by Piecing the Past Quilts

The 'Little Sewing Machine That Could.'

Block #2 pieced together, 'Woven Time', beautiful pattern.

Bougainvillea closeup, pink and green, gorgeous.

Bougainvillea hedge I see on my walk.
Prickly Pear Cactus blooming now.

Matilija Poppy, California native, growing along the bluff.

Happy Friday from Rancho Palos Verdes!
Where it's overcast but the flowers are blooming and butterflies are fluttering around.

I had to share photos of some of the colors I see on my walks down to and along the Terranea Bluff.
The Bougainvillea is all over blooms. The jasmine blossoms, planted as landscape shrubs, smell heavenly, that's right no photo yet. Then the Matilija Poppies remind me of white skirts blowing around in the breeze. Breath taking for flower lovers.

My block #2 'Woven Time' in the B. O. W. quilt 'Rest and Refreshing' by Piecing the Past, link above, is finished. Obviously I'm not using Civil War reproduction fabrics. I just couldn't bring myself to it with so many tropical colors around me here. I've written down the color inspirations I'm using, some of the colors are avocado, lemon, lime, mango, bougainvillea pink etc. The traditional piecing is a fun challenge. And the 'little sewing machine' runs like a champ.

I'm linking up with Julie and Linda, Sew Stitch Snap Share.
Lot's of great projects are being shared, check it out for inspiration.

Enjoy your weekend and I'll be by to visit!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Butterfly Fabric and Quilt and Kaleidoscope for May

Monarch Butterfly for May 2017
My butterfly project has more rows added, interviewing going on here.

Black and white butterfly fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman .

I'm capivated by this fabric.

Hello and happy Wednesday from sunny Rancho Palos Verdes.
This month's calendar butterfly is the Monarch butterfly. 
They are a milkweed butterfly which means they lay their eggs on milkweed plants and eat milkweed plants. They also migrate thousands of miles. We see quite a few of them around here.
I'm linking up with Ann and Cathy for Kaleidoscope of Butterflies , in appreciation of butterflies!

I'm adding more rows to my 'Liberated' butterfly quilt/runner. I've decided it's going to be runner size,
approx. 44" x 20". You can see it in the photo above as I was 'interviewing' block arrangement on my 'design' blanket.
My design blanket is my pineapple fleece blanket, it's very cozy in the evening when it gets cool and it doubles as a design 'wall' during the day.

My order from Missouri Star Quilt Comp. came in, fun time. I ordered black and white fabric with butterflies on it by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman. It's delightful and I do have a weakness for a good butterfly fabric as you might have guessed. I'm putting it to use right away.

I hope you're getting some work done on your projects and remember to enjoy the beautiful spring happening around us.
I'll be by to visit!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Woven Star block, Pieced 'Coins' Back, Angela Walters New Tutorial

Windy evening in Rancho Palos Verdes.

My version of 'Coins', approx. 20" x 16".

'Woven Star' block in 'Rest and Refreshing' designed by Piecing the Past Quilts .

Piecing 'saw teeth" liberated style, I use a 2 1/2" sq. base.

This is the back of my 'coins' small quilt.

Happy Friday from windy Rancho Palos Verdes!

Angela Walters has a new tutorial on YouTube, Scrambled Plus Sign Quilt
She's fun and her machine quilting ideas are great, easy to understand.

I've had time this week to finish the first block in Piecing the Past Quilts' b.o.w. quilt 'Rest and Refreshing.' It's a beautiful design. Sign up if you want a bit of a traditional challenge, the link is above.

The backing to my 'coins' small quilt, 20' x 16', is done today. I made up more 'saw teeth' for it and check out that butterfly in the purple strip on the left, 'Mariposa Meadow' fabric, by Elizabeth Isles. Lovely.

I'm also linking up with JulieLou and Linda at Sew Stitch Snap Share. Hop on over to see great projects and progress and join in!

Have a relaxing weekend. Share a smile!
I'll be by to visit.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Improv Quilt Designs, my 'Coins' for AHIQ with Orange Triangles!

Wasabi #1, 19" x 16", my design, is all finished, just sayin'.

My version 'coins', I've added 'liberated'  borders all around.
We took a road trip to Irvine, CA , view of Saddleback Mountain.

Hello, from windy Rancho Palos Verdes.

Busy week for me, a road trip to Irvine, CA. It's a very beautiful city, not compacted at all, in some areas you can see the land start to stretch out into open spaces. A nice change from LA.

I had some time for sewing and planning. My Wasabi #1 is all done. You can see 'improv' blocks and 'coins' in it.
My 'coins' I started for AHIQ now has a turquoise border with orange 'liberated' triangles in it.
I do love orange and turquoise, any little excuse and I'll throw those two colors in!
The lighting was not so good here today so a better photo is coming soon. Who knows, by then maybe it will have more borders added.
I'm linking up with Ann and Kaja at Sew Slowly
for AHIQ, where fun design happens. Stop on over to get inspired!

I've also decided to try something new and I'm doing a block of the week, by Piecing the Past Quilts designed by Debbie MacInnis, Rest and Refreshing- A Civil War Sampler Quilt.
Yes, I know, very different for me, but I want the challenge of traditional piecing.
I certainly cannot promise to stick to historical reproduction fabrics exclusively, but I think it'll turn out fine just the same.

I'm linking up with Linda and Julie with Sew Stitch Snap sharing projects and progress, hop on over for inspiration!

Hope you're having a productive week, dreaming or piecing or stitching.
I'll be by to visit!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mod Block by MSQC, New Edition Out, Wasabi #1 small quilt almost finished!

Butterfly fourpatch, adding and rearranging.

Asymmetrical Wasabi #1 almost finished with hand sewing binding.
Back of Wasabi #1 approx. 21" x 18" , I machine quilted it.

New issue of Mod Block by Missouri Star Quilt Comp. great ideas!

'Oberlin' by Heather Jones in Mod Block, so cool.

Happy Friday from Rancho Palos Verdes!
Sunny and windy today.
Almost Happy Easter too!

I've been replanning and changing around my liberated butterfly fourpatch quilt I started last fall.
There was just too much white in it so I took apart rows and blocks and I'm in the process of adding more color to the fourpatches and making more butterfly blocks. More color makes me happy.
I was going to have it fade out to white but just wasn't pleased with that effect.

Also Missouri Star Quilt Company has their new Mod Block out, full of ideas and colors. I highly recommend it. Heather Jones quilt in Mod Block, 'Oberlin' is the perfect size for me as I like to work small, just 36" x 36". I made a sample Ohio Star runner for work over a year ago but I had to leave it at work as it was a sample. I would like to make another one, it makes a nice gift; object de arte.
Nobody's paying me to say any of that either, I know a good thing when I see it!

I also machine quilted my asymmetrical Wasabi #1 and I've almost got the binding all hand sewn down on the back. I machine quilted it rather than hand quilting because it fitted more with its personality. Yes, true confessions, my projects have their own personalities. 

Enjoy your Easter weekend and all those chocolate bunnies.
I'll be by to visit soon.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Midnight Quilt Show and a Lighthouse

Painted Lady butterfly at Point Vicente.

One of many goats at Point Vicente kept there to keep the brush under control.

Point Vicente and light house.

Point Vicente Lighthouse closeup.

Happy Friday from Rancho Palos Verdes!

Today for fun we visited the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. It's a good spot for whale watching and walking around the nature trail. Goats are kept there in fenced areas to keep the brush down and they are entertaining to watch. There's also a working light house on the point closed to the public except on certain days and times for tours. It's only about a mile away from where we are staying.

Angela Walters hostess of the Midnight Quilter Show ,
has a fun tutorial, 'Wallflower Variable Star' on Youtube.
In fact she has several tutorials and all are entertaining. Each 'show' features a different quilt pattern which Angela pieces together. Then she machine quilts it giving ideas and tips.
Enjoyable and she is a hoot!

I hope you have a good weekend. Don't forget to share a smile and I'll be by to visit.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies and Orange Triangle Border thingy

Clouded Sulphur for April 2017.

Tilted 'coins' with border added, that's right just two sides for effect.

Happy April!!
Featuring my butterfly for April, from my butterfly calendar, the Clouded Sulpher .
I'm celebrating butterflies with Ann @ fretnotyourself , Kaleidoscope of Butterflies.
Clouded Sulphers  live in North America and can be seen in meadows, fields and roadsides.
They're also known to swarm around mud puddles.

I've had some time to work on my version of a 'coin' quilt. I tilted the coins and now they're on edge and I've added borders on just two sides. The asymmetrical look is speaking to me. This is another of my small quilts. I don't have a large work space right now so small is the thing. And small is great for trying out design experiments.

Have a great Monday and I'll be by to visit.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quilt Binding Finish, AHIQ # 19 Coin Challenge progress

The sun's back in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The binding is on and this quilt is done!

Another row added to my coins quilt.

Closer view, the turquoise and orange are the wow element to me.

The sun is out in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and the wind has quieted, gorgeous today.

I was out of town for a week, we were in Kirkland, WA where it is cooler. I came back with a cold but that's cleared up. I'm recovered and rested now back to business!

 I'm linking up with
Ann @ fretnotyourself and Kaja @ sewslowly they are hosting AHIQ # 19.
My coin improv small quilt now has another row. I've been working on smaller projects because I've been on vacation for a while now and I don't have room to work on bigger projects.
Stop in and take a look at the beautiful, fun projects going on there.

I've finished the binding on my 'liberated' log cabin done in batik. My daughter-in-law suggested I name it 'Amalfi' after the gorgeous Amalfi coast of Italy. Many of the houses there along the coast are terraced and painted knockout tropical colors. The water and sky on a sunny day are a lovely turquoise. The backing on my quilt is mostly turquoise, the log cabin blocks look very much like stacked houses. So 'Amalfi in Batik' is the name.

Enjoy your day and share a smile, it always comes back.
I'll be by to visit!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Travel, Circa 15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland, WA

Daffodils in Kirkland, WA.

Spring flowers, in a row.

Book by Mary Fons, that's the copy I bought.

Quilt shop in Kirkland, WA, 'Circa 15', very cool fabric.

It's spring time in Kirkland, Washington. We stayed with our son and his wife and got to enjoy our 9 month old grandson, so much fun!

It rained and then cleared up off and on, perfect, not too much of either.
We saw old friends and got caught up .

I found time to visit the local quilt shop Circa 15 Fabric Studio .
There was a free 'Disappearing Nine Patch' tutorial going on so of course I sat in on that. Very well 
done. I got a 20% off coupon for being in the class and used it to buy a quilt book.
If you're in Kirkland stop into Circa 15 Fabric Studio, you won't be disappointed.

Enjoy your weekend coming up and celebrate spring time.
I'll be by to visit!