“Nick” is on my Wall

January 8, 2018

I used some of my winning $$ from Quilt Expo for this kit after seeing Jeri’s in-class photos on Instagram.  Actually, three of us marched right up to the classroom for our purchased.  Jeri helped us get started early December and … now … happiness.  Thanks, friends!  It was a fun day.  The designer, Laura, has so many more patterns on her site.

Yesterday, we did a quick hike in Forest Park.  Drizzly and green.

Merry Christmas

December 26, 2017

Plan B is in effect.  It was too icy on the roads to go backpacking so we stayed home, went for a family run, went to Midnight Mass and I finished a quilt.  It is Violet Craft’s Atomic Starburst.

Yesterday morning it was only pieces laid out on my floor.  One big error on my part caused an extra few hours and a red star placed strangely on the upper left.

I picked the paper off in the car and at the homeless shelter last week.

And, I finished a snowman quilt for my sister-in-law.  The pattern can be found here.  Kevin placed the eyes and noses.

Merry Christmas.

Modern Patchwork 

December 16, 2017

For the second time, Modern Patchwork accepted my submission request.  My quilt, Kites Aflutter, is in the Jan / Feb issue.  If you want a quick finish using a charm pack, check it out.




Double Mountain Quilt

December 11, 2017

This quilt was designed by Meghan of Then Came June.  She’s a member of PMQG. It was my gift exchange for my family celebration of St. Nicholas Day.

That’s my dad peeking out telling me that it’s blowing with the wind.

My daughter, Sarah, and I got out for a run together.

My Sherwin Williams guy in PA hooked me up with an accurate Pantone Color for 2018:  Ultra Violet.

My childhood family home.

My brother’s truck from Kentucky was already thawing a lot at the this point.

PMQG Block of the Month Quilt

December 8, 2017

I finished the 75″ square 2017 Block of the Month quilt that was designed by Anne, a PMQG member.  Pretty much I stayed on track unlike last year where I got sidelined.  The two rows that I managed to finish from last year’s row by row are on the back.

We hiked King’s Mountain last weekend and just like the weather man said, snow was at 2500′.

Here’s a gnome potholder in our very own backyard.  This free pattern is Gnomeling by Artisania.

And a gnome pillow.  Pattern by Abbey Lane Quilts called A Tale of 2 Gnomes.

Sewing and Quilting Like Crazy

November 20, 2017

I downloaded Violet’s Atomic Starburst and went to town making four zipper pouches.  It was good practice for her quilt which I’m planning to do in Christmas fabric.

Lucky for me, I used the same linen blend backing so I was able to quilt several purses on my longarm at once.

Here is a pillow I made from a hand-quilted and hand embroidered piece my mom did years ago using a Jack Dempsey Needleart pattern

Plus, I got the PMQG Quiltcon charity quilt all sewn together and handed off to the quilter.

This past weekend was the Portland Alpine Fest and Kevin had two photos that were finalists (out of 350 entries).  He didn’t win, but I think he’s a winner because his two photos are hanging at Base Camp Brewery and there is a legend on the menu.  We heard four incredible climbers speak including, as my dad claims, the High Priest of Rock Climbing, John Long.  Not only did I get a photo with him, I scored an autographed poster for my dad.  This pretty much seals me as his favorite.




Notice that I have my new zipper pouch.  It’s a little bigger than I normally carry, but thank goodness because I had a ton of swag shoved in it by the end of the evening.


Last week, Andrew and I hiked seven miles in Forest Park.

Joshua Tree a Week Late

November 14, 2017

Kevin and I met our daughter, Sarah, in Joshua Tree for her 30th birthday.  She was running a half marathon in the moonlight and I brought a sign to hold for all the runners.  She also arranged a tour of the Lost Horse Ranger Station with the Park Superintendent.  Kevin lived in there as a child.


The back yard.


We duplicated the photo of Kevin with his grandmother on the front steps.



Before the race started, Kevin and I started walking on the sandy course.  We watched the sun go down, then could see the runners coming our way with their headlights.


Then we watched the moon come up and I shouted encouragement for 40 minutes as all the runners passed.  We were at the 3.5 mile mark and had to haul it back to the start.


Some photos of Joshua Tree






We hiked up to a mining operation.



We got up Monday morning before sunrise and hiked over to Skull Rock.  I left Kevin there taking photos and hiked back to camp catching this gorgeous scene.

We visited the schools Kevin attended in that area.


With a little time to spare, we checked out the Urban Lights at the LA Museum of Art.


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And, of course, hit two breweries on the way to LAX.



Happy Birthday with a Skull Quilt

November 2, 2017

30 Years of Birthdays and many, many with skull stuff since your birthday falls on Dia de los Muertos, Sarah!  This was made as a quilt along with Stacey and a pattern from “Quilts with Tula and Angela“.  It finishes at 50″ x 60”.

I found the skull patch at Bolt in Portland.  The front of the quilt was matched to the back fabric.  It is designed by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit and titled, Noe Jacks.

Here are some extra skulls in a smaller version.

There were enough extra pieces for a few pillows and table toppers (some not shown) along with the strings of pumpkin lights that Aunt Patti gave the kids probably 15+ years ago.  These are the plastic pumpkins we stage yearly with Swag.



Halloween 2017

October 31, 2017

After a mystery class through our quilt guild, Kevin and I headed to Hood to catch some stars.  This was our 22nd night out in 2017.

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The snow is pretty much melted.  We had extra time on our hands, so we fooled around with the flashlights

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Kevin did a 45 minute exposure to get the star trails.

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Yesterday, we hiked up to Timberline Lodge and ran into a parking log so we carried it back towards the lot.  We ran into a Silcox worker and he took the photo of us, then took the log.  Kevin says we’re all about props.  I have my troll in the pocket and plastic pumpkins in my mesh.

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Fall Festival 2017

October 24, 2017

This was my 22st year as a volunteer at our church’s Fall Festival.  Ten years as Kitchen chair and 11 years as Pieces and Patches chair.

Below, Pete and I have worked together for 20 years in the Potato Peeling department.  This year, we coordinated the peeling, washing and chopping of 800 pounds.





This is the machine piece of equipment that stuffs the sausage mix into the pork loins.

Saussage stuffers

Sunday, our son, Andrew, helped in the kitchen.  He has helped in one way or another since he was just a little boy.

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Our friend, Mike, had better luck with his knife.  I cut my finger on Saturday.

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My crew of helpers, sewers, sellers and whatever needs to be done.

Quilt Crew

This was part of our booth before we were finished setting up.

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The High School Mariachi band performed along with many other groups.

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This is the coffee machine we use.  Kevin got them started.