Quilted Stole for our Priest and a Hike at King’s Mountain

July 27, 2014

We have a switch of pastors at our church and as tratition goes, we create a stole for him.  Fr. Hugo was ordained in our church a few years back, so we all know and love him already.  He enjoys music and is filled with joy.  The green pieces are similar to our stained glass windows and an incredibly talented  iconographer created the dove with the G-clef as well as the theme for the stole.  In a few hours, he will be wearing this at Mass.
Hugo Stole 2014_edited-1I think our son is finished putting a sheet over himself and holding still while we tested several dove colors and then placement.  Here is his last stint.

Hugo Stole 2014 on Andrew_edited-1EDIT:  Half way through Mass, Kevin whispered to me, “Only in Portland would you ‘put a bird on it'”.  Here is Father Hugo and me after Mass.

Father Hugo StoleYesterday, Kevin and I wanted a quick hike with significant elevation gain.  We headed to King’s Mountain in the coast range and did a 8 mile hike.  Here he asked me to turn around for a photo.

Ann upside down 1When there is a cliff you can fall off with one slip, I’m not a big fan!

Exposure is Too MuchAnd, how about needing a rope?

Rope Kevin



Washington County Fair

July 24, 2014

Our county fair opened today and this is the first year with an online entry process.  It seemed a little skimpy in most departments and I think it may be due to the change.  Hopefully, next year it will be the usual bigness.

Ann wins 2014 Mod PopThis is a quilt my mom, sister and I all worked on even though we are 3,000 miles apart.  My dad is pretty happy!

Frannie Ann Mom Win 2014Kevin entered four photographs and is happy with his blue, red and two whites!

Kevin wins 2014Just look at the amount of grass that gets into their hair ~~ wow!

zoo animal



Thank you Andover and ModernSewciety!

July 23, 2014

Thank you Andover for the fabric and cute bag you sent to me for winning on Stephanie’s blog.  I will put it to good use fairly soon!  I believe I said that I’d make pillows, so that’s probably what I’ll start with!

AndoverCurrently, my dining room floor is a mess of green.  This will be a stole presented to our new priest on Sunday at 11:30.

Hugo stole

Quilts and Yocum Ridge Backpack

July 21, 2014

The Modern Quilt Guild offered another challenge.  My 38″ square quilt is from Jaybird’s book.  The pillow is a pattern by Brooke Biette from Pillow Pop by Heather Bostic, a fellow PMQG member.  It uses all the left over HST’s from the quilt.

MM Challenge 2014 w pillow

MM Challenge 2014 close

MM Challenge 2014 MQGPMQG has a Medallion Along for 2014.  Finally, I am current on my piece.

PMQG Medallion 2014

This wedding quilt is 68″ square.  I wanted the Fed Ex arrow incorporated since Wim is a Fed Ex delivery guy and met Angelina at her work.  The label says, “He delivered his heart.”

Angelina and Wim

I finished two of these.  One went to Amby Burfoot and his wife Christina as a thank you for the signed book they gave us.

Pillow in Gray

This weekend, Kevin and I backpacked 22 miles to Yocum Ridge in the Mt. Hood Wilderness.

Yocum Ridge Meadow view

Pigwar in flowersA PCT trail crew was working near the Muddy Fork.  Quite opposite, someone carved their initials in a tree at Ramona Falls ~~ pretty disturbing.

Yin and Yang of Yocum

Yocum RidgeThere was a great big flat rock near our site for cooking!

KitchenKevin wanted to fool around.Kevin Jumping

A “Running” Legend Visited Today

July 17, 2014

My friend came by to retrieve her grandchildren that I was caring for today.  She brought along her sister and brother-in-law, Amby Burfoot.  He is the 1986 winner of the Boston Marathon, a Runner’s World monthly contributor, book author and really nice guy!  My husband and I have been “runners” for over 30 years, so it was an honor to meet Amby and his wife today.  Thank you Sylvia for such a nice surprise, and thank you Amby and Christina for the personally autographed book.  I have already started reading it.

Amby Burfoot 02

Amby Burfoot

I Won More Fabric! Yoo Hoo!

July 16, 2014

I am getting worried that I have been so lucky lately, but quite happy too!  Thank you, Stephanie, from Modern Sewciety, for this lovely fabric.  From reading Stephanie’s blog, she is a lover of podcasts and since I’ve never really listened to one, perhaps I will head over and listen to one soon.


“Happy Zombie” at Fabric Depot

July 14, 2014

Fabric Depot hosted a meet and greet with Monica Solorio-Snow, fabric designer for Cloud9 Fabrics and fellow PMQG member.  I got two half yard cuts of her newest line, Sew Yummy, and a button.

The Happy Zombie

Monica fabric

Wedding Quilt and Cooper Spur Under the “Super” Moon

July 14, 2014

The wedding quilt that I have been working on is nearly finished.  I was hand stitching the binding on the way to and from our weekend backpack.

Angelina and Wim

Angelina and Wim by SmokeyKevin and I backpacked up Cooper Spur this weekend.  It is one of my favorite spots on the mountain.

Pollalie Ridge Trail 01

Base Camp

Post Dinner RelaxingThe “Super” moon.

Super MoonView of Hood River.

Hood River LightsClose up of a crevass.  They always amaze me.

crevassesSunday morning, we headed up to the 8,500′ level of the spur where we decided to turn around because of a snow-covered knife edge.  You can see the clouds moving in.  This was at 8am.  We hoofed it down to tree line.

No More at 8500 ftThis was 8:17.  Clouds were really moving and there was thunder and ligntning (cloud to cloud).

Kevin Storm CloudsThis was 9am down by the shelter at 6,600′.

Cooper Spur Shelter Stormy SkiesThis was Mt. Adams, in front of us.

Mt Adams Rain

I have to say that the last time we were caught in a thunder/lightning storm was when the kids were little and we were in the southwest.  Kevin was in the car with Charles who was sick and I was with Sarah and Andrew (7 yrs. old) on a ridge.  We had to get past it to continue on the trail.  Somehow we did and we’re here to tell about it.

Ditty Bags Heading to Work Campers

July 12, 2014

For a zillion years, my sister, Donna, has gone to Group Workcamp!  This marks the third year that their destination has been hit with a natural disaster immediately prior to their arrival.  On Facebook, Donna wrote, “Derecho in West Virginia, Sandy in New Jersey and now this- I am just giving you fair warning Sunbury, PA – 2015!”  This year they are in Virginia Beach, VA, right after a hurricane hit.

Each year, I put together something for each of the leaders and each niece, nephew or sibling that Donna coherses to go.  Years ago, my daughter, Sarah, joined them.  This year, I used that diaper cover fabric to make ditty bags and put some items from the dollar store.  The wash cloths grow to regular size when submerged in water.

Work Camp 2014

Work Camp 2014 Package

PMQG Medallion Flying Geese Border

July 9, 2014

This has to be the toughest border for me in the color department.  The fourth try finaly works.

PMQG MedallionWe walked over a few blocks to the Methodist church where they have a community activity for people passing by.


They also have a lovely community garden that is available for anyone to take anything.

Methodist garden pots

Methodist GardenOur roses are in their second round of blooming so I picked some today for my kitchen.  They smell so good!



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