Summer Blues

Hubby and I spent some time this morning capturing a little taste of Oregon’s summer.

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It took us about an hour and 20 minutes to pick 15 pounds of blueberries.

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We’ve been picking at the same place for years because the berries are so good. Today I asked how old are the bushes and the owner said they bought the place in 1965 when the bushes were quite small. I had no idea blueberry bushes produced so long!

Like squirrels putting away nuts for winter, we will put most in the freezer to enjoy later, but a few will find their way into a cobbler today and some pancakes tomorrow!

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You see, I can spend a Saturday not visiting quilt shops. I am consoling myself with the knowledge that there is a huge quilt show nearby next weekend!! ;-)

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!

Ode to Fabric License Plates

The Row by Row Experience is traveling right along. Many quilt shops participating in this nationwide shop hop are selling personalized license plates made of fabric.

Zebra Patterns, the company that produced the plates, wrote this letter to shop owners and quilters taking the journey. It reminds me of those notes made with candy bars. :-) Enjoy!

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This is what I have so far:

I truly image
and I belong to a group that believes image
We just have to image
a image to join. :-)

I’m hoping to collect a few more plates this weekend, so maybe I can improve my grammar! Wanna tag along?

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!

Bolts to Blocks and Baked Goods

There’s a new shop in town (actually Albany, Oregon) and I am blessed to have a Hubby who will actually go on quilting adventures with me. :-)

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Bolts to Blocks is a friendly little shop that Barb Schoonover and her husband opened in April after making the decision to leave the corporate world behind. Now she is living the dream and surrounded by fabric all day long!

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New inventory is being added almost weekly and includes a wide variety of fabrics, from reproductions to fun, modern designs.

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Barb is also carrying part of the line from American Made Brand, a new Seattle-based company that launched earlier this year with 50 solids – one for each state.

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In addition to fabric, Bolts to Blocks has a nice selection of notions….

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…AND a waiting area for the ones in your shopping party that might not want to examine every piece of fabric in great detail! Hubby says it would be perfect if he could have a cup of coffee while waiting. (I think he got spoiled at a shop in Spokane! More on that later.)

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In addition to the retail area, the shop has a nice classroom where they even offer classes for children.

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We visited the shop as part of the Row by Row Experience and while Hubby is usually up for a shop or two, I know he really made the trip because I sweetened the pot with dinner at Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant!

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Hubby has been to Novak’s many times over the years, but this was my first visit. Let me just say, if you are ever in Albany this should be on your “must-do” list! Not only are the meals delicious, they have an amazing bakery……

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Melt-in-your-mouth pastries…

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Sinfully large peanut butter cups…

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And heavenly clouds of meringue….

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Of course, I just had to take one of nearly everything in the case. :-) Unfortunately these goodies have far more calories than my fat quarters of fabric, but they taste so much better and my son was really happy when we got home!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting

I AM

dawnmariew19:

Another “stop and think” moment from this young woman of God…….

Originally posted on Living a Life of Joy:

“I AM – two of the most powerful words; for what you put after them shapes your reality.”

I am a mother        I am a nurse
I am a father          I am a social worker
I am a doctor         I am an athlete
I am a teacher       I am student body president
I am popular          I am weird
I am dumb             I am broken
I am sad                I am bitter
I am joyful             I am happy

Whatever it is that comes after YOUR “I AM”, it shapes your reality. ouch.
We live in a society where we focus on the “I AM” all the time. We let it define us and often times…

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Row By Row Experience

My license plate holder says “Road-tripping to another Quilt Shop”, so you know I am always ready for an adventure that includes a fabric store, especially if it’s a new-to-me shop. :-)

So imagine my excitement when the granddaddy of all fabric adventures — the Row By Row Experience — started July first! What began as a New York statewide shop hop a couple of years ago is now all across North America. More than 1250 quilt shops in 34 states and Canada are participating! Ummmm…I think I need to take the next couple of months off from work. ;-)

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Every participating quilt shop has designed a 36″ row and is giving away the pattern for it. The goal is to visit at least eight shops during your summer travels and create a quilt from those eight rows. Many have also created prepackaged fabric kits to make building the rows super easy. If you are the first to return to a shop with a completed quilt you win a bundle of 25 fat quarters which is six and a quarter yards of fabric!

The Row by Row runs through September 2nd, but some super quilter in Texas has already claimed a prize just a few days into this adventure!?! Trust me when I say I will not be claiming one of those prizes… :-(

For me, this challenge is all about the fabric license plates!

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I may not get a row quilt made, but I am off to a great start on collecting the license plates and row kits! On July first, I got my first one at Something To Crow About in the southern Willamette Valley area of Oregon:

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Then on July 5th, Hubby so kindly went with me to a brand new shop in Albany, called Bolts to Blocks.

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And then we zipped over to Philomath to JanniLou Creations to get my third plate:

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Things slowed down a little bit after that because I was a volunteer at a children’s camp Sunday through Wednesday, but I was the van driver and that does come with privileges, right?! So, I sort of kidnapped my passengers by forcing them to go with me on a slightly longer route home so I could pop in to The Fabric Farm in the southern Oregon town of Drain. (Yes, that is the real name!) There I collected my fourth plate:

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I did feel just a tad guilty about having kidnapped my exhausted fellow camp workers, so I promised them I would pop in and out of the store quickly. I know you are thinking that is impossible, but they are my witnesses and can testify to the shocking truth — I was only in the shop long enough to look at the row and purchase the fabric plate. I was in the store no more than three minutes (much to my dismay, but I hid it well) and then we were back on the road in time to catch up with our bus load of kids just as they were hopping out of it at our ice cream stop! They hardly missed us! :-)

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!

A Birthday Surprise!

I no longer have to keep the secret, and am I glad! After not blogging for a while, I was so excited to actually have a completed quilting project to share with you. Just in time I remembered it still had to go through the mail and if I posted pictures it would ruin the birthday surprise for my son’s girlfriend. Now though, the postman has fulfilled his end of the bargain and the gift has been opened sooo……

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I made this table runner to match her dinnerware. I had to go by memory and it can be tricky matching reds and blue-greens, but it worked.

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I did straight line quilting in an aqua thread to finish it.

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I think it’s about 13″ wide by 40″ long, but I forgot to measure it before I popped it in the mail.

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It feels good to get a project finished. Now several more are waiting for finishing touches, too.

So until next time,
Happy Quilting!

Time truly flies!

When it comes to blogging, I have been on one big procrastinating binge….

It’s not that I haven’t thought about blogging because I have dozens of posts clambering to get out of my head. I simply have not made the time to do it. I have taken pictures of all the quilt shops I have been visiting (my Hubby can certainly attest to that rather large number!) and now I just need to start sharing them because there are truly some wonderful people, places and experiences that need to be shared. :-)

I am involved with the planning of an annual fundraising auction for a local nonprofit and I wanted to do a quilt to be sold. The auction theme included black and white. I even had the black and white fabric in my stash, but that elusive thing called Time got away from me. Not wanting to disappoint the committee, I asked my friend if she could help.

Not only could she help…just look!

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It was so perfect that Ruthie had a black and white (and yellow) quilt among the ones from which I could choose! Even the back was awesome. :-)

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It sold for $650 and has found a lovely home! Thanks again, Ruthie!

Until next time, (and there will be a next time)
Happy Quilting!