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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sew Day with the Nuts

Today I hosted Sew Day with the Nuts, which means I set a colorful table. Here it is, ready for breakfast casserole, fruit salad, banana bread and pumpkin bread. 

Then we had a hefty show and tell, with Nancy showing us a striking quilt top of overlapping squares (detail above) and a Christmas pillow top that she just finished embroidering (below). 

Linda J. showed us this VERY colorful bag she made that opens to store sewing necessities or whatever else you want. Speaking of bags, another show and tell was a gorgeous red, black and white one with zippered storage leaves inside made by Linda P. I was so awestruck by it that I forgot to take pictures.

Break for lunch -- turkey and cranberry sandwiches and more fruit.

Back to sewing, I worked on my embroidered and beaded fractured circles (above) and Nancy did some red work embroidery on another Christmas piece (below).

Carolynn used gold thread to quilt a fall table runner. Another productive day for the Nuts!

Have a colorful day

Friday, November 21, 2014


This is what it looked like at only 3:30 from our living room a few afternoons ago. Beautiful, but so early! The rain makes me want to drink coffee and read all day, while the early dark has me heading to bed hours earlier than the rest of the year. Hibernation time. Not much sewing going on, but I did make these two dolls for some special friends:

Another friend brought two big bunches of cheerful orange flowers over a few weeks ago and even when the last few started drooping I kept them to brighten up the kitchen. I love flowers in all their phases.

For years I've been looking for a nice date book where I can record birthdays, and I just found this one on sale at our local quilt shop. Lots of eye candy and inspiration.

And of course there's nothing better on a rainy day than visiting Rocket Donuts in Bellingham. Here I am with Julia and my sister and her husband a few weeks ago. Love those custard filled donuts.

The rain and dark days also call for a lot of cuddling with Bunners.

Have a colorful day

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting" review

I was the lucky winner of this new book that was given away recently by Kathy Loomis at
"The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting"
by Linda Seward

... covers just about every art quilt/surface design technique I can think of, and I've been making art quilts for decades. Click on the photo below of part of the table of contents and you'll see what I mean.

Linda, who lives in London and Oxfordshire, even covers physical exercises to prevent repetitive motion injuries and has a chapter on organizing school and community quilt projects, going way beyond writing just a technique book.

The photos sprinkled throughout are from more than 140 quilt artists from around the world, making the book well worth reading even if you already know all of the techniques.

It's been my bedtime reading ever since it came in the mail, sending me off to dreamland with images of gorgeous art quilts.

Have a colorful day

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The party is over

Dawn breaks with a melancholy beauty
before the latest storm moves through.

We tipped over our swivel chairs
so they would stop spinning in the latest gale.

From my living room shelter I photographed the storm;
a reflection of our fire burns in the chair.

In between squalls, sea gulls swirl and dance
before flocking again to the water.

The golden leaves have taken a seat ...

... and the last of pink blooms sift to a stone bench.

Fish are sheltered ...

... and Buddha and bunny snuggle through it all.

 Have a peaceful day

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Colors of Port Townsend, WA

A few weeks ago we spent a colorful weekend in Port Townsend, WA. Now that it's gray and rainy, I thought I'd relive the sunshine through some photos.

Alpenglow on Mt. Baker as seen from our B&B.
We stayed at the Commander's Beach House, a lovely B&B with delightful owners and great views of the water. It's right on the beach with gorgeous flower beds and welcoming rooms. Breakfasts were especially good.

The first morning we headed to the farmer's market in the upper part of town, within walking distance of the B&B. It was brimming with fall veggies, baked goods, and grilled goodies. I had a hand apple pie that was so tasty I'm drooling just thinking about it. We bought giant carrots for Bunners and Dave bought a bonsai to put by our fish pond.

Then we stumbled onto the annual Kinetic Sculpture Parade, part of a whole weekend of the Kinetic Sculpture Race festival. These contraptions have to go on land and water. I loved the women's drill team, below.

Not part of the parade, but still has character.

In the late afternoon, we hiked around the historic Pt. Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park, where the low fall sun made the buildings glow.

Hope you enjoyed the trip!
Have a colorful day

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Retail therapy

It's been raining buckets most of the week, calling for some retail therapy. I don't want to sound "materialistic," but here are the bright and bold fabric cuts I bought yesterday that have added much needed color to the day.

I got them at Island Quilter on Vashon Island, which carries a HUGE selection of Kaffe Fassett and other bright fabric lines.

Also on the island, I picked up this book of art by R.C. Gorman, whose colors are my colors.

Earlier in the week I went on a field trip to Martingale Press with about 10 ladies from our quilt guild. Martingale, in Bothell near Seattle, publishes oodles of quilting and other craft books.

The grand finale of the trip was shopping in their discount room, where prices ranged from free to $7. I got all of these books plus the bag pattern, notecards and coasters for just under $40.

Back on the home front, where I'm listening to the wind howl and watching the water being whipped into white caps, I'm still hand embroidering squares for my next fractured circle quilt.

I might arrange them in a twirling, swirling layout something like this.

In other news from home, Julia visited last week and immediately scooped up Bunners, who seemed very happy to be back on Mom's shoulder. 

Have a colorful day