Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's A Kissmas Finish!

Here's My Version of High Strung
 designed by Shelley Wicks & Jeanne Large
This Was A Just For Fun Machine Pieced, Fusible Web Applique Quilt, with the exception that I Buttonhole Stitched all the appliques by hand with perle cotton.
Adding a variety of mismatched red buttons added the perfect little bling as a finishing touch!
Finished 11/28/2012
Quilted with Mittens, Christmas Stockings & Stocking Hats
by Tracy Lovisone, Baker City, Oregon
It's up on the wall for the Christmas Season!
May We All Be In The Spirit!
Nancie Anne

Friday, November 9, 2012

Where Did Summer Go?

August rolled around and the sweltering heat had me looking forward to Autumn, and as predicted, on this chilly day when the valley has seen it's first early morning skiff of snow, I find myself fondly reflecting on the beauty of July.  Things feel a little warmer when remembering the Thelma & Louise trip my Quilty Partner in Crime (QuiPiC) and I took to enjoy Eastern Oregons Sagebrush Shop Hop and the Quilt Show held annually at the Baker City, Oregon Armory.
We visited our girls in Baker City at Traditions and Treasure Every Stitch, discovered Pendleton Quiltworks, which has since been featured in Quilt Sampler Magazine, revisited the awesome little shop, Quilts Plus, in the tiny mountain village of Halfway which also carries vintage household items to tempt you and remind you of Grandmas kitchen.  But this year, I finally succeeded in getting back to Joseph and who knew that in such a remote area, we'd find ourselves in one of the most wonderful quilt shops, Cattle Country Quilts, stocked to the brim with everything to keep a quilter happier than a witch in a broom factory during those long winters.  Their website does not begin to do the shop justice.  It's light, bright, pristine, friendly, and has an amazing up to date inventory and something for EVERYONE!
Years ago we drove through Joseph after a weekend of camping in the Wallowas near Enterprise with several 4-H kids and trailer loads of llamas.  The goal was Hells Canyon to give the kids a photo op and home...there was no stopping in Joseph, no matter how much I drooled and oohed and awwed.  The breathtaking views, even in late May and early June are of rugged snowcapped Wilderness, the town is sort of a cross between Sun Valley and Sisters.  Very cute indeed.  Cafes, Shopping, Ranches & wonderful Barns abound...and the never ending views...I'm sure it's very close to Heaven.  Sharing this trip with a great friend was the best and we found ourselves making plans to return next year with husbands and pups in tow.
So here are some pictures of favorite quilts from the show in Baker City...and some friends we made along the way...
The flower construction on this Christmasy runner piqued my attention...

Hmm. Buggy Barn in Batiks!  I've been tempted with that idea myself!

I love this pattern all flowers and stars and circles depending on where and how you perceive it.

I realized I had this a's a good one!

Same Buggy Barn Baskets...different theme...One should have Toto in it!
A Very Richly put together sampler.  Black does some amazing work here!

Buggy Barn Lovers Unite!  Love the colors here...very Autumn.

Who doesn't remember that cute little dress Grandma made?

Ahh...for my St. Patty's Day baby!

I fell in-love...after the fact...this quilt prompted me to purchase the
 Best of Fons & Porter Star Quilts Book last week!
Oh yeah...and I mentioned new friends...

on the way to Joseph...
we ate dinner here and thought a t-shirt to wear to work might be interesting...
They closed before we got there for dessert...but made us think of a friend with chuckle!
And then there was the Joseph welcoming committee...

Honey...I met this guy who has a really nice dog...
Can I keep him?????
Aren't they pretty???

Appropriately...across the street from where we got morning coffee and treats!
Cock-A-Doodle Doo!!!
Between Joseph & Halfway this little pair scampered out of the road & up the hill to get a better view of us as we stopped to visit with them for a moment...

My husband calls these Sllloooooow Elk...
We came upon the rancher on horseback a bit later...
We must create some memories now that will cool our brow when next summer arrives!
Back to My Pumpkin Puree-ing!
Nancie Anne


Friday, November 2, 2012

Early Resolutions

Okay, it's time to get more serious, about keeping up to date with my blogging & producing more to blog about! I have a ton of UFO's that need my attention and I have some dearly loved patterns that are part of my quilting bucket list.
I'm working up a calendar to guide & help with goal setting & staying on task, without beating myself up too much. Good Luck're gonna need it!
It includes important birthdays and anniversaries, including my little red head, Maecee, who turns 3 this week. On the 13th of November we celebrate her 2 year adoption from the Idaho Humane Society. She is my baby, my companion, my confidant and my cuddler. My life has been so blessed by the addition of this little bright eyed bundle of love.
My book style calendar has side margins for lists and adding what significant events and holidays upcoming in the following couple of months are as a reminder to think ahead about what projects I might want to be working on for the occasion. There are note pages where I can make lists of projects to finish or begin. I'm considering doing such things as making Mondays, Block of The Month Mondays, because it's the only day of the week that contains an M, and Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday UFO days because they're the days of the week that contain the letter U.
If, for instance, a UFO day also lands on the 1st of the month, that might dictate that I work on an unfinished project for my husband because his birthdate is the 1st. If a UFO day lands on the 31st of any given month, I may pull out an unfinished Halloween Project.
Of course all this dictates that I also have a visible and very well organized stash of goodies to work on since what I might want to work on from day to day could change pretty rapidly!
I admit, I have UFO's that are over 20 years old...and that's okay. I work on them as the spirit or season sparks my desire and I know that eventually, they will be completed. However, this whole idea of the calendar is to help me have regularly completed projects so I can swap out a flimsy & a back for a newly quilted project when I make the 2 hour trip to the quilter. My answer to that are some freestanding cabinets and a bunch of clear stackable plastic storage containers. There's an inexpensive brand that begins with the letter S from the W store that have colorful little flip up handles that latch the lid on easily & securely and includes various sizes which are designed to make stacking easy. They work kinda like kids locking blocks. I use them to keep track of stashes I'm building for specific projects, projects in progress and individual lines or themes of fabric that I want to keep together. There are two sizes that are perfect to house both the fabric and the book containing the pattern that I wish to work on.
Come to think of it, I could probably pull them all out and build a castle to play in with the Gran'Kids!
As for fun this week. Maybe you saw the pictures that Lynn posted over at Sew'n Wild Oaks of the beginnings of my October Magic quilt? Lynn graciously allowed me to sew along "at large" with her class. This was also an idea I had to assist me with goal the midst of maintaing a part time job, being a Gramma & having one of the kids weddings take place this past month, it was a bit challenging to keep up with the other members of "my class". The next wedding is June.
This most recent wedding not only brought us a new Daughter In Law, but the bonus of a 2 year old Grandaughter. Halloween night she found some of my October Magic Scraps when she came Trick or Treating and began laying them out and pretending to iron them with the whiriling, light up pumpkin globe that we got both the kids for the holiday. My husband observed that I might finally have someone in the family interested in sewing along with me, to which her Mama added, "Yep, it skips a generation and has to marry into the family!" Time will tell, but now that I've seen it...I will also have the responsibility of nurturing it. In this fast paced, instant gratification world, it's more important than ever to pass on The Arts and the message that it's okay to slow down and savor the process.

As Always,
Trying to Keep My Little Part of the World in Stitches...

Nancie Anne