If I made New Year's resolutions, it would be to make more quilts for charity. My guild, Quilters by the Sea, held a Community Relations Workshop in December. The Community Relations group had put together kits complete with backing and binding. All we had to do was go up to the table, pick out a kit, pull out our sewing machines and supplies and start on it. We had a lot of flimsies put together that day. I arrived a little late and only got this far. I plan on getting it finished this week. I think it is going to be a "happy" quilt. Thank you ladies for the great work you do.
A great big thank you to SewCalGal who was kind enough to feature Two Wacky Women's quilt retreats on her very informative blog. SewCalGal is a valuable resource for all things crafty. Please do take a look at her great blog and become a follower. You will be glad you did. Click on her cute logo to visit.
Click on the girls below to visit our retreat page.
We would love to have you at one of our fun retreats.
I love this picture. I made this quilt for my granddaughter Madeline. She had requested a quilt for Christmas and that I surprise her with style and color. She liked it. But, that blur is her younger brother Kalani. No, he wasn't full of sugar, just energy.
He is calmer here with a new Wii Game. Next to him is younger sister, Noelle, with her new princess heels from Aunt Janet.
Noelle asked Santa for a Princess Dress and Ariel's Magic Vanity. Santa came through all right. Isn't that a happy child? Grandma was asked to text Santa and thank him for all the gifts. And, She did.
I know there are record cold temperatures around the country right now. But, here in Southern California we have been experiencing record highs the past couple of days. My neighbor took me out for a Christmas lunch today and we were able to eat outside it was so warm.Thanks Dee.
As I, once again, had my phone in my hand to take pictures, I saw a gorgeous dog walking toward me and thought it just looked so So Cal walking your dog at the shore. As Buddy approached, his person was my friend, Natalie of Beyond the Reef. You can see her blog here.
Quilters by the Sea Quilt Guild's annual Holiday Celebration was this week. We are known for having a very good potluck. Everyone seems to enjoy sharing that favorite dish. And equally, everyone enjoys tasting that favorite dish. We do the usual of dividing the alphabet into main dish, sides, or desserts. And, as you can imagine we always have way too much food.
Besides the potluck, we invited SewCalGal to speak about the Emerging Opportunities for Quilters on the Internet.She was terrific by the way.
Some really get into the spirit.How fun does this look?
It is my favorite meeting of the entire year. Not because of the food; but, because it is when we give away our quilts and cash donations to the various charities. This year our generous quilters gave away a total of 292 quilts and cash to Long Beach Battered Women's Shelter, Long Beach Police Department (SART Unit), New Life Beginnings, VA Hospital in Long Beach, For the Child, St Mary's Hospital Pediatrics, and Long Beach Community College Textile department. Our community is so appreciative of our generous members and some when collecting, have tears in their eyes, and bring tears to our eyes. I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful group.
Just a sampling of the quilts going to our friends in the community.
This weekend I meet my girlfriend, Sue in San Luis Obispo. Gracie and Trudy have someone staying with them the whole time. Spoiled girls. Sue and I take a lot of time spending catch-up. So, we bring our own coffee pot and a few snacks. This year I'm bringing an herbed cheese blend with crackers and puppy chow. You think that is dog food, right? Wrong. Here's what it has in it.
I found this recipe at http://www.allrecipes.com/ And, it is pretty darn tasty. After all, it does have chocolate in it. And dogs don't get chocolate.
17 oz box of some kind of square grain cereal
1/2 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup powdered sugar
Melt butter, peanut butter & chocolate chips and stir into cereal. Put in a bag and shake, shake shake with powdered sugar. (I couldn't find 17 oz boxes. Bet they are all 14 oz now. It's OK)
Think I will have to take half of this to my next door neighbors.
Remember that bag I was making out of San Francisco fabric. Here it is finished and ready for my good friend. I was so sure she never got on line to read blogs (I don't think she even has an email address). But, I found out she reads my blog after all. So, this is it until next week. She should have it by then and it is really cute. Hi Sue!
The quilting is done with no puckers. I loved using the Pinmoors. Not only was my hand saved, it was so simple to move them around as needed. I can only show you the back. This is a Christmas gift for my granddaughter, Maddie. And, she just may look at my blog, even though she has been warned not to. Now her mother, Jolene, would never have looked to spoil a surprise; however, her Aunt Janet would have climbed the Golden Gate Bridge barefoot to see. And, she would have convinced all her siblings to go with her. That way they wouldn't tattle.
I'm just not taking a chance of the Aunt Janet trait. I wonder if she still is this way? Of course she is. Now on to the binding.
I am quilting today using a "New to Me" product, click on Pinmoor to see.
Have you seen them at the big shows? I ordered a package of 100 from Loretta, owner and creator, over the phone. So far so good. I have trouble using safety pins these days with my arthritic hand and I found these to be very easy to use.
The real test will be the finished product. I'll let you know.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it is my absolute favorite holiday. It is a time to take a moment and reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. My reflections this year are taking me to many places, family, good friends, good health and you friends out there in blogland. I have met so many wonderful fellow quilters and crafters around the world through this medium. It is amazing how small our world is really. So to say thank you, I would like to give away a Moda Sudoku Quilt kit that I picked up while I was recently in Houston. It has 81 5"x 5" squares of LOVELY by Sandy Gervais. So if you are a follower of my blog or become a follower, please leave me a message and you will be entered into a chance to win. And, please, please be sure I can contact you. I will be using Mr. Random Number Generator on Thanksgiving evening (that's November 25).
No, still attending quilt shows, as many as we can. But, Two Wacky Women had their last quilt show this Friday and Saturday. We are still Two Wacky Women (in so many ways). But, we will no longer be vending at quilt shows. We had a great wrap up with good friends. Here is a photo of our very last booth.
Our first and last show was with Orange Grove Quilters Guild. Full Circle. We are now concentrating on our retreat business which is where we started 6 1/2 years ago. We have five retreats scheduled for next year. You can find out more about our retreats by clicking on the girls on the right. There they are right under my blog list.