Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Feeling Chilly









Chilly nights, loads of leaves and turkey on its way. Yum.

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Class schedule through December

Saturday November 24
Sunday November 25

Monday December 3
Wednesday December 5
Sunday December 9
Monday December 10
Saturday December 15
Wednesday December 19

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Loren and I went on a few days' trip in the Motorhome. We went down the Washington side of the Columbia to Maryhill Museum.




If you haven't been there for a long time you might consider going. It's beautiful and filled with many treasures and a great video on how it all came to be.

In the Kirkman House is in Walla Walla. They have done a great job renovating this great house.


Just a few sights along the way. We crossed back into Oregon and went to Wallowa Lake.

It was really cold and snowed a little bit the second night. This is a Real deer!! 


The last two nights we spent in the park at Umatilla There was a wonderful view. The river and the bridge and the train across the river and lots of geese.

Then home. Nice trip.

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Sat. Nov.10 was our slow stitch class. We also did some French mending and made a Zokin cleaning cloth.

French Mending





Zokin cloths

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In January I'm planning a class to learn the art of 
Pojabi.  Hope you'll take a chance and learn about this craft.  Korean hand stitched wrapping cloths.

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Enjoy your wonderful day of Thanksgiving.














Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fall is in the air




Even though we are having such warm beautiful weather, I can feel fall approaching. I am very happy about that.

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First of all I would like to reschedule the Slow Stitch class. It will be Saturday Nov. 10. 
Please let me know if you will be attending. I will have kits for you. 10-3, $15.00.

In addition to the French mending kit, I will also have a kit for you to do a Japanese dust cloth. It should be informative and fun.

Slow Stitching around the world

All the stitching we do around the table qualifies as "slow stitching". We visit, we connect, we eat and we form friendships. We are away from daily chores and distractions.

To compliment this practice I'd like to offer a day a month to expand on the idea of Slow Stitching. 

You can work on any hand work project and in addition, I will give you some stitch examples from a class I took. You can try these out as a stitch sampler. Some who begin slow stitching like to start with a blank piece of fabric and just do some stitching each day. The stitches I share might be inspiring.

Also we will explore stitch practices in different countries. The first one will be French mending. Mostly done on household linens, ladies would mend over and over as they did not own very many towels or sheets.

I will provide a linen sample to mend and we will explore some of their way of life.

Classes in the future will include Egyptian applique, Scandinavian stitchery and more. I think it will add richness to what we sew and connect us with other cultures.

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Classes for the rest of October

Mondays
10/8 and 10/22
Wednesday
10/10
Saturday
10/27
Sunday
10/14
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Our Boro Collage class was a great success. Here are a few pictures









They are so pretty...let the stitching begin
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I finally finished this! Only took me several years to get it completed but at least it is at the right season.
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Quilt Show at Expo
Our own Denise had a prize winning entry




There were so many beautiful quilts. Hard to just pick a few.






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What are your favorite Fall things to do? Do you start baking?



Thanks for reading the blog. I do appreciate it.  Betty

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall is the best time of the year






In my opinion anyway...Fall is my favorite!!!

First of all, two special classes.



Halloween Tree Class

Remember the Penny trees that we did some time ago? Now it's time for the Fall version. You can use small or large Styrofoam trees, Pennies or Yoyos. See picture for ideas. I'll send you a supply list when you sign up.

Friday Oct.5.  10-3 $10.00 lunch included.





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Slow Stitching around the world

All the stitching we do around the table qualifies as "slow stitching". We visit, we connect, we eat and we form friendships. We are away from daily chores and distractions.

To compliment this practice I'd like to offer a day a month to expand on the idea of Slow Stitching. 

You can work on any hand work project and in addition, I will give you some stitch examples from a class I took. You can try these out as a stitch sampler. Some who begin slow stitching like to start with a blank piece of fabric and just do some stitching each day. The stitches I share might be inspiring.

Also we will explore stitch practices in different countries. The first one will be French mending. Mostly done on household linens, ladies would mend over and over as they did not own very many towels or sheets.

I will provide a linen sample to mend and we will explore some of their way of life.

Classes in the future will include Egyptian applique, Scandinavian stitchery and more. I think it will add richness to what we sew and connect us with other cultures.



Saturday Oct. 13 10-3  $15.00 lunch included
Please sign up via email
thequiltingb1947@gmail.com
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Now for some pictures


Our Theory class

taupe shades
we made taupe color wheels

 It was an adventure into unknown territory doing these color wheels. We learned a lot. Yoko Saito has a wonderful way of looking at color.

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And then we made placemats!  This was lots of fun and we came out with beautiful reversible mats.





Linda brought us cupcakes to keep up our strength!!!  Yummy

We did Sashiko stitching and it magically made a different pattern on the front and back.

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Thank you so much for reading....Betty



















Saturday, August 18, 2018

Summer coming to an end?



I think summer is a wonderful season. When else could we have great tomatoes. But enough already with the 90+ days!!

Yesterday we had the Petit Four class. So much creativity happening. Here are a few samples.







The last three are mine. I think they all did great work and went home inspired to do more. 

Thanks for making my day so full of fun.

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September Calendar and class descriptions

Sat. Sept. 1  Taupe Theory Class 10-3  $10.00

Wednesday Sept. 5 Open Sew-----
  All Open Sew classes are 10-4 $10.00

Sunday classes are 11-4

Fri. Sept 7  Open Sew 10-4

Sunday Sept 9   11-4

Monday Sept 10  10-4---Salad day

Wednesday Sept. 12 Placemat Class 10-3  $10.00

Wednesday Sept 19  Open Sew

Friday Sept 21 Boro Collage Class  10-3  $10.00

Sat. Sept. 22 Open Sew

Sunday Sept. 23  Open Sew

Monday Sept. 24 Open Sew

Wed. Sept. 26 Open Sew

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Several special classes

The Theory class is the one rescheduled from August.  We will be working out of Yoko Saito's book            "Japanese Taupe Theory". We will make our own personal Color Wheel. Class supply list will be emailed when you sign up at     thequiltingb1947@gmail.com 

A few projects included in the book






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Placemat Class


These placemats are fun and quick to do. They use the Sashiko stitch to create one set of stitches on one side and a different stitch on the reverse. Only takes 1/2 yard of two different fabrics and Sashiko thread. I used a linen blend. A supply list is available when you sign up.



Boro Collage class

I had several requests for a repeat of this class. We will talk about Sashiko stitching and how those stitches can be used in different ways. 

Here is a great place to get an idea of what Boro is all about

https://sweetpeapath.blogspot.com/2011/01/humble-cloths-that-are-japanese-boro.html


"These textiles are generational storybooks, lovingly repaired
& patched with what fabric was available.
Never intended to be viewed as a thing of beauty,
these textiles today take on qualities of collage, objects of history,
and objects with life and soul."

~ John Foster, Accidental Mysteries blog ~



It is exciting to explore old mending ways to make new creations. You can choose beautiful indigo fabrics or other color combinations and then get out your threads of choice to embellish. I will have lots of fabric and thread for you to try out. Questions? Please ask by email or phone

503.680.7436
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ephemera

  1. What does it mean? What does it look like?
Ephemera (singular: ephemeron) are any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek ephemeros, meaning "lasting only one day, short-lived".[1] Some collectible ephemera are advertising trade cards, airsickness bags, bookmarks, catalogues, greeting cards, letters, pamphlets, postcards, posters, prospectuses, defunct stock certificates or tickets, and zines.

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Looks like great collage material. I love the word and how it sounds.

Do you like collecting "found" things in hope of using them in the future? You might like the Boro class. Just might be what you need to put all those little ephemeral items you've been saving!!!


and lastly....a word of wisdom


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Ephemera (singular: ephemeron) are any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek ephemeros, meaning "lasting only one day, short-lived".[1] Some collectible ephemera are advertising trade cards, airsickness bags, bookmarks, catalogues, greeting cards, letters, pamphlets, postcards, posters, prospectuses, defunct stock certificates or tickets, and zines.