Meadowland Quilt

April 18, 2019

I finished my Meadowland quilt. I used Steno Pool fabric and Kona cotton.

PMQG hosted a skinny mini for those of us  not going on retreat.  My partner was Michelle.  She’s an advocate for T1d and has an amazing story of her bike ride in Vermont for the cause.  Our requirement for the mini was to use what we had on hand and the theme was Portland.  I chose the bike lanes and added the black semi circles to represent bike tires.

The bike fabric was something I acquired free from the guild.

My mini quilt, “Circulo” was chosen by Curated Quilts for their publication.  Whoot!

I had another amazing skiing day last week with a friend.

Kevin and I got in another hike in Forest Park.



Quilts, Skiing and Hiking

March 27, 2019

Yesterday, a few friends and I skied at Timberline.  It was glorious!

I entered another mini quilt challenge.  This one was “Well Said:  read between the seams.  When I was contemplating what to do, I spotted a banana bar code and…

Last weekend, we headed to Cannon Beach and hiked Neahkahnie Mountain.


A friend from Portland Modern gathers fox and owl mini quilts for an auction benefiting T1D research.  Here’s my contribution.

A niece is having a baby girl, so I whipped up this Star Bright for her.

A week ago, a friend and I skied at Timberline.

I asked my co-worker to make a Norm and Nanette rock for Elizabeth Hartman in thanks for her kindness to my friend from Paradise.

I took it to The Cotton Cure for a photo shoot with the quilt I am lending them.


Two weekends ago, we hiked Kings Mountain in the coast range.

Another Night Under the Stars

March 27, 2019

The past weekend looked to be clear so we headed out.  Kevin’s work switched so we got a late start and started hiking at 10pm.  That’s past my bedtime.  Nighttime temps were about 12 degrees.







Right after heading out in the morning, we hit the clouds and visibility was poor.




Bountiful Rainbow and Sew Expo

March 9, 2019

Portland Modern challenged members to create a Bountiful Rainbow quilt. This is my finished quilt and it was a challenge. I’m pretty sure my family and friends are happy. I was having trouble because I chose Kona Sky and it was rather dull. My co-worker suggested the wedges between the rainbow wedges and it was the ticket.

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Since it will be showing at the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show in July, I used some old fabric pieces that the show sells. I won these in a fabric auction at Westside Quilters Guild.

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Rainbow close

My friend, Joanne, flew up and we drove to Washington to visit her niece and go to Sew Expo in Puyallup.

This was the view from their living room window.

They have three goats now. Here is the one who likes to stand on that square cement.

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Lenny and Squiggy, the alpacas.

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I brought along a quilt for Laurie.  It’s Spin Cycle by Cluck Cluck Sew.

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Joanne wanted to work on paper piecing so we made four fish.  After seeing how tiny it would be, we enlarged it 200%.  The pattern is Fishy Bones by Joanne Hart.

And the best news is that a new quilting shop opened in downtown Hillsboro and I walk by it every day on my way to work. I sewed two things for Amy.  Cross Tiles is the entry to the restroom.

And, Norm & Nanette are hanging.

If you are in downtown, Hillsboro, Oregon, stop by the Cotton Cure.  It’s absolutely lovely!


Quiltcon 2019 – Nashville, TN

March 9, 2019

My sister from Philly and I met up in Nashville for Quiltcon and to take in the sights.

Here she spotted the Philadelphia Charity quilt.

I had made my green backpack years ago when Quiltcon was in Austin and made a second one using her favorite color purple. The pattern is the Rucksack by The Green Pepper Pattern Co. which I adapted by switching the top to In Color Order’s lined drawstring pouch. The straps are a traced copy of a North Face pack.

We hit Broadway the first evening for some music.

I did have a mini quilt hanging in the show in the Curated Quilts booth. It’s scheduled to be in their next publication.

On Saturday, we had a swap titled, Make a Mini Make a Friend. My swap partner from last year brought me a six pack of beer from St. Louis. Violet saw me and came over stating, “I am coming down the escalator and spot Ann and, if course, she’s holding a six pack.”. We found a man with a bottle opener and had ourselves a little happy hour right there.

Cherlee is on the left and we’re each holding our new minis. For disliking pink, she did a fabulous job on mine.

Sunday, my brother and his wife joined us for some sightseeing. We toured the Ryman.

Had lunch at Martins.

Swung by Goo Goo.

Toured Andrew Jackson’s homestead, The Hermitage, where dafodills were in bloom.

Frannie flew out and we headed up to Kentucky where I slept in a room with six of my quilts.

Including one of the first ones I made by quilting it on my old short arm quilting machine.

Only in bourbon country do you find a sink like my brother made.

I went out for a walk in the morning.

My brother graciously took me on a tour of Jim Beam. It was likely his twelfth tour.

We also stopped by a location where a scene from the movie, Stripes, was filmed.

And I got to hold and comfort little Rico in his last days. He’s not doing so great. 😢

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.