June 24th, 2014
This morning, we hiked up to the Rose Garden. So happy we did because I think it is at it’s peak, right now. Here are some photos I took today.
We saw lots of purpleish roses today. There was one that was like a dark burgundy, but the photo did not turn out.
We even got to see the Rose Queen getting photographed in the garden.
And this Shakespeare quote.
Really a beautiful place in June.
I finished quilting the blue Picasso woman. She is ready for facings.
In other exciting news, I had 3 pieces selected for The American Art Company’s Twelfth Northwest Contemporary Quilt Invitational. The gallery is in Tacoma. I have always wanted to enter this show, but never had a heads up as to when they were taking submissions. I found out that a friend had entered so on a whim, I contacted them and even though it was past the deadline, she looked at my work and chose 3 pieces to be in the show – Kelp Dance, and my two big aspen pieces. I am really happy that I took the chance and sent that e-mail.
June 16th, 2014
One of our friends from Trinity, who lives in the South tower of The Westover hosted a cocktail party in our honor on Friday evening. I decided to make a little postcard thank you for her. She loves flowers and has a lot of begonias on her deck.
I had some rainbow dyed silk scraps and first cut little petals for the flower and fused them.
Then I made leaves and a background and fused everything in place.
I hadn’t done free motion quilting for a while so it was fun to do some on this little piece.
I had to make a run to the studio to find my postcard backs. After gluing the stitched piece to the postcard back and zig zag stitching the edge. I put a stamp on it an mailed it. I always like to have the recipients have the surprise of getting this delivered in the mail.
Making the postcard and catching up on my SDA work have filled my day.
June 15th, 2014
So much good stuff going on here. Enjoying our new place and neighborhood so much.
Last Wednesday was Mia’s graduation from Junior High School. Here she is with the flowers I gave her. We are so proud of her and the confidence and maturity that she has gained over the past year. We are excited to see what she will do in high school. Her gift from us is a trip to Seattle on the train with her Mom and I. Probably won’t get to it until July. After the ceremony, we all went out to a late dinner at Mia’s favorite restaurant. It was great to have time with them before they took off for NC to visit Jack’s parents.
I have been quilting away on the Picasso woman. I was worried about how to quilt the face and body, but decided on straight lines that sort of follow the contours. There have been a lot of thread ends to deal with.
One of our new adventures was to take the street car to the Portland Farmer’s Market on the Portland State campus. Wow, what a fabulous weekly event. It is considered the best farmer’s market in the country, I was told. I think we will make this a weekly event, when we are here and able.
I hope to finish Picasso woman in the nest couple of days and get started on a larger version of Sky Blue Pink.
June 10th, 2014
I got the blue picasso woman fused and ready for quilting. I debated and made a mess of my studio looking for the right background fabric. This has been really fun to put together. I don’t think the quilting is going to be easy, but it has to be done!!
I needed a large workspace to fuse this so I worked at home on the dining room table. I think I need to make her rosy cheek larger. Need to go back to the studio and find the right fabric.
I used an old drop cloth for the back. I think Picasso would approve.
We have been enjoying our walks around the neighborhood. There is front yard across the street from us with the most amazing poppies.
I am venturing out of my comfort zone tomorrow and going to a new person to get my hair cut. Tomorrow night is Mia’s Middle School graduation. Can’t believe she is off to high school in the fall.
How cute is this little girl. I am missing her so much. Might have to head down to CA soon.