one quilt, two quilt, three…

quilt, four.

while the girls were away i quilted.

a lot.

as in, i got through all the client quilts and started on the stack of mine in the closet.

that’s four quilts that are quilted and i also got the bindings on.

shock and awe.

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i’ll show you the almost full view of the top three.

the bottom one you’ll just have to wait.

(i promise it’s far more torturous for me than for you but i love a good surprise and this one will be so worth it.)

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in the spring after we returned from australia i donated to a local school auction a quilt.

super simple quilt.

here it is…i know the ‘g’ is funky.

really have no idea how that’s supposed to look!

right…onward…

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this guy is three years old.

it’s an american heroes quilt.

if you don’t know about them you can find out more at this link:

http://www.americanheroquilts.com

it’s a great organization that gives quilts to wounded soldiers that have just returned from overseas at joint base lewis/mcchord here in washington.

and the last one to share right now…

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this is my new years quilt, 1600 with a twist.

almost finished!!

i’ll post a full pic when the binding is done.

right now the stack is growing but it feels good to have my closet empty (for a change).

not to worry…i’ve got three more projects cut out and three waiting to be cut.

:)

i’m a glutton for punishment.

on the home front:

girls are home from camp and ‘re-entry’ has gone pretty well.

surprisingly.

though as soon as they got home friends were at the front door.

today i finally banished the girls to their rooms to rest.

my little introvert (chloe) is turning into a crabapple because she’s not had enough alone time.

abi’s turning into a crabapple because she simply hasn’t had enough sleep.

i’m turning into a crabapple because their crabbiness grates on my nerves.

so i sent the friends away and shoo’ed them to their rooms for books and resting.

i think that come tomorrow everyone will be much (MUCH) happier.

:)

quilt details!

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rang quilt:

quilt top from new Stof fabric.

i drew the branch with leaves.

large meander in coordinating signature thread.

90″ warm & white batting

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american heroes quilt:

blocks were collected from several quilters so i have no idea where the fabrics came from.

quilted with ‘stars and ribbons’ pantograph.

king tut 100% cotton ‘freedom’ thread.

90″ warm & white batting

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new years day mystery quilt ~ 1600 with a twist

strawberry lemonade (me & my sisters designs) jelly roll (super old)

white background

signature 100% cotton white thread

90″ warm & white batting

double bubble pantograph

(as a side note the pattern is almost finished…we’ll let you know when it’s in the shop!)

a new person

she’s not new to me but she’s new to you.

her name is cris haake.

now before you go saying her last name in funky ways i want to clarify that if you say ‘hockey’ you will have gotten it correct the first time.

please…no ‘hake’ (like ‘rake’ or ‘fake’).

she’ll know that you don’t know her.

it’s a dead give-away.

every time!

so without much ado let me introduce to you to my sweet sister…

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isn’t she gorgeous??

:)

i know.

she looks like me.

that’s the thing about genes.

and i’m proud to say that we share them.

so here’s the thing about cris and why i’m introducing her.

since the mystery quilt and patterns have been added to my business i have become swamped.

as in, i can’t handle it all.

and while we were in australia it became painfully obvious that i really need someone who can take on this side of the business for me.

enter cris.

she’s been looking for a job.

but she wants to stay home too.

and what better job than to be able to do a job that needs to be done in the privacy and comfort of one’s own home?

i know!!

so she’ll be taking on the shops on my website and the etsy store.

she’s so smart and i trust her.

plus she’s just a really cool person.

if you get a chance please give her a hearty greeting!

ciao!!

a hard thing…

today i did a hard thing.

i put my girls on a bus and sent them away to overnight camp.

four nights without my babies.

the house is very quiet.

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i keep expecting to have to leave to pick them up.

and check the clock accordingly.

it feels quite odd.

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it’s stressful but in a non-pushing sort of way.

for 10 years i’ve been pushing against the things that encroach upon the person that is ‘heather’.

today none of that exists.

d is at work.

the girls are at camp.

i get to dictate what occupies my time without reason or justification.

it’s been a very long time since i’ve had to do that.

so what do i do?

i head off to ben franklin for a job interview!

LOL

i’m crazy!!

actually, it isn’t a proper job but a teaching position.

and guess what?

i got it!!

(not that i doubted but it’s still exciting!)

and i’m really looking forward to this new opportunity.

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i celebrated with a pizza.

(the celebrate plate was a happy coincidence…made even happier that the two pieces i ate showing me that i can celebrate.)

i don’t start until october so i have time to plan what will go down.

so there you go.

leaving my kids is a hard thing to do but i got a job the same day.

it all balances out, doesn’t it?

:D

cleaning house

that is both literally and figuratively.

for those of you not in the know,

both my machines died last week.

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well, technically, one wasn’t working properly a couple of weeks ago but i delayed taking it to be serviced for fear of how much it would cost.

never would i have thought that was exactly the right thing to do.

(yes, i was in the middle of a client quilt when the older machine decided to die.)

i’ve been in shock.

but i kept my head about me.

(i was in shock about that too…normally i would’ve lost it multiple times.)

in my state of shock i:

finished a quilt top

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(okay…i finished two but don’t have a pic of the other one)

made three backings and four bindings

(which isn’t so satisfying when you can’t actually quilt the quilts),

finished the you are my sunshine wallhanging

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(i did stitch in the ditch since i couldn’t quilt it on the frame, then used leftover bindings that matched so well with each other you simply can’t tell they’re leftovers.)

worked on a block of the month i started two’ish years ago…then screwed up and had to order more fabric so there it sits…again…

here’s the two sets of blocks finished…

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and the one block i screwed up…

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it’s a bit pathetic, really.

but it’ll be gorgeous when it’s finished!

then i did a block for one of my shop hop quilts

and

*drum roll please*

my alaska block!

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a few years ago d went to alaska for his job.

while there he found a quilt shop (such a good guy).

and at the time the great alaska shop hop was going on.

so he bought the block the shop was offering.

isn’t it great?

i’ll quilt and bind it then use it as a small wallhanging…or give it as a gift.

the other thing i did?

cleaned house.

vacuumed.  dusted.  washed windows.  organized.

the organizing has started to become a joke in our house.

doing all that helps me 1) not focus on what i should be doing (working)

and 2) makes me feel good for accomplishing something even though it’s not what i need to be accomplishing (working).

in and amongst all that we went to whidbey island (d’s birth mum is visiting) and had a gander…

we went here…

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and we saw this…

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and we smelled these…

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(i’ll give you a hint:  chocolate cosmos.  they really smell like chocolate!)

then we bought some at The Garden Shed.

the owner of that little shop in langley also owns the chocolate flower farm.

you can visit them at www.chocolateflowerfarm.com.

trust me, this is not a wasted trip.

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see how happy we are?

(of course with ice cream everything is happiness.)

all that aside, over the course of the week i spoke to the manufacturer, the dealer, the service center for the dealer,

my insurance company and today, finally, i got some answers and made some decisions about my machines.

we used the good parts from one machine to get the other machine up and running.

it cost far less that way too.

then i’ll start a conversation with the manufacturer.

we’ll see how it goes.

in the mean time, the machine(s) is fixed and i’ll go get it (them) tomorrow.

back to work with me!

right.

so now we’re off to get pizza at farrelli’s.

doesn’t that sound heavenly?

and i don’t have to cook.

*dance of joy*

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details:

you are my sunshine wallhanging

handprints: my girls

book: calendar kids handprint quilts throughout the year

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my alaska block

block by mary thompson of very mary alaska designs

various batik fabrics

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paris in the fall bom

it’s old by several years.

the fabric is maison de garance by french general

challenge: no feathers

in the outsider border that is.

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that’s what debbie said.

it took me a little while to decide what would be appropriate.

though she really loves cross hatching i have some hang-ups in that department.

i’m too much a perfectionist.

so i decided to do straight lines.

oh so much better.

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then there was the matter of those teeny tiny borders.

i always do swirls.

this time i wanted to do something different.

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the leaves echo the leaves that are in the fabric.

you can see the third set of borders there.

large swirls with a leaf accent that matches the little border.

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continuous line curve in these blocks.

there were a total of eight, two each of four different designs.

i love how continuous line curve accents these types of blocks.

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the biggest challenge i had was to NOT feather everything.

so in this area i did swirl pinwheels.

it really turned out lovely.

had the same feel as the vines in the fabric.

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of course, i needed some feathers.

and more lines in the red to echo the outside border.

which really turned out beautifully.

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a little stippling (which is debbie’s favorite)

and veins in the leaves.

this was such a fun quilt!

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here it is finished…can’t really see the quilting so here are some close ups…

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and the backing

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the backing was actually quite dark but the lighting gave it a gray look.

which is kind of good.

you get to see the quilting.

p.s. i actually wrote this post days ago but the website froze up.

i was so frustrated that i closed it and walked away then completely forgot about it.

busy life

after a week of weird rain we have sun.

it’s hot and humid.

not quite a combination washingtonians are used to.

the rain totally decimated my rose garden.

the roses were so heavy with water that the stems were snapping.

they were hanging off the cane looking like broken finger.

it was sad.

so yesterday at 7am, when it was still cool, i got out and tidied up.

this last week (since our fishing trip) has been full.

i quilted this beauty…

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d and chloe painted her room…

here’s the before

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and the after

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it’s very blue.

her room is officially arranged the way she wants it with all her bits and pieces hung.

she loves it.

and, i’ve got to say, it suits her perfectly.

then i put this bad boy on the frame…

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still working on it.

so far there are two and a half days of work into it.

should be able to finish it up today after church.

it’ll be hot sweaty work.

the girls were busy creating this week.

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chloe made this bag for her doll.

she also made a hat, a ring and a necklace.

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you can’t see it well here (because an arm is in the way…chloe took the pic with my phone)

but she made a little pillow for her doll’s sore ankle.

as well as a painters palate, a necklace and a few other bits and pieces.

grandma genelle has arrived from sydney (yesterday) so now our fun really starts.

we’re going to have a splendid time with her here.

and finally, we went to my friends wedding yesterday.

they had lovely pink champagne cupcakes (which i didn’t eat…but they were still lovely.)

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and the food was amazing.

the chef actually went and cooked some salmon for the girls and i that had no butter.

i was such a happy girl!

the brides was beautiful and glowing.

it was a happy ending.

and now i’m going to eat some breakfast and get ready for church.

i’ll post pics later of the quilting with all the details you want.

a moment to celebrate

it’s a double posting type of day.

yesterday was insane with our 15 hour fishing trip.

no internet connection either or i would’ve posted yesterday.

but this isn’t about fishing.

or about internet connections.

this is about my 6 year project.

friends.

i have news.

it is finished.

and, thus, a moment to celebrate.

ready?

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(wild cheering!!)

normally i try to do better at photographs.

but, really, i was just so excited to have it done that i just snapped the pic.

here’s a close up:

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i still find the green very over-powering but there’s not much i can do about it now!

the purple binding was an attempt to bring out the purple in the quilt.

it actually accents well.

and makes it look like a small frame on a photo.

one last shot…a close up of the quilting.

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and there you have it.

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project details:

the pattern is called English Trellis from the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers Favorites book published in 2002.

(as a note there are (64) 3/4″ squares in a 6 1/2″ square.  i kid you not.)

i quilted it with the taro pantograph by urban elementz

https://www.urbanelementz.com/shop/product/taro/

the thread is king tut signet ring

and i used warm & white batting.

most of the fabrics are jo-ann’s old.

(except for the pink and the two borders, which i bought at my lqs and have no idea what they are called.)

one fish, two fish

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people, this is the skagit (pronounced like badge-it but with a ‘sk’ in the front) river.

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isn’t it gorgeous?

my dad’s friend bill (aka mr. bill) has a cabin on the river.

it’s about 2 hours north of us.

our goal for the day?

to catch fish.

namely, little girls to catch fish.

my nieces, sana and sera, came with us.

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there they are, folks.

now we actually went out to lake mcmurray.

bill said it would be too hard for kids to catch fish on the river.

only two kids could go out at a time so the little girls went first.

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there they are…getting ready to head out.

at the beginning of the trip my dad gave me a walkie-talkie.

he had the other.

came in handy when driving and trying to find an open kfc.

at any rate, throughout the day i would hear,

“fish on!”

followed then by details of who caught a fish and how big it was.

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do you see them?

meanwhile…

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chloe and sana played with the rocks and the water.

(they even found a dead fish.)

after a couple of hours they switched.

(sorry…no photos…my phone was nearly dead…)

by the end of the day this is what they had:

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final count: 11 fish

sana maxed out with 4

followed by abi with 3

chloe and sera (pronounced sarah) tied at 2 each.

poking dead fish in the eyes is gross…

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and amusing.

it’s the small things in life.

i’d say not bad for their first time!

the bathroom

i promised, not too long ago, to show you pics of the bathroom d just…updated.

(i think that’s the best word.)

maybe redecorated.

at any rate…

here’s the before:

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lovely, don’t you think?

:)

i wasn’t feelin’ it.

neither was d.

he started the week after he was able to get both cars into the garage.

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first took out the vanity,

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painted the top half,

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took up the linoleum floor,

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then our friend ed came and put the tiles in.

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isn’t that better?!?

ed did an amazing job.

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meanwhile d was painting wainscoting and trim.

when the floor was done d put these up.

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here he is hard at work.

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and voila!

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there’s a bit of trim to do but d needs another saw then learn how to use it.

isn’t it great?!?

he did such an amazing job.

i helped too.

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here’s the proof.

i repainted the trim.

:)

cherries and berries

d and i took the girls to our local quilt shop, the quilt barn, today.

on our way there we passed the spooner farms stand.

d said, “let’s stop on our way back.”

okay!

(did you catch the excitement in my voice?)

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why on God’s green earth have i bought strawberries at costco and the grocery store?

the first strawberry caused my salivary glands to kick into overdrive.

the sweet and the tangy danced in my mouth.

it melted.

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(okay, okay.  you got me.  this was taken at home.  isn’t it pretty though?)

then we went to the grocery store.

(oh the irony…)

and there we found these beauties.

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now, i want to note here that if the locally grown strawberries were that heavenly

then what about locally grown cherries?

i’m seriously curious.

though these happy guys came from selah, washington we all know they weren’t picked yesterday.

wonder.

wonder.

wonder.

then this evening i used the left over chicken from last night and made chicken quinoa salad.

chicken.

quinoa.

spinach.

basil.

avocado.

fresh lemon dressing.

it called for green onion but we are out of them.

used red onion instead.

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a little dinner prep.

today i was in food heaven.

and i got my six year project quilt and the binding on it.

tonight i will watch my show and stitch.

a good day.

sorry…no pics of the quilt yet.

give me about four days then i’ll share.