Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ballard Farmer's Market

Ballard Farmers Market is located on historic Ballard Avenue open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., year round, rain, snow, sun and/or wind. It is more reliable than the Post Office. (Please note, however, that they do take off for Christmas & New Year’s Day when they fall on a Sunday.)
NW, between Vernon Place NW and 22nd Avenue NW. It is

Lot's of fun. Great selection of flowers, fruit, vegetables, crafts, cheese, music and entertainment.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Summer Inspirations

I am not a gardener, but I love flowers. These are from the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden, located at the Ballard Locks, is the result of a gardener hired in 1931 to transform a graveled area of the grounds, to an English estate style garden. An expert horticulturist and botanist, Carl S. English Jr. traveled and corresponded with botanists around the world, and with the aid of the captains of ships passing through the locks, amassed a significant collection of plants.

Impatiens is a beautiful annual that makes an excellent houseplant or summer bedding plant. It is also known as "Busy Lizzie" and its name is a Latin word that describes the way its seeds shoot out of its pods when ripe (the slightest touch can make a ripe impatiens seed pod burst open and scatter its seeds). Impatiens like shade and moisture. Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family

Begoniaceae. The genus contains about 1,400 different plant species. The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. Some species are commonly grown indoors as ornamental houseplants in cooler climates. In cooler climates some species are cultivated outside in summertime for their bright colourful flowers, which have sepals but no petals.

Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed Susan, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Eastern and Central United States. It is one of a number of plants with the common name black-eyed Susan. The plant also is a traditional Native American medicinal herb in several tribal nations; believed in those cultures to be a remedy, among other things, for colds, flu, infection, swelling and (topically, by poultice) for snake bite (although not all parts of the plant are edible).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Washington State Fair (The Puyallup Fair)

Quilts beautifully displayed
September 5 - 21, 2014
It's the biggest party in the state, and you're invited! Enjoy delicious food, wild rides, dazzling Washington State Fair.
entertainment and fun for the whole family at the

Yesterday was my day at the Fair. There is something for every one!


A scarecrow contest

More Flowers

Grange Competition

It was great to see that the home arts are alive and well at The Fair!

Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vintage Fashions - Party Dresses

A dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). In Western culture, dresses are usually considered to be items of women's and girls' apparel.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

National Grandparents' Day

National Grandparents' Day is a holiday celebrated since 1978 and officially recognized in a number of countries on various days of the year, either as one holiday or sometimes as a separate Grandmothers' Day and Grandfathers' Day.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The American Art Company’s Twelfth Northwest Contemporary Quilt - Invitational

Cloud Forest
I finally had the chance to visit The American Art Company. Cloud Forrest and Waiting for the Sun we beautifully displayed.  If you can, the show is definitely worth a visit. The show runs through October 4, 2014

American Art Company
1126 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma WA 98402
Waiting for the Sun

Friday, September 12, 2014

Playing in the Dye Pots

A doily is defined as "an ornamental mat, typically made of paper or fabric, and variously used for protecting surfaces or binding flowers, in food service presentation, or as a head covering or clothing ornamentation. It is characterized by openwork, which allows the surface of the underlying object to show through."

I must admit in my too many collections I have a few. Well a few more than a few. I decided now is the time to do something with them. So they got dunked into the dye pot the other day.




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An Underwater Visit

I love the Puget Sound region. Living here we get the best of all worlds. Beautiful summers, colorful falls and lots of activities for the young and old. I haven't been to the Seattle Aquarium in years. Family from out of town was a good excuse to visit it. The Aquarium is the 9th largest in the U.S. by attendance and among the top 5 paid visitor attractions in the Puget Sound region. Opened in 1977. Expanded by 18,000 square feet in 2007 with $42 million of new exhibits, gift and food service as well as exciting meeting and event facilities.

The Aquarium's species collection is featured within six major exhibits: Window on Washington Waters, Life on the Edge, Pacific Coral Reef, Puget Sound Fish and Dome Room, Puget Sound Orcas Family Activity Center, and Marin.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Des Moines Saturday Market

The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market was formed in 2006 as a non-profit entity, unique among the local farmers markets by requiring all of its farmers to meet a basic set of environmental stewardship principles that ensure their farming practices protect the environment while sustaining the long term viability of farmland. These practices include protecting water quality, using natural methods of pest control, preventing soil loss, conserving energy, using water conservation measures, protecting fish and wildlife habitat and enhancing genetic diversity.

The market provides to the community of Des Moines and surrounding areas a bountiful variety of vegetables, fruit, honey, cheeses, crafts, flowers, meat and fish, ready to eat foods, education, information and entertainment.

Weather permitting, we will be there tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Quilting

I usually don't work with bold prints like these. Their graphic nature just screamed at me, how could I resist? It turned out to be a fun experience! The printed shapes suggested so many ways to quilt the quilt!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

My version of a red, white and blue quilt

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre, which occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September. Labor Day has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Drygoods Design is moving

Located in Seattle, WA,  Drygoods Design, pride themselves on fast, affordable shipping and prompt service. Give them a call, send an email or join them on a many social networks.

They are moving their storefront to their new location this month. August 25th will be the last day in the Ballard store.
The opening party is September 5th starting at 6PM. Fun and prices will be involved!
They will reopen on August 29th at: 301 Occidental Avenue S...Seattle, WA 98104Hours at the new location:
Monday to Friday: 10 to 7 and Sat/Sun: 10:30 to 5:30
 (206) 535-6950

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Judging Comments

Today is my day to spend at The Fair. That's The Washington State Fair (also known as the Puyallup Fair). I'll be one of the judges judging the quilts. I thought I would share with you what I will be looking for.
Excellent visual impact
Stood up well against stiff competition
Edges flat
Colors and fabrics well chosen for quilts style
Innovative use of color
Innovative use of pattern
Well balanced design

Color impact could be improved
Good effort
Bearding is apparent
Loose threads should be cut (threads shadow)
Remove basting threads and/or pencil marks
Edges wobble or ripple
Piecing well done
Points match
Block size is uniform
Straight lines are straight
Curved seams are smooth

Piecing needs improvement
Corners and points should meet precisely
Block size should be uniform
Straight lines should be straight
Shadowing-through detracts
Stitches should be secure
Piecing thread should not show
Appliqué well done
Design well centered on block
Curves are smooth
Points are sharp
Stitches are even
Stitches are unobtrusive

Appliqué needs improvement
Design should be centered on block
Curves should be smooth
Points should be sharp
Stitches should be even
Stitches should be unobtrusive
Background shadows through

Border well done
Border compliment’s central design
Corner miters well done

Border techniques need improvement
Border should compliment central design
Corner miters should be done carefully
Borders should be straight
Sashing inconsistent (not aligned)

Binding well done

Binding techniques need improvement
Batting should fill binding completely
Corners should be stitched closed
Width of binding should be consistent
Fabric bias more appropriate than commercial bias

Quilting well done
Stitches are even
Stitches on back are even
Straight quilting lines are straight
Curves quilting lines are smooth
Quilting pattern appropriate

Quilting techniques need improvement
Density of quilting should be consistent over surface
Stitches should be of even length
Stitches should go all the way through
Beginning and ending of quilting threads should be invisible
Quilting design should enhance design
In the ditch quilting should stay in the ditch
Tension on quilting stitch should be even

Sunday, August 24, 2014

John's Chair

Yesterday I spent the day looking for a new area rug and end tables. My taste is very eclectic. If I had my way I'd shop in my family's attic, but since that is an imaginary place, I buy from other people's attics. Looking for new furniture usually involves looking at old furniture. I stopped at a flea market in Seattle. You never know what you'll find. I found John, right after I saw his chair. I loved it! I would have bought it in a minute if I could figure out where to put it! He said he has been making them for years, ever since his family decided gifts should be made not bought. What do you think?
John's Belt Chair - want one? Call him at 253-863-6908

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Something new, or I should say new to me!

I have this phone, it does some wonderful things. I wish I was fearless when it comes to learning what it will do.

I have been asking everyone "What is your favorite app?". Did you know that BERNINA has an app for keeping track of machine feet? I know it now!
I went from this...

To this!

Friday, August 22, 2014

I've Got Tickets for San Antonio and Raleigh NC

October 10, 11 &12,  I'll be at the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild in San Antonio Texas. Saturday morning, I'll present the lecture Quilt Toppings, talking all about embellishments! Friday the workshop is Decorative Thread: Thread is no longer a ‘Plain Jane’ necessity. And Saturday after the lecture we will be making Eye Candies: If instant gratification appeals, this is the class for you!

October 16, 17 & 18 I'll be in Raleigh NC at the Capital Quilters Guild. Thursday evening the 16th I'll be presenting A Fine Line - Creating the Quilting Design: You’ve made a beautiful quilt top – now what? Friday it's Decorative Thread and Saturday, Simple Surfaces: Learn all about paint sticks and foil.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Charity Quilts

Guilds are very generous when sharing their handy work. As far as I can figure most guilds donate at least one quilt per year per member, and often many more. The receiving organizations are many. Everything from local tragedy's to everyday needs.

This month I am donating two baby quilts made from donated fabric.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


New to the Northwest is Quilt!Knit!Stitch! from the producers of the International Quilt Festival.

My friends and I decided to make a day trip of the 155 miles and saunter down to Portland to see this debut show. I loved the opportunity to see fabric and fiber, thread and yarn all in one place.

Many Special Exhibits including quilts by Kaffe Fassett, Quilts: A World of Beauty, Creative Embroidery and lots more!

August 14-16, 2014
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

Scarlett's Crimson by Philippa Naylor

Swiss European Children's Wear Through the Years

Look for Quilt! Knit! Stitch!™/Portland, next year!
August 13-15, 2015
Classes begin August 13
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Short Visit to China

If you read my blog very much you know how much I love China. Everything, food, the people, the sights and even the smells...well most of them. Chinatown in Seattle is almost the same as a short trip. Minus the expense and hassle of a long, long flight!

As one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, Seattle's Chinatown-International District is rich with history and culture. For many years the Chinatown-International District has served as the cultural hub for Asian Americans in the area. The draw of the area is undeniable-from delectable Asian restaurants to unique specialty shops to the diverse heritage sites-there is truly something for everyone! Best of all the grocery stores.

An don.t forget the MSG!