Michael Miller Challenge

November 30, 2016

The rules were to use one colorway of both geometric and solid fabric.  We could add one other Michael Miller solid.  I chose lime green for the background.

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I just entered my quilt into the challenge at Quiltcon East.  We’ll see if it makes the cut.

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Thanksgiving Weekend

November 28, 2016

Between cooking Thanksgiving dinner and other weekend events, my kitchen table looked pretty much like this.

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By late afternoon, Sunday, I had completed two of Violet’s Elevated Abstraction tops.

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I chose the colors by looking at a photograph we took this past summer on Yocum Ridge at the “Golden Hour”.

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Black Friday, we met with fellow Portland Hikers and did a clean up on Government Cove in the Columbia River Gorge.  After 2″ of rain on Thanksgiving, we lucked out with just a few wee little sprinkles.

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Kings Mountain

November 21, 2016

Friday’s hike put me past 400 miles in my hiking boots this year.  My next goal for the year is 100,000 feet elevation which is only about 1,200′ more and quite achievable.

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Mt. Hood looked pretty.

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Some of the rocky trail.  Behind me is Larry, a fellow we know from town.  It’s not untypical to run into people we know on the trail and this time was no exception.  It was nice hiking down together.

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Lookout Mountain Again

November 10, 2016

I love this spot in the wilderness.  It’s under five miles one way, but 3,000′ in elevation gain ~~ most of that in the first two miles.

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This is the 31st night I’ve spent in a tent outdoors this year.

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This is my choice for last night.

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Dia de los Muertos Birthday

November 2, 2016

Happy Birthday to our daughter Sarah!

Last year, a friend, Sharon, sent the Alexander Henry panel and sugar skull fabric.  I pieced it together and quilted it for Sarah’s birthday.

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I also special ordered a sugar skull from a gal that does incredible jewelry art.  We sell her pieces at The Artfull Garden in Hillsboro.

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and today we are eating pan de muertos while remembering those that have gone before us.

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Happy Halloween

November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween from yesterday’s hike from Multnomah Falls up to the basin and back on a drizzly Oregon day.

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Salmon in the water.

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Part of the trail washed out and there is a bit of a fix for now.

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This is the trail.  Only in the winter is the water so full.

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Last weekend was our church’s annual Fall Festival.  I was in charge of the applesauce (September job), potato peeling and cutting of 700 lbs. of potatoes and the quilt booth.

14642141_10205661664219323_2809195409669651655_nDorothy, 92 years old, won the quilt raffle (350+ tickets sold).  She sold tickets in our booth and is one of the hand quilters.

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Fall Festival 2o16 Raffle Quilt

October 17, 2016

This weekend is our church’s Fall Festival.  I am in charge of the quilt booth which includes a raffle quilt.  We had one in started but as I was putting it together it was just too simple.  There was one Carole had started in 2012 at a Boersma’s quilt camp that we had considered last year.  After looking at it, I decided that it would work.  It finishes at 67″ x 83″.

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We took it over to Dawson Creek for a photo shoot where a kind stranger helped me hold it against the wind.  Thank you, kind sir!

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Thank you to Carole for starting this quilt and to Diane for hand stitching the binding on this as well as miles and miles of binding on other quilts.

Baby Quilt

October 7, 2016

Once again, I’ve used Susan’s Modern Crosses to make a quilt.  This time it’s for a friend’s second baby and the shower is tomorrow. Instead of one marathon hand stitching session, I broke it into four sessions and, as a reward, worked on church bazaar stuff in between.

It’s 50″ square and quilted with the Spring Fling #2 pantograph.

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Harvest Century (100 miles)

September 26, 2016

Yesterday, I rode 100 miles on my bike in the Harvest Century Ride with my son-in-law and a few of his friends.  OK, his friends were ahead and at 81 miles, I suggested he go ahead with them and I’d finish by myself.  It is good for me to have to do things on my own.  One of them actually had a flat and they were still eating at the finish when I arrived.

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Taking off out of Hillsboro.

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Several of the stops have potatoes as well as other snacks and drinks.

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The Canby Ferry.

Ta Da!!!   My second Century!!!

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Yosemite Backpack

September 19, 2016

Kevin and I flew to Fresno and spent time with his family before and after a four night, 67.7 miles, 12,097′ elevation gain backpack from Glacier Point.  We did the Red Pass Peak Loop with a side trip to Emeric Lake on this year’s long backpack adventure.

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Lots of rocks on the trail.

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Coming off Red Peak Pass at 11,000+ feet is when the thunder/snow began.  We got low and set up the tent to escape it.  This was such a beautiful area of the trail with all the red rock.

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This was the coldest night.  Everything was frozen in the morning and breakfast in the dark was a cold affair.

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Lots of rock switchbacks.

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The burn area from two years ago.

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Why do we find shoes on the trail?  What would a person wear on these rocks to leave their boots behind?

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This was our only dangerous part.  We went off trail and cut across this granite.  The water was very shallow, but so, so slippery that we used any crack to wedge our feet.

 

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Glacier Point Finish!

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