May 28, 2016
When Hopworks Urban Brewery first started giving glimpses of their new IPA, Gear Up, the can screamed, “Make a quilt out of me!”. Kudos to Jolby and Friends for the fabulous art work on the can.
Yesterday, I caved in and began assembling pieces. Here some are sewn together, but there is still some strategizing before I finish piecing the top.
Our daughter moved from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia yesterday. This weekend, she and our son are hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail . My dad dropped them off at Harper’s Ferry and they are hiking back to his home. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this warms my heart. Here she is this afternoon!
May 17, 2016
The Modern Quilt Guild Spring Challenge required us to use Sashing Stash fabric. I went with the HST’s and used fabric I scammed off my friend, Barbara ~~ which wasn’t much. Maybe that’s why my quilt finishes at 17.5″ square. Thanks, Barb!
Yesterday, I whipped up a fabric shopping bag using this tutorial. It’s a gift for a friend who saved me from a bug incident.
Kevin, Charles and I hiked six miles to University Falls in the coast range yesterday. It was a great day for photos.
May 10, 2016
8.3 miles and 2950′ in elevation gain. At the Cooper Spur Shelter on the Timberline Loop, the wind was EXTREME ~~ the kind that will knock you off balance. We actually watched water freeze while cooking dinner.
Mother’s Day cake and beer. It was so windy, this is the best we could do for a photo.
It seemed like a good spot until Charles’ tent continually was bowled over by wind. We moved it closer to the shelter.
We were in a wind tunnel down here with sand pelting against the tent.
Kevin couldn’t keep anything still so this is our only night shot.
A little photo shoot inside the snow filled Cooper Spur shelter.
Heading out in bitter cold wind.
April 27, 2016
This quilt has been to Mt. Hood three times and finally it’s finished. It measures 60″ x 76″ and is for my friend, Elizabeth, who is moving this summer. Her birthday is so close to Valentine’s Day and I usually make her something “heart” related.
The back uses some left over blocks and fabric that Elizabeth found at Goodwill and gave me.
Here’s a close up of the back and binding.
A closer view. I love the “shimmer” fabric to the left of the “lips”.
Below is a photo we took after I finished piecing it at PMQG’s Sew Day in March in the White River area of Mt. Hood.
Here’s one I took at Trillium Lake while still binding it in the car. It was super windy.
April 18, 2016
Our yard is in shambles, but we wanted to get out since the weather on the mountain was good. We compromised and did a night hike after work on Saturday, spent the night, returned yesterday, hit two parties and are doing yard work today.
All the lights heading up to the summit are climbers.
Morning light. The grey areas are dirty snow, but it looks like a charcol drawing to me.
… just a little fun at our high point of 5,900′.
And while we were on the mountain, my dad was in Penna. rock climbing.
April 12, 2016
Well, that was tough! 6.5 hours up and 4.5 hours down. Snow shoes and micto spikes were both helpful at different times. 15.5 miles and 3500′ elevation gain.
Since I’m always hand stitching in the car, we took this photo of Elizabeth’s quilt that I’m hand binding at the trail head.
Paradise Park Trail.
I’m not a fan of strapping four pounds of snow shoes to my back.
It was way easier and much more fun to get down this hill in this manner.
Another of Kevin’s great star shots!
Instead of sledding down, we used micro spikes to get up the hill.
April 7, 2016
The Sequoia Gallery has a 12 x 12 exibit that anyone can enter and, wanting to be a part of it, I entered a little quilt. My friend, Annie, also entered a waxed piece and both of us competed against a sculptured 3D chicken made from maps. There were 71 entries.
There is my quilt on the top right. Another quilt is middle row, second from left.
Here is a close up of my quilt.
Below is Annie’s piece. She is a fellow quilter and we carpool together to guild meetings.
Here is the chicken made from maps.
April 4, 2016
After a day of sewing at Fabric Depot with PMQG, Kevin and I headed up to White River and started our backpack at 11pm. ~~Another gorgeous night!
On Facebook, a gal named Colette wrote: Do you just say to yourselves “Hey, let’s run down to the neighborhood mountain and take in a star show after work tonight” ?
There is a mix of climbers and groomers in the following photos.
Close up of the climbers on the mountain.
Mt. Jefferson behind us.
I’ve had this idea to use the Hopworks socks in a photo and finally, it worked!
Kevin starting down the ravine.
We wore microspikes down the ravine because getting up was so difficult last night. There was a lot of post holing.
When you forget barrettes and headbands, a head lamp works just fine.
Since my flimsy from yesterday’s Sew Day was in the car, we did a little photo shoot.
March 22, 2016
Last night was our annual “Brown Bag Extravaganza” hosted by the amazing Sandi with an “I” and her top line crew. There are three parts to the night: The Silent Auction, Brown Bag and Ticket and Take it. Tickets are a bargaom at about 20 cents each!
The gals who put together the fabric bundles did a spectacular job!
These are only some of the brown bag tables. There was so much more on the other side of the room.
Two ticket sellers and silent auction in back.
This is my haul. Some of it is Ticket and Take it items and others are the brown bag items I won. Funny that the fabric in the top right is from Jeri.
We’re getting a new sanitary sewer line. Kevin got thse shots of our driveway yesterday.
Yes, right out the front window.
March 19, 2016
I posted an image of my newly painted rooms with my selvage quilt on Instagram and received several requests for a tutorial. Here it is. This time, I’ll make the quilt in greens.
(Note: All my selvage quilts, and there have been eight so far, were inspired by Karen. She has a great book, blog and patterns.)
Cut a 13″ square then cut diagonally.
Here is the salvage template. Mine is cut out of a cereal box. Mark the center lines.
Put the selvage over the line a little bit. The points will not match perfect, but it’s not noticeable on the final quilt. Overlap the edges a bit.
Sew close to the edge and keep adding pieces all the way to the end. Towards the tip, be careful that not all the selvages are the same distance from the tip. I leave many of the final piece longer otherwise, it’s way too bulky.
This is the back of a completed block. Notice the pointy ends and how much fabric I used.
I trim with a large triangle.
Here are the four pieces to one block. Notice the tips.
This will be my fourth quilt with this design. Here are the others.
This was made for my friend, Joanne, who I visit each January in Sacramento. It’s lighter turquoise than mine.
This quilt is in blues and was for a friend’s mom in Italy.