Friday, May 31, 2013

Gracie May Slick Arrives!

Gracie May is home!  Mr. Squash has decided her full name will be Gracie May Slick.  We picked her up at a PetSmart 50 miles from us this morning.  She rode home on Mr. Squash's lap in her carrier and was a trooper the whole way!
 First we introduced her to Sasha who wants nothing to do with her at this point!  After some growls and swipes we decided it was best to put Gracie in Mr. Squash's office for a while, then try introducing them again later today.  I tried to get a few pictures of her - this is the best I could do for now.  Right now I can hear them playing in his office so it looks like she'll settle in just fine.
 She loved this feather toy that Sasha discarded!
Here is you-know-who looking very bent out of shape!  I brought Mr. Squash some lunch and she decided to scoot in the door before I could close it!
Crank up the volume on your computer and listen to Sasha growl sitting across the room from Gracie May!

More tomorrow!

Thursday, May 30, 2013


This time tomorrow Gracie May will be with us in her new home.  Sasha is really looking forward to having a sister!

Friday, May 24, 2013

May Garden and a Winner!

Upon returning home from Portland this past weekend,  Mr. Squash and I were greeted with an explosion of color in the yard!
Our neighbors behind us have an old garage with a very mossy roof.  I call it the Mushroom House.  It always makes an interesting backdrop.
Here is a slightly wider angle.
Getting closer
A view down toward the grape vines.  I keep saying there is no more room to plant, but I can always seem to find a spot.  The trick is to stay near a drip line or a sprinkler.  It gets very dry and hot here as the months move forward.  We've had a couple of rhubarb crisps and lots of lettuce so far.  
Look at H. Bernardii!  I'm just tickled with how he looks this year!
My half Lithuanian hands are not small by any means, so this gives you an idea of the size of his blooms!
Barbara looks gorgeous as well!  We had a really strong wind the other day and she fell over, but she's staked now and not going anywhere!
This is the front trellis looking from the driveway.  It's finally doing exactly what I wanted!  The rose on the left is Scented Heaven climbing rose.  Mr. Squash and I are so pleased with the yard.  The other day someone was walking by and asked Mr. Squash if he lived here or was in one of the several "wine guest houses" in town!  Now that's a compliment!

Many thanks to everyone who commented on my last market post about garment sewing.  I loved reading your comments and you've all inspired me to get back to sewing a few things to wear!  My Random Number Generator, Mr. Squash, picked#17, Gloria, from the UK!  She said: "I make all my summer dresses from quilt fabric and have done since I first started quilting. Yesterday, I wore a dress made from a fabric I had bought to back a quilt. Dress or backing - two reasons to buy 5yds at a time....Also, quilt fabric needs less ironing, in my experience, than dressmaking fabrics and can be worn straight from the tumble dryer when on holiday."  Congratulations, Gloria!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Quilt Market Fashion and Giveaway (Now Closed)!

In the last ten years or so we've all seen a lot more garment designs from quiltmakers.  I did a lot of garment sewing as a young woman and never really lost my love for it.  The only thing I lost was the time and effort once I began my working life.  I've had the urge to rekindle that long ago passion, too!  I thought you might like to see some of the great dresses I saw while at Market!
This reminds me of something my mother might have worn in the 40's.  Now it's been updated for our new century!
I think this dress is totally timeless. about a patchwork wedding with that train?
I was floored when I saw this selvedge dress!  Gemma Carelton, Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac's daughter made it!  I knew there was a reason I was saving selvedges!
How about bicycle fashion?
And look at this room!  Kind of reminds me a bit of Steam Punk and vintage mixed together!  This is a new fabric line from Tim Holtz (his first) through Coats and Clark.  Wow - Coats and Clark have come a long way since I was a very young sewer!  The line is called Eclectic Elements and I want all of it!
I was lucky enough to score 2 fat quarters of Eclectic Elements along with a Shabby Fabrics pattern, some Hillcreek Designs buttons (pattern included) and a spool of Weeks Dye Works 40 wt. quilting thread!  Leave a comment telling me if you've sewn any garments lately and I'll enter you for a chance to win all of this!  US and International commenters are welcome!

Monday, May 20, 2013

We're Having a Baby? and Sample Spree Goodies!

A while back after getting Sasha we gave some consideration to getting her a playmate.  We thought it would be good for when we're away even though we have a wonderful pet nanny who looks in on her every day, and we would also each have a lap cat! We thought if at some point another part Siamese was available it might be a good match for Sasha.
So here is Gracie May, Sasha's baby sister to be!  Isn't she adorable?  She's only about 3 weeks old in this photo and living with a foster family along with her siblings.  We get to pick her up on June 1st when she's 8 weeks old!  Other than having no white markings that we can see, she looks just like Sasha!
Sample Spree at Quilt market was quite remarkable!  The biggest line of quilters and shop owners I've ever seen were lined up outside the doors which didn't open until 8:30 pm on Thursday night.  Even though we weren't at the end of the line, much had been picked over and scooped up by the time we got in the door.  I didn't get anything I had on my list, but did score some goodies that weren't on the list.  Above is Edyta Sitar's new line called Hope Chest.  This is a fat 8th pack.

I love Daiwabo's and here is a wonderful pack from EE Schenck called Serenity.
This is First Ladies from Windham.
Here is another Daiwabo pack from EE Schenck called Vintage Dry Goods.
On Wednesday we met Stephanie and Mr. Creations in their old neighborhood of West Linn at Hollyhill Quilt Shop.  Mr Squash knows I love French General Fabrics.  He was so sweet to get me this fat 8th pack of Panier de Fleurs.  I also added to my stash of homespuns for a future quilt.

I'll have a few more photos from Quilt Market on my next post!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Quilt Market People

Whew - Home Sweet Home!  While we had an absolutely fantastic time at Quilt Market, it's always so sweet to return home!

  I decided to break my Market posts into sections, so today will be People!
Almost as soon as we walked in the door the first day I heard my name being called!  I turned around and there was Anne of Cottons 'n Wool, Karen of My Yellow Farmhouse, Anna of Woolie Mammoth and Sandy, No Blog who has become known through Anne's blog! What fun to see all four ladies!
When I heard Pam Vieira McGinnis, aka Pam Kitty Morning was going to be there with her new line, Pam Kitty Picnic, I just had to meet her!  It was because of Pam and her blog, the first I'd ever read, that I began blogging.  It was also because of Pam that I became a Supreme for Stephanie!  Pam sews for Alex Anderson and I so wanted to do something like that in my retirement.  Pam was so warm and friendly - it was just great to meet her!
I also introduced myself to Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  My friend Linda Hrcka of the Quilted Pineapple does Lisa's machine quilting.  Lisa is totally smitten with Linda's work, as she should be!  Check out Lisa's's made by another amazing quilter, jewelry maker and blog friend, Julie of Me and My Stitches!
Here is Linda's latest masterpiece for Lisa - The Tree of Life.  I was so excited to actually see both of their work in person!  It's hard to believe, but this entire quilt is done in flannel!
Walking down another aisle, I spotted Vanessa Christenson of V and Company!  My latest test pattern for Stephanie, Caity Did, was made entirely from her line called Simply Color!  I just had to show her the bag!  I love the look on her face!
Can you tell how much fun we're having?
On Thursday night at Sample Spree, we ran into Jodie Carelton of Ric Rac.  Jodie is from Australia and is so sweet and very funny!  Stephanie and Jodie have been friends for some time now!
Check out Jodie's shoes - I love them!
Here are Jodie and Stephanie in Jodie's booth.  Jodie looks a bit like a deer in a headlight, and deservedly so - she was really, really busy -which is a good thing!
Look what Stephanie found in the Michael Miller Booth!
We also ran into Pat Sloan!  Here she is with Stephanie.  She is such a warm and nice person and I love her fabric designs!
Leaving is so sad!  Here we are in front of the hotel the morning we left for home!  I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Stay tuned for more market posts!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Where Am I?

There are days where I can't see the forest for the trees!  One thing I do know is shoes and can always see them!

The very cute polka dot shoes belong to a dear friend of mine....the very boring ones are mine.  My friend loves polka dots.
We're even hiding behind her adorable polka dot umbrella!  Can you guess?

Why it's me and Stephanie of Loft Creations!  We're here together at Quilt Market and are looking forward to Sample Spree in just a few hours!
Of course the wonderful Mr.'s Squash and Creations are along for the ride (or maybe along because we're taking them to Voo Doo donuts).

More to come!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Squash House Going's On...

Since I've been away from posting for a while I thought I'd catch you up on what's been going on around the Squash House.  Not a lot of sewing - mostly gardening.  We've had a very warm spring, and with no frost in sight, we realized we could plant before Mother's Day, which is the usual "safe" planting date.
Mr. Squash worked very hard tilling up the tomato beds.  You'll see our semi-dwarf apples on either side of the beds, and the espaliered pear right behind Mr. Squash.  Unfortunately we lost all the pear buds to a frost.   
 Of course there must be a nap after all that hard work - Sasha was exhausted from just watching!
 I tried my hand at two no-knead breads.  This is the white bread - perfect on the first try!
 King Arthur had a recipe for a multi-grain no-knead bread so I had to try it as well - another perfect loaf!
 Mr. Squash and Sasha are on the lookout for balloons in the sky early this morning.  Between the three of us we were able to watch all around the house.
 Here they come!

 Yikes - are you sure this is a balloon?  Looks more like a rocket ship from Mars to me!
 After all that tilling, the planting began.  There are peppers on the left, garlic next (planted last fall), pole beans, radishes and lettuce, and lettuce we planted about 6 weeks ago.  Behind that last bed on the right is Allium which I planted last fall, too.  I couldn't remember what it was until the buds began to open.  
 Tomatoes are all planted.  We're using the potato tower this year for a zucchini bred especially for containers!  Mr. Squash always plants Marigolds in front of the tomatoes - what a guy!
 Now we just sit back and wait for everything to bloom.  There is a lot just beginning to open up - I'll show you in another week or two.
 This iris was planted last year - just one rhizome - look at it now!
 Another angle.
And last but not least, Sasha still keeps us entertained and on our toes.  This is the downstairs bathroom - I wonder who forgot to close the door!

We'll be out of town next week, but I'll try to keep up while we're gone - and a big surprise at the end!