Now, I’ve Made a Dog Bed.

October 16, 2020

I tried my best to give away my scraps, but it ended up being a big deal and I had a friend with two covers and no insides and another friend with a torn sheet, so I made the insides and have filled one already.

I made two “Just Vote” quilts. It’s a free pattern by Broadcloth Studio.
Tiny Drawstring Pouch. Pattern by In Color Order
Sarah wanted a quilted piece to fit a space in her new place.
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We swung by Modern Domestic, then had cocktails.
Our carpool group met outside with masks and did a little color auditioning.
Kevin and I took a trip to Mt. Rainier. We got cell service up high and tortured ourselves watching the debate.
We ran into friends from church while there.
Kevin has wanted an America the Beautiful pass and finally got one since he turned 62.
I finished another of my mom’s quilts. There were two and were sent back to my sister-in-law.
A bakery stop without anything to hold the goods.

On the Other Side of Smoke

September 24, 2020

On Labor Day weekend, we backpacked in Badger Creek with a sweeping view of Mt. Hood and eight other volcanoes. Near Mt. Jefferson, we could see the Lionheart Fire,

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Here the Milky Way and the fire are in the photo.

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At 6am the next morning, we called in a fire over near Mt. Hood Meadows.

I started making this quilt.

Our daughter and boyfriend brought over this set up when the smoke got bad here. It may look DIY, but it has bluetooth. The filter was clean when it arrived. Most everyone here was inside for a week because the air quality was so high. On a scale of 0 to 500, we were from 250 to 326 and Sarah was at 450 a lot of the time. As a point of reference, we are typically under 20. We are all thankful for our homes and the firemen out there.

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This isn’t fog, it’s smoke.

Sarah took these photos from her place in Portland where it was much worse than here.

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The day it cleared up, we met them downtown for dinner. The city was gorgeous!

My husband and I went for a bike ride and I forgot to bring a backpack so had to enlist Plan B to get the pastries from the bakery home.

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Our daughter wanted a quilt for the entrance of her home. We met and went to Modern Domestic, then out for cocktails.

A few of us carpool gals got together outside at one member’s home and brainstormed toning down her quilt.

This is it before the quilting.

Quiltcon Community Outreach Quilt

August 21, 2020

Members of PMQG making the Quiltcon Community Outreach Quilt, this is the way I sewed the double inset curve block. If you cut out two of each piece, it works because the blocks are opposite one another.

NOTE: THIS IS BACKWARDS. THE GOAL is for the blocks to match the tiny colored drawings you received with the kit..

Sew D to E.

Sew G to F

Press ever so gently toward the dark side.

Sew C to D and A to G.

Sew B to (E-D-C).

Sew (F-G-A) to B.

This is the top I pieced while testing the pattern. To be honest, my pieces are not totally square. Just do your best.

This is the quilt we are making.

Quilt designed by Erin Case

Pattern by Joyce Gieszler

Thank you for being a part of our quilt for Quiltcon showcasing online next February.

More Stars and More Quilts

August 20, 2020

This is my entry into Curated Quilts Plus Mini Challenge. It’s titleld, “Oh Positive”

This was the first shot at my design, but the quilting went array and I ended picking it out and starting over.

The Milky Way on Boy Scout Ridge.

I’ve made a few galettes recently.

I finally picked out all the quilting on an old mini challenge entry, re-quilted it and made it into a pillow.

The Milky Way again from a short backpack up by Timberline Lodge.

My sister asked me to make a baby quilt for a niece in Germany. She wanted it puffy. Poly batt sure did make it puffy.

Thanks to a friend for her scraps. It sure came out cute.

This past weekend, we headed to McNeil on the northwest side of Mt. Hood.

Some Quilts and a Lot of Sand

July 28, 2020
Homecoming quilt for a 2020 graduate.
One Big Star quilt for another 2020 graduate.  He enjoys woodworking so I used fabric with wood furniture and tools.
A friend and I collaborated and submitted a mini quilt to Curated Quilts.  It was rejected, but I’m happy to have worked with Annie on this.
Kevin wanted me to make a mini mask for a beer can.
This is the Hole Punch Ribbon Quilt from a Zoom class with a gal from London through Portland Modern.
This past weekend under threat of high winds, we backpacked on Mt. Hood.  Here is a shot of Jefferson that I love.
International Space Station


Sand on the way back to our car


More sand.


Comet Neowise and Backpacking x 3

July 20, 2020

Last night we drove out on our biking route to see the comet.


Saturday night, Sarah joined Kevin and I on a backpack to see the comet.





On the PCT, this always gives me pause.  We thought the rock had slid.


It sure did because this photo was from June 2016.


This is interesting. Sarah and her dad are storing them in their masks. At least that’s what I think I’m understanding with the windows down.


Last weekend, we went up above Timberline to catch the Milky Way




The weekend before, we went up to Lookout Mountain in the Badger Creek Wilderness.


















Mt. St. Helens Loowit Trail: 33+ miles

July 7, 2020

Since our vacation to the east coast is cancelled due to Covid we’re on Plan B.  This past weekend our adult children joined us on an extended backpack.

This was an extremely difficult hike. Not because of length or elevation gain, but because of obstacles.  Things like basalt flows that went on for what seemed like miles, deep steep eroding moraines, and many washes on the north side created a very challenging hike.

It was a busy weekend on the trail.  Every single person gave extra space and about 75% of backcountry hikers and runners pulled up a mask when approaching others.  I was quite pleased to see this.

Opening photo was actually the finishing photo.


June Lake




A typical wash and there were a lot of them.


Good night.


Mountain goats on a ridge over in the morning.






Another typical wash.


Climbing down into the Toutle River on a rope.


Charles heading down.




Andrew heading down the Blue Wash with my pack.  Thanks, son!


Caleb giving me moral support.  I am terrified on these sketchy parts.


The rock fieds at the end that we crawled over.


Always the scene.  The young ones way up ahead.


Sarah and Caleb.


Sarah on snow.  She was two weeks symptom free from Covid.


More rock fields.


Sarah and Kevin.






Participant Medal

June 17, 2020

When your daughter has Covid-19 and she jokingly asks if she gets a “participant medal” and you work in an art shop with super talented co-worker, Colleen, the answer is yes.


I added a matching zipper pouch.  It was a super fun package to mail to her.


My sister’s birthday is early July and she has a red, white and blue patriotic room so I made this.  Pattern is Fireworks by Pen and Paper.



And, since I was in quarantine, our housemate did all the cooking for a week.  She loves honey bees and hearts, so I made her this.  Pattern is by Etive and Co.


Covid-19 Hits Close to Home

June 12, 2020
And here lies the problem… Our daughter, Sarah, travelled through three airports, two full planes to Philadelphia, packed the moving truck and drove back to Portland in record time.  I helped them unpack on Thursday evening.  Monday, she tested positive for Covid-19.
I’m staying low for two weeks isolated between my room, the basement and bathroom.  I am wearing a mask inside the house.
I had dinner delivered last night and she shared the beer I got a while back for her.
My tie-dying skills are still strong.
36 hankies for Father’s Day.

I was commissioned to make a quilt for a client’s fourth child (fourth quilt for her).  When trying to figure out how to not destroy a swim bag, I opened a zipper and found $$.
I put the pocket on the back of the quilt with the money inside.
Our housemate’s friend is a brand new eye doctor.  We colaborated to create this Piece& Love quilt for her based on the i-pad cover in the last photo.
Some fun masks from toddler to adult male.
Seen in my neighborhood.  Thank you neighbor.

I finished a quilt for my nephew who graduated from high school.  It’s a pattern by Joyce.


Our housemate is keeping sourdough starter so l’ve been making coffee cake.


Almost Three Months In

May 29, 2020
Just a sign of the times.  $5 for a filled pint.  Well, dang, ours have handles and we live four blocks from the pub.
I made a store sample for The Cotton Cure.  The pattern is Firecracker and most of the fabric is Giucy Giuce by Andover.
Kevin and I broke out of lockdown last weekend and went to our usual winter spot on Mt. Hood.  
Our housemate cut Andrews hair and did a great job.  I’ll be the next one asking.
I finally figured out what to do with the backing rabbit fabric (Hipster Hare by Alexander Henry) and was it ever easy.  Denyse Schmidt Free-Wheeling Single Girl is the pattern.  It was a surprise gift for a niece for no other reason than she loves bunnies.
I had purchased this fabric for my son.  When The Cloth Parcel was looking for testers for Tumbling Bricks, I raised my hand immediately because I needed a fat quarter friendly pattern to make a quilt for our son.
My third Piece & Love quilt uses all Violet Craft fabrics except the background. 

And I hit my 38th year of running.  It was a bike riding day so I rode with Kevin.