Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sisters, Day #2!

I'm being a hard task master on myself, but having a great time doing it. I should do this EVERY year! No, not really that hard, but I've got the quilts here with me that I need to write directions for, so we've got a bit of show and tell going on.

And my goal first thing in the morning, is to write ONE PATTERN per day...however long it takes....before I am "ALLOWED" to sew at the machine on the current project! LOL!

Jen, are you listening to me? This is patterned off of seeing your kids earn "screen time" and having to pay for it with marbles. Same thing here! LOL! No machine time for Bonnie until she finishes her homework! (Aren't you proud!?!) :cD

Before heading to the airport in Redmond to go pick up Claire, we took Max for a long walk..about 3 miles I think. Yep, even the walk had to wait for me to finish my homework! But it worked. And it is so fun to see everyone biking or running or walking dogs here. It's great to be around Max. He is a HUGE golden, still in his adolescent phase...hard to believe when I came up a year ago march, he was barely 2 months old. Now? He still hasn't grown into his head or his paws!! And he is huge! (Did I tell you how big he is?!?) Sorry the pic is a bit blurry, but this dog is all about action!!

So here we are at the airport to get Claire, and I am still astounded EVERY YEAR at how beautiful it is to see snow covered mountains in JULY. Living in Idaho for more than 20 years, you'd think I'd be used to it. I never am. It sucks the breath right out of me..just look at those peaks!

Even on the drive from Redmond to Sisters..I just could not keep my eyes off the mountains....(It was a good thing I was not the one driving! *LOL*)

First up on the list of things to do in Sisters? Get lunch! We had decided to go here:

But when we arrived, we were met with THIS SIGN!?? (*@#($*&(*&!

This is the funny of the day. How can a BBQ place be out of BBQ by 1:30 in a town so small that you can spit from one end to the other? The town was not busy (YET) but maybe they are cooking cooking cooking to save it all up for Saturday, when it IS going to be a zoo? We didn't find out...we just found another little bar & grill place and sat out on a grassy back area at a picnic table, enjoyed their special of the day, the sunshine, each other, and it was great.

From there on we of course had to make our way up to the Stitchin Post.....and completed our shop hop on the way back through Bend.

Did I buy anything?? Well..yes I did! I found these yard long pre-cuts, $5.00 each! Love the red/orange piece...and the yellow blue stripe? Yes, I know it looks like a men's shirt fabric! And that's why I bought it. I thought I might want it for sashing or an inner border for a recycled shirt project, and sometimes you just have to have "ENOUGH" of something....and maybe a shirt isn't going to give you what you need, but fabric that looks like one will.. :c)

Do the two spools of YLI LIME GREEN quilting thread need an explanation?? I know I'm not the only one who buys thread just because they like the color! *LOL* I don't have a project for it yet, but I know I will. It will be just the right color, and YLI is my fave. I was hoping they'd have it on those BIG mega wooden spools, but they didn't...so two smaller ones will have to do.

What's on the docket for today? Since we road tripped all day yesterday, it's a stay in and sew day! There will be much of THIS kind of thing going on!!!

This is me and my long chain of 9 patches....yes they are ALL DONE...and for Karen and Lisa who told me to "Just keep sewing" strip sets last FRIDAY, that I possibly couldn't have enough strip sets to make these 9 patches....does the word OVER KILL mean anything to you guys? LOL Oh well, you can never have too many 3" 9 patches on hand! :cD


  1. Yes I am listening! And YES! I'm SO proud of you for being disciplined enough to finish your work before you play. :^) It's easy to say you're going to do that but it's hard to follow through when it comes right down to it! GREAT JOB!!! It's blistering hot here.....supposed to be 99 here today. With our chores done we'll be headed to the pool. :^)

  2. I had no idea that you can still get thread on wooden spools! I haven't seen a wooden spool in I can't remember how long! (except, of course for the basket of painted wooden spools my mother made for my daughter, and is my stepgranddaughter's favorite toy when she comes to visit)

    I admire your discipline to get your "homework" done first, and am so jealous of you being in Oregon now instead of sweltering with the rest of us on the east coast :)

  3. Hello Bonnie,
    I hope You all have a lot of fun.
    I just sneak a peak and want to say that these snow covered mountains are georgeus. Is that Mount Rainier on the picture or Mount Baker?
    I love Your blog and Your quilting style.
    Happy sewing and
    A big hug from Germany

  4. Glad you are being so productive on vacation! I am making myself work on cleaning the sewing room for 15 minutes at a time! Eventually - maybe - it will be clean - or at least cleaner! Have a great trip!

  5. I think those Mountains are the 3 Sisters, aren't they? Glad you get to be there amongst the crazy-ness. I'm living vicariously through you this year...

  6. I sure do miss the mountains since moving from outside Seattle to Austin, Texas. No mountains here, LOL!

  7. OK, I'm laughing....but hey, don't think of it as overkill, think of the extras as the first quilt parts for your NEXT book! :)

  8. Bonnie ... We ordered the nice weather just for you. I cannot count the number of rainy days of late, and yet ... you arrive and the heat rollllllls on in as well.

    We are lucky in Oregon: we do not do the humidity thing that happens on the east coast.

    Best Wishes and enjoy!
    Cindy B.

  9. Glad to hear you are getting your "homework" done before enjoying yourself to much!! You know we all love your books and appreciate the work you put into getting them done for us :)


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