Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop!!! Come on by!!

Welcome to Sew Psyched!!!!! 

 I am so glad you have stopped by on your way around the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop :)

When you come to SewPsyched, you will find lots of Stories about Alaska, HoneyBees, Quilts, Gardening, and Travel.

Today is a Story Day. An Unexpected Story Day. Did you ever have one of those? Where you go to bed thinking that the next day is going to be ordinary, and you wake up having it be extraordinary??!

Image by greatbigcanvas.com
Here's what happened. No S**t, there I was, as we say here in AK...
The Time: 4:40 am
The Place: Bed. Warm. Toasty. Dreamy...
The Event: 
Noise!! Rocketing me out of sleep. 
I grip the hubster in the Grip of Death (usually reserved for a glass of wine at the end of a day with freshmen students or possibly, preteens). The Dawg is asleep.
The Hubster Yelps. I whisper, "There's someone in the Garage." the Hubster goes back to sleep. He is just not patriotic. 
I barefoot tiptoe into the kitchen to inspect the door to the garage. Which is shaking. There are slurping noises. 
"Not the Neighbors", I think. 
There is no window into the Garage. Just the door. Solid. Shaking. Mysteriously Huffing.
I very slowly, and very gently, craaaack open the door. 
I am sorry that I did.
On the other side of the door...
Is a Grizzly Bear! Licking the door!!!
I close the door. Quickly. You know.
I lock the door.
I have a brief convo with God. 
I get the airhorn.
I blow the airhorn.
Bears (2) saunter out of garage and down road. In absolutely no hurry at all...
Since I am now wide awake, I briefly ponder pie.
I go back to bed and plot applying cold feet to hubster... 
HAHAHA! and so it goes, a livelier beginning to the day than I had planned.
What stories do you have of things that can only happen to you??

Here is what I've been up to lately:
Please check out my Terrible Triangle Trauma Tutorial for tips on sewing Triangle quilts. You'll be glad you did! ;)

Fun!! Read all about This Bee-Inspired Quilt and Bees and Sunshine in Alaska,


All I have left is to BIND this quilt, at laaast!!!

Have you stopped by the Granny Squares Quilt Along?? you have ta check it out!!



This Seascapes quilt is a commission. Next, binding!!!
There are 80 participants in this blog hop, can you believe it??!! 
I always love supporting folks who are being courageous and trying new things, and I bet you do, too. So be sure to click the links at the end of this post, and give this group some love!! (just sos you know, all 80 bloggers aren't linking today).
I hope you read some of my other stories and join in some of my giveaways. I'd love to hear from you, come by and sit awhile :)

XXOO!
Lori
And here they are!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Lovely! The Magnificent!















Also Linking up with:
stitch by stitch
and,
Fiber Tuesday at Quilt Story











47 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! What a story! I've never had something that exciting happen before! I did lock myself out of a house I was house sitting at one time. I happened to be in only my underwear at a house on a main road and had to break in through a second story window. That's a fairly long story.

    I love your triangle quilt. Did you do the triangle quilt along with the sassy quilter? I did. I'm working on quilting my right now!

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  2. HAHAHA!! Oh my goodness! I would LOVE to hear the rest of that story!! The second story of the house??!!
    Yes, I really loved doing the triangle along with the Sassy Quilter. It was a blast! Cant wait to see your finished quilt. Will you post it to the flikr group? If not, please go ahead and link it here :)

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  3. Oh my! That's why I don't live in AK. Love how you did your triangle quilt. Yellow and blue works so well together! Off to hop about

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  4. I'm glad I don't live by the bears. Your labyrinth quilt is amazing. It looks 3-D. Have fun binding.

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  5. Wow you came face to face with a grizzly!!! Crazy!! I must agree that the labyrinth quilt is off the charts. You have lots of beautiful work! I think my closest encounter with nature this past week was being in between two trees at dusk, with owls on either side of me, hooting at each other. I can only imagine the adrenaline rush of opening the door to see bears in your garage!

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  6. Lovely quilts. I like how you placed the fabric in your triangle quilt to make stars, and I wouldn't have had the patience for that binding with all its ins and outs! It would have had straight edges - chop chop! :-)
    I'd be closing my garage as tight as a drum if we had grizzlies in the area. Mostly we have black bears, but they don't venture right into town (so far!). If we leave them alone, they seem to return the favour. Now you will have to watch for them and make sure you are alone when you head for the vehicle!!!

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  7. Love your labyrinth quilt - it just jumps out at you from the photo. Can honestly say I've never met a bear in real life - I do have the smae reaction to spiders though!

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  8. Hi Lori - that is quite a way to wake up! Glad the air horn got them to saunter off! After something like that, I probably wouldn't have just contemplated pie. :)

    I love the 3D effect in your labyrinth quilt. Stunning!

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  9. I love your bear story. I wonder why he thought the door was yummy?

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  10. Also, I totally LOVE your Granny Squares quilt! Great colours. :)

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  11. Okay! That was a scary story!!! Glad it ended okay and you were on the right side of the door:) So fun getting to know you in the Triangle Quilt Along and just so you know....your quilts are all really awesome, really good work. The one that looks like a maze had me staring here forever trying to figure out what was happening....too cool! I did this hop last year and loved it. So fun getting to meet such wonderful people.

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  12. I just knew you were gonna say bear...but 2! Either way I would have been scared out of my mind. Your quilts are beautiful. The quilting on the triangle is super neat.

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  13. I couldn't imagine opening the door and having a bear right there! Such panic, and funny all at the Same time knowing all is well now! I am thankful it was the bear and not someone else!

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  14. Love the story and the triangle quilt! The colours are so beautiful!

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  15. Oh my goodness! Bears!!! I did the triangle QAL as well, love the colours in yours! :)

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  16. LMAO!!!! Read your Bear story out loud to teenage boys....very impressed...I would've peed my pants!
    Your maze quilt is exceptional, is it your own design? So clever!

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  17. Nice to meet you. Your labyrinth quilt is my favourite. I am glad we don't have bears here in South Australia I just have to deal with the rabbits getting in to my vegetable garden. I look forward to hearing and seeing more from you.

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  18. Amazing story! Great introductory blog post! Love the design of the maze post, it's a great optical illusion!

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  19. ohh I think I would have wet myself if I saw a bear on the other side of the door. That maze is awesome it looks three dimensional, very very cool.

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  20. OMG! That would be a terrifying start to my day. My husband definitely would have had more to deal with than cold feet on his person! I still really love the colors in your triangle quilt. :)

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  21. I can't believe you opened the door! And then I can't believe after the air horn that your hubby was still asleep! lol Your triangle quilt is STUNNING! Making me wish I'd tried harder with the layout of mine. Just gorgeous, Lori : )

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  22. Wow! Just another morning in Alaska, huh? Your quilts are beautiful and your Alaska backdrop is stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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  23. No bears here ;-) I can't imagine to meet one. Your triangle quilt is lovely and that 3D effect one is even better. Enjoy the hop!

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  24. I've really enjoyed reading about yur life in Alaska. How do you have time for quilting when you're tending to all those animals? My recent boo boo was donating an item to a charity shop that I forgot I had listed for sale on a web site. Someone bought it online and I had to go to the charity shop to see if I could get it back. They had already on sold it, so I had to send my purchaser a similar item at a loss to me. That's what happens when you are juggling kids, work quilting and online trading.

    You have quite a unique lifestyle and I'm interested to read more about life in Alaska and your quilting. (We get Ice Road Truckers on New Zealand TV, but it's nothing like you have described)

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  25. OH my gosh!!!! that is insane! WOW! Well, I have to share! About a month ago my hubby and I are settling in for the night and we hear an explosion and our house shook! I mean SHOOK! Then we hear subsequent explosions! I am freaked out and we are really worried. Did something hit our house? Well, my hubby goes outside and the house next to us has exploded! The garage door had blown off! Our power then goes off and my kids are now awake. My hubby is calling 911 and we are trying to figure out if we can help. Then their car catches fire and something else explodes. We were relieved to find out everyone is safe, sound, and waiting for the fire department. We were so happy everyone was okay. Such a crazy, and scary situation!

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  26. WOW! I laughed on our first visit to Alaska at how all the public trash cans were "bear proof". Here lately, there have been several black bears showing up in people's back yards. Not a common thing here in Western NY! So every time I see a story about bears on our local news, it reminds me of Alaska! We are in the process of planning a trip back - but you can keep the bears! I would rather admire them from afar! LOL

    How did you add the "signature" to the bottom of every blog post? I like that idea! I may use it if I can figure out how to do it...

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  27. Holy cow! That is a great story!! And you handled it so well haha. I probably would've screamed and definitely would've woken up my husband. Thank you for sharing :)

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  28. Hi Lori - What a great story. How long have you lived in Alaska? We have a random bear sighting in the Hudson Valley in New York. I think if I lived in Alaska, I have that for horn right on my night table. Your blog is a lot of fun to read and look through. Your triangle quilt is lovely. I'm part of the hop too, and am glad I stopped by to visit.

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    1. Thank you Annieb!!
      I hope you get this, your email comes across as no reply blogger. But I see I am following you on blogger, so that's cool!!!!!!!!!!
      I ADORE the Hudson Valley!! I grew up in upstate NY near Ithaca and Watkins Glen, so that scenery is special to my heart :)
      I've only lived here in AK for five years, but my husband is a lifelong alaskan. I think I approach the whole Alaska thing with a greater sense of adventure than he does;) Everything is ordinary to these guys!
      So glad you came by!!
      XX!
      Lori
      Ps, you bet that airhorn is on the nightstand, and there are two more in the house, now;)

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  29. Oh my goodness! Alaska is bear country, but licking the door is just wild!

    I love your quilts. I have a soft spot for triangles, and the maze one is absolutely crazy.

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  30. Wait - LICKING the door? Too funny. Your bee-inspired quilt is lovely - the combination of yellows and blues is unexpected and fun. We had a porcupine here the other day, but he wandered off without freaking anyone out!

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  31. Thank goodness we have no grizzly bears here! My Canadian husband tells me all about them from when he worked in the field as a geologist and had to carry a gun (as rare here as in Canada).

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  32. hilarious story. Very fun to hear about someone else having those kinds of stories. Just tonight after returning from helping to hang our guild show, we walked the standard poodle, who went haywire and after his friend. That woke me up! It must be the drugs... he's on pain killers. Yikes! I'm here from lily's small blog page. I think I might have to poke around your blog some more, and see what kind of entertainment I can find! Lee Anna Paylor lapaylor.blogspot.com

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  33. Now that's one way to wake up in the morning! We've had close encounters with bears as well when we lived outside of Seattle near the mountain pass. Never THAT close but in our yard and garbage cans. Your labyrinth quilt is stunning! I clicked on the link to read more about it but it brought me to more about the triangle quilt. Do you plan to hang it?

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  34. The triangle quilt is beautiful although I'm not sure anything with the word terrible in the title would be something I'd want to make (I need to read more of the back story on that one!) The labyrthn quilt is actually a pattern that I saved in a magazine because I was totally going to make it. Because I like scrappy, it was hard to think of only use a few fabrics. Yours is stellar - was it difficult?? The illusion with the fabric choices you used is so convincing.

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  35. What a story! I have family in Alaska who have had similar things happen, I don't know if I could go back to sleep after something like that. Nice introduction, I really like your triangle quilt. I love triangles, and those colors are great!

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  36. Your story reminded me of the movie Open Season and Boog living in the house lol!

    I wish I came across your Triangle tips a few days ago! I participated in the Triangle QAL but had a random layout so wasn't too fussed where things went, but I'm making another triangle quilt now and it's annoying me so much! I've learnt the "iron as you go" trick the hard way :(

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  37. Slightly late visit from the Blog Hop, and wow, exciting start to the day! Nothing as scary as bears over here, my husband and 2 boys did get chased by a herd of cows at the weekend though, my 2 girls and I were watching from the other side of the field and it was very funny to see! Your quilts are all beautiful but my favourite has to be your bee quilt, which I've come over to visit before.

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  38. Love your triangle quilt and the black and gray one too.

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  39. We lived in Igloolik, Nunavut for 6 years and loved it. No bears in the garage though. What a way to start the day! I absolutely love your maze quilt. It looks so 3D I did a double take.

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  40. What a story! I think I'd have had a heart attack... mind you, we don't get many bears (grizzly or otherwise) in the city centres of England... The labyrinth quilt above is amazing!

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  41. Totally awesome bear action - great story! Found your blog via the New Blogger Hop and enjoyed reading your post. Gorgeous photos and quilts - I'll be back to visit again!

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  42. Your quilts are fabulous! So crazy about the bear, that sounds really scary, but amazing, too. Maybe you better not put honey on the door anymore.

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  43. I can't believe the airhorn didn't get your hubby to saunter out of bed too :-) I love the colors in your triangle quilt, and the one that only needs the binding still is stunning!

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  44. what an amazing story! I have friends from Alaska but haven't heard anything like that before! I love your triangle quilt especially - the yellow and blue combination is gorgeous.

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  45. I just love your yellow triangle quilt! And your husband can sleep through an air-horn??? I know the expression "sleep through anything" but I've never heard it put to the test quite so literally. And good thing you were prepared! I can only imagine what would happen if I came across a bear....

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  46. Oh my gersh, that story about the bears... I would just freak right out!

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