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.
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.
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.
My “twas the night” took a blue.
My pillow took a second.
My Modern Little Red Riding Hood took a second.
My Zig Zag Amish took a blue.
This quilt was the Best of Show, but I didn’t write down who made it.
Andrew and I got ice creams from the Dairy Ladies.
The white glove people were diligent about having people choose their favorite quilt and the viewers were pretty happy to vote!
This wall has three of us Westside Quilters Guild members (with ribbons).
I impared Andrew’s view of the road with this double batted king size quilt that I was binding as he drove.
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.
Clara handles each year’s challenge and her husband helps. This year we had 19 participants.
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.
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.
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″.
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.
Kevin 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!
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.
People 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.
Here it my dinner in my squishy bowl along with a beer.
The nearly “supermoon” made the sky bright, but you can still see the Big Dipper.
We 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.
August 7, 2014
Two hours of unpicking because, on a rethread, I neglected to notice one little place it where it slipped.
Last night at Migrant Camp, we played more games with the children and then had two pinatas.The horse pinata had two eyes, so we picked them off and had fun with them.
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.
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.
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.
We had a Mass at camp and our priest wore his stole that I made last week.