Easter 2014 and a Few Quilty Items

April 20, 2014

Happy Easter from last night’s Vigil Mass. Church Easter Vigil 01 My daughter and son-in-law had wanted a pillow so I made one with copper fabric for their seventh anniversary last week.  It was my first time using Essex linen. Kingsbury Seven… and the back had one special word for them. Kingsbury Seven backMy Scrappy Trip Along went to a lady my sister-in-law cares for who recently moved.  Miss Thelma is quite tickled with her new quilt. Thelma

Using BlueBirdSews Quilt Along to Make a Baby Quilt

April 16, 2014

My husband’s boss had a baby boy, so after snooping through his photos, Kevin said they have blues in their home.  I’ve chosen my fabrics.  After I’m finished with a major project, I’ll start cutting!  Value choices and the quilt along instructions can be found on Kelly’s blog. 
Blue Bird Sews


… and in black and white…


Blue Bird Sews BnW

Polyester has Infiltrated my Home

April 15, 2014

Another gal and I are making 17 off white scapulars for the Altar Servers’ new robes.  They will be worn at the Easter Vigil.   Even with Patty creating the pattern, it took me 4 1/2 hours to complete the first one.

scapularThe quilt my friend asked me to make for her co-worker’s new baby is in the mail.  It measures 50″ x 56″ or thereabouts.

Joanne co baby

Joanne co baby close


Two Broken Needles, but a Finished Purse!

April 14, 2014

My sister-in-law asked me to make a purse for her niece who graduated from college in Panama.  She leaves with the purse Thursday.  It’s 8″ x 11″ and the strap fits over her body ~~ a first for me.  Two of the fabrics I used  are designed by local Portland Modern Quilt Group members:  Violet and Mo.Panama Purse on white

Panama Purse back

Panama Purse whole


Yellow / Grey Baby Quilt and Mt. Hood Backpack

April 14, 2014

My friend, Joanne, sent me the fabric and asked me to make this quilt for a co-worker.  I was binding it in the car, so took a photo of it in front of Mt. Hood.

Joanne Quilt_edited-1

Kevin has been wanting to take this photo and set a 25 second exposure, so we had to sit still for that long.
Kevin and AnnThe nearly full moon was so bright that the stars didn’t show so well this time.  We took our 28 year old tent along and it held up through 30 mph wind gusts from midnight through the morning.

TentFolding this tarp was tough.  I had to brace myself or I’d be knocked over.

Wind PowerA different “morning coffee” shot.  It was tough to boil water with the wind as strong as it was, but I honkered down in a corner of our dug out kitchen area.

Morning Coffee


Palindrome and a Cat

April 10, 2014

Today, 4-10-2014 is a palindrome, the same forward as backward.  It is also the day that Clyde, my daughter’s cat comes to live with us.  Clyde is female and having trouble with the other two cats, so we’ll see if this works.

Clyde close up

PMQG Medallion Row Two is Sewn

April 8, 2014

… and after sewing all the rows together, then one side, I realized that not all of my blocks are oriented in the same direction.  Not a huge deal, but anyone that still has this border to sew may want to keep this in mind.

PMQG Medallion row two

Here is my pile of pinned stuff from this morning.

Sewing to do

17 Mile Table Mountain Hike

April 7, 2014

We’re gearing up for our end of the summer Yosemite backpack, so we headed to Table Mountain and got a 17 mile hike in.  It was pretty drizzly for all but the last few miles.

Gorge glimpse

We started through a clear cut, but were in the lush forest a lot.

Clear Cut


Mossy Trees

Forest Trail

Gillette LakeIt took me 20 minutes to get to the top of this talus field ~~ and I didn’t stop moving.

Climbing TalusMost of the trail was the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada) which we love.

PCT sign

Gotta Get the Value Quilt Pieces off the Floor by Tomorrow

April 3, 2014

My dining room floor serves as my design wall and right now 324 Value quilt pieces are arranged on it and, at a minimum, need to be put into piles to sew together later.

Value on floor

Value B n W


Medallion Paper Piecing

March 30, 2014

Wow!  That took a long time and they are not even sewn together or to the center!

Medallion Part Three

Medallion Part Three not sewn


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