Last Quilt Before Backpack

August 23, 2014

Our friend’s birthday was yesterday, so I made a quilt using this pattern.  It was super simple and finishes at 43″ x 72″.  On the back, I machine embroidered a yoga symbol.

John K

John K back

We are ready to fly to Fresno this afternoon.  This is the food we’ll be eating for the next six days on our backpack in Yosemite.  Everything on the right will go into a bear resistant container for the first few days.  Everything on the left has been mailed to Tuolumne Meadows and we’ll pack it for the last few days and mail home anything we’re not using.

Food for Yosemite

Oregon State Fair

August 22, 2014

It was a great day at the Oregon State Fair with my son, Andrew.  There were only 131 quilts entered.  Perhaps the $5 per quilt turned some former participants away??  There were remote drop off locations that were very convenient!

My Mod Pops took Judge’s Choice.

Mod Pop

My “twas the night” took a blue.

Twas the night

My pillow took a second.



My Modern Little Red Riding Hood took a second.

Modern Red Riding Hood

My Zig Zag Amish took a blue.

Zig Zag Amish

This quilt was the Best of Show, but I didn’t write down who made it.

Best of Show

Andrew and I got ice creams from the Dairy Ladies.

Dairy Ladies

The white glove people were diligent about having people choose their favorite quilt and the viewers were pretty happy to vote!

Peoples Choice

This wall has three of us Westside Quilters Guild members (with ribbons).  

WQG wall

Quilts 1

Quilts 3

Quilts 4

I impared Andrew’s view of the road with this double batted king size quilt that I was binding as he drove.


“Initially Yours” Quilt Challenge at WQG

August 19, 2014

Our Westside Quilter’s Guild issued it’s yearly challenge, “Initially Yours”.  My initials are “A” and “C”.  I was raised in the Appalachian Mountains where our family hiked and now I hike and backpack in the Cascade Mountains.  On my quilt, both the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail symbols are among the trees as well as a hiker.  Kevin, my husband, created the initials for me to look like a wandering paths around a peak.  The back is a running themed fabric I won at the guild’s brown bag auction and perfect since I’ve run for over 30 years.  Since we were backpacking on the McNeil trail this past weekend, I toted up the quilt for a photo session.

AC Quilt 01_edited-1

Initially Yours on McNeil Point_edited-1

Kevin near snow

AC Quilt 02_edited-1

AC Quilt 03_edited-1

Tent Night McNeil Point 01_edited-1


McNeil Shelter

Initially Yours in trees

Initially YoursClara handles each year’s challenge and her husband helps.  This year we had 19 participants.

WQG Mystery Challenge

Quilt! Knit! Stitch!

August 16, 2014

I worked a two hour shift at Quilt! Knit! Stitch! today for Westside Quilters Guild.  Plus, I got to see my quilt hanging!  There are some pretty amazing quilts at the show, so if you are in the area and can go tomorrow, do.

Metallic Bonding at Quilt Knit Stitch

Barn Quilt and Cooper Spur Backpack

August 12, 2014

Our Westside Quilt Guild is creating a Barn Quilt Trail in Washington County and there is a council that wants to hang barn quilts in their chambers.  This gave me the push I needed to duplicate one of my dad’s barn quilts from Waynesboro PA.  I switched up the colors a bit and it measures 43″ square.  I had a terrible time with thread breakage during which the thread came out of a tension disk causing me to rip out a LOT of stitches, then switched the needle and couldn’t get it right, then had an oil spill.  I’ll be washing it pretty soon.SCS Barn Quilt

SCS Barn Quilt back


Anne from our PMQG told me about this quilt by Thomas Knauer titled “Love is Blind”  The man has an incredible mind.  The secret of the quilt is that the triangles actually spell out “I love you” in braille.  You can purchase the pattern at Quilty or get the magazine.  I used my left over HST’s from the Michael Miller challenge for this mini.  It measures 16″ x 42″.

Love is Blind

Despite a 50% forecast for thunderstorms in the mountains, Andrew and I headed up to Cooper Spur in the Mt. Hood Wilderness yesterday on a backpack.  It ended up being a 11.5 mile hike with 4,500′ elevation gain.

Got to love snow in August when it’s 99 degrees at our home in Hillsboro.

Andrew Walking Cooper SpurKevin and I have looked for this Japanese inscribed rock every time we go to Cooper Spur and our Eagle Eye Andrew found it for us!

Ann Japanese Rock

Andrew Close Up Cooper Spur

Andrew Tent Cooper Spur

Sunset Cooper Spur

Another Night on Mt. Hood

August 11, 2014

13.3 miles from Saturday to Sunday at Lamberson Butte in the Mt. Hood Wilderness and today I’m heading back out with our youngest son to conquer Cooper Spur.

Ann Snowfield 02People ask us what we eat when we are out.  I purchased some freeze dried chicken, spinach; made up a Thai sauce using powdered coconut milk and spices and added noodles.

DinnerHere it my dinner in my squishy bowl along with a beer.

Dinner TimeThe nearly “supermoon” made the sky bright, but you can still see the Big Dipper.

Tent at night smallWe met the owner and creator of Trail Butter.  He gave me a free sample as he and his team were going Round the Mountain in a day (42+ miles).  I’ll be testing it out today as we climb over 4,400′ today.

Trail Butter 01



Not Keeping an Eye on how the Machine is Threaded

August 7, 2014

Two hours of unpicking because, on a rethread, I neglected to notice one little place it where it slipped.

FroggingLast night at Migrant Camp, we played more games with the children and then had two pinatas.games_edited-1The horse pinata had two eyes, so we picked them off and had fun with them.

Deacon Scott w eye

Never Thought I’d Post a Cat Photo!

August 6, 2014

I was warned about this!

Clyde on fabric

Urban Cabin Quilt for Friends

August 3, 2014

Our friends from California that we haven’t seen in close to 15 years are in Portland, so we got together yesterday and will later this morning.  They showered us with gifts and dinner and I made this quilt for them with the pattern, Urban Cabin.  It measures 55″ x 74″ and is made with all batiks to match their home.  I finished bindint it at the PMQG Sew Day yesterday.

Helens Quilt_edited-1

Rejected Blocks go into a Small Quilt

August 1, 2014

I had four blocks left from this quilt, so I put them together, added a border and quilted it up for our church bazaar.  It finishes at about 30″ square.  ~~ love the little bit of green in the binding.

Finn Rejects

For about 19 years, I have gone to a Migrant Camp throughout the summer and with a group, we provide fellowship, food and fun.  Last Wednesday, we played games with the children.  This photo cracks me up.  The balloon had just fallen as it was passed to the girl in pink.

Games 3

Games 7We had a Mass at camp and our priest wore his stole that I made last week.



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