To ALL the Quiltmamas

You gals are simply THE BEST!!!  Thank you from the bottom of my <blushing> heart.

Each one of you is SO (sew) busy and yet you’ve made time to stitch together a 50th birthday gift for me.  It is gorgeous, FUN and will be treasured!!!

Quiltmama wall hanging

Quiltmamas label

Thank you also for treating me to dinner at “The Lamb” even if it was without the beady eyed watchful lamb…  It was GOOD to see you and catch up.  I know you’re lives are busy and I appreciated the time you spent with me.

Knowing you girls has certainly enriched my life.  I count myself lucky indeed to call you friends and you’re each a blessing!  Thank you, Quiltmamas.

Love, Pam

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October progress and projects

Finding time to slow down, just a little, to take the time to do those “small” projects…?!

Our mailbox was unattractive.  It had been painted the same mesquite color the shutters were, once upon a time.  The mailbox sort of sets the tone from the curb, and since the “tone” here has been evolving, it was time to indulge that mailbox.

shcnazzy "new" mailbox

And, our master bath had a leak.  The old shower was a 1980’s fiberglass surround that had cracked and worsened.  The floor was warping and the situation needed to be addressed, sooner than later.

mbr shower

While the studio project has been a once in a lifetime adventure, Scott and I are not unfamiliar with DIY projects, and our master bath was going to be a new one.  Tile.  Taking out the shower equated to walls and floor going down to the studs and floor joists…  There was some doing, some UN-doing and some re-doing, and it’s far from finished.  But, we’re making progress, pleased with the results and still in LOVE!

subway tile

subway tile + black skinny borders

Meanwhile, I take a few stitches when I can, have been prepping our garden areas for the colder weather, continue to take Jingle to the Beach regularly, do overtime cases and not only live life, but truly LOVE it…EVERY day!!!

gulls at The Point

Every day is an adventure and a blessing!!!

Piecefully, Pam

Fall

Here are some snippets and tidbits from the Beach…

Sails a’la Dave, Andy and me

Sails

The recent addition of orange from Momma Barb

orange sail IMG_3164

A gutted master bathroom shower that has been taken down to the studs and floor joists

Gutting the MBR shower

Momma Barb sent me 50 birthday cards this year…

Momma Barb sent 50 b-day cards

Mean Cup on Harrisburg Ave.


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Where did Summer go?!

Piecefully, Pam

Your thoughts and

opinions, please…  Do I make the quilt “traditional” and square OR do I go round…?!

peace love frank lloyd wright

The purple fabric on the right will be the binding and the quarter is to show scale.

Thanks for your help!!!

Piecefully, Pam

peace

love and frank lloyd wright…

peace love frank lloyd wright
This will be a gift for Russell.  I have been thinking about the binding and haven’t decided yet.  Your thoughts would be appreciated.  Thanks!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Preparing Peace

for quilting.  Yesterday I pieced the back and made a hanging sleeve while I was at it.  Today I was able to get Peace sandwiched and pin basted.  I am hopeful I can begin the quilting tomorrow!  : )

Also in preparation, I cleaned and oiled my sewing machine and put in a new needle.  My quilting gloves are at the ready and I wound an extra bobbin too.

Until tomorrow…

Peace, Love and Frank Lloyd Wright

Piecefully, Pam

P.S. You’ll notice the top right area of the circle is not “perfect” – I made the conscious decision to leave it perfectly imperfect…  I am not a machine and often times to achieve peace there is compromise, no…?  A quilt is powerful and holds many messages!!!  ; )

Pod

success!!!

Pod Success!!!

Spenser and Trevor in the pods!!!

Brackets/handles to facilitate pod entry and exit were manufactured to meet OSHA standards.  They had to be installed and ready for use by Friday.

Pod brackets/handles

So, Russell was here this week…

He also brought components for the mud room.  Interestingly, Scott and I had not considered limiting factors that played into Russell’s design for this space.  First, the components needed to be able to come apart and reassembled on site.  And second, the structural framework had to fit into the back of his truck.  Huh.  Who knew?!

Mud room framework

Weather pending, Russell and colleague Dave, will return next week.  To finish the mud room, install the sails and bring the frames for the clothesline.

Then, aside from landscape lighting, which Scott will do, I do believe the studio project will officially be c.o.m.p.l.e.t.e.d…

Piecefully, Pam

Taking pieces

and making peace…

This Summer continues to bring change.  My Mom turned 81 and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with Lyme disease.  She doesn’t have a whole lot of spring left for bouncing back, and recovery, let alone daily living, has been a challenge for her.  For all of us.  She is full of piss and vinegar, which has helped her grow to be 81 years old.  Discussion of her moving has become more than just talk.  We are going at her pace and trying to maintain balance, health, sanity and peace for all.

Peace piecedPiecefully, Pam

P.S. Lois, Miriam and Mazie – thank you for your comments on my previous post.  Bridging is something I made up.  No one taught it to me. It’s my go-to technique  for keeping wonky shapes stabilized while I’m hand appliqueing.  ; )  And, I have heard and even watched back basting and am thinking of giving it a try sometime.  I think it seems very clever and useful!  Thank you for sharing with me!  ❤