OK, So the Luck Stops Here!

September 21, 2014

We had a great backpack planned.  Everything was packed and we were to leave after a little sewing with Westside Quilters this morning.  Plans changed when Kevin called to say that he fell out of his trailer last night in Roseburg while moving pipes. His left knee buckles when he stands on it.  No telling how he made it home because both his truck and car are clutches. He’s been RICEing it all day (Rest, Ice, Compression socks, Elevation) along with anti-inflamatory meds.Kevin knee swelling

I was practicing with my clip on bike pedals this morning and everything was ok until I got back home, panicked and just fell over ~~ still attached to my bike.  This evening, it’s a goose egg size bruised lump.  The tan is compliments of our Yosemite backpack.

Ann knee swelling

More Great Winning Here!

September 19, 2014

Back in August, I received an e-mail stating that my name was drawn as a prize winner in the Modern Metallic Challenge. Last night, I was given my winnings and, WOW, are they great!  Thank you, Michelle and Mary Ann for putting this together!  I already have plans for the charm candy.

Metallics Goodies

I’m quilting the Westside Quilters Guild Raffle Quilt and have some of the border completed as well as the sashing.WQG border

…and lots of rows going together…  taking up space in my dining room…


Thank You Oregon State Fair

September 17, 2014

Oregon State Fair and Mid-Valley Quilters, you went all out to hang our quilts so lovely, solicit People’s Choice votes, white glove the show, and all the many other duties that go into our great fair!  Thank You SO MUCH!!  Returning the People’s Choice comments with our quilts was a wonderful surprise!  Plus, there was a lovely pack of STUDIO E Solids with my Zig Zag Amish quilt.

OR State Fair 2014

Yay for Toni from our Westside Quilter’s Guild, because not only did she receive ribbons at both the Washington County Fair and State Fair, she received People’s Choice at the State Fair!

Michael Miller Cotton Coture for a Quiltcon Challenge Quilt

September 16, 2014

Thank you Michael Miller for getting me started on my fabric for an idea I’ve had since Quiltcon 2013 ~~ ok, it was my sister’s initial idea, but I am the one who found the way to do it!

Michael Miller Cotton Coture Quiltcon

Alison Glass Quilted Items and a New Water Heater

September 14, 2014

I’ve been using my new Alison Glass fabric that I won last month with the left overs from my sister’s Lucky Penny quilt.  In the works are two pillows and two table runners.

Alison Glass misc

The guys are in the throws of water heater removal/installation.  This way, I will not have to step over the running stream of water in the basement as I put laundry in/out of washer and dryer.

Water Heater

… and my Gammill got a new belt.


Bat and the Silcox Hut

September 8, 2014

Bat runner totally copied from here.  Sara is very gracious about me using her fabulous bat design!  It finishes at 17″ x 24″.

Bat Runner

Bat Runner back

Over the weekend, Kevin and I backpacked the Hidden Lake Trail in the Mt. Hood Wilderness.  We set up our tent at 6,200′.   Sunday morning we stayed “off trail” up to 7,000′ and crossed over several snow fields to the Silcox Hut, then down to Timberline Lodge and back to our car.  Totals come to 14 miles and 4,200′ in elevation gain.017-Tent

The arrows show the approximate locations where we crossed two of the snow fields.

117-Snow Crossing 

A quick lay down in the snow.  It is pretty wet this time of year.

 095-Ann in Snow

Coming up from the snow field

 085-Ann Climbing up

Our shadows on opposite side of canyon


Approaching the Silcox Hut

098-Ann Silcox Hut

Timberline Ski Area is installing the Boundry signage in anticipation of ski season.

091-Ski Boundry Silcox Hut

Hidden Lake

146-Hidden Lake

Cats, Bats and Leaves

September 6, 2014

This week, I’ve been working on three things.  A cat quilt for one sister-in-law and a fall quilt for another.  Then, while browsing Flicker: Fresh Modern Quilts, I came upon this.  Splendid!  My sister and I had bats in our attic bedroom and both absolutely detest them!  Wednesday, I drafted out the pattern with the intent of surprising my sister with a runner.  Wednesday night, I was washing a dish at the kitchen sink and noticed a shadow move over me and then caught a LARGE BLACK flying object to the left.  A BAT!  EEEKK!  I ran for my life and ended up in the basement until my son came home from work and chased it out.  The bat had at least a 12″ wingspan ~~ nearly double the size my sister and I dealt with as girls.  It must have come down the chiminy and I believe it was a one time event.

Cats, Bats, Leaves

Quilts and Yosemite National Park

September 3, 2014

I finished a 54″ square quilt from the remaining blocks from the Fed Ex wedding quilt.  Kevin’s sisters and nieces all had a chance to win this in a raffle we held.Fed Ex TwoTwo 49er, one Steeler and one Raider fan pillows.  The pillow forms were late in arriving at my sister-in-law’s home, so the guys will have to wait a bit.

Football Pillows

Kevin and I spent six days backpacking in Yosemite National Park.  We had 14,636’  in elevation gain (4,267’ low point – 10,257’ high point) and finished with 79.3 miles and are pretty happy!

Tuolumne River in Pate Valley.

DSC00601-Pate Valley Tuolumne River

Gnat protection:  The gnats were a huge nuisence at this elevation and keeping covered up made me a much nicer person.

DSC00628-Gnat Protection

Granite slab for a quick break!

DSC00636-Ann Tuoumne River

DSC00645-Kevin Break GCT

Second night tent spot above Waterwheel Falls.

DSC00728-Waterwheel Falls CampMilky Way over our tent.

DSC00775-Waterwheel Falls Milky WayHorses transporting stuff to the High Sierra Camps.

DSC00846-Pack TrainBeautiful trail work.

DSC00807-Steps GCT2.11 oz. bear canister and my cooking set up.

DSC01020-McGee Lake Bear CanisterRagged Peak reflection in Upper Young Lake (10,255′ elevation).

DSC00967-Ragged Peak ReflectionA beautiful lunch spot near 10,000′ in elevation.

DSC01074-Lunch Break by the TarnsSome switchbacks we navigated.  The trees were pretty interesting here.

DSC01118-Ann SwitchbacksKevin fooling around on granite.

DSC01190-Kevin Lunch Rocks.8 miles to go to the finish!  Woo Hoo!

DSC01204-Ann Almost to finishCelebration beer.

DSC01207-Beer RewardMy designated driver!

DSC01209-Kevin Finish rewardWe swung by the valley to see the chapel we were married in 28 years ago.  It never changes.

DSC01212_Kevin Ann ChapelWe are so thankful to Kevin’s sister and our brother-in-law for hosting us and letting us borrow a vehicle and all around being the BEST any family could ever want!  ~~ even if they act silly with the items they recieved for free at the Mariposa County Fair!

Steve SherlockThank you Steve and Vicki for hosting us at your peaceful home.

Wright Compound




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.



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