Friday, January 3, 2014

January Resolutions


It is only January 3 but I thought I would give myself a kick start and write down all the things I would like to accomplish this year in quilting.

1: Re-organize my fabric. Its here, its there, its under this......I don't even know what I have anymore.

2: Wall hangings. One for each month of the year .
     A: One for me and each daughter. This will take years.
     B: Plus any other ones I would like to give as gifts.

 This will feed my creative juices. I love the feeling I get when I create something from my soul. No pattern, just scissors, heat bond and my imagination. I miss making the mini quilts for AAQI.

3: Get organized again with my scrap lover system.
     ~Neglected it for last 6 months and have a mountain to cut and trim. Last year I made most of my stuff with scraps and only went into my stash for backings and a few pieces to  make things pop. Thank you Bonnie K. Hunter of Quiltville. I would have throw all that out.

As a matter of fact, my daughter  got a tiny Teacup dear head Chihuahua  puppy last week and I made her a bed in ten minutes. I just grabbed a small print fabric from my novelty bin, a bag of crumbs that has been sitting in a corner for 2 years. Free pillow! I was surprise that it is a very heavy pillow. Dorito loves it!

4: UFO's
     Though I did make a dent in these last year by donating some and finishing some, I still have plenty.
     A: AJ sampler quilt!. This is for my MIL. I love her dearly but never made her a quilt. I have crochet her an Afghan but that was 15+ years ago.
     B: Stack and Whack from retreat 2008?
     C: Halloween quilt 2004
     D: Sunbonnet Sue swap blocks. 2010
     E: Hand appliqued wall hanging from 2000. This is the ONLY hand sewn thing I have!  
     F: Spool quilt (leaders and enders) 2013

5: Update my quilt book list and make a pattern list for pattern binders.
6: Binder or box my original designs. These are everywhere in the sewing room. On paper, napkins, envelopes you name it. When I want to look at them I end up drawing something else.
So once I get organized ????
     ~Finish quilt in progress for daughter and SIL.
    ~ Continue Spools Leaders and enders
     Now here is the problem. I have a massive bucket list! I don't have it written down but will write the highlights here. So much eye candy, so little time.

First off I know this is doable if I follow the Leaders and Enders method. I just have to get better organized (see #3)

1: Rainbow quilt. They just blow me away
2: Storm at sea. I like the illusion of curves (maybe Celtic Solstice will do)
3: NY Beauty
4: Diamond quilt
5: Owl quilt
6: Leaders and Ender building blocks. Parts department such as 4 patches, HST, QST in usable sizes.
7: AND many, many more.

Best Wishes for the New Year

Aileen in FL

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Shuffle off the Seattle

Seattle, Fabric Shopping & December NewFO

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!!!!!! I've been Goggled!

So Funny to See my name on the Google Screen! Anywhere for that matter! LOL! That was December 17th, 2013!

Hi Everyone. I am visiting my daughter Shara in Seattle. Boy, it is a different world here.
It is cold and foggy right now but still a beautiful place. Reminds me of a cross between NYC, New Baltimore Maryland, the Catskill Mts, Staten Island and Woodstock. What a melting pot. The community in this area is very artistic and environmentally conscious.


The view from her apartment faces Lake Union Harbor. Many of the streets across the lake are very steep much like they are in San Francisco and the Bronx! It's been quite some time since I drove down a hill at that kind of angle. Fun ride down memory lane but I would not like to drive it in the snow. We drove around picking up supplies at Fred Meyers. Then stopped at Azteca Mexican Restaurant for dinner. Very Yummy. I even had a beer!

Saturday we went to Bellevue. Such a techie town. Many skyscrapers. Home of Microsoft. Took in the sights and stopped at Garlic Crush for Mediterranean kebab with crushed garlic and really good hummus. What a treat. Would love to go shopping. So many mom and pop shops. The town was decorated with lights. Even the giant construction cranes are decked out with lights that can be seen for miles. My grandson would have loved this! The Seattle Space Needle was wearing a tree made from white lights. So pretty.

Even though the weather was rainy and foggy I did manage to see a few great sites. Odd ones too.
My favorite is that there is art everywhere. Seattle has alot of art colleges and engineering schools. Often while driving we would pass art on the street corner, very pretty graffiti and unusual sites. The Troll on the Bridge was  really fun to see and the Bus stop people was just great! AND Yes that is a real Volkswagon in his hand on the right of the picture. The hubcap is in his eye!

Sunday stayed in. Super foggy. We popped a Pot Roast into Shara's new Crockpot. It came out Fantastic! I played with sewing machine while listening to some Christmas music and other fun tunes. I finished a Christmas stocking that has been in my UFO's for years. It's purple. Don't remember why I made it that color but still cute. Hope to make some Christmas ornaments before I head home.

Monday the sun came out so we headed east to the mountains to take pictures. As we climbed up the fog started to descend on us. We decided to head back down the mountain and stop at a local quilt shop in the town of Issaquah called Gossypium Quilt Shop. What a great shop. Gossypium means cotton plant. The owners Norton and Lynette Smallwood are very sweet and helpful. Debbie was terrific too! She helped my daughter find all the owl fabric in the store. The selection of fabric was "FANTASTIC". So many fabrics that I have never seen anywhere else.  My wallet had a big dent in it when I left. Oh the sewing I will be doing with those fabrics! They do take orders over the internet! Since I didn't purchase enough Moustachio fabric by Timeless Treasures, I will be placing and order this week!


It was traffic hour when we started back down the mountain. We stopped at a mall in Bellevue and went over to Half Price books and short hop into JoAnns for velcro. No I didn't even want to look at the fabrics. The trunk of the car was already steamy warm with the wonderous purchases I made at Gossypium Quilt Shop! There was a live band playing in the food court. We stopped and had a bit of Russian pastry while resting from the days adventure.

Today is my last day in Seattle. It is rainy and cloudy once more. There is still a great view of the sea planes taking off and landing in the bay. We are heading out to see The Hunger Games II for my birthday.

Hunger Games II was great!. Cliffhanger of course, but since I read the books I did not yell at the screen! Had a snack at the theater and a bite to eat after. One of those two meals gave me food poisoning and I had to reschedule my flight. Since in is the week before Christmas the airline wanted an arm and a leg to rebook. Ended up staying 5 more days. My daughter was happy to have me around. She put up her Christmas tree while I made her a simple fabric tree skirt.

Needless to say, the sewing that was waiting for me at home did not get done.

NewFO for Decemeber

I came home on December 23, slept and then wrap gifts for 5 hours on December 24. I didn't start wrapping until 11 pm, so it was a long night. Everyone loved their gifts. No handmade stuff this go around.

On December 26 I started sewing again on my blocks. I am making bantu blocks so I still have to cut them in quarters and re-sew them. Needless to say, this person is getting something else for their birthday on January 5th!!!!



Aileen in Florida