Hi all my QCA friends that I haven't talked to in some time!  I have missed each and every one of you!!!

I'm still an active quilter along with gardening, reading and cross-country skiing.  I just seem to be doing everything a little slower now...LOL!  I am currently using the online forum QATW (Quilting Around the World), which I unfortunately find much more stable, well supported and user friendly than QCA.  I must admit, the one thing I miss on QCA is the ease of posting pictures and the ability to detail in on pictures of quilts.  That feature on QCA is awesome and hard to beat!!!  However, I do NOT miss the spammers, ads, technical problems with downtimes that were become a regular occurrence on QCA.

I trust this finds you all in good health and that you are continuing to find your joy in quilting.


Donna B 

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DH did a great job of gathering information for everyone of recommended sites - especially for the spouses that will be accompanying the quilters to this Retreat.  But, some of these might be of interest to the quilters too!

(Note:  The distances shown are from the Beachcomber's Haven at Gleneden Beach.)


Things to do near Lincoln City:


Lincoln County guide



Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

     McMinnville - 55 miles from Beachcomber's Haven, but on Hwy 18 on the way to the Coast



Oregon Coast Aquarium

      South side of Yaquina Bay (at Newport) - 25 miles



Hatfield Marine Science Center (Oregon State U)

      South side of Yaquina Bay (at Newport) - 25 miles



 Whale Watching and Fishing

     Charters at Depoe Bay - 10 miles



      Charters at Newport - 25 miles




      Umpqua River Chinook at Reedsport - 95 miles



Rogue Ales Microbrewery

      South side of Yaquina Bay (at Newport) - 25 miles



Eleven Lighthouses on Oregon coast - closest are at Newport             

       http://www.nwcoast.com - then select lighthouses                           

Yaquina Bay - 22 miles

Yaquina Head - 26 miles


Cape Perpetua - 44 miles

        Highest point on Oregon coast - drive to the top -

        tremendous views






     Drift Creek Falls - 12 miles

        3 mile round trip with about 500 feet elevation gain



     Cutler City Nature Trail - 4 miles

          About a miles worth of trails in a wetland  -  muddy



     Cascade Head Trails - 16 miles

          Several trails 1 to 6 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain



     Cape Lookout - 41 miles

          5 mile round trip with 400 feet of elevation gain



     Cape Perpetua Trails - 44 miles

          25 miles of trails - some easy some hard 



Plus lots of beach walks

         Oregon beaches with very few exceptions are owned by the

         public – accessible to all.

           19 coastal state parks within an hour north of Lincoln City


        17 coastal state parks within an hour south of Lincoln City


         plus the Gleneden Beach state park and 2 more within Lincoln City


The Oregon Dunes are about 70 miles south, near Florence.



Some of the state parks and the national forest areas charge a $5 per vehicle per day parking fee - or buy an Oregon Pacific Coast Passport - $10 for 5 days - good at any and all.




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I just received some restaurant recommendations from our Nephew who lives in Newport, OR:

A few of his favorites:

Depoe Bay -

1)Tidal Raves  http://www.tidalraves.com/

2) Sea Hag (Sea Hag has the best Crab Louis on the coast)  http://www.theseahag.com/

Gleneden Beach -

1)  Side Door Cafe for lunch & dinner(dinner by reservation only)   http://edenhall.com/  (Click on Page 2 [right column], scroll down to bottom & click on  "Next Page"    to see Dinner Menu, and "Next" again to see Lunch Menu and "Next" twice more to see all the additional info)  

***Sorry about this, apparently it's lunch + dinner, not breakfast + lunch!***

2)  Salishan Lodge Restaurant - very nice per nephew, but mixed reviews on tripadvisor.com.  

      website: http://www.salishan.com/dining/  (as website does not have menu or prices, look to tripadvisor for menu options with sample prices)

Newport - (nephew highly recommend):

1) Saffron Salmon  (No website, check tripadvisor.com for menu and reviews)

2) Local Oceans   http://localocean.net  

3)The Starfish Grill (at Best Western)  (No website, check tripadvisor.com for menu and reviews)


Hope this helps people thinking about food decisions.

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In late July 2013, after several delays we were finally able to get away for a short vacation trip.  The following pictures were taken along the way.  I will label the pictures and explain where they are and note anything I think might be of interest.

As I said before, this trip has been delayed several times, and again almost didn't happen.  Our dear puppy is 13+ years old and we just found out the day before we were leaving that she has congestive heart-failure.  She was put on a diuretic to help remove the fluid from her lungs and heart.  Which all sounds great, but all of a sudden we have a dog who has to pee all the time and we are on the road traveling...not our brightest move.  But, we really needed this trip!!!  So, it took us ***forever*** to get from north central Washington State to northern Oregon.  This first picture is at a "dog potty stop" at Portland Women's Forum rest area at Corbett, OR...looking east up the Columbia river just before sunset.  It's a little hazy, but this is always an impressive view (Vista House at Crown Point is the structure you see):

The next day, we left the Portland, OR area driving over the Cascade Mountains via The Cascade Skyline Road and McKenzie Pass.  

This pass is only open in the summer, is really crooked and not suitable for RV's or trailers...but the scenery is spectacular.

Our first (non dog-potty) stop was at Sahale Falls on the McKenzie River.  Being both Oregon natives, DH & I were surprised to find this gem!  This series of 3 waterfalls is right off the highway, very accessible, and beautiful.  The weather was very warm (even at that elevation) so the cooler temps around the waterfalls were much appreciation.  

This is the upper waterfalls:

Then there is what is called a second falls, but I would consider it more of a cascading series of little falls:

Oops, I guess this was bigger than I thought!

And then this to follow it up:

And then a pretty little section:

And finally, and second major waterfall:


Another place we stopped for a short walk had some beautiful, huge old-growth tree.  It was really a joy for us as you do not see trees this size often anymore.

DH volunteered to stand in front of this one so you cold get an idea of the size:

Here is a glimpse of Mt. Jefferson (one volcano)  from Cascade Skyline Road:


And now we are in the McKenzie Lava Flow area:

It takes a very long time for vegetation to start growing in all that lava.  (It's not the same as the pumice dust that was left everywhere by Mt. St.Helens.)

This is Belknap Crater.  Note the cinder cone to the right...with the reddish rock.  You might notice that there are a fair amount of trees that have grown on the side of Belknap Crater; however, a forest fire went through this area and destroyed most of them.  It will probably take a hundred years or so before the remaining trees will be able to re-seed this area.  

This next picture is of the North Sister (volcano) and the Middle Sister (volcano).  (The South Sister is just barely visible between the two.)  The dead tree snags here are probably trees that just could not survive the extremes of very cold winters and very hot and dry summers in these lava bed areas.  There has been a lot of beetle kill of evergreen trees in the northwest in recent years, but I doubt that it caused these.

Isn't this a beautiful old snag? (Look at the texture from all those years of wind, ice, and rain. And the birds...)

And this is Mt. Washington (another volcano):

Here's a better picture of Mt. Jefferson (from the east side):

Here is a picture of an interpretive sign about the volcanoes visible from the Dee Wright Observatory:

(I hope you can read this if you detail in!)

This is a picture of all three Sisters:  (South (L), Middle and North (R)...from just south of Sisters, Oregon:

On our way North toward home in Washington, we took the scenic tour through the backroads of central Oregon's high country.  Shaniko is about the closest you will ever come to a ghost-town in Oregon:

How about a "paddy wagon"?

And the "Fire Station, Art Gallery, Gift Shop" All-in-One:

And don't forget the necessities:

And finally, here is a picture of me and Tasha (our 13+ fur-baby):






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Welcome Back!  This is not truly the second day I was at Sisters, OR, but the first post was getting just too long and I needed to do a few things and it was time for a break.  

So, now we are going to start with what I think were my favorite quilts of the entire show.  These quilts were all "white on white", all pieced by one lady, all made from linens from family members - including vintage linens, wedding dresses, hankies, tuxedo shirts, dress shirts, blouses, table cloths and napkins, everything remotely white that she could find and fit in.  Not all the fabrics are totally white as you will see.  Some have a yellowish cast and some have a pinkish cast.  All of these quilts were made for family wedding gifts.  There were at least eight of these quilts!

They are truly amazing!  (I apologize in advance for some of the pictures.  They were hanging from a balcony railing in a clock shop and it was hard to get a good angle for some of the photos.  I did the best I could.    First, here is the "special" sign they Quilt Show posted about these extraordinary quilts:


 Take a look:

Here is a photo of one of the quilt-tags:

And some detail shots of the fmq:

The tags alone (on these quilts) were fascinating as they gave such vivid descriptions of how the fabrics were gathered, the inspiration, and how the piecing and fmq designs were chosen.

As I said, there were a LOT of these quilts!  The highest #  tag I have a picture of says 7th and final in the series for the grands.  But, I would almost swear there were more than seven quilts hanging in this display!  They were all so beautiful.


And so, on to some color... Isn't this a sweet little quilt!



Sorry about that...I thought I had more pictures and I did!  They were still in my camera...LOL!


Well, that was it for my visit to the 2013 Sisters "Indoor" Quilt Show!  Hope you enjoyed the pictures!



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Every year Sisters, Oregon hosts the wonderful Sisters OUTDOOR Quilt Show the 2nd weekend of July...but many do not know that hundreds of quilts continue to be displayed in the shops around Sisters and Bend, OR for the entire month of July.  Even though I wasn't able to make it to the "Outdoor" (official) Quilt Show, I did manage to get to Sisters later in the month and see many of the quilts displayed "indoors".  The weather was Hot, Hot, Hot...around 95 degrees every day.  So, most of my browsing (and picture taking) was done between 10 am and noon and then it was off to cooler locations.

So, here are some pictures for your enjoyment...of my favorites.  The ones I considered "special" have notes and/or detail pictures.  ENJOY!

This first group of quilts was in the quilt shop.  Forgive me, but my eye was first drawn to these 3-dimensional landscape quilts.  (It might be hard to see in the pictures, but they literally had three quilt pieces: fore-ground, mid-ground, and back-ground.)


The theme of this year's quilt show was rivers and fishing so...


Other beautiful quilts on display in the quilt store:

And the next three are for Gini and all the applique lovers here:




These two quilts were hung out-side the quilt store and taken in each night:


All the remaining pictures of quilts were taken in various shops/stores around the town of Sisters, OR:


This is an antique quilt that was for sale...the second picture shows the label with its story.


This is a wall of the public restroom building in Sisters with pictures of quilts.  Looking one way:

And the other way:

This was really cute...displayed in the local shoe store:


The next two photos are of this charming little quilt:

This next quilt was just stunning on several levels!  I really like the use of black and white with colors (note the meandering band of color in the outside border) and the very unique label.

Doesn't this label just give you ideas!  I really liked how she did the bias binding around the edges.


And another outstanding quilt that was one of my favorites!  Black, white, and Red...Itty, Bitty Log Cabin blocks!  Reminds me of Judy E from Enumclaw's work, but I checked and it wasn't hers!!!

You are not suppose to touch the quilts, but I did stick my finger in front of the quilt so you could see just how tiny these little rows are.

This is getting pretty long so I am going to split up the post into two sections, so be sure and check back for Day 2!










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My 1948 Singer featherweight has a serviceable case with a few blemishes, good working locks with a key, and a handle that is a little questionable.   So my first project for her was to make a fabric case to carry the original case in...to protect it from damage and guarantee that the weight of the machine was not supported by that original handle.  I did look at a lot of ready-made cases, but either didn't like the design or was unwilling to pay the price - so decided to design and make my own.  The fabric I chose was pre-quilted cotton from Jo-Ann's.  It was a great rich looking black and gold print that complimented the featherweight design and decor!  I bought 3 yards and plan to also use it to make a bag for the foot-pedal and cord, a protective slip-on cover for the fold-up flat-bed, a dust-cover for the machine itself and lastly, a iron tote.  Here are a few pictures of my featherweight tote-bag:

The button in the front center is for decoration only.  (Note, Rascal the outdoor cat.  He is on his favorite sunny spot...a soft bed of thyme.)

Here the lid is flipped to the back...it attaches with velcro only.  (The case is support completely by the straps that run completely under the case and over your shoulder.)

I made a bottom insert from a "lite-weight" cuttingboard and covered it with batting and fabric.  This helps to hold the fabric open to easily get the machine case inside.

Here I have set the FW case behind the fabric carrier to hold the lid up.  You can see a little better how this all went together and works.

It has a velcro hinge across the entire back and a small piece of velco closure on the center front and both sides.  (The extra piece of fabric in the top below the velcro is added stability for the decorative button.)


And now the FW case rides nicely, safe and secure against my hip when we are traveling!

And, one more shot of Rascal...it's not often he poses for a picture:



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Ever since I got my new Featherweight in early May 2013, I have been looking and planning to make a few "accessories" for her.  My goal is to make: 1) a cloth tote to enclose and protect the original case, 2) a 2-piece FW dust-cover (one to slide on the fold-up section and protect it from the face-place screw and a regular dust-cover for the entire machine), 3) a bag for the foot-pedal & cords,  and 4) an iron tote ... all hopefully in the same coordinating fabrics.

I started out looking on-line at what was available both ready-made and patterns.  I liked many of them, but didn't like the prices of the "ready-made"s and/or they often lacked features that I wanted.  Likewise, the free patterns I found were pretty simplistic and didn't have the features I wanted either.  I did luck-out with the iron tote pattern, or I should correct that to say DH did!  All of the free patterns I could find were not the style I wanted and I really did not want to pay the price for the folding-style pattern that I really wanted.  Well, surprise!!!  DH found it on-line FREE!  I was really surprised, but there it was and I was not going to argue...lol!


I live a full 2 hour drive (one way) from the nearest Jo Ann's and while I like to support my LQS, it was obvious the fabric I needed would not be available locally and Jo Ann's and a 50% off coupon were my best bet. I had already decided that if I could find a fabric I liked, I would get a pre-quilted (double-sided) fabric for the focus fabric...along with some coordinating cottons.  I really lucked out with an ornate gold print on black that really fits well with the featherweight color and decals.  I also bought tone-on-tone accent fabrics in a yellow/gold and black.  Now, I needed to develop my plan!

You may have already guessed, but for the fabric tote for my FW case and the dust-covers, I am making my own patterns.  (I guess I am a glutten for punishment, but I frequently find myself in this dilemna of not finding a pattern or thing that I want and end up making my own. I have been doing it for years!)  So for the last few weeks, I have been mulling this over in my mind as to how I was going to make the fabric tote for the FW case...which is my first project.  I started on the tote Sunday June 23rd late in the afternoon and I hope to have it finished by the end of this week.

I thought it might be interesting for people to see how I fumble through making a pattern for something like this.  I am pretty much a "trial and error" type designer...LOL!  So, I always cut a little larger than I think will be required...just in case.  Often that little extra saves my ...you know what!    And, I am hoping that watching my efforts might give some one else the courage to try their hand at designing their own project!

DEFINE WHAT YOU WANT!  (This is probably the most important step!)  A little preliminary info about what I want in this Fabric Tote:   1) Straps (strong) that go under the original FW Case to support it, 2)  Fabric (padded) that completely surrounds the FW Case to protect it from further damage, 3) Easy straps to carry the FW case over my shoulder (with case resting against my hip) or by gripping the straps by hand, 4)  A "Fabric Lid" that fits over the top of the FW Case and secures with velcro on the front and is attached in the back to the lower part of the Tote either by a fabric "hinge" or velcro...yet to be determined.



1.  I started by measuring my FW case, and then made a paper grocery-sack pattern for the fabric necessary to cover the bottom.  Basically like creating a grocery tote bag but in a size that would exactly fit the        FW case.  Here is a picture of my pattern:

I folded the paper around the case to verify my measurements (to be sure it was ample enough to fit around the case and allow for seams).  I originally planned to have one piece of fabric 22" wide by 27" long...with the 27" going from the back hinge of the case under the bottom and up to the top edge of the case bottom (by the locks).  The 22" width would be folded F & B to the center of each side and seamed there.  Two things became apparent at this stage:  1)  22" was NOT sufficient...I needed to increase the width to 22 1/2" and 2)  the fabric I was using was directional and for the motifs to be right side up on both the front and back of the tote, I would need to cut the 27" length in half (13.5" each) and make a 1/4" seam in the bottom.  (Note, this proved to be a "good" mistake for me as I ended up also changing the handle strap design and inserting them in this bottom seam for added strength.  Also, the 27" length proved to be long enough even with the 1/2" taken out for the seam.)


  a)  Fabric Tote Bottom - 2 pieces - 22 1/2" X 13 1/2" 

  b)  Straps (2) -  I cut my pre-quilted fabric in  4 2-1/4" strips (36") and joined two together with a diagonal seam to make two extra long straps.  

                         I also cut  3 lengths of the black accent fabric in 4" strips (41") and joined all 3 together with diagonal seams.  (This may have been over-kill, but I wanted very sturdy, strong straps and wanted to                            reinforce the pre-quilted fabric with another layer of cotton plus multiple rows of top-stitches.)

                         Press under 1/4" folds on both long sides of accent fabric; center pre-quilted strips on accent fabric and fold accent fabric to cover both sides and stitch with binding stitch or your favorite method. 

Quilted Fabric strip with diagonal seam:

Accent Fabric with diagonal seam:

Close-up of finished straps:

And these are long straps (they are doubled here):


3.  Assembling the Tote:

   a.  Pin the two halves of the Fabric Tote fabric together along the long edge (be sure if you have a directional fabric that your motifs will both be pointed "up-right" away from this center bottom seam.  Measure in 5 1/2" from each end of the seam; mark the fabric;  measure 2 1/2" and mark the fabric...like this:

   b.  Sew the first 5 1/2", back stitch; jump over the 2 1/2" space (for a strap); lock stitch and sew to the next 2 1/2" space (for a strap); back stitch; jump over the 2 1/2" space for the strip; lock stitch and sew to           the end of the seam; press seam open...including the openings for the straps.  (Note, I've stuck a couple of tools in the spaces so you can see they are open with no stitching.)

   c.  Flip the quilted fabric over (right side up) and begin to line up the straps for attaching to the tote base.

***Learn from my mistake!  I started out thinking that I would have one strap run from the same opening in the center seam (ie: left opening) up over the case and back down and into the same opening.  That way you would have one complete strap on the left and one on the right.  HOWEVER - when I pinned the tote together this way I made an important discovery!  When the straps are attached this way, when you slip the straps over your shoulder, the side (short edge) of the case is against your hip.  The case is most comfortable and most secure when the long (back) edge is against your hip and body!  So, back to the drawing board...LOL!    NEXT PLAN:  Change the straps around so that one strap goes from the left opening, to the front of the case and back down to the right opening.  The second strap goes from the right opening, to the back of the case and back down to the left opening.  With the straps configured this way, the case rests comfortably against your body and all is well!  YAY!

    b.  Lay your long ruler along the outside edge of the tote fabric and line it up with 5 1/2".  As described above, tuck about 1 1/2" of the straps into the openings and pin the straps in multiple spots for about six inches up from the center seam on both front and back...being sure the straps straight and 5 1/2" from the outside edge.  Remember, one strap should loop up and around the front and the other loop up and around the back!  

     c.  After you have both straps pinned in place, set your case, centered, on the fabric.  Then bring both sides together and overlap and pin roughly centered.  (This step doesn't have to be perfect, it's more to test your straps and see if they are the right length for YOU and your height.)

     d.  Once you have the fabric securely pinned around the case, left the case by the straps and put it over your shoulder.  Is it the right length for you?  Too low?  Too high?  (If anything, it is probably too low.)  Estimate how much higher you want the case to ride near your body and go back to step b. shortening the straps to your estimate...but keeping the 5 1/2" measurements from each side.  Once you are satisfied with the strap length, it is time to get straps ready to be sewn into the tote body.  

    e.  Remove the side pins from the tote body and go back to step b.  Double check that your straps are pinned on the tote body straight at 5 1/2" from each side. Go back to the bottom center seam...  Trim the extra strap length to 1 1/2" beyond tote fabric edge.  Sew the center seam again sewing through the straps - you may want to use a walking foot for this!  Iron the seam and the strap ends open.  Turn the tote over and carefully pin the strap ends in line with the straps on the tote surface.  I do a box around the ends where the straps are connected and then an "X" through the box for added stability.  Then I sew up both sides of each strap for about six inches, across the strap and back down to the center seam.  All 4 strap "bases" should be attached and reinforced in this manner.    Here are some more pictures:

Measuring and pinning straps:



Notice the trimmed ends of the straps on the inside of the tote:

In this picture, the straps have been re-adjusted (front loop & back loop) and the sides are pinned:

Close up of the sides pinned and ready for a "dry-run":

Ta Da...not too bad:   (This seems about the right length for me)




 Final sewing of the straps to the Tote Fabric (Note the directional fabric - motifs going to left & right)


Control those strap ends inside while doing the final stitching on the straps!


Straps all attached; tote turned inside out to pin side seams:








Ready for the binding on the top edge and the bottom of the tote is pretty much finished!

*** I have to mention here... this post was `missing` (like it QCA lalaland) after the infamous July 1st weekend crash).  I sent a message to Admin, but never received a response and after several checks had given up hope that it would ever be retrieved.  But SURPRISE!!!  Today, when I went to post pictures of my completed FW Carrier, this missing blog post was back!  (I am truly relieved, and would be inclined to thank QCA profusely...if they had only done me the courtesy of responding to my message and letting me know.  It would have saved me a lot of angst!)

Unfortunately, due to this missing blog-post I was not inclined to take more pictures - specifically of the construction of the lid of the fabric tote.  So, please go to the "My Featherweight Carrier" blog-post to see the completed tote.  Thanks! 




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My new/old Featherweight was purchased in celebration of my milestone birthday this year.  I am now the oldest living female in the matriarchal line of my family!  Yeah!    An accomplishment worth celebrating...along with the marvels of modern medicine and healthier living...thank you Lord.  Anyway, back to my fantastic Birthday present from DH...

Here is the story of my Featherweight:

DH started watching on EBay in April and started asking me questions about what I liked about this one and didn't like about that one, etc. for several weeks.  In late April he started bidding and lost bids on several along the way.  He was perfecting his bidding technique and what he was looking for...lol.  On May 4th, he was the winning bidder (by $2.00) for this beautiful cleaned, serviced, and adjusted 1948 FW with a case, foot/controller, 7 feet/attachments and 4 bobbins and the original Manual.  It has a little wear to the decals, but she is 65 years old!!!  What else is new!!!  In honor of my Mother-in-Law, I have named her Garnet.

Here is what I wrote in the QCA thread about why I chose that name:


Donna B, Have you got a name picked out for your new old FW.



Actually I have been giving this some thought.  Believe it or not, I am thinking of naming it in honor of my DMIL...Garnet...for her love of fabric and sewing.

I had learned to sew many years before DH and I started dating and then married, but DMIL taught me a great deal about sewing that I had never learned before.  She didn't make pieced quilts, but did garments by the hundreds every year for 14 grand’s, her DD and 2 DIL's.  She learned on a Singer treadle machine (went to another family member), but had a New Home for daily use by the time I knew her well.  But she still used that old treadle machine on occasion!  For many years she managed a yardage store at Newberry's at the Portland, OR Lloyd Center (one of the first shopping centers in the NW).  I remember her coming home from working all day and sewing until after midnight - night after night.  It definitely was her relaxation of choice!  I helped her make many “quilts” in the 60’s and 70’s from sheets (F & B)…tying them with yarn and then self-binding.  My sons all have their “quilts” made by Grandma that they treasure. 

There are others who have influenced my love of fabric and sewing over the years and I have thought about them too, but Garnet wins out, hands down…so this machine will be named “Garnet”.  (I honestly do think of her almost every time I sit down at a sewing machine.  She passed about 12 years ago at 92 yo and I still miss her!)

So, here is Garnet:

And another view with the original manual:


Now I am buying "accessories", etc for her.  This first order including the Nanccy Johnson-Srebro book "Featherweight 221 The Perfect Portable" (a must have reference for FW owners), a small maintenance kit (includes oil, lube, screwdriver, crocus cloth, and fine abrasive wire), 10 bobbins, and 2 replacement lightbulbs.  (DH had promptly tried to remove the original in the machine and broke the base.)  This order was from www.sewingmachines221sale.com :

Second order was for mainly a sewing guide, but also decided while I was at it to get a replacement felt for the bottom and since it was a very good price, a few more bobbins:

Here is a close up of the sewing guide installed on my FW:

If you are interested in this guide, the name of the website should be clearly visible in this photo above.  If not, its www.suncatcher-tx.com

I just found out from Nana that I have this seam-guide on backwards.  Being left-handed, that is nothing new, I am always being called back-wards...lol!  Apparently, the guide should be turned around with the name facing the back of the machine and the front of the guide even with the front of the machine.  I will switch mine around soon...or when I get to it...lol!!!



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Bunco Buddy Lindsey is expecting Baby #2 in August 2013 and a Baby Shower was planned for our May Bunco night.  Of course, this required a baby quilt.  Lindsey and her DH, prefer to not know the sex of their children in advance of the birth...going the old-fashioned way of having the excitement of the unknown.  

I purposely chose this large 8-pointed star pattern because a) it is simple and a fairly easy and quick pattern to accomplish and b) it lets the fmq and the fabrics be the stars of the quilts...which I like.  This gave me some room to try some "larger" fmq patterns than I normally do (not-stippling) and to do some edge-stitching around the floral designs for fmq practice.  This was a very fun quilt to do!

Here is the finished quilt front, back, and then some detail shots:




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We have an annual event here in the Methow Valley of North Central Washington State.  Basically, a celebration and tribute to our canine pals and often skiing buddies!  It is a 6 legged event with 2 skis (hopefully 4 on the dog and 2 on an accompanying person), leash required and no ski poles allowed.  Costumes are a big part of this event and are the primary competition with a race among kids 12 & under, 12-18, adults with dogs under 40 #, and adults with dogs over 40#.  It is a really fun event - even for the spectators!  This year we had a huge crowd of locals and visitors cheering on the dogs and their owners.  It was a very fun morning!  Here are some pictures for your enjoyment.  (Note, you should be able to click and zoom in on these photos for a close-up look.)

In the kids, 12 & U:

(Didn't get the name of this little girl's costume)

I caught this picture just before the chicken crashed (boy in blue's dog decided to visit the chicken's dog and the poor chicken took a little tumble!   He got right back up and finished the parade!!!

This is "Robin" and his trusty side kick:


In the adult category, here was "Wild Bill" (and part of his dog...sorry)


And this is Princess Lea... (I have to tell a little story about Princess Lea.  First of all, I was the cashier for the event sponsored by the Methow Valley Nordic Club with all proceeds going to our County Animal Welfare Programs. Princess Lea arrived (not yet in her costume) to register, but did not have the small entry fee.  She apparently thought the event was free (it is for kids under 12, but adults pay a small fee).  Lea kind of stops to think and then says that she has gone to too much trouble to put this costume together to not enter now.  She says I will be back in a minute with the fee...AND SHE WAS!!!   It was a GREAT costume, but not quite great enough...so keep watching!


And this is a local valley quilter (Lynette) who does beautiful work, but sadly I haven't convinced her to join QCA yet!  She was a swiss yodeling skier! ( I LOVE her knitted leggings!!!)


This costume was a "puffin":


In the front is, I believe, a "fairy" and behind her the nun's costume title was " heaven and heck" (the dog was dressed as the devil):

This was little red riding hood and the wolf:


On the left, the black lab and owner were "a wolf in sheep's clothing":

(and look to the next picture for the next skier/dog combo)



This combo won the grand prize (the Golden Poodle Award) for the best costume of the year!  

They were Bing Crosby (in his fishing outfit, complete with pipe and fishing pole) and his dog is dressed up as a salmon!

It was absolutely perfect...a really great costume!  Everyone loved it!


Princess Lea came in 2nd in the costume category.  I don't remember who was third...and I may not have gotten a picture of that entry.

And I should add, that I only got pictures of less than half of all the entries...but definitely the ones I liked the best.

It was really a fun morning.  Hope all you animal lovers enjoy the pictures!





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This was a thank you gift to friends for letting us use their beach cabin on the Oregon Coast, Summer 2012.

Mini-Log Cabin fish blocks done with help from Judy E (Enumclaw, WA) at the QCA Leavenworth Retreat Oct 2012.  The following pictures are from the Retreat with the blocks in progress.

First Block done!  Yeaa!!!

Full credit goes to Judy E (behind me and to the left):

Two blocks done and selecting the "seaweed" fabric for block # 3:

And all 3 done and on the design wall:

That is as far as it got at the retreat.  Then it was a search for the perfect beach related fabric for the set-in triangles.  Beach related fabric is NOT easy to find in Eastern Washington State!  So, decided this was a very good excuse to make our short trip into New England into a Quilty Shop Hop also...looking for beach fabric.  We (really I) had hoped to make it to Keepsake Quilting, but that just wasn't going to happen (just too far away from where we were), so I had to settle for the few shops in the area of eastern Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Luckily, I found the perfect fabric! 

 I used a scallop motif on my embroidery module for the quilting in the set-in triangles; FMQ stippling around the motifs. Stitch in the ditch for the rest of the quilt to let the fish blocks stand out on their own.

All in all, I am very happy with it and hope our friends will enjoy it.  I learned a lot from Judy E making these mini-log cabin blocks!  Will I do them again?  Not for awhile, but you never know.  (In fact, I actually made four 1/4 inch log mini-mini-blocks as corner-stones for sashings, but decided that idea was making the wall-hanging too wide for the space for this.  So, they are going into the orphan block tub for now...lol!)  Thanks again Judy E!!!

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I attended a 2-day intensive machine embroidery workshop at the Quilting Bee in Spokane, WA on November 14, 15, 2012 - taught by Claudia Dinnell. Claudia proved to be an extraordinary teacher with a knack for simplifying instructions and teaching a very diversified group of skill levels at one time.  Our class had 22 students, and she handled this group beautifully with patience and skill every moment of the two days.   I also found that she is an excellent designer and digitizer of machine embroidery work.  Her designs are extremely well planned with logical starts and stops, very minimal jumps, and well organized and choreographed placement guides...making multiple hoopings easier than I had every before imagined. I would recommend any machine embroiderer attend one of her workshops - even the most experienced will come away with many new tips an tricks!

So, here are a few pictures to show you this workshop:

Here is our instructor, Claudia Dinnell  (a very warm, friendly, easy to listen to speaker):


I attended the workshop with a friend, Lisa C from Tonasket, WA.  Here is Lisa:

The Quilting Bee in Spokane had the largest Classroom setting I have ever seen.  Take a look:



Here is the front of my beautiful Bernina 830 LE:

(known around my house as "Princess B")

The following Pictures are of Claudia's quilts on display (made from her embroidery/quilting designs):

This is "Over the meadow and through the woods...":

This is (I believe) called "Pledge of Allegiance":

This quilt was my favorite!  I just loved the snowmen sayings on this quilt!!! (zoom in for a laugh)

 An for you Halloween lovers, one of the cutest Pumpkins I have ever seen:

 Claudia also teaches a digitizing class using Bernina V6 Software.  This is the quilt she uses in that class:

(Everyone designs one for their own family.)


This combination applique/machine embroidery quilt was absolutely stunning.  I loved it! 


And this, was stupendous!!!  The quilt is called "Claudia's Baltimore" :


Next is the Quilt we were working on for this workshop, called "Twas the Night..." - and wouldn't you know, I didn't get a good full shot of the finished quilt (its the one laying on the table)!

I may have neglected to get a full picture of the quilt, but I did get lots of pictures of the FMQ detail:



Claudia does not profess to be an expert FM quilter, but I liked many of the designs she used for different areas of this quilt.

Next, a few quilts from some of Claudia's students (who had been in previous classes with her):

And last but certainly not least, are my QCA friends who joined me for lunch in Spokane:

(From L to R:  Donna B, Gini, Jacey, & Patti)


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Day Three at the Oregon Coast for us!  This morning, we decided to do something a little different and went for a short hike in the Culver City Wetland Preserve.  Culver City was an early coastal settlement that became part of Taft early in the 20th century.  It was a fishing village at the mouth of the Siletz River and amazingly, this plot of land was never developed into canneries and/or home sites.  This little gem is only about 3 blocks from the cottage where we stayed!  It is a mix of salt marsh wetlands and higher areas with spruce trees and native rhododendrons that are over 15 feet tall.  Here are a few pictures:

Here are some spruce branches draped in moss in the early morning sunlight:


Here is DH looking up at a tall native rhodie:

Here is a shot looking straight up through the rhododendrons toward the top of a towering spruce tree high above:

These wetlands wouldn't be complete without a few "shrooms":

And lastly, one of the spruce giants of this special place:

Unfortunately, our dog-sitter had an emergency and we needed to leave a day earlier than expected and had to make a quick trip home.  It was very windy in Eastern Washington as we were headed home and all the wind turbines were whirling away.  This is the first time we have seen them all turning at the same time.  It was almost twilight when we took this picture of a few turbines along I-90 heading east toward Vantage and George, Washington (yes, that is the correct name).

 Hope you have enjoyed the pictures and a little snippet of the Oregon Coast.

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In spite of warnings of an incoming storm, we lucked out and awoke to another day of beautiful blue skies and pleasant temperatures. The wind did come up a little today, but after all, it is the Oregon Coast...LOL!  Today, we drove south along the coast stopping at a few viewpoints and going for a walk on Agate Beach.  And, we saw gray whales...if from a distance.  If you have never been to the Oregon Coast, it has spectacular scenery with lowland areas with wetlands and marshes for many sea-birds and other wildlife.  And then there are these spectacular headlands with lighthouses and fantastic views.  Sorry, but we didn't take any pictures of the lighthouses!  I guess it comes from being an Oregon native and growing up with this scenery.  Unfortunately, we sometimes forget how special it really is and don't take picture.  How sad!!!  However, we are always amazed at the geology of the coastline, so we do have a few pictures showing the massive upheavels of the cascadia subduction zone.  Millions of years ago, this area was thrust upward above the sea by the push of the pacific plate under this coastline.  It is hard to imagine, but the evidence is everywhere around us!  Something new to us was all the Tsunami warning signs now on the coast highway.  After the Japan disaster, it seems all low-lying areas around the Pacific are now very aware of how fragile the coastline really is and the possibility of the same thing happening here.  So, on to the pictures!  This first group of pictures was taken from Cape Foulweather - which was one of the first landmarks on the Oregon Coast identified and named by British explorer, Captain Cook in 1778 during a huge storm.  It is one of the large "head-lands" (rock promintories) visible far out to sea on this coastline.

In this picture, you can easily see the upward tilting of the shoreline to the north of Cape Foulweather.

Here you will see a small whale-watching boat and I hope (with zooming in) you will be able to see the grey whale to the right and in front of the boat:


This is the view to the north along the coastline with the numerous resorts and beach homes:


The coastline is an ever-changing landscape and Agate Beach was no exception.  When we were children, it was a narrow beach of pebbles where agates could easily be found.  Today it is a wide (1/4 mile) beach with loose, dry sand that makes for difficult walking to get to the firm sand near the surf.  Unfortunately we didn't take any pictures of this beach.  But, I did manage to take a picture of the "souvenier" I was drooling over that I did not get!!!  We found this gallery that these amazing kinetic sculptures on display  (I should have guessed, since it was a gallery...LOL).  The next morning we stopped by to check on the prices...sigh!  I am sure they are priced appropriately, but were way out of my price-range.  The little one (like a pine tree) in the foreground was what I was hoping would be around $300...but it was $600!!!!! YIKES!!!!  The price range was from $500 - $3,000!  So, I drooled a little while and went home without a kinetic sculpture.  They sure were neat though:

Here are a few more pictures from the little beach cabin we were using.

DH on the laptop at one end of the front room:

This is the original bedroom (note the darling vintage quilt and linens):

and two pictures of the kitchen:


Now, the 2nd bedroom and bathroom "combination" take a little explaining!  In the original garage area of the cottage, our friend's parent's added this 2nd bedroom and incorporated the bathroom fixtures into the same room.  That's right, the sink and commode are right next to the bed (the ultimate in convenience during the night...LOL) and the shower is in one corner.  Since it was just the two of us, it wasn't a problem but I don't think it would work for more unless it was within a very close family!  BUT, the best thing in this room is the adorable vintage butterfly quilt on this bed along with more hand-embroidered linens!


With all its little quirks, this was a very homey little beach cottage and we loved staying here!  We were very thankful for the generosity of our good friends! 

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