Taking a break. This time of year is a little bit difficult. I may be back on at the end of the week. 


Thought I found a fossil at the beach. 


It is a piece of some kind of volcanic happening. It's still exciting!

Although, I think it looks like a jellyfish in suspended animation.


 Three days off in a row! 

I managed to do all my errands, pay all my bills, work on the patio garden weeding, 

spend time with friends, entertain, and spend huge hunks of time on the computer.

I also spent time looking at my beads and embellishments for my elephant series. I'm not saving ANYthing anymore. If I like something from my stash, by golly, I'm going to use it.

Thanks, SwedishCB, for reminding me to live in the now.


Elephant #8. I went to my guild's Hand Sew group and finished him up.

I've actually been working on Elephant #0's quilting and embellishing, but that is a looooong process and I don't have a lot to show for the hours I have put in.

Tonight is the guild meeting and I am looking forward to it.


Seven more days until I get a third estimate on air-conditioning. Bad news--reviews of ductless heat and air say one should rely on back-up heating. Too bad for me, my back-up heating doesn't work. Good news, I have a tiny space heater that is very efficient and I can buy another this coming winter.

 Also good news, hot weather is very good for sitting still and working on very small projects that don't entirely cover your lap with a huge heavy quilt. 

Back to the elephants! This is number 7. She's a bit wrinkly, but will iron out nicely, I think. Lovely color dots but terrible batik fabric. This was some of the cheap stuff. 

Number 8 is red but not ready.



So, I wanted lavender tea, like I posted about last week. But when it came right down to it, none of the grocery stores on my errand day had any. It was so hot, I came home, despite the fact that I wanted the lavender tea because it is so hot. 




Happy Saturday! I have the day off! I hope to attend a Hand Sew group for my guild. Here is some doggie fun for the weekend. 

From Sisters 2017, this is a Round-Robin quilt submitted by Catherine Garner of Portland, Oregon. 

Notice the barbed wire fence around the pup.

Garner worked on this quilt with friends from Anchorage: Cathy Beattie, Janna Chandler, Linda Hartley, Lael Marlow, and Elise Rose. 

I believe the dog was the beginning of the project. 

The quilting was done by Marybeth O'Haloran.

I always think I would like to participate in a Round-Robin group, but I'm not sure if I have the confidence in my ability to see a project through to the end. I would hate to let someone down.


Back to the Sisters Quilt Show.

This quilt was made by a Pat Busby, a member of Cover to Cover. 

The quilt is called Fall Harvest.

Cover to Cover members all read the same book and then make a small art quilt in response.

You probably guessed that the pumpkins caught my eye. Also, look at those flowers!

They read MY KITCHEN YEAR by Ruth Reichi


Today's post is from the 2015 Sacred Threads Exhibit in Haysville, N.C. This quilt was made by Susan Leonard from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. I especially like the Kantha style stitching and the special, ethnic fabrics.

Susan Leonard's Artist Statement:
"In my adult life, I have finally come to trust others. This was not the case in my childhood. Different from my independent, youthful self, I now embrace community.  I have formed and joined circles to support my art, nurture my spirituality, and to provide periodic coaching.  

These are my Sacred Circles.  My piece, SACRED CIRCLES, is a composition of gifted fabric from my Sacred Circle of artist friends.  Silk from Thailand, India, France, and the United States - all from friends - is blended together and represents my love, respect, and joy in community with these amazing women."


Here is something especially for my QuiltyFriend and my old Applique' group. These are pictures of a quilt hand quilted by a Mennonite Ladies' Circle, photographed at the 2017 Sisters Quilt Show.



Ease headaches with iced lavender tea. 

I found out about it HERE

I've been having a lot of headaches and the heartysoul.com website explains how the tea can lower heightened blood pressure. 

I expect to give it a try in the next two weeks.
I don't have any food-grade lavender, but I know where to buy it bagged.


MUSSELS to make you strong enough to power through the day!

Monday Mantra thought for the day.

We have really enjoyed our UtahFamily's visit. 

We got to go to the beach and I stepped into the Pacific Ocean. 

I did get a picture of some of the people I love feeling the 57 degree water circle their toes.

I wish I had thought to take a picture of my own feet in the water. 
Not like the Atlantic beaches I know


Hello, I've missed you. 

Former SouthFloridaFamily-now-UtahFamily is visiting and we spent some time looking at where I work. 

I was proud to show off DONNA, dressed by my very talented co-worker, Sandy. 

I wish I had a photo of the pleats under the overskirt. It is a lovely creation.

Although I haven't lived in Florida for eight years, I still have connections there, largely via Facebook. That's how I found out about Tropical Storm Emily. I'm sorry Florida had all the rain. I miss the rain. Unless you live here, in the Pacific Northwest, you probably don't know we are having what is becoming our annual heatwave, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

It has been a challenge to stay cool, but we are doing it. I expect to have air conditioning installed this fall--hopefully by winter, because the heat does not work in some of the rooms and the HVAC guys will take care of all of that. 

I love my 1960s townhouse style condo, but I do not love lack of air conditioning. It almost kept me from pursuing its purchase, but I had looked so long at so many unsatisfactory pieces of real estate, that I thought I could work with this one flaw. 

Besides, I thought I would have worked out the air conditioning issue by May. Instead, I have some amazing new plumbing. Certainly a bigger priority.


 More dress forms!

I loved this one. It seemed sort of Edwardian.

Then there was this one! It sold every scrap of the lace I used when I pinned it together. The last bride bought it right off the dress form, including some unusual gathered lace I used to build the bodice. That is such a gratifying thing.

How about something from SISTERS?
Not many quilts with traditional colors, let alone 9-patch
This is Marsha Savage's Home and Heart. She did machine embroidery to make these blocks! 
I was so surprised when I found it this wasn't one of those
hand embroidered journeys.



After my meal at MOLOKO, I walked around in the Alberta district, then ended up in my favorite tea shop, Townshend's.




Trying to get one of my nieces to adopt this mantra:

"I am a strong, capable woman. I am loving and caring and worthy of love and respect."

I am also trying to get myself to use it. I am venturing out, being bold and solo. I went into a bar by myself for the first time since I was 14.  Yes, well, that's another story for another day but let me just say that episode did not involve alcohol or inappropriate adults.

Anyway, I found myself walking around in the metro area (in the Alberta district), and I was drawn to MOLOKO because of the giant saltwater tanks. And the air conditioning.  

Had my first mojito and a charming dinner of cold salmon, with an onion caper relish, black and green olives, and delightful chevre cheese. 

I am not sure what delighted me most; my first mojito, being alone and ordering a drink and a meal, eating at the bar next to the calming, graceful fish. I expect I will do it again.


Another beautiful 3-D quilt from Sisters. GOING FOR WATER is made by Kathy Chism.  I'm not usually a fan of Bargello style quilts, but I love the way the sun and the heat seem to press down on the women.

It was inspired by Yaa Gassing's book Homegoing.

Detail of Chism's qult shows 3-D skirts and baby!
look at the bricks and mortar. Painstaking.


More dress forms. I love to dress them!!!
I call this one Zelda. She is circa 1890 something, probably original to the store. She has a square of bathing suit fabric tied on in that old way we used to do in the 1980s.

We have a number of fluorescent laces and this drape is one of them.

This is embroidered black netting over gold charmeuse. It is just pinned on but I think it looks pretty good.

This is a fairy. Can't ever have enough fairies!

Something whimsical from the Sisters Quilt Show:

SELF PORTRAIT by Denise Applegate-Schober

Close up, so you can enjoy some of the 3-D aspects!


When I signed the mortgage and bought the place I have been living in from my middle brother, I gave him this turtle wall hanging I have been working on for two years. It's about 20" X 20", give or take. It is the first one I have done that has been finished with facings. It was a lot of fun to experiment with the Kantha style/ primitive Sashiko style of quilting.

Even though the hand applique' went pretty quickly, I hand quilted through 2-4 layers of batik fabric, with garment fleece in between the layers. This is tremendously labor intensive and I could only work on it a few hours every few days.
Hanging sleeve shows pleat

Some of the last stitching included adding small snail shells, beads, turquoise (to honor his bride) and some small twig beads we bought when he comforted me on a particularly difficult day.

The only machine work on it is the application of the facings and the seaming and hemming of the hanging sleeve.

Here's another something special from Sisters. This quilt, made by Diane Ottenfeld, was inspired by the book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, particularly the Akan proverb on the first page.
"The family is like a forest; if you are outside it is dense.
If you are inside; you see that each tree has its own position."

Exciting raw-edge choice for the fronds in this quilt by Diane Ottenfeld


I'm back to playing with my elephant applique'. 

Applying the ear
I started with some colorful pachyderms on gray fabrics, but ran off on another tangent and did this brown paisley on batik. 

Better, but back to the PENDING box

It totally got lost, so I embroidered around it. The elephant's ear is made of the very first piece of batik fabric I ever bought, making it about 25 years in my stash. 

I'm not sure what's next for this guy.

Die Beem (Trees), by Lindsey Neill. It is 47" X 64"

Neill says this quilt, "combines two favorite sewing techniques (drunkard's path and bias tape applique')" She attributes her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and love for Dutch design for her inspiration.