So much has happened in one year!

Well, it has been one year since I retired from the Fire Authority.  Since that time I took an extended visit to see my mom in Oregon, had the house fixed up (popcorn ceiling removed, professionally painted, new flooring, new window treatments and new dual pane windows).

I also downsized quite a bit – all furniture got donated to Goodwill/Salvation Army, bags of gently used clothing and books donated to Goodwill, fabric was donated to my guild to either sell or raffle off and a few other things.  It’s great to clean up and start fresh.

Fan Dance With that said about starting fresh, this was the first quilt from Road to California 2015 class that I finished.  Some class projects get done in a year or two or just get shelved.  This one is called Fan Dance and the teacher was Nancy Mahoney.  Nancy has a great technique so the quilt was assembled quickly.  Since I purchased the fabric in La Mesa at Rosie’s Quilt, I named mine La Mesa Leslie.

It was quilted on the long arm, binding on in record time and then shipped to my friend Sharon Elsensohn.  Sharon and I had a fabulous friend named Leslie.  We have known each other for more than 25 years.  Well, that damn cancer took Leslie away from us.  Knowing that Sharon was feeling the loss, I sent it to her.  When she’s down, maybe she can think that Leslie is nearby watching over her.

So Leslie, farewell.  Sharon, enjoy the quilt.  Any quilt guilds, think about having Nancy as an instructor.  Quilters could also use this pattern and use the panels of the fans for signatures. When finished you could use it for a gift for a bride, a retiring member of your company or church or a family gift.

More later as I need to put some binding on another quilt.

Thanks for reading.

Featherweights for sale!

Well, it is time to downsize. We are redoing the house and I just realized that I have to start eliminating “stuff”. Now I love my Featherweights – they are great for taking to class. But I went a little nuts on eBay and now have 6. Plus a couple of other portable machines.

I know – that is way too many unless I have a studio, set up each machine with different color thread and have the space. So, if you are interested, please let me know. Here are some pictures of my 1948 that was listed.
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All my Featherweights have cases, bobbins, foot pedals and are in working condition. Please email me if you are interested. Thanks

Internet, Tools, Quilting

First let me say that if any of you received an email from darcelona3@aol.com regarding a link taking you to a weight loss page, it wasn’t me. I purchased a new computer from Best Buy and while they had the computer to transfer data over, someone hacked my account. I have had to change the password about 7 times so hopefully, you won’t receive any more.

Tools – I have to say that I have become a scissor junkie. I start to salivate at a Kai display or a Gingher or Bohn. Since retiring from the Fire Authority, I have been rearranging and organizing my sewing room. Found numerous packets of needles – everything from quilting, crewel, tapestry, to multiple packets. But needles go dull so that is an absolute need. I also found about 10 pairs of scissors. Everything from embroidery, 6″, 8″ size and even pinking shears. Plain handles to floral. Just gotta have them.

There was a vendor at Road to California this year that sold wood handled seam rippers, stillettos (not shoes, sigh), hair picks and thimbles. Their work is so beautiful that I bought a stiletto and a seam ripper. Then I told them that I had seen a blurb on their product in one of Mark Lipinski’s magazines. To date, I had already purchased knitting needles, a thimble and a seam ripper/stiletto set. Check out Bella Cotton in Esty – she carries some beautiful items.

Quilt shows- big or small, please support them. I attend the Orange County Quilt Guild’s show in Anaheim last week and the quilts were beautiful. Many members participated and they had some great vendors. There was one vendor that had a plethora of hand crank sewing machines. Almost bought one but had to stop myself. I had purchased a hand crank, Lady Washington machine years ago just in case we lose power and I just have to finish up a seam.

That’s all for now. The new computer has been letting pop-ups appear and tells me that my browser, Media, Flash Drive, etc are all out of date and need to be updated. Why? Everything should have been done before I picked this up. Oh well, back to Best Buy. The nice thing is since retirement, I can go and be there first thing in the morning to get answers.

Thanks for reading.

It’s Show Time – Road to California in Ontario

Well, Road to California started off with a bang! Extra tent for more vendors and lunch seating. Great Teachers! Beautiful fabric! Wonderful staff! So far, here are my comments:
Thanks to my first two instructors – Linda Ballard for Harmony Square. Also, thanks to Linda Hahn who taught New York Beauty Diversified. Great tips on sewing curves and copying the pattern. Usually if you copy a pattern, the distortion will show up in your quilt – especially if you use 2 different copiers. Both instructors brought in their quilts for layout ideas, colors and quilting the finished product.

Class squares from a 2006 class with Roxanne Carter

Class squares from a 2006 class with Roxanne Carter


Vendors – Thank you Beyond the Reef for coming over with great rolls of fabric – best Hawaiian fabric ever. ‘Quilt in a Day’ – Eleanor Burns is at her booth and I have to ask “Does this woman ever get tired?” She is one of the most upbeat vendors. “Come Quilt with Me’ and Pat Yamin who does triple duty this year – has a booth, judged the quilts and also taught. Another powerhouse vendor/teacher – she is awesome on handstitching. Kai Scissors have a terrific booth with some great show prices, Tracey’s Tables, Bohn from France with needles, scissors, etc, Island Batik and some many more. Tons of sewing machines – both regular machines, long arm, and every attachment possible.

Today is another class, Stacked Hexagon Stars Quilt with Norah McMeeking, and Saturday will be handstitching and learing new decorative stitches. I will be able to post more pictures later. I wasn’t going to do that much shopping as I need to reduce my stash of fabrics but couldn’t stop. Plus I found the most comfortable thimble that is absolutely gorgeous. She told me it was a JL Lane.

Ontario Convention Staff/Road to California Staff – all super helpful.

A few tips for those who attend – wear comfortable shoes. If you are taking class and want to sit with your friends, then get there early so you can sit together. And lastly, have fun and don’t forget your “P’s and Q’s”. That phrase, as I was told, means Don’t forget your PLEASE AND THANK YOUS”. There is a lot of work that goes into these shows. This year, Road is dealing with one teacher that had to cancel due to illness, one vendor broke down in Texas, one instructor woke up with the flu,,,,,, meaning cancelled classes. But you could not tell from their faces. All staff, both paid and volunteer, have smiles on their faces. So head out to Ontario as the show will end on Sunday at 4p.m.

What’s the Point? Where’s the Point?

I love to sew a quilt on a machine. Some people will tell you, always in a serious tone, that unless you do the entire project by hand, it is not a quilt.

Seriously.

At that time, you really just have to smile and walk away. Now I will do some hand quilt but usually ends up as PIGS (Projects inna Grocery Sack). Here is one project that I started on a machine but would probably work out better being done sans machine.
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By stitching the parts together, my points have “mushed” into each other instead of gracefully coming together. The pattern is called “Nosegay” and the instructor is Pat Yamin. She is the owner and founder of “Come Quilt With Me” headquartered in Brooklyn. Pat is one who will handquilt and does beautiful work.

Pat also hosts a retreat in Hawaii and is on the road constantly. In fact, she will have her booth at Road To California, January 23-26, 2014 in Ontarior at the Convention Center. She carries some great fabric and has some of the best templates for her patterns.

Back to Nosegay, I have lots of fabric to make this as it is a great way to use up your stash of fabrics. This one was done on the Featherweight but the rest will be done on the Bernina.

Thanks for reading and try quilting. It is a great craft and you do meet the nicest people.

So how was your 2013?

We always hope that the new year will bring wonderful things.  Well, here is what I have:

  • a new radio station KOCI is in Orange County at 101.5 and they play regular music, some classics, some killer old stuff and it makes me smile.
  • Retirement is just down the road.  People ask what is the first thing I am going to do – well sleep in comes to mind if the cats will let me.  They are used to being fed quite early.
  • I had some terrific quilt classes at Road to California and can’t wait for the 2014 classes (I have 4)
  • Great weather – not too hot and not too cold. We could use a little more rain but if we have some nasty fires, OCFA has the best trained firefighters around. 
  • A wonderful holiday time with family
  • BB King in concert

Here’s what I didn’t receive:

  • winning Lotto, Power Ball or Mega ticket – but probably just well as the taxes would just annoy me

That’s about all on what I didn’t receive.  I have had a very blessed year. I work with some great people. No major catastrophes happened. My last year as Team Captain for Susan Komen Breast Cancer “Race for Cure” brought in my highest amount to donate. 

So for 2014, I will work on the house – time to remove the popcorn ceilings (really, that look is never coming back), new flooring and a new coat of paint done by a professional.

May 2014 bring you joy and happiness.  Try to make each day your best – listen to other people’s opinions without interrupting them – if you can’t agree with them, smile and walk away.  Drop the negative comments as it will do you more harm if you keep harping on it.

Smile more – drink more coffee – and adopt your next pet – don’t shop.

Thanks for reading.

Handwork

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Many years ago, the local community college offered more classes in the arts.

I had the time then to take a class in needlepoint. This is one ribbon pattern we were given.

The nice thing about any of the handcrafts, you can make these items on your own or sit in a class and work on them. Being in a class offers the opportunity to meet people, learn other techniques from them or just get an impromptu lesson on colors.

The same thing goes with quilting. One comment can lead you towards a whole new color combination or a new technique. With needlepoint, you can have it turned into a pillow or have it framed.

But my favorite, it is the best way to keep from snacking. It kind of goes along with the old saying “Idle hands are the Devil’s playground.”

Thanks for reading – have a terrific holiday season. Remember to shop small stores as it helps out your community. Not everything needs to come from the Big Box stores.

Creativity

We inherit many things from our families – hair color, eye color, height, etc. We also inherit creativity – some people it is a natural thing and for others, it needs to be developed.

Moms press release

This is a press release for my mother’s next book. Gloria Stiger Linkey has already published a book “Native American Women – Three who changed history”. Her next book will be a children’s book “Abbey’s Rescued Animals”. The picture used, Mom thinks she is about 7 or 8 and she is posing with their dog, Honey Bunny Boo.

So here is the line of creativity – Mom writes, Darci blogs. Mom’s Aunt sewed a lot of our clothes, I quilt. Mom also sewed a lot of our clothes and costumes for school stuff.

Don’t be afraid to try a new craft or hobby. Somebody in your family lineage gave you something for your to take and make your own.

Almost time for time change

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We all have smoke alarms in our homes – at least I hope so. Now this is not quilt related but imagine losing your house to a fire.

Just do these simple things:
Check monthly – press the “Test” button
Vacuum monthly – dust, lint, pet dander can clog up the filter.
Change the battery – Every year or buy a 10 year battery.
Change the device every 10 years – when checking the battery, look to see if there is a date. If the date is 2003 or prior, go buy a new device.

You may still hear the noise if you hit the test button, but the sensor is probably bad.

Smoke alarms are not expensive and they do alert you if there is smoke in the house. Put one inside each sleeping room and one on each level. Don’t put it near the kitchen.

Stay safe – check your smoke alarms often. Not only is October Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is also Fire Prevention month.

Thank you for your time.

what’s the Point? Where’s the Point?

I love to quilt on a machine – either on my Bernina or on my Featherweight. However, there are some people out there that will tell you in their most serious tones, “It is only a quilt when it is all done by hand.”

Seriously! You just have to smile and walk away. Now here is one that I started that has been PIGS (Project inna Grocery Sack) for awhile. The pattern is called Nosegay.
nosegay

This was a class taught by Pat Yamin (Come Quilt With Me owner and established in Brooklyn). Pat does her quilts by hand but also teaches machine methods. Now my points got kind of mushed in the center so that tells me I really need to slow down when making this pattern. Or just do it by hand.

Pat will be at Road to California Quilt show, Jan 23-26, 2014 at the Ontario Convention Center both teaching and selling items from her booth. She is a very patient teacher and keeps us laughing with jokes and stories. She has some great fabrics as well as templates. The templates are very sturdy.

I have a few of these blocks done but will probably do a bunch by hand just to make sure my points are perfect. The quiltzillas are out there – if you see them, just smile and get out of their way.

Thanks for reading and if you are looking for a new hobby, try quilting. You meet some great people along with the quiltzillas.