Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Swapping"



I joined up with Chaotic Goddess for this swap!

First off, I really enjoy swaps and wish I did more of them.  But I have to be practical with time and money.  Secondly, I was pointed to Chaotic Goddess by another blog (which I forget where I saw it originally) and glad I found it.  There are several swaps throughout the year and are clearly defined by topic and dates, another plus.  Third, this forces me to get out and do a bit more 'research' into Montana items.  The best part of a swap is getting your package in the mail.  I love non-bill mail!

So I am off to sample local Montana goodies and put together my box!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mandala Monday - Colors!


This week is going to be crazy!  I work today, Tuesday and Wednesday.  After work Wednesday, throwing Texter and Lady K in the car and we are heading for a super quick trip to Arizona to pick up CJ's cats and some of his 'stuff' to bring back to Montana.  I was going to make the trip alone, but Texter hasn't been to Arizona and quite frankly, is bored at home right now.  Hopefully, this fast trip will be ok for all involved.  At least I will have some company on the trip.

And it's hot here.  I mean really, really hot.  Which is a bit unusual for my 2 years in Montana.  With the dry weather and the heat combination, I don't think there will be many fireworks this coming weekend.  At least today, I am at work in the late afternoon, when it gets it's worse at home.  A friend loaned us a little free-standing AC unit and hopefully it will keep my room cool enough for Lady K.  She handles the heat worse than I do.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Week in Review - June 21 - June 27



Alphabet quilt on design 'wall'.  Now I know how to put the strips together
  • Adjustments made on Elsa costume
  • Laid out alphabet blocks and have half the top sewn together
  • Completed some rounds on La Passacaglia
  • Babysat a friend's cats while family on vacation
  • Reported a plumbing issue (no water) while they are miles away
  • Toured house a second time with realtor and made an offer
  • accepted counter offer on the house - now for the inspection and appraisal
  • went for drinks at Triple Divide (they are releasing a Spiced Rum this week)
  • completed Quilt Hop of LQS
  • planned out trip to Arizona to pick up CJ's 'stuff' and bring back
  • Almost completed Rosette #1 on La Passacaglia
  • picked up fabric for my peony quilt
  • walked 41,923 steps or 19.34 miles with 82 active minutes (well below what I want, but I don't do 'hot')
  • read 2 books
  • wrote 5 posts
This coming week will be a doozy.  

  • Savvy signing more papers on the house and dropping off earnest check
  • Getting oil changed and the air conditioner in the car charged (and hope that solves the lack of cold air)
  • Quick round trip to Arizona to pick up CJ's stuff and the cats
  • Hopefully, a drive-through of Bryce Canyon on the trip down to Arizona
  • Work 3 days at the library
  • Catch up on podcasts and audio books during the drive
So there will be little time for sewing in the coming days.  Or much of anything for that matter.  My steps will be really low next week, between the heat and the trip to Arizona.  Hopefully, I will get the rest of the top of the alphabet quilt together and a block I am contributing to a quilt.  Maybe even getting 'Peony' cut out today.

Friday, June 26, 2015

No Longer a Quilt Shop Hop Virgin

Yesterday I got my final stamp on my local quilt stores hop 'passport'.  I have never done a 'hop' before and I must say it's fun.  I learned of, and visited, a couple of 'new' stores to me.  I added a few fat quarters to the stash for La Passacaglia mainly.

My last stop was Bird's Eye Mercantile in Avon, Montana.  It's a cute little quilt store with antiques in the front and fabric in the back of the shop.  All the fabric is $8 a yard, except batiks, which are $8.50.  I picked out my fabric for my peony quilt.  The pattern I am using is the mystery quilt pattern from the hop.  It just seemed fitting to use it.

Green - Batik
 Dogwood Trail by Moda (benefiting the National Quilt Museum in Paducah for 20th Anniversary)
Whitewashed Cottage by 3 Sisters for Moda
Dogwood Trail by Moda

We were suppose to have a dark, medium dark, medium light, and light fabric selection for the mystery quilt.  I wanted soft pinks for the peony quilt.  I think I did ok with my selection for the quilt and myself.  And the design has almost a lattice-like effect, so it should be interesting.  Since it's suppose to be so hot this weekend, I will probably cut out and sew in front of the fan, trying to stay cool.


This batik peeked out at me and I had to buy a bit.  There might be some fussy cutting on this to include in La Pass or maybe a tote bag?  Not sure, but I wanted some.  I also picked up a couple of yards of plain white.  I realized I have no solids in my stash and I needed some white for a block I am contributing to a quilt, so I stocked up on white.


Purple - Simply Style by Vanessa Christenson for Moda
Birds - Family Tree by Deb Strain for Moda

The purple fat quarter I bought because, well, it's purple and I will probably fussy cut for La Pass.  Everything revolves around La Pass these days!  The birds I purchased because the quilt block I am making for a group quilt.  She likes bright.  But once I bought it, once again, it will probably go to La Pass and I am going to use this fabric for the block.  I think it's bright enough!

Mosaic by French Bulle for Wyndham Fabrics

I think this fabric and the white will make a really eye-popping combination.


Rosette #1 is almost complete.  I need to stitch the outer ring on and then it will be done.  I think it turned out pretty good and am looking forward to working on more of the rosettes.  Hopefully, I will make good headway on #2 this weekend in between cutting out fabric and stitching up the alphabet quilt to get it off my design 'wall'.




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Flowers!

I have had an abundance of flowers in the house recently.  And after laying in bed and just looking at the peonies on my bedside table, I can tell it doesn't take much to spoil me.  I don't know what I am going to do when the peony season is over and no more peonies I can ravage from Christine's yard.

When I got home from Tizer Botanical Gardens on Saturday night and downloaded my pictures, I was 1 short of 300 pictures of the garden.  No, I am not going to post all of them, but here are a selection of flowers from last Saturday.

The path through the fairy garden area

Big, shaggy orange poppies.  A must for my garden.


Iris, one of my favorites






Lupines in bloom



I need a buddha for my garden





I love whimsy in the garden.

I want these!





The secret garden



A bed of chives









Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Quilting Dilemma

I have this problem.  Actually, I have more than one problem, but I'm only going to discuss my quilting conflict now.  It seems I HAVE to make two quilts.  I am compelled to.  It started with this.


The  peonies.  I now want a quilt with soft pinks and whites and maybe backed with a flannel in similar tones.  I see it very 'shabby chic'.  

But then after a day at Tizer Botanical Gardens, I also want (and have to have) a really bold, floral quilt.  Maybe with Kaffe prints?  Something like this quilt...

http://louisaenright.com/2011/10/13/turkey-tracks-sweet-pea-quilt/




Now I have added two quilts to my 'have to do' list.  I think the peony quilt will be made using the mystery pattern from the shop hop.  And I think I have to become a 'Kaffe' collector so I can do the other quilt. Oh, and of course, there is the 'Elizabeth' quilt I have to make for Savvy with the Tula Pink Collection.

I need more hours in the day (and money!) 


Monday, June 22, 2015

Mandala Monda - A Bee See Day

No Mandala - but heavy on pictures!

Saturday was an event put on by Tizer Botanical Gardens featuring bees.  Since it would allow Lady K a chance to run around and get Texter out of the house, we loaded up and went.  Lady K had one mode - full out!  In fact, we came home, took a nap and went back for the Dutch Oven Dinner they offered.  

Our favorite spot, the sand box


Our dinner being prepared

We stopped - for about two seconds

Wonderful paths to run and play on


Texter had to hustle to keep up


The reason for today's trip

We now have a mason bee house for our new house









Counting


Flowers will be coming shortly.