Saturday, December 15, 2007
It's time for the Hoffman Challenge again! Every year, the Hoffman fabric company issues a challenge to create a quilt (or clothing, accessory, or doll) from a specific fabric that is new in their current line. Above is the chosen fabric for the 2008 challenge. You can get all of the entry details here. I've never entered, but I'm always tempted! Maybe this year will be the year...
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Here's Max enjoying some hot chocolate:
And Jackson going down the slide:
Lance and I didn't make it back to the tree lighting and fireworks this year. It was so nice and warm when we got home, we decided to skip it. It was nice to see several people we know from the community at the event! Next year's will be here before we know it!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Today is Lance's birthday! A few friends got together last night for pizza and beers and he had a great time. Right now he's napping listening to his new iPod, wearing a new hat -- both birthday gifts.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
I just heard about this great blog called Sew, Mama, Sew! and had to share it with you all. They have started their Handmade Holidays event and every day in November they will be sharing a different crafted gift item. Some have tutorials and I believe all have links to a pattern. There are lots of pictures and ideas here. November is already underway, so go back to the beginning and make sure you see them all! I'll have a logo link under my profile on the right side of the blog for easy access.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
First is the picture of mom's quilt which is quilted and complete:
Next is Cindy's without borders:
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The first one we hit was in Jacksonville, OR, called Country Quilts. It was mostly an acutal quilt shop, where they sold completed quilts, but they did have some fabric and patterns there as well. They had a back room that was amazing. There had to be over 100 quilts piled in there -- all wonderful. I wasn't in the market for a fully made quilt, but I still had fun poking around in there. I didn't even think about taking a picture of that room until after we were long gone, but I did get a shot of the outside (above). Oh and I was chatting with the people there about quilting and they gave me a free fat quarter just because I was a fellow quilter. Such nice people!
The next shop I visited was not until toward the end of our journey, in Ashland, OR. I believe it is fairly new, becuase I do not remember seeing it there when we visited two years ago. It is called Fabric of Vision and it is right on Main Street. It is a tiny little store chock full of lots of beautiful fabrics. I had a nice chat with the owner and bought a few items. A nice shop that I would definitely visit again!
The next day I went to Quiltz, which is also in Ashland. I visited this shop last time and boy is it great! It is very large and has really good lighting (very important when choosing fabric). They have a small room in the back with sale fabric -- I couldn't resist getting a couple of yards from in there. As it turned out, almost every fabric I chose had an animal in the print, and they happened to be having a sale on any kind of animal print. Extra bonus!
Finally on the drive home I stopped at Sew What! in Redding, CA on the recommendation of my friend Lori. (I'm pretty sure this is the right one???) I was finally able to find a good border fabric for a quilt I've been working on here, so it was definitely a good stop!
I did try to hit a couple of others... The Purple Pincushion in Grant's Pass, OR was just a few blocks from where we were staying, but they were closed on the only day I could get there. There was also a shop in Medford that I went to last time, but I couldn't remember the name and after driving all over the city (and briefly losing my wedding ring -- a story for another day), we decided to skip it.
That does it for my quilting travels. But not for long (I hope)!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Here are a couple of pictures of downtown Ashland. Unfortunately, we did not take many.
Below are pictures of the duck pond at Lithia Park which is right next to the Shakespeare festival stages. I didn't realize until this trip just how big the park was. We attempted to find a geocache in this park but got caught in the rain. We made our wet way over to a restaurant before the rain started in too heavily and while we were inside it started to pour down with hail!
The day we left we tried to find the cache again and got very close, but it was right by this duck pond and there were just too many people around to make the grab. Oh well. At least we got to see these ducks. There were at least 100 ducks there.
And then finally another shot of Mt. Shasta on our way home. Another great road trip! Can't wait for the next one...
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Day 3 we were leaving Grant’s Pass on our way to the Oregon Caves. Our big adventure for this day was to take a Hellgate Excursion on the Rouge River. I totally recommend this activity to everyone! It is a large jet boat that holds a couple dozen or so people and rides along the top of the water. Depending on the time of year, you go quite a distance down the river. The boat travels quite fast at top speed, but they idle through areas as necessary. There are lots of birds and animals along the ride that are pointed out by the boat’s pilot. Close to the turnaround point, there is a large restaurant built by the company who runs the boats. You disembark for a really wonderful lunch of salad, bbq chicken, potatoes and dessert, all while sitting on covered outdoor terraces with a view of the river. So wonderful!! Arguably the best part of the boat trip was their famous 360 spins where you get pretty darn wet. Just like a theme park ride. I had a really great time there and would do it again in a heartbeat. They have the lunch ride that we took and also dinner rides (which were sold out when we went) and also a Sunday brunch ride.
On our trip two years ago, we made our way across Southern Oregon, we took the tour of the caves, but didn’t realize that there was lodging there (the Oregon Caves Chateau). This time around, we thought it would be interesting to stay there for a couple of days. It is touted as being very quiet and tranquil, with no TV or phone in the room. Great! However, we found that being such an old building, the floors creaked and the walls were thin. Every footstep and voice could be heard. We could even hear the person upstairs snoring. That was fine until about 8 am when they started tearing the roof off of the building. We were not told that they were starting a very big renovation project on our very night there. Oh well, such is life. We took some trips out to the local wineries for more wine tasting. We also attempted to do some Geocaching, but did not fare well. We found our only cache of the trip along the winding road to the caves in a mile marker. Oh well, we got one at least!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
We are off early tomorrow for a power boat ride on the Rouge River and then over to the Oregon Caves for a couple of days. I don't think there is Internet access there, so it may be a couple of days before I am able to post again. I'll give you all an update when I get to Ashland!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
But for now, keep quilting!!
Monday, July 30, 2007
The quilt took over 8 years to make. It will finally be making its first appearance in the United States at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in November of this year. Check out their website for much more information, including a Photo Gallery, Tour Dates, and if you are really interested, you can view each block individually.
How would you like to do the binding on THAT quilt???
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
It is a miniature flower box made from, get this, an old credit card. Just one card. Snip off the corners and fold up the sides (see tutorial), wrap with tape, fill with dirt and voila! It has a magnet on the back to put on a fridge or it can sit anywhere without the use of a magnet. Neat.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The summer three-day quilting workshop will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 28-29-30th at the Redwood City Veterans Memorial Building. Come see all three projects and get supply lists at my last Monday night class on June 18th @ 6:00. Everyone is invited that night to see the projects -- we have a pot-luck dinner, so if you want to partake, please bring a favorite dish to share!
See you there!!!