August 31, 2015
Kevin and I backpacked in the Sawtooth Wilderness. We hiked 74.18 miles with 13,393′ of elevation. Here are a few photos.
Super excited to find this.
When unpacking our bear bag, we found that one beer had a puncture. We had it for breakfast with oatmeal
We had an extra day to drive through Stanley and the Redfish Lodge.
That evening, we backpacked 1.25 miles up to the Fourth of July Lake in the White Cloud area and spent the night at 9,400′.
Cold crisp Outlaw beer to quench two thirsty desperadoes.
Moon rising over the Fourth of July lake
And then the long, long drive home.
11 Mile Fire (not thunderheads like we thought)
August 30, 2015
Kevin and I headed to the Oregon State Fair in Salem yesterday afternoon. Six miles from home, the car just stopped. After getting it home and switching cars with our son at work, we were on our way.
My mystery from fellow WQG’s member, Joyce’s class, took a first place.
My “Hedgehog 20/20” quilt is just a fun one. The pattern is by fellow PMQG member, Elizabeth.
I entered my PDX quilt simply because it’s so timely ~~ nothing technical about it.
My “Rainbow” mini quilt took a third.
My “Tula Pink” purse took a first. Her fabric is SO popular.
There is a display of quilts by Tom Korn of Salem which were inspired by military medals.
Kevin was pleased that all three photos he entered were on display. Apparently, there is a selection process for getting your photo shown.
Here are some things we found intreesting and Kevin photographed.
August 27, 2015
Another challenge was issued via Northwest Quilt Expo. This year, the Pearl District was chosen as our inspiration. As an avid outdoors gal, I chose the REI building in Portland. I focused on two of the front vertical window pannels of the building.
It was important to me to include the GPS coordinates. Using the plastic directions that were sewn onto two of our REI tent bags, I paper pieced the coordinates below the building. An upclose inspection shows lots of REI text. My oritinal intent was for the coordinates to blend in and they sort of do.
“7733” is the title of my quilt because it’s my dad’s REI membership number. On a trip after college to Seattle in 1958, he got his membership.
We swung by the Portland REI to do a photo shoot after a hike last week. Lucky for us, the store manager came out to see what we were up to and I got a great photo with her. (OK, she was told someone was taking photographs and holding a banner, so she had to investigate ~~ you can ride bikes in Portland naked, but taking a photograph of a quilt initiates concern.)
REI Portland Manager
Inspirational panels that I used for my quilt
In front of REI in Portland
From the REI website, this was my inspiration photo
Close up of GPS coordinates of the Portland REI storefront
Quilt by cairn at Punchbowl Falls in the Columbia River Gorge
Quilt with Punchbowl Falls in background
This photo cracks me up. The girl just had to see first hand what was going on outside the door.
August 21, 2015
My sister-in-law’s daughter had twins (boy and girl) a week ago and these quilts are headed their way. The pink quilt is a smaller version of Susan’s Modern Crosses. The blue/green quilt is a tweeked, “A Star in the Making” by Stephanie Prescott. Both finish at approximately 37″ x 40″ and are quilted with straight lines. I purposely used fabrics designed by fellow PMQG members.
My brother is holding the twins in this photo.
We leave today on an extended backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Mountain Range. There is smoke east of us.
August 17, 2015
I hiked this on Thursday with my son, but yesterday, Kevin and I hiked the same exact trail to Twister Falls. It’s 14.5 miles with a side trip to Punchbowl Falls.
“Exposure” ~~ that’s me ahead.
Kevin entering tunnel behind Tunnel Falls
Creating a “beer photo” scene.
PCT thru hikers. Jpeg from Michigan, Ninja from Switzerland, Twist from Scotland and Pounder (not in photo) from Berlin enjoyed fresh cherry tomatoes from my garden, string cheese and shared one beer.
August 14, 2015
Charles and I did our last hike before he heads out. We hiked 14.5 miles from Eagle Creek to Twister Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Since we knew we’d be seeing Pacific Crest Trail thru hikers, we brought 12 cheese sticks and handed them all out along with a sandwich and candy.
Rockbed at Punchbowl Falls
Tunnel Falls with Charles
Swag at Tunnel Falls
I met Donaleene of a blog I follow. She and her husband, John, were hiking the same trail today.
August 11, 2015
This quilt is for a college student on the east coast. It finishes at 64″ x 97″.
The inside back of the tee shirts had rather great labels, so my intent was to put them on the back of the quilt. In my haste, they are not directional, but still a pretty cool idea!
The second quilt is for my friend, Joanne, near Sacramento. I purchased a jelly roll of “Bliss” fabric back in 2010 when Craft Warehouse closed along with a book as a Christmas gift for her. We visit yearly and have worked on this most every time. Last January, we got most of the top together and I brought it back to Oregon. Well, here it is finishing at 64″ x 97″. Off to Paradise it goes! (Thanks, Cathie, for the great pantograph!)
Joanne loves pieced backs, so I hope this fits the bill.
August 7, 2015
We met the most amazing woman in Goat Rocks on Tuesday. Bronka Sundstrom is 92 and was moving at a brisk pace with her friend. At age 77, Bronka was the oldest woman to summit Mt. Rainier ~~ and she did it in one day. She is a Holacost survivor, and everything she said and I’ve read about her is so positive. In our five minutes with her, she is the type of person I want to be.
Hawkeye Point at 6,214′
It warms my heart to see my adult children enjoying the outdoors.
Charles LOVED this site because of the “Flinstone” furniture.
In the grassy circle patch at the top center, there is a goat. Several move moved around through the evening.
Creek waterfall near camp site.
Heading up to Old Snowy on the PCT.
The clouds rolled in and out as we climbed to Old Snowy at 7,900′.
Old Snowy in the background.
Our backpack finished at 22.6 miles and it puts Charles at 170 miles since he’s been home nearly two months.
July 31, 2015
At 103 degrees today, I was a lucky gal to volunteer in the quilt area which is air conditioned. There were several guinnea pigs that arrived due to heat stress. One looked bad enough that a vet took a look and it did not seem very promising.
Kevin took a third and an Honorable Mention in Photography.
PDX Carpet quilt
2015 WQG Mystery quilt
PMQG Mini Rainbow quilt Judge’s Choice Thanks!
Tula Pink purse
Every year, this makes me laugh. It’s on the beef barn.
July 29, 2015
I’ve decided it’s time to sell a few of my quilts. They are listed here.