Monday, March 27, 2017

A Boy and A Dog...

...are always heartwarming to watch play together aren't they.

I never really realized how inseparable Jackson and our Grand-guy are, until I was sitting outside yesterday afternoon enjoying a rest and a well earned glass of wine. Jackson follows him everywhere. They chase each other. They play "hide and seek". They laugh. They gives kisses.  Suddenly I realized why he always requests to "see Jackson" every time we Facetime and wants 
"his baby" named Jackson if it's a boy! LOL!!!!!

Well...except when said boy pretends he's Spiderman spinning a web on his dog!
Jackson's not so impressed with his Spiderman skills. LOL!
My Spring Break is off to a great start and I'm looking forward to filling it with many more Grammy adventures with our little guy. Starting with a trip to the Zoo today as PopPop is off.
Thanks so very much for stopping by and for being my bloggy friends. I awoke early this morning and tiptoed downstairs to catch up on my blog and to be greeted by all your kind comments of congratulations yesterday just made my day! Hope your week is off to great start as well.

Val's Quilting Studio

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Spring Walk & an Announcement!

Team Undertrained & Overconfident:
What better way to start my Spring Break than with a 10K in the back hills of Oregon.
My oldest daughter and I joined my teacher partner and some of her friends, as we tackled the Owyhee Mountain Trails her in Oregon. Once we got three miles of steep trails behind us, 
we enjoyed the 50 degree day filled sunshine and a few more miles filled with good conversation.

At mile four we found ourselves a little punchy
but with only one more hill to go, we persevered...


And though it might be hard to beat those "team t-shirts" of ours...
this one our little guy wore upon his arrival certainly does in my opinion: 
YES! ""Someone" is being promoted to BIG BROTHER!!!
I can already hear Great Meme's knitting needles clicking and my own sewing machines humming!
Nothing like expecting a new grand-baby to reignite one's creative energy.
We're all soooo excited. We'll have to wait until May for the gender reveal...
but under then, one can start day-dreaming right!?
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Val's Quilting Studio

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Archives #153: Tonals

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This week's theme is: Tonals

Do batiks count as a tonal? I hope so because today I'm reminded how pretty they turn out as I rejuvenate this quilt from my own archives.  This was one of my very first quilts made for our  youngest daughter back in 2012. She has such a good eye for color and I'm now inspired to dig out a kit I bought to make my husband a similar quilt using neutral tones.

I'm also reminded  how much fun this one was to quilt as each square got it's own sun motif.
 My favorite sun is the one wearing sunglasses on the blue block!
I continue to love the bright batiks against the neutral tones and expect it's well worn by now.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

H2H: A "Treasure" for Camp Hobe

It's that time of year again and it's always been very rewarding for me to pass on a Quilty Hug through this annual event that Sarah hosts. I can't believe this year marks my fourth year in doing so.
(Click HERE to check out all the details.) 
Confessions Of A Fabric Addict
 This year, I have the prefect quilt top in my stash 
that I'm going to quilt up for a Camp Hobe donation.
See. Nothing says "camp" better than pirates and treasure maps!
And... I have the perfect pantograph in my files to really finish this one well.
This one measures 46"x66"...perfect for some lucky little camper!
Stay tuned...and perhaps click HERE and think about joining us in this annual H2H event.
Join us here every Tuesday to rejuvenate posts from your archives!
Next week's theme is: TONALS.
Val's Quilting Studio

Friday, March 17, 2017

A fun-filled St. Patty's Day!

 No one in this group got pinched today! 

We especially had fun in Math graphing (and eating) Lucky Charm marshmellows. 

  I couldn't figure out what the heck my students were doing...until my one little guy, with a great deal of seriousness I might add, started to explain: "Mrs. Reynolds there is a Leprechaun living in here! We can see his tunnels! He even has one of our markers!!"  "If you be quiet you can hear him!"
LOL!! Sure hoping your day has been filled with a little mystery and fun as well.
Val's Quilting Studio

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Archives #152: GREEN!

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This week's theme is: ANYTHING GREEN!

Whether it be quilty.....
Shamrock Green Quilt Pattern
Pattern available HERE on Craftsy.
....or creative, Green is our theme this week. For example, I just love how Carole always decorates her home for the seasons. I enjoyed doing this when our girls were young and am always inspired by Carole's creativity. This is actually one of her March tablesettings I found in her blog archives from March of 2015. Click HERE to read her entire post and I bet you'll be with me in wishing you could dine with her too. (SMILES!)Spring Tablescape - 15

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fun Happy Mail!

The mailman delivered my turn with Bernie's, over at Needle and Foot,  Fabric and Fiction book share. (Click HERE to read all about her cool happy mail/quilters book club of sorts.)
We receive (and send forward) three new fat quarters that relate back to the novel in some fashion. My person sent me these three fun fabrics below, each representing one of the main characters in the story. Her character captions have me intrigued.   
I laughed a little when she said the circle design represents the character Samantha whose thoughts seem to keep her running in circles. I smiled in thought of the pink representing the character Lydia, because older women often mentor younger women without even knowing it. And finally, those trees, they represent King, the character who is cool with himself, steady and stable. (I'm so grateful to have my own King) After this wonderful introduction, I'm looking forward to meeting these characters myself as I spend a few hours this chilly morning reading: Open House.
Next week's theme: Anything GREEN!
Val's Quilting Studio

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Archives #151: Tableclothes

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This week's theme is: TABLECLOTHES

Two years ago I made this sunflower, pinwheel tablecloth to add a little pop to our summer dining. I used no batting and simply quilted the top and back. (Click HERE to see the original post.)

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Snow Update

Things are finally getting back to normal in our little part of the world.
Our snow melt has been gradual and it's actually kinda strange to see grass and roads again.

 I smiled as I saw this heart shaped ice on my way to check the mail:
Thinking how crazy it is that this simple heart is all that's left from this:

But even the geese can see again and I think it's safe to say that we're all
 looking forward to seeing a bit more green around here as Spring gradually nears. 
As always, thanks for stopping by.
NOTE: Our March themes are posted on the sidebar.
Val's Quilting Studio

Friday, March 3, 2017

Happy March!

Wrapping up another work week, looking forward to the weekend ahead. For no particular reason, except for the fact I can spend some time in my studio with the freedom to let inspiration take hold. 
Play Ball: FMQ on a Project Linus Quilt I quilted last year.
I'm starting a new month making no lists. I have no expectations. (Though yes, I may have plenty of UFO's)  I was admittedly inspired by my students yesterday as I watched them tackle a creative project. As I watched, I was reminded how important it is to just let my own creative spirit flow. How important individuality is. How creativity shouldn't be limited to a set "to do" list. 
(Though those lists DO help keep my jabillion ideas organized! LOL!)
But, lately I have been feeling limited and uninspired. I've been playing with many creative ideas in my head that aren't even about quilting.  I've been toying with the idea of giving the ol' blog here a face-lift.....a new design and name that aren't limited to quilting, as I really like blogging but think I'd be  inspired by a new name.  So this weekend, this month, I'm just going to {Play} in my studio and with my blog.  I'm going to let my creative juices lead the way.
 I'm going to enjoy the process and look forward to how things evolve.
March themes are listed on the sidebar.
Val's Quilting Studio
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