Started quilting about 15 years ago with a friend who lived in Santa Barbara, CA at the time. It was a way of keeping in touch and an excuse to get together. I even made all of the paper-piece blocks for her wedding quilt. Then I got my sister involved in quilting and my other hobby of traveling. Now we have a house together along with my long-suffering "other half", three dogs, two cats and about a dozen fish in a pond out back! My sister and I have gone to the annual outdoor quilt show in Sisters, Oregon every year now since 1996, and I made it up the the Northwest Quilters Guild show in Seattle last year for the first time. Sadly, we miss Portland's quilt show in September since we are usually traveling in the southwest at that time. I've made two "modern" Double wedding ring quilts for my kids, a triple Irish Chain for my parents, numerous baby quilts, a few wall hanging, and am getting ready to start on another Queen size quilt in a "Northwoods" design by request from my son and daughter in law.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, machine quilting, general sewing, gardening, other
My pets are awesome!
2 weenie dogs, 1 retriever, 2 cats, and about a dozen fish
The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!
Hey Catherine - thanks for the comment. I grew up in Santa Maria, CA and left when I was 24 - 21 years ago. I married a guy from VAFB and the rest is history. When I left Santa Maria - there was nothing in Atascadero and not much in Paso Robles. I still have a brother in SM, so I try to make it back at least every other year. I saw you said you traveled to the Southwest - where exactly. I live in Texas now. What made you leave California?
Well....what does a quilting group do???? I was just thinking it would be nice to have someone to sew with, trade ideas, patterns, maybe go on a quilt shop run to semi local shops....just fellowship doing what we love. We could get together every other week, or once a month, or ? we could meet and sew at ea. others house or even meet up at a local shop that lets people use their sewing area, I know of several that do. Just an idea......whats your thoughts on that? Hope there are others interested and yes I too wish Dawn still lived here......she justs needs to move back!!
Thanks, the penguin star was fun to do. I know what you mean about the larger quilts. They do take a long time! Just put the last border on a nephew's wedding quilt this weekend. It will take me a while to get it quilted.
Hi Catherine - your yard sounds alot like our back - the moron who built the house was building the foundation by digging out rather than blasting (we live in the Kittitinny mountains that are the northern most tip of the Blue Ridge chain) so by the time he realized he was on a rock ledge, the foundation was done. All the rock was thrown into the back yard and frankly I haven't had the $$ to finish it off. It does leave plenty of room for the gray squirrels to live and prosper. As a matter of fact, there doesn't seem to be a bird feeder that they can't get into! At least they don't distroy them like the black bears that come through - that means I can only put our the feeders from December to March.
I love your pond. I have all sorts of plans for that, but I need an electrician to put outlets outside, so I have the area dug out and the fountain ready to go....someday....first I have to have some dead trees taken out - I wish they weren't in the middle of the front yard within falling distance of the house. I love to leave them for the woodpeckers and nuthatches since I learned from my pest management class that the insects move into dying trees and then the insect eaters have plenty of variety to eat! We have one dead tree standing in the back yard and the other day I noticed that there are all sorts of pockets dug out, so I'm guessing that's where the woodpeckers nest. I've only seen one Flicker (a female, I'm pretty sure) and they are beautiful. This afternoon, Randy and I were outside cleaning up some of the stuff all over the yard - we had alot of ice this winter and it really played havoc on the weaker branches. I'll put them in the back corner where they can be good shelter for the smaller critters.
Randy is going to my son's tonight to play poker, so I'll be able to do plenty of quilting! Here's hoping you are making good progress on your quilt. Barb
Hi Catherine, I do love watching the woodpeckers - we also have woody and hairy woodpeckers and they seem to be at the top of the order when it comes to the feeders - I was going to say pecking order, but thought better of it. LOL
I live in northwest NJ by the Delaware Water Gap. We've been here for about 33 years, have considered moving off and on over the years, but it's so nice here and our neighbors very friendly, so we've stayed. We have about 3/4 acre, mostly un-landscaped (I'm a landscape designer, so of course I don't have time to work in my own yard! LOL) so the birds and squirrels have plenty of room to play. Even though the squirrels are masters at raiding the birdfeeders, but they are so much fun to watch chasing each other up and down the trees, that I cut them some slack....Right now the snow is finally going away (at least for awhile) and I've realized how much I have to do in the garden. In the fall I was working at a garden center full time until Dec 24 and that's about when the snow and ice came for what seemed like a continuous stream, so I didn't even get time to rake all the leaves off the lawn!
You're so lucky to have so many hummers! I'm sure though, there are some times when you really don't feel like making their sugar water! What type do you have? The only variety we have are Ruby Throated, but love them anyway. We also seem to have one or two strays coming from up north, probably Maine, that fly through very late in the season, so I leave the feeders up for about 3 weeks after our summer visitors have left. Unfortunately, last spring, we had such a horrible problem with Gypsy Moths that the township had to spray and I noticed a distinct lowering of the butterfly and hummer population (I know that the hummers migrate, but I think the spray affected them too). I notice those things - I've become involved in the Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Waystation programs, so I've gotten my yard certified as both and encourage my clients to do the same in addition to using less herbicides and pesticides. It's so easy just to spray a "problem", but it really does have consequences. OK, I'll roll my soabox back under the table now.....
You are lucky to be able to go to the Sisters Oregon quilt show. I bought one of their prints several years ago and have it hanging over my sewing table. Is it really still outside? What do they do in case of rain? We have some big shows here...as a matter of fact, my friend and I are going to one the first week in March and I'm _really_ looking forward to it!
I know I am lucky to have such a great sewing space. My husband does custom cabinetry for a living, the cutting table is his original design. Yes, it is a basement room, but he put in so many recessed lights that it is nice and bright to work in. Would love to see photos of your quilts.
Hi Catherine and thank you for the invite. Thank you also for your nice comment on my projects. Vegas does get mighty cold in the winter and when we first moved here 15 years ago, I was surprised at how many quilt shops were here. Quilting is very popular and we do have quilt shows every year in near by Henderson. Sure hope you post some of your photos of your creations and of your 2 little weenie dogs. I have 1 big German Shepherd/Akita named Trouble. She's the mother hen around her to my 7 cats.. She's a big sweetie..
Thanks again and hope to talk soon. Linda