Hi Pat! What have you been up to? I've had a blah week and have just been really lazy...must be the weather!
My Long Beach doctor appointment is Friday at 2:00. Are you going to be around Friday morning? I was hoping to check out Jelly Bean fabrics and it would be nice if we could get together. Usually my appointment is earlier in the day, but for some reason they gave me 2...which I don't really care for; it gets me home too late. Anyway, let me know.
By the way, is your quilt at the quilters? How long does it take? Are you going to do the binding or have someone else do it?
Yippee! Doctor day! I go once a month (pain management) and that's when I get to go to Long Beach. It used to be every 3 months, but now it's monthly. Anyway, I've been collecting ginkgo prints and they have several. This time I was smart and wrote down the ones I do have.
So, do you have a large fireworks show in Long Beach? We have a huge one here; we used to go down to the beach, but during the past several years it's really gotten crazy with people shooting things off and not paying attention to others around them. I wish they would ban fireworks from the major display area. Anyway, the past few years we just watched from our living room. We haven't had a sunny 4th in a few years now. Last year I believe it was drizzly anyway. My mom always goes to the big show in Vancouver. One year we watched from a boat out on the river and that was a lot of fun!
I'll bet it's crazy up there for the long weekend! I know it's crazy here and I feel trapped...I can't even get out of my street, and nevermind going to the grocery store! I usually just hole up and plan on staying home. My husband has to work for sure the 2nd and 3rd. He doesn't know about the 4th. It's so weird because for 20 years he had weekends and holidays off. Too bad the mill closed. What I really miss is the money! It paid well and the benefits were excellent. Anyway, times are tough right now.
So, what have you been working on? I finally did some quilting yesterday. I've just not been in the mood lately. I think I'm worrying too much about things and then I can't concentrate. But yesterday I was able to escape and it made me feel much better once I got going.
Anyway, guess I'll go for now. Hope to meet some day!
Just stopping by to say hello! I've been wondering about those borders of yours! I'm removing one right now and I'm so annoyed because my stitch length was too short and I'm having a heck of a time taking it apart!
No way did I quilt my quilts by hand! I'd probably only have one quilt! I wanted to try once, but I don't really care for hand sewing. The closest thing I've done to quilting my own is using a blanket stitch around an art quilt!
We just took our house off the market after 2.5 years. We were in closing a year ago, but the other party pulled out at the last minute. We've only had 4 people look in all that time! We'll keep it off the market until we can price it higher as it was in the beginning. I'm just tired of trying to keep it looking nice all the time! Plus, my husband just started college (he's 50). He worked at a sawmill in Warrenton for 20 years until it closed. That was a real bummer! Now that he's back in school the mill has reopened, so I was pretty upset about that. I really had hoped he'd go back, but he was already in school when the hiring started. I miss the nice paychecks!
It sounds like you're really busy! Do you go to the coast every weekend no matter what the weather? Do you have any kids? We don't. We couldn't and chose not to go through any fertility procedures. Just as well I suppose. We'd be paying for college and weddings now and wouldn't be able to afford it.
I'm working on a new quilt and just finished making a bunch of HST's (half-square triangles). I have a friend who has been quilting much longer than I, yet she refuses to even try anything with triangles. I'm hoping to keep this quilt for myself. I made one for my husband a few years ago, and one for my dog...now it's my turn. Plus I just finished 3 quilts to donate to "Quilts for Kids", so I want to make something that didn't call for kid fabric!
I wish my mom would get into quilting. She just wants me to make them for her! She has three and I think that's plenty! I even made her an all applique' wall hanging that she wanted even though I dislike applique'. My mom did some sewing of home dec items when I was a kid, but that's about it. No one in my family sews, and it was only a fluke that I became a quilter.
So, what kind of work do you do? I was a bookkeeper for over 20 years, but now I'm home full time. You know, I can't imagine going back and forth as often as you do! I rarely get to see my mom in Vancouver because I have unreliable transportation and she never wants to come here because she says there's nothing to do. She likes to go shopping at the malls, so she's bored when she's here. I really wish I could go visit one of these days! But having your mom in Salem isn't exactly convenient either!
You know, I've been quilting for 5 years and I'm still chicken to try mitered borders. I have detailed instructions, yet I still hesitate. I think they look so nice.
I like having several things going on at once so I can work on what I'm in the mood for at the time. I like designing my own quilts; I have EQ6 but I never use it. I'm still partial to my graph paper! Are you going to design your cat quilt on paper or just go for it? I made a quilt for my friend that sounds like the one you want to make...it had fussy cut cats and then I had cute mouse fabric and balls of yarn fabric. She loves cats, and I think she would have liked the quilt no matter how it turned out just because she liked the fabrics!
I've enjoyed getting to know you. Maybe one of these days we can meet at Boardwalk Quilts. One of my doctors is just around the block from there and every time I have an appointment I have to go shop. Afterall, if I'm going all the way over there I may as well take advantage of it!
It's so nice to hear from you! I'm glad you finished your top! You must be so excited! Have you thought about quilting it yourself? When I started quilting I'd never heard of a long arm quilter and thought you were supposed to quilt them yourself. Of course I don't have a lot of extra money, so I probably couldn't afford it anyway. Will she do the binding as well? I think someone at Boardwalk Quilts does binding for people. I forget her name, but she is tall with kind of short blonde hair; I'm almost sure she's the one. Anyway, a lot of people don't like doing the binding. I hated it at first, but now I'm used to it. I do it all by machine (a lot of quilters prefer using blind stitches and doing it by hand).
I have never been one to spend a lot of time on the internet, but it seems like I'm here every day now. I decided if I was going to join a quilting group I may as well participate...especially since the only quilters I know are on-line! Plus, as I previously mentioned, I'm stuck home without a car right now so that gives me extra time on my hands.
When I first started quilting I bought the book "Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting". It helped me tremendously the first couple of years, and I still refer to it when I want to learn a new technique (such as applique'). I also discovered early on a place called "about.com". They have a section specifically for quilting and there is a ton of information on there! I spent hours there in the beginning.
So, have you been building a stash of fabric? Some people buy fabric as they make a quilt, and some people just buy fabric to have. The quilt I'm starting now is using fabrics only from my stash. I won't have to buy a single thing. Which is good right now. I do love shopping for fabric though!
By the way, thanks for the link to Jelly Bean Fabrics...I'm going to go check it out now!
I love shopping on-line! Where did you go? I like shopping at Fabric Shack the most, as well as Fabric Depot in Portland. Have you ever been there? I haven't. A friend of mine said there is so much fabric that I'd probably be overwhelmed! But I still want to go some day.
Do you have someone quilt your quilts for you? My moms friend who lives in Ocean Park uses a quilter in Vancouver but she wants to find someone on the Peninsula (she's in Ocean Park more often than Vancover). If your quilter is in Ocean Park can you give me her number so I can refer my moms friend to her?
I was hoping the Peninsula guild met on Saturdays. My car is dead right now and my hubby and I have to share, so I'm stuck home during the week. The only way I could go to a Monday meeting was if it was 6pm or later.
Thanks for the info about the Jelly Bean! Since we're rather limited with the quilt shops here it's exciting to have a new one to check out. There is one I usually visit in Cannon Beach (Center Diamond) and occasionally I'll go to Creative Fabrics in Wheeler. I rarely go to the one in Astoria, but it's a nice one. There's a Joann's, but I only buy notions there; not fabric. I've been doing much of my shopping on-line since I'm really familiar with the various fabric companies and know which fabrics are high quality quiting fabrics. My favorite is http://fabricshack.com/ Do you ever shop on-line for fabric?
My mom has a friend (also her bookkeeper) named Doris (I don't know her last name). She's probably in her early 60's and just started quilting last year as well. She lives in Ocean Park, but used to live in Vancouver. She still has clients in Vancouver, so she goes there pretty often. My mom wants me to meet her since we now have quilting in common (and I was a bookkeeper for 20+ years as well). One of these days I think I'll call her up and have her meet me at Boardwalk Quilts. Did you shop there when it was Anna Lena's? It was such a beautiful shop! And the owner loved 30's fabrics, so she had LOTS of them (those are one of my favorites as well).
I think a quilt guild would be so much fun. When are the meetings for the Clark County guild? I need to find out when the meetings are for the Peninsula guild because I feel like I'm missing out!
Thanks for writing back! Maybe we'll meet some day (funny how small of a world it can be!)
Welcome! I just joined a few days ago. I noticed you live in Vancouver...my mom lives in Hazel Dell and I live over in Seaside (I shop at Boardwalk Quilts). Do you belong to a guild? I've been thinking about joining the Peninsula Quilt Guild but it's quite a drive for me. I'm almost 50 and have only been quilting for 5 years; wish I'd learned sooner, but I didn't even know how to sew when I started quilting!