Strange Times

April 8, 2020
At the start of the stay at home order, we tried the Instagram sensation, Dalgona.
I found a compost bin on one of my runs.
Mask Making for Kaiser Westside.
A Corona Virus pillow.
Remembering the pillow I made for our son’s virology teacher.
All eight of us siblings have been texting more than usual and the usual topic is what’s for cocktail hour.  After going through my liquor cabinet, it seems that Orange Crushes were our destiny.

I finished a quilt my mom had started in 1971.  It’s from Bucella and titled, Regency.  I quilted it with a cross hatch to give it an old fashioned feel.

Using Christina Camelli’s first line of fabric, Moongate, I made Piece and Love.  It was mailed to my USPS Postmaster sister.

Our housemate and I surprised a co-worker on her birthday.

That’s what’s going on amid Covid-19.

34 Years

March 11, 2020
Well, this makes six Hydro Flasks we’ve acquired without payment.  Three from a photo contest at Hopworks Urban Brewery, one from Base Camp Brewing and these two mugs from the trailhead.
Hydro Flask had a set up giving away coffee and hot chocolate.
34 years of hauling a backpack and sleeping in a tent.  We were married in Yosemite and backpacked a wee little section of the Appalachian Trail for our honeymoon.



Quiltcon Plus More

March 8, 2020

I couldn’t make a decision about continuing my blog and finally decided to give it another year.

My latest project…

Quiltcon was in Austin again. I spent time with my former running partners.

Cat Ercise quilt in Waco, TX at Magnolia’s.
My good friends. We ran together for nearly 14 years.
Make a Mini Make a Friend. This was Dottie’s and my second time swapping.
My mini quilt for her.
Dottie’s mini quilt for me.  She channeled my grid quilting but added a twist of curves.
Portland Modern’s Quiltcon Charity quilt. I did the quilting and facing.
Plan B for a photo op.  The Plan A people just were not nice.
“Geranium” one of my two quilts in the show.
I made this for the Hoffman Me & You Challenge.
I submitted this to Portland Modern for the Bahaus exhibit at Sisters.
An embroidered quilt my mom and niece started too many years ago that I finished for the niece.
The blue markings all came out.
Moonlight hike in February.  We used headlights only for this photo.
Good morning, Mt. Hood.
Just gifted. I quilted a straight line grid with uneven lines, then went back with variegated thread.
Plaid-ish quilt for our son.  It’s a free pattern and many, many are making it.  Find the pattern here.
Our son moved from Alaska to Olympia Washington. This is a lake behind his apartment.
What a great photo op for my little runner.
Mystery quilt from class with Joyce Geiszler.
  • King’s Mountain mid January.
Start of King’s Mountain hike.
My tenth year at the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter as an overnight host has ended. Many nights we had 70 to 80 guests and topped at 25 women.
It was a beautiful sky tonight before heading out to backpack.

60th Birthday

January 12, 2020

On my 60th birthday (1/11), I woke up to friends in my kitchen and a “snow” party at 6am.


Heather painted this super cute rock for me.

The ever talented metal smith, Coleen, made this amazing piece of jewelry for me.  She painted Mt. Hood on glass.

There were really fuzzy warm slippers, quiche, pastries, sea salt peanut butter and more.  I have an amazing house mate and friends.

Bringing in 2020

January 3, 2020

Happy New Year!November and December were crazy busy months for me. I got way behind on my quilting, but am caught up

I went on a New Year’s Day hike in Forest Park with my sons.

Got exactly 700 miles of biking in last year (not including the tandem with my blind rider)

19th backpack of the years with our sons.

Tenth season at the homeless shelter.  73 people Christmas Eve.  These are the women’s mats.

Made a bunch oflined drawstring pouches.

Made a topper for my niece who designed my label.

Finished a commission quilt.



I finished a commission quilt for a customer in PA.

… and made my daughter’s boyfriend a quilt.




Lots Going on Since October

December 12, 2019

Our housemate’s birthday was a bee theme. I made her a little pouch using Violet Craft’s new line of fabric and our co-worker made her the beautiful hair piece.

Commission pouches for my niece to give to friends.

Hopworks Urban Brewery has contests and I’ve wanted to make this image into a pillow for eons. I would do things different a second time, but that may never come.

A foggy hike in the Columbia Gorge.

For my daughter’s birthday, I used Sam Hunter’s Love pattern and created the front using colors from the Dia de los Muertos fabric on the back.

A commission quilt I made from the parents of a local coach using player’s favorite shirts.

Our housemate glassed one of the original windows from our home with a scene Kevin took last year.

Kevin and I heard Lynn Hill speak at the Alpine Summit. She is an amazing rock climber and athlete.

A little (34″ square) quilt I made was a hit at Quilt Market in Houston.

Fall Festival

October 26, 2019

For 23 years I’ve held a chair position at our Church’s Fall Festival. For more than half of that time it’s been the quilt booth.

Thus is the stack of items I brought to sell.

We ended up using my Meadowland for the raffle quilt and it was won by a fan, Becky. Becky and her family send me photos from the State Fair in front of my quilts.

Potato peeling went well. Our crew peeled 600+ pounds.

Andrew, our son worked in the kitchen.

It turned out to be another successful year all around.

A while back, Maywood Studio asked me to make a PDX carpet quilt for Market in Houston.

Yesterday really was a great day. For the first time while running, I spotted two witches.

The good witch on the right taught my children.

Since it was Friday, I stopped at Insomnia because it’s Pie Day Friday. Well, the witches picked up another and were causing a stir at the coffee shop.

Happy Weekend!

Quilts and Backpacking and More

October 8, 2019

This past Saturday, Joyce taught her annual mystery quilt workshop to our guild members.  A little fun took place.

Right after the class, we headed to Mt. Hood for some stars.

But before leaving, my issue of Curated Quilts arrived with my little mini in it.

Last weekend, we made our annual church dinner applesauce.  We made 52 gallons this year.

I upped my game by getting new colored clips for my ditty bags.

And I started riding with a blind man.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a responsibility it is.

Last week on the way home from work, I took a few photos as a storm approached.

And Jen sent me a replacement set of templates in blue when I asked for one part to the 2.5 template that I lost.  What a great treat!

And we went backpacking two weekends ago and Kevin caught the Milky Way.

And I caught a beautiful early morning photo.

I finally finished my Meadowland quilt using fabric I was given at QuiltCon two years ago with a 3rd place win.

And I made a pillow for a friend with a new home and new librarian job.


State Fair, Base Camp Photos and Another Backpack

September 11, 2019

I put two quilts in The Oregon State Fair and they both were awarded a ribbon.

And one I quilted for a friend and fellow guild member took a division award.

A week ago, our son was free so he joined us on what turned out to be a very windy backpack.

The stars were out in full force, so we took photos around 10:30.

Base Camp Brewing had a contest and there were not a lot of entries.  Kevin has two photos on the wall and I have two also.  Ours are in the middle row.  From left, 1 & 3 are mine, 4 & 7 are Kevins.

Timberline Trail for the Fifth Time

September 1, 2019

Kevin didn’t get vacation this year, so we took a quick trek around Mt. Hood on the Timberline Trail. 46 miles and about 9 major, terrifying river crossings and 11,500′ of elevation gain. It was my fifth time and his third time all the way around in one swoop.

Night one near Paradise Park.


Morning view with wispy clouds.


Day two from Paradise Park to McNeil cutoff.



Crossing the Sandy.




Crossing the Muddy Fork.




Crossing the Ladd.



Crossing the Coe. This was the second scariest river.


Kevin wanted this photo so bad.



THE SINGLE MOST SCARY CROSSING: The Elliott. We crossed on that log above the waterfall. It was difficult getting down to the water and then getting back out of the ravine.




I loved this evening hike with the colors in the sunset.




The fastest changing river: The White. Once you spotted a way across, you had to move fast because the riverbed was changing within seconds.


Ta Da!