The Artistry of Sheena Norquay, Part 3 — Scottish Highlands Collection

Last of this series. This has been so interesting to read!
I hope you enjoyed the talents of Sheena Norquay. I can’t wait to get back to creating!

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Sheena Norquay’s Scottish Highlands Collections were inspired by the colours of mountains, forests, moorlands, and lochs of the Scottish Highlands as well as native animals such as Highland cows, Red squirrels and Red deer.

The colors are rich and vibrant and well represented in 2 small boxes — 1 in 50wt and 1 in Aurifloss.

The colours are:
2309 (cream), 2612 (pale blue/grey), 2566 (light mauve), 6735 (dark mauve), 2885 (dark green), 1246 (grey), 2775 (dark blue), 2155 (rust brown), 2975 (ochre), & 1147 (light green).

Please visit The Artistry of Sheena Norquay, Part 1 for more details + the full interview with Sheena.

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To enter-to-win the two Scottish Highlands collections by Sheena Norquay, please leave us a comment on this post letting us know which of Sheena’s pieces below is your favorite and why. Entry will close at 11:59pm on Friday, August 18 and a winner will be…

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The Artistry of Sheena Norquay, Part 1

I know,…I know…it’s been a L-O-N-G time since I blogged! I promise we are alive and well here in Naples, Florida! Our move from Kauai in May has kept us busy with finding a home, getting our things shipped from Hawaii, buying new furniture and beach combing. We’ve been in our new home just over a month now and things are starting to gel. We have even had a weekend visit from the grandsons with their mom and dad! Yes, Stella the Statler made the trip just fine. She is getting a spa treatment (reassembled) this weekend! In light of that fact, I’m sew ready!! I have things to share but this article seemed to be the push I needed to get on with it!
This Scottish lady hits all my favs right now…the beach and the soon-to-be-aired Season 3 of Outlander! Enjoy!

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I first met Sheena Norquay shortly after I started working with Aurifil, a mere 4 years into my time in this industry. Up until that time, I’d never seen anything quite like her work and was immediately taken with her artistry, her vision, and her undeniable quilting genius. She is adventurous in her work, always up for trying something new, while remaining meticulous and measured in her experimentation. Every time she creates a new piece, she sends along thoughts on that piece… what she tried and why, which threads were used, and what she thought about the process. It is both fascinating and breath-taking and I’m excited to share some of that with you over the next few days.

In the last year, Sheena has released 3 new collections… 2 last Fall and one just this past Spring. Each collection has its own voice, its own purpose, and its own…

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Top Ten Tuesday {Tips & Tricks}

Disclaimer! I am NOT a thread snob! I use up whatever I have. If you have followed along in the moving to Hawaii journey, you recall I have been stash busting for a while…and that includes thread.
For the most part, it has worked fine. And it feels good to use up stuff.
I was gifted a spool of Aurifil and I tried it out yesterday on a new project (more on that later – Promise!!) and I must admit that my Viking Sapphire seems very happy with it.
Here is the Aurifil blog of Tuesday Tips that I think you will enjoy.
Let me know what thread your machine loves (you know, the machine almost always has the say in this regard, right?!)
Aloha!

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One of the most wonderful things about the sewing & quilting community is how supportive we all are of each other. Need advice on what threads to use for the topstitching on a handbag? There’s a post for that. Just getting started with quilting and find yourself overwhelmed with thread types and uses? There’s a post for that. New to reading patterns and feeling lost? There’s a post for that too! We are a remarkable and knowledgable community, always willing to lend a hand, share a tip, and teach a friend. Today, we’ve compiled some of our favorite tips & tricks and hope that you find them as useful as we have!

1. Top Tips for Top (Bag) Topstitching — U Handbag

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2. Hiding Threads — France Nadeau

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3. Aurifil Spools — Aggy Burczyk for Auribuzz

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4. Preventative Sewing Machine Maintenance — Threads

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5. Make a Stitch Sampler Book —…

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Top Ten Tuesday {St. Patrick’s Day}

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up next week, Aurifil’s Top Ten Tuesday items are just right!

I hope you find something to inspire you today!

Happy Aloha Rainbows to you!

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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we’re thinking in green and rainbows. What if the pot at the end of the rainbow was actually full of Aurifil threads? That might just be better than gold!;)

This week, we’ve got a great lineup of projects that will get you ready for your well-crafted Irish celebrations.

1. Rainbow Ric Rac Skirt Tutorial — Crafting Chicks

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2. Irish Chain Quilt by Heather Jones for Missouri Quilt Co.

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3. DIY Rainbow Banner — Liz Stanley for SayYes and Momtastic

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4. Leprechaun Pant Treat Bag — Positively Splendid

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5. Rainbow Ruffle Dress — Housewives of Riverton

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6. Clover Quilt Block Tutorial — Piece N Quilt

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7. Rainbow Shamrock Brooch — Adventures in Making

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8. Luck of the Irish Table Topper — Margie Ullery for Moda Bake Shop

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9. Lucky Shamrock Pillow — Forth Worth Fabric Studio

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10. Fair Isle Baby Quilt — Leah Douglas…

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Getting my Scrappy Happy Going!

I am so happy to be back to sewing on the scrappy batik top today! I was able to upgrade my sewing machine to this Husqvarna Viking jewel! Meet my new Sapphire 930!

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After just one afternoon of testing her out, I was more than ready to get back to finishing this top. Here are all 42 blocks laid out in their first placement.

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Scrappy Happy!

And today, I put the blocks together in 7 rows of 6!

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My goal had been to get this top together by the end of 2015…new goal? Try to get the top assembled by January 31 so it can be quilted in time for our quilt show in March!

It’s going to be close…but fingers crossed, I might just make it in time!

 

Aloha wishes to you!

Patience in Paradise

I mentioned in this post about some exciting things for me going into 2016. This morning, on my Facebook news feed, I saw this and it is perfect for the anticipation of those things to gel into place.

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I am also reminded of this post from last year regarding patience!

Yesterday, I went shopping for a new sewing machine and some other sewing related items! On a remote island, such as Kauai, there are definitely some issues which require patience – such as ordering and shipping logistics! I promise to keep you posted on that…I’ll know something soon!

Meanwhile, I am love working on some beachy driftwood projects. I made these with recycled jars (think pickle and salsa sized jars), jute, driftwood and coral. They will be good for corralling pens and markers, or perhaps holding flowers or candles! Oh, the possibilities!

I am experimenting with paint on the less than perfect coral pieces I find. A lot of the coral here is stained with rust since our island is mainly volcanic rock containing iron. I just thought moving from Oklahoma meant no more red dirt! Nope! 😦

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A bit of coral in its natural state

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Rusty coral I painted with acrylic paint! Nice!

And, of course, some beach glass I found made its way onto an up-cycled jar candle lid…

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Beach glass candle holder

Looking for just the right piece of driftwood, bit of glass or seashell requires patience as well. A flash of light, the sands shift…if you don’t look closely, the moment is gone and the sea takes her treasures back. But, sometimes, just at that right moment, the ocean waves retreat and there it is…in all its beachy goodness! Grab it quick! Wash it off and marvel at its simple beauty.

While I wait to get my new sewing machine, these collections are keeping me busy and down at the beach! It is also giving me some quiet time to think, plan and dream! Oh, the things I am dreaming of…*sigh!* 🙂

Have a wonderful Thursday! Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha!

 

2015 in review

A very nice feature in WordPress is the year in review stats. I got this same report last year, but didn’t share the details. None the less, I was pretty proud of myself…last year I had about 3,400 reads of my blog from people in 42 countries! I am happy I was at least read nearly that same amount this year even though the countries count was down. That’s ok…people move, ya know?! 😉

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Anyway…I’d like to recap our year in my own style! You can easily check to the right and select any given month to see what I was doing or even search through the little box at the top right for a specific post item. Here are some of my personal favorite highlights of 2015!

January – Crap! It’s cold in January in Oklahoma! So let’s get to Hawaii and house hunt! Here was our future home the first time we saw it! Didn’t it look kinda sad and unloved?! (Ok, quit rolling your eyes! Ha!)IMG_3254

 

According to WordPress, this photo of beachy, scrappy blocks was in my most visited post. It was just a little tip for fellow quilters but I did get some very nice compliments from sharing the post on Facebook, too! Click here to go right to it!

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Now I have a nice little pile of blocks in order so I can chain piece!

February-Our first offer on the house is countered and we accept! Now we wait for a few more cold months to close! Oh, boy…more snow! How nice…NOT! The days dragged on but sewing a bit got me through the worst of it!

It was fun putting this together…again, using up scraps in the stash before moving!

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“Freefalling” measures 61 x 74″

March-What better way to spend the day when it’s cold yet bright and sunny? Let’s have a wedding!

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Captain & Mrs. Christopher Nicklas

I still had to keep busy the rest of the month, so I made this…

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“Searching for Beach Glass”

April – Spring in Oklahoma can be nice. Progress has been slow but we now own a home in Hawaii!! Saying goodbye to this little guy was pretty hard on this Gigi!

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Brogan & Ruby saying good-bye

The last of the sewn quilt blocks ended up in this perfectly sized container…off to storage it goes!

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May – Adventures await as we box up the bits of our life, load up Miss Ruby and head for our new home. We had a good time with Bill and Dana before we left California! The three day’s journey made for an interesting blog series! I hope you enjoyed it! If you missed it, you can make a quick jump to read it from here!

A view of the Pacific across the street from their neighborhood!

There was a slight delay in San Diego, but finally…we are off to Hawaii!

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Ruby is ready to go!

June – Chris and Courtney are now in Japan for a few years! We are happy and sad at the same time for that! Our 3rd grandchild will be born there! Life must go on so, we spent our birthday at Poipu Beach…tropical drinks are way better…well, in the TROPICS!!

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Happy hour! Happy Birthday!

July – Welcome to the Jungle! Clearing this is going to take a long time! But as our neighbor eloquently said, “there are 365 days in the year, you’ve got time!”

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Mr. G slays the mighty bamboo!

August – Grandson #2 makes his grand entrance! Welcome to our world, Beckett Gray!

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Sweet baby boy!

September – I best get back to being a quilter! Since we survived the hottest summer on the planet, I made this quilt for a friend in Texas and started this project with another friend, also in Texas!

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First quilt made in Hawaii!

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Made a good start on this scrappy top! 9 of 42 blocks

I also decided to try my first Row by Row Experience…

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October – Granddaughter #1 arrived! Welcome to our world, Evelyn Grace!

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November – We survived the 2015 Hurricane Season, the most ever in one year! 15 named storms systems and each one missed our little spot in the Pacific Ocean. There were a couple of tsunamis thrown in as well…just to keep things interesting, right?!? Kauai is the spot at the top of the Hawaiian Islands shown in aqua blue in the center…

We connected with a family member who lives just 15 minutes away! My second cousin, Debbie has lived on Kauai for a long time but we had never met! How nice to have another new friend! Eddie and her husband, Chuck hit it off pretty well, too!

 

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Our first time to meet ever – 2nd cousins!

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Chuck and Mr. G showing you how to Shaka!!

December – In a quiet way, the year comes to a close. We enjoy our view from our front lanai, with a glass of wine, at the end of most every day. Our flower beds are still blooming and the grass is still soft and green. The sky is so very blue and the ocean waves crash onto their shores in our little corner of the world. Oh, and look!!! We have bananas!! In December!!! 😀

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All’s well that end’s well…we made it to Hawaii and we are doing fine!

I hope your 2015 was great and that your 2016 will be awesome! I hope you’ll come back now and again to see “what’s she up to now?” as we live out our dream, make new friends and, hopefully, see some old friends along the way.

Happy New Year!

Hauoli Makahiki Hou!

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