Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 27 2012

I guess if I'm going to get anything else written before 2013, I'd better get at it.

Earlier this month Loren and I went to downtown Portland and watched the Tuba Christmas. It was held at Pioneer Courthouse Square and was beautiful. Listening to that many tubas outside was wonderful.

It was a little misty and a bit cold but all crowded together, it wasn't bad.

I love the old courthouse. Tried to get the flag billowing out, almost. It is such a beautiful old building. We don't have many buildings like this, we tear them down and make something new.

nice tree...great back view of someones head!

After watching for a while we went to....

Besides the greatest smelling cigars, they sell their wonderful cigar boxes. I was looking for a perfect one to give my daughter with a scarf that I knitted for her. Of course, I found one and sorry I didn't take a picture of it. It is black and just perfect for her. Score!

 A little later in December, we had our Pioneer Quilts Christmas party. Someone brought this chocolate wine. I had my doubts as to how good it might be,,,,, wow it was really good. I don't know where to find it, but it was chocolaty and very smooth. A great surprise. I would not have purchased it without tasting it, but now I'd like to have some again.

My granddaughter, Sylvia, had a choir concert at Silverton High School and after it was over a friend took this picture of Sylvia, her mom Carrie, and her! Such charmers.

We had Christmas at Ginny and Darren's. They are wonderful hosts and we ate and drank very well. Jennifer is in The Netherlands with her Hugo and she was missed, but she is having a wonderful time so we had fun on our own. Nice guy, he took her to Paris for Christmas.

Here is Sylvia wishing us all a Happy Christmas.

Now is the time to reflect on the passing year and make plans for doing better in the coming one. It seems like getting a new page on the calendar...Not just a new week or month, but a whole new year, puts us in mind to make better choices. 

I am going to try to live more mindfully and with more awareness. I would love to conquer the "sugar monster". I have a great friend who is going to help me remember to live purposefully in areas of eating and thinking. Instead of saying, "I can't have that (food)", to say, "I don't eat that." It's a better choice of words. Of course, I CAN eat it, I just choose not to.    I want to think of eating for health and energy, not just to satisfy a current craving! So, if you want to join me, or help me, let me know.

I am so blessed by God to live in a wonderful world, a great country, a beautiful city and a warm comfortable house. I have the best family, great husband, cute pets and a nice job. I know I have the best friends a person could have. I go to the most awesome church around...Solid Rock. I am loved by the one and only God. Can't top that.

Thanks for being a part of my story. Any comments are welcome. 

Wisdom thought:
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

I wish you the happiest of new years.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Upcoming Classes

As most of you know, I am privileged to teach and work at Pioneer Quilts.

It is a beautiful shop that carries many different styles of fabric and the people who work there are full of great ideas to help you with any of your projects....or to help you get started if you are new to the art of quilting.

I have a few classes coming up that I wanted to make you aware of. The next one is a hand piecing class that will show you how to make Cathedral Window blocks.

This is what the blocks look like. They are all done by hand. You can make a large quilt out of these blocks and don't need to add batting or backing as they are finished as you go or you can make a doll quilt like I did.

The class will be held Wednesday December 12 from 10:30-2:30. Call the shop if you would like to join us..503.654.1555


Several years ago Jan Patek began a series of patterns for a group that she called Girl Gang. They are folk art style quilts and in the making of the blocks you can learn many different techniques. You can see many of her quilts at

She also has a nice blog:

We will be starting her very first Girl Gang quilt in January on the second Monday...the 14th. We meet each month to encourage each other and see how far we are in making our blocks. I would invite you to come December 10 at 10:30-1 to see what we have been working on this year. The class is $15.00 each month and I think you would enjoy the social aspect as well as learn some new skills. My email address is

Let me know if you have any questions.

This is a picture of the quilt we will be starting in January.


Another class that I do monthly is called the Spargonians!! That is a combination of Oregonians and Spargo. Sue Spargo is a friend of mine who has a special gift for creating quilts and projects that are delightfully different from anyone else. You can see what all she is involved with at:


This is a sample of her style.

We meet each 4th Saturday of each month to work on projects that are designed by her. Some work on small projects and some of us do her Block of the Month, it is your choice as to what one you want to work on. I would invite you to come and see what we do. It is a very lively group and we are full of enthusiasm. We are also very sharing with our supplies and our opinions!! The next time we meet will be Dec. 22 from 11:30-2:30. There is a charge of $15.00. Once again call Pioneer Quilts to save your place. 503.654.1555


I am happy to announce that we will begin a new series of classes in January from Homestead Hearth. We have been doing a Jo Morton group for several years and we will continue to offer a Jo Morton fabric club. Along with this feature, we will be making these quilts~~~

I am very excited to begin this program. The quilts are fun to make and she provides a story line to go along with making the quilts. We will learn things about their everyday life, lives lived so different from ours. This class will be offered the 4th Sat. of each month from 10 AM-11AM. I think you will enjoy learning and stitching with us.


The last class I would like to shamelessly promote is one to be held in January. It is a special pattern designed by a friend of mine, Beverly Smith. Along with a bit of help from Nancy Friesen, Beverly has designed a Sewing Box that is beautiful to look at and is great fun to make. I am very grateful to her for letting me have the fun of teaching her project.

 It is made by covering paper pentagon shapes with fabric and sewing them together. The finishing touches include a pincushion, a strawberry and your own personal doodads. I hope this will make you want to make one with us.


As you can see, there are lots of fun things to choose from. There are many other teachers at Pioneer Quilts that have wonderful classes to offer too. I hope you will take time to check them out. We are working on a new batch of classes to begin in January. 

When we make  plans for a new year, many of us want to learn something new, this would be a great opportunity to begin a quilting treasure.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fall things

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Gone are the hot days of summer and in comes the cool nights, the turning leaves, days of turkey and getting out those projects that were set aside for the long summer days.


We went to the traveling memorial in early November. It was a cold and rainy day which fit the somber mood.

My husband, Loren, is a proud Marine. This tribute was for the Marines, but there was a wreath for all the branches. Beautiful even in the rain.

This museum was inside and had a lot of interesting things. Probably more so for those who have spent their time in the military and know these things personally.


Getting ready for Thanksgiving, we worked doubly hard to get the garage/studio in shape. The barn boards are going up and the ceiling is nearly finished.

All unnecessary items were removed and an extra table was added for the festivities.

Where's the turkey?!! We didn't have very many for dinner, but we had a wonderful meal and I think the desserts outnumbered the people. It was wonderful.  

As the holidays arrive so does the Thanksgiving and Christmas blend from Starbucks! Since I am a decaf drinker, we have the blue blend.

Quilting with friends

I spent some pleasant hours at Nancy Friesen's with Tracy, Susan and Beverly.

Nancy belongs to a Block of the Month   and this is one that she made.

Sorry about missing the top of your head Nancy! Pretty rude of me.   Don't you  love the variations on a Log Cabin Quilt?

Another beauty that she is working on. Nancy gets an amazing amount of sewing completed. When I grow up, I'm going to be like her!

My project for fall. Taken from the Primitive Magazine, I just had to do it. It has a background quilt and then a smaller one that fits on top. There are supposed to be others for different seasons. It was fun.

Now comes December and all the craziness. I see the Mall is open earlier and and stays open later and people are getting anxious to get everything finished on time.

I vote we relax and just enjoy the music and the cold weather. The tree is up in downtown Portland and there are so many things you can do with your family to keep up traditions or make new ones. I hope it will be a joy filled holiday.

Wisdom Words:  Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27 v14

Monday, October 29, 2012

Aurora Oregon Quilt Show and Jo Morton Class

Aurora Quilt Show
Oct. 2012

I have loved going to Aurora for many years. We have shopped for antiques for The Quilting B and have been to the Strawberry Social in the spring and even gone caroling in the Christmas season. Several years ago my husband and I were checking out the quilt show and bought a ticket for the raffle of a red and white Trip Around the World quilt. Some time later I received a phone call from "Patrick" who said I had won the quilt. I thought my husband was tricking me, but it was really the truth. Pretty cool.

Here are a few of the quilts we saw this year.

This is a friendship quilt with lots of embroidered signatures.

L O N G Bench

I love the old log cabin. If you've been inside you know the warm  fire is crackling and cookies and apple juice await you. In the back part of the house there is lots and lots of stuff to look at! They sell notions and linens and old quilt books,etc. Always fun to see if there is anything that we can't live without.

Loren and Dorothy check out more quilts in the house next door.

Upstairs the little bedrooms showcase more quilts. A stove to keep a family cozy and...

another bed with more quilts.  It was a great trip. More memories tucked away to think about for a long time

Back at home, our cat Henry has taken up residence in a grocery sack in the kitchen.

He is kind of a weird kitty and is getting old. He often sleeps up on the back of Loren's recliner, but this day the sack must have suited his fancy.

On Saturday at Pioneer Quilts, we enjoyed our last meeting of the Jo Morton group for this year. We have been making small quilts all year and celebrated with some fall treats and showed off our work. Here are just a few of the many that were made.

Here is Pam with her tiny squares. If you can make it out in the center, she has arranged the small squares into a heart.

another view.

Love the fall colors in this sweet little quilt.

Gail with her blueberry pie quilt.

Another charmer. Note all the applique. Just beautiful.

Sarah shows her tiny little squares....This is not easy!!

And Sharon with her small quilt. One of the things that we love about the Jo quilts is their small size. In January we will begin a new series using Jo Morton fabric but patterns will be from the
Prairie Women's Sewing Circle. Stay tuned for more information.

Wisdom Words...Contentment is not dependent on your circumstances. Contentment in not a destination, it's a way you move through the universe.

Taken from our lesson by John Mark at Solid Rock yesterday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October 17, 2012

Just a reminder that the Aurora Quilt Show is going on. You might want to ride out and enjoy the quilts and the antiques.

“Seeing Red”  40th Annual Quilt Show

General Admission $6.00

Groups of 10+  $5.00

Students $2.00

Old Aurora Colony Museum

October 12-21, 2012

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Daily

Today we finished our second class at Pioneer Quilt making the 

Flowers in the Garden quilt designed by Primitive Patchwork.

It was a great class and all the color choices are amazing. Following are pictures that I took today to give you an idea of the creative expertise shown by these great students!!!

by Mary Ann

by Helen

by Pat

by Sarah

by Carol P.

by Carole

by Gail

by Ellen

by Linda

by Carol U.

My picture quality doesn't do justice to how beautiful they all are. We hope to get together in January and see how many of us have finished.

It was a fun class.

As I mentioned before, my daughter Jennifer was happy to have her main squeeze from The Netherlands here. We all got to have dinner together and meet him on Sat. evening before he had to leave on Sunday. We had dinner at the Kennedy School.

Ginny and Darren on the left, Joaquin and Carrie on the right and then Hugo and Jennifer.

Hugo and Jennifer

The food was delicious and the company was fun. He is coming back in Feb. 


Once again we are enjoying a beautiful afternoon. I hope you all get to enjoy a little bit of it.


Wisdom Words:   from Matthew 19 v 26    With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.