Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Days moving Too Fast? Too Slow? Where did they go?

"The Days are Long...
but the Years are Short"

Just love that phrase and that's exactly how I feel.

I can't believe it's been Months since my last post ... 
but the quilting continues - really it does!!
But caring for an elderly parent with Dementia takes a toll on a person,
so finding the time to actually sit and blog has been nonexistent - 
I'd rather sit and stitch!

But today was the day to update this page!
Jimmy Buffet is playing, the sun is shining, and the air conditioner is on! 
Which is why I can have a nice cup of HOT tea!!

So grab your beverage of choice and see what's been happening!

What do you think... Too many projects??

This spring I had the opportunity to give a few lectures and workshops to fabulous quilt guilds!
In February Shining Tides in Westport Ma invited me to do my 
"Quilting ADHD" lecture and sashiko workshop.
The next night Artful Hands of Mansfield invited me to do my sashiko hands-on lecture.
In March The Greater Hartford Quilt Guild hosted my "Quilting ADHD" lecture.
April found me at the Narragansett Bay Quilter's for "Quilting ADHD" lecture and my
"Tote Bag" workshop.
Just love traveling around sharing my quilts and quilting journey!

Spent some time cleaning my quilting room and 
getting quilt tops ready to take to my Quilty Longer friend to baste.
Just hate that part of the quilting process, and there are just too many of them!
So off go these three and three more!!
See ya when your basted!!

Working on an elephant quilt for my hubby!
My favorite is the one that's hiding!!
The cream one on the darker background...
didn't plan it that way ... but it works!
The elephants. are needle turn appliqué using a stencil,
I drew the elephant onto the back of the fabric, 
used a few dots of glue to position the elephants in place 
and then just needle turned my way around!

Decided in January or February???
(Oh No can't remember must be catching my mom's Dementia!!)
Anyway - decided to treat myself to the monthly Quilty Box from Fat Quarter Shop!
So exciting receiving Quilty mail!!
Love that their box is the same color as a Tiffany jewelry box!!
Just saying!!!

In April my Guild (Silver City Quilt Guild) hosted Karen Echmeier for a lecture and workshop...
She was fabulous! Loved her energy - so much so we are having her back in two years!!

Here is my "Accidental Landscape" created in Karen's workshop!
My hubby has already claimed it as his!!

Back track to March!
Silver City had a field trip to Pro Chem in Fall River Ma
to do Shibori ... SO MUCH FUN!!!

Here is the prep work for a heart block

Stitch ... stitch .... stitch...

soak in the indigo dye...
let dry...
let dry...
and Voila!! 
a Beautiful Indigo Heart!!
I have definite plans for this block.... Shhhh....!!!

All of my samples from a day of Shibori at Pro Chem!

In the midst of caring for mom and going to guild workshops
hubby and I (well mostly me!) decided to repaint all three of the bedrooms
in the house! wall and woodwork (dark brown to white!)
So happy with the new coastal look of our bedroom,
not showing the before but trust me it was looking very 90's hotel theme!
Spent too much time watching HGTV room make overs back in the 90's!!

Sent hubby to Florida to go fishing with his childhood friend!
He actually caught a 130 pound tarpon!!
Holy Smokes!!
He had fun - and so deserved the vacation time!

My son Matt came home for a visit and brought his fiancee!!
This was the first time we had the chance to meet Emily...
She's a keeper (we're a fishing family!!)
Such a sweet girl - they are very well suited for one another!

The week after Matt and Emily left, my daughter - Victoria came to visit!!
We spent the week hanging out and shopping!!

Bella and Stella at a good moment during the week!!
You can plainly see this living room needs an update!
It's next on the painting parade!!

In May, Silver City hosted Kathy Beltz who taught Rangley Stars,
this is the center block finished in class.

and here is the completed wallhanging - ready for quilting!

While my daughter was here it gave a chance for hubby and I 
to get out to MY favorite place ... 
Horseneck Beach in Westport Ma
(actually any beach!)

the three mile walk we do is fabulous - wished I could do it every day...
maybe someday!

Can't help myself - just have to pick up every piece of sea glass I can find!!

Working on a Sea appliqué quilt, four out of nine blocks done...

loving how it's coming out...
but my Quilty ADHD is kicking in and it needs something...

Embroidery Embellishing!!
That's it!
What do you think?

Just adds a little pizazz!!

And now ... to finish up.... 
here is what's under my machine at the moment.
It's "Snapshot" a 2015 BOM from Fat Quarter shop.

Need to get this quilt (and 8 others!!) ready for Silver City's September Quilt show!!
Better get back to quilting!

Nice catching up with you!

Have a great Quilty Day and enjoy the process!