Friday, August 11, 2017

Trying out the new laptop again!

I am on a learning curve to get used to this new laptop. I hit the space bar at inopportune times and because of the difference in keyboard, I can't seem to spell. I am sure I will get better.

Our kids from The Netherlands arrive next week so we are getting a bedroom ready for Nora and cleaning like one does when guests are coming. Nora is 3 now and I am looking for some serious playtime.

I am working on a few projects that I thought I'd share.

I started this a long time ago and decided to finish it. I have a friend, Tracy, who has one in her kitchen and it is beautiful.

It is an old Linda Brannock quilt called Gallaxy

This is the book it is from.

Nancy Edmonds took a class from Jen Kingwell and is making this quilt called Halo. I am not so ambitious and only want to make four blocks. Mine are hand pieced and I like them a lot.

I have been making little hexagons for quite a while and couldn't decide what to do with them. When the magazine Quiltfolk came out it had a quilt on the front with blocks like this and I was totally enchanted. I don't know how many I will end up doing but I am so happy with them. Most of the fabric is Jo of my all time favorite designers.


I was looking around and found a blog and then Pinterest....quilts and art work using used tea bags! They are super cool. Check out some on Pinterest or ask me for my Pinterest page and you can see how they are used.  Here are a few that I put in hot water and then dried outside in the hot sun. I used the tea water to dye some cheese cloth and some other items.

This is one that I liked a lot.....screenshot so not the best picture.


I have also been working on a piece that is kind of like slow stitch journaling. I like the ovals and will be adding more stitches and shapes. There is a book called Slow Stitch and it is full of inspiration. You might find it an adventure.


I made this little purse by Maggie Bonanomi some time ago and had it attached to a quilt on the wall. I needed a special bag to take to a wedding and remembered this. It was just the right size for a wallet and phone while looking quite fancy!


Here is September class dates

Sundays are from 11-4   all the rest are 10-4     $10.00 includes lunch

Sunday 9/10

Monday 9/11

Monday 9/18

Wednesday 9/20

Thursday  9/21

Saturday  9/23

Sunday  9/24

Monday  9/25

Wednesday  9/27

I think that's it. I look forward to fall and it's wonderful colors and cool days.

And here are a few looks towards fall.

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and an extra one

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Thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate it a lot. Betty

Friday, July 28, 2017

Loren got a new laptop upon retiring and I'm going to give it a try today. Sure is different from our old computer. Very excellent.

We returned from our camping trip to the Oregon beach and up the Washington coast to Port Angeles and Port Townsend and then down to Oregon again. It was a nice time away. I'll included a few pictures if I can figure out how to do it.

whoopee!!! There is Sharons' cute Christmas project.

Cindy combines her ideas and some of Sue Spargos' and came up with this great quilt. She is amazing.


From our trip

You might not know that this is the bark of a very cool tree that is next to the biggest

Lovely evening watching the sun set.


Now for the August schedule. My Dutch family will be here part of the time so the days are a little different than usual.

Thursday  8/3  10-4

Wednesday 8/9  10-4

Sunday 8/13  11-4

Monday 8/14  10-4

Wednesday  8/16  10-4

Thursday 8/17   10-4

Monday 8/28  10-4

Wednesday 8/30

Very short blog this time!  More later. Thanks for checking in!!  Betty

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July fun in the sun

Retirement day has come for my husband and now we are free to travel. We are off to the beach tomorrow and will be gone for a little while. Here is the schedule for classes in July.

Sat. July 22   10-4  Open Sew/ Spargonians

Sunday July 23 Open Sew   11-4

Monday July 24 Open Sew  10-4

Wednesday July 26 Open Sew  10-4

Monday July 31 Open Sew   10-4

Susan P has finished the top of this quilt that has turned out to be quite popular. It has a wonderful background and beautiful applique.

I've been making Nora a kitty face quilt and with left over fabric I am making a doll quilt. At this stage I had just a few rows left to do.

Another of those beautiful quilts in process.

Getting ready for my favorite season.


Our backyard getting ready for Loren's celebration of retirement!!

My outhouse with the Privy sign

Wider view

We had a great time. 30+  people came to feast on his smoky pork sliders, chicken, oysters and hot dogs. Everyone brought delicious salads and desserts and we feasted the day away. It is nice for him to be finally finished working.

Enjoy your summer and I'll write more when we get back.

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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 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 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.

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 |

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