Wildwood Blazes: Pantone Greenery Quilt Challenge

May 19, 2017

My “Wildwood Blazes” has been in my mind for many years.  I tried to make one a few years back, but scrapped it.  As everyone knows, I love to hike and many trails have blue blazes on trees to mark the way.  Portland has a series of trails in Forest Park with one being Wildwood Trail.  It is our go to when the mountains or coast range have miserable weather.  Nike has marked each 1/4 mile with a blue blaze and higher on the tree, a mileage marker.

In my quilt, I sewed 3″ scrappy blocks in “greenery” colors with one skinny edge being brown hoping to duplicate the feel of the forest with the browns and greens mixing.  On some trails, you can see the blue diamond blazes along several trees in a row as you look ahead, thus several blue diamonds in a strip.

“Wildwood Blazes” finishes at 31″ x 42″ and is straight line quilted in green except the blazes where I used a blue thread and my signature seer-sucker quilting.  I’m linking up with No Hats in the House and Bryan House Quilts for the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge.

DSC08240 Trail Marker Pantone Quilt

IMG_20170514_091514133 pantone wildwood trail

… a close up.

IMG_20170514_120841536 Quilt closeup

DSC08270 fence pantone trail

This stone shelter at Balch Creek has been tagged once again after the city got all the graffiti off.


Just a few more photos Kevin took on our Mother’s Day hike last Sunday.

IMG_20170514_094346721 bow tree

DSC08273 winding trail

DSC08278 Green trail widescreen

My previous Pantone Challenges can be found here and here and here.

And a story.  The Pantone color was released just before a trip to my dad’s in PA. My dad delivers my newspaper route from when I was in middle school.  One customer is Sherwin Williams.  I asked Daniel at the desk which color would be closest and he ended up mixing up a small batch and painted a swatch for me.  There are truly wonderful people in this world.  Here is the swatch on my quilt.

Ninth Selvage Quilt Arriving in Virginia

May 4, 2017

IMG_20170430_184203My sister and brother-in-law are moving back to our hometown in Pa from Va.  She loves green so I made her a selvage quilt and it should arrive today.  Using Karen Griska’s book, “Quilts from the Selvage Edge“, I made my first quilt back in 2009 and haven’t stopped.  Some of my other quilts can be found here and here.  This one measures 50″ square.  I did a tutorial here.

Last Sunday, we stopped at a windy Orenco Woods Nature Park where a recent installation of Patrick Dougherty’s Stockwork project provided a great backdrop.



From Trilliums to Snow

May 1, 2017

First off, here is a small piece I finished with a few orphan pieces.

Yesterday, Kevin and I hiked 15.5 miles with 4200′ of elevation gain in the Columbia Gorge.  Search and Rescue were practicing from both the top of Multnomah Falls as well as the Benson Bridge.





I knew something felt odd in my right shoe.  This is what I found back in the car.


Meanwhile, our son in Alaska was enjoying this view yesterday.


Last Saturday, I had a wonderful class with a gal I follow on IG.  Luckily, after making it to the Sunset TC, Barb from my Hillsboro guild retrieved me and drove me into Portland.


Two Hedgehog Pillows and More Backpacking

April 18, 2017

Using Elizabeth Hartman’s Hazel the Hedgehog pattern, I made two pillows for an auction at St. Edwards in North Plains this weekend.  The tea benefits two families.


And for the first time in nearly 30 years, we skipped the Easter Vigil at church and headed to the mountains.


After so many nights with fierce winds, we snuggled up under trees.


Easter morning.



The White River.


That makes six nights in our tent this year ~~ all on snow.

Emergency Table Runner and White River Again…

April 4, 2017

I forgot my sister-in-law had asked me to make something for her friend who is being Baptized this Saturday in the Orthodox Church.  Via Hangouts (which she had to install on her phone), we chose the fabric and I got it sewn that evening and quilted it in the morning between packing.  I bound it on the trip to the mountain and it’s in the mail now.  Phewww…

With the weekend looking good, Kevin and I headed to White River and followed the Yellow Jacket trail up to the PCT.  We camped in the trees because of the wind.





Enjoying a spring blue bird day on the mountain!  Martha said we looked like an asterisk and our response was that we wanted to do a hashtag, but are not nimble enough, so had to stick with the asterisk.


My Alison Glass / Pickle Dish Variation Quilt is Finished

March 23, 2017

The pattern is from Rita’s blog and I fell in love instantly.  The only fabric I used was by Alison Glass.  All the background neutral is from her Abacus line and the colored parts are from various lines.  I won a nice bundle from Modern Sewciety a few years back and that helped my collection.  The layout was a happy chance and I didn’t have to make many more pieces to make the colored circles work.  It finishes at 72″ square and I quilted it pretty dense.  Now for a name.


The top photo was taken Monday near the Cooper Spur Ski Area on Mt. Hood.  Kevin and I hiked 8 miles in snow shoes with an elevation gain of 3,000′.  Here is the final push to our destination:  The Cooper Spur shelter on the Timberline Trail at 6800′.


We knew it would be filled with snow and planned to tent camp.


Kevin’s night shot.


The snow and wind blew throughout the night and this was our tent in the morning.  It’s been a long time since we’ve had snow in our boots.


This was the visibility in the morning.


This is probably close to the most challenging part of the trail.  It’s pretty  narrow and the area after this is pretty steep with the trees much further down the slope.



Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

Here’s a little ditty I made for a friend whose birthday I forgot earlier this month.  The pattern can be found here.


Saturday, we met up with a fellow PMQG member and her hubby at 9pm and night hiked up to our “winter homestead” in the Mt. Hood Wilderness.  In the morning, we carved out a little spot for our feet and just sat and chatted.


After packing up, we left our packs and hiked up as far as we could go safely.  It may look like Amy is pulling me out, but that’s the top of the PCT sign post under my hand.


Well, this is as far as we got.  There was quite a drop off all around us  and he cornice was interesting, but dangerous.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

More Finishes and More Hearts

February 9, 2017

At the December PMQG meeting, I purchased the center (grey and heart) from Heather (to the right).  I added a fabric purchased from Joyce and then the Heather Ross mermaids given to me by Elizabeth.  The binding was from the Mt. Hood quilt and the back was fabric I got at an estate sale and from my mom.  So, for $5, I finished a little quilt and gave it back to Heather.  XOXO


With the 4″ zippers I purchased a while back, I used this tutorial and made some pouches.


I got into the Modern Quilt Guild Mini Swap and have sent this off to my partner.


the back…


Valentine”ing” it up

February 7, 2017

No telling why I love sewing for Valentine’s Day, but I sure do.

I got a late start on the “snail paced slow-along sew-along” and then didn’t follow the rules.  Since my mom was a MAJOR snail collector, I made potholders to send to my dad for Valentine’s Day.


Two weekends ago, we headed back to Trillium Lake.  This time, the potties were open and stocked with tp.  It was a major luxury!



I’m mailing off purses to a niece and sister today.


Quiltcon Charity Quilt 2017 – Made to Scale

January 31, 2017

Quiltcon will be held in Savannah, GA late February.  This year’s charity challenge required participants to work collaboratively to create completed quilts using predetermined colors while playing with scale.

We found the 10-point divider that is used to measure space and proportion and figured it would work just fine if we mirrored it.


Here is the original draft of our plan.


Twenty members signed up to help and we passed out packets with a variety of colors asking that each member make as many diamonds as they wanted.  Once they were returned, two specific fabrics chosen by two members stood out.  A blue Cotton and Steel and a gold Carolyn Friedlander.  We focused on choosing a diamond from each member with both the blues, gold and grey.


We auditioned fabrics for all the positions.


… and used colored pencils to brainstorm.


After sewing the main blocks together, we met again to brainstorm the larger layout.


Another surprise was finding that a dark blue worked on the border much better than our original thought of grey.


Here’s a close up of the quilting.


Thanks to Juline for binding, sewing and applying the sleeve and label and mailing our quilt.  When it returns from Quiltcon, the guild will figure out which charity will get our quilt.

This quilt would have been impossible without the help of this vintage template.  I probably shaved off a bunch of it while trimming with my rotary cutter.