Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stitchin' Post Quilt Shop, Volcanoes and Coffee

The Three Sisters, Sisters, Oregon.

Sisters Coffee Company, great place to get coffee in the morning.

Interior of Sisters Coffee Company, talk about atmosphere!

Stitchin' Post Quilt shop inside, inspiration anyone?

I had to get this angle too, Stitchin' Post Quilt shop.

The Stitchin' Post Quilt Shop, Sisters, Oregon.
Me, looking out at the view, this is in town.

The Metolius River

Hello, from Renton, Washington!
Where it's sunny and warm. The land of lakes, wild deer and rabbits.

Last week we went on a road trip driving from Los Angeles, CA, north to Renton, WA.
We left Tuesday morning and got here Saturday afternoon. These photos cover our overnight stay in Sisters, Oregon. It was a half hour out of the way from Bend, Oregon, but I had to visit the Stitchin' Post Quilt shop.

The Stitchin' Post  shop hosts the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. I've attended that show several times in the past and even entered a quilt or two. Jean Wells and her daughter Valori run the shop and are busy designing fabric and patterns and having great inspiring classes, wow.  If you're ever able to visit the shop and the town, you will enjoy yourself!

Sisters, Oregon  is a magical place. The smell of sage, the view of volcanoes is intoxicating.
That and the fact that there's a great quilt shop in town make me want to consider living there!

I hope you're having a happy Memorial Weekend!
I'll stop by to visit soon.

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!