Monday, June 27, 2005

A New Sport.....Competitive Quilting

Who said quilting wasn't a competitive sport? A few weeks ago one of the QB's, pulled out her friendship blocks that the group had done in 2003. Lora was determined to be the first one to have her quilt completed. I was the only one who had completed my top when we did the blocks 2 years ago but just never got around to actually quilting it. Well, having the gauntlet thrown down, so to speak. was just too great a challenge not to take. Besides, I had to get mine done first since Lynda had already gone and completed the first block in the Beige Behemoth race.....

So, two weeks ago I basted the quilt and started work on it. I knew that I had a good 3 weeks or so before Lora would have hers completed since she's only working on it on Mondays. Meanwhile, Claudia dug through the piles in her sewing room trying to find her blocks. So today I show up with my completed quilt. I really wanted to be sitting there just working on the binding but somehow managed to actually get it all done this past weekend. Claudia also shows up with her completed quilt, (but she doesn't have a label on hers yet and I do.) Naturally, this is the one time Lora doesn't arrive early. When she finally arrived around lunchtime we had great fun with our Show & Tell. But, more importantly, I can check another item off of one of my UFO lists. Yippee!

QB (Quilting Broads) Friendship quilt. FINISHED!!!!!!! With QI (Quilt Inspector).  Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

I was asked recently why I didn't have any current pictures of Arlo posted. I had to search, but finally came up with this one. Yes, he really does think he's a lap dog. Only problem is, this lap is usually reserved for the Princess, Miss Sneakers. She was none too happy to find HIM there instead.  Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Blue & White Grandmother's Flower Garden. Started summer 2002 or 2003(?). This is my tv/movie project. Guess I'd better start watching more movies..... Posted by Hello

Stack n' Whack dogs. I've had the fabric for a couple years (at least 2001). Found the background on sale summer 2004. Started and finished 2 blocks January 2005.  Posted by Hello

Batik scrappy Hunter's Star (started summer 2003). Only these 3 blocks are done.  Posted by Hello

Dog related baby quilt which really needs to be completed since the baby is due in about a month or less...... Posted by Hello

UFO's, WIP's and the Ugly Truth...

I seem to be remiss in updating my blog on a regular basis. What can I say, it pretty much seems to be the "story of my life". Which brings me to today's subject. A couple weeks ago the QB's (Quilting Broads) were discussing the number of UnFinished Objects. I came up with about 12 that day but for the next week I kept remembering more and more projects that have been started, but never finished. Yesterday, with pen and paper in hand, I walked around my sewing room, poking into bags and drawers that haven't seen the light of day for quite some time. The list is not pretty and I can't even be sure that I have everything on it. But, here it is, in all it's glory.....

Works In some form of Progress
(not necessarily listed in order of age)
1. Monochromatic sampler quilt (this is definitely the oldest in the list
as it dates back to my NY days.)
2. Mariner's Compass
3. Mystery quilt -- Debbie Mumm dog print
4. Jackson Family Photo Memory Quilt
5. R&W Starkle, Starkle (Bob Coon class)
6. Kaleidoscope - royal blue
7. Batik scrap Hunter's Star
8. Stack n' Whack dogs
9. RW&B star log cabin
10. Airplane quilt
11. Airplane wallhanging - foundation pieced
12. Yellow & Blue Grandmother's Flower Garden
13. Bear's Paw in a Bear's Paw wallhanging - Bob Coon class
14. Red, black, & White pieced duvet cover
15. Ditto applique wallhanging (C.Warr Anderson "Applique for Realism")
16. BOM dog applique
17. Hudson River lighthouses
18. Storm at Sea
19. Nickel Quilt (not sure I should count this one yet since I'm still
collecting 5" squares and haven't completed one full block yet...)
20. Signature Quilt for T.L.
21. Dog themed Baby quilt for CM -- completed 8/20/05
22. Black pansy challenge wallhanging
23. QB Christmas challenge
24. Applique lighthouses (Piecemaker's BOM)
25. Beige Behemoth
26. 2003 Shop Hop Blocks

To be Quilted or In-Process
1. QB Signature friendship quilt -- completed 6/27/05
2. Giant Dahlia
3. Hawaiian Applique
4. Jessie's Cross Stitch
5. Ballerina's

1. Trip to Trinidad
2. Christmas Stained Glass
3. Rose for Princess Diana
4. Dog Pincushion

Of course this list doesn't include all the sewing projects in various stages of completion.......insulated curtains for the bus, duffle/tote bag for agility class, clear vinyl for screen room portion of tent and a whole myriad of others that I don't even want to think about right now.

One thing is abundantly clear to me, I have a definite problem with finishing. But I relate that to something I read on a quilting list once upon a time. The discussion had come up on this subject and somebody stated that part of the creative process in our minds sees the project as completed once we've done a portion of it. We can see whether or not it's turning out as we had envisioned it and in our minds, we see it completed and move on to the next idea rolling around, screaming to come out. Hey, it works for me. :)

But, truth be told, I am a bit embarrassed by the number of projects listed. There's something a bit humbling about actually seeing it in black and white instead of on that mental whiteboard, (I think I keep erasing it in my mind.) So, now the question is, what am I going to do about all these projects? I think I need to mull this over for a while and try to come up with a plan of action.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Our new awning. It was fairly easy to set up and a nice addition when we don't have space for the tent. I'll have to dig up some pictures of the side tent that I adapted to attach to the side of the bus. It gives us a nice screen room and more flexibility with the dogs. But it's so darned BIG that it isn't always easy to use at a lot of campgrounds.  Posted by Hello

Camano Island State Park

Friday, June 3rd we were actually packed and ready to leave for the WetWestie campout at 10:30. But, true to form, nothing EVER seems to go right whenever we plan a campout. First, Arlo woke up and decided to have digestive "issues", meaning he had the runs. So, first order of the day was to cook up some chicken and rice for him for the weekend.

After stopping for gas and subs for lunch, we made it to Lynnwood to the meeting place 45 minutes early. We pulled into a nice strip mall, ate our lunch walked the dogs and I was able to browse through a neat bead and button shop. Found a beautiful "dalmatian stone"(?) pendant for a good price. Alas, that was about the only good thing to happen.

On arriving back at the bus there was the dreaded green juice puddle leaking from a place it wasn't supposed to. Quick inspection determined it was the overflow tank and that it had yet reached the critical stage. Luckily there was a VW shop nearby that happened to have the part. So we made a slow, leisurely drive home and Steve swapped out the tank while I made some blonde brownies. A few more tweaks of some hoses and all leaks were solved.

5:30 pm and we're back on the road forging through Friday afternoon rush hour traffic. 3 hours later we made it to Camano Island and actually were able to find a nice spot, complete with a beautiful water view. Woo hoo.

Saturday was beautiful. The weather was perfect, not too hot, nor too cool. We finally learned how to play cribbage. Took the dogs down to the water and Arlo had his first encounter with waves....they scared him. After being chased by the first one, he didn't want to get near them again. He was a total butthead about any other dogs he saw. The leash aggression thing is really getting old.

The turnout was 20 buses and the potluck was great, as usual, in true WetWestie fashion. Unfortunately, something triggered Steve's allergies and he couldn't stop sneezing or blowing his nose. Benadryl didn't even phase it. So, when we ran out of tissues, we decided to head home after the potluck. Probably was all for the best since the weather turned a bit wild on Sunday with some fierce storms blowing through.