Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring's crazy weather

I guess you can tell it's spring when all kinds of wind and rain and thunder and lightening and hail and then a little sun all show up in one day. I see green everywhere and flowers outdoing themselves in bloom. It is a riot of color everywhere. More beauty to come I'm sure.

Lots of classes coming up so here is the current schedule for the rest of May....

Sat. 27th

Sunday 28th


Wed. 31st

All classes are from 10-4, $10.00 with lunch included....Sundays start at 11



I'd like to remind you of the class on Monday June 12. It is called Slow Stitch Journal ideas. We will cover some of the ideas of Slow Stitching, slow food, slow everything! There are lots of ideas floating around on how to slow our busy lives down a bit. Sometimes when we sew we are just focusing on the finished product and don't pay attentions to the process. 

In a Slow Stitch Journal we will let our stitches take us where they want to go. You only need a piece of fabric like Osnaburg or linen or even muslin about 12"x12" or so. It can be any color but a light mostly solid piece will work well. You can use floss of any color or perle cotton or whatever mixes of thread that you like. An embroidery hoop will be helpful as well as scissors and needles. 

Please let me know if you would like to join us, there are just a few spots left. The cost is $15.00 and I'll make lunch and supply anything that you might need. Time is 10-4.

My email is thequiltingb1947@gmail.com or phone   503.680.7436


Next up are a few pictures and then the June schedule.

Susan's so dang cute cat!!!

My kitty quilt for Nora....now for the outer border. This has been so much fun to make.

And a dolly quilt to go with the kitty quilt. Nora will be 3 this summer and they are coming to visit at the end of August. I hope to have the quilt all quilted before they get here.

I think this is sooo  cute...I'm going to make one too.

Not many pictures this time...I'll do better next time.

June Calendar

Thursday June 1--Open Sew

No class on Sunday June 11...It's Loren's Birthday....A momentous Day!!!!!

Monday June 12 Slow Stitch Journal

Wednesday June 14--Open Sew

Thursday June 15 Open Sew

Monday June 19--Open Sew

Saturday June 24 Open Sew/ Spargonian

Sunday June 25  Open Sew   11-4

Monday June 26--Open Sew

Wednesday June 28  --Open Sew 


Spring Wisdom

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Thanks for reading my blog. If you have suggestions or compliments!!!!! 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fresh new Look

Since the sun has been out more lately I thought it was time to freshen up the Blog look and get rid on the rain! It is so refreshing to go out in the evening and it's still daylight.
I'm getting anxious to plant some more flowers in the back and to pick some of my rhubarb, it is looking great.


Here is the schedule for the rest of April and all of May

Tomorrow, Thursday April 20

Saturday April 22

Sunday April 23

Monday April 24

Wednesday April 26


Thursday May 4

Wednesday May 10


Monday May 15

Thursday May 18

Monday May 22

Saturday May 27

Sunday May 28

Monday May 29 

Wednesday May 31

Here are a few pictures from our classes.

Nancy finished this amazing bag. Lots of wool applique and a background of  Army blanket. 
Great job Nancy!!

A while ago some of us purchased kits from Cee Rafuse. Judy finished this piece. I think Cee called these hot pads but I think they are much too nice for that.

You can see Cee at:


Karla has become an expert in Sashiko and is making several cup place mats for a gift.

Another of Karla's. This will make two patterns with this color way and she's going to frame them.

Judy has finished her rug hooking project. She does such excellent work. I always look forward to what she is working on,

Gail is working on a Block of the Month and this block, I think, is wonderful.

I told you that Karla was a whiz at Sashiko!! Another fine example. Great job Karla!!!


I learned a new word this week. Hygge

You can go here and see some information about it.

It is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment. Whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.  HyggeHouse.com

Kind of in the realm of Slow Living, Slow Food or Slow Stitching. 

I like the idea of doing things with intention and appreciating whatever I am doing. Setting a feeling in your home that pleases you. Lighting candles, dimming the lights, eating on a pretty plate and of course, stitching something that pleases you. 

With that in mind I am offering a class on Monday June 12 from 10-4. Cost is $15.00. I can offer it to 10 people so let me know if you'd like to come.

The class is called Slow Stitching and will include ideas to make a Stitch Journal. I have some fabric for you to use as a background or you certainly can bring your own. We will be doing some embroidery....very simple stitches. Bring a hoop and your sweet scissors. There are so many ways to journal, we will explore a few and see how journaling with stitches can be fun and relaxing.

Here is a Facebook page that is about slow stitching



a really nice place


and my favorite



Wisdom Words
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Thanks for reading my blog. If you have any questions please write me at


Have a beautiful day. Betty


Friday, March 24, 2017

blog Number 2 for today!!

I enjoyed doing the first one so much, I thought I'd do another one.

This one will be about fun sites to look at and a couple of books that I've read that you might enjoy.

Now for a few sites.

This is for those who like to cross stitch. It has some cute spring patterns and is pretty to look at.


Another cross stitcher. She is in Arizona and her pictures of her area are really pretty.


Not sure where this lady is from but I needed to hit the translate button. She takes beautiful pictures and has a lovely home.


Many of you know her patterns and here is her blog. Very nicely done.


for those of us who like fall projects


For Embroidery lovers


Book Review

Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

I love her books. There must be about eleven of them. They begin in a small village in Canada call Three Pines. One wouldn't think there would be much crime in such a beautiful place but evil lurks even in the most beautiful of places. I've listened to some of them on audio and love them and I also download them on Kindle. If you like  Detective Inspector books, I think you would fully enjoy these.

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and he is not interested in exploring a new one.
I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about subjects that I never really thought about before. It's being or has been made into a movie as well. I don't know if  I want to see it or not.


Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by [Wellesley-Smith, Claire]

My most favorite current stitching book. Most areas of our lives could do with a lot of slowing down.

This book is lovely to look at and will make you want to pick of a needle and thread and get stitching.

This is my attempt at slow stitching.


And now for a recipe!

If you are a lentil lover, this just might do it for you. I think I will make this for class tomorrow. Sounds very warming.


Easy Tortilla Soup with Red lentils. 1 Pot 30 minutes! Add veggies of choice, garnish with tortilla chips or avocado. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe Vegetarian Tortilla Soup | VeganRicha.comEasy Tortilla Soup with Red lentils. 1 Pot 30 minutes! Add veggies of choice, garnish with tortilla chips or avocado. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Recipe Vegetarian Tortilla Soup | VeganRicha.com

Here is the recipe but there is a lot more information on the site.

  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp oregano and thyme
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne or chipotle pepper powder or both
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup red lentils (quick cooking lentils - masoor dal), washed and drained
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped, or 1 heaping cup crushed tomatoes from a can
  • 1 to 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ to 1 cup water or broth
  • ½ tsp or more salt
  • Crumbled tortilla chips for garnish, avocado and other garnishes and lime juice
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes Add jalapeno, bell peppers and mix and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the spices and herbs and mix in. Add the washed and drained lentils and water and cook for 11 to 12 minutes or until al dente.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well. Add other additions such as ½ cup corn or cooked black beans, veggies, some chopped up corn tortilla at this point. Cook for 10 minutes or until desired consistency. Taste and adjust salt and heat.
  4. Add a dash of lime juice, garnish with chips, avocado, cilantro.


I hope you enjoy this little departure from the regular style blog. Let me know!  Betty


A Day in March

First thing I'll give you is the class schedule for the rest of March and all of April.

Tomorrow Sat. March 25 is Open Sew from 10-4

Sunday March 26 is Open Sew  11-4

Monday March 27 is Open Sew  10-4

Wednesday March 29  is Open Sew  10-4


Thursday April 6 is Open Sew  10-4

Sunday April 9 is Open Sew  11-4

Monday April 10 is Open Sew  10-4

Wednesday April 12 is Open Sew   10-4

Monday April 17 is Open Sew  10-4

Thursday April 20 is Open Sew  10-4

Saturday April 22 is Open Sew  10-4

Sunday April 23 is Open Sew   11-4

Monday April 24 is Open Sew 10-4  

Wednesday April 26 is Open Sew   10-4

You are invited to come and join us. Each class is $10.00 and includes lunch.


Earlier this month we had our Boro Collage Class. Ten amazingly creative people came together and designed their own collages. Below are samples of what we started. Thanks to Sarah, Gail, Marlene, Susan O , Susan P, MaryAnn, Alison, Nancy, Marci, and Karla for sharing their day with me.

I love this piece, beautiful colors and great background.

Karla has this collage down perfect. She is amazing.

Classy Beginning....notice the chop sticks??? Lunch utensils.

Sorry about the quality of this picture. So many fun ways to place a background.

Note the texture in Susan's background.

Gail is putting her Sashiko stitching expertise to good use.

This is MaryAnn's beginning for her tribute to her Grandmother.

Nancy has a bag in mind for her project. 

Alison is making great progress.

Marlene has a way with color and is on a mission to finish!!

MaryAnn is at the finish line of her beautiful tribute using memorabilia from her Grandmother 

Marci is using beautiful creams and blues for her background.

I hope I get the chance to see all these projects when they are finished. These ladies were such an inspiration to me. We stepped out of our comfort zone and tried new skills. Keeps life interesting. Thanks to all of you who came and participated. It was a wonderful day.


Next up...watch for a new class in May exploring Stitch Journals. It will be fun.

Spring is coming soon......I just know it. Here are a few thoughts that I borrowed for you.

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Any questions or comments can be sent to

thequiltingb1947@gmail.com     I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading and I will you a wonderful April. Betty