Two Auction Quilts and a Pillow

March 26, 2015

Diane made the tops and backs and I quilted these fabulous quilts.   They will be used at a tea benefiting a little baby girl born with a severe issue.  The pillow is a bonus.  I’m still working on quilting the third quilt and making a pillow or two more.Diane Auction

Doll Quilt and Forest Park Hike

March 22, 2015

I finished a little doll quilt and we took it on a hike in Forest Park today.  It measaures 15″ x 24″ and uses nearly the last of Moda’s “Circa 1934″ line that I used in two full size quilts.  I quilted it with my “seersucker” quilting (three lines close together, then a large gap and three more lines together ~~ repeat over and over).

Quilt by Wildwood Trail

Circa 1934 Doll Quilt

Circa 1934 doll quilt back

Circa 1934 Doll Quilt front and backHere are some photos of our early morning hike in Forest Park on the Wildwood Trail.

Ferns on trees Wildwood Trail

Mossy Tree Wildwood TrailWe didn’t actually drink beer this morning, but brought it for a photo opportunity.Rise Up Mud

Trillium on Wildwood Trail

Swag Wildwood TrailEach month Westside Quilters Guild hangs a quilt in the North Plains Library and this month I’m the lucky one to have a quilt hanging.  It’s “Swoon” by Thimbleblossoms.  This library hosts a lot of Douglas Fir.  Even the gutters are wood!  Read about it here.


The Modern Quilt Guild 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

March 14, 2015

I got my fabric today and am sharing with others in my carpool who were not so quick at requesting the free fabric.  Thanks to all who coordinated this!  Now I have to think of what I’ll be making.

Riley Blake Fabric

Circa 1934 Quilt Finished

March 10, 2015

When my mom passed away a few years ago, a friend gave me a gift certificate to Boersma’s.  They carried a line by Moda titled, “Circa 1934” ~~ the year both my parents were born.  Meanwhile, my dad wanted a new quilt, so I used a bunch of the fabric to make this for him.

The center of my quilt has been lying around for nearly 2.5 years and I needed to finish it.  Here it is at 58″ square with “seer-suckerish” straight line quilting.
Circa 1934 for Ann

Circa 1934 for Ann whole back

Circa 1934 for Ann closeI used Sam Hunter’s paper pieced numbers and a strip of the selvage on the back.

Circa 1934 for Ann back closeI had a two pretty significant rusty oil spots from my longarm on the front.  In an attempt to remove them, some of the black backing was staining on the front, so wish me luck as I attempt to rid the quilt of the stains!  Luckily, my machine is at Boersma’s getting a tune up and “oil check”.


29th Wedding Anniversary Backpack

March 10, 2015

For our 29th wedding anniversary, Kevin and I did a 16 mile backpack with a 3,300′ elevation gain.  We camped on a knoll at 6,200′ with Mt. Hood as our backdrop.  Here is our tent with the moon yesterday morning.Morning Moon watermarkI packed up this cake and wine.

Anniversary cake and wine 2015Melting snow for water.Ann melting snowKevin played with his flashlight again.

Kevin Flashligh watermarktView looking towards Portland.Looking over PortlandThis was the last stretch up to our site and then back down again.

Looking Down MorningLots and lots of blow downs to crawl over.

Trees down on trailGorgeous forest to hike through.

Lower mossy trail


March 4, 2015

I was asked to make two pillows to match an 8′ foo foo tee pee for an auction at the school where all three of our children attended from kindergarden through eigthth grade.  Using the fabric swatch provided by the procurement chair, I came up with these 20″ square pillows.  This is the first time I used down pillow forms from IKEA ~~ that was an experience in itself.

St Matthew Auction Pillows 2015_edited-1

Hardy Ridge Trail

March 2, 2015

In an attempt to maximize our Washington State Discovery Pass that expires soon, we chose a destination that we hadn’t hiked that required this pass.  In addition to the view of the Columbia River, we saw Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood.  We finished with over nine miles.
Discovery Pass Required

Mossy Trees

Fairy Frost:  This is the first time we have ever seen this type of frost.Frost 07

Looking back the trail we just hiked towards Mt. Hood.  The man climbing up behind us was the only person we saw until the junction a mile back.  Then it was later in the morning and there were lots of hikers out.
Looking back on mossy trailThat is me in the distance hiking up the ridge.

Ridge Moss

30 Shades of Grey Table Runner

February 27, 2015

My niece turned 30 yesterday.  Since her room is shades of grey, my sister suggested that I make a runner for a dresser.  Getting the measurements from her sister and roommate proved to be a bit of a challenge. After hanging up from a conversation where she was heading into the house to measure, I waited quite a while.  Trying to jar her memory, I text, “Are you still looing for a ruler?”  She responded, “I had to download an app!  How sad is that?  It’s roughly 44 x 18.”

30 shades of gray angle

30 shades of gray top

30 Shades of gray


My process for making this was to cut 30 pieces of grey fabric at different lengths by 1.75″  I cut several strips of white WOF at 1.75″.  For each piece of grey, I cut whatever length would equal 20″ of the white and then split it unevenly.  I arranged them, added one extra 3″ x 20″ length at each side, sewed them together, then trimmed to 18″ x 43″.  I used my “go to” straight line quilting with grey thread.

Back from Quiltcon

February 25, 2015

Once again, Quiltcon was a lot of great energy in Austin!  I have been lucky to go twice for a day each time.  There are so many photos of the quilts on the Internet and Instagram, check here.

A highlight was meeting Alison Glass and getting a photo with her.  I sat in on one of her demos and enjoyed listening and practicing stitches.

Alison GlassAdam from Andover snagged me for a photo of my backpack for Instagram.  I was pretty happy!

Andover BackpackHere is the Best of Show winner, Kathy York.  I didn’t take the photo, but think it’s fabulous!

YorkjumpingforJoyHer attention to detail is impressive.  Check out the quilt back and the sleeve.  She added fabric so the sleeve didn’t take away from the back.  Wow!

Quiltcon Best of Show BackHere is the Hillsboro carpool group (well, Jessica moved away) that made it to Austin.

PMQG with JessicaAfter the number of gals that got tattoos in 2013, a booth was added this year.

TatooMy friend’s daughter was in a dance competition, so Jackie and I fooled around in between dances.

Ann and JackieSince the competition was on the San Antonio River Walk, we did a little bridge hopping.

RiverwalkBurger Fi  has “farm to tray” with handmade buns.

BurgerFiBack at home in Portland, I noticed this large piece of art showcasing the famous PDX carpet.

PDX CarpetToday, I began cutting and sewing my Pantone quilt.  Look how good that old, old Ginny Beyer fabric looks with the Marcala color.  Yuck!

Pantone 2015 Marcelle fabric with paint chipAnd the maps Kevin ordered while I was gone came in ~~ with a free pen.  We have until March 15th to figure out a plan because that’s the first day we can request a permit.

Rainier Wonderland Trail





“Flying Falcons Quilt” is off to Quiltcon

February 20, 2015

At NW Quilt Expo back in September, I purchased a kit from Violet Craft for her Flying Falcons quilt.  What a deal because there was enough to make two quilts other than about four fabrics that were duplicated and the background.  I wanted to use something other than white, so Violet suggested using Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture “Toffee” for the background and I did and like it.  They finish at 60″ square and the white one is a gift to my friend and former running partner who I’ll be staying with in Austin this weekend.

Flying Falcons Toffee

Flying Falcons White

Flying Falcons Both

Flying Falcons Both back

Flying Falcons Close


I also squeeked out nine potholders to give as gifts to my aunt and cousins who I’ll be visiting.Potholders


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