Thursday, May 31, 2012

Things to see in the canyon

The country is amazing. Rugged rock walls and grassy slopes rise from the water, as you delve into the surging whitewater while it pulses through Hells Canyon. Where boulders and rock slides have rolled into the river, to find the biggest rapids in the Pacific North west.

Between rapids, the Snake River follows a scenic path: there we saw Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.  

The Kirkwood Historic Ranch is an area rich in river history from early Native American occupation to pioneer ranching life. The historic ranch offers a taste of canyon life in the 1930s with the original ranch house, bunk houses and other out-buildings.

On the river near Dug Bar, the visitors center of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is as beautiful as it is remote.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Copper Creek Lodge at Hells Canyon

Rustic wilderness with the comforts of home - that's the Copper Creek Lodge, 70 miles upriver and deep in the wilds of Hells Canyon. Swim and sun at the river's edge, explore the back country on nature trails, or read in the shade of the Trees of Heaven.

Savor the serenity of nighttime in Hells Canyon where the moon and stars are jewels on black velvet.

And the bear ate our lunch! Sometime in the night the bear decided he wanted our lunch, so he climbed on the boat and ate it!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

US Mail boat

We took the weekly US Mail boat that delivers the mail by boat to the handful of year round residents that reside in Hells Canyon. Hells Canyon is a 10-mile wide canyon. It is North America's deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet and part of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.

In 1806, three members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition entered the Hells Canyon region along the Salmon River. They turned back without seeing the deep parts of the canyon. It was not until 1811 that the Wilson Price Hunt expedition explored Hells Canyon while seeking a shortcut to the Columbia River. Hunger and cold forced them to turn back, as did many explorers who were defeated by the canyon's inaccessibility. There remains no evidence in the canyon of their attempts; their expedition journals are the only documentation.

The early miners were next to follow. In the 1860s gold was discovered in river bars near present-day Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and miners soon penetrated Hells Canyon. Gold mining was not profitable here. Evidence of their endeavors remains visible along the corridor of the Snake River. Later efforts concentrated on hard-rock mining, requiring complex facilities. Evidence of these developments is visible today, especially near the mouth of the Imnaha River.[6]

In the 1880s there was a short-lived homesteading boom, but the weather was unsuited to farming and ranching, and settlers soon gave up. However, some ranchers still operate within the boundaries of the National Recreation Area.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stitches & Petals Quilt Shop

 Visited the local quilt shop Stitches & Petals. Nice bright and cheery shop with wonderful quilts on the walls!
Village Mall
872 Troy Road Suite 120, Moscow, ID. 1 (208) 882-5164

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spring in the Palouse

Life is always an adventure, my husband Charles and I decided to make a quick trip to the Palouse.

The Palouse is a region of the northwestern United States, encompassing parts of southeastern Washington, north central Idaho. It is a major agricultural area, primarily producing wheat and legumes. Situated about 160 miles north of the Oregon Trail, the region experienced rapid growth in the late 19th century, and for a brief time surpassed the population of the Puget Sound region of Washington.The region is home to two land grant universities, the University of Idaho in Moscow and Washington State University in Pullman.

Having been in this part of the world many times, we took a quick visit to the WSU (Washington State University) grounds to visit Ferdinand's Ice Cream Shoppe, the university's gourmet ice cream shop, features old-fashioned ice cream and soda fountain treats, exclusive ice cream flavors, gourmet coffee and espresso drinks and of course, award winning Cougar Cheese.

Best ice cream ever!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Quilt Show - It's all about red and white

 My favorite color is red! Funny how this favorite influences my work.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sometime I just have to sew!

The best thing about my job is the sewing! I love the feel for the fabric, seeing what happens when I sew two fabrics together, the texture that I can get with the thread.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Living Colour auction goes live

Living Color
Living Color Living Colour is the seventh traveling exhibition mounted by The Association of Pacific West Quilters. With the phrase “Living Colour” as inspiration, quilters and fiber artists used an intriguing mix of images, techniques, and styles from traditional to contemporary in their interpretation of the theme. This collection has travelled the country and been viewed by thousands of quilters, quilt-appreciators, and art lovers.
Now, from the comfort of your home, you can make one...or more...of these fantastic quilts your own. The entire 48 quilt collection will be sold in two auctions - see the groupings on our website. Group A runs from May 10-22 and Group B will be held June 8-22.

Cathy Erickson
Washougal, WA
Autumn Moonlight
Photo by Merrill Grant

Artist Statement
On an autumn evening, beauty can be found in even the smallest corner of the Japanese Garden.

Techniques & Materials
Adobe Photoshop was used to manipulate one of my photos from the Portland Japanese Garden. The design was then translated into fabric. Fabrics used are hand-dyed fabrics by Judy Robertson and Jeanette Viviano, as well as a commercial batik. I also used a hand-dyed silk/cotton blend, and hand painted fabric. A multitude of colors of thread were used. The techniques used are machine appliqué, micro-quilting, machine quilting, hand appliqué, and beading.

Sometimes I like to make a double-sided quilt. The backside of this piece is equally beautiful.

Donna Cutler

The Lily Pond
Photo by Mark Frey
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Artist Statement
This is my first exhibition of any kind and my first piece to be exhibited.

This quilt was inspired by a small pond in our garden - it was covered with water lilies and framed with grasses, flowers and climbing plants.

Techniques & Materials
Commercial and hand-dyed cottons; rayon, metallic and Laserbrite threads; free motion embroidery and quilting.

Charlie Petersen
Photo by Mark Frey
Port Townsend, WA 

Artist Statement
I strive to learn something with each piece I make. 
I was so impressed with the colours of fall in Eastern Washington and Idaho - I tried to convey the sense of swirling winds and leaves, offset by grey skies and dark evergreens.  
Techniques & Materials 
Stacking, cutting directly into the fabrics, and repiecing. Materials were cotton fabrics, cotton/poly quilt batting and rayon thread. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Quiltworks Northwest, Bellevue WA


Stitching Through the Layers is  available at Quiltworks Northwest in Bellevue WA.

Looking for a great workshop? This is the only shop in the Pacific Northwest where I can be found teaching on a regular basis. Great place to buy fabric and all things quilty. Fun knowledgeable staff,  Bernina machines and service. A wonderful selection of beads.

I'll be there with A Fine Line, Creating the Quilting Design and Borders: The Final Chapter, June 16, 2012.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Journal? Who me?

 Someone asked me the other day if I keep a sketchbook or art journal?  In what ways?  How does your sketchbook influence your work?  What techniques do you use in a sketchbook?  I had to think about it for a minute and decided the answer was yes, but not in any traditional sense of the word. I do not have one book that I draw or doodle in, I do have note books full of ideas or things that interest me.

And of course I have photos, hundreds of them. I love this digital world. All my photos are filed under things like quilt ideas or thread easy to find with a touch of my computer. Here is a photo I took in Savannah last year, a wonderful idea for a quilting pattern, just sitting in my files waiting for just the right quilt!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Central Asian Ikats

Colors of the Oasis
Central Asian Ikats
March 15–August 5, 2012
SAAM Tateuchi Galleries

Exuberant clothes were a common sight in the oasis cities of Central Asia. During the 19th century, patrons wore rich colors and mysterious designs on a daily basis. Their encouragement led to a flourishing use of ikat, a labor intensive process that requires many stages and layers of experience to complete. Positioned as a trading center where goods and people flowed in from India, China, Iran and Russia, Central Asia fostered an aesthetic that made the most of overlapping influences.

This exhibition will recreate a sense of walking into a crowd of cosmopolitan clients who wear robes of distinctive boldness. As an English visitor (William Eleroy Curtis) wrote in 1911: “Everybody wears a coat like a rainbow… No matter how humble or hungry a man may be, and even if he has but a single garment, it is made of the most brilliantly colored material he can find.” Over 40 robes will provide a vision of the oasis crowd. Some feature sharp graphic designs of rigorous abstraction, but others favor delicate harmonies with flowing floral motifs. Scorpions and Arabic script, paisleys and European florals, jeweled tassels and cypress trees swirl together in a design pool that reflects oasis life.

—Pam McClusky, Curator of Art of Africa and Oceania

Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 East Prospect Street
Volunteer Park
Seattle, WA 98112-3303