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Friday, August 17, 2018

Camp Out with Grandparents

Three little girls came from not very far away, to stay at the home of their Grandparents, Vicky and Dan.
They were spending the night!! Of course they had their Mama with them, to join in the fun.  
There was BBQ burgers, homemade fries, forgotten corn-on-the-cob, ice cream and a fun game of I Spy.
And Then.....they got to go sleep in THE trailer!!!
Nor did they disturb the grandparents when they left in the morning.
I hope they had fun!

We were given another table/drawer/thing.  Dan remodeled it and added a funky cardboard type thing to the back for more support. Since THAT side would be facing MY chair, I asked him what he planned to do to it.
"Nothing," said he. "BS," said me. 
So I painted it, after discarding multiple other ideas.
After 2 coats of berry-purple, it still wasn't 'enough,' so I added some watered down metallic paint in 'copper'.  It doesn't really look like much, and it really doesn't show much, but it's shiny from my side.

Found this one morning, under the HB feeder. [humming bird]
The ants WERE all around the edges, like lions around the water hole. They weren't that way after getting my camera. Rats. 
But, I have discovered that the slugs, whose slime trails I have pointed to on the left side, actually remove the sugar stains from the trek decking boards. The 3rd arrow is pointing to a pine needle. Maybe they are actually called fir needles? Fir leaves? Lets face, "real" pine needles aren't found in this area of WA state.
Oh looky there....a Quilt Top!
The 3rd one is assembled, of the 7 for 7 Grandchildren.
This one is for #4. Middle of the above 3.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Embroidered Newspaper Art

Back in the day, as a teen, I would come across line drawings in the paper, usually in the 'entertainment' section. 
I did this embroidery back then. I really enjoyed stitching on these "work" shirts as they were known then. The label says " Big Mac, 100 % cotton, JC Penney."
I took off this pocket to put on the Mosaic Quilt, in the below picture.
The shirt is too small for me now, so I will turn it into some other item of wearablity.  The new pearl cotton threads are for the coloring in of Pegasus. I don't usually buy threads in color 'themes' or 'palettes'.  
I have 'rainbows' of colors, in the pearls.

I have done a Smokey the Bear, from the newspaper, and other embroideries. 
Would have to dig out 'hard copy' photos.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

First of the 7 For 7 Grandchildren & Women's March

For #2 above, for #1 below.
I am hoping to make each one slightly different with the bands [called sashing] of color. 
All the girls got to pick the squares and the sashing colors. 
It's to actually help make the tops big enough to fit a flat twin sheet.
I will use the sheet for the backing, but assemble these like duvet covers, and not actually quilts.
Dan found this rock. It had split. 
I wondered if the dark spot is dino droppings? 
I am still working on the "Women's March."
Above, I am trying to depict buildings...I need to work on that space, but other areas are coming along nicely.
I wanted to back it with a sheer in pink. I had a white curtain panel part, so I dyed it with a tad bit of red RIT. Perfect. 
Back side. Click to enlarge.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Answers to Comments

Deb C.E.---yes we have a map on the wall!  It was a fabric panel, that I stitched up by following the state lines. We have added pins and pennies from our road trips.  The grandchildren stop and look at it now and then, make comments, then move on.

grace---Yesssss...#7 is a BOY!  That too was confirmed confirmed in the last ultrasound. Not to mention the HAIR...I can imagine it swaying like kelp in the ocean.

Dee---Yes, must have binoculars when sitting out side.  The bitty birds can be heard, but so hard to see!

And a side note, speaking of birds.....I was putting the re-filled H.Bird feeder back up, when Ms. Calliope zipped in, stuck her beak in the portal, settled her teeny tiny feet on the perch, and helped herself.  The whole TIME I was holding the feeder....there's a eeeeeeeeEEEEEEEE for you grace!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Where I Create

I almost forgot....#7 has hair!!!  It was visible in the ultrasound.  Less than a month to go before we get to meet Max!
1. My side of the living room. 
2. The dining room.
2. More dining room.
3. The sewing room.

1. [A] Sofa holds various components of my creating...besides holding things that should be on the table tops, but aren't because we are re-finishing those tops.
1. [B]The foot stool also holds fabric-y things.  The basket is so I can go outside to stitch, so it has it's own pincushion/scissors/threads/needles/binoculars [for bird watching]
1. [C]  There are 3 tables on either side of my chair. They hold lots of useful items. Same as the basket....except for the binoc's.

2. [A] Dining table is holding up the 7 for 7 components. {7 Quilts for 7 Grandchildren, WIPS} 
2. [B] The stack of drawers is for another table unit we just had given to us, the rest of it is in re-finish land.
2. [C] Behind the drawers, the chair  and table we added this spring to the south facing window.  There are useful things over there too, other than binoc's.

3. The sewing room. Was once a bedroom, that is why there is an iceberg painted on the wall. 
There are things in that closet, but most of my fabrics are behind the chair in plastic drawers/tubs.

I actually made a big dent in the stash, cutting squares for the 7 for 7.
I even have one/seventh of the tops made!

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Party Time

Bobby and Stephanie [and Max]
That young man is soooooo happy about this baby!
Steph is happy too, of course, but he doesn't have swollen feet....
I was happy to finally meet 'the other grandmother'!
Steph's MIL and I have not met....until today.
Stephanie and Indra
Max will be her first, our 7th, but our first boy!
{Stephanie's brother Ben, gave them the 'boy' things he didn't get to use. Like pictures of bulldozers and firetrucks.}
Ashley and Stephanie
Grandpa Dan wanted a 'belly' pic of his daughters.  We have one...somewhere...of the girls in reverse.  Ashley with belly, Steph without.

If no one knew Bobby liked elephants....they would have figured it out today.  Almost every gift had that image on it, over it, under it, etc. it.

But...Ashley did slip in a SQUIRREL for her sister on the growth chart she made for them.
Put it 6 inches above the floor, where ever you live.

Ashley has gotten so good at the string art! 
And her painting skills aren't to shabby either!
Grandpa was able to get a pic of 3 of the girls, #1 holding #6, and #4.
 I love it that they get to grow up together! 
[not in the same house, but same town]
Girls #'s 2, 3 and 5 were off running around.
 It was a wonderful party, Indra!

Monday, July 02, 2018

The Women's March 2017 (WIP)

Struck a visible cord.  
The flow of Pussyhats between buildings, in a bird's eye view.
I knew I would have to put thread to fabric.
While scrounging around in my foot stool, 
looking for something else, of course, I pulled out a "thing" I had stitched together for something else....of course. 
It was perfect!  It was mostly white, for pink threads to show up on.
Assembled from random scraps of mostly textured cloths.
All thin, or sheer, or even holey!
click to enlarge, to see the pink pen dots.
Stitched together, but with angles, like buildings. 
There was even a blue-green-round-ish shape already pinned to it, 
that could represent the planet. I added woven wheel stitches for all 7 continents.  There are 12, buttonhole stitch wheels for the women/girls in my family, starting with my mother.* I also want to add stitches that represent women I know.
It already had the  'curtain rod' channel stitched down, better known as a "hanging sleeve" in the quilt world.
Much counting has gone into this piece, they aren't just random spots. 
First I put in 673 X/+ marks for the marches world wide.  That was a bitch to count out, so I got smart for the 847 more spots I wanted to add for all the cities signed up. With a washable crayola marker, I just spotted away. Now I am covering them with thread. Two side by side stitches, like an = sign. 
[my french knots tend to get sloppy]
673 marches in 847 cities?  I cannot find an answer to that question.
*my mother was forever disgusted that she made far less money than her "boss", and did FAR MORE work than he ever did.

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Yesterday was a family day. Girls everywhere. 
Sisters + niece 
Sisters! (+Maxwell)

The girls got to go through the piles of cut quilt squares/fabrics, one for each of them.  There was harmony and quiet talk. There were trades and "here's another cat fabric for D."  There were groans when I mentioned them needing 65 squares each, but they set to counting.  There was bird whistling from #2, story reading from #1 to #6, and careful folding by #5.  There was tummy rubbing [on CollegeGirl+Max], and burnt popcorn which meant making another batch, "but YOU make it this time grandma!!"
It was a perfect day for the last day of Spring.
Photos and video by Grandpa. 

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Wallies and a Card

Dragonfly Dreams
I donated 3 wallies [wall hangings] to the PTA auction at one of the elementary schools 2, almost 3, of my granddaughters attend. I have no idea if they were sold or not. But I felt good giving them.
Cherry Red

I finally figured out a way to finish them, and even added the stick.
None of them are actually finished...until they leave home.
 I even signed them!
This is a little bitty thing I made up for a thank you to Sue for returning the 
Harry Potter Quilt. The 'felt' is actually cotton [?] batt. I add some to any dye pots I do up for my t-shirts. 
A close up of an added bit to Dragonfly Dreams. 
Can you see the dippy stars?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The HP Quilt

Just before opening the box...that thought....what if it's the wrong one?
Upon seeing the backing fabric, I knew it wasn't the wrong one.
My Harry Potter Quilt is back home from it's adventures in Wyoming.
click to enlarge
The labels tell the first chapters of it's story.
This is a really lousy picture, but I had to snap it!
We will hang it somewhere around's large.

No sense me repeating myself.
Where will it go next? 

Friday, May 04, 2018

Cutting and Sewing

I have finally plunged into the buckets of novelty fabrics. 
Seven piles. Seven grandchildren. 
I cut up as much in 10 inch squares. Then I cut more in 10 inch widths, to be stitched to other ones, to make up the 10 inch square. There will be many 'patchwork' squares for the girls to choose from. 
Stephanie will have to pick for #7, since she is still carrying him. 
The sun Steph painted on her wall, sure does brighten up the cutting table!
I also stitched together a quilt back.  The center is all large scale prints, which I didn't want to cut down to 10". 
[tho they would make fabulous stack n whack blocks] 
The quilt front is the Tropical-Ocean  circle top I started about 5 years ago????
I finished this wallie, Animal House, and since it's going to a granddaughter, I decided to add some shiny stuff. I had saved a bunch of jewelry cast offs of the girls [daughters, this time]  So the raccoons got 'headlight' eyes, sock monkeys got buttons, one dog has his tail pierced...
Imagine the Robin posing on this rock....

And the cutting...??  Not nearly done, I can't see the bottom of the bucket yet.