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Sunday, October 6th, 2013


I was so excited to get down to the studio after church and lunch today. I was happy to have something fun to do. However, the stitching on this postcard is as far as I got and then my Janome went bonkers and started jamming. I think the timing is off or there is a problem with the bobbin case. My shop is open on Sunday, so I dropped it off. Hope it won’t take long to fix.

Here are the cards that I got fused and ready to stitch.



We have had two glorious and sunny fall days in the 70’s. It is ending tomorrow. Here are some photos I took today while we were out and about.


A really big spider web by our garage.


The lake on Reed College campus.


Yellow trees – a common fall color here in Oregon.

Summertime in Portland

Monday, July 15th, 2013



We are in the midst of beautiful long, sunny days. My favorite time of year! This past week-end, we had a dinner party on the deck. It was the wrap-up celebration for the Artists Among Us team. I made buttermilk rolls and grilled pork tenderloin with corn confetti to make sandwiches. None of which, I could eat (except for the pork), but every one else enjoyed them.


On Sunday afternoon, I hosted an SDA meeting. Everyone brings some food to share. I used the table runner I got in Jerusalem and picked some flowers from the yard.


The Rhodie Garden doesn’t have blooming Rhodies, now, but there are plenty of other summer flowers to enjoy.



This quilt came home from its travels around the US and to the Netherlands. I was so happy to see it. Still love it


I am also happy that Kelp Dance was juried into the Sur(face) Forward exhibit at the Corvallis Art Center. It just arrived home from North Carolina.


I have my simply red quilts ready to turn in for jurying. Here is our new hanging system.

Hanging wire is stapled to the center of the rod. I covered the stapled area with clear duct tape.


Here it is inserted in the rod pocket. You can see that this makes it much easier to hand in those galleries that have a hook for hanging from the center of the art.


I made a muslin bag with French seams for each quilt. A plastic sleeve is sewn to the outside of the bag and has a photo and name of the quilt and my contact info. I blocked out my phone #!


So that is what I have been up to. Busy and enjoying life.

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013



The sun is certainly shining, and I am attempting to keep moving through my daily to do list. I had two great days with friends. Something I have not been able to do in a while. It was wonderful! I felt rejuvenated.

Yesterday, I had lunch with Del Thomas and Terry and her daughter. Terry made a delicious salad and had rice crackers for me and tangerines for dessert. It was perfect. Del brought some small pieces of work from her collection and I really loved seeing the beautiful textile art. I had to rush off because I was scheduled for an SDA Conference Staff conference call. I didn’t get home in time so I had to pull off into a parking lot and call in from my cell.

Today, I started a new piece. I am starting with those little cruciform blocks. I have some dye-painted silk that I made in a workshop two or three years ago. I decided to Mistyfuse it and play around with some fused segments. I like what is happening.



We are have such luscious weather. It is like July in May. Scooter is too hot so he is going in for a haircut tomorrow. I took an hour this afternoon to run to the nursery to get some more plants — veggies, herbs and some flowers. Tomorrow, before it gets too hot, I will get out and do my planting.



I will leave you with this pretty photo I took at the Rhodie Garden this morning.



Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013


I finished the stitching of the discharged silk to the wool pre-felt. I really was excited about doing the shrinking. Here is a detail of the stitching.



I used up 3 bobbins and this spool of thread which looked great with the fabric.



When I took the piece out of the dryer, it had hardly shrunk at all and the felt was pulling through to the top of the silk. It is really not even worth photographing. I am so disappointed because I so loved that little sample I did yesterday. I am wondering if I did too much stitching or if a large piece does not shrink as well. It was going to be my SAQA auction donation. Now, I have to start over!! Well, I did say it was an experiment!!

I am really tired and cranky tonight because I had to get up so early for my ultrasound. My doctor does not work on Tuesday so I have to wait until tomorrow to get results.

I will leave you with some pretty from my neighborhood walk. Red was the color of the day.






The Pink (Sneezing) Season

Monday, March 25th, 2013



It is that time of year here in Portland, so pretty and so pollen filled. I have been sneezing and itching my eyes. However, I think my anti-inflammation diet has helped with my sinus congestion. I saw my doctor today and she was very pleased with my latest blood test results. My cholesterol keeps dropping – 127 – and my triglycerides dropped 50 pts. My HC1 test is now within normal range so I am no longer pre-diabetic.  I hope to lose some more weight and get that number even lower.

We had a nice week-end with dinner out and an Oregon Symphony concert on Saturday. I have had a hard time getting the big quilt finished – the one I can’t show you yet. Today, after the Dr. appt., I went to Joannes and bought the 100% cotton batting that I need for it. I got it cut to the right size and had a good day of working on it. Tomorrow, I am determined to finish it and have it ready for quilting.

The sketches that I did are meh. I need to try the step stool again. The tissue box is a rerun. I think this one is better.

drawing 3-25-13


drawing 3-24-13