Monday, July 7, 2014

Oregon Diverse - Part One

A trip, that the planning has taken over six months to realize, is finally here. Off the group goes to Oregon to see everything they can from coastal delights to the finale at the 39th Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

This is the first part of the trip that includes: lavender, alpacas, the hunt for yarn shops, coastal sites and wonders, cool and foggy weather, whale sightings, cheese, plus lots of giggles and making new friends.

This lavender farm is WillaKenzie Lavender and has acres of lavender and alpacas, located about halfway between Portland and Lincoln City on the coast.

It took a couple days to get this sunset from our house on the coast but it was worth it.

Everyone got their own traveling pillowcase, fashioned from their favorite colors, and a special souvenir lavender sachet bag.

Coastal pictures from the southern day trip to Florence in search of clam chowder, quilt shops and yarn shops. We did some whale spotting at Devil's Punchbowl and were successful just no pictures because they were too far out.

On our northern day trip we were excited to finally find a yarn shop however it was closed on that day. Only thing to do was gaze through the window and wish we could see what a Tsunami Hat was all about.

A picture from the Tillamook Cheese Factory, a smaller operation than I thought it would be. Then we learned that the real work factory was in Eastern Oregon. It was fun to learn the history of the cheesemaking and have samples and shop in the gift shop.
All in all a great first half of our trip. We did visit three very nice quilt shops: Quilter's Cove in Newport, Wenz-Daze in Florence and Jane's Fabric Patch in Tillamook. For yarn shops we only got into A Yarn for All Seasons in Newport; all others were either closed for good or just the day we were looking for them. So elusive the yarn fibers.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Camp Loopy Fabric Camp

This is as far as I got for fabric camp this year. I will get it finished but not by deadline.

I think for my first pattern design attempt I have done pretty well to estimate the different designs front and back.

It is bright and pretty, looks like a beach towel on sand to me.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Trip Headbands - the how and the why

I discovered a blog post that showed what to do with fabric scraps that dress up your hair. It is cute and functional.

These are done with 1-inch strips of width of fabric. I anchor three strips together with a loose knot about an inch and a half from one end. Then I braid it to the other end and tie it off.

I tie these so the knot can be at the back of my neck or can be worn on the side for a more fun look.

For my upcoming trip, I am making one in greens and one in purples, my favorite colors. They are great for all day wear. So, off to braid~!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Let the Strip Blocks Begin

These are the fun things to do with all my scraps. I have used the 10 inch papers to assemble them on. My plan is to make some every week until I have about 110 of them and them assemble them into a bedcover for me. It may not be a quilt weight but more of a duvet cover. Not totally sure yet.

It takes me about an hour to set up and about 20 minutes a block because I get up to iron most sections. A few a week is probably a good goal for me.

I am looking forward to seeing the finished product. Watch for updates in the future.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Zippy Bag for Trip Journal

This comes from a video I found by Valori Wells (part of the magic behind the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon). The pencil pouch was the project she did to demonstrate a really cool way to put in a zipper, video found here.

I liked it so much I found the fabric and zipper and started working on it right away. I think it will work really well to carry writing tools with the journal for notes about trips in the future, be they long trips or day trips. It will be nice to have one place to record them all.

I made one for mom, too, so she can keep track of her lists of things to do all in one place. I think it goes great with a kitty journal; owl and pussycats.

Happy Crafting to All~!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Camp Loopy Fabric Camp - Assembling the Bright Parts

The next step for this project was to sew together the bright parts for the front and for the back.

The front (pictured) was done with 2 1/2 by 10 1/2 inch strips done in three blocks of five strips each.

The back was done with fifteen 2 1/2 by 12 1/2 inch strips done in one long strip assembled in alternating colors.

Now it is time to measure and cut for the borders. The original finished size goal for this project is 18 wide by 36 inches long and will cover the top of my lateral file at work. Let's see how close I am to that goal. Watch for more progress on this project soon.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gift for the 1st Time Gramma

As part of the Lewe the Sheep baby gift, I crafted a stuffie for the 1st time Gramma. This one is done from the pattern, The Bunny Pattern by Heather from the Sewing Loft.

I used some polar fleece with minkie scraps from the back of the Lewe quilt. This gramma-to-be likes bunnies so that is why this was so perfect.

Hopefully she will love it.