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Working in a Series

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009


One more Spooner Lake Aspen. Dale Ann really wanted one of my tree pieces so today I whipped up this little piece for her. I like to reach into my batting scraps, pull out a piece and create something to fit. This one is long and narrow. It is about 6 inches by 14 inches. I am really guessing!

As I was quilting this, I thought about how much I love watching variegated thread blend with the hand-dyed fabric. Here is a detail from this piece.


I wanted to get this done for Dale Ann so I can put away the fabric that I have been using and move on to another project that is jelling in my right brain. I plan to get all the Aspens in the post tomorrow.

Don’t forget IBOL!! To find out how to send a bundle of love to Iraqi women via Art La Flamme, just click on the logo. Since the 7th is a holiday, you can mail on the 8th, but no later.


Iraqi Bundle of Love

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009


I know, most quilters have cats who help them pack their IBOLs (Iraqi Bundles of Love), but I have Scooter. He was very curious about what I was doing.

I got such a kick out of Art LaFlamme’s instructions; they are very engineering sounding, but effective. He ends up with a bundle of goodies ready to be given away; it is really brilliant.

Today, I ran over to the Mill Ends store near me and picked up some nice large remnants to put in my box. I wanted to send some pieces large enough that they could be used for something in Iraq.

The first thing to do is lay some twill tape, or ribbon or yarn crisscrossed in the box.


Then you lay a large piece of fabric over the ties and form a pouch for placing the goodies.


Then fill it with fabric and notions. I threw in some yarn, too.


Tie the bundle up.


Scooter checks and rechecks.


As I was checking out, I saw this box of mints which I placed on top for Art. I should have made him cookies or brownies, but then that would limit the fabric.


If you want to participate in this, but don’t have the stash or the time to put a bundle together, here is a great opportunity. Sew Mama Sew has this wonderful offer.

For your contribution of fifteen dollars we will send one Iraqi Bundle of Love to US soldiers who will distribute the bundles to Iraqi families and sewing co-ops. One bundle will include:

  • 5 yards of new fabric
  • 16 sewing needles in a case
  • 32 pearlized pins on a wheel
  • 1 tomato pincushion
  • 1 pair folding scissors
  • 1 150 yd spool white thread

The cost of shipping is included in the price!

What a deal.

Blog Action Day

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Poverty — a problem in our nation and the greater world that is not going to get better any time soon. Mr C works as the volunteer coordinator for our food pantry at Trinity Cathedral. They have seen an uptick in the number of young people and women with children. It used to be homeless men. As the economy spirals down and jobs are lost, poverty will again become a huge problem for the US.

Out nation’s food banks are finding their shelves becoming empty as the need to help those facing poverty increases. If you do nothing else, I would ask that you go to this site: Feeding America and find your local food bank and make a donation of food or cash. If you belong to an organization, encourage them to collect food and  money for the local food bank.

The program that I am putting my energy into is the Backpack for Kids program. On Thursday afternoons, we fill backpacks with non-perishable food. They are given to at risk kids on Friday to take home so that they have enough to eat over the week-end. They get breakfast and lunch on the school days, but can be at risk of going hungry over the week-end. They bring the backpacks back on Monday.

So, let me know what you are doing to help fight poverty in your neighborhood or worldwide.

The Obama Quilt

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

I am interrupting my birthday celebration to share this with you. I am part of the group known as Fiber Artists for Obama. Some of us made a 12 inch block. These were pieced by someone in So Cal and then it was sent to Maria in Alaska. She added that gorgeous border and quilted it. She just sent me these photos. It is being professionally photographed as we hope to enter it in some shows.

Here is a detail with my block – the Andy Warhol block.

The sun has come out and we can see Mt. Hood. Later!!

Please Vote for Portland & Retail Therapy with Mia

Monday, December 17th, 2007

HGTV has a new program called Change the World. Start at Home. Here is some info from their website.

Change the World. Start at Home is a new community revitalization and environmental cause effort launched by HGTV in partnership with Rebuilding Together, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The campaign focuses on revitalizing communities across the country and helping consumers make smart choices for the environment within their homes and daily lives.

Starting November 8th, HGTV and its partners are inviting people across the country to help communities in need become thriving and abundant once again. By visiting hgtv.com/changetheworld, you can vote on communities and projects you feel are most deserving of a makeover. One project in each community will focus on environmentally-friendly improvements while another will focus on a historic place that helps preserve the fabric of the community.

One of the programs in Portland that would benefit from this program is the school that M & M attend.

The Sunnyside Environmental School has been in operation since 1995 and uses an academically challenging educational model intended to foster a sense of community, responsibility and creativity. The teachers focus their lessons on environmental awareness by creating a hands-on learning experience through the Sunnyside Environmental School Garden. This garden allows students, teachers, parents and community members to practice sustainability, environmental responsibility, creativity and community awareness. Since the inception of the environmental program, Sunnyside has tripled its enrollment. Because of this rapid growth, the Garden Classroom has very limited space for students. HGTV and its partners can help create an “Outdoor Garden Classroom” and maintain a high level of environmental awareness for these concerned students.

So, I am asking all of my friends out there to go HERE and vote for Portland. You can vote once a day through December 21. Thank you, thank you!

On a lighter note, today I took Mia to Nordstrom for some retail therapy to celebrate her birthday. We had so much fun. The sales clerks gave her a bag full of goodies for her birthday. They helped us select clothes to try on. Mia said. “I felt so special having people do nice things for me.” Shouldn’t a little girl feel special on her birthday?

We selected a sweater and scarf that matched the skirt her Aunt Lisa sent her. It looked so cute, she wore it home.



She also picked out this very trendy cap in wool plaid.


She also scored a really cute pair of shoes which I didn’t get to photograph. They are canvas mary janes with polka dots and flowers – so cute. In general, I was appalled at the selection of clothing for an 8 year old. So much of it looked like something a street walker might wear, but in a child’s size. I expected more from Nordie’s.

We met up with the rest of the family at the Japanese restaurant with the uncomfortable name, Bush Garden. Mr C suggested that we not get the Bush Roll. We had wonderful sushi and sashimi. I had some Pearl Sake, made here in Portland. Here is Miles enjoying a Shirley Temple.


And now, I am wrapped in a blanket on the sofa with my laptop. I have a serious case of the sniffles and a scratchy throat. My first cold of the season. Hope that it is short lived.