Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer and winter with the Nuts

It was still officially summer on Sunday and the forecast called for record highs in the Puget Sound area, but Sew Day with the Nuts had a decidedly autumn/winter feel to it, starting with Carolynn's warm and inviting breakfast table setting.

Then she took us up to the bedroom to ooh and ahh over her glorious, rich, warm quilt that was finally finished.

Back downstairs, we pulled out our various projects and show-and-tells and you would've sworn it was Christmas time. Linda J. showed this BIG whimsical applique snowman quilt ... look at all the details in the closeup:

Linda P. worked on this beautiful embroidered and beaded cardinal on an evergreen bough:

Nancy embroidered another snowy winter scene:

Carolynn's crazy quilt had holiday reds and greens:

But I bucked the trend. I brought summery colors to start another fractured circle quilt:

And Linda J. showed off her "Funky Chicken." It was another great day with the Nuts!

Have a colorful day

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bunners and an art show

I thought Bunners needed to get back on the blog -- it's been too long. So here she is in all her morning glory, snuggled in my robe while I check my emails. She likes to eat breakfast and then sit on my lap while I work.

Me with some of my older pieces and a Sulky Solvy scarf.
This was a busy week, including a little display of my art at a New Neighbors luncheon program. I've also included a few photos of other friends who were in the show.

Kat with her fun embroidered seasonal quilts.

Detail of Janet's magnificent crazy quilt.

Barb and her nature-inspired clay pieces,
which I've been collecting since I met her.
Hope you enjoyed the little show
and little Bunners.

 Have a colorful day

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sea Glass Tonga Treats

I'm in that restless phase where I'm not immersed in a big creative project but I still want to sew. So I pulled out this pack of Tonga Treats that I bought awhile ago. It's called Sea Glass and I love the soft blues, greens and greys.

I found this free pattern  on line from Timeless Treasures using Sea Glass Tonga Treats ...

... then discovered that the pattern was for the 2 1/2-inch-wide treats and mine were 6 inches. Bummer.

Then I realized that I could cut just enough 2 1/2-inch strips for the pattern plus have an inch-wide strip of each color left over to make a coiled fabric basket. So I cut them all up and dove into the sewing last night. Now the weather is so gorgeous that I feel I should be outside instead of sewing.

Hope you're all having a good weekend.

Have a colorful day

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

I'm a few days late blogging about the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, which was last weekend. It was my first time there and it was a lot of fun.

There were hundreds of wooden boats, from tall ships and steamers to canoes and kayaks and even gorgeous wooden paddleboards.

If you want to build a ship,
don't drum up the men to gather wood,
divide the work and give orders.
Instead, teach them to yearn
for the vast and endless sea..."
Antoine de Saint Exupery

Many of the boats sported colorful flower arrangements, and the picturesque town of Port Townsend was filled with bright hanging flower baskets.


"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing --
 half so much worth doing
as simply messing about in boats."
          - Spoken by Ratty to Mole in Wind in the Willows
 a children's book by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)

Wooden kayaks against the brilliant blue sky.

Have a colorful day

Monday, September 8, 2014

Wonky log cabin class

I just taught a Wonky Log Cabin quilt class at a student's house (a wonderful way to teach). Here's the vital sewing notion she put out -- a bowl of colorful m&ms, right in front of me!

She also fixed us a delicious and colorful lunch, including this salsa and fruit. Then all stops were pulled out with red velvet cupcakes with whipped cream (brought over by a quilting neighbor) and some cookie bars that were to die for.

Hostess Jan in the Seahawks shirt. The Seahawks won that evening.

We did get some sewing done in between eating, and here's hostess-with-the-mostess, Jan, auditioning some options for her quilt's center block. She was going to work on more options after class, so I'm eager to see what she settles on. Her fabric is in fabulous colors from the Moda Grunge collection. (My camera did weird things to the second photo.)

Beth, meanwhile, took off in a totally different direction. She went horizontal and based her quilt on a focus fabric from which she cut out these dramatic dragons.

I loved teaching this way. I didn't have to clean my own house, I was served lunch, and I loved the casual atmosphere of just having a few students. Thanks Jan and Beth and cupcake neighbor!

Have a colorful day

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Old Paso del Norte guild president's blocks!

I finally finished my own block today.
I was taking a break from sewing a baby quilt today and came across an 18-year-old treasure box ... 25 president's blocks that were given to me in 1996 at the end of my tenure as president of the Paso del Norte Quilt Guild in El Paso, TX.

Every block is a unique treasure and a reminder of the friends I had to leave long ago when we moved from El Paso. I'm still in touch with a few after all these years.

Do you remember the sewing studio fabric in the house above? I think I still have some in my stash.

The creator of the yellow house embellished it with rows of gold machine embroidery -- gorgeous.

One of these years I'll put them together into a quilt, but for now I enjoy looking through them all individually a few times a year. If any of you are reading this -- THANKS!

Have a colorful day

Monday, September 1, 2014

American Made cotton and color


Have you heard of Seattle's American Made Brand cotton solids? Our quilt shop had a $5 a yard Labor Day sale on all 50 luscious colors today and I bought some summery yardage to carry me through the winter. The fabric is sourced and manufactured completely in the United States. Here's the website:

The vibrant solid colors reminded me of this mural at Tacoma's B Sharp Coffee House, which I visited last week. That's my friend in the picture; she was invited to read one of her short stories.

This grayness is another photo I took last week, but luckily the gray only lasted for the morning.

Have a colorful day

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Comfort Quilt Day

Has it really been a whole week since I blogged!? I'm slipping. I haven't been doing a lot of new sewing lately, but this past week was Comfort Quilt day so I'm showing some of the colorful results of that productive day.

We meet once a month at the Quilt Revolution shop in Gig Harbor to work on lap quilts for breast cancer patients. A cozy quilt can take the chill off of those chemo treatments.


The four-patch is made up of Hawaiian prints. The blue and white half-square triangles below also remind me of the ocean and waves.

Speaking of waves, here was the activity last weekend behind our house. We don't have "real" waves but we do get a lot of boat wakes that make for more interesting kayaking.

Have a colorful day