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Pink Season In Portland

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Spring arrives tonight, and it is in evidence all over my neighborhood. Spring is pink season in Portland. We even have pink snow. These are clickable to see larger. There are more photos on my Portland Pink Season Flickr set.

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I was so inspired by the pink that I made a pink season collage, using some of my vintake kimono fabrics. The background is hand-dyed. I think I will add some beads to this.


I also finished the other collage that I started at the beach. These both need some stitching.


Steph, Jack and M & M are taking a red-eye to North Carolina tonight. Mr C is taking them to the airport. There was no room for me in the car. I will miss having them here for Easter, but I have a good excuse not to buy candy!

I didn’t lose any weight at WW, but that is ok considering my diet over the week-end. Today, I got my hair cut by Kevin at Carpe Diem. I really like the cut. I think I finally found someone who understood what I wanted – a no-nonsense haircut.

I was able to score tickets to see and hear Obama on Friday morning here in Portland and then I remembered that I have crit group at Terry’s. I am a bit disappointed, but it has been really difficult for us to find a time when we can all be there.

What I Did Today

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

. . . not much! I can’t shake the relaxed beach feeling. This morning we listened to Obama’s speech. I caught up on some blogs. Took the dog for a walk in the brilliant sunshine. Put some stuff away from the week-end. Went to a communications committee meeting at the Cathedral. Made a nice dinner for Mr C and me. Now, I am watching Dancing With the Stars.

I have been perusing the new quilting book I just received — The Quilter’s Catalog by Meg Cox. I remember when she was writing it, she often queried those of us on the Quilt Art list about various topics.


This is a no-nonsense compendium of quilting topics for beginners to long time quilters and for traditional to art quilters. Here is a peek inside at some of the topics:

photo transfers to fabric:


information on sewing machines:


quilt photography:


And look! – information on two of my favorite teachers!



Most of the book is in black and white, but there is a color section of projects to do, like this fruit tart pincushion.

or this Rosy Quilt:


I think the best parts of the book are the resources for where to buy quilting products and the website links for great information.

You can purchase the book here.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day. I wonder how I survived the week-end? I am getting my hair cut in the afternoon. In between, I will get back to work on my collages.

Back Home

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I arrived back home early afternoon. I did my homework for the church history class tonight. Mr C and I made a quick trip to the mall to straighten out a Macy’s credit card problem. (I pay bills on line. Mr C opened a separate account because he got a 20% off deal or something. He rarely uses it. I went to the store last week and when I tried to use my card, I couldn’t because I had not made a payment in 2 months. I was incredulous because I pay it off every month. Today, his statement came and it had about $350 credit! Aha, the lost is found. We canceled his card and got our money back.) Then I defrosted and heated up some left over lamb tagine and it was off to our class.

I am ready to go back to the beach!! It was such a lovely, quiet time (with occasional bouts of hilarity) with friends. Here is the sleeve that I managed to finish knitting. I may get this done in time to wear before warm weather arrives.


I got some great news while I was gone. My quilt, Fragments of a Life, was juried into the PAQA South ArtQuiltsculture show. The show opens April 25th in Raleigh, NC and then I think it travels to other venues. Here is the quilt, which I recently altered, and I guess it worked!!



Sunday, March 16th, 2008

We woke up to no electricity in Netarts. Reva and I were scheduled to make breakfast. Instead, five caffeine deprived women set out for Tillamook, which had power. Someone had knocked down a power line with his car. It took several hours to get power back.

Here is Reva warming up leftover quesadillas for her breakfast.


Here are others, trying to keep warm.


Here is a close-up of Beth’s beautiful Hawaiian quilt.


I finished one sleeve on my sweater and then worked on a small kimono fabric collage. This will be 8 X 10 when finished.


Near our condo was this funky little shop.


It was surrounded by flotsam and jetsam.


I loved the display of hats on the ceiling and boots on the floor.



It was beautiful this afternoon and we had a wonderful outing on the beach. Look at this beautiful sea star.


And some lovely rocks.


To see all of my Netarts photos, go to my Flickr site.

Tomorrow, we head home. I haven’t accomplished much, but I have enjoyed the R & R, immensely. So much talking, laughing, eating and drinking.

Knitting in Netarts

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

That is where we are – Netarts – famous for its oysters. It is between Tillamook and Oceanside. On the drive over, we encountered snow – yikes! But out fearless driver, Beth, got us over the mountain and safely to the coast.


We have had a lot of rain, but it has not bothered us. We are having to much fun sharing out stories and laughing and eating. I am forgetting WW for the week-end.

Here is a view of the beach from our condo:



This morning we went in to Tillamook to see the Good to be Green show. The video was not ready, but we were told that we will receive copies because we were on the video. Of course we went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory for lunch:


I had peach non-fat yogurt. It was so good!


This afternoon, Reva, Linda and I ventured down to the beach for a walk:


Here is a view of the condos; we have the two on the right. We use one for eating meals and one for doing our sewing and such.


I found some beachy stuff to photograph:




Then it was back up the stairs to the condo:


I have been knitting. I am trying to finish the sweater that I started umpteen years ago. I have one sleeve almost finished. I don’t know if I will knit or work on collages tomorrow.

Here are Terry and Beth working away.


Terry is working on her 12 X 12 community challenge and she stole some variegated perle cotton that I bought at the quilt store in town. She said it was perfect for her piece (and it is) and I had the last skein. She has no shame.

She also made this Easter basket for her adorable Sofia:


This woman can make up a pattern and make any darn thing you can imagine. And tonight, I found out that she dislikes the Helvetica font and the book “Eat, Pray, Love.” The things you discover about your friends when you are around them24/7!!

I am on for making breakfast so I better bring this to an end. Wifi is sporadic around here, but I just discovered that at midnight it works quite well!