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Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day, 2017!

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Happy Memorial Day!

May we always remember and never forget those who gave their lives for the freedoms we share and take for granted each and every day.

And may we remember the wives, sweethearts and families who also paid the ultimate price as their loved ones gave so much for us in the service of our country. 

They are never forgotten as long as those of us still here remember.

I especially love my facebook newsfeed on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day as the sepia toned and black and white photos of family members from younger days are shared in remembrance. To look into the eyes of those who are no longer with us is a humbling experience.

I’m not just talking about those who lost their lives in wars of long ago.  A quilter friend I know posted a photo of her brother, who more recently lost his life in Afghanistan.  Memorial Day is not just for those long past, but for those recently gone as well.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Saturday–Rain & Shine!

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Adventures in shed building!

And lest you think I am doing A LOT of work out here, basically I’m not allowed to touch power tools, but I have been employed to hold things, stand on things, move things and bring things.

I have a lot of appreciation for what goes into building buildings.  It’s hard work.  Back breaking, heavy lifting, exacting work.

And the weather doesn’t always cooperate.

Rain on.  Rain off.  Rain on.  Rain off.

It’s a wonder we’ve gotten THIS far.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Time Out for Stash Enhancement–and Antiquing!

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Can you see what this is?

It’s a vintage jar full of all of those random yet interesting sewing machine attachments including mis-matched feet, rufflers, binders, bobbins and cases ---We thought this was a cool idea for all of those items that are left over with no machine to go with them. 

Attachment art!

We were set loose for some exploring time in between the departure of retreat group 1 and the arrival of retreat group 2 and we took a couple of hours to poke around before joining with the group 2 ladies for dinner.

An antique mall and craft/fabric store in ONE??  YES!

I’m talking about Urban Basics in Battle Ground.  If you've got time to poke around, this is the place!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Group 2 Show & Share (And a Digital SALE!)

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Would you check this out??

How CUTE is this?

This is the very first quilt that Carleen ever made, and she was about 7 or 8 at the time.

Simple scrap squares, stitched together to make a quilt for her dolly.

And after all of these years she still has it!

This is just the most precious thing ever.  And how cool that she can document her life as a quilter taking her all the way back to childhood.

That love of fabric, of scissors and needles and threads and simple piecing.  This just goes straight to the heart of quilting for me!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Somewhere I lost a day!

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This was the gorgeous view of not just one mountain (Mt Hood in the foreground)  but of FOUR in ONE photo!

It could not have been more perfect weather for flying as we left Portland, Oregon on Tuesday afternoon.

I was headed home. 

I enjoyed all of the gorgeous views, taking quick notice, and heads up from hexies as the captain came over the audio system saying “For passengers on the left side of the plane, we are now passing over Wyoming and there is a great view of the Grand Tetons below.”

I instantly had my camera poised and ready at my window:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Quilty Box Drawing Time!




Yes.  Yes I know.

Yes, I know that I said I would do this drawing on Monday evening, last evening –but if it were you and you were busy sewing and chatting and hanging with a group of fabulous quilters on your last night of retreat – would you pull yourself away to go chain yourself to a laptop to write a blog post instead?

No, I didn’t think so either! LOL!

Besides, while I was here on the west coast, by the time it was 7pm here and my usual time to do evening blog updates, most of the east coast and all of Europe would still be in bed.  So I made an executive decision.

I have many great photos of fun show & share from yesterday, but this morning I am off to the airport and I decided to spend the remaining time with the quilters lingering at breakfast as well, and that post can happen TOMORROW. From fast internet.  Instead of me fighting big posts all the way.  Deal?

Today we DRAW!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Scrap Crystals with the Quiltville Fans of Washington!



Oh, how quiet this room was as everyone trundled down the hill to the dining hall at Royal Ridges Retreat as the dinner bell rang!

Meals are promptly and expertly served at 8am, 12 noon and 5pm –I’m beginning to feel as well fed as the 50 horses stabled up here!

My belly has never been happier.  There have been gluten free and vegetarian options at every meal.

In fact, just the other morning I was running a bit behind because the blog was taking so long to upload on slow internet, that by the time I arrived, my gluten free pancakes were waiting for me in the warmer, and they were DELICIOUS!

(I like my pancakes with peanut butter and real maple syrup.  It’s been an obsession since childhood!)

Dinner last night was barbequed chicken, sweet potato casserole or mashed redskin potatoes (or both!) and a huge tossed salad with all of the fixin’s. There was home made cornbread on the side, both gluten free and regular, and dessert was amazing.

Go hungry on retreat?  Not a chance!

We needed all of this fuel for our Scrap Crystals Workshop!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stand Up & Speak Out.

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I’ve received a lot of emails after yesterday’s blog post mentioning the bullying that is going on toward professionals within our quilt community from a select group of secret conservative quilters who wish to rid the quilt world of unsavory types and those who are different than they are.

The word “BULLY” has received a lot of hype in the past, and in many good ways has been drawn needed attention where things needed to be addressed.

In my case, it’s a little bit different.  This is not about "that" group, but it is along the same lines.

I wish to tell you a story.  One that has been kept silent for far too long thinking my effort to not address the situation, thinking it would just go away on its own, was the best route to take.

In Between and Around the Sewing!



There is always a bit of horsing around happening at retreat, but this is the first time it happened with REAL horses for me!

We’ve enjoyed watching the horses in the arena outside of our retreat room windows. 

Royal Ridges Retreat has 50 horses in the summer for summer camp programs for adults and children, and it is just a wonderful place to stay and connect with nature.

I have not been on a horse in more than 10 years….and oh, my hind quarters are feeling it!