Friday, September 19, 2014

First Friday at Quiltworks

 I wasn't able to make it to Quiltworks for First Friday earlier in the month and I know September will be gone before I know it. I had to make a quick jaunt to Bend for business so dropped by quickly to enjoy the exhibit upstairs.
Tammy MacArthur was the featured quilter. It was obvious to me she loved applique, challenges and machine quilting. She is very talented and I enjoyed seeing her diverse collection of quilts.

(I do believe this one was hand quilted!)

The group featured was the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild. The quilts displayed were the result of a star challenge. 

I liked the group quilts a lot! Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Red and White Revisited

 Ever since seeing this adorable antique 2 color crib quilt at the Aurora Colony quilt show I've had it on my mind to make it. I had other photos but cannot find them.
They are calling it a Double x variation.
 Here is my version. My blocks finish at 5 1/2". 
I copied the quilting too, cross hatching the setting squares, triangles and border and did straight lines through the blocks. The little quilt measures 34" square and I couldn't be more thrilled with my reproduction!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quilts of Love Book- Winner and a New Giveaway

I can't remember if I mentioned I have 3 books to giveaway. Here is the next one. I'm not done reading it yet, but it has been interesting. Leave me a comment and you could win it. Tell me how you make time to read or when you read. I read a little at night before shutting off the light.
In 1951, Frankie Chasing Bear is a Lakota caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she knows he will need to become as a white man to succeed. After his father’s killed in a barroom brawl, Harold and Frankie move to Arizona, where she begins a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn and prayed into it.
She distrusts Christians, as her own parents were forced to convert at an Indian School, until she meets BIA agent Nick Vandergriff, a half-Lakota who’s also caught between cultures. Nick must convince Frankie that white men and Christians aren't all bad as he tries to win her heart in order to put the stars back into her sky.
Find some fun facts and photos on Pinterest  HERE. 
And read about the series HERE.

Now, the winner of A Heartbeat Away is Janet O who says she likes to relax in the jetted tub with a book after a hard day of sewing! lol
 Email me your address Janet and I'll get it in the mail.
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wonderful Weekend

I had such a fun weekend! I did get a little hand applique done, but didn't have time to take photos and make a post, so I'll show you a few highlights of our weekend. We took our time, saw and experienced some new things.
We camped right near this museum and the quilt block didn't escape my attention.
This photo was taken from our camping spot. The bridge was the start line for the race and to our right was the end. We couldn't have been located any better. Oh yeah, the river? The Columbia- just gorgeous!
 So fun to see them fishing in the old "locks" section of the river.

 Michelle, friend, quilter, runner came to visit me from Portland. It was so nice relaxing after the race and enjoying the day.
 We bought a big Chinook salmon from a Native American. 
Sunday morning the SS Legacy was disembarking passengers to tour the Gorge. It was a beautiful ship!

This was also part of Marine Park which was the finish line of my race.
Before heading home we went to the Bonneville dam to see the sturgeon. 

And then we were exhausted! lol

If you want to see some race photos head on over HERE.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Quilters are So Generous!

One of the reasons I love to blog is the connection I make with other quilters. It seems to bring the world in a little closer and allows us to reach one another no matter how many miles apart we are.

Belarmina saw a post of my blue and white collection and she shared with me about the beautiful pottery made in Spain.  Then she sent this gorgeous vase!
Her sister didn't think it would make it, but here it is. :) It is a very precious gift. Thank you again Belarmina.
 If you want to see more click HERE. It is a very old art and so beautiful!
She included this adorable necklace pin cushion! Of course, even if it is around my neck I may not be able to find it! hahaha
Another generous blogger sent me these old blocks to use after I sent her off a little piece of star fabric for our Revolutionary Flag quilt. (how are ya'll coming on that?) I'm going camping this weekend and hope to finish my last tree block for this month. It was quite a lot of hand applique. 

Look how this is coming along. I'm liking it! 

My fall half marathon is tomorrow. It's going to be a tough course- I'm trusting my training to get me to the finish line.  Oh yeah, and we are camping the previous night and the night after. My body is already starting to ache! lol

Have a lovely weekend. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Day to Remember

Remembering those who gave their lives protecting the innocent.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quilts of Love Books

I was given the opportunity to learn about a new series of books called 
"Quilts of Love, Every Quilt has a Story"
As quilters we know quilts are not just a bedcovering. Our quilts are woven into our lives- our quilt have a story too! I just finished A Heartbeat Away, set in the Civil War period. You have a chance to win it.  

Below is part of a press release for the series.

Abingdon Press has created a line of books that not only appeals to a wide variety of fiction readers, but is sure to catch the interest of quilters around the world. Each novel in the 25-book series is written by a different author and offers a completely unique story, setting and cast of characters. The books do not need to be read in order and can be enjoyed individually.

The idea behind the series (launched fall 2012) is that quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family history. Featuring contemporary and historical romances, as well as Amish fiction, women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery, readers are drawn into the endearing characters and touched by their stories. A new book will be released each month through January 2015.

The other thing I thought was fun is the social media surrounding these books. 
Check out the Pinterest board for A Heartbeat Away. CLICK HERE.  You can see current day photos of battlefields that are the setting for this book and learn more about the author. 

Keep up with the Quilts of Love series online at:

I've had a bit of a readers block this summer and haven't been able to get through a book, until I read this one. It was interesting, fun, maybe a bit predictable, but an easy, clean read.

If you'd like to win this book please leave me a comment telling me if you have heard of this series and if so, what book you read and if you liked it. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

I am up For the Challenge (Or am I?)

 This isn't something you see often on my blog. BATIKS! Aren't they beautiful?
Back in March I was contacted by Keio asking if I'd be willing to showcase her batiks in my blog.
Here are her words, "This year, I made my dream come true and with the help of my mother I started my own business! Me and my mother are involved directly in the manufacturing process by picking the color and pattern combinations ourselves."

You can see them and purchase them at the Etsy site HERE. 

Isn't that cool? So, this past week I received them in the mail, have them washed up and ready to be made into a quilt. I had an idea (even on EQ) but after seeing them in real life I've changed my design plan. I will start cutting them into strips this week! Stay tuned.....

These two remind me of quilted feathers. Absolutely amazing!

Have you used batiks in your quilts? Edyta Sitar uses them very effectively and I know Jo Morton is using them too. What do you think of that?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fellow Quilter looking for Fabric

We've been there, right? Needing just a little bit more of a certain fabric? Well, Leslie needs some of this fabric. Please look in your stash and let me know if you'd be wiling to sell any. I'll hook you up with Leslie.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Liberated Baskets

Two summers ago at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show I took a class with Gwen Marston. It has taken me this long to get back to it. The baskets are supposed to be the same height, but I guess I made mine too liberated and had to improvise. It measures about 50x50. I'll be getting this one layered and basted soon too!

Been working on a little part of the Flag quilt and Benjamin Biggs. This is my last block at 9! I don't love this one like I did the Cherry Tree or Sally Post. 

Our evenings have cooled down to the upper 30's but our daytime highs are back in the 90's. Still time to enjoy summer! Have a lovely weekend, friends.



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