Next year I am joining my quilt guild's UFO challenge. It is being called "You Go
Girl". What a great way to get some
things finished. The first one you get to select and it can be turned in at the December meeting (it's not officially due until January). This enables it to be a
Christmas present. Thereafter, numbers are selected randomly. Prizes will be
awarded throughout the year to sweeten the pot.
been on a road trip with a friend visiting from New Zealand.
We left Long Beach on Sunday, 10/27,
up the California Coast. Our
first stop was Solvang, a cute small Scandinavian town.
spent two nights in San Luis Obispo visiting:
Bay (I always like looking out at Moro Rock)
we drove up scenic Highway 1 through Big Sur and took in 17 mile drive. I don't know why neither of us took
pictures. Highway 1 is a very winding
road and besides that there was a bicycle race on the road. Made me a little nervous to say the least.
stopped in Castroville, where they grow a LOT of artichokes.
even found an Artichoke food truck. Yum!
next stop was a couple of nights in Los Gatos where I was able to meet up with
two friends, one I have known since Elementary School and Brownies. We hadn't seen each other for over 50
years. The other friend has been a
friend since we were kindergarten room mothers.
I really enjoyed visiting with both friends. Again, no pictures.
also took in the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Very nice!
it was off to Napa Valley and a stop at Sterling Winery. It has a wonderful view.
made our way over to Lincoln, California (next to Sacramento) and stayed at a
friend's house for 4 nights (thank you Sue). Here we took in some sewing.
drove home on Highway 99 and stopped in Visalia and visited Thimble Town. Loved it!
now it's home again where things are getting back to normal as you can see
you seen the newest trend for breakfast? You make it up before going to
bed and have it ready for you the next morning. It can be a refrigerator oatmeal, a smoothie bowl, or a chia pudding. Chia seeds are getting a lot of
buzz lately as being a super powerhouse of nutrition. It can't hurt. I've been
adding it to my blender smoothies just because. But, I decided to gather the
ingredients together for one of the chia puddings.
me, it was still a bit thin. But, the taste was really good. I will be trying a few other ones when the
mood strikes me. I found a pumpkin chia pudding recipe on Pinterest. Yum!
sure you've seen these on the internet.
I found this one on Pinterest. It could be an iPad stand. I just happen
to have a tablet.
often use my tablet for my cookbook or my patterns that I have stored
there. Yesterday when I tried to stand
it up, and it kept falling, I said "That's it"! I need to stop everything and make a
stand. Of course that led to two stands.
I made the black one first (enlarging the pattern by a couple of inches all
around). I decided the first one was a bit awkward, which led to the colorful one
with a smaller front that was closer to the way the pattern reads. Actually,
they both work fine.
must say, it has already made life simpler. I love them.
I quilted three
flimsies last week. It was a hot week
and my quilt room is the coolest room in the house. Thus the three finishes. Plus, they were all baby quilts.
This first one I
finished is a Granny Square quilt. You
can find the instructions for this all over the internet as a free pattern. I used a jelly roll and for the life of me I
cannot remember whose it was. Maybe someone out there knows.
The second one is
a Pinwheel Quilt. You can find the free pattern on the Moda Bakeshop web site. I used a charm pack of 30s fabric and white
muslin. It only uses one charm
pack. I love this pattern; and, I often
use it as my go-to baby quilt.
The last one is a
panel I picked up a few years ago. It is
made from a Lewe the Lamb panel and a couple of fat quarters. I cut
it apart and added some four patches, rail fences and borders to get it a little
larger. As it is it is only about 28 x
38. I would use it to keep a baby warm
in the grocery store, or as a stroller quilt, or maybe a wall hanging in the
All of these are earmarked
for my quilt guild; for either an auction we are having in October or for the Marine
family services. I will let the guild
decide where they can best be used.
any of you collecting the Row by Row Experience? If you aren't familiar with it, you can read
about it here. I've added a few more to
my collection. Love playing with
these. It's like a quilter's charm
I finished the row I showed you a couple of weeks ago.This is going out to my
on-line group "Friendship Block Swap".Only six of us are playing and we have two
months to finish each row.That gives us
lots of time.I am already passing on
mine and the next person's row.