Thursday, December 07, 2017

A Pineapple Blossom Day to Play!

I arrived in Brookings, Oregon on Tuesday afternoon, just about lunch time.

“How about some lunch?” Betty, my driver said.

“I’ll never turn down lunch!” was my reply.

And when we pulled into the Tea Room parking lot, I knew it was a good place – it was busy and bustling and there was a whole set-up of tables full of quilters there to greet us as we came through the door.

It was a most welcome fun welcome!  And let me tell you, the ginger chicken salad is to die for and not to be missed.

But this view ---oh my goodness.  I severely needed a nap before my evening guild presentation, but THIS was right outside the sliding glass door to my room.

Walk first, nap second!


The ocean is a gift worthy of pausing for!


Boats moored – blue sky and water reflection!


Yes, the nap can wait!


Yesterday morning around 7 am as daylight arrived.

Click to play:

I wish I could walk the beach every day at 7am! Be sure you watch the clip all the way end for the seagull and his antics.

There is no sound on earth as relaxing and rejuvenating as that of the surf.

I had plenty of time to get a walk in before being picked up for the workshop, raring to go.


It’s a little bit ambient in here!

The church has a great space for workshops, but it turns out that they were in the middle of redoing their lighting system – and half of the lights were not functional.  Everyone brought lamps and I giggled that it looked more like a furniture show room than a quilting class.  But we are resilient, and we powered on!

It’s amazing how even old eyes will adjust to light or lack of light – besides – our wrinkles and crows feet are softened when the light is not so harsh.  Haha!


Pineapple Blossom blocks, all day long!


Shine the light on pressing!


We had a great day!


So many happy block completions!

You’ll find the rest of our day’s adventures in the video below.  Click to play:

I only wish I had more time to spend with this group!


Yes, we did it!

My ride Kersten arrived shortly after class was over, and we loaded up all of my stuff into her van and we were driving up highway 101 along the Oregon Coast while sunset happened over our left shoulders – GORGEOUS.

The next time I do that drive there MUST be time to pull over for photos.  The Oregon coast is a wonder to behold.

And poor Kersten, she'd really had a day of it.  She is from Petaluma, California and had driven 7 hours to where I was to pick me up and carry me the rest of the way to Roseburg.  It's a good thing we had each other to talk to on this drive!

We made it to Roseburg by 9:15pm after stopping for a much needed dinner break (And clean facilities!) near Coos Bay.

Sister’s Choice is up on deck today with the Umpqua Valley Quilters and friends.  My last teaching day of the year.

But the road warrior is not done yet – after class is over we have about a 3 hour drive to Portland where I’ll be staying the night at an airport hotel so I can take an early morning shuttle to the airport for my flight home.

Sometimes I think I’m getting too old for all of this stuff.  And then when I think of my life without it – I tell myself “Nahhhhh……you can’t stop being YOU!”

Tomorrow’s On Ringo Lake part 3 will go live before I head to the airport. Those on the east coast and other places waiting, remember I’m 3 hours behind you.  But it will go live tomorrow.

I also heard that the latest batch of Simple Folded Corners rulers were shipped to me yesterday as well.  Hoping they are in house by Monday.  Stay tuned on that.

Quiltville Quote of the Day!

It's not always the easiest thing to do, but I know you can do it! Vintage hexagon quilt shared during our Rogue River workshops this week. 

As I type this it also dawns on me that it's Pearl Harbor Day.  I'm thinking of my sweet Father-in-law and how much we miss him.  How this day in history changed his life.  He ended up in the army in the Philippines during WWII.

And for my dad's dad - my Grandpa Wilkinson who was in the Navy during WWII.  I'm grateful for the men they were!

Remember those who served today!

Have a great Thursday, everyone.


  1. The Pacific coast is so lovely. I've only seen it once, when my son lived there for about a year. I agree about the soothing sound of the surf.
    My Daddy was stationed in the Philippines as a mortar gunner during WWII. I wonder if he crossed paths with your FIL. Similar last names, Hunt and Hunter. May we never forget the Greatest Generation and the sacrifices they made for all of us!

  2. Thank you for posting the ocean surf with sound! I needed that!, I have noticed a lot of driftwood, more than I see on the east coast. Glad you are having a great time. Thank you for all you do for everyone! Hugs❣️Susann

  3. Being that I live close to the Oregon border, I recognized some sweet faces in your class in Brookings! Thanks for sharing! Safe travels!!

  4. I have friends that live in Brookings...love the ocean there!! Thanks for sharing your walk on the beach with us - love the sound!!! Your class there looks like it was another winner. Safe travels,

  5. safe travels home!

  6. So happy you got to experience our gorgeous coast! And you couldn't have ordered better weather! Hoping your brief time in Southern Oregon will encourage you to return for a longer stay, maybe in the summer when you and your hubby can share a little vacation time along with more workshops for us quilters - there's lots of fishing for him to enjoy while you are with the quilters! Thank you again for sharing your joy and knowledge with us! Safe travels and Merry Christmas!

  7. I've lived most of my life "land-locked". But...when close to the ocean I've felt an undeniable affinity with the sea. So enjoyed your video of it.

  8. Bonnie,
    You made me feel so homesick. We grew up there but moved in 2009 to Florida to get out of the rain and cold. The rain is what makes it so green though. What a great place to raise our kids. I was a member of that guild for years and really miss those smiling faces. That trip up the coast is the MOST beautiful in the world, in my humble opinion. A lot of TV commercials are filmed on it because of it's beauty. In answer to Susann Chaplin, yes there is a lot of driftwood on the west coast because the trees, branches etc. wash down the rivers during the rainy season. We are hoping not too many this year from all of the damage of the fires.
    Bonnie thank you for visiting this little town. The set you up at the most scenic motel and I love Sporthaven Beach.
    Polly Blank

  9. Anonymous2:26 AM EST

    I remember when you went there after the sister quilt show and took a class in long arm quilting about 22 years ago.

  10. The younger of my two older brothers wants to move to Brookings. He now lives in Redding, CA I'm glad to know if he moves and I visit I will find some of "my people ... Quilters!"

  11. I enjoy so much what you posted on here your daily happy quilting life. I love all the beautiful pictures! WOW! Gorgeous!

  12. I love my Rocky Mountains but really miss the sound of the waves after moving here from San Francisco. Thank you Bonnie for the peaceful sounds.

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  14. What a beautiful place, I also live near to the sea and love it.
    So nice to see the lovely smiling faces of the quilters and the beautiful blocks they have made.

    I’ve just downloaded clue 3 and looking forward to getting started i only managed to get 50 done of clue 2 as things are getting a bit chaotic
    In the lead up to Christmas lol

    Have a safe journey home

    Love and quilty hugs

    Anne xxx


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