Ellie’s Row By Row

Our quilt group has been working on our Row By Row quilts for some time now.  I did another row for my dear friend Ellie.  The first one I did was back in March of last year, a winter row.  Ellie’s theme is “Seasons”.  This time, I did a summer row.  There is an order to my madness/messiness… So glad for my studio – now I can spread out and have fun!

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I love old vintage campers. Perhaps one day…

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And here it is sewn to the other rows:

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I hope Ellie likes it.  Now on to finishing my own row by row.

What Have I Been Up To…

It’s already May.  Much has happened since I last posted.  Older son moved back to CA – yay! Younger son continues in the Bay Area, and dear daughter got hit by a car on her bike, but managed to make it to Nationals.  Thank God she is ok…

The inattentive gardener that I am, I dedicated two of my planters to growing berries.  I happened to be out poking around my garden today, and lo and behold, the berries were ripe!

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I have been wanting my very own studio space.  When younger son moved up north, I eyed his room, but it was an overwhelming mess, since we started using it as a catch all room.  So, dear hubby suggested the kids bonus room.  He helped me organize it, put together some Ikea cabinets, and now I have my very own Studio! This is the old computer nook; now my sewing station:

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Lots of storage for my quilting and art!

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Vintage quilts I have been collecting for some special projects:

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Now I have a place to display my vintage metal dollhouses:

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My current quilt project.  A quilter, Laura West Kong, who belongs to my local Guild has a Quarter Daisy block in the book, Modern Blocks:

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And the TV is still in here, so the kids are not totally deprived when they come home to visit:

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I have always wanted to learn how to paint in acrylic.  A very talented friend of mine, Muriel Dolemieux is teaching a group of us in her home Studio.  I love it! it’s so much fun! Here is our first painting:

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So, I’m keeping myself very busy.  Life is good!

Hemet Quilt Show & The Dammit Doll

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I am still in the process of cleaning/organizing the kids old bonus room into somewhat of a studio/sewing room for myself.  It is a long process… Amazing how much fabric I have amassed in the last year and a half of quilting.  And equally amazing that the kids have “moved out” but still have most […]

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New Shoes

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I don’t know why, but I am not a fan of shoe shopping.  After wearing my all purpose sneakers on my last hike and nearly destroying them, I realized I really needed new hiking shoes as well as workout shoes.  So, dear hubby happily accompanied me to the outlets.  I am very fortunate to have […]

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A Boy And His Car

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Sometimes crappy things happen… Dear younger son had his car stolen off the street near his apartment the other day.  This dear little car was handed down from his three older cousins, who owned it in succession.  It had seen better days, but was in amazing shape and well loved.  He took possession of it […]

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Valentine Swap

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I mentioned earlier that I was involved in a Valentine Swap.  It was hosted by Viv over at Viv Out On A Whim – Thank you Viv!  And I was partnered with a most talented mixed media artist, Cheryl over at Artsy Fartsy.  Cheryl sent me lots of goodies, including a bunch of caramel kisses! […]

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Balance

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For whatever reason, this time of year, I seem to need some kind of spiritual connection.  Possibly the end of a hectic holiday season, and the departure of my children back to their respective lives?  I found myself feeling really empty after everyone left, and I was putting away Christmas decorations by myself.  So, the […]

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Happy Holidays!

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It’s been a very busy last few weeks.  Dear older son has come and gone, dear younger son and dear daughter will be returning to the Bay area and University after the new year.  The quilts I made for them were a hit.  I had been collecting Japanese themed fabrics, and made them all the […]

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An Update

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So much for yacking about my garden every month… I have decided to try winter gardening as I am such a hands off summer gardener.  It just gets too hot around here during the summer. So, with the help of my gardener, my planters are ready to go – whenever I get going: We had […]

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IronBruin!

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Now that dear younger son graduated, we have been deprived of watching Collegiate Ice Hockey games.  But fear not, dear daughter has joined the Triathlon team in addition to the cycling team.  So last weekend, we woke at 4:30 in the morning and headed to my alma mater to watch her participate in her first […]

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A Very Special Birthday

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Last month was my Birthday.  For whatever reason, I spent the last year thinking I was 53, when in fact, I was 54.  So, it felt like I got two years older!  Oh well, I am just happy to celebrate another birthday :).  Normally, dear hubby bakes me a cake, but he was out of […]

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Gift Quilts

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I finished these quilts back in August, and can now share them since they have been given to their recipients.  I made the first quilt for my MIL, when we visited her in Europe.  I used a kit I found at our local quilt shop.  The second one, I made for my brother-in-law.  He likes […]

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