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!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Hillside Garden

Summer comes and I find myself obsessed with the out doors. I am not a gardener, in fact my friends joke about sending me out to weed, I wouldn't know a weed from a flower. While not totally true, it's close. But I enjoy other peoples gardens a lot. My neighbor is a gardener. And what a garden! Built on the hillside in front of their house, it is a wonder.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities. Shoes are also used as an item of decoration. The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function. Additionally, fashion has often dictated many design elements, such as whether shoes have very high heels or flat ones. Contemporary footwear varies widely in style, complexity and cost. Basic sandals may consist of only a thin sole and simple strap. High fashion shoes may be made of very expensive materials in complex construction and sell for thousands of dollars a pair.

Friday, August 8, 2014

What's up at my house

Trimming the forest
I love living in a space between the city and the country. Maintenance is a necessary on going process. Recently it was outside stuff.
Fixing the drive.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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

Cloud Forest
I am excited to announce I'll have 2 pieces in The American Art Company’s Twelfth Northwest Contemporary Quilt - Invitational. August 16 – October 4, 2014

The Reception for the Artists is Saturday, August 16, 2 - 4 PM.

American Art Company
1126 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma WA 98402

Waiting for the Sun

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Vintage Fashion Show

Note the slip detail.
 There were lots of garments from the 1880's to about 1950's. I took hundreds of pictures, and I'll post all the good ones eventually. But I thought I would start with a dress from the 1930's. Not the most impressive dress from the distance, but wait until you get a look at the details. It is really true, the details make the difference!
The scalloped edge.
I know I love the beading, but really?

More beading..
Check out this beaded purse.

Women's love of shoes certainly didn't start with our generation.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

International Quilt Festival here I come!

Sign ups have begun! For those of you that will be attending Quilt Festival in Houston this Fall, class
Fun and Fancy – Make a Purse
registration opened on July 23!  I will be teaching 9 classes during the week and giving a lecture. They range from Fun & Fancy – Make a Purse to
Stitching Through the Layers; Straight Line Quilting Design and include the NEW lecture - So Many Ideas-Sew Little Time.

WARNING! Classes not only fill quickly but the waiting lists are long also so REGISTER IMMEDIATELY so you won't miss out on a fabulous class with the me! Here is the link to the catalog:
class catalog
Here is the whole list:
For the Love of Color
Stitching Through the Layers; Straight Line Quilting Design  
Super Fast Binding & Piping

A Fine Line; Creating the Quilting Design

Borders: The Final Chapter


Lecture - So Many Ideas; So Little Time  
This lecture is a humorous look at how Melody designed and made her latest contemporary quilts including some from her books. Hear from her own lips how she recovered from quilt disasters and made "silk purses" from "sows ears". You can relate to these true confessions of the struggles and foibles of a prolific quilter. Lecture includes projected images and showing of many of my quilts.
Fantastic Fabric Foiling
Thread Toppings
Joining the blocks: Quilt-As-You-Go Style
Fun & Fancy - Make a Purse
Stitching Through the Layers; Straight Line Quilting Design

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Garden Party

Went to a garden party. It was advertized as brunch and a vintage fashion show in the garden. And what a party! Over the next few weeks I'll share lots of pictures. But let's start at the beginning.
The setting:
The garden was the perfect backdrop for everything.

Even the fruit on the tree was beautiful.


Friday, July 25, 2014

The Pasco Trip

Our trip to Pasco was all about a class reunion. Here are the happy graduates. My husband is the third from the left in the last row.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Any Excuse for Straight Line Stitching

I love straight line quilting, it works so well on so many quilts, and it’s so easy! The possible combinations of straight lines are endless. 

These pieces started with postcards of Chinese cigarette advertising posters from the 1930's. I love them so much, that there is a very large framed one hanging in the guest bathroom. (Talk about getting off the subject!)

I printed these on Printed Treasures fabric that comes pretreated with stuff that I can run through my ink jet printer. The purpose was to get them done so I could bead. (I bead after the pieces are quilted and bound). So straight line quilting was just the thing. I wanted nothing fussy, nothing to distract from the beading. I really like both of these pieces. 

What a difference, to see the before beading and after beading pictures.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's Tuesday - Time for the Duck Dodge

In this case, maybe it should be called the Dog Dodge!
Actually, the original name was the "Tenas Chuck Duck Dodge". Tenas Chuck is the native American name for Lake Union (Chuck means "water", as in the Pilchuck, Skookumchuck, Chuckanut, Saltchuck, etc.) Duck Dodge one would assume means that in order to navigate the course one must either duck Dodges or dodge ducks. Since there are probably more ducks on Lake Union than Dodges, it is safe to assume the latter.

The original handbill announcing the first (technically second) Duck Dodge in 1974 actually has a sub-title of "Lake Union Beer Can Regatta". This was included because there was some concern that people wouldn't "get it" if it was just called it the Duck Dodge.

It is an informal sail boat race on Seattle's Lake Union Tuesdays all summer long! On warm days we love to take our lawn chairs and a picnic, and watch.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado

To celebrate their 60 year, the Society is raffling a tee shirt quilt
We saw The Mikado over the weekend. What a delight! It is Seattle's Gilbert & Sullivan Society 60th year. Take a trip to Japan as they present The Mikado or "The Town of Titipu." This Gilbert & Sullivan opera is a masterful screwball comedy overflowing with song, dance and hilarity, and contains all the classic elements required for a superior Gilbert & Sullivan operetta; a member of the upper class pretending to be of the lower class, forbidden love, villains, giggling maidens, romance and a happy ending.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun in the Sun

A working barge
I live in the suburbs of Seattle. I love to spend what little summer we have, out there enjoying it. One of my favorite place to visit is The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Built in 1911 and often nicknamed the Ballard Locks, provides a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington. You never know what you will see.
Seafair is Seattle's big summer fair. The final highlight are the hydroplane races. This hydroplane was on display.