Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Great Memorial Day

I am so blessed in so many ways on Memorial Day. My Uncle Biddy Baker served in the Army, his son Charles (Chuckie) served in the Air Force, my dad Roger Wiseman served in the Army, my amazing wonderful husband Jerry served in the Navy, best friend John the Navy and I could go on and on.  Because of their sacrifices to this country, all of us were able to enjoy a peaceful long and relaxing week-end.

How did you spend yours? With family? Did you barbeque? Did you read, quilt, sleep-in? We did a bit of it all.  Friday, my husband grilled/smoked chicken to that delicious molasses/carmel coating that makes it stick to your fingers so you know it is done to perfection. Hubby also paid the kids to help him around the yard and treated them to ice cream.

I must admit, it was nice to have our home back after 10 months of living in chaos from all the changes. It was nice to spend family time without everyone fighting and arguing.

Saturday we just hung out and hubby worked around the yard for awhile, while I worked on catching up on some reading and crocheting (I am just learning!).

Sunday, hubby had to work and I have been wanting to go to Der Wienerschnitzel for a Kraut dog forever, however, hubby has never been thrilled about a four hour round trip for a hotdog.  So, the grands and I went for a road trip!

Finally, after a year of craving their hot dogs, we made it!

Believe it or not, the coating on this is Cotton Candy flavor and she was in heaven!

One of the three rivers we went by that day!

Industrial area in Kelso I believe!

Gospodor Monuments in Toledo

 Sadly, the Gospodor Monuments in Toledo are now owned by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe who have done nothing to maintain this amazing roadside attraction. It was made to commemorate the Holocaust, Native American struggles, Christian Faith.  Mr Gospodor is described as an eccentric bachelor who spent over a million dollars to build these. Now they are just left to decay!

On Monday, my family were scattered with hubby working, the oldest grand hanging out with her friends at a park and my son and the two other grands out fishing. 

I worked on quilting and finished this cute card holder which I put in my Etsy shop!

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I hope each of you had a great week-end!
minic Gospodor, the eccentric bachelor who spent over $1 million building the Gospodor Monuments, has died at age 86. He never told anyone why he built them, or exactly what he meant to say with their peculiar combination of Mother Teresa, Native Americans, Jesus, Holocaust victims, an eagle, and an enormous weather vane.
Mr. Gospodor reportedly wrote in his will that upon his death a nonprofit organization had to be found to take over ownership of the monuments. But he also reportedly left no money to maintain them, or even to pay for the electricity that lights them at night. The monument pylons are made of structural steel, however, and should be around for a while.
[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/22/2010]
The new owners of the Gospodor Monuments are the Cowlitz Indian tribe, who initially said that they would maintain the Monument and turn its lights back on at night. They didn't. Jesus lost an arm in early Oct. 2014. Then on Nov. 11 a windstorm toppled him from his lofty perch.
- See more at: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/7757#sthash.ukgDlzlV.dpuf
Dominic Gospodor, the eccentric bachelor who spent over $1 million building the Gospodor Monuments, has died at age 86. He never told anyone why he built them, or exactly what he meant to say with their peculiar combination of Mother Teresa, Native Americans, Jesus, Holocaust victims, an eagle, and an enormous weather vane.
Mr. Gospodor reportedly wrote in his will that upon his death a nonprofit organization had to be found to take over ownership of the monuments. But he also reportedly left no money to maintain them, or even to pay for the electricity that lights them at night. The monument pylons are made of structural steel, however, and should be around for a while.
[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/22/2010]
The new owners of the Gospodor Monuments are the Cowlitz Indian tribe, who initially said that they would maintain the Monument and turn its lights back on at night. They didn't. Jesus lost an arm in early Oct. 2014. Then on Nov. 11 a windstorm toppled him from his lofty perch.
- See more at: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/7757#sthash.ukgDlzlV.dpuf

Dominic Gospodor, the eccentric bachelor who spent over $1 million building the Gospodor Monuments, has died at age 86. He never told anyone why he built them, or exactly what he meant to say with their peculiar combination of Mother Teresa, Native Americans, Jesus, Holocaust victims, an eagle, and an enormous weather vane.
Mr. Gospodor reportedly wrote in his will that upon his death a nonprofit organization had to be found to take over ownership of the monuments. But he also reportedly left no money to maintain them, or even to pay for the electricity that lights them at night. The monument pylons are made of structural steel, however, and should be around for a while.
[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/22/2010]
The new owners of the Gospodor Monuments are the Cowlitz Indian tribe, who initially said that they would maintain the Monument and turn its lights back on at night. They didn't. Jesus lost an arm in early Oct. 2014. Then on Nov. 11 a windstorm toppled him from his lofty perch.
- See more at: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/7757#sthash.ukgDlzlV.dpuf

Saturday, May 23, 2015

How to square up squares??

I am pretty sure some of you that have been quilting longer than I have, who belong to a guild, helped your grandmother/mom/aunt, etc. have an easy answer for me.

How to square up, no, I think align is more the word I am looking for quilting squares?

I am making a quilt with 3" x 3" squares, all are the same size. I am using my 1/4" foot and all are sewed the same. 

HOWEVER...when I sew the second, third, etc. rows onto each other, I am always having to rip stitches, adjust the seams, because they never quite match up, so they might be a bit off on one seam, which then throws the entire row off.

When I began quilting, my original quilt was made with large bandanas, I didn't know about 1/4" seams, I just sewed them all together and every seam lined up perfectly which I was told was highly unusual.

If anyone has any suggestions, I am open to hearing them.  Part of my frustration is that I usually FMQ all of my own and I have had a long arm quilter volunteer to do a few for me and I have heard horror stories of long armer's telling quilters how bad their quilts are and I am terrified.

Thanks in advance, I know I will get some amazing suggestions! 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Yesterday


Suffice to say most quilters will recognize this pile of fabrics pretty quickly as strip sets and that is exactly what this is. 

Yesterday, all my family went to Seattle for the oldest grands birthday celebration to a water park and I stayed home with the dog. Seems like I made the right decision because the only portion of the park open was the rides and I can't do the rides!  They all had a great time and stayed all day.

I turned that unruly pile of scraps into this:
A very large but nicely pressed pile of strips that I then took to my cutting table and you guessed it, began cutting these into 4.5" blocks. 

Sadly, my hands, arms and body began to give out, so I didn't finish all of them and probably won't even finish them all today, but I wanted you to know, that I am still here and still quilting when family things and time allows!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Red Ball on A Seam Ripper...Who Knew?

I just saw this on Facebook, it is not mine, I am taking it from someone who shared this with all of us and it comes from Pam Amour over at the Decorating Diva.  Click on this and you will be shocked (I know I was). 

Who knew? All these years and I never knew this and I am not even sure my grandmother knew it. Then again, not sure she made many oopsie's!

http://www.keepnuinstitchesquilting.com/the-great-seam-ripper-controversy-just-how-do-you-use-a-seam-ripper/4/ 

Friday, April 17, 2015

One Down and One To Go For Canada

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While we accept quilts and are always so happy to receive them, I also donate quilts to help other organizations and this years Hands2Help charity quilting I chose to send to a Canadian organization to help children in need.

They were looking for lap sized quilts and I felt I could actually start and finish one since someone had donated the completed blocks, all I had to do was sew them together add 2 borders, the back and binding and voila...done!

I volunteered this year to send 2 quilts and am now on the search through my stash to find fabric for a quilt for a boy.  I am not sure how other charities fare, but we seem to wind up with many more female and baby geared quilts than we have requests for.

There are more needs for us to have gender neutral or male quilts because YES, 911 professionals are male and female.  

One down and one to go! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Placer County Says Thank You

Look what I just found in my morning Facebook posts, this amazing picture and the following note from Placer County Sheriff's 911 professionals.

'A great big THANK YOU from Placer County Sheriff's Dispatch for the beautiful quilts we received. this photo was taken as we received the quilts and were told the beautiful story behind them. thank you, thank you!'

I cannot thank all of you enough for the quilts you continue to share with this ministry/organization for our unseen heroes!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thank You From Twisp and Room One!

On The Road to Okanogan County
So many feelings and thoughts racing through my mind right now and knowing that God truly is blessing and wanting me to continue this ministry.

This morning, going through the closets and seeing about the only quilts I have left are for babies and small children, I prayed and said, Lord, I can't do this alone we have so many quilts still needing to be sent and the bins are empty, I think it is time to say good-bye to Layers of Hope and move forward.

Can I say, God works miracles? Normally I do not answer calls from Private Caller, however, I am expecting a call from a counselor and thought perhaps it was her.

Instead, it was a Disaster Case Manager calling me from Room One
a non-profit organization located in Twisp, WA in Okanogan County and the disaster center for those that lost all in the Carlton Complex Fire last summer.

On November 1, 2014, a friend of mine left our homes and drove to Okanogan County and delivered quilts to many of the agencies (police and fire) that helped with the fires as well as to the local hospital who needed supplies and dropped off for Room One.

It is during these times, I gather quilts, I deliver or mail quilts, you mail quilts and we move on to the next need. If we get a thank you, I always pass them on and if we don't, I totally understand people are trying to rebuild their lives, they don't have time for thank you notes.

The woman on the phone told me, the quilts we took up to the area, the boxes of quilts the families who lost everything got to go through meant more to these families than a $5000 check to repair their home because it was the first thing many of them received to give them hope.

The quilts she said many times opened the flood gates of emotions these families were holding in because it showed them the compassion of strangers and most of the times it was the first thing that was theirs to keep and hand onto since they lost their homes.

The quilts were the best thing that happened to these people I was told and she only wished I could see the smiles, the tears and feel the joy she has been able to see and feel as the families come in and go through the boxes to pick out the quilt that fits them whether it is color, quilt pattern, theme, it is something that is theirs and she said they are so overwhelmed and thankful.

To all of you, who continue to support Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 with quilts, with fabric, with prayers, you have my deepest love and admiration and thanks from my heart, God Bles