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Sunday

December 2013







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How was your Thanksgiving?

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  Full of family, friends and yummy food.  :-)  I had a two parter this year.

Part #1 was at the Oregon Gardens in Silverton Oregon.  They have a lovely buffet on Thanksgiving.  This was the first time EVER we’d eaten out on Thanksgiving.  None of us felt up to hosting a big event this year so we decided to go out.  It was great for this year!  It was a mixture of kids, and extended family.  A great time!  Sorry I didn’t get a group picture.  :-(

My youngest was having a bit of a problem with us going out for Thanksgiving sooo he got on the phone and planned a long weekend at the cabin with his brother and sister for a late Thanksgiving dinner.  His brother and sister had been with the in-laws for Thanksgiving.  I thought it was sweet he wanted to all be together but it kinda defeated the purpose of a SIMPLE Thanksgiving.  But of course I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.

Part #2 at the cabin in Black Butte Ranch Oregon.

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From the left, clockwise around the table – Jason (the organizer), Jason’s girlfriend Heather, Sam (belongs to Ryan and Bethany), Ryan, Joe (belongs to Ryan and Bethany), Bethany (Ryan’s wife), Bethany, Jeff (Bethany’s husband).  That’s a great bunch of kids that I couldn’t love anymore!

Little by little they headed home and Tuesday morning it was just Bethany and the boys with Ella and I.  We woke up to a little snow.  Have I told you…… it doesn’t take much snow to get me a little excited!  I LOVE snow.  The funny thing is – so does Ella!  More on that below.

Before the little boys and Bethany took off we went outside for a little photo shoot and to play in the snow for a few minutes.

 ella and the boys

I was hoping for a GREAT picture of the three of them.  This was the best one.  It’s ok.

Below is what was really going on during the photo shoot!

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xSo of course after Bethany and the boys left Ella and I had to play in the snow a little bit more.

Throw the ball mom!

Throw the ball mom!

I'm waiting!

I’m waiting!

Here I come mom!

Here I come mom!

 

Oh and a few more cute shots of Ella.  She’s so photogenic!  :-)

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ella up on log

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Ella head shot

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Ella and I wish you could have played in the snow with us!!  It was a fun long weekend and SPECTACULAR drive home over the mountain.

Now the Christmas season has officially begun!



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Saturday

October 2013







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Retreat Fun!

It was retreat weekend in the studio.  I love retreat weekend!  It’s a long Friday evening and all day Saturday of quilting, laughing, friendship and yummy food.  It makes me happy to have a room full of quilters enjoying themselves, relaxing and creating.

I thought you might like a peek at some of the projects that were being worked on.

First is Shirley’s Exploding Pineapple pillow top.  Love the colors!  There’s a free copy of this pattern HERE.

Here’s a post on a class we did on these with lots of other pillows to look at.

Shirley's exploding pineapple pillow top

There’s a couple design boards around that can be leaned up against the wall for designing on.  Mary was laying out her original design using the wonderful Glamour Girls fabric.

Mary's Glamour Girls 3

One thing that’s so great about quilting with a group is what we learn from each other.  Here Mary, and Shirley are working with Sue on laying out her Schnibbles quilt.

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Charlotte was laying out her Schnibbles quilt on the cutting counter.  Working out her border.

Charlotte's Schnibbles quilt

Julie finished her Cabin Play quilt top and has her snuggly flannel back all ready for quilting.

Julie's cabin play

Jeanie worked on these cute little bags.

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Sandy worked on her Ruthie Ann.  Love that Esprit de Noel from French General.

Sandy's Ruthie Ann

It was as beautiful sunny day so Ella spent the afternoon in the backyard.  She spent a lot of her time at the studio window hoping, just hoping someone would come out and play ball with her.  Or better yet, let her in to play with the quilters.  They came to see her anyway, didn’t they?  She thinks quilters are the best.  Her favorite place is in the studio when it’s full of students.

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That’s a little peek into the start of our weekend.  What a great start!  Have a good one.



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Monday

June 2013







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Pet Poufs!

I think it’s about time I officially introduce the new patterns we debuted at Market!  Today I’ll be featuring our new Pet Poufs pattern.  Bet you could never guess who inspired this creation!  :-)

Square with ella on black poofs in background

Yes, that would be my Miss Ella! or doodles (she’s a Labradoodle), doods for short, Ella bowbella (Sam and my nickname for her) and the list goes on……..  poor thing, it just dawned on me – I wonder if all these names are confusing to her?  They’re all said in love so I bet she gets it!  Well that was a bit of a diversion from the pattern introduction.

The pattern includes 6 sizes of Poufs that are based on standard crate sizes, so if you’d like to use it in a crate it should fit.  They are great out of a crate to!

I recommend on the pattern that you stuff the Pouf with an old comforter.  It’s really comfy, washable, cheap, good for the environment…..  and if you don’t have one laying around, grab one at a garage sale for a couple bucks, or the Goodwill.  I wonder what they thought when I left the Goodwill with 7 comforter?  And that was only one trip!

We made our samples out of Minky type fabrics.  They are soooo very cuddly.  Ella LOVES her’s.  They could really be made from any fabric.  Of course for a dog that likes to dig at its bed to get comfy, a canvas/denim would be better.  At Market Amy Barickman was showing a new line of colored denim she was coming out with and we ordered some for the beds.  It comes in yummy home dec colors and will be GREAT for the Poufs!  I can’t wait for it to get here!

We use a nice long 24″ nylon zipper that is made for bags.  It has a nice big pull tab that’s easy to grab and can be cut down to any size.  If you have troubles finding the 24″ zippers I’ll be adding them to the website soon.  If they aren’t up yet and you need one, email me.

Pet Pouf! - front cover

Front Cover

Pet Pouf! back cover

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Other uses for the Poufs ~ the uses are really endless.  The way the pattern is written it would be very easy to modify the shape and/or size to fit your desires.  I’m going to make a stack of them for my little guys as floor pillows out of the Cowboy Minky (yes it just arrived.  I’m so excited!)  Remember the House of Shannon and the cowboy room from Market?  The Minky projects are beginning.

 

How ’bout some puppy snuggles!

 

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My daughter’s kitty loves hers!

Archie loves the camera!

Archie loves the camera!

Bella Rose being bashful.

Bella Rose being bashful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archie and Bella Rose are my friends puppies.  They were 9 weeks old when they posed for these pictures.  Aren’t they ADORABLE!!

 

“Pet Poufs” will be a class this fall if you live locally.  Watch for the new schedule.

Who would you make a Pouf for?  We’ve had lots of fun making these and I’m sure there are many more in our future!



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Tuesday

April 2013







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Market is Quickly Approaching!

Six weeks and counting!

Just typing that makes me shudder a bit.  International Quilt Market (from my old blog) is mid May and I’m working hard to get new patterns ready for release.  Lots of sample sewing, pattern writing and testing going on right here.

Before I get to far I have to say I COULD NEVER DO THIS ALL ON MY OWN!  I have wonderful quilty friends that help sew, test, edit, bind, an assistant that takes care of the things I can’t get to and an AMAZING long arm quilter who makes my quilts sing.  I’m so thankful for each and every one of them.

Today I had a day where I could just stay home and sew all day.  Those have been a bit rare lately.  Thought I’d share with some pics.

This past weekend I got 5 projects off to the quilter so it was regroup and get rolling on the next batch.

Looking around the room ~

 

Backing piecing in process

Back piecing in process.

Chevron project

Chevron project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A basket full of lushious minky type fabric for a new pattern.

A basket full of lushious minky type fabric for a new pattern.

 

New fabric for new quilts!

New fabric for new quilts!

 

I'm in love with these little lovelies!

I’m in love with these little lovelies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pin Board

Pin Board

I pinned up some swatches for some fabric combo’s last night.  Sometimes I need to think and mull on combo’s for awhile.  It helps to have them pinned up somewhere where I’ll see them a lot to help me decide.

And before I could get started today I had to get these two settled.  You’ve all meet Ella, the speckled girl is Kindle.  My daughter’s german shorthair pointer.  She is Ella’s very best buddy and staying with us for 10 days while Bethany and her hubby are on a 5 yr anniversary cruise.

On your beds!

On your beds!

Here's your bones to keep you busy.

Here’s your bones to keep you busy.

YES!  They're asleep - well, almost.  Close your eye Ella~

YES! They’re asleep – well, almost. Close your eye Ella~

LOTS of strips ready for some strip piecing.  I love the pullout.  So convenient.

LOTS of strips ready for some strip piecing. I love the pullout. So convenient.

Ready to go!

Ready to go! Working with some great flannel from Maywood Studios today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Progress!

Progress!

It’s been a good day.  Did you get to do some sewing today?



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri