Trillium Lake

February 19, 2019

Westside Quilters Guild issued their challenge for the year.  It was a 12″ mini using 12 different fabrics in celebration of our 12th year.  I made my mini with a dozen stars representing each month I get to sleep under the stars in my tent.

40+ quilts were shown last  night.

Here are some photos of our weekend overnighter.

Mt. Hood around 4am.


I finished my “Norm and Nanette” quilt.  It will hang in The Cotton Cure when it opens March 7th in Hillsboro.

“I Heart You” Quilt

February 15, 2019

I finished my I Heart You quilt in time for Valentine’s Day then it just sat as a draft.

We had a houseguest last week.  Cameron has a drone and takes fantastic photos.  I made him a pillow for his birthday.  I used a pattern from Susan’s new book, Sew & Quilt.





February 5, 2019

I had to redeem myself after taking only one paper piecing sheet from Sara when four were needed.  Until I saw her post later, I didn’t understand the quizzical look she gave me.  The block is SMOOSH and is the PMQG February block of the month.

I hand stitched it at the homeless shelter.  Here are some of the mats and bags the men use.  Last night there were 65 guests.

Sunday, Kevin and I hiked in Forest Park.  It was the first time we saw a ranger there and had a lovely chat with him.


Lake Oswego Reads

January 31, 2019

A fellow PMQG member asked to show my daughter’s Dia de los Muertos quilts as part of the Lake Oswego Reads Program.  I borrowed a suitcase from Annie and brought seven of Sarah’s quilts back with me from Philadelphia.  They were hung early January and will show until the end of February.  Sarah was born on Day of the Dead and for the past eight years, I’ve made her a quilt and/or something with sugar skull fabric.  The quilts pair with the book, “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Christina Henriquez.  More program information can be found here.


In addition to my quilts, some of the PMQG Speak quilts are showing in the lobby.



Portland Modern Quilt Guild Quiltcon Charity Quilt 2019

January 31, 2019

This year’s QuiltCon Charity Quilt will show in Nashville Tennessee late February.  We were given a color palate and the theme of tiny piecing.

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Portland Modern put out a request for quilt designs and two came in.


Members voted and Linda’s was chosen.  She says, “This spoke most to me as a jumping off point for playing around with scale and layout and the ways in which balance changes depending on the color pairings and sizes of repeated shapes.”

We got to work.  Joyce created patterns for the 72 triangles in 2″, 4″ and 8″ sizes. and kits were assembled and passed out.  Over fifty members made blocks.


We watched on Instagram as members posted their finished blocks.


The quilt was assembled and a backing chosen.


It was quilted with straight lines except that five of the triangles were singled out and featured.




The quilt was bound in California.


Then, at the January PMQG meeting, Erin, our president put out a call for names and one was selected, “It Takes a Village”

So, on my husband’s very first visit to the ER (kidney stone), I put the sleeve and label on the quilt.


Word has it that the quilt has been received and I’m looking forward to seeing it among all the other charity quilts.

Birthday on the Way to California

January 18, 2019

Holy Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Look what two of my friends made me.  I have PB&J most every day I work.





And my good friend of over 34 years flew into Portland to co-celebrate our birthdays.


I finished my Sienna Burst in time to give to Joanne.  Her sister will hand stitch the binding.



We drove down to California.  It was our first big road trip together.  I got to sit in the sunshine and hand stitch the binding to our PMQG QuiltCon Charity quilt.


We got her new sewing room all fixed up with all new digs.


Happy New Year 2019

January 2, 2019

Our daughter is in town so with the beautiful window of weather, we planned a backpack up White River to watch the fireworks at Timberline Lodge.

We scraped enough gear together for five of us.

Fun photo shoot on New Year’s morning.

On the way out, we met Al Christie. I’ve been following his skishoes and wondering about them for some time. This isn’t the first time I’ve recognized someone in the back country.

Here Kevin is approaching one of the more perilous spots yesterday. The hike up the night before put all of us on edge.

Michael Miller Challenge

December 21, 2018

This is my Michael Miller Challenge quilt for Quiltcon 2019 in Nashville. Unfortunately, it will only hang on my fence as it didn’t get accepted to the show. There were 1750 entries and only 400 spots. I’m happy for those who got quilts in the show and will be attending with my sister, brother and super fun sister-in-law.

It’s called “Hurricane”. The challenge required the use of specific fabrics. The background peach was my last purchase at Fabric Depot before they closed and it was the only fabric they had from the collection so it’s what I used.

I mixed a half square rectangle with a curve.

This was the scene after I put it together totally wrong. Errrggg.

Long Time No See

December 8, 2018

Whew, it’s been over a month since I posted.  One of our carpool members suffered a tragedy so several of us made this quilt for her using Susan’s Modern Crosses quilt.


Kevin and I hiked Kings Mountain and it’s still the best bang for your buck.


I made a few banners to sell in the shop I work at.


And I made a miniature project from a tin for a co-worker.  Another friend made the mouse.


On a windy night, Kevin and I hunkered down in a secluded spot on Hood.


The next morning, we hiked up to the top of Palmer.


Two weeks ago, we had a window of weather that turned out to be some of the best we’ve encountered on the mountain.




I entered two quilts into QuiltCon.  We’ll see if they are accepted.


Last weekend, we hiked the newly re-opened trail from the Multnomah Lodge.


Today, I took a class from Denyse Schmitt.  It was nice to sit and sew with other guild members and not worry about anything else.


December 8, 2018