Thursday, July 24, 2008


Don't you just love the beach? Especially the ocean beach! I love all the color and pattern I find there. I'm sure I'm not going to probably make a "sand dollar quilt", but the cool pattern on them makes me think about it!

We went camping this last few days at Grayland State Park (in Grayland, WA). It was a little on the chilly side, but there were a few sun breaks. We got ourselves some pie irons at Cabelas on the way down, and had a couple of excellent meals! Fun to try something new!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Sisters Trip

Sue and I had a great time at Sisters. I really liked some of the quilts:
Saw lots of One Block Wonders (all made out of a single fabric):

Saw some fun quilts by Jane Sassman:
Some interesting art quilts:
Saw some quilts in a gallery:

And collected a few treasures:

You can see all of my pictures on Flickr. Exausting and hot, but fun and so inspiring, Sisters is always fun!


Friday, July 11, 2008

I won something!

Can you believe I won something? On Shop Hop! This store is kind of funky, and in a bizarre place, but wow!

This is kind of late, but didn't we have a cool view for the fourth of July? We were up on Renton Hill, and could see 4 different show: Elliott Bay, Lake Union, Renton, and Bellevue. And no traffic trying to get out! I love fireworks! I'm not sure how blowing up a bazillion dollars worth of fireworks honors the birth of our country, but it's fun!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Shop Hop

Shop Hop was pretty fun this year! I definitely went about it with more gusto than usual. I went alone on Thursday, with Kathy on Friday, and with Loris and Lorraine on Saturday! 34 shops total, plus a few that weren't even on the "official" list. Whew! I did spend too much - as always. And added to my UFO list. Bummer. But fun though!

This is the official Shop Hop fabric. Each shop gives you a pattern and fabric to make one block when you get your passport stamped. Ultimately you can make a quilt out of all the blocks you collect. I bought some extra fabric to go with, since I never seem to have enough to finish the blocks I collect:
This is most of what I bought - a few kits, and some cute red gingham fabric to make a "picnic" quilt.

These are some of the "toys" I bought - a larger Add-A-Quarter ruler for paper piecing, a shiny new Angler (mine was getting really torn up), and a few patterns (can't resist).
And this is some fabric I bought for Steve. It's not the same as the original "Jell-O Jams" he had when he was a kid, but it's the closest I've found so far. The Jell-O Jams are kind of a legend in his family - I've heard about them since the first time I met his family! I don't think there's enough here for pants (Steve's kind of long), but maybe some sleeping shorts? We'll see.

All in all, Shop Hop was fun. The finds were great, but I enjoy the time with friends most of all!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Some quilting done!

I got about 3/4 of Shae's quilting done! Yeah!