TLC QUILTS AND WALKS

I love to quilt and walk. No, I can't quilt and walk at the same time. Some form of sewing has been a passionate part of my life since I was 9 years old. We won't disclose how long ago that was. My husband and I are avid volksmarchers. Together we have hiked over 20 countries, 47 states and 78 of Ohio's 88 counties. Please join along as I stitch and walk my way through life.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Exhibit by Roderick Kiracofe



Please take the time to read about Roderick Kiracofe's Unconventional & Unexpected American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 interview with Sonoma News.

http://www.sonomanews.com/home/3516756-181/the-modern-art-movement-that-broke#page=0 
and a book review by Quiltmaker at
http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2015/02/book-review-unconventional-unexpected/#.VNw7Zo5u5DQ.facebook 

 35 quilts from Kiracofe's book are on exhibit at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art through May 16.

I purchased the book back in October (lower right) and absolutely embrace every word and picture.  Perfection is vastly overrated!  Banish those quilt police who inhabit your mind and life!
Now it's time to get those creative juices flowing!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Jumping Around


Although I'm not in school this semester, life has been busier than ever and will continue to be so.  I've been busy with reorganizing my stitching space more than actually stitching. 

I constructed this storage unit from Ikea to hold all my to dos out there front and center.  Most of you I'm sure are laughing at my very small stash.
Ikea also had this small rolling cart that now resides next to the sewing machine.  The cart provides easy access to sewing machine accessories, fabric pieces for whatever I choose to play with, and keeps my beverage away from the machine.
My favorite quilt was relocated to another wall to make way for the storage unit.
A sampling of stitching endeavors this year are pictured above.
Quilt Maker January (bowties) and February (baskets) "Bitty Block Challenge" with Kaffe Fassett fabrics, which can be found at http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2015/02/qm-bitty-blocks-basket-block/
Kaffe Fassett fabrics have also made progress into my Breaking the Rules, No perfect Points Required project from last May.
Buttermilk Basin's wool BOM for January at the following link http://www.buttermilkbasin.blogspot.com/2015/01/mystery-bom-block-1-reveal.html
-not sure if I will continue this project, but nothing was purchased to make the first block.
And one of two blocks from Patchwork of the Crosses Lucy Boston, by Linda Franz.

I love to piece, but don't embrace the quilting part.
Three finished tops were picked up yesterday from the long-arm quilter, which include:
 Twas the Night Before Christmas in Bavaria
Sanctuary Illusion
and the pint-size Celtic Solstice.

Pint-size Celtic Solstice is bound, except for one corner to slip in a label.
 

FOOD!  Are you hungry?  Above is breakfast this morning (Thank You Patty for the recipe) and Nutribullet, my favorite Christmas present.  I'm finally embracing eating my fruits and vegetables.  They never tasted so good.

So there you have it.  I did title this post "Jumping Around."

Finally, I love breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.  Here's last night's sunset.
Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FEARLESS!

As friends try to come up with a single guiding word for 2015, I find myself contemplating too many choices.  Can an awkward geek really declare fearless as their chosen word?  Why not?! 

I spent today talking to a friend, while we stitched away.  I declared that I turned into a total craven coward after 9/11.  My charming naive innocent life was shattered with fear and vulnerability.  For the following ten years, Our children and I lived with my husband for a grand total of two years, and then for two more years during that period, I criss-crossed the Atlantic between him and our kids.  Recently, we were told to edit all of our social media from any ties to that profession.

Now, it's time to live with fearless positivity.  If I live in fear of what ifs or what might happen, I am not living.
This weeks tune:  "I Lived", by One Republic.
No matter what life throws at you, be it cystic fibrosis, bullies or something else, go out and LIVE fearlessly.  Don't hold back.

JE SUIS CHARLIE !

I'm not going to sensor what I'm proud of!

On a much lighter note, I graduated and am back into retirement and life is busier than ever.  There are a lot of plans in the making to travel with friends, volunteer commitments, and of course be creative.  I am working on rekindling an nurturing friendships that I ignored, while I was hell bent on not only getting all A's, but also achieving 100%.  I was not living life.

My first creative endeavor of the year is pictured below.
All the pieces and parts were joined together as per Bonnie's mystery directions. 
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2015/01/grand-illusion-finale.html
I posted alternate options both here and on Facebook.  In the end, I went with the original directions, because my future daughter-in-law liked that option best.  Who knows, this may be a present for her.




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PLAYTIME!!!

For the last glorious week, it has been PLAYTIME!

Playtime, to celebrate the new year with my twin sister and our husbands at The Sanctuary Resort on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  It's our go to place for relaxation.

On our way down last Tuesday, we stopped in the hospitality capital of the world.  That would be Summerville, South Carolina, which is home to one of my all time favorite quilt shops, People Places & Quilts.
And where we started toasting the new year early with a little bubbly at The Montreaux Bar & Grill.
While at the Sanctuary, we danced the night away, participated in a New Year's Day run and Polar Plunge, visited Charleston, and spent quality time with family.
video
Playtime, also refers to iMovie tutorials on this blustery winter day.
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Lastly, playtime on the big reveal of the Quiltville 2014 Mystery Quilt.
Half of the blocks are constructed for my version, Sanctuary Illusion.  The colors from my fabric stash mimic the colors of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Now it's decision time.  Gold is my aqua.  If you look closely, you will see the gold cornerstones in the top left sashing above.  I'm looking at a few other choices for the cornerstones below...leaning strongly toward the green.

Today, I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.  Thank you Bonnie for another fabulous year of mystery quilting!

Monday, December 29, 2014

MYSTERY QUILT LINK-UP FIVE

I've been playing around with all of the units and just cannot come up with an idea of where they will all land.  Me thinks my mind is on that celebratory trip with my twin, which the DH and I will leave tomorrow.
You can find the mystery quilt clues at the link below:
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/grand-illusion-mystery.html
And you can stalk everyone's progress at the following link:
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2014/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-5.html
We have reservations to celebrate graduation and the new year at The Sanctuary.  Tricia has been texting pictures to me all day long.....There's a "Polar Bear Plunge" and 5k run on the 1st.  No better way to chalk this item off of the bucket list than doing it at a South Carolina beach.  Maybe a Florida beach.

I am enjoying life to the fullest.  My quilting and epicurean brain functions are being exercised, after an epic hiatus.  It has been comical getting back into my domestic Goddess life.  I don't think the men around here appreciate me chasing at their heels with a vacuum cleaner.  The kitchen smells divine right now with an oldie, but goodie comfort food recipe stewing, Jackson Lake Lodge - Grand Teton National Park - Chuck-Wagon Stew.  I think it's time to dig-in and eat.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A JOYFUL MERRY CHRISTMAS!

A Joyful Merry Christmas to all of our family and friends!



From the DH
 Dining Alfresco 
by Will Moses

Monday, December 22, 2014

QUILTVILLE MONDAY LINK-UP PART FOUR

Last night (Sunday) I drove the family bonkers singing-along with The Sound of Music, while stitching part four of Bonnie's Grand Illusion mystery quilt.
I am so much like Maria, head strong and always getting into mischief.  The DH strongly resembles Captain VonTrapp, very stern and easily exasperated by my antics.  We both dearly love Austria and miss our wandering friends in Stockerau.
Here's the link for this week's mystery clue:
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2014/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-4.html
And the link for part four:
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2014/12/grand-illusion-part-4.html
Clue four is completed, but clue two is still in progress.  With the holidays upon us, it's family & friends time.  My twin sister and I had our annual holiday baking frenzy on Saturday.  No pictures by the DH this year, but you can view last year here.
http://tlcquiltsandwalks.blogspot.com/2013/12/pint-size-celtic-solstice-update.html
My contribution to holiday baking this year includes fudge, pecan shortbread, almond thumbprints, and apricot brandy bread.
The best part of the weekend though was finally pounding some nails into a wall, after more than three years of living in our new home house.  Dear Jane had been left up at our other home.  She was ceremonially relocated to her proper place of grandeur in our great room.

To all of quiltville land,

Wir w├╝nschen Ihnen ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und ein gl├╝ckliches neues Jahr!