Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Great Potholder Swap of 2010

Here are the potholders I created for my partner in the Great Potholder Swap.
I am very excited about them. It will be hard to send them on their way. These will be going off to Australia.
There are just two potholders but the square one is pieced on both sides. I think I will have to make some for myself. I also drew my own pattern for the pie shaped potholder and I was so very excited that it went together well and it all fit. I have decided that a potholder is a great way to practice new things and have something great to use in the end.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Helicoptor Ride

Ok, I am sorry, I was going to post about my pot holders I made yesterday but..... Our hospital foundation had a fundraiser and it was helicopter rides and me being the wanabe bird I am had to do it. One of our friends had 2 kids she wanted to experience the ride but she did not want to so I got to be the stand in parent and sacrifice myself and go on the ride. I was so happy to be asked.
We went up the Rogue River and up the coastline to the North of Gold Beach. It was a spectacular day and oh, the view...
It, is such an incredible part of the world here, don't you think.

I hope all of you had a great weekend. I will post pot holder photos tomorrow. But enjoy the view for today. :-) I am still smiling...

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I am so very excited! I have finished the calligraphy on the wedding invitations. It feels so very good to have them done. I will put them in the mail tomorrow.
I had made this such a big deal in my head that it is such incredible feeling to have them done. I just may have to have a glass of wine tonight and toast the invitations...

Thanks for putting up with my absence. Now tomorrow I am going to the basement and sew. I have a couple of potholders to make for Makala's potholder swap. She has an incredible blog. It is A stitch in Dye. I have never participated in a swap before and the potholders I make will be traveling to Australia.

I hope all of you have had a great week.

Friday, April 16, 2010


I have been very busy practicing and perfecting my calligraphy skills which have not been used in many years. I just assumed when I wanted to do it I could. Forgetting how much work it was and the amount of practice I needed. My skills were as rusty and my pens...

I have ordered new pen tips and some new ink but I have continued to practice with the pen tips and ink I have.

I told a friend I could do her daughter's wedding invitations not stopping to think how much I needed practice. Now the time as come...

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Playing in Seattle

This robe was created with dog tags, they all say nonsensical things. It is an incredible piece and looks so much like fabric. The little opening inside makes me want to climb inside.
Now wouldn't this be an awful thing to wake up to! This extra large rat was in the Seattle Art Museum. He was very cool but also creepy!!! I am not a fan of large rodents.
Stevi and I went to the Seattle Sculpture Garden which is very close to her apartment. She is in the perfect location for a girl who loves art. It was such fun to go and visit the SAM with her and to see the Sculpture Garden. I also love to look at art which my mom and I do when we get together. So it is continuing to the next generation. :-)
These chairs were all lined up facing the water, so perfect and unoccupied. There was also this very cool building with all these funky photos as part of the sculpture garden. I was so happy we were able to see it before the rest of the city showed up...

Friday, April 9, 2010


Here it is. I have finished the applique work on my Paul Klee piece. I am very pleased with it. I have gotten many suggestions on quilting but have settled on hand quilting in the black between the pieces. Since I don't want it to look puffy I will not use batting in the middle of my quilt sandwich. I am going to use a piece of fabric.

Now as far as the edging goes I am very up in the air on that. I do know it will be a wall hanging.
I also thought I would hang it vertically and now that I see it on the blog it may be better horizontally. Time will tell.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a wonderful one. I spent some quality time with my first born. It was such fun seeing Seattle with her and having her show me around and some of the fun places she has discovered. We had fun exploring and just sitting and visiting. It has been too long since I have had this kind of time with her! I hope we can do it again soon.

We visited the Seattle Art Museum, the sculpture garden and lots of general wondering and people watching. Oh, it is a great city to watch. Winter seems to have a tight hold on the northwest but we did have one day to get out and not get wet or blown away.

I hope to have more photos of my latest piece tomorrow. It is slow going but it is coming along.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Adventures

It has been a busy few days. I have been on the road... in route to Seattle to deliver this little furry friend back to my daughter. I left home with my husband on Thursday to our son's home to see him. We had a great dinner and even better time to visit and hear about all of his adventures. Then I delivered my husband to the airport so he could fly to Colorado to do his 94 year old mother's taxes and have their annual mother son visit. :-) I think it is so nice that the two of them have some quality time together! Next on to Seattle for lunch with our first born. I also got to see her new office and place of employment. Such a wonderful thing. Then on to her apartment which is the new home for she and her kitty... She and I will have the weekend together to do what ever we please. This should be extra fun because we both enjoy looking at art, taking photos and general adventuring around her new city.
This is just a fun photo of my two babies. It makes me smile! I am feeling so very fortunate that their lives are beginning out in this big world in such a wonderful way!!! It is so exciting to hear about all their adventures. So many people have so many challenges yet I can not help but count our blessings!!!
I would like to wish all of you a wonderful and Blessed Easter with loved ones!!!