Saturday, December 9, 2017

Paradise Pines Pillows

Hello Everyone,
The four pillows are done!  Or I could say, "The pillows are coming, the pillows are coming!"  

The majority of the fabrics are Forever Green by Holly Taylor for Moda.  I incorporated just two other fabrics which aren't in the line.
 At this point they were just pillow flimsys without a pillow form.  (Except for one of them).

I love the rich browns.

I went around the cabin and scavenged some other pillow forms for this shot.

First, I made just one pillow to test out all of the measurements. When I was completely happy with my scribbled figures, I went ahead and made 96 Y-squares and sewed them together in strips.  Once this was done, the pillows were a snap.  The Y-squares were a bit time consuming, but they "make" the pillow.

I have a wonderful room for quilting.  Does it look this tidy now?  Absolutely! (If you believe that, I have some swamp land to sell you!)  I love being in my little bit of heaven, but I'm away from the cozy fire, the Christmas Tree, TV, and Mr. that order.  It's a good thing he doesn't read my blog!

So, I moved my sewing machine to the table in front of the fire, and quilt my day away right here.  Excuse the graininess of the picture, still working on getting a good shot with subtle lighting.  I actually get a lot done when I'm out in the middle of the room making a mess of everything!

 We had a good week here in our beloved mountains.  We discovered a new winery last weekend, Ayrael Vieux, in Murphys.  It is going to be our go-to picnic place when we are out and about.

Our dear friends came for a visit on Monday to Wednesday.  Mike is between cancer treatments, and a few days in the mountains is just what the doctor ordered.  Mike has been Santa to our kids and grand kids for years.  We have a rich history of friendship spanning forty years beginning when our kids were in preschool together.
Mike also played Santa at the In Between Stitches Preview Party a few years ago.

A short walk in Calaveras Big Trees restores the soul.  We are at this park so often, we should just move there and take up residence.  We have always gone hiking with Mike and Kathy.  Now our hikes are a bit shorter, but just as satisfying.

How would you like to decorate this tree for Christmas?

We are headed back to the city with a sleigh, I mean car full of quilts for the Victorian Yuletide Christmas at Ravenswood.  It should be a fun event.
Enjoy your weekend to the fullest!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ravenswood Victorian Yuletide

Hello Everyone,
I was so honored when I was asked if I would display my quilts in the cottage at Ravenswood during the Victoria Yuletide event this Sunday in Livermore.
The event is FREE!  You can't beat that. If you need a break from shopping, wrapping, and baking, come on over to Ravenswood and step back in time to see a true Victorian Yuletide, and get a good dose of Christmas spirit. The weather should be perfect while strolling through the beautiful grounds. 

The 100 acre estate was built in the late 1880's and is a treasured historic site in the Livermore Valley.  My quilts will be on display in the cottage, which is the building on the left hand side of the picture.  The main house is on the right.

Some of the photos are from past Yuletide events.

Three years ago I did a photo shoot with For the Love of Baskets in the cottage and around the grounds of the former winery.

It was the perfect location to get some great pictures.

This wall is part of the former winery.

I may even put another quilt in the bathtub when I'm staging the quilts on Sunday.

Nothing gets me in the Christmas more than listening to carolers.

I hope to get a lot of great pictures during the staging process of ten or twelve of my quilts.  Stayed turned for the pictures next week.


 P.S. If you are interested in For The Love of Baskets, it is available HERE in my Etsy store.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Making Gifts

Hello Everyone,
I feel like I'm a pillow making factory here at the cabin.  I'm making pillow tops out of the Forever Green line of fabric by Holly Taylor.

I'm cutting the center 4-1/2" for a 4" finished center. Don't you love the plaid flange!

Then I make 32, 1" Y-squares to place in the second border which gives it a nice look.  You can watch my Y-square video on The Quilt Show by clicking HERE.  If you are interested in the Patchwork Math book, it is located HERE in my Etsy store. The pillow is more of a Winter design so I can get many months of use.  I have also thought about stitching three of the 18" x 18" pillow tops together to make a table runner.  We'll see just how much time I have to pull that one off!

 The fabric line comes with this panel.  I'll whip 24 of these pillows up in the next few days......right?

It really is a nice fabric line.  Just perfect for cabin life.  Now if I just had time to make one for me!

Happy Sunday,

Friday, December 1, 2017

Toys Dancing in our Heads

Hello Everyone,

I've been busy cleaning and decorating.  That job seems to go hand in hand.  We are going to have toys dancing over our heads while we dream and think about Christmas.

I have most of my quilts home, so I'm putting them on display around the house.  The quilt on the bed is called Sallie's Quilt by Red Crinoline.  The original quilt was made with blue setting triangles.  I preferred the red, so that's what I did.

The pillows are an old, old Thimbleberries pattern.  I pretty much leave them out year-round.

A folded up Toyland Tree is hanging on the quilt rack.  It is so much fun to rearrange the quilts for an entirely different look.

I'm afraid if we have an earthquake, we will be pommeled with snowballs from the snowman collection on the top shelf.  We were here one time during an earthquake.  This old log home creaked and groaned like my knees when I get up in the morning.  I was afraid it was going to topple like a Lincoln Log house.

I have a full day of more decorating and straightening up.  My quilting room is next on the to-do list. I sure can make a mess when I put my mind to it!  My pristine quilting room has become somewhat of a dumping ground from our last trip back home.  I'm trying to bring another bin or two of fabric back with me.  I haven't figured out where it's going to go yet.  All of the Christmas presents are sitting on the floor too.  Maybe if I start wrapping, it will take care of part of the mess.

I hope you have a good day preparing your nest for the Holidays.  Happy December 1st.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
The classroom at In Between Stitches was covered in creativity on Tuesday.  My girls have been busy again over the past month.  Carol has been working hard on her applique project....

.....and her Spoken For blocks.

The Seasonal Hexie table topper was the project for my retreat this year. Just begin with a pretty center and bring in complimentary strips of color.

Same fabrics in a different order.

Kristi was busy sewing her blocks together.  The blue dot in the middle is tape.  The next time you see this, it will be gone.

Madeleine is making the same blocks for her quilt.

Laurie finished her Homemade Holidays table runner.  This was the 2016 retreat project.  She added some really cute embellishments.

I took a new picture of my table runner.  I was never happy with the one on the front cover of the pattern.  Getting good pictures can sometimes be tough.  My runner looks a little plain compared to Laurie's.  I love her presents under the tree and the little garland of stocking buttons across the top.

Patty just needs to add a face, and her Checkerberry pillow is a wrap.

Jeanne has a couple of more baskets finished for her For the Love of Baskets quilt.
It has been wonderful being home for more than two days in a row.  I've been able to work on my Christmas decorations, and fill my Etsy orders right here on the table in front of the fire.  I can see TV, and enjoy the cozy fire when I'm writing my personal notes on each order. My pattern business is a real cottage or "cabbage" industry.  In the morning, Mr. Joe takes all of the orders down to the post office.  Mazey gets in on the act too, because she knows a car ride is involved when she sees a stack of manila envelopes.  She loves to hang her head out of the window and sniff the air while her jowls flap in the breeze.  Many times that big nose of hers is met with the aroma of eau-du-skunk!
Over the next couple of days I'll post pictures of my decorations at the cabin.  It has been different and fun.


Monday, November 27, 2017

First Snow of the Season

Hello Everyone,
The first, gentle snow of the season provided a wonderful backdrop to the partially decorated tree.

I'm supposed to venture out to my quilt guild meeting this morning.  Not sure if that is going to happen.  I don't want to leave the fire and the coziness of the cabin.  Someone has to stay home and drink a hot chocolate!

Enjoy your day.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Let the Holiday Preparations Begin

Hello Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We celebrated the weekend before Thanksgiving with the entire family.  After our dinner, we cleared the table and played a new game called Scrawl.  I laughed so hard, I actually hurt the next day!
Here's an update on Country Sunshine.  
I've added a few more blocks to my design wall along with the sashing.

We brought our granddaughter back to the cabin with us for a few days.  Her request was a walk through Calaveras Big Tress State Park.  This park is only three miles from our cabin and we love to go for walks through the big trees.  While walking in the park, we saw Madeleine, a quilter from Livermore and her family!  Small world. 

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on the loved ones who are no longer joining us at our Thanksgiving table. 

While I was out walking with Mazey yesterday, I got this hair-brained idea to move most of the furniture around in the cabin to make room for the Christmas Tree.  Mr. Joe hates it when I start a sentence with, "I have an idea......."  I decided to put the tree in the dining room, and the dining table in the great room.  I love the reflection of the tree in all of the windows! This was an unintended consequence which absolutely thrilled me. 

I'll resume my Wilder Moving and Storage job today and work on decorating the cabin during the football games.  Half of my decorations are at the city house, and the remainder are here.  I'm not quite sure what I have until I open the boxes, and I'm going to make-do with what I have. 
One thing this move taught me was that we have way toooooo much stuff that we can live without.  Simplify, simplify, simplify is going to be my new mantra.  Except when it comes to quilting.
My little Etsy store has been keeping me busy filling orders.  It has been fun, and I think I've picked up a few more Sew'n Wild Oaks followers to add to my groupie list.
Have a great weekend!