Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Portland: Quilting, fabric and love...

Portland is a very fine town..
Above fabric from Fabric Depot...It comes in white and baby blue.
I had great fabric adventures with my girl
Can you believe she can walk to Bolt and Modern Domestic!!!!
Just to show Mrs. O'Quilts was really here!!

 Above and below...remnants..
Batik sales at Fabric Depot...irresistible...  
In case you did not know, love comes in many colors..

Gotta photo them whenever you see

Borrowed machine set up in my girl's home.
I can relax anywhere with a sewing machine.
I made 100 pockets for rice filled hand warmers for the holidays
Like to start early...can do the rice thing later.
Looking through some of the quilts I had sent my daughter,
I found this one, made of dresses I had worn/bought in India when 
I traveled with Pan Am.. My hippie days.
This one I had bought in Oklahoma City at an antique store.
It was a top, quilted mid 20th century  with purple polyester on the back
and tied with postal string.  I was dismayed to see the patches..over 100 years old..
fraying and decaying...sigh..a reminder that nothing lasts forever.
Someone loves their bargains....
Another happy quilting post.
Mrs. O'Quilts on vacation.
Happy Mrs. O'Quilts.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Portland Fun and Portland Funky

How fun is a visit to Purrington's Cat Lounge????
It is $10 EACH to come into the lounge and pat a cat for one hour.
Thank goodness Emily had a coupon book, so we entered...
buy one/ get one free....entrance fee, that is!!!
The place was packed.  This was Pork Chop..We kind-a wanted to adopt him for $100
but, we passed....Emily loved another one, Little Boy....but he was adopted already.
She filled out an application just in case she was deemed suitable for the next cute cat.., of course...with chicken posters to advertise
the kind of monthly egg.
Oregon has legal marijuana...This store advertised....
A telephone booth...long extinct in places I live.
Gas in Charlotte was $2.75 and $2.45 a gallon, depending on the station.
Gas in Portland was $3.10 to $3.85 a gallon, depending on the station.
Of of course, this old lady remembers when it was 35 cents a gallon,
 when growing up in Phoenix, Arizona.

Love Wins flag...posted in many shop windows, on sale in stores, 
staked on lawns and in house all parts of town.

Snapdragons from my girl's garden...just lovely.

It was an amazing visit.
It snapped me out of depression , easing my grief with hope.
Travel is marvelous...out  of my recliner, back into the world.
Different people, different ways of thinking..
And, family...Can you having a no care...vacation??.
Today, life is good.!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grandma O'Quilts Goes on Vacation

Grandma O'Quilts had a brilliant 8 day vacation in Portland, Oregon.
Houses of Portland....I am so moving there..

My girl and her man sent me a ticket to visit them.
Just home this morning....I have so much more to share,
But, I thought I had better post case you thought
the worst, instead of the best...the very best!!!!

I LOVE the houses in Portland...These come from around
my girl's  neighborhood near downtown..
Color...a quilter's dream.
And, she can walk to the quilt stores!!!!!!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Looking at the Good Stuff

Happy Anniversary my love
June 1, would have been 38 years today.

The good stuff is memories of a wonderful marriage
And the greatest man to love.

Oboe bag for my girl's reed making tools.
Embroidered by Ms Muggs
I made the bag from my husband's suede jacket.
He wore  it all the time.
I know we do not need to have these kind of memories,
because he lives in our heart...but  my purse and this bag are nice to have.
I loved making them...until I cried that is and Sherry had to finish the lining for me.

An epic adventure...
My three darling grands on their way camping to the wet mountains of
North Carolina..tent packed, I-pads already in use,
Even Zoe, our black lab, is in the car on the floor near their feet.

My daughter and her man are now sitting around the fire
making S'mores..with the children...all are totally excited.
My girl said that the camp ground is beautiful.
How lucky, such good stuff.

Grandma O'Quilts is finally calm and sewing.
Big bad thunderstorm missed me.
I finished laminate bags lined with Rip-Stop, closed with accompany the changing pads for baby presents.
Finished these just in time.
I have made a paper list of things to do...the old fashioned way.
I have found that lists in my phone just get lost.
I am so grateful for the peace now, listening to the rain on the windows.
The end of school drama is way too much for me.
TBTG they are all passing to the next grade.

All Good Stuff

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The O'Quilt Week in Review...

Carol..presented the very first finish of our purple challenge.
Yeah!!!  Carol...Great job!!

Friday I had lovely lunch with 2 fellow travelers... a wonderful comfort.
Tonight I got all involved with my online quilting community,
put my sandwich on broil and almost burned the house down.

Ms Stephanie has been sick for a week.
The darlings have done some laundry and sweeping plus their regular chores.

Temper snit Thursday morning as I put elephants on the back of the potholder Lynsey made for her teacher.
She said the teacher was not the elephant type..OMG
She put on such a nine year old fit, that I had to redo the potholder.
When she came home from school, she said thank you...
it meant so much to have the foxes..instead...
Really.???..poor Grandma.
School thank you presents are all made now...

Third grade girl drama continues as Lynsey's best friend tells her she is sorry that she was ever her friend. Lord only knows what Lynsey says in return...
The school counselor frequently intervenes with lessons of compromise.

Second grader, Dylan came home with a hundred dollar bill that his best friend in school gave him.
The friend said that his father gave it to him and he had many it was  ok..
Dylan hid it under his brother's bed, so I would not find it.
He had planned to buy his 8 year old self an X-box like his brother's.
This morning it went back to the school counselor in an envelope...
She had called me in the first place to give me the heads up.. 
My son, who is doing so well now, told Dylan...that the only way to make money is to earn it.

What have I been doing?  Hard to go to bed at night and hard to get up in the morning.
Grief still steals the show.
Because of the above mess in sewing room number two
I have had to make sewing room number three
 Clutter free cutting table all set up on the porch.
Making flannel pillowcases for a friend with Bulbar onset ALS
UGH, that beast, ALS
Lucky me went to the JoAnn's sale...finding flannel for $2.a yard with the coupons.
A special lunch with a beautiful, charming and smart lovely lady on so made my day.
I just love this backing.
Was so depressed tonight missing my man..that I had to buy a bit from the 
Memorial Day sale on Equilter...I know he would understand...!!!!

Six days until my girl comes to visit.
My son has been coming every week to cut the grass...saving me tons of money.
He dealt with his sons on the hair cut deal and even paid for them.
He is doing some construction work now...TBTG
Methadone is a miracle to me.
He cannot afford medical detox...shame on our country
The almost 13 year old...hanging with his friends trying out things  his grandma does not approve of.
So grateful his daddy is back in the picture.

Making some changing pads and little bags for babies.
Easy and relaxing...not our babies..TBTG..
For the first time in a year, I went to Costco by myself.  I did not park in the handicapped
spots. I bought small things  like batteries, pineapple and baggies...
I walk slowly and a bit off balance...but really???
I walk...and I walk without a cane...

I watched this TED talk on joy.
I loved it.
How to Find Joy

We have had tremendous rain in Charlotte.
Before it comes, it is so relaxing to read a book on the deck.
Nice to report happy.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Foxglove, sewing and cutting grass....etc.

There was no school on Wednesday in order to support teachers/
My son came by to see his family.
Just look...for Mother's Day came a Foxglove.
He had kept it in his tent...He brought it from his tent in the pouring rain,
to the train station, on the bus to our bus stop.
Just for me!!. I am more than touched.
My cup runneth over.
 Eight year old Dylan had his first grass cutting lesson
 Where does time go??? Eamon started cutting grass at age 9.
Now he is teaching his son.
I finally finished my "quilt in the box"  a Wednesday night challenge from a few years ago.
I always love to see how different colors change the look
Mine was done with Civil War reproductions.
From Terri
From Marie
A binding finish...quilted by Terri...xo

I cannot figure out why I am so exhausted.
I had my physical last week.  The blood work came back just fine.
Answers...dear friends...answers!!!

OK..guess I am not that after sleeping all day,  I made myself a new purse.
This is my old loved, alas too heavy for me at this time after my surgeries/
 I made a new one tonight out of fabric, much lighter to carry.
Just showing now the details I am proud of:
 Inside pocket with Velcro and loops to hold the straps.
back loop
zippered pocket

Thick and soupy weather in Charlotte...
Nice to sew, to blog and to read a bit...