Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Quilting Design, Still Playing

I am still playing around with this idea. Something about it really works.

Here I am trying a variety of possibilities.
Large and small spines.

Adding other shapes in the mix.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Developing Quilting Designs

I showed this picture of Cactus spines the other day, wondering what design I might come up with. I have been playing around with this idea.
Straight lines, no marking.

Not so straight lines, no marking.

I like the not so straight lines from above even better here, I used the 'triple' stitch on my machine. More thread for more definition. (The triple stitch is also called the stretch or lingerie stitch). 

Friday, April 25, 2014


I have a 'thing' going with the sun. I love it, it doesn't love me. I have been caring a parasol for years. I have special requirements for an umbrella. I like very light weight one, that folds up to purse size. Cheap ones are usual best for this, but once I find one I love they don't seem to last very long. At a quilt show recently I say an embellished one that I loved.Too impractical to use, but oh so tempting.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fiber & Fabric 2014

Port Gamble Fiber & Fabric 2014
April 26 & 27, 2014
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 3 pm

Enjoy the juried Fiber & Fabric show in the scenic Hood Canal Vista Pavilion Building.The art pieces are shown off beautifully in the light that reflects from the water of the Hood Canal that comes in through the large windows and french doors in this amazing space.

Quilts will also be on display in the historic St. Paul's Church at Port Gamble. The old varnished, wooden pews are covered with quilts for the show and provide a striking display of color and geometry.
Visitors to the show will have a chance to shop at the booths of several local fiber and fabric artists and vendors who will be in Port Gamble for the show as well as visit The Artful Ewe I & II and Quilted Strait for demonstrations and supplies for weaving, knitting, quilting, embroidery, spinning and wool applique. Attendees can also enjoy visiting the other shops and the restaurants in Port Gamble. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Roof

I'm ready for it to be done. The guys have been great. Careful and courteous. The noise is awful!
The last time the roof was done, the workers ran up a 2x12 board. This time it was a lot more efficient, and much safer. They should be done today! Hurray!

Friday, April 18, 2014

The New Roof

After years of 'fixing' the roof, we are getting a new one.
This morning early a very large dumpster arrived. Then materials showed up in, you guessed it, the rain. After the beautiful spring days the rain was a real let down. Work starts tomorrow in earnest, lots of the racket, I expect. I hear they are working Saturday, hopefully not Sunday. The family is coming for Easter dinner. If I am very lucky they will finish on Monday. I hate the idea of the noise, but love the thought that the roof will leak no more!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It Must Be Spring

I've been sitting a my machine trying to sew. But spring has finally arrived here at the lake. The door is open, has been all day. Smells like spring, looks like spring, and I'm really ready!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Quilted Straight

I spent the day at the Quilted Straight in Port Gamble WA. Great day! Wonderful students! We finished quilt fast!

Busy quilters.

Equals happy quilters.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Quilted Straight, Port Gamble WA

I'll be at Quilted Straight in Port Gamble on Sunday April 13 teaching my Fast Finished workshops. There might even be an opening. Call the store to check. 1-855-GOQUILT

Joining the Blocks: Quilt-As-You-Go Style
Learn to join pre-quilted blocks using several innovative techniques. Go home ready to make larger machine quilted quilts without all the work of trying to get it into your machine. The Quilt-As-You-Go method allows for more detailed quilting using a standard sewing machine since you're only quilting a small section at a time.

Super Fast Binding and Piping! 
Is binding the quilt your least favorite part?  Bindings and piping are a snap with this no-fail completely machine-stitched method.  In this class you will be making a sample to take home to keep as a ‘how to’ example for your own quilts. Binding will never be the same again!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quilting Design Ideas

Seems like I'm always working on a new project. Probably because I am. I take lots of pictures all the time. The sanding joke in my family is "film is cheap". (Yes I take digital pics).  Any way I love this idea. I just need to figure out a way to make it work for me.
I must figure out a was to quit these spines with this wonderful back light.

I'd like to add the lines too.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cafe Turko, Seattle

insideWent here for lunch. Great food, nice people. I had lamb meatballs (the Turkish name escapes me). Be sure to have some humus! They provide a unique environment to dine and enjoy the legendary Turkish tastes and hospitality while smelling the tantalizing aromas coming from the open kitchen.

Café Turko
754 N. 34th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 284 9954
Humus - from the top; Beet, spinach, yam (the best), garbanzo bean

Saturday, April 5, 2014

More Pictures From Arizona

I was reviewing my pictures of Arizona, found some I really think you would you would like. I can't remember for sure but I think these were taken in the botanical garden in Phoenix.
These were the coolest chandeliers ever!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Too Much Tme!

The other night I found myself surfing the net. Something I rarely do. But TV was worse than usual so there I was, sitting on the couch with my trusty tablet. You just got to love some of the stuff you find there. My favorite?
And pink too. I love to paint stuff, but this was the best! I'm thinking about it....

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What's New (or new to me) Feet

My stash of miscellaneous presser feet are some of my best friends. So finding a new one is special.  My favorite foot ever is the #20 open toe embroidery foot. This particular sewing machine model has an even feed feature. My NEW #20 foot does too! It's great!

I love BERNINA features. My sewing machine, the BERNINA 830 offers significantly more working area! The free arm leaves a 12 in. space to the right of the needle, letting me spread out my projects comfortably. This generous design provides enough room for large quilts, and allows perfect vision and control. Besides the extra space I like the even feed system and all the other helpful features of my BERNINA.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Is Nature playing an April Fools On Us? Or is Springtime Almost Here?

Every year at this time, as winter grudgingly gives way to a blustery, wet Northwest spring, attention turns to the 31 Yoshino cherry trees lining the Quad at Seattle's University of Washington. These trees are a natural hybrid in Japan and are the most popular and widely planted cultivated flowering cherries in temperate climates. When they bloom they create a canopy of soft pink that attracts tourists, picnickers, loyal alumni, swoony sweethearts and just about every wedding photographer in the state.

Cherry blossom enthusiasts plan vacations to Seattle from across the country and abroad to be here when the blooms are at their fullest. But when exactly that takes place is, of course, subject to the whims of ever-changeable Northwest weather.

The Quad’s Yoshino Cherry trees were purchased and planted at Washington Park Arboretum in or around 1939.They were brought to the UW campus proper in the early 1960s when State Route 520 was built.

Are they OK? Do they need replacing?
They’re healthy and growing, they still look fantastic and are blooming fantastically. Still, nothing lasts forever, and replacements will ultimately be needed. They’re healthy, but their life expectancy is 60 to 100 years and they’re getting to a very mature phase of their life. Based on the trunk sizes — documentation here is incomplete —  that only two trees have been replaced, and neither of those in the last 10 years.

When is was determined the trees were in danger of decline and had them grafted for future replacement. Those replacement trees growing at a nursery in Mount Vernon, about an hour to the north. The UW Class of 1959 raised money and created an endowment to pay for tree replacements, and members of that class remain interested and involved in the process.

When their two- to three-week run has ended, the Yoshino cherry tree blossoms will drop in flurries and decorate the Quad grounds for days afterward — a gentle and fitting end to the annual display.
And then? Springtime — we hope.