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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Whales Of Puget Sound, Southern Residents

My daughter heard the whales, Southern Resident Killer Whales, where on the west side of Vashon Island. We are on the west side of it too!
So off she went to take pix, she hoped! I will get better pix from her soon, but for now, the phone camera taking pix on camera camera.
Since her past years sidekicks are in school now, her niece, Granddaughter # 6, Griffyn, gets to be introduced to this activity. Looks like she is doing her part at the beach. Being a kid.

I have to admit that these clothes lines in what is now my sewing room, are fantastic!! I have 3 lines and 2 pipes running across the room. 
the green part under the wallies is blocked out mess
I can hang the WIP's, like the wallies, above.
And I can hang quilts [or backs, in this case] from them to take pix of.
forgot to rotate
I have all 7 [for 7 Grandchildren] of the quilts measured, and draped over the pipe lines, along with 5 of the 7 backs I have constructed so far. A couple of them, at least, need more fabric stitched to one end or a side to get them up to the correct measurement. 

That is the second pipe with quilts and backs.
These 2 backs, above and below, need more on the sides.  They were made from some fat quarter sets I have had for some time. So at least this part of them is matchy matchy.
This is back #6 in assembly mode, below.  
All blues. I was sent another box of fabrics, which included a lot of blue strips!  Perfect!
Thank You Karen, Deb and Diana for the fabrics!!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Quilt Tops, 7 for 7 Grandchildren

This is number 7 of 7....yipee!!!!  
Same quilt, slightly cropped view.  There is a window behind the top. Despite the rainy day, the light still shows through.  
I really like being in this room for sewing!
Now I need to complete all the backs. I have 4 started...I think. 

Max [#7] will still get one of these, because I want them all to have these. I have made other quilts for  some of the girls over the years, here and there, but not all of them. Until now.
However....Max will also get a different quilt as per his daddy's wishes.
With trucks, trains, and automobiles.
I have been working on the pattern, to be paper pieced. That link takes you to the block Marcia designed for me, and I test-stitched, for her! 
{just looked at the date on that one, May 4, 2004!!}
that is so popular right now [2018]
The EPPing link will take you to Pinterest and a whole mess of both methods.

I love designing my own patterns/blocks, when I do use a pattern. Which I am not for these 7 for 7 quilts.  Though they do resemble "I Spy" quilts, because of all the different prints.

Oh, Max's pattern...? You will have to wait and see.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

I Voted!

Since the mail in ballot we get doesn't have the nifty sticker, but does have this strip you remove before mailing, I added my own sticky application. 
A safety pin.
Yesterday was my husbands 55  birthday. His employer gave him this card.
This is something that my husband always does, so this means a lot!

#7 of 7 quilt tops is in the final stages of assembly, and several backs are being fiddled with also. I have been working on the wallies I posted last time, since I want to have them ready if there are fundraiser needs. 

An interesting thing also happened yesterday. My SIL wishes I were making a "real quilt" for Max. One involving a block design, I think is what he wishes. Like Flying Geese, or Nine Patch, that sort of pattern.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Six, Wallies and Whales

Quilt top #6 is assembled!  It happens to be the top for this guy, who is now a whopping one month.  
Recently, like this last week, Dan suggested I move the sewing room into the dryer room. This used to be the 'playroom'.  We didn't heat this room, so we really didn't use it to hang laundry, nothing would dry. 
[except for July and August]
It's nice being in this bigger room.
the 7 for 7 grandchildren quilt tops are stacked on the left, under the table
the stack of blocks for #7 are on the left side of the machine
Look at all that wall space~!  I didn't put things on the walls in the other room, because Stephanie had painted them, so I just enjoyed her art. 
Guess I will need another foam board, like the one behind the iron board in the next pic.
Dan doesn't want to deal with millions of holes from pins, someday.
the stuff to the right is the laundry...oh and the basket.

I have a new view, of the garden.  
I will miss the other view of the birds in the hedgerow. 
But, there will be birds out there also, and the deer, Jane Doe, was out there as I stitched up the stack of #7's blocks.  
{It was the first stage, 
block 1 to block 2 X a bunch.}
Wallie 1 is cats. In the middle stage of completion 
I am also working on more Wallies, in case the grandgirls need fundraiser items.
We have 3 in Scouts [at the moment] and 1 earning for 5th grade Camp, not to mention any possible PTA doings. So far, 1 troop is brand new, so they are selling chocolates and nuts to earn.  And the 5th graders are selling donuts!
Grandma, she gives cash. OR....maybe these will sell. When they are done. I am hoping to involve the girls in the sales, learn to earn it yourself!
Wallie 2 is the yellow backed one, all kinds of things wondering "which way did they go?" Only basted down.
Wallie 3 is the top, smaller, bright bright one. Only basted too.

I was going through albums, looking for Steph's baby one, and found these pix.
My mom had put them together.  Click to enlarge. These were from the 1987 to 1989 album.  I posted the pix on FB, hoping the Orca Network will be able to ID these. My niece chimed in and said, "I remember going on that trip!"

These are phone pictures of the photos, since we can't take them out of the sticky pages without damaging them. 
I think these are from one of the Southern Resident Orca pods. The salmon eaters. The Transient Orcas usually have pointier dorsal fins. The T's, as they are known here in Puget Sound, are the big game hunters. They eat seals, dolphins, sea lions.  
So now you know, not all Orca's, or Killer Whales, are the same.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Five of Seven

I now have 5 tops assembled, of the 7 for 7.
This one is 82" x 80". I know because I actually measured this one.
Makes it a double size...or 'full' if you go by that term.
I term it done.
Onto the next one!!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Quilt Backs

Since the tops for the 7 quilts are larger than a twin sheet, I am making the backs too.  I am trying to keep the backs a little 'calmer' than the fronts...
Or at least I WAS...until I started the "color" backing, made from scraps.
These 2 pix are the same top, different shadows.
Oh my did I have fun with this one. 

Not one of them is the correct size yet. That will depend on the TOP they go to, which aren't all the same size either.   Most quilters can figure out how many blocks they need this way, and that way, if all the squares are the same size. 
Not me.
I started out with 10 inch sq.s. 
The End.
Where I end up at the end of a row, is anyone's guess.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Peace Pin

Liz, down in Texas, had a Peace Project last year. She made these Pins and sent them to those of use who responded to her. 
Mine is on that wall in the first photo. Among the Chaos. 
The moments of daily life in my house.
See....?  Tucked between Special sticks? 

Liz is working on another Peace Pin for this year.
So I pulled that Special Pin out of the chaos and pinned it to a Special Cloth I made. I then moved things around. This is not the end result of those movements, but you get the idea.
click to enlarge
Did you notice the Dark piece to the left?  
The Juxtaposition of Peace and Chaos. 

A gentle moment. Tiny feathers taped to the board. 
Humm....the larger one to the right looks like an eye. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Four of Seven...of 7

The 4th top is complete! 
I noticed that some of my sash sections don't line up, going east-west. 
I also measured the current tops with the twin sheets I was going to use for the backs. Nope. Not gonna happen.  The tops are way bigger than the sheets.
So I will make pieced backs for these 7 quilts.  I think, at the moment, the backs will be more matchy than the tops. Like using fabrics that "read" one color, or they are all flower prints, or animal....or...or...
I still plan to make them duvet covers, they will just be for bigger comforters!
More fabric is on it's way from 3 quilty friends!  
Thank YOU ladies!!!  
The funnest part is the variety of prints!

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Triple Play

"they went that way" or perhaps "which WAY did they go?"
In all the fabrics I received, there were 2 strips. 
The only pieces of each.  These are both just starts, with some giant basting to hold down the fort.
the check marks the strips.

There are tooooo many works going on to actually work on these I tell myself.  Although, after gifting 2 wallies, I may need another one further along than this case I need another gift.....
Like Erma Bombeck said, "It's always greener over the septic tank"
This dear doe has become our frequent visitor. 
[She is not actually that far away from the window.] 
She is getting kind of desperate for greens, as you can tell by this yard. 

I got to hold Max for a long tome yesterday.  He was very content to sleep in my arms.  Mommy had to wake him up to eat, so she changed his diaper.
He sprayed all of us! Welcome to the Boy Club Grandma. 
I am also a card carrier of Boy Club Mama.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Humor, First Days, Wallies and More

My daughter sends me pix all the time, so I get to live through her days....
# 5
     Like when you spend the day with your youngest, and can't resist trying on                                              new things.....bahahahaha
# 3 and # 4
And when your older two start school, this week...
# 1 and # 2
And your  [even older] nieces do too....
And your FIRST nephew has his first day-ish, of everything new!!

My days....Embroidery....
And Wallies for the two wonderfully generous women who sent me fabric for more squares for the 7 for 7 Quilts!
Both of these were in progress, as I tend to start a new one when the moment is right.  So I finished and signed them, took lousy pix, and sent them on their way. 
Both have lots of shiny bits, like beads, sequins, earring parts, and..I guess that's it. I will ask the recipients to take better pix of them, so I can zoom in a bit.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Maxwell was born this day!
Us parents, sister and 2 of her girls took off for Tacoma. 
We hadn't heard anything new for a couple of hours, so we just went.
Perfect timing, as it turned out. 
I insisted we go up to the Birthing floor of the hospital. 
And though we weren't supposed to go into the room, I did anyway.
That was MY daughter in there and I wanted to see how she was!
That is the 'before' picture, hours before.
And this is Daddy finally getting to hold his son.  New to us, when 'they' can, the baby spends time on mom's chest, skin to skin. Before they weight them, before anyone else holds the babe. Then the feeding begins.
I would have gone cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs, had it been me, waiting to hold him. 
{Bobby was being patient.} 
{Max has Dad's beard...on his head.}
So when I slipped into the room, Max still had wet hair under his hat. 
Mama looked pretty good, though she has an infection, having to do with her water breakage. 
Yes, that is me standing there. And you can see the other grandmother in the mirror. Cool. 
The Six Pack as of Today.

Last night, after the visit, we went to Denny's....or Lenny's, 
if you remember those ad's.  Ashley, our middle daughter, and me.
I always seem to have a puzzled look on my face, according to Dan.