Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Autumnal November

by Clyde Watson

"November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."


November calendar

Thursday 11/2 and 11/16 Come and Sew 10-4

Sunday 11/12 and 11/26  Open Sew  11-4

Monday  11/13 and 11/27 Open Sew 10-4

Wednesday 11/22 and  11/29 Open Sew 10-4

Saturday 11/25  Open Sew  10-4

Come and Sew with us


We had our first Very Merry Unbirthday Party on Monday. 14 of us crowded into my studio and ate some very delicious food and laughed and stitched all day. 

Really healthy!!! Until we got to dessert! Oh my word....excellent offerings.

A few of our projects

As you can see, we did accomplish more than just eating. Thanks to all who came for making the day so much fun.


A few more pictures from then week before.



And three pictures of Susan's fun Halloween work


Fun days to celebrate in November

11/2 Deviled egg
day.....get those eggs in to boil!!

11/4 Book Lovers Day

11/16 Button Day

11/27  Pins and Needle day


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Friday, September 22, 2017

My favorite time of the year!

Let's get the calendar for October taken care of first.

It will be a little different this month because Loren and I are going to go for a little trip in our Motorhome.

Monday October 2  Open Sew   10-4

Wednesday October 4 Slow Stitch Class  10-4
Please let me know soon if you are coming to this class. I will be making a few surprises for those who register.  $10.00

Friday Oct. 6   10-4

Sunday Oct. 8   11-4

Thur Oct 19   10-4

Sunday Oct 22   11-4

Wed Oct 25  10-4

Sat. Oct 28  10-4

Monday Oct 30.....10-4  Spooky Day
We will celebrate everyone's  birthday on this day!!!!


Now for some pictures

Diana has been working on this Buttermilk Basin BOM and it is turning our so cute.

Renee and her sheep! Aren't they grand!!!

Susan has put BOO on toweling with a wool border. I love the broom.

A Maggi B design

I love this cross stitch design

Bonus day! Nancy bought home made Apple Pie and Loren baked us cookies!

the next picture shows the finished product

Wool and cross stitch. Susan is so inventive!

Susan just finished this and I can't wait to begin. Fall is everywhere.

Several of us are making this and Loren is making us tombstones to attach it to. Soooo cool.


It has been a long summer in my opinion and I am very happy to see rain and cool days!!! I hope you are too.

If there is a class you would like to take or a subject you would liked to explore, I'd love to hear from you. I'm open to new ideas and new projects so please share. This is the time of year when a lot of us like to hibernate and stitch.... let's do it together.

I did read the new Louise Penny book Glass Houses and I love it. Have you read it?????

What is your favorite book that you read this summer?


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Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Please send me any comments. I enjoy hearing from you.  Betty

Monday, September 4, 2017

Yohoo it's September

But where is the cooler weather!!!!

I am so ready for sweater weather. Anyone else?

My family from
The Netherlands are here until Friday and then they go home. I will miss them, especially Nora.

We built a house with Tinker Toys.

Diggers digging in Farro...Birds like all the ones that fall to the ground.


Recap of Sept class dates.

Sun   9/10

Mon  9/11

Mon 9/18

Wed  9/20

Thur  9/21

Sat  9/23

Sun  9/24

Mon 9/25

Wed  9/27


Picture of Julie Altman's quilt at the Clackamas Co. Fair

She did a  beautiful job.

Shadows during the Eclipse

Pretty interesting how the moon shadows played on the patio.


Class pictures

One of Susan's newest creations

Sandra's Civil War quilt

A different Susan...she is getting ready for then holidays

Susan P finished her wonderful quilt and Heidi quilted it. Perfect.


One of my beautiful roses before the hot weather returned

Peace rose, my favorite.


Louise Penney's new book  Glass Houses is out. I highly recommend her books. She is a great suspense writer and Inspector Gamache is pretty intriguing, smart and I'm pretty sure, handsome.


Thanks to our daughter, Ginny, we got to go to Cirque du Soleil.

Thanks, Ginny, it was great.


First of October classes
We will probably be camping some of the month so I'll only put the first few days and then add more later.

Wednesday 10/4 will be Slow Stitch revisited.  If you couldn't come to the first class, here is your chance to come and stitch with us.

I'm starting to do a monthly slow stitch project.  I had started this a while back and decided to use this as my stitch by month. I'll try to stitch some each day and begin anew each month.

Slow Stitching is just that. Taking time to slow down and even if it's just 5 minutes, try to mindfully stitch something each day. It could be a particular project that you want to spend a little time on or something new or just playing around with stitches.

Join us and learn more about Slow Stitching. Bring hand sewing supplies and I will have samples and fabric and threads to share to get you started. If you came before, bring whatever you have  been working on. 10-4 includes lunch...$10.00


Friday Oct. 6  Open Sew  10-4

Sunday Oct. 8  Open Sew   11-4

That's all I'll put for now.


Fall, fall, glorious fall.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Trying out the new laptop again!

I am on a learning curve to get used to this new laptop. I hit the space bar at inopportune times and because of the difference in keyboard, I can't seem to spell. I am sure I will get better.

Our kids from The Netherlands arrive next week so we are getting a bedroom ready for Nora and cleaning like one does when guests are coming. Nora is 3 now and I am looking for some serious playtime.

I am working on a few projects that I thought I'd share.

I started this a long time ago and decided to finish it. I have a friend, Tracy, who has one in her kitchen and it is beautiful.

It is an old Linda Brannock quilt called Gallaxy

This is the book it is from.

Nancy Edmonds took a class from Jen Kingwell and is making this quilt called Halo. I am not so ambitious and only want to make four blocks. Mine are hand pieced and I like them a lot.

I have been making little hexagons for quite a while and couldn't decide what to do with them. When the magazine Quiltfolk came out it had a quilt on the front with blocks like this and I was totally enchanted. I don't know how many I will end up doing but I am so happy with them. Most of the fabric is Jo of my all time favorite designers.


I was looking around and found a blog and then Pinterest....quilts and art work using used tea bags! They are super cool. Check out some on Pinterest or ask me for my Pinterest page and you can see how they are used.  Here are a few that I put in hot water and then dried outside in the hot sun. I used the tea water to dye some cheese cloth and some other items.

This is one that I liked a lot.....screenshot so not the best picture.


I have also been working on a piece that is kind of like slow stitch journaling. I like the ovals and will be adding more stitches and shapes. There is a book called Slow Stitch and it is full of inspiration. You might find it an adventure.


I made this little purse by Maggie Bonanomi some time ago and had it attached to a quilt on the wall. I needed a special bag to take to a wedding and remembered this. It was just the right size for a wallet and phone while looking quite fancy!


Here is September class dates

Sundays are from 11-4   all the rest are 10-4     $10.00 includes lunch

Sunday 9/10

Monday 9/11

Monday 9/18

Wednesday 9/20

Thursday  9/21

Saturday  9/23

Sunday  9/24

Monday  9/25

Wednesday  9/27

I think that's it. I look forward to fall and it's wonderful colors and cool days.

And here are a few looks towards fall.

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Thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate it a lot. Betty