Monday, August 22, 2016

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY


What a couple of weeks. My computer died. Yes, it just plain died. But, I have a new one and after the pains of getting everything installed, it’s up and running. There are always a few hiccups along the way; but, for the most part, it’s all good. Now, my tablet is acting up. I’m not even sure I will replace it. However, I like using it as a reader.

There hasn’t been much sewing. But, there has been a fair amount of company. Summer is usually a busy time for me with out-of-town company and this has not proved to be much different.

First, a girlfriend stopped off for a few days before she left for the Philippines. I hear she had a great time.

My Granddaughter, Rachel and her beau spent a few days. They had their own car and managed to find their way around on their own. We did take in Medieval Times, which is a family favorite.
Then family from Idaho, Utah, and Florida all visited. Usually, we mostly hang out around here. But, this time I decided my 18-year old granddaughter might be interested in some Los Angeles history.

Philippe’s, in downtown Los Angeles, was first on the list. Philippe’s opened its doors in 1908 and is credited with inventing the French Dip Sandwich.


Next stop was Union Station which opened in 1939. My grandfather worked there as an Engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad. I remember my family mostly using trains for travel.


Then we walked across the street to Olvera Street. Olvera Street is known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles” and it was created as a marketplace in 1930. I still enjoy visiting Olvera Street, more so in the fall and winter when it is less crowded. Philippe’s and Union Station are always busy,


My granddaughter from Florida stayed on for an additional six days, and, we explored Medieval Times, Catalina Island, Retro Row in Long Beach, and took in a couple of movies.

I’m back to normal now. I even managed to sew something I have wanted to try for a while.  It’s a Goody Goody Binding Kit. Of course you could probably find other ways to use it. But, for now, I’m going with a Binding Bag.




Hope you have a good week and



Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, August 1, 2016

ALL ABOUT THE QUILT SHOW (Well almost all)

You have all had to put up with my blather about the Garden Grove Quilters Guild quilt show that is now behind us. Oh my, what a job; but, what a fun couple of days.

It really does take a village to get ready for such an event. Here are a very few pictures to pay tribute to the show.


Here we are 

Hanging quilts

Opportunity Baskets (we had 11 magnificent baskets)

Our great boutique 


Admissions


Memorial for one of our members who passed this year. We miss you Linda.


Quilters enjoying viewing the quilts

Robin Gallagher, our Featured Quilter


One of our favorite vendors, Shawn of Rusty Crow Quilt Shop


Carol, Robin and Marilyn (it's all about the friends)

A huge thank you to the entire village that made this happen!

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, July 25, 2016

SUMMER IN THE GROVE


The Orange Grove Quilters Guild "Summer in the Grove" starts Friday, July 29, 2016 at Noon.


The last of the preparations are underway. Today we are pulling the signs and cash boxes out of storage along with a few more last minute items. It has been a lot of work; but, we are convinced it will all be worth it.  Here are some of the opportunity baskets that will be available for raffle.

Wine, Cheese and More Basket


Patriotic Basket


Pet Basket


In the Good Old Summertime Basket


Spa Basket


We have eleven in all. And, each one is wonderful!  

Hope to see some of you there on Friday or Saturday.

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,
Marilyn




Monday, July 18, 2016

NEW FLIMSY AND MORE


I managed to get a flimsy out this week.  This UFO is from a couple of on-line swaps. One was a Row by Row.  And, the other was a nine-patch swap. Both from the same group of wonderful quilters.


Everyone selected what theme they wanted and sent along fabric with the first row completed. My theme was "Out of Africa" and my row is the top row of girls.  How fortunate the colors work so perfectly with the "Fall" nine-patch swap from the same year. 

This cute little patriotic wall hanging or table topper will be included in an opportunity basket that will be at the July 29-30, 2016 Orange Grove Quilters Guild Quilt Show. 


These baskets that the various friendship group have been bringing in are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  

And lastly, another item you will find at the "Summer in the Grove" Quilt Show on July 29-30, 2016.


Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, July 11, 2016

BEING OH SO DOMESTIC

The backyard needed a bit of sprucing up. So yesterday was the day. All the herbs are planted, as well as a heirloom tomato, and an Anaheim Chili. Yay, salsa on the way.  Plus the table is ready for a nice relaxing morning coffee.

This almost finished quilt,  was from a block swap with my friendship group, the Wednesday Wackos. I had collected fabric when I went to Australia and sent a pile of fabric on for my friends to use. Ten months later I received these wonderful blocks. I had to make a couple more to come up with twelve. But, I love how using them in the BQ2 quilt is the perfect way to use these blocks.

One of our Wacko sisters' father-in-law (a WWII veteran) recently passed. Her husband was very close to his father, as was our friend. And, true to the quilting spirit, we made her husband a healing quilt. I understand he loves it.

Oh, and my new appliance (3 squares) won. I used the quinoa button to make delicious quinoa (it toasts it first). Then used it in this yummy Quinoa, mushroom, and spinach side dish.

Wishing you a good week and
Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NEW THINGS

I'm about  to sound like a commercial and they don't even know who I am. I was browsing in Costco last week and found this handy, dandy small appliance "3 Squares TIM Machine".


I had been looking to replace my very old rice cooker that seemed to leave at least 1/2 cup of rice stuck to the bottom of the cooker no matter what I did. This one is non-stick and as you can see it does just about everything but serve the food.


The first day I made fluffy rice and not one grain stuck to the bottom of my new non-stick 3 Squares. 

So, you know I have to try all those buttons don't you. The next day I made Greek yogurt. While this is an all-day process, it is a set it and forget it process.


Then I had to try the slow cooker. The great thing is that you can sauté it right in the cooker and then set the slow cooker and walk away. I know, how cool is that?


So, what to steam? Potatoes for a small 4th of July potato salad. Another set it up and it rings you that it's done then keeps warm until you get there. No guessing here. I know none of this is hard; but, really how simple is this?


Oh, but with so much going on, there is so much to go wrong you say. Probably; but, the whole thing cost less than $30 at Costco. So I put my old rice maker and my old slow cooker in the Goodwill pile and put my new friendly appliance away in the cupboard. It's calling me to make quinoa though. Okay, commercial over.

I did get a little sewing done in between playing with my new "time machine".

I finished my "What's in my Garden" quilt top. This was a group quilt from my friendship group (Talking Threads) where on your birthday month, the members presented the birthday girl with a quilt block per her selected theme.  Now to figure out the quilting on it.


Oh look at those dogs; they snuck in the picture again. 

I also made a sheet blanket for the guild's boutique.


When my daughter was living in Hawaii, she found these in a boutique shop. She asked if I would make her some as it is the perfect warm-weather blanket. It is also a good napping blanket in the summer. Just a little something to cover up with. Even at the grocery store where they can blast your little one with the air con.

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, June 27, 2016

MORE BOUTIQUE ITEMS

Another peek at some boutique items you will be seeing at the Orange Grove Quilters Guild Quilt Show. The show is on July 29 & 30, 2016 at the Garden Grove Elks Club.


Stinkin' cute pincushions

Shopping bags to roll up and keep in your purse

And more keep coming in.  Oh boy... the early bird will get the worm.

Have a great week and 

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

RANDOM THOUGHTS or RAMBLING ON

This week I finally bought a new washer/dryer.  It's been 20 years since I bought my last one. Not bad I suppose. My washer/dryer live in my garage. You know that meant I had to clean out the garage. Surprisingly, it only took the better part of a day. 




I have had a stackable washer/dryer combo for so long, that it suits me fine. After all, one person can't have that much laundry, can they?

While cleaning out the garage I ran across this among my mother's stuff.

My brother's christening dress and my christening dress. And, those are my baby shoes. I'm sure there must have been shoelaces on them at one time. But, that is nothing more than string. I know we lived in the country in Fresno; but, seriously? 

I did manage to get some sewing in this week.


A table topper for the Talking Threads Opportunity basket. Nine members made a block each.  All I did was sash it and put it together. Ready for quilting next.


And I sewed an apron and hot pads for the Wednesday Wackos Opportunity basket.
Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, June 6, 2016

GRADUATION TIME

Once again, I have not been doing much sewing.  I traveled to Florida for my Granddaughter Madeline's high-school graduation. We are so proud of her. She received a  Florida's Brightest Future Scholarship award. This is based on a combination  of GPA, SAT scores and community service hours.

Maddie is the short one in the center.

Mom, Maddie, and Dad. 

Look at all the flowers. She had fun passing out leis to her friends.

Grams and Madeline

And, you knew there had to be a quilt.

My favorite picture of the fam is of the aprons I made for each of them (except for Dad)

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn