Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A New Normal

As the saying goes ..... what a difference a year makes.

The last time I posted, I was working the 2013 Padres season, waiting to hear if/what school's library I would work at, finished a visit with my son, daughter and her beau.

Fast forward a year. Just finished my 10th season with the Padres. Did not get a comparable school library offer (more schools with less hours is not a recipe for success). Starting my second "season" with a dance costume designer's company. Daughter moved on from her beau of 4 years and is getting to know a new guy in her life.

In between .... so much.

DH helped his nephew complete a weekend home last fall. Thanksgiving and an open house celebrated a new family gathering place.

I started working for an amazing lady who designs and makes custom dance costumes. A fun job with fun people .... I'm very blessed.

Early January brought the passing of Jerry Coleman. He was such a major part of the organization for decades .... so hard to imagine the park without him.

Less than a week later our family suffered a great loss when my DH's 57 yr old sister passed away very unexpectedly. Judy was such a positive person and our family's social coordinator .... but beyond that she was a special friend and quilting buddy. I miss her so much.

Spring brought our youngest's college graduation and job search. SO proud of that girl!

In March a new to us fur kid joined the menagerie ..... the absolutely sweetest dog we've ever had. Miss Lovie the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

As if loosing Jerry Coleman wasn't enough, in June Tony Gwynn passed away. So, so hard to say good bye to another man I had such respect for.

Summer brought a job offer to the new college grad ...... in her home town. Woohoo!

No post season for the boys again this year, so what's a ballpark to do? How about an exclamation point to the season in the form of a Sir Paul McCartney concert? SO amazing!

It has been such a roller coaster of a year ...... amazing highs and heart breaking lows .... a new normal to navigate.  The one constant has been the healing outlet of quilting. Photos of progress soon.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Something Old, Something New

I took a road trip early in July. I needed a kid fix. Yes, my kids are all adults, but two of them live in other parts of the state and there is nothing like catching up with them in person.

First stop was a couple nights with my SIL and her family. It was fun to visit with them and discover a couple quilt shops near their east Bay Area home. Then I hit the road for South Lake Tahoe via  Stockton and Placerville quilt shops. Did I mention my trip was during the crazy heat wave we had during late June and early July??? 107 in San Fernando Valley, 106 in Buellton, 111 in Paso Robles, 106 in Pleasanton, 108 in Placerville. I arrived in South Lake Tahoe to 86 and a thunderstorm. 86 had never felt so great!

My son lives and works in South Lake Tahoe. We caught up, played a couple new (to me) board games and ate some yummy food. While there I noticed a quilt I made him 11 years ago. Some of the fabrics are faded and wearing very thin. Definitely well loved. I would love to make another one like it so I laid it out on his floor and snapped a couple photos. Of course, my grand kitty Alyx helped.

It doesn't look too bad from a distance.

From South Lake Tahoe I traveled to The City.... (San Francisco). I stayed with a high school friend and her family. My youngest daughter is living and working a summer internship south of The City. We all attended a block party at a park along a canal on the 4th of July, THE canal that leads to McCovey Cove. Even though the Giants were out of town, this baseball fanatic couldn't pass up an opportunity to walk around AT&T Park. 

Stacey, her beau and Willie Mays. 

Fast forward to yesterday. Here is the something new. 

This quilt went to it's new owner. You might remember I started this several months ago, partly as a sample for a BOM for a quilt guild and partly as a gift. 

The special lady in the middle is taking it home to Canada.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May update

Another month whizzes by! When I'm working both jobs, sometimes a week or more will go by without me getting to touch a sewing machine. Sigh! Or when I do, customer work comes first. This past weekend was heaven. All customer work was done, the Padres are out of town so I finished up the top Gentle Art for the AYOS Vintage Schnibbles sew along. And finally I started sewing together blocks for my version of Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street. I also added the binding to a OLD ufo, a Stack n Whack using a colorful trout fabric and refreshed the potted plants on the front porch/deck. Love it when I can play and not feel guilty!

Here are a few finishes...

Jennifer's version of Easy Street. Second one I've quilted for someone. These babies are BIG!

Miss Rosie's Schnibble pattern "Gentle Art" made with 2 charm packs of French General's Fa la la la la.

My version of Easy Street on the design floor.

And a goofy photo of Colby. We joke he's hanging on, ready for an earthquake. I will find him sleeping like this but if his eyes are open, it could also mean he's ready to pounce.

Hopefully I will have more to show next month.... 'School's out for summer' (you're welcome for the earworm!) in a few days. Can't wait!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

End of April wrap up

And March for that matter. Yes, I'm a bad blogger. In my defense, I've been productive and working the second job too. Without further ado.... some of the finishes starting with the most recent.

My version of the Schnibbles pattern Hat Trick by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. This is made using two charm packs of Twiggy by Sanae. There were only 34 squares per pack so I added one other background fabric to make it work. Sinta and Sherri are hosting Another Year of Schnibbles (AYOS) and I'm hoping to participate as time allows. I do LOVE Carrie Nelson's (Miss Rosie's) patterns.

Center of the custom medallion quilt. This was a quilt top completed by a quilting friend who passed away last summer. She had marked the top and I tried to stay true to the areas she had marked. The trapunto doves were her idea.

Lots of ruler work.

The final border. It did turn out nice. I had forgotten how much time custom ruler work takes. I know her family will cherish this and a couple other of her final projects.
The crib size Discontinuity top is done sans a good pressing. The designer recommended not ironing during the construction process to avoid distortion. One of these days I'll take it on.

I did finish the Playing with Jacks top and hope to quilt it soon. Photos to follow.

Miles and Paisley say bye for now.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Quilt center together

I needed to get this project off the design wall (it's also the covering of a shelving unit) so it was just easier to stitch the blocks together. It needs a good pressing but here it is...

(Edit: quilt pattern is Playing with Jacks, a freebie from Bonnie Hunter)

I did something fun on Saturday. I have oodles of quarters so I loaded $20 in a baggie and set out driving around town looking for garage sales. Quest: To see how many cotton shirts I could find in 2 hours with my 80 quarters. 2 hours later I was home with $10 in my bag and a laundry basket packed with 16 shirts, a girls dress, 2 womens tops and a pair of boys plaid shorts. One shirt did get hijacked.... DH liked one and claimed it. LOL! Let the deboning begin.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Catching up

I've been busy on many different projects but no finishes yet.

Playing with Jacks is progressing. 56 blocks done, 24 to go. A special thanks to Sandi for helping me with some additional blacks to make it work.

Easy Street is progressing too. Only 7 blocks remain to be assembled. Since the blocks are so big, the top should come together fast.

Currently on the long arm is a labor of love. I'm working on a medallion quilt assembled by a quilting friend and fellow band mom who passed away last year. I'm honored I was asked to finish it for the family. Custom quilting on this one. I'll post photos as I get more done.

I took a class at Road to California, Discontinuity taught by Emily Cier. Honestly I was worried about the project after I received the pattern but Emily gave us lots of tips and I really like the result. This is half the project, a crib size. All those horizontal lines are seams.... rows are 1.5" wide. Finish at 1". Yep, lots of seams. I think more modern quilts are in my future.

My current leader and enders are the hourglass units for Bonnie Hunter's pattern, Pfefferneuse. I received the neutral string blocks back from the exchange and will use them in this quilt. 105 hourglasses done and 183 to go. Then brown string blocks to combine with the neutrals. 

I get all kinds of help in my sewing room. Often, mere seconds after I stand up to iron a seam, my chair gets hijacked. Here is Finn, being his goofy self.

One last cat photo. I've never had a cat as flexible as Colby. I often find him sitting like this. Cracks me up every time.

Hope to have more to share soon.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Musings

Bonnie Hunter's "Leaders and Enders" are a natural extension of how I work. I find it very hard to work on one project from start to finish. With L & E I can focus on one project while keeping an eye on another one that interests me. And there comes a point where the L & E units become the main project.

My problem right now is I have more than 2 projects out and in process. That creates a clutter that is distracting to say the least. If I box or bag them up, they are out of sight, out of mind though. Perhaps a big list of UFO's posted where I can see it each time I sit at the machine will help motivate me to finish a few old ones and start fewer new projects. One problem I have is balancing the 'have to' projects and the 'want to' projects. I completed one 'have to' project over the weekend ..... neutral string swap blocks and moved a L & E project to the main project category because it is the only other project with a specific purpose and deadline. Unfortunately that means Easy Street gets the back burner for a little while. Here is this weekends progress....

Neutral string blocks for swap done and bagged

Playing with Jacks - moved from L & E status to main project. This one is for a friend who moved to a country to the north. I am extremely low on blacks ..... and after the string blocks and other recent projects, neutrals as well.... so a trip to a quilt shop might be in order this week. 

With any luck I'll be done with Jacks by the time the swapped out string blocks come back to me. 

Happy Monday. It's back to work for me tomorrow. Less time to sew but fun times with the kids!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Catching up

Where did December go?

Wow.... a whirlwind for sure. Lots of out of town company.. work till the 21st... illness... hanging loose for jury duty just to name a few. But I still managed to nearly keep up with Easy Street. I'm so glad I did. I had enough of the units made to assemble a few blocks on the day of the big reveal. What can you say.... another GORGEOUS Bonnie Hunter mystery!! I've had the most fun blog hopping this morning looking at all the lovely quilts with this pattern. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the variety! Here is mine.....
Deep reds in place of Bonnie's purples, creams for the background and gold/amber for the constant. Check out others at the Monday link up here.

Other photos from Dec..... our youngest kitty Paisley discovering the Christmas tree and doing her best prairie dog imitation:

 And Ace and her beau. Here they are just before catching a plane north for the remainder of their college break. Wish we were closer and could see them more often!