Monday, October 6, 2014

Keep Hoppin! Blog Hop

Hi All,

Thanks for stopping by!  My husband and I just moved to Oregon from Southern California.

We bought a house in Happy Valley.  We are loving Oregon with the change in seasons.  Have a yard now so summer means working in the yard and playing in the pond in our backyard.

I've been quilting for about 25 years now but have been sewing since I was little. Quilting is my artistic outlet.  My favorite thing about it is that there are guidelines and guidelines and rules, but then you can throw them all out and do whatever you want.  I like to take my thinking out of the box mind and twist up something traditional and end up with something new.

While I usually have 15-20 projects going at all phases, I love completing things.  I like to stay up late and push through to completion....sometimes.

I don't really have a style, except if you ask my friends, they'll say I like to complicate things.  I would have to agree completely.   I like puzzles and love a good challenge.


Some things I've learned...
so here are some of mine.. or is mine the worst advice...lol.  These i use in everyday life as well.

1.  Never stop at a mistake.  Fix it right away!  Otherwise you will avoid picking up that project ever again.

2.  Never tell yourself..."I can't do this"   If you enjoy it, then do it.  Find a way or a technique that works for you.

3.  Practice the areas that are rough until they are no longer rough.

4.  Ask questions of others whose work you admire...and then write it down.  I have forgotten more great tips and had to bump my head on the same wall when it hits me "Du-Oph!  Oh yeah, I forgot about that!

4.  Before starting a project, take a few minutes to think it through.

  • How long will this take? 
  • Do i have what i need?  
  • Do i know what I'm doing?
  • Do I really care about any of the above?  
  • Sometimes you just have to sit down and start.
5.  Are there ever any projects that I throw away? No!  Everything will eventually end up in something.  Really it will!



6.  Does everything have to be a quilt? NO!  Tried that...made one block.  Hey look a wall hanging!


7.  How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.  This project took me 10 years to complete.  Hand appliqued, hand quilted.  Just finished this year.  Thought I would never be done.


8.  Surround yourself by amazing people!  They make life so much richer!

I was invited to this blog hop by Eileen Wintemute.  Check out her blog if you haven't already.  She is an amazing artist and one of those amazing people I mentioned.  Thanks Eileen for inviting me to be part of this.

Also check out my dear friend Dione's blog Crossfit Zen.  They have a community outreach program, bring fitness, nutrition and life style mentoring to kids all over LA.

A few of my favorites are 
and check out follow list.

Please feel free to check my gallery and patterns.  I took a year from blogging so I have some catching up to do.  Although I did spend my first 8 months in Oregon finishing my big Mariner's compass quilt.  Follow this blog if you want to see more.

Have a wonderful week and I hope you get time to sew!

Love
Aunti Nicole

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Voyage of Friendship

Some of you may be wondering where I have been.  Well....its a long story.  Here is the short edited version.  Pete and I transferred our jobs up to Oregon.  We both managed to keep our jobs of 15+ years and work the same companies in different states.  We love Oregon, love the rain and the green.

We rented a house for about 6 mos and then started house hunting.  Last month we bought a house in a quiet little pocket of Happy Valley.  1970's house fully updated with a beautiful water feature in the backyard. 
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We have never had a yard so this should be fun.  Pete bought a lawn mower and I am already loving going outside after work, weeding, trimming and playing in the dirt.  I hear that its only 4 mos out of the year, so that might give me some time to sew.

So while I was moving from November 2013 until last month, I decided to store all my quilting stuff and finish a hand quilt that I started in 2004.  Yes that would make it 10 years, but I am finished!  I love the way it turned out.  The outer blocks were done by my EZ Quilter friendship group.  But influenced by every quilter who saw the work in progress.  I love it and its finally home on my bed.



But before it made it there, I sent it to my Mom for her Shasta Lily Guild - Quilt Show last weekend.  My quilt took first place in the Large quilt division.  There were some amazing quilts in this group and I am honored.  Thank you Shasta Lily Quilters!


Viewer's choice in the show went to Bev Roper with this original piece.  This was exquisite work and I love the celtic work in the sashing.  Bev is an amazing artist and quilter.

I have more to share from the show and a recap on the Quilt Sew Knit show here in Portland.  I am a little behind on posts so I have lots to post.  Stay Tuned!

I hope you find some time to sew today!
Love Aunti Nicole