Thursday, July 28, 2016

Calling All Hand Quilters

Greetings to you friends!  I hope the week has flown by for those working and been relaxing for those  who aren't.  In my post yesterday, I showed the wall hanging I made from my Sister's class; I have been pondering what type of hand quilting to do on it.  Thankfully, I have a friend whose mom quilted for most of her life and when she passed, my friend inherited her stencils. On Tuesday, I went over to see what she had and what a bonanza!  I found eight possibilities, out of 30+ and came home with them.  I had already picked my favorites, but wanted to really look at them closely.  Well, yesterday I traced the three I choose and am happy with the designs.  For the big snowball block-mostly white, I choose a Dahlia for the center; it's the perfect size for the square.  For the small center of the red square, I choose a small round pattern, with lots of stitching.  The border was easy-a feather pattern.  During our travels, I found that quilt stores just aren't carrying stencils for hand quilters anymore; they say there isn't the demand there once was.  I was so disappointed.  I have a fair number of stencils, but always looking for more.  So for you hand quilters, do you have a source where you get your stencils?

On another subject-the Soberances fire in northern California:  I talked to my girlfriend last night and although they've faced wildfires before, this one is scary.  She has spent two days working with neighbors to cut down undergrowth around the road.  She said that from her back deck all she could see was a wall of flames two ridges over.  "Maybe a mile by how the crow flies".  I can't believe they haven't yet been evacuated, at least last night.  They've had four helicopters flying over the area dropping water, circling continually; I would want to be down the mountain by now.  I had hoped to find a photo of the area of her deck, but can't seem to locate one.  They've done all they can possibly do to protect their home, now it's up to the fire fighters. Here is a pic from Aletha's deck last night, taken by her son.  The flames are behind the far ridge-looks a bit away, but still.....




Noreen

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

It's outdoor Wednesday and I will be going on a bike ride shortly. I wanted to update you all on the Carmel Valley fire~although I haven't talked to my friend today, as of late last night they were still on call about when they needed, if they needed to evacuate. Although they've lived in the mountains for 20+ years, one never gets used to the threat of wildfires. It was two ridges over from her home-which seems like a lot, but fires can jump ridges in no time. Their forecast is hot and humid, with wind, until Sunday. I'll be calling her soon to check in. I would either be wanting to stay at home or have my car loaded with everything, including the dogs if I needed to run into town. This reminds me to continue to pray for those being impacted by wildfires and for those brave men and women fighting them.

 So on to a different subject~I wanted to share some of the stores we went to in the Bend area. Of course, the first one is a well known store in Sisters, The Stitchin Post. We visited it 16 years ago when we were there; it is just as fun as I remember.
Next is BJ's Quilt Basket; it is a wonderful store that has so much fabric.  We took our first class there; they have a delightful staff and facility.  Loved it.
The Quilter's Attic was a cute, little store. It is for sale and all the fabric was very inexpensive.
Sew Many Quilts was in a warehouse and huge!!! It was two buildings; I got a book there and a panel.  Could have spent hours shopping, but we had the hubby's along and mine was getting antsy.
We enjoyed the upstairs of Quiltworks, where they had a gallery.  So fun to see the different quilts before I got overwhelmed by so many in Sisters.

Well, I haven't yet trimmed the border but here is my first project-I've got to trim it up today and then draw in the patterns I will be quilting. It isn't perfect, but I love it and think it will make a great Christmas wall hanging.  I have a new saying-Perfection is over rated.  I don't want my quilts to look like they were manufactured overseas on a machine.  I strive to do my best, but I have gotten to the point where I'm not going to hide my projects because they aren't award winners.
I hope you have a great day, filled with contentment. If you live near an area that is besieged with fires, please be safe. Hugs,
Noreen

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

California Wildfires

It is late Tuesday afternoon and I had a different post in mind~that is until I got a text that said there is a wildfire in Carmel Valley.  All the fires in California have me concerned, but this one imparticularly-because my best friend since high school lives in the mountains above Carmel Valley and they are always on the lookout.  I texted her immediately and while the fire is a couple of ridges over, she was being evacuated at the moment.  The hills are covered with shrub oak, dry grasses and dry trees and the fire is too close to them.  How does one evacuate on a moments notice?  Hopefully, for those that live in the mountains, surrounded by trees, you have things ready to be packed in the cars quickly.  I've seen reality shows where they do a fire drill to see just how long it takes to get things loaded and get out.  When we lived in northern Ca. we backed up to open space, we had wildfires that were just too close for comfort.  My heart goes out to all those who are facing this, whether in California or Colorado or another state.  Bless the firefighters and crews working in such dangerous conditions.  May those who have lost their homes be comforted by others.  My angels assist those fighting the blazes and keep them safe.

Noreen

Monday, July 25, 2016

Good Morning Friends~it is hard to believe that this is the last Monday of July. Where or where did the month go?  Where or where has the summer gone?  Most kids go back to school by mid-August and that's just a couple of weeks away. This summer has been so hot and I know many of you are having extreme heat waves.  We've been in the 90's and low 100's for the last week; this week we have a mix of 90's and high 80's.  Not sure what I'm up to today, but it will definitely include a bike ride.  It's been a long time since we've ridden on a regular basis; hubby is just too busy.
I hope you have a great day and stay cool!
Sending love your way.
Noreen

Friday, July 22, 2016

Family Birthday Time

Happy Friday to you! I hope your week has been productive and some of your days have been filled with doing what makes your heart sing! Last Sunday, Grandson 'Mr. B' and hubby had birthdays~Mr. B turned 13 (we now have two teenage boys in the family)and hubby turned 64. We had previously celebrated hubby's birthday, so had a lunch to celebrate Mr. B's. Here is he after a wonderful lunch with his strawberry sundae.
Flowers that some of the girls planted.
More flowers that other girls in the family planted.
Below the kiddos are playing.
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I love Copper's expressions!
I love this pic of the girls-look at the joy they elude.
Behind the sunflower and to the left you can see one of the girls on the zipline.  The kids love it.
Yes the kiddos have to climb up a platform anchored to the telephone pole.  None have a fear of heights-thankfully. Of course, the 3 yr olds need help grabbing onto the handle.

Well I'm off to power walk this morning-it's been several weeks and I just hope I get my rhythm back.
I've already got laundry going and will be doing some chores when I get back.  
Have a great day!
Noreen

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Dog's Life

It's Thankful Thursday and today I am so very thankful for the dogs that make up part of our family. To me a house isn't a home, without a dog living there. I have a sign in my sewing room that says "Life without a dog, I don't think so" and that sums up my heart on the matter. So we had Lily over last weekend and Hunter just loves her. They are so much alike and get along so well.

Of course, Copper has stolen our hearts as well. She has the sweetest temperament of any dog I've ever known, besides Hunter of course. She is so intelligent and loves to please.

The two other dogs I love to pieces belong to Kim's family. Sampson, now around 13 yrs old, is a huge Newfie mix weighing in at 120 lbs. He is one incredible dog and has saved the family and little ones from many snakes. While he does shed, he is worth his weight in gold. It's going to be a sad day when Sampson is no longer around. The smallest pup in Kim's household is Petrol~a miniature Schnauzer who is more the size of a toy. She is smart and loyal and fits in perfectly.
I'm off walking this morning and then will meet the girls and grands at the pool, for water play and lunch.  I hope you have a fantastic, blessed Thursday.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Smith Rock State Park

Happy Wednesday to you. Today I'm meeting a friend so that we can walk and catch up. On the last day of our stay in Redmond, Oregon we ventured to a State Park called Smith Rock. It was beautiful! Besides having a lovely hike, we spotted some climbers. Of course, I was drawn to them immediately.



Forgive the size of the next three photos, but I wanted you to see what we saw.  This is a new addition to rock climbing(or at least new to me)called Slack lining.  It reminded me of a high wire act or tight rope act at a circus.  It was fascinating to watch.
The person fell, but thankfully was harnessed in.
Then he/she had to work to get back up on the line.  We watched for a half an hour-riveting.



This was such a wonderful place to hike. I could have spent all day there.  I loved the blue sky and clouds in the last photo.
A girlfriend's son has a slack line rigged up at her house.  I'd be interested in it if I was younger.
I hope you have a day filled with joy!
Noreen