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An Unexpected Delay

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

We did this. Walked with 100,000 others in the Woman’s March in Portland. I got soaked and chilled to the bone. Now, I am down with the flu or a sinus infection. More photos from our day. The whole Portland family.

This was my view most of the march!!

Despite getting sick, I am so happy that I did this. It was an exhilarating experience. The new administration is scary, but we have the majority and eventually, we will prevail.

I went to the studio to work on an idea I had for a poster quilt for a SAQA show, using the word hope.

Now, I don’t know if I will be able to finish it in time.

The day after the march, I had an SDA meeting at Oregon College of Art and Craft. And, I entertained the whole family for taco supper and birthday cake to celebrate Mr C’s and Lisa’s January birthdays.

I got a bit behind in my silk stitch along. I haven’t even felt like doing hand stitching. Today, I added bullion know flowers in the grass.


Beyond Fistula

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016


Beyond Fistula is an organization that helps women and girls in Africa who have recently undergone surgical repair for fistulas- a complication of difficult childbirths. My friend and fellow art quilter, Mary Ann McCammon, is very involved with this organization and has traveled to Kenyan to work with the women, teaching them to create little art quilts. You can read about her here.


There is to be a fund raising event here in Oregon wine country, selling a lot of the work these women have created. Mary Ann asked us to create a larger piece, using the work done by the women. I have done two of these. I am embroidering their names on the front.


On the back is a pocket with a card with information and photo about the maker.


Here is the second one I made.




The fund raiser is in November at a winery.

Tomorrow is Columbia Fiberarts Guild with Fran Skiles as guest speaker. On Thursday and Friday, I am excited to take a workshop with her.

Slip Sliding

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

I am kind of coasting through the days, right now. Just getting the bare minimum done. Since I am taking off at the end of the week, I am feeling less inclined to start something new right now. I ordered some fabric for the Rhythm and Hues show for the High Fiber Diet show at the Latimer Quilt and Textile show late this year.

I finished the house quilt. I just need to sew rings on the back for hanging.

Here is the special label that each piece gets.

I realized that I had not pulled my linen and cotton clothes out of their winter storage. I have them washed and was going to iron every thing today, but I only got two tops done. I think we are in for several weeks of real summer weather.

Tomorrow, Miles and Mia are coming over to earn some money by doing some odd jobs for us. I am going to have Mia help me sort my fabric scraps by color. I think she might enjoy doing that. I will report on our progress tomorrow.

Indigo House

Friday, July 20th, 2012

I am finally getting this house quilt finished. Some of my readers may remember when I cut this house out of a finished quilt.

I wanted to use the house in a quilt for a program I found out about on Jamie Fingal’s blog. The project is The House Quilt Project. Click the link to read about patriotic house quilts made for the walls of rooms for individuals in the Wounded Warrior Battalion and Habitat for Humanity. Each quilt must have an American flag and the size is 12 x 16 inches.

Most of the fabrics in this quilt are indigo dyes by me or prints from Kristine LaFlamme.

I made a background for the quilt. The grass is the only fabric not dyed by me.

I added the sidewalk and some plants and then quilted it. I added the house and used an applique stitch on my Janome to stitch the house and trees to the background. You see the finished quilt up at the top of this post. I still have to finish the edges. I will deliver this to Jamie when I go to Long Beach for the quilt show next week.

Here is today’s 3 x 3.

Now, I am off for a dinner out with Mr C.




SAQA Auction Soon

Monday, August 30th, 2010

This is my piece for the annual SAQA auction. I call it Entwined Roots. I used fused skinny bits that were left over from another larger quilt. The SAQA quilts are 12 by 12. The bidding starts on September 20th You can go here to see all of the quilts.

Here are some other quilts that I thought would play nicely with mine. I like the use of lines in these pieces.

Mary E. McBride  Mangrove Jack’s Home  

Catherine Timm Unnamed

BJ Parady Goldenrod Galls 5

I have purchased a piece each year that the auction has been in existence. It is a chance to get a piece of great fiber art and start a collection.