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How I Make Potholders

January 3, 2022

I put this together for the students of Ms. S. at Strath Haven High School.

Cut two pieces of cotton batting 8.5″ square.
Place them on newsprint or something that doesn’t matter because there will be overspray. Spray both pieces of batting.
Place back piece of 8.5″ fabric on one piece.
Place 8.5″ front on the other piece of sprayed batting.
Pin both pieces together with front & back facing each other and batting on the back.
Stitch 1/4″ around leaving 3″ unsewn for turning. Remember to sew backwards at the start and finish for strength.
Clip corners off.
Turn so front & back are on the outside. Gently poke corners.
Press with iron and pin.
Quilt using longest stitch. Bury starting & finishing threads.
Stack of potholders ready to quilt.
Two finished potholders.

Well, that was a Long Time

December 12, 2021
What a nice surprise at Thursdays meeting.
Thanksgiving Day, we cleared out gear we haven’t used for backpacking or camping. I thought it would be nice to capture the down from my much repaired sleeping bag.
Well, we’ll have feathers for the rest of our time here.
Had a fantastic 34th night out this year.
Made Sarah two cakes and purchased one for her birthday.
Made her a banner with pom poms.
Used left overs for a topper.
Entered this into the Quiltcon Fabric Challenge. They had many way better, so mine is destined to be a baby quilt.
Got to my 50th state, Hawaii in September.
And did a lot of muddy hikes with Kevin.
Resumed riding with my sightless biking partner.
Made a climate change quilt called, “Melt”.
Sarah adopted Clemantine. Now I’m making a dog coat.
Visited my dad and several siblings in Pa.
My niece went hiking with us.
Reliving our honeymoon.
My nephew made me some spoons.
My niece made me a really warm hat.
Kevin and my dad laughing.
The Oakridge meter was a ridiculous 10 cents.

Wonderland Trail

September 15, 2021
Anne and her daughter at the start with me.
Since day one was so short, we hiked to the Buroughs for dinner and returned to camp at sunset.
Anne’s birthday banner.
Heading to Spray Park.
Typical potty.
Typical bridge.   Water is generally unfilterable on glacial streams.
Bear poles at every camp.
One of two suspension bridges.
Ran into a guy with great pants.  He had us guess the fabric name.  Turns out it’s “Wonderland”.
Mowich Lake. Anne’s son brought us fresh food and took Claire to the airport.
Frozen oat milk in the morning.
Queen Anne’s Lace with Anne & Ann.
We ate dinner on an empty pond bed at Kilpatche Park.
Lunch spot.
Ranger cabin.
Second suspension bridge.
Typical campsite. There are 18 backcountry sites around the Wonderland with about 4 sites each and a group site.
Fun on a hill.
There was a better bridge upstream, but we didn’t see it so went across this.
…and then did this until we got back on track.
…but, looking back we got this view.
Anne’s friend surprised us with a feast and hiked with us by Longmire.

Another potty.
Kevin met us at Reflection Lake, hiked with us and spent the night at Nickle Creek.
We were lucky to have a ranger hike with us through the washout.
Plumbs Kevin picked from my neighbor’s tree.
Sandwich Andrew sent with Kevin.
Fruit saved for the next few days.
Indian Bar was gorgeous.
The water was torrential through this canyon and I sure didn’t like walking above it up the trail.
To not have a surprise visit while on the potty, we put a signal on the trail.
Just a little fun.
Gathering water to filter.
We ran onto Tom and Anna several times.  Three Ann’s swam here.
Sunset at Summerland.
Eating chips with a spoon.
97+ miles with 23,000′ elevation.

Long Time Away

August 28, 2021
Visited The Cotton Cure on opening day.
My friend from Paradise visited. We hit a huge sale where we found ready made blocks and finished this quilt while she was here.
The color is off on my sixth Piece & Love quilt. It’s really eggplant.
Another selvage skirt.
“BOLD Seasons” took a third in an online challenge through The Modern Quilt Guild.
Backpackerd with a friend. It’s been a goal of mine to get out with women.
Various trips with Kevin to catch the Milky Way.
Got a mini challenge quilt in Curated Quilts.
Used True Kisses by Heather Bailey for a Nightengale quilt.
Patched up my backpack.

Giving Platelets

July 4, 2021

Sarah signed me up to give platelets with her in Portland. It’s a two arm, few hour long situation. Plus, I drove there and I rarely drive anywhere.

A Sand Filled Night Away from Sweltering Heat

July 4, 2021

During our heat wave last weekend, we headed to Mt. Hood where it was much cooler, but windy which stirs up the sand.

The Milky Way was beautiful and we were out taking photos at 2:30 in the morning.

Sunday, we headed up the Climbers Trail and found a marmot shading its self.

Back in June, we headed up to Cooper Spur.

Happy hour.

While we were at Cooper Spur, Sarah and Andrew were on the south side of Hood with her foster dog, Archie for the night.

The first time in a very long time I was in church was for a funeral of a fellow quilter.

We hiked to Multnomah Basin in the Columbia River Gorge.

Andrew joined us on a hike from Timberline and tried out my new Gossamer Gear The One tent. I’ll be using it on the Wonderland late next month.

Nightingale quilt pattern using True Kisses by Heather Bailey.

The back.

39 Years of Running

May 29, 2021

May 25th marks the day I started running in Orlando in 1982 and every year I’m amazed and proud that I have kept at it consistently. I’m pretty slow now and bike every other day.

Quiltcon had a wedge challenge. We’ll things didn’t go as planned so I ripped most of it out gave it a second shot. That didn’t work out so now I have a table runner, pillow and pot holder.

First plan.
Second plan.

Last weekend, we hiked Saddle Mountain on a drizzly day.

The Milky Way, Two Falling Stars and the Elon Musk Satellites

May 17, 2021

Our site on the Climbers Trail. At 2:30 in the morning, we got up for Milky Way shots.

The Elon Musk satellites above Mt. Hood. They were moving rather fast across the sky.

Looking down towards Timberline Lodge.

so many climbers coming back down in the morning.

I created this quilt in response to Portland Modern’s special exhibit, “Renewal” at The Sisters Outdoor Show. It was accepted.

This pillow is “The Puppies” pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. It was for a co-worker.

It’s a great backdrop for my quilt using “Squeeze” by Dana Willard for Figo Fabrics. I saw a small version of this quilt online and winged it. Mural by Marcella Kriebel. Fun fact: I met her mom on a plane heading to DC. The quilt will be gifted soon.

Yay for our Downtown

April 22, 2021
The pharmacy across the street from the shop where I work made getting my first shot easy the day after becoming eligible. I think that is my perk for having to wait till the very last group ~~ 16 year olds and up.

1002 Masks

April 15, 2021

Mid- March my daughter was donating blood again and it reminded me that my grandmother used to make bandages for the Red Cross. The honor for birthday, I finished the last several I needed to get to 1,000.