Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Morro Bay!!!

 We took the Mountain drive from our house to Morro Bay - Those trees!! Are avocado Trees.. Cool!!


In my mind Morro Bay used to be this small little Beach community - I grew up visiting here with my parents and I don't even remember crowds. We'd stay for the weekend and goof off.... we arrived to the town in the middle of an Iron Man Triathlon prep. Oh My!! SO many people. 


My Best friend was there to greet me... He told me stories of all the had happened since my last visit ( just a few years ago) and he whined about the parking... NEVER has there been so many cars!!!


We made it to our favorite beach. And surprisingly - the beach was kind of empty. Most everyone was here for the competition!



Found my other kid!!! yay!!!


We had a great relaxing walk - brunch and then toured through town to get the great views of the rock!!



Our Beach Drawing.... Proves you can take the rancher off the ranch... but!! He still thinks about his cattle ;-)


of course , on the way back to our house... we did manage to make a stop at another winery.....

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Wine Tasting

 When you are in Wine Country - you do have to do a little Wine tasting... so the next morning we headed out to see what we could find.

our First stop was Peachy Canyon Wines - it was 8 minutes from our house in Templeton, and it was considered Paso Robles... see! they are almost the same haha!


Check out these roses - they were the first thing I noticed - So pretty and so colorful.
Ta da!!

A chair Big enough for us all ( well minus the one that is still traveling to meet us)



We did a wine tasting here. The menu had 5 wines on it - all of them were grapes from this specific vineyard. I guess it is common to grow what you can and source grapes from other vineyard if you need them. But this year - this winery was able to grow all of its own. 


They brought in a Taco Truck  - you can see it behind me and K. We were quite happy about that - my kids have to eat a lot!! So it was great timing.




Plus - remember I told you our tasting was supposed to have only 5 wines? I figured that would equate to just about 1 glass of wine - over a few hours - it'd be great. Well!! Our taster guy - he was the best. When he found out we were from Colorado we all started talking mountains and trail running, and the triple bypass bike ride... and then the next thing we knew - he was adding wines to our tasting.... Oh boy..

We needed the tacos ;-)  and a long walk. ( PS - we did have a designated driver!)


I love how theses grapes are planted - and they use goats to do the weeding.
( I need a goat)

After that winery - we headed over to Barton Wineries. We just sat on the patio and I had a glass of wine while the guys all ate. It was just a fun place to be. There was a guy playing music, a light breeze - just a nice time!


We then headed back to get the third child of our crew... for the next adventure!


Monday, May 27, 2024

Solvang!!

 Day 1 of our little adventure found us flying to Santa Barbara CA - pretty early in the morning! Wich was very nice - we had a whole day of doing cool things!!

The first cool thing - had to Solvang and find food!



I was in LOVE this these green grassy hills.... And kind of envious - I wish our grass stayed that green all year round...  Back to Solvang!



its a Danish Style town - and so cute. I remember going here as a kid with my parents, But I think things have changed since then. In my head when you drove in you were right in the middle of a whole new world. This time you had to go park and then walk to the world. its kind of hidden back there... maybe it always was and my Dad just knew where to go?

I also remember a lot of bakeries and crafty type stores. This time there were a lot of wine tasting rooms. We didn't indulge as we still had driving to do. We did find food and a few bakeries to sample!

We finally found shoes large enough for Little Bit ( he wears a size 14 or 15)



Love the buildings and the windmills. Its a really neat town. I always wished I could be an architect and build things like this. Maybe that is why I am so drawn to quilting.



Our new best friend !!!

it was a fun stop... and then we headed on to.... Templeton CA . In my mind Templeton runs into Paso Robles so we will be in that area.....




Friday, May 24, 2024

Yellow Crumb Quilt Finish!! and!! Finished (or not) Friday

This! has been a week!!! We got to go on a vacation that was centered around my Nieces wedding and it! was! a ! blast!!!  But I am so tired......

I have many photos to blog about and show you our adventures, But today I am going to brag that I actually did sneak in a finish !! 

Remember when Yellow was our RSC color? I had yellows left over from my original project so I made crumb blocks. Set those crumb blocks with Pink and a quilt top was born...

I also had some Backing fabric left over from last weeks finish - so it seemed like all the layers were colliding to tell me... JUST DO IT!

So I did!


Sometimes a Quilter just needs to play with different motifs . This quilt seemed to be a perfect play piece....


I have a very fun yet detailed Butterfly....

And feathers...

I also used that same Blue floral back on the last quilt.

I bound it in pink strips and Ta da!!! A finish!!

You'll have to come back to see our vacation photos. A funny - you know we are doing construction? Welllllll when we were gone I got a text - Hit your Propane line. So I assumed that meant the dug down deep enough to find it... I did NOT go to the dark side of that statement.

I had gone ahead and called the propane company to re work the line - NOT knowing that HIT  - meant CUT!!! We had NO propane - which means no hot water!!!! oops - Our first day back was Yesterday and at 6 am I was up helping dig a trench to start a new propane line, The guys worked until 2 pm - and by 3 pm - we had hot water..... Fun right?>?>

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Yellow Lightning RSC Quilt and !! Finished ( or not) Friday

 I finished my April Yellow Lightning RSC quilt!!! Whoo hoo 

I just have to say - try saying that last sentence three times fast. I am not even sure I have it right saying it the one time - regardless - my Yellow RSC from April ... is done!!!



It measures 45 x 54 ish - each block is supposed to be 9 1/2 inches (9 finished)
I had a lot of Yellow 5 inch squares - so this was a perfect way to use them!


I quilted it with a panto called Mexican Carpet  by Dawnas Design Threads
I liked the circles - I thought they were fun!




This backing worked out well - its 60 inch wide fabric . and my quilt was 45 ish - but!! I had another small quilt - so I cut enough backing to do both of them.  Altho - I only got one bound for FONF.....


I liked the springy fabric - We have had the craziest weather - in the morning its starting out warm and getting hot, then a storm rolls in and its cold... Not complaining! my timing for taking photos has been off!!! haha!


So far - I am all caught up on my RSC quilts being quilted... still piecing Mays pink one.

That is whats up with me, other than the hammering and the air guns and the big construction trucks. 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

20,000 steps a day.. and the Aurora

 One thing that is super good with having to take two dogs out - I m getting my steps in!! but!! I am also getting some fun weather shots.

My dogs are starting to like each other - we have taken two small walks together ( one on a leash with me, and one on a leash with K) and !! they kind of calmed down... I see a happy future!



Funny enough - the real reason we saw the Northern Lights was... one of the dogs needed to go out. Everyone in our area ( okay the 2 people that live near) had taken a photo and shared it on FB and I was so jealous - I couldn't see them. That was 10 pm ish...but at Midnight!! Oh wow!! that was a total different story for me!!!






its funny - I didn't think there was that much light pollution out here. I mean there is significantly more than there was when we first moved here .. I just didn't expect that much. The big lights? Those are oil drilling sites. 

This one - I laid on the ground to look up - I think its just so ethereal looking.


We have had some amazing storms go by - not the bad ones like the rest of the country - but this is on one of my million walks - watching the storm go south of us. Coveting the rain - but wanting the wind to stay there.

Squall lines are pretty cool to see too...



To make this quilty!!!   I am starting to pair my Purple with the RSC Pink!!!!  I think I like it!! Its pretty rich in color - should be quite cool!!!


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Monday, May 13, 2024

Purple Pie Hole... aka the Rabbit Hole

 Remember how I said I didn't want to put any fabric away once I had taken it out? 

That might be the death of me..... just sayin'

I still had Purple out from last months RSC challenge... and then I found a block that I had made for a test.. ( A Framed Nine Patch) 

 I still had just a bit of yellow out...

And!! I had finished all of my T shirt quilts, AND!! I have a commission quilt that starts in June, AND... well - I have QADD  AND... Did I tell you we have construction... AND... my hot water heater decided to quit.... so truly - what is a girl to do?

First I made more Framed 9 Patches and kept playing until:


See that Purple Border there?  I think that is going to be my contrast color for my Pink RSC Lightening quilt... ( Thanks Kate for the advice on color!!)


There was more Purple:

and so!


Now we have these, and there is only a teeny weeny but of purple left in this scrap bin. Please note - I am clarifying - THIS scrap bin..... Don't faint

now it is on to finishing topping my Just One Thing Churndashs..

Oh! and don't google Purple Pie - I found out its a drug.... but too late!! I already stole it for my title. Because I think these crumb blocks look like Purple Pie...Maybe I am just craving sugar 


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Friday, May 10, 2024

Changes!!!! and !! Finished ( or not) Friday!!

 This week has been a crazy crazy one... and I didn't get a lot finished... I do have a lot going on though - does that count?

The big finish is taking Eleven Quilt to our Pathways Hospice - Three of them were donated from our Pieceable Friends Quilt guild in Greeley. 


The in progress?

We tore up our house!! Oh my!! We had to have solar panels removed off the part that was coming down, the concrete of the old porch torn up and removed, the steps to the door taken out - and new concrete put in.  Now the roof part that was removed is going to be rebuilt..... and of course - everything is delayed. 

Trusses that were supposed to be here last week, are now coming next week. We had 3 days of high winds, so the framers are delayed a few days. ( it has to suck to be dependent on weather!)  And I am glad that my Buddy Kevin of Pagel Construction is in charge and I just get to watch and listen and give my opinions!! and Bam!! he makes it happen!



And then on the dog front - the two girls like each other - but they don't like each other. Bella gets a little jealous of Daisy, and Daisy doesn't know why.

So we are doing a ton of Separate but equal walking, and playing. And I am getting in 20,000 steps per day ( not even joking!!)

I know it will take time, but if you know me well - Patience is not a Virtue I possess!! 


They do both love me though, and will sit on the couch with me, especially if it looks like I might have a cheese stick.....





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Thursday, May 02, 2024

A finish for my Family -and!! Finished ( or not) Friday

I think they refer to this as the Cobblers Syndrome - when you are always making things for others, and forgetting your own kids?

But in my defense, my kids had WAY too many t shirts! 

Last year I made them sort thru them all and make a pile of what they would like in a T shirt quilt - and my  husband decided to get in on it too...

Announcing the FIRST of the Family T Shirt Quilts!


Usually when I make Quilts I start with the oldest child ( adult now!) First - but this time I decided... to start with the youngest - so Here is Little Bits two sided T shirt Quilt.



I not only included his T shirts - but also pieces of Shirts that I had made for him. of course, the other two kids have matching shirts - so you will see some of these fabrics again - hopefully before the end of the year!


It kind of worked out that I finished this quilt just in time for his Birthday!!  So we headed to PF Changs - and managed to make the waitstaff and manager laugh at how much food we ordered. but!! we still had room for dessert!!!

And I was glad I had that done, as I became aware that it was that time of year again, and I got swamped with TShirt Quilts for high scholl grads - LOVE it - but how did time sneak up so fast???



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Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Just one Thing Churn dash!!! Success!!

 Inspired by Joyfuls Declutter efforts... I also started (For April) to make one Churn Dash a Day from my scraps - and!!! SUCCESS - I have 30 Churn Dash Blocks.... Last night.. I even started *rowing* it!! 




I am not sure it made much of a dent in my 5inch square bin... but!! There is a little Dip!!


Remember my psychic Rainbow Scrap abilities?  I'm not sure this counts - but you know what? there are no rules... I first thought Blue might be May - but then... I paired PINK with my April Yellows... and Guess what??? 

PINK is for May!!


I searched thru my bin for all the pinks I had - and there wasn't much, so I hit the scrap shelves and have a few more 5 inch squares cut out. I think I will continue with my Lightening Streak quilts for May too... Have no idea what color I will pair with the Pink.

Maybe, as I am going on the 300th walk of the day with my dogs...It will come to me!
and YES!! I did say Dogs....

Ready??




Got myself another dog buddy !!! This one …. Oh this one …. She loves and I mean LOVES to fetch …

Back in my olden days I played catcher and I could throw to center field easily !

Well something happened to my arm and heck fire …

I’m not sure my throws even get to second base these days …. But sweet baby doesn’t seem to care .

She chases any ball I throw and brings it back for more .

There may be places in me that hurt that I forgot even existed 🤣🤣🤣


Going to Ice my throwing arm !!!

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