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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. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fabric From Friends

Once Upon A recent Time,  I used a lot of Fabric.
For quilts, For Children.
I made a Great Dent, In that Stash Of Mine.
Snort....It has now been Filled, or MORE.  
By Two Lovely Ladies I have known for quite some Time.
Can you read that?  Eleven Pounds!!! And this was box 2, box 1 was probably heavier.  Deb is a BirdPerson. Very involved with banding and all it entails.
Of course the top layer is of 2 bird prints and a note , birdy of course.
enlarge to really see the prints
Now I know for sure where that Sun came from, the one I made a brooch with.
Even that monkey strip, and a green one in the next to last pic, will be used for an idea for GC #5, for her 100 days of Kinder.
This?  This is minky type. Soft. Enough for a throw!
There are 2 'starts' of quilts too, so I can get a Fundraiser quilt put together rather fast!  See that tan in the right corner above....that is one of those prints I LOVE. And the trees next to Grace would say.
For Max, the unborn grandSON, I was looking for a few prints that weren't so pink.
That is 4 boxes I have received, though this is the only box I thought remembered to take pix of.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Penny Is Waiting Too

We are ALL waiting for this boy to be born!  
I wonder if Penny, the dog, can hear Max in there?
He was due on the 23rd. 
Doctor will induce on the 29th, if need be.