Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Enjoy your Memorial Day!
Remember those who sacrificed for us!
Celebrate the freedom we enjoy!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Monday, May 9, 2016

Winning the War!

This Viking Woman Warrior is weary.

The dragon returned in full force this winter ... I have been fighting a long and difficult battle.
My knee pain is so acute ... forcing me to alter my life in ways that make for a very unhappy Mrs. DillyDally.
Living with this level of pain becomes all consuming.  It is probably past time to call in reinforcements!  Today is the day I begin winning this war ... I am having knee replacement surgery!  By this afternoon ... restoration of my dillydally life will begin!  All dillydally efforts will be focused on rehabilitation, so my presence here may be minimal.  Just know that every day will be spent getting my dillydally life back!  Stay tuned ...

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sew ... I said YES!

Life truly IS a journey.  We live, work, and love as we navigate the path before us.  I enjoy the journey ... sometimes it takes me places I never intended to go!
One morning last fall ... Good Morning America aired an interview with a Shonda Rhimes.  I didn't really know anything about her, but was impressed by the things she said in the interview.  It resonated with my dillydally theories.  I bought her book ... a wonderful and inspiring read.
Not long after ... I got a phone call from our neighbors here in Prince William Sound.  The quilters in Valdez host a biennial Quilt Festival.  I have attended twice ... quilters from all over Alaska and the Lower 48 ... gather together to share and learn about quilting.  It is a wonderful event!  Now ... back to the call.  They called to ask if I would be interested in teaching in 2016 ... I hesitated ... pushed aside my fears ... and said, "Yes."

A bit of time passed ... there were discussions as to what I might teach ... suggestions were welcome ... eventually decisions were made.  About that time, Shonda Rhimes did her Ted Talk on the power of Yes ... please spend 18 minutes and listen to what she says.  I felt empowered ... sew ... I said YES again!  I would design the projects for the classes I will be teaching!  Yikes ... talk about fear!
First original knitting designs -1990
Now ... I've been designing my own knitting projects since 1990 ... I have several three ring binders filled with knitting designs I've created over the years ... and yes, I have dreamed and attempted to publish some of them.  I always felt that knitting was where my journey might lead ... but roadblocks of every kind always seemed to get in the way.  Saying yes to quilt related designing was not on my agenda, and there you have it ... the detour that life's voyage will sometimes take.
 I was asked to teach a quilt class designed for beginners ... sew ... I designed a project that would provide an opportunity for participants to learn the foundation units of patchwork piecing.  I titled it "Patchwork Primer" ... you can look at details here.
Wool Applique' is another class I'll be teaching.  Sew ... I designed a wreath of Alaska's state flower, the Forget-Me-Not and included our State Flag.  Details of this class here.
The third class I'll be teaching is Tinted Embroidery.  For that class, I took creative license and designed my version of Alaska's State Seal!  Check it out here. 
And finally, I'll be teaching a Custom Apron Construction class.  Whew!  Now you know why I haven't been blogging much this last week ... I was dillydallying and designing with deadlines!
Just like we often don't know where our life travels will take us, we don't always know who will enter the journey!  I have been blessed to have a few professional quilt designers make time in their busy lives to encourage and guide me!  My first design efforts are simple baby steps that may or may not develop into something more ... but finding a safe haven of support from "titans" in the industry helps someone like me ... who truly lives in the middle of nowhere ... say YES.  I am so grateful for those who support, encourage and help me navigate a road I never intended to travel!  I needed cheerleaders ... and they said YES!

Do what you love.  Say YES! Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lots of Dillydallying Going On

After a weekend filled with a quilt retreat and watching Star Wars on the big screen, we've enjoyed keeping things simple so far this week!  Early morning knitting is a great way to begin the day ... especially with the fur babies near by.   
As shown in my last post ... this is what I packed for retreat!  The new book by Kim Brackett is filled with fantastic designs using precuts!  I am a big fan and love her work ... sew ... I was excited to make one from her new book!
I began the process of "sew, press, cut" and repeated it until all units necessary had been made.  Simple and fun!
On Sunday morning I was happy to finally lay out the first section ...
...the seams on this quilt do not line up and lock together, and need to be centered.  It forced me to pay close attention when pinning the rows together ... yep, I had to think!
I finished the second unit just as the retreat was coming to a close!  I am halfway to the finish line!  Honestly, I do more sewcializing than actual sewing at retreats!  I always look so forward to these events ... you can see the progress our QBees made here!
On Monday, Nissa and I took my knitting out the road.  She ran around and played while I knit ... the perfect way to spend a couple of hours.
Tuesday found us at Cabin Lake doing more of the same!
I love that this pup of mine requires time outdoors everyday ... rain or shine, it forces me outside as well!  Good for us both!
I feel so fortunate ... doing what I love ... with those who share my passions and my home!  Love this dillydally life!

Do what you love.  Love your life.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Friday, April 15, 2016

Longer Days = More Dillydallying

I love that here in my remote corner of the planet, our days are getting progressively longer ... today the sun rose at 6:22 am ...
... and it will set at 9:06 pm!
All the hours of daylight give me more energy ... lots of dillydallying has taken place this week!  I even splurged and bought fresh tulips and have kept them in the sewing room ... it IS my happy place after all!
This fun pack of fat quarters was rotary cut to create a new tablemat!
It is a 007 undercover project, so cannot share much!
But I did chuckle when I discovered that my nail color matched the fabric!  Oh, this silly dillydally life!
Because an eleven month old puppy requires a lot of exercise, I spend at least a couple of hours outside with her every day!  When weather permits, I dillydally while we're enjoying the outdoors.  Brother DD's sweater is progressing quite well!
Tonight marks the beginning of our guild's spring retreat!  No ... we won't be quilting while in the hot tub ... dang it!  I came across this photo and just had to share it ... plus, it would be fun to try quilting in a hot tub!
I plan to spend the weekend working on a couple of baby quilts!  I purchased a new jelly roll and yardage to create a new pattern found in the new quilting book I  recently purchased!  Sew fun!  Sew exciting!

Snap, Crackle and Pop are going to help me make some treats, and then I'm off to sew like crazy with the QBees!  Have a great dillydally weekend!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Happy Siblings Day!

We enter this world as children ...
... we grow with the love and assistance of those who surround us.
One day we begin again and welcome additional children into our world ...
... and they grow ... with our love and assistance.
Then ... we open our hearts to the children of others and claim them as our own.
Once again ... we are reminded ... love knows no boundaries ...
Family IS everything!

Do what you love!  Love one another!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally