Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sweet...Sweet Memories!

Well...and I say this with a heavy heart... next month is going to be a SAD month for me and many, many other quilters!  The Country Loft Quilt Shop in LaMesa, CA is closing its doors for the last time.....Oh man...paste on that sad face!


The owners of the shop have decided to retire...and as much as I am sad about the shop closing, I am happy for them because retirement is out of this world FUN!! Imagine pouring your morning coffee...and not having to think about rushing out the door to work....YOU get to play all day IF YOU WANT TO...and that happens EVERY DAY!! How could I begrudge that to anyone?!  So I wish Kathy and Sharon (and her hubby) well and thank them for my many visits!

Meet Kathy...she was there to greet me and give me the royal treatment!  Happy retirement, Kathy!
                                 
I consider myself very fortunate to have visited this shop six times...and once at Christmas!! Talk about mind blowing experiences!!  What a shop it was!  One of the best quilt shops on the PLANET!!  And I am sincere when I say that!  I remember THAT FEELING upon entry to that shop...you know...when your heart beats so fast that you think you may be having 'the big one' but then realize that you don't REALLY care because you would be 'going out' happy...clutching that sweet bundle of wool and stack of patterns! haha Yup...it was here that I discovered Cheri Payne, JoAnn Mullaly and Kathy Cardiff!!  All designers extraordinaire!!  To see their quilts hanging was such a THRILL! I even got to meet JoAnn and Kathy!  What a thrill THAT was!

Here's a little sampling...the table as I entered the shop!!  Oh my...

Wools and every thread imaginable!!  And LOOK at the Kathy Cardiff patterns at the top of the picture!!  SWOON!

I was lucky enough to take my woolie friends Glynis, Claire, Sandy and Barb...and they all agreed that it was THE BEST shop EVER!

 I got to see Kathy Cardiff's 'Where the Cows Come Home' up close and personal!  And then Kathy ended up gifting me the BOOK so that I could make a Barn Quilt of my own!  I am planning on finishing this quilt off in June...to commemorate the Country Loft!

                                         
If you aren't familiar with the Country Loft Quilt Shop then you need to visit...through my pictures!!  Seriously there is nothing like it....

Go HERE to see my first visit to Country Loft...and meet JoAnn!!

Go HERE  and Here to experience 'my first time'!  Yes, it took me two days of blogging...to describe the experience...it was THAT good!!

My LAST visit is HERE...but be prepared for the UGLY CRY at the end...

If you want to experience my other other visits..(and they were equally as good)...then just go to the SEARCH BOX on the right hand of my Side BAR (bottom of the page) and type in 'The Country Loft'...but first pour yourself a coffee! You will be there for a good section of the day!  Let's hope that you are retired because you will be late for work if you're not!!

SO HAPPY RETIREMENT, SHARON AND KATHY AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO HELPED TO MAKE THIS SHOP SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!  I know that this Canadian Snowbird will never EVER forget it...Ok...now comes the UGLY CRY...

                                                      
Seriously...it's a  happy cry!  It really is....

Have a Wicked Wednesday and Happy Stitching!~P

PS...I wonder if their on-line shop will remain open?  There maybe hope...Check it out HERE!  But better order NOW...you never know...they might really like this retirement gig!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Under The Stars...DONE!

I blogged about this mat a couple of days ago...a UFO that had been gathering dust and was now finished... and  I was trying to figure out what to do with it?  Mat?  Pillow?  Wall hanging? 

Well....(she says with a smirk...:o)...  I found this old, long, skinny, FRAMED mirror in the garage...

I put it on the floor of my sewing room so that I could take a picture of it for my 'BEFORE' the make-over picture....  (Don't you love my new iPhone cover...stitched clam shells...It's reflected in the mirror!  I digress....)

I put the mat on top...EUREKA..it just fit!

I popped the mirror out and used it as a template to draw the shape onto a thin piece of wood, making it nice and easy for Hubby to cut it out for my new frame backing.
 The frame was dull looking so to spruce it up, I put two coats of clear Danish Oil on it. Oh, man I love this stuff!  Gives it a nice rich glow!  Then, while the frame was drying, I put wee dots of Weldbond Glue on the  backing wood to adhere my mat to and let it dry.  (I used books to weigh the mat down so it wouldn't wrinkle while drying).  When both were dry, I popped the mat/board into the frame, then I pounded some "U" brackets into the groove on the back to hold everything in place.  Done!

Cost of frame...$4!
 A finished UFO...priceless! haha

Here it is sitting on the piano waiting for a place to hang...That's the hard part...where to hang it?... Or maybe it will rest here for a while...it's not like anyone around here plays the piano...that is until the girls come home!

This was a 'Piece of Work' design called 'Under the Stars"!  I'm loving it!

Have a magical Monday and Happy Stitching!~P

Sunday, May 22, 2016

This and That...

I forgot to show you my finished "Log Cabin Christmas" by Cheri Payne...and she has been hanging for ages.  (The picture that is...not Cheri!:)

Although the name of the pattern is "Log Cabin Christmas" I tweaked it by turning the holly into ordinary leaves...so now I call her "Log Cabin Anytime of the Year".
 And some close-ups....




                           




And my friend, Delores has finished her dining room runner...just in time for Summer...


It's like a ray of sunshine!!  Thanks for sharing, Delores!

That's it for another week!  Yowzers...June will be here before we blink...and another Season will be upon us shortly!  Are you ready for the dog days of Summer?...I know Rylie is! :o)))

Have a sunny Sunday and Happy Stitching!~P