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!


27 Miles in Badger Creek Wilderness

July 7, 2014

After the 5K run on the 4th of July, Kevin and I headed out on a backpack in the Badger Creek Wilderness.  The hike began at 3600′ and went up to 6000′, back to 3600′ and up to 6500′ and then to the starting 3600′.  Both nights were splendid camp spots.  There were a lot of blow-downs to navigate, snow to cross and scenes to view; but we got in a lot of miles and elevation in 27 miles.

Tree Crawl

Beer BreakNight sky at first night:  Gunsite Ridge.

Night Sky Gunsite ridge

Lookout Mt Tent MorningMorning light on Mt. Hood at Lookout Mountain.

Morning Lookout Mountain

Mossy TreeOne of the many snow patches to cross.

Kevin snow

Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2014

I finished two pillows and have two to complete next week.  Now to get ready for a 5k run, parade watching and backpacking.

July 4 2014 Pillows

Feeling Like Betsy Ross

July 3, 2014

… busy making Fourth of July pillows.

Betsy Ross


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