November Rose

November Rose

In addition to the craziness of 2020 in general, we’ve had a more warm and sunny fall than usual. This last rose of summer bloomed at the beginning of November. I touched it when I was getting close to take a picture and it fell off, so here it is just off the bush.

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I also love how strawberry plants look when fall sets in.

This might be a good color combo for a quilt.

The other thing I just noticed is that while the geraniums and alyssum aren’t blooming anymore, the plants themselves look great. All my summer pots are a lovely shade of green. By now they’re usually looking pretty sad. But this year we have this:

I’ll take this over frostbitten and dead anytime!

I’m still working on finishing some older projects. Some of them make me wonder if I got stuck, bored or I just have the attention span of a gnat. The leaf below was started in a class a few years ago and the original plan was to make four and put them together. I wound up not being crazy about the fabrics I brought to the class which wasn’t held in a quilt shop so I was sort of stuck with what I brought. Near to the end of finishing this one, Ella chewed up the pattern and I put the project aside. This fall I decided to just bind the one leaf and call it finished.

Maybe someday I’ll redraw the leaf and do four. Or maybe not.

About three years ago I took a class on making a series of quilts from Katie Pasquini Masopust. It was four days long and each student brought a quilt as the beginning. I brought the quilt in the upper left. The other three in the first photo were made on successive days and the last day I made “The Last Leaf on the Tree.”

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And then there’s this:

This one’s been around for a while, but I didn’t like the paper pieced snowman. I finally decided to just cover it with three circles of white batting and I like it much better. It’s great for January when we really need some bright colors.

My next finishing project will be a quilt I started in the early 80’s. It was from “The Quilter’s Newsletter,” and I just loved it the moment I saw it. I finished the top and started to hand quilt it. It seemed pretty overwhelming and was never finished. This year I took out the quilting and got rid of the fat polyester batting. Now it will get new batting and I’ll quilt it on the machine so it will be finished sometime before it turns 40. I still love the fabrics and would do some things differently today, but it’s a sweet memory and I want to finish it.

Here’s hoping you are all well and have a wonderful holiday season.

Candy

Quilt for Fun – Late Summer

Quilt for Fun – Late Summer

Every year at about this time, I say the same thing:  Why does summer go by so fast?  One minute it’s fireworks and parades and the next it’s back to school.  The list of what I wanted to get done “this summer” is still, largely, just a list with but few check marks.  I did finish a couple of UFOs and “Halloween Housing” needs only to be bound.

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I took a class from Karla Alexander at the end of July and just couldn’t rest until the top was finished.  The pattern is called “Red Onion” from Karla’s book, “Stack a New Deck.”  My version is  “Onion of a Different Color.”  Karla is a great teacher and the class was a lot of fun.

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This summer I’ve seen so many new fabrics and techniques that I love, it’s hard to choose what to do next.  I have lots of ideas for new projects and find myself annoyed when I have to go shopping, plan dinner or throw a load in the washing machine.  We went to see the Minion movie a few weeks ago and I think I need some Minions to do housework and weeding and laundry.  Also, errands, grocery shopping and cooking the boring stuff.  Wouldn’t that be cool?  I even saw some Minion fabric.  “Bello!”  I would even make them their own quilt.

The whole Northwest has had a hot, dry summer.  Please remember our firefighters in your thoughts and prayers.  Portland has had a record number of days over 90 degrees.  The good news is that the veggie gardens are having a banner year and the fruit has been terrific.  The bad news is that the glorious sunsets are partially due to smoke in the air and fire season is far from over.

No matter what I’m working on, Ella is always good for some commentary or reminding me when it’s time for a treat.

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She never, EVER forgets treat time.

“Halloween Housing” will only be on sale until the end of August.  When you next see it, it will be part of a double pattern.  Turn to our shopping page for more details.

Quilt for Fun

Candy

 

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It’s a beautiful summer morning with sunshine, a light breeze, singing birds and some crows.  I spent the week before last at the Quilter’s Affair in Sisters, taking a four-day class from Katie Pasquini Masopust.  We each brought a finished quilt as a jumping off point for a series of quilts.  I seriously surprised myself by doing four small quilt tops.  Each of us in the class was on her own little journey from very abstract to realistic, from patchwork to acrylic paint on silk and a whole lot in between.  I tried some things I hadn’t done before.  For me it was about experimenting with techniques and if it worked, great.  If not, then at least I learned something.  When I got home I finished the last one in the series, quilted it and hung it up.  It’s called The Last Leaf on the Tree.  It’s simple, effective and I like it.

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Going to Sisters always prompts all kinds of new ideas for me.  The big problem is that I can’t do them all, have them all, or buy them all.  I’ve been told by someone who knows me well, (thank you, Sweet Husband) to reprioritize and cut myself a break.  It’s time to pick a few favorites from the favorites.  And maybe indulge in a bit of meditation to calm my overwhelmed senses.

The week after I got back was mainly one of recovery.  Six days of quilts is kind of a lot.  When overwhelm sets in, learning and appreciation levels really go down.  Of course, we’ve already made reservations for next year.

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While I was gone, my vegetable garden went crazy.  It looks like a jungle out there and it seems that one of my “zucchini” plants is actually a cucumber.  I’m not quite sure what to do as I have two other cucumber plants that are producing an embarrassment of riches.  Better lock up your cars or I may leave you some unsolicited cukes!

I just realized that I offered a special on “Halloween Housing” a couple of weeks ago and didn’t put it up on the site.  I’ll be fixing that this afternoon.  It’s really a fun little quilt and goes together fast.  Check it out.

Quilt For Fun

Candy

 

 

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Quilt For Fun Blog

 

 

 

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Greetings from the lovely Pacific Northwest.   We hope you had a wonderful Independence Day Weekend.  Around here, we generally view July 4th as the beginning of summer.  This year, summer started early.  My veggie garden, which was just baby plants a couple of weeks ago has gone crazy.  I’m pretty sure that if I just sat out there and watched, I could see the squash plants grow.  They’re all flowering and most have little squashes started.

 

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This week is all about quilting for me.  I’m spending the week in Sisters, Oregon, taking a four-day class and enjoying the company of other quilters.  I’m especially excited this year as the last time I went was three years ago! Other fun life events have gotten in the way the last couple of years and I’m glad to return to quilt week.  I’ll be posting some pictures throughout the week of quilts and the town of Sisters.  The whole town becomes about the quilting for the week and it’s just fun.

I’m packing up the usual ton of stuff, knowing full well that whatever fabrics I take, I will need to buy some when I start class.  Apparently, that’s just a law of nature, or law of quilting.  And there will be some new thing or book I just can’t live without. I’m taking the camera, opening my mind and just letting the beauty and ideas flow in.

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This doesn’t seem like enough stuff.  What could I have forgotten?

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Just in case you’re wondering.  I shall be home, in the air conditioning, thinking up a cunning new plan.

                        -Ella

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Catching Up

Catching Up

The last month has whizzed by, mainly because I took four plane trips and spent the time in between catching up.  I spent most of the last week in October at the International Quilt Show in Houston.  The last time I attended that show was in 2001 and again it was both inspiring and intimidating.  Also, lots of fun.  Saw old friends, made new friends and, as always, found quilters to be wonderfully friendly and helpful. There were 1200 vendors.  A person could go really nuts.  I exercised amazing self control and only bought what would fit in carry-on.

I’m pretty sure that every one of the 60,000 people expected to view the show took this picture:

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And here are a few of my other favorites:

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“Fire Chief Rain Boots”  Cheryl Culver, Portland, OR

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“Straight From the Horse’s Mouth”  Cindy Garcia, Racine, WI

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“Royal Thistle”  Helena Scheffer & Marion Perrault, Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada

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“Waratah”  Melinda Bula, Eldorado Hills, CA

Loved ’em all!

It’s a totally gorgeous day — autumn on the cusp of an early winter.  It’s supposed to freeze tonight, which is early for the Willamette Valley.  There are still lots of leaves on the trees, making it hard to get into getting ready for Christmas.  Since sunshine makes me energetic, I actually created some neatness in my little office.  Even the dogs seem a little shocked.

I’m ready to be home for a while, working on the website and quilting.  And with the growing season being over, and a chilly wind blowing, outside is not so tempting.  Time to snuggle in and get some stuff done.

There’s just the last dahlia of summer, basking in the sun.

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Quilt for fun

Candy

It’s a Website!

It’s a Website!

Our website, mob quilts.com, is now up and running.  Thank you to Laura at Mosaikweb.com for all her work designing and setting up the site.  We love the new look.

Some of us are into instant gratification.  As in, “That looks cool; I want to have it now.”  There’s also the idea of trying to be kinder to our little blue planet.  As in, “Do I really want more paper to store or file or recycle?”   With this in mind each of our patterns is (or soon will be) available as a PDF.  Many are already good to go.  A few of the older ones are fighting back, but I’ll get them done as soon as I can.

 

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For some reason, Citrus Salad is being particularly feisty.  I dream of a day when all my electronic minions learn to work together.

Barb and I also want this site to be responsive to what you, as quilters, are looking for.  All your input is welcome.  Even though there are lots of guilds and quilt groups and friendly quilt shops, quilting can still be a solitary undertaking.  We’d like to offer friendship and support to all quilters who come to our site both because it sounds fun and because the quilting community has been good to us.

I love that we’re launching in October.  It’s pretty much my favorite month.  Tomorrow is the day I’ve appointed to put out my Halloween decorations.  It’s a time when it’s socially acceptable to be a little “out there” and I really love that.  In honor of that, our first pattern, Colors of Fall, is on special this month.  It’s pretty quick and easy to make and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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One of the things I like about this one is that it’s appropriate from September through November.  As much as I love my Halloween quilts, hanging them up in the house before or after October kind of creeps people out.

Now that the days and nights are cooler and the garden is mostly finished until next spring, I’m loving the idea of doing more quilting.  If only I didn’t have to cook and shop and pick up the house and  . . .  well, I’m guessing you get it.  Sometimes life gets in the way of my fun.  Still, I don’t think I’d want to have it any other way.

Please sign up for our newsletters.  We promise not to flood your inbox.  We’ll talk a bit more about quilting techniques and welcome your input and ideas.  We’ll also email you the patterns for two postcards just for signing up.

Keep having fun,

Candy