Ever since I got involved in the quilt world I’ve been fascinated at how modern quilters interpret old block designs. Each year a classic block is put out there by the National Quilt Museum and each year I am amazed at how they are interpreted.
This year is Flying Geese.
At first I looked at the winning quilt by Susan Morgan and didn’t really get it. But somehow the colours and design stuck in my mind, and when I saw the title it made sense. Very clever.
I used to think I would make one of these quilts one day but I think I’ll leave it to the experts! Go see some of the other winners.
We are trying out this new thread from Aurifil. It’s a very fine 80wt cotton thread on wooden spools – cool. So far customers have told me it’s great for hand appliqué and Aurifil recommend it for free motion quilting, machine embroidery, free motion couching, english paper piecing, and machine appliqué.. Hmmmm…….. I wonder if it will make me a cup of tea?
At the moment we are carrying a range of neutral colours but later we’ll add in some of the other brighter shades.
Day 1, Thursday: leave the house, husband driving, get to Tolovanna Inn at the south end of Cannon Beach. Pouring with rain – how unusual! Go and eat WAY too much supper at Mo’s.
Go back to hotel room, sleep.
Day 2, Friday: get up and get ready really fast. The line will be forming from outside the retreat room all the way down the stairs into the hotel lobby. 8 o’clock – sign in, grab bag and look for a seat. Find one next to Lori and her friend Elaine. Good choice.
Get things out of bag, set up table, yack to everyone in sight, eat excellent breakfast of half a bagel, cream cheese, hard boiled eggs, and tangerine (do this every single morning except the last when they had run out of the best poppy seed bagels and I had to have a plain one), walk around looking at vendor’s tables. Buy stuff. Yack to more people.
Start working on interesting bracelet pattern offered by Michelle at Village Beads. Go look at more vendor’s stuff. Yack.
Eat vast lunch – pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salad. Yum. Yack. Look at vendor’s stuff. Take a class about exploding triangles – beading can be quite entertaining. Yack some more. Go back to hotel room, eat and watch TV with husband. Husband has been fly fishing so there’s weird rubber stuff drying all over the room. No, we are not kinky.
Day 3, Saturday: get up and get ready fast. No line, but I want a poppy seed bagel etc. Eat. Start working on bracelet, yack. Look at vendor’s stuff. Yack some more. Eat excellent lunch of chef’s salad.
Take interesting class on 3-d beaded objects. Had to think………
Took class with Carol Perrenoud and Virginia Blakelock. Funny people. Funny class. Lovely bracelet.
Got back to room to find drying rubber stuff all over the place. We are not kinky (and even if we were, I wouldn’t tell you).
Day 4, Sunday: get up and get ready fast. No line, but I want a poppy seed bagel. NO POPPY SEED BAGEL. Had to accept plain.
Watched incredible hail storm.
Looked at all the pieces made for the bead challenge – the Animal Within. My piece had to be tweaked as a bit of it was misaligned. Difficult to do as no-one is supposed to know who made what. A sort of surreptitious sneak up to the table, a quick hand out and a little push. Made mental note of which pieces I liked and then back to the voting slip.
Ate excellent brunch. Baked beans, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and potatoes. Yes, I know there was healthy stuff like fruit but I’ve already eaten a tangerine…….
Won second place in competition. Cool!!
Tried not to look too monstrous while having endless pix taken.
Started packing up, yacked, looked at vendor’s stuff – paid vendor’s.
Took bags to front lobby of hotel and found husband waiting.
Left. Husband drove us to Camp 18. Ate. Drove on home.
Went to bed very tired and happy, ready to do it all again next year.
Little bit of fun – the Johnny Was Here website asked for a little bit of blurb to go with their new silk scarf design. I love the way they call me the country’s most famous quilter and then spell my name wrong!
Never mind, the scarf is very pretty and I’m happy to be associated with such a pretty accessory.
I am totally enamoured with the Picasso finish on many styles of beads. This bracelet uses seed beads and fire polish crystals. They are such lovely earthy colours and together they make a subtle statement. This bracelet is fastened with a snap clasp and is made with 8 components and 2 end circles for the snaps. I like working in components as it means you can take your work anywhere and make one piece at a time before putting it together.
If you would like to buy this pattern you can find it under Pebble Bracelet or the Pattern section of my beadwork website.
We have some of these hayuge cones of machine quilting cotton from YLI which we would like to clear out. Good value at $19.00 down from $23.95 – a nearly $5.00 savings. Lots of pretty colours to choose from.
A delicate lavender coloured twisted peyote chain holds a simple pendant with dangling dyed freshwater pearls. The pendant is made with seed beads, Swarovski pearls and crystals. The chain is approximately 26 inches long.