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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tonje Belinda Phillips' applique quilts

One of Tonje Belinda Phillips' colorful, wacky quilts.

One of my favorite quilt artists spoke at our
Gig Harbor Quilters guild meeting this month:

Tonje Belinda Phillips

I fell in love with the Oregon quilter's whimsical appliqué quilts a few years ago at the big annual quilt show in Sisters, OR. I was so excited that she was coming to our guild that I planned our vacation return date around it. She did not disappoint!

She showed some fantastic flower quilts ...

... and fun houses

... and beautiful baskets.

She is friends with Sue Spargo, who she said influenced her wonderful embroidery embellishments. The quilts were SO inspirational.

I bought her book, "Hand-Appliqued Quilts," and couldn't wait to get home and pour through it. I've never done needle-turn appliqué, but her book clearly explains it. I plan to add that to my tool box of quilting skills soon.

Have a colorful day

Friday, October 6, 2017

Orange and sunshine

An old quilt of mine, "Fragments."
Everything looks better in the sunshine, especially the color orange! This morning we had sun that illuminated spots of orange around the house, so I took pictures. I'll look back on them this winter to remind myself of how it was on this fine fall day.

Buddha and crow

Gourd from our garden
Grocery store flowers
So what if they're fake?

Have a colorful day

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Getting high in Vancouver

I was feeling pure trepidation in this photo as I prepared to step onto a 50-foot-high, narrow, swaying bridge strung among the trees in the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden. It's called the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, and it takes you on a long, shaky loop, stopping at eight platforms, through the giant cedars and hemlocks of the northern forest. 

I was so glad when I stepped down, but it did make me feel closer to the trees.

From tall trees we go to tall buildings in Vancouver, where Dave and I spent a few days earlier this week. I blogged more about the buildings and population density back in May: feet-and-forks-take-on-vancouver.html

Our rental condo was on the 35th floor of one of the many, many, many glass high-rises. We had a great view every night of the moon rising over the city.

During the day we could see Mount Baker, which is a driving distance of 143 miles from the city! I couldn't find the distance as the crow flies.

Even the quilt store had high-rises. This quilt, called "Urban Living," is a block of the month kit at The Cloth Shop on Granville Island. I'm tempted to sign up for it -- love the funky buildings and bright colors -- except that it's paper piecing and I don't like doing that technique very much.

There were more high things at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, from massive totems ...

... to a giant Buddha statue.

And on our walk along the seawall, we came across this massive granite inukshuk, an Inuit symbol traditionally used as a landmark and navigational aid, but also representing northern hospitality and friendship. This one was made by Alvin Kanak for EXPO '86.

Go back to the picture from the quilt shop and see if you can find an inukshuk.

Our walk also took us through Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre wilderness park, where the trees are massive. Dave looks tiny next to this trunk. 

Stanley Park also has the Vancouver Aquarium, where this rockfish was looking up.

All-in-all, it's a great city.
I'm still coming down
from the high!

Have a colorful day

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Trampled by deer!

We had 14 tall, bushy tomato plants up until a few days ago, then the deer trampled them. We know it was deer because we saw their foot prints.

Luckily, Dave had brought in several full bins of tomatoes before the attack and I spent the last few days turning them into two gallons of spaghetti sauce to go in the freezer.

The tomatoes and I are enjoying another day of sunny, hot weather before tomorrow's predicted rain. Here are some photos from yesterday's walk in the harbor with the Feet & Forks.

 Have a colorful day

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Color in Port Gamble, WA

Yvonne of Gamble Cove Dahlias
I drove out to Port Gamble last weekend for French toast at the General Store and hand-dyed wool at the Quilted Strait, but the highlight was the incredible showing of dahlias in all shapes and colors.

I hit the jackpot at Yvonne's Gamble Cove Dahlias stand across from the quilt store. For $1 a stem (or $2 for the huge dinner plate dahlias) I took home this fabulous bouquet for next to nothing, but the color it brings is priceless.

I love the quote on the back of her card:

"A flower does not think of competing
with the flower next to it.
It just blooms." 
-- Zen Shin

Yvonne's bouquet in front of one of my quilts.
The Kitsap County Dahlia Society also has several display gardens in Port Gamble. Here are just a few of the blooms:

I came across one of the gardeners tending the plants.

He fashioned arrows from flowers to lead people between the two gardens.

The Quilted Strait was just as colorful, with many quilts hanging in what used to be the stables of the historic town.

And colorful baskets lined the sidewalk one block over. It was a relaxing day full of color and inspiration.

Have a colorful day 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

STITCH library show is up

Our 5th annual STITCH art quilt exhibit is up at the Gig Harbor Public Library and will hang until the end of November!  Come visit!

Linda with her fabulous sunflower.
We hung almost 30 quilts in the 90 minutes that we were allowed before the library opened today. Thanks to some husbands and the eight of us from STITCH, we got everything up and only went a few minutes over. Whew!

Above is my "Wild Flowers" wool appliqué.
Below is Carol's "Circling the Sun."

We hung everything from the light fixtures with fish line, PVC pipes and hooks.

Many thanks go to the husbands who helped. I didn't get all of their pictures, but here are two of them.

 Have a colorful day