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Another Missed Quilt Show

July 1, 2011

Two summers ago, I was in Sisters, Oregon just two days before the Beautiful Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  We couldn’t change our travel plans, and two kids actually had the flu, so our time in Portland was spent nursing them in a hotel room rather than exploring as planned.

A few weeks back, I was in Rudesheim, Germany, just days before

How do I do that?  Don’t answer that!  This time it’s just because I just don’t pay attention to international shows–because otherwise I would have changed my trip around to attend this one!  In any case, I fell in love with Rudesheim.  My son and I spent a day cycling through the vineyards along the Rhine. It was truly inspiring. I now want to spend more time along the Rhine when I can cycle a little more leisurely–and perhaps enjoy the wine, too!

And Cologne!  Wow!  The Cathedral is enormous.  We climbed the 500+ spiral stairs to the stop of one of the spires–making me think twice about my lack of fear of heights. I was thrilled to finally see Gerhard Richter’s controversial window–a modern interpretation of traditional stained glass.  My camera just couldn’t do it justice.

Some German friends recommended we go take a stroll through Frankfurt’s Palmengarten–an incredible botanical garden complex.  We initially planned to just stop by to humor them, but ended up spending nearly an entire day there.  By the time we left, all of the other things we had planned to do were closed for the day–but we really didn’t mind.

"Life is Short, Art is Long"--Goethe (Goethe Gardens, Palmengarten)

Oh, Germany!  I had no idea I would love you so much!  But I should have phoned ahead and let you know I was coming.  Maybe I could have found an open fabric store in my serendipitous strolling of your streets.

I did love your quilt magazines.  Good thing I brought an extra bag to haul them home with me!


And what do you think Tim Gunn would have to say about this look (in a small shop in Wiesbaden). My daughter calls it “Booblashes.”

Coming Soon:  To Paris!  To Paris!  Mais bien sur!


Duly Chastised

June 20, 2011

I was recently informed by my very young 80-ish aunt that ever since Facebook came into being, I haven’t been blogging enough.  NOTED!

So what have I been up to lately?  Plenty!  Kid Number 2 graduated from HS.  In our house, rather than throw a big graduation bash, we head off on a European adventure.  Last year Kid #1 and I hit the streets of Paris.  Kid #2 and I had a little bigger trip.  And so, to the quilty-ish part of our tour.

Amsterdam is my new favorite city.  I really had no idea it was so beautiful.  And peaceful (although that might be a result of the nice smells wafting out from the coffee houses . . .)

I adored strolling around, enjoying all of the wonky architecture along the canals.

We found exactly one colorful house inside the Singelgracht (outermost canal in the older part of the city.)  There may have been more, but I’m sure there must be historic restrictions.  And this one was on a small alley.  And right on the #5 Tram line, just a few steps away from Koninklijk Palace and Nieuwe Kerk . . . .

Birdblocks Quilt Shop!  I passed by on the tram a few times on our way to and from our hotel before I was able to finally stop in during regular business hours.  Merel (Mrs. Scissors!) was there with a smile–and some gorgeous colorful yardage!

Next door, there is a sweet, upscale traditional Dutch fabric store.

I tried to find some of the market fabric vendors that I read about in advance online, but didn’t have much luck.  Nor did I have enough time to pursue them too heartily.

Being avid cyclists, my son and I really enjoyed all of the bicycles–although we didn’t ride anywhere in the city.  We’re saving that for our return trip.  I do believe I will be going back to The Netherlands.  Next Up:  Deutschland!

Quilty Visitors

March 15, 2011

There are some lovely quilts visiting my house today! I got my niece (who’s only a couple of years younger than I am, so she’s more like a sister) interested in quilting about 15 years ago.  Here are a couple of her recently completed quilts.

Gorgeous Crazy Eights by Bits ‘n Pieces quilt using Anna Maria Horner Good Folks:

And a yummy purple/lime/black & white flying geese star featuring some of my own favorite Jason Yenter dragonfly fabrics:

And a gorgeous scrap quilt she made for her daughter:

There’s also a visiting quilt-in-progress.  Larisa Key’s Fat Quarter Frolic in Patty Young’s Flora & Fauna:

Quilty visitors are always welcome to come play with fabric at my house!

Meanwhile, Back at Squint Central

March 12, 2011

The Life-Altering Hexie Quilt is coming along.

I never wanted to admit it, but this quilt is forcing me to come to terms with my middle-aged eyesight.  Ott Light and funky reading glasses to the rescue!  Anything to keep me from having to ask my kids to thread needles for me.

Deadline? What’s a Deadline?!

January 2, 2011

No resolutions to reveal.  But I do have a teeny reveal of a series of quilts I’m working on to hang in a local coffee house in February.  Just a hint though–more soon!

Happy New Year, all!

Superior, Indeed.

December 10, 2010

I probably shouldn’t be working on this right now.  I should be making quilty gifts for other people, right?

The only quilt I’m making for Christmas this year will be put under the tree with my own name on it.   Sorry, everybody else!

I’ve had this pattern from Bit ‘n Pieces sitting around for quite some time, along with two big FQ packs of Woodstock by Isadora Phoenix for Benartex.

I was about 2/3 of the way through the quilting two days ago when I ran out of the wonderful King Tut “Shekels” (#985) thread I’d been using.   So after finishing up my quick little feeling-sorry-for-myself dance, I got online and ordered some more directly from Superior Threads. My hope of finishing this up before Christmas was nearly lost–I didn’t really think it was worth paying for “Extreme Measures” shipping.  And St. George, Utah is pretty far away from Indiana.

But what to my what to my wondering eyes should appear . . . in my mailbox a little more than 48 hours later?   A Superior package!

With Superior Thread!  I love this stuff–their colors are gorgeous.  Speaking of color–did you notice my purple Christmas tree?  It was a gift from that chromo-indulgent husband of mine.  Border’s have them in their stores this year.  I secretly wanted one, but didn’t think I should spend the money on it.  Mr. Wonderful couldn’t resist when he found them 50% off one day a few weeks ago!

He even let me put Captain Kathryn Janeway at the helm.  I think she just ordered me to get back to work on the quilt.

2730 Pieces

October 30, 2010

Just finished piecing this lovely demon.

It sat in teeny-tiny pieces in a bin for quite a few years, and I was determined that it should not become a casualty of my need to constantly move on to the next big idea.  The finished blocks are 4.25 inches.  I still haven’t decided how to complete it, but it won’t languish any further.

It’s a little traditional.  And a little funky.  And it’s staying at my house.

Embrace Your Inner Piler

October 22, 2010

I don’t mind it when my neatnik hubby calls me a piler.  I happen to be a very organized piler.  It used to drive my mother crazy.  She was also a notorious neatnik who came from a long line of obsessive neatniks–and she could never figure out how I always knew where everything was in all of my piles.

Well, I grew up and became a librarian–specializing in classification theory, no less!  But as far as I’m concerned, that is quite compatible with being a piler.  I could tell you exactly where each of these books go when they are returned to the library.  Right now, however, they are in my house.  My house, my rules!

I wish I could somehow preserve this pile of schnibbles from my recent block-squaring.  It’s so purple and pretty and perfect.  I want to turn it into an objet d’art.  I’m looking into how I might be able to keep it.  I’m not sure I’m ready for resin, but we’ll see.

And here is a sneak peek at the blocks from whence were cut the aforementioned schnibbles.

Being a piler does seem to make my basic addition skills a little mushy at times.  At first I counted 208 of these sweet friendship star blocks, then another assessment (in the middle of the night, in defense of my muddle-headedness) had me convinced that I had 260 of them.  One more count brought the actual total to 211.  I have no idea where that floating 49 came from.

The best pile in my house right now is the pile of finished quilt tops waiting to be quilted!  I cleaned and organized my piecing area.

I did have to get rid of all the piles on the countertop in order to gain workspace.   Compromises!   Next phase is my quilting area.   I can’t show you the pile of fabrics that is currently burying my quilting table.  But I will say that even though it’s not really helping me right now, it’s got some gorgeous stuff in it–and I never complain about a fabricpile.

More Color, More Happy

August 8, 2010

More color!  More shapes!  More art!  Look what showed up at my house this weekend!

My father-in-law, who is a man of many artistic talents, has begun to make the most incredible mobiles.  I do believe I’m going to have to finagle enough of them to hang all the heck over my house.  They are stunning.  We’re working on getting him set up with a website and an etsy shop.

Oh–and that cabinet?   It’s a mid-century-ish dresser I thrifted.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a decent “before” picture.  I cleaned it up, painted it, and updated it with the perfect hardware from Atlas Homewares.

It now sits unashamedly in my living room, where it makes me extremely happy every time I look at it.

I Love Leftovers

August 7, 2010

This Spring’s Liberty of London collection from Target has begun to show up at Goodwill as remainders.

I actually had these two in my cart at Target back in April, but couldn’t really justify spending the money on them.  For $3.99 each, however, I’m more than happy to call them my own.

They also had housewares and stationery items.  My daughter picked up a set of tumblers and some notecards.  We were such good girls–riding our bikes on all our errands today.  Now it looks like I might just have to jump in the car and hit the other two Goodwills in town!