Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Beautiful Freezy Morning

What a beautiful morning! I know many of you will be stuck because of  ice or snow or cold, but it is pretty. The other day this is what my car window looked like:

Even when the ice crystals melted, I could still see their outlines a couple of days later. Nature is a marvelous thing.

This morning on my front porch I noticed that even though it is so cold, little shoots are coming up.

The hummingbirds have been happy to find nectar and so many birds have been feasting in our backyard.

I am so sorry that my picture of all the snowmen that we made yesterday didn't turn out. My fault. We had a good time making them, maybe if you would share pictures of your finished ones, I can include them next time. Each month we are making some primitive pin cushions. You may want to join in the fun. 

This and the next picture are the extent of my Christmas decorating! We had a new couch and two chairs delivered yesterday! That is decorating enough.

Working on class samples for Pioneer Quilts. Beginning in February, I will teach a two part hand piecing class, this in one part and this

is the other one. Nancy Friesen has kindly loaned me these for samples so you can see what other options there could be

I love this, the idea of the Lemoyne Star taken to a new height1

This is another idea for the tumbling blocks.

Debbie Busby made this for me a long time ago and it continues to be a favorite of mine. So you get the idea, lots of ways to use these blocks. I hope you will consider the class. It will be held on Wednesday's in February.

I love these dolls from Maggie Bononami. I think they will be coming to life in the new year.


If you were interested in the blog I wrote a couple times ago about the get together this Friday morning at 10-noon at my home, here is your reminder. You can read it again or if you didn't---- the one called A Very Personal Post. If  you would like to come, please email me so I know who to expect.

It will be very informal. I will serve a light lunch. I have some ideas about what we could do to form friendships, doing a little Bible study, and maybe do a few service projects. If you want to bring along a little hand stitching, please do. I have no particular agenda, just a time of fellowship.  You are invited.


I wish you all a very Happy Christmas. My daughter and Hugo should be here on Sunday and that will be a great addition to our holiday fun. I feel very happy to have had my family close to me most of my life. That I have to share them with others, is not a hardship because I know they can bless others. I have the privilege of doing pretty much what I want to do and I hope that in doing that, I can be blessed to be a blessing.

Some images just set the tone for what we might dream of holidays looking like. I feel a little nostalgic for Christmases past and for people no longer here to share in the merriment. 

here's a toast to yesterday and tomorrow's memories

 May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart.
― Inuit proverb


. As you slide down the banisters of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.
― Anonymous


Here’s to us that are here, to you that are there, and the rest of us everywhere.
― Rudyard Kipling

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Last Friday instead of going shopping at all the big stores, we decided to go out towards Silverton to visit a couple of wineries and to see where our granddaughter works.

We stopped at Abiqua vineyards


This is one that we particularly liked! If you are out that way you might enjoy stopping by. The day was cloudy and cool and the view wasn't quite as good as a sunny day would be.

We stopped at another place for wine tasting, but since we didn't enjoy it very much, I won't mention the name! We then went into Silverton. Sylvia has her first real job and we wanted to see where she works. It is a lot bigger than I thought and she was pretty busy.

It is a very eclectic shop and has things for little ones, books and clothes and then shiny things for tweens  and also cashmere scarves. I was very surprised to find this large, fun shop in Silverton. We found several things for Christmas gifts.

We also got to see the apartment where Sylvia and Carrie spend their week. They come back into Portland for the weekends.  

This weekend Carrie will be spending her time at

Ceramics Show & Sale at Clay Circle Studio

She also has a showing at

Gurdino Gallery



This Friday is our Bettys Bunch class that formerly met at Quilters Corner.   I'm renaming it to the First Friday Group! You are welcome to come to my studio and work on your current project. Some of us are working on the Flower Bed quilt by Sue Spargo, others are doing different wool projects. Most of us are doing handwork of some kind. The class is from 10-1 and I hope you will join us.

Saturday we will meet here from 10-2 and will be starting to sew our Buttermilk Basin projects. If you read my previous blog, there is a lot of information and pictures of this project. Here is a sample.

After sewing the background block you can add monthly smaller quilts to it.

like this:

If you go to  you can see all the ones to choose from.

Tuesday of next week we are meeting to make a snowman. Class is from 10-2

by In The Patch Designs.

This coming Monday at Pioneer Quilts is our monthly Girl Gang class. We have been meeting for a long time and have finished several quilts. Some of us are going to begin the Bible Quilt designed by Jan Patek.

The Bible Quilt BOM

Class is held from 10:30-1:30 and is $15.00 Hope you can join us.


I know you are all busy getting your holiday things together. Remember to take time to breathe and relax and enjoy the season. It goes by so quickly and sometimes doesn't meet our high expectations. Give yourself and others some grace and let it flow! Easy to say, hard to do.

Some things I hope to do this month besides sew are

23rd Annual Tuba Christmas Concert presented by SmartPark | 1:30pm
Downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as over 250 tubas play in unison for the 23rd Annual Tuba Christmas Concert in the heart of downtown. This seasonal performance is FREE for the public to enjoy during one of the busiest shopping days in downtown

We have been to see this a couple of times and really like going.

Christmas Eve at the
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Date: Dec. 24
Come celebrate the incarnation with the A Jesus Church Family.

Times: 6pm, 8pm, 11pm
Childcare: 0–5 yrs (pre-k), ONLY AT 6 pm gathering

We went last time and it was so great. They gave us free Christmas CD's and it was very good. This is our church of choice and we love it. Consider yourselves invited.

And then Ginny invited me to the

I don't know if I can do it!! But anything I do with Ginny is fun, so I'll give it a go!

:)   :)   :)   :)

Jennifer and Hugo are coming for Christmas and what fun that will be. So many fun things to do!!!


All the classes in my studio are $10.00 and include lunch. I would love to have you come.

Betty Anderson