NW Quilting Expo

September 29, 2017

I’m super happy with my third place win at NW Quilting Expo in the Modern Category with my “Waynesboro Cherry Wreath Quilt Gone Modern“.

Photo credit for this photo goes to the show photographer.

Thanks to the Westside Modern Club for allowing me to crash their party and enter a challenge quilt for the past four years.  My friend, Janet, relays the information and transport my quilt to the potluck each summer.  Thanks, Janet!

My dad and a few sisters were able to watch the award ceremony live on the East Coast.  Thanks NW Quilting Expo!

“Waynesboro Cherry Wreath” Gone Modern

August 30, 2017

This year, Northwest Quilting Expo’s challenge is “Transitions”  We were to take an old family quilt and remake it modern ~~ any size.

My father purchased a “Waynesboro Cherry Wreath”  quilt right after Rhoda Snowberger finished it in 1968.  It was used for years in our family home in Waynesboro, PA and is now in my possession here in Oregon.

My quilt uses the Pantone color of the year:  Greenery in the leaves and the Kona color of the year:  Flamingo in the background.  The back has a snail fabric since my mother had a sizable collection of snails.

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Close up of both quilts.



As you can figure from the article in the following book, my quilt is a copy of a very traditional quilt native to Waynesboro.  My mother learned to quilt with the Church of the Brethren women.



This is the poster that will hang with my quilt at Expo.






State Fair

August 29, 2017

A last minute decision to drive to Salem with my friend, Carol, made for a nice time.  We both received ribbons.

My “Wildwood Blazes” took a first and was a division winner.

My Pickle Dish Variation (pattern from Red Pepper Quilts) using all Alison Glass fabrics took a first.

Carol’s table runner took a second place. This was a Christmas gift to me and made using her Brother embroidery module.

Her star quilt took a third.

Sunday afternoon, Kevin and I headed to Mt. Hood for a quick overnight backpack.  The stars were out until the clouds and smoke took over.


August 27, 2017

We skipped town for the Total Eclipse (not my husband’s choice) and headed to Alaska to visit our son who had some time free between college term.  Seeing the Northern Lights made up for missing the eclipse in my husband’s eyes.

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Here are some of the trip highlights.  We brought Charles a bunch of stuff in an old piece of luggage held together by safety pins and guarded by the Virgin.  My friend said, “Holy Hillbilly”.


I loved seeing all the quilts in our son’s apartment.


Day One:  Kenai Fjords National Park  We hiked about ten miles stopping short of the steep scramble down to the ice field.  It was wet, cold and windy.

Exit Glacier end

You can see people on the glacier below.

Exit Glacier people on ice

Day Two:  Eclipse Day was too cloudy in Anchorage to see anything in the sky so we hiked to Eagle & Symphony Lakes.  12 miles


Symphony rock field hiking

Symphony mountain sighting

At the summit, you can see both Eagle and Symphony Lakes.


I finished binding his Sleepy Sloth quilt in the car.


Day Three, Four and Five:  Kesugi Ridge Hike  28 miles

Denali sighting first off.

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The first day was incredible for weather.

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cookies and shoes

Beer photo taking

I got up around 1:30 and saw stars in the sky so woke Kevin up.  After realizing what we were seeing, everyone was awake gazing at the Northern Lights.  WOW!!!

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We started off in the morning and didn’t see anyone for two entire days.  Here are the first set of prints we saw.

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Then the rain started for the entire day and night.

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Oh, Alaska, I love you.


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We estimate there was probably 1/2 mile of wood planks throughout the hike which improved the situation.

Kevin balancing

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wet trails


Skinny Lake in the wet, wet, wet…

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wetter trail

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About five miles from the end, Kelly spotted a black bear below us.  There were many fresh prints as we continued the switchbacks so we talked loud.

bear print from Charles

Once we were back to Anchorage, I recovered some chairs Charles purchased used.





Bountiful Mini Challenge

July 31, 2017

I finished binding this mini on the drive to the mountain after work on Saturday, backpacked it up 2500′ and five miles and forgot to take a photo when the light was good.  More information is here about the Bountiful Mini Challenge using Sharon Holland’s fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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Since we started hiking at 6:10pm and the spot we wanted was taken, we went in search for a good spot and found one on a ridge in a canyon that was safe from rock fall.

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Breakfast from The Great British Bakery at the Hillsboro Farmer’s Market.

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This shows our little perch.

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and our view the other way.


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We love a good display of mopheads.

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When we got home, I showered and headed over to a friend’s home.  She fell on her walk to work requiring a plate and many pins in her wrist.  They have a large garden with fantastic cabbage.  She wanted to put up sauerkraut, so another friend and I worked up 13 batches for her.











Another Night Under the Stars

July 24, 2017

Our thirteenth night out in 2017 was moonless, but star filled.  Here’s a shot Kevin took with a 24 minute exposure.


We headed out from Timberline Lodge at 8pm due to work.


Our camping spot was nestled near a large rock on a flat spot.  Here’s the Milky Way.


Yesterday, we hiked up to 8200′ along the climbers’ trail.  Glaciers are so amazing.


This is as far as I cared to go.  There was exposure right past us, then snow.


Looking back down at Timberline Lodge, Trillium Lake and Mt. Jefferson.


Palmer was a scene of business.  So many people out enjoying a glorious day.


Groomer ~~ lights from these are seen in so many of Kevin’s night photos.



My Dogs are Barking on Mt. Hood

July 17, 2017

I finished binding this Row by Row from Modern Domestics on the way to Cooper Spur on Saturday.  It made the 3,000′ climb in my backpack to the Timberline Trail at 6,800′.  The pattern is designed by Michelle from our guild and the border is one of Atkinson Designs that I frequently use.

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I filled out our permit way away from this and tried to drop it in as fast as I could.


There was a ton of lupine on the trail.


The Milky Way.


Hood River with Mt. Adams at night.


We hiked over to check out the newly built Elliot crossing on the Timberline Loop.  It was finished last year, but looks well worn.


You can see where the crossing is to the bottom right of the photo and the trail leading back up out of the ravine.


This is the inside of the Tilly Jane A-Frame.









More Outdoor Time

July 12, 2017

Two Sundays ago, we hiked Saddle Mountain with friends and Kevin caught this on the way up.

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… and I found this on the way down.


We were on a trash pick up and our little Swag got quite a bunch.

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Saturday, we hit the trail at 8pm so chose Plan B which is up White River Canyon to the ridge we stay on in the snow.  Sunday, we hiked up to Timberline Lodge and then back to our car.

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My sister, a niece and nephew are at Group Work Camp in West Virginia repairing homes. There are 22 youth and I typically make a stuff sack for the adult leaders and my relatives.  This year I made ten and filled them with candy and gum.  Tomorrow, they should receive them.  Several of the adults have quite an assortment of colored stuff sacks from me by now.



Modern Patchwork Magazine, July/August 2017

June 22, 2017

This quilt started as my submission for the Sisters Outdoor Show but I only finished it in time to submit for Quiltcon.  Since it is was original design, I debated and submitted it to Modern Patchwork Magazine for consideration instead.  Lucky for me, they accepted it and here it is.

I worked on it last summer at a PMQG Sew Day at Fabric Depot.  It worked out nice because there was room to lay it out and I could run over to the store side and pick out fabric when I was stuck.  I used the “Columns” from Garden Secrets for my color palate.  All the solids are Kona Cottons and there are various prints from Garden Secrets to add interest.  I actually used the 6.5″ templates from fellow PMQG member, Jen.  They are great and she has more sizes now.

Here is the back.  I used my signature “seer sucker” quilting.

Circles and Crosses quilt

Circles and crosses on rack

Last night was our second night out at a local migrant camp this season and it marks my 21st year out there.  Others led BINGO while I took photos of families.  We’ll distribute the photos in two weeks.



Berry Bucket

Selvage Skirt

June 20, 2017

A few months back Deborah from my guild sent me an email with a selvage outfit and a note, “How about whipping one up for the quilt show?” It got me thinking that a skirt would be fun.  That’s when I found Linda’s and got to work with the selvage skills learned from Karen.

The front and back before trimming.  I drafted an A-line pattern from a combination of several skirt patterns I had on hand.  The selvages are on a 60 degree angle.

Sewn and ready for the elastic waistband.

For Father’s Day, Kevin and I left the Gumjuwac trailhead at 6pm and headed up to Lookout Mountain in the Badger Creek Wildernesses, east of Mt. Hood.
This time of year, trails are still snow covered in places.

And some are sketchy.  Look at the steepness.


From the time we got to camp until we were leaving the next morning, we were in a cloud with limited visibility.

On the way down, it was clearing up a bit.

Love the moss behind Swag.