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          the trusses will be delivered and the de-construction will start Monday, the 28th.  Hurray! it’s about time. now to get the weaving room packed up. have no idea where all those boxes are going to fit. hate the idea of packing them back to the condo but it may come to that. my bedroom is big but not that big and there’s a loom sitting in the middle that needs a warp in preparation for the upcoming workshop. Then over the weekend i need to get all Louie’s furniture moved out. have decided his rug and litter box will move into my shower stall. it’s big enough, his outside cat tree will move to one of my bedroom windows that isn’t blocked by boxes of weaving stuff. and he’ll be started on CBD drops in his food. he loves spending time outside in the patio and he’s going to one unhappy kitty. 

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So i’ve finished another quilt top. this one is out of a left over batik jelly roll. it’s now at the condo waiting it’s turn on Lola.  

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and here’s a second one in process. the rows just need stitching together. Seems i had the fan on during this picture. these blocks had been built years back and stuffed in a zip lock. ran across them, cut them in half and stitched to a different half just to make it more interesting. now to finish stitching the rows together. 


          and finally completed the quilting on the biggest quilt i’ve ever taken on. giant log cabin blocks! even thou it went on forever it was enjoyable. straight and flat. no where did i have to fudge anything. the picture doesn’t show the actual size but i had just enough space to park the machine on one side and about 4 inches on the other side. 


          and here’s a long distance shot of Louie on his indoor cat tree. he doesn’t often perch on the top. it’s not that stable for such a heavy cat. and as you can see he hangs over on all sides. he gets up there and thinks about leaping onto the top of the book case or even the drapery rod. one of these days when i’m not watching and yelling at him he’ll actually try it. the window behind him will eventually be a slider onto the new patio that isn’t there yet.


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          will be seeing my pulmanary dr this coming week. along with my dentist (just for a check up). am nervous about find out the results of all the tests. did get tested for valley fever but haven’t heard back on that one either. have been wearing my oxygen and causing problems with the tubing running thru out the house. it’s going to take forever to get used to it and it makes the top of my ears hurt.  that quote pretty much gives my exercise routine for the month. 

later

maggie

Staying Busy

slow week. still no news about the trusses being delivered. i want this done!!!!  or at least started!

          Still not feeling my normal self but am forcing myself to do something. Anything. i can take my portable oxygen to the condo and use lola. i hang the strap on one of the rollers and it follows along. and i’m sewing quilt tops here at home. not weaving. even tho i moved the baby wolf into my bedroom the light is so poor i can’t see to use it.  plus i may be taking this loom to the club for a workshop. don't want to feel rushed about getting 10 yards of towels off it. 

          the sewing machine has been humming along and have 2 quilt tops together. i cheated a little - one already had the blocks built. i just had to stitch them together. 

          i don’t often buy a designer pattern but i loved this one and figured it was worth the price just to have the math done for me. i saw an advertisement for a class at one of the local quilt shops, went to sign up and it had already started.  figured i could do it on my own.  would have been much easier with an instructor. took 3 days just to cut all pieces!  the pattern showed it made out of batiks (and it was gorgeous)  but i didn’t have enough to make a good color run without going shopping. that takes energy and with the amount of stash i have i feel guilty shopping for more. 

          and after taking the photo i spotted one mistake. am trying to decide if i should take that row out and re-do or leave it as a deliberate. would be easy enough to make a new strip. If you can spot it I’m taking votes. 


    

          this second top is a combination of blocks from lord knows when or even what projects they were orginally intended for. There are churn dash blocks, happy squares, half of other blocks along the sides and left over diagonal strata along the top and bottom.  i’ll pass it on to my quilt group for a donation.  packed it up and started to take it over there but then realized they’d just give it back to me for quilting. it used to be so much easier before Lola moved here. someone else did the quilting. however that’s why they were so many quilts behind when i came along. 


          have been spending time with Lola. not as much as i’d like. it’s hard to be attached to my portable oxygen and work at the same time.  this animall print was ok. i could strap the portable to the top railing and it would follow along. the quilt i’m currently working on (pictures later) is probably the largest i’ve ever done and there is no room to strap the unit to the rail. the quilt takes up the entire machine. even if i could figure it out the plastic tubing doesn’t give me enough length. however this is hardly strenous work so i don’t feel any negative affects. 


          and i keep forgetting to show off my Christmas gift from Grrr. If you’re a quilter you’ll appreciate the tumbling block pattern. it’s nearly perfect!  and gorgeous!  it’s replacing my fish bowl we use for keys, wallets and misc junk we deposit when we come in the door. 


          and of course i can’t neglect Louie. here i’m asking him to please let me have my desk chair. he listens very politely and then tuckes his head back down, purrs and says ‘no’.  but at least he doesn’t threaten to rip my face off like my last cat did. 


enough for now. am off to spend time with Lola. that huge quilt is waiting. 

maggie


Past large quilts



no news this week. no trusses delivered. life seems to be in a ‘ wait state’. so am entertaining you with pictures. 

          when you own probably close to 1000 9 patch blocks you need to use them. This top didn’t even make a dent. got discouraged and donated the remaining bags of blocks to my local group. curious to see how they use them up. 





          thinking I’ve shown this quilt before. it’s truly one of my favorites and was sold before it was even finished. wish i’d of counted the number of tiny pinwheels in it. the left side photo is a progress picture. after a while i was sewing pinwheels in my sleep!

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          this top i made for me. it’s a color control version of the jelly roll race using batik fabrics. The shocking thing is it looks so good on the wall. it even looked good on my bed. slept with it one night and decided i didn’t feel right sleeping with it. logically know how silly and stupid that sounds but i trust my instincts. somebody needed this quilt more than i did. Donated it to my quilt group and they sold it to a good home. 


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          another high color quilt. can you tell i love color. fact -  i’ve never met one i didn’t like.  this is using scraps which seem to breed while i’m not watching. 


          This quilt lives on Grrr’s bed. he chose the block and the colors. not sure he’s ever noticed but the colors are the same as the quilt he asked for years ago. man’s in a rut!. and since he makes his bed every day it always looks good. This pix is before it got quilted. 

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          this clothing rack lives at the condo. It holds my current inventory of availabel quilts that are looking for homes. if you’re in the market let me know.  all sizes and colors are represented. 


am hoping next week to have some news. 

Later

maggie



Nap Queen

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          Have taken up naps as my favorite past time which tells you i have nothing new to show off. am hoping this is not an omen for the up coming year. i have way too much planned in my head. plus way too much stash to ignore. 

          so wishing everyone a happy and productive new year a day early and am posting a review of previous works. these are all from an assortment of challenges from  friends, different quilt groups and shops in washington. 

          this red and purple and orange all started with a yard of striped fabric in these colors. named it comet trail.  it still hangs at the condo. 

          blue mountain is an exercise in stitching. it still needs a more quilting and a binding to be completed. but it was fun.   i have never done another thread painting piece. not sure why but it was harder than it looks.                



          this was another challenge. it was thrown out there as a question - basically what is your biggest unknown about life. a retired priest was the person who came up with the idea. (he was a member of the group) mine was ‘what is behind the next door?’ life is full of doors. some are welcoming and full of sunshine but some need to stay closed.  there are dragons behind them. but this guy peeking thru the key hole got is tail caught in the door jam. 


          below is another ‘pull your scraps out of the garbage and sew for 10 minutes’ challenge. don’t get fancy, don’t get creative. just sew. 



          for the dark green one we were each given a rough cut piece of fabric to use as the main body of the piece and told to use it. only rule was you couldn’t trim it up.


          This one kind of looks like an underwater theme. it’s not. again the challenge was to dig small scrap pieces out of your current fabric garbage and just sew them down into one small picece. we were allowed to shape the with scissors but no rotary cutting. i discovered it’s really hard to do anything with a timer counting down the minutes. 

 


          the butterflies were another quilt shop challenge. we received a fat quarter of the green and black ladybug background print. Yikes!  i didn’t win but it was fun. 


          below is another challenge from the same local quilt shop in Bellingham. the challenge fabric is used in 2 of the balloons and the binding. theme was  ‘celebrate’.



          and last but now least -  Piglet.  my first piglet was a custom order appliquéd onto a large bed quilt along with other favorite characters.  after positing a photo (whick i can no longer find) i liked him so well i made another. As you can see at this point he wasn’t actually sewn down. titled it ‘i’m late, i’m late, for a very important date’.

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          this was a beading assignment. use pearls.  i don’t like pearls and didn’t have any in my staxh. actually had to go purchase a small bag of fake pearls. was at an absolute loss as to what to do with them other than sting them into a chocker necklace. so reverted back to what i know best - fabric. not a masterpiece but it’s ok. 



          and the final one for the day is Jeffrey. i fell in love with the toys r’s us mascot several years ago. Jeffrey the Giraffe. the company let him go but i just couldn’t. so he now hangs on the sewing room wall where we can gossip about what happens when you fire your best spokesman. 



          i do have more but figure this is enough for now. next time there is no news in my life i’ll add more. i admit to losing track of where a lot of these are. some i’ve sold, some i’ve gifted and not sure where the rest are. some day i’ll get our two addresses combined and create a complete display. the quilt group i belong to here doesn’t do anything even similar. they are all serious top makers. maybe i need to ask around at the quilt shops? 

later

maggie


Christmas!

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          Before i talk about dealing with my current health issue i need to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. May all good things come true for each and every one of you.  unfortunately this photo is from last year. The hats disappeared over last Christmas holiday. so this year the lions are naked. Sorry. 

          have been watching videos and other photos of the old neighborhood. Birch Bay looks destroyed. i used to drive on those roads. friends have had no power for days now. wondering if i should contact the folks who bought our place. they do have a generator but they also have some huge trees. am hoping for the best for them.

          am not going to go into detail about the breathing issues. need to come to terms with these problems before i can share. other than i feeling complete exhaustion and being tethered to a machine. am learning to deal with it. unfortunately i don’t feel any different. was told it would help my energy level. they lied. if anything i’m more tired than ever. about 2pm it’s nap time. just can’t keep my eyes open any longer. a weaver friend who uses oxygen came over and taught me what i needed to know. also scared the crap out of me.  so on top of my annual holiday depression i’m having to accept this too. and i hate it. i’m also stressed about why i needed a ct scan of the lungs and throat. i do have a follow up with this jerk in January but will be interviewing new doctors soon. 

          have been quilting at the condo but no up to date pictures. my cell phone doesn’t seem to do photo’s any longer. it’s getting old too. it’s been time for a new one for several months but i just can’t bring myself to spend the $.  we talked abut going shopping but have decided to wait until after Christmas to avoid the crowds. so here are the quilts before my phone quit co-operating. 

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       The boring brown and blue top above is just loops and swirl. i suppose it helped but. . . it’s still a rather no imagination quilt.

          The photo of small red hearts is the background. i tried quilting the word love into the top. not sure it was a success. The body of the quilt is a heart pattern.                                                                                  

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          And i can’t forget Louie.  here he is under his inside cat tree. he’s licking the scratching rope on the bottom. he’ll lick it until his tongue gets sore. now the cat tree out on the patio has been torn apart to the point i need to get new rope and re-wrap the post. but indoors he licks it. is there something missing from his diet?  we used to give the horses and sheep salt and mineral blocks to lick. do i need to suppliement his diet some how?  and the weird box sitting on an upper shelf is some cat grass i planted for him. he doesn’t have a clue. tried to pee in it rather than eat it.  poor guy has never been outside on gravel let alone grass. 

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          And on a much more positive note. the day after Christmas the truss company will be here. Somehow that makes this whole thing real. need to find out when i have to move all Louie’s possessions into the house. and daughter in law sent me CBD for cats to help the adjustment process for him. this cat doesn’t like change. any change!


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  Later

Maggie

Almost Christmas

         neither one of us is in the mood for the holiday. we attended grrr’s woodworking holiday dinner. very nice and i even knew several people there. food was turkey and ham with all the fixings. not bad and all the women received a rose on the way out. mine is still on the table enjoying the sunshine. 

          temps have been high 60’s and 70’s. this coming week it’s supposed to reach high 70’s. can’t beat arizona weather. 

         i’m slowly getting better and grrr is pretty much over this on his own. this cold has turned into a bigger problem, 3 doctor appointments in 5 days this last week.  Am on medication and get oxygen on monday. am not happy about this.  getting old sucks. have had breathing issues since i was a kid and have always been able to deal with it. seems to be catching upwith me. 

          have done no weaving even thou i got the wolf loom moved into the bedroom. have a run of towels in my head, have even chosen my warp. linen in natural with strips of different blues and a dark brown. just need to settle on where i want what color strips. i keep re-arranging them in my head. telling myself to just pick one. then i can wind the warp with the right number of ends per color. instead i’ve been napping. (like i said old age.) 

          did manage to sew some blocks together for a quilt. have the top together but it’s too small so am building more blocks to go around the border. center blocks are all blacks, border is red so the outer blocks are all black and red scraps. am feeling guilty that i haven’t spent time with Lola. have a customer quilt about a third done but haven’t had the energy to go and finish it. Did finish a knitted shawl but need to wash and block it before pictures. and am experiementing with tapestry cuff bracelets. not going well so far. am on for attempt 3. These i can do in the evenings watching tv with grrr. 

          and i complely missed my third anniversary with Benoit. Seems I’ve begin taking these shoulders for granted. the loose one hasen’t come apart in weeks. They do still and probably always will get cold.

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              Louie is fine. no construction yet.  he turned 2 this month. we’ve pretty much got the bitting stopped. he finally made the connection that when he bites, he gets smacked. We’ve gone several rounds on this where he comes at me again but i think i’ve won. now he grabs my pant legs and shakes it. as long as it’s only the pants we're good.  His maine coon mane is growing back in. the winter fur coat makes him look so much larger than he is.  and yes, he is a person and the boss of this house. just ask him.

off to the condo. 

Maggie  

Back to my regular life

          except for this cold that won’t go away.  started out with a head cold that has since moved to my chest. and now Grrr has it so it sounds like we need to be quarantined arund here. 

          all the company has returned home. don’t think she’ll be buying a place here. and i’m hoping i didn’t share my germs with her. she was hoping her allergies would improve while here but says they got worse. today will be spent at the condo doing laundry and general clean up for the next group of house guests. (and maybe have some time with Lola)

          it’s rained twice this week. Unusual for us but the whole country is having ‘unusual’ weather lately. 

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          still haven’t heard from Maricopa country about the permit so nothing new to report on the construction. i did move the smaller loom into my bedroom. a bit crowded but at least i won’t suffer complete withdrawal during the building. have a run of linen towels planned in my head. but now that the condo is not inhabited i need to go work on Lola. did manage to finish the fringe on a scarf that wasn’t done in time for the craft sale. and still need to take what inventory that’s left back to the club to put up for sale. 

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         went to the Fairway wood workers holiday meal last night. lots of people and lots of laughter even if i didn’t know anyone. i can’t believe Grrr decided he wanted to go. this is his first ever attendance. they did serve a salad but it was spinach. wasn’t that recalled several years ago?  Nothing is safe any longer. Now it’s beef again. Cake seems to be the solution after all. 

later

Mags




Update

Hi everyone. sorry i missed a week. Been super busy with life and recovering from a cold. 

          Our Thanksgiving was very quiet. way too much food so we have about 5 meals worth of left over turkey in the freezer. i make sandwiches and Grrr makes soup so we good with it. 

          then we had 2 days of the Bell arts and crafts sale. i worked both days as cashier. now the treasurer gets to decipher everything and do the monumental job of paying the artists and taxes etc. from my vantage point i think we did well. i was only in charge of cash and check purchases. the other cashier did the credit card transactions. and we each only worked half days. but the crowd on friday was continuous. 

            all this while the kids were here along with daughter in laws mom. They are now home except for mom. she’s staying in the condo for a week or 2 and trying to decide if she wants to become a snow bird. sure would be nice if she’d buy the condo. save us the hassle of putting it on the market. when the kids left she got her own rental car so she’s not dependant on us for transportation. i drew her instructions to get to the church of her choice, the grocery store and our house. she has contacted a realtor and she and Grrr are checking out houses over the weekend. i made her a manicure apt with my gal and am bringing her along on errands. i remember full well how confusing find your way around this town is. circular streets suck. 

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          Was contacted by the quilters that one of the quilts they sent with me had a deadline. that was never mentioned when i picked it up and i had told them i was on pause with the quilting because people were currently living in the condo. i did manage to get it done. it’s a bright happy quilt. we are - or at least i am - definitely a creature of habit. i’m so used to working solitary. no background noise, nobody coming in or out or wanting to watch or talk to me. so i chose a simple fast loopy pattern and amid multiple interruptions managed to get it done. i do need that machine brought home. 

          during all this we’ve managed to have the A/C serviced and made a carpet selection for the construction company. they were unable to match the existing berber carpet i already have in there.  it’s perfect. i even told them exactly where i purchased it. Discontinued. Drat! so we started over. the woman who works in the office is in charge of the paint and carpet. we have left over paint (not enough) but enough that they can get a match. 

          i have emptied both looms in there so for now no weaving for the duration. Am planning on doing several tiny tapestries. just need to remove what i’m going to need from that room before the plastic tarps cover everything i own. 

          as far as the construction maricopa county still has the permit so at least they haven’t turned it down. thou holidays slow things down. so no news seems to be good news. 

          also amid all this chaos and confusion i managed to get a cold. personally i think it’s from handling money. so far it’s just a nasty sore throat and head cold. don’t have time for this. had a dr appointment for a breathing test (part of my story to get new headgear for the cpap) i got there and they sent me home. don’t want to do testing when you can’t breath normally. Crap! so will be re-scheduling. 

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          And Louie is doing fine. He’s been in cat heaven with all the company and extra attention. when daughter in law showed up he heard her voice before the door even opened. he ran to the door. that’s a first. in the past he always runs to hide somewhere then creeps out to check on the strangers in his environment. however once she welcomed him he got snarky and turned his back on her. Spent time kissing up to everyone else just to make her feel bad. Brat!

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          am off to Joann’s fabrics (i hate that store) but i cut the circles yardage apart and plan on sewing a bag or two. need lining and some fake suede for the bottoms. also need some that silver shinny stuff you put in pot holders. dan’t remember what it’s called. we keep burning up the few existing ones we have left. 

          temps have cooled down to the 70’s. nights get chilly.  after all it’s December. but this is how i celebrate winter. watchinng it on tv and fb. 

so till next time. 

maggie

Thanksgiving Week


          spending my days at the studio. need to be spending them here with my own loom. just one more item to finish before the craft sale this coming week and it’s just not going to happen.  it will get finished before the contractor covers the room in plastic. i promise. 

          the last beginning class was yesterday. the students will probably be in at least once this next week to take their second warp off their looms. i think everyone is pretty happy with what they've accomplished. and i’m just glad it's over. the next step class will take up again the following week after the holiday. 

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          am 4 quilts behind on Lola. this is the last one finished. not a masterpiece but fast and easy. the stitching is really a pale blue but doesn’t show in the photo. haven’t gotten the horse quilt back yet.  took it into the club and other quilters were helping me un-stitch the one row of horses. wasn’t quite done and left it there. will pick it up after thanksgiving and re-mount and finish. in the mean time i have a bright happy top mounted and again had to borrow yellow thread. am going to have to break down and buy some. i hate paying full price at the local quilt shop but buying thread online is a crap shoot. the color on the screen is not always the color you end up with in your hand. 

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          and it’s been a fun week with all the snowbirds getting back. lots of catching up with what folks have done over the summer. and the temps have changed. currently the average is 70’s but nights get downright cold. put an extra blanket on the bed. 

          looking forward to Thanksgiving and having the kids here. they plan on shopping at the craft sale. i’ll be working but only a 4 hour shift each day. i plan on shopping too. Note to self - go pick up at the condo before they get here. Beds are changed but need to hang towels and dust and do the floor in Lola’s room. 


        and before anyone asks Louie is fine. he gave us a scare this week. couldn’t find him. didn’t come when we called. were looking at each other and asking if he could possibly gotten out. didn’t think so. started opening all the interior doors, sewing room, closets etc.  when i opened the right door poor guy was in such a hurry to get to the litter box he left tracks on the top of my foot.  he never cried. Never responded when called. just suffered in silence. Louie - it’s not that kind of household. Speak Up!

Elections are over

          am so glad the politics is over for a while. Washington stayed blue. am thinking there’s hope for arizona. even thou i don’t vote in this state i have favorites. my loyalties are split. End of political talk. 

          this coming week is the last week of the beginning weaving class. and the great news is that i’ve found a weavers who is willing to take over my part of the teaching which is basically backing up the primary teacher. she originally took the class from this teacher so it should be a good fit. 

          i have a new student for the ‘next step’ class and am working on getting 13 yards of christmas colors threaded up at the studio for a fellow weaver. 

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          the architectural plans for the house are currently with maricopa county. When they issue the permit the contractor is ready to go. he’s guessing about dec 1st they’ll be able to break ground. So that gives me time to finish the warp on the loom in there and remove anything i’m going to need for the next several months. they’ll be covering everyting with plastic sheets due to removing the wall which will make the room open to the outside . Which also means that Louie is losing access to his room. will be moving his furniture to different locations thruout the house. and finding him some drugs to hopefully handle the panic attacks. 

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          If you look closely (center left side) you can see Louie’s new hiding place. the shelf is meant for entertainment stuff attached to the tv. we don’t have anything in there and he's figured out how to jump in. this is one of the pieces of furniture from the condo that i’m keeping. beautiful marble top. 

          the problem horse quilt is off Lola. i’m spending time taking out the wrong colir stitching and then will be putting it back on. i saved the pattern i used and will be re-doing that one row in a light blue that matches the rest of center panel. in the mean time i mounted a large top with floral blocks that should be no problem. square and flat after ironing so all is good. boring but no problem.

          these next couple of weeks are crazy making. i’m behind on quilting, have the craft sale, classes and we’re having family here for the holidays. and i desperately need to do laundry. Keeps me out of trouble. 

later

Maggie