The Perseus Meteor Shower

August 16, 2018

Kevin and I backpacked to a secret location last Saturday night so he could capture some photos of the meteor shower.

Oops.  Not looking good.


But at midnight the clouds were gone so Kevin got a good time lapse started.


He did a composite of the meteors.  We got up at 3 and sat outside in the wind for an hour watching.


More Stars and a Cow

August 16, 2018

Kevin and I caught the Milky Way Saturday night from Cooper Spur on the northeast side of Hood.




This inscribed rock is at 8500′.



I finished binding one of the four cows on the way home and thought “US Department of Agriculture” was appropriate.


When I was working on the Cow Abstractions by Violet Craft, our cat heard me eating cereal.



My two entries for the Oregon State Fair later this month.

I’m working on Then Came June‘s Sienna Burst.  Finally all the parts are complete.

… and a block is finish


Some veggies from my garden.

A Herd on My Dining Room Table

July 25, 2018

I’m making four Cow Abstractions by Violet Craft and they have taken over my life and dining room table.

In between, I squeezed in a potholder for a friend who had to put her dog down.

And, Kevin and I did a short backpack primarily to get a Milky Way shot and I do believe he succeeded. 😉💕

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

July 20, 2018

It was pretty nice to have my quilt in Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s “Words Unbound” exhibit at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

I met up with my friend and former running partner, Janie.

While reaching over this display to check out Violet’s fabric, I suddenly noticed that a quilt I made was right there in the Stitching Post. Whoot! ~~a highlight of my day!

Kevin drove over to Sisters early evening and we headed around Broken Top with our backpacks.


We hiked to No Name Lake which is utterly beautiful!


This is looking down from Broken Finger.


We passed this woman who hiked up in the red dress and found the photo taken.

Pretty much, I secured my “wife of the year” status with this move.

Kevin got up to take some star shots just before midnight and noticed someone across the water from us. Turned out they had a fire right off the trail and simply covered it with sand.


We found it in the morning and put it out.


Our last night was at the edge of the Pole Creek Fire.


I got nailed by mosquitos even though I had clothes covering everything but my face.


I’m working on four of Violet Craft’s new cow pattern.


Saddle Mountain on Father’s Day

June 21, 2018

Since the weather wasn’t great on Hood, Kevin and I hiked Saddle Mountain on Sunday. I passed out chocolate to unsuspecting dad’s and it sure made a lot of them happy. We started early and were some of the first up, then passed a LOT of hikers on our descent

Here’s our “couture” shot.

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_DSC7801 swag candy crowds

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Back to Pennsylvania Again

June 15, 2018

My niece graduated from high school, so I spent the weekend back with my family. As per tradition, Grace was presented a “Wisdom Quilt” along with three albums filled with photos and letters from friends and family.

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Check out my niece on stage giving me a shout out! Whoot! I helped her on the banner that was just unveiled behind the flag. The young man next to her designed it.

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It took a team getting ready for the party. Here my sister’s friend put together the banner.

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Frances made the flowers. She had co-workers cutting and my niece put the flowers on the backdrop. She used a book, Bold & Beautiful Paper Flowers.

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My sister, Donna, coordinated the three albums. She and several nieces and sister-in-law spent many weekends sequestered in her craft room working while my brother-in-law cooked for them.

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My dad and his friend.

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My sister asked me to add this pen (Cotton and Steele pattern) to the back.

IMG_20180609_140158245_HDR Grace quilt back

IMG_20180609_140244067 paper flowers

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My block was Grace hanging in my dad’s tree a few years back. I used Minki’s method.


Grace did an impromptu performance on her silks in her backyard.

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IMG_20180609_195721 Ivy and Grace

And, of course, my husband photoshopped the photo.

Grace and her friends in front of the paper flowers.

IMG_20180609_163328441_HDR Grace friends

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Sarah and I spent Monday hanging out and did a quick visit to Valley Forge. It’s been years since I’d been there.



Frances and I made this quilt for one of her co-workers in less than 24 hours. It’s Violet Craft’s Baby Herringbone and boy is it a fast one.


Another quilt I finished while at my sisters was this commission.

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Happy Birthday, Kevin!

June 5, 2018

Today Kevin turns 60. From the moment at Quiltcon when I heard that Heather Givans had a line of fabric titled, “Night Hike”, I knew a new quilt was in store.

At Quilt Market, I purchased a fat quarter pack and then had someone take our photo.

Then Jeri and I heard Heather talk at Fabric Depot and I got the background fabric. With only two weeks to make a quilt, I chose her pattern, “Wishing Star“. Her pattern states:

Instead of paper piecing, I foundation pieced and tried to trim when possible.

I used selvages on the front.

And put #optoutside on the back.

Here’s the photo from this morning.

And a photo to prove that we really do night hike.

Last night, we drove to Kevin’s work and tagged his car.

Andrew and I made Kevin’s cake.

Over the weekend, we hiked to Lookout Mountain. Ten miles and 3000′ elevation gain.

Paradise Park Through a Major Blowdown

June 3, 2018

Last weekend our goal was Paradise Park and we chose the Kiwanas Trail.

Things were fine for a few miles.

Then they weren’t.

After three hours of this route finding tree scrambling over, under, around, etc., we hit snow.

It was a great night with a full moon and no one around.

The International Space Station made two orbits during Kevin’s star trail shot.

Quilt Market

May 23, 2018

This year Quilt Market was in Portland, so I submitted my credentials and was able to go. Lucky for me, I had a person coach, Joyce, who steered me through the ins and outs.

First up was School House where I heard several big names in the quilt industry give talks.

This was the line of fabric that I wanted most and I did get a fat quarter bundle.

Above photo taken by Susan.

Look at Violet Craft’s new quilt. I absolutely love it.

Friday, the show opened and it was everything I hoped for.

I picked up a line titled, “Night Hike” by Heather Givens.

I spoke with both Mr. and Mrs. Kingswell from Australia about something I’m working on and got their blessing that it certainly doesn’t infringe on Jen’s work. Happy Day.

A quilt I made using Violet’s new line hung in the Brewer’s booth.

Fabric Depot went all out hosting designers and several of us took the opportunity to hear Tula Pink and Heather Givens.

So many photos are online that I tried to soak in everything and I did loose my phone for a few hours, so not many photos from me…

Lots of Quilt Finishes

May 17, 2018

I used The Baby Herringbone pattern by Violet Craft for two fast finishes. Both baby quilt are in Philadelphia now. Using the backing for color inspiration, I was able to pull all but two pieces of fabric from my stash.

My sister will hand stitch the binding down on this one for her friend.

The backing was purchased at a PMQG meeting from Teresa.

The fourth of four sloth quilts was finished on the way to skiing Tuesday.

The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.

The guy holding the quilt didn’t speak a lick of English and didn’t understand what I wanted him to do. The guy in the yellow sweat shirt didn’t seem to get it either.

Kevin has another photo hanging on the wall at Base Camp Brewing in Portland.

This quilt is in Italy by now. It was one of my designs that was in Modern Patchwork a few months back.

This is from a hike in Forest Park a few weeks ago.

And this was last weekend on Mt. Hood.

Here’s one of Kevin’s star trails.

I just finished two of these pillows and one goes to my boss who has a birthday today. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.