Saturday, July 22, 2006

Jill's graduation quilt

When I started this quilt

in 1999, I hadn't planned for it to be for Jill's graduation. I found the pattern in a Fons and Porter Quilt magazine and used Civil War reproduction fabrics. No two blocks are the same and I tried to make it look vintage by substituting a few scrappy background pieces in some blocks as if I'd run out of the fabric.

I had most of the blocks made in '99 but tired of all the small pieces, but periodically pulled it out and made another. In April, when the girls went to Sunriver, I brought it again and realized it was the perfect quilt for Jill. She asked for one that was red and gold like many of the blocks. What I didn't like were the backgrounds, they were all too light, off-white instead of beige. Took a drastic step and dunked them all in tea which toned them down and now they look wonderful.

During the weekend, Rhonda contributed fabric and Judy helped sew a few more blocks. About a week later, Judy helped me put the pieces together and voila! Found a great quilter, Sue Capell, in Newberg who did a great job with a feather pattern in each block and a wavy feather border.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Birthday Weekend

Jill and I went on a mini-roadtrip for my birthday. Started out having our favorite breakfast at Ste. Honore Bakery on NW Thurman; Almond Croissants and Latte. Instead of driving up the freeway, we found the Scenic Hwy to Multnomah Falls and took a leisurely drive, enjoying the sights along the way: Womens' Forum Viewpoint (strange name) and Crown Point.

For the first time, we hiked to the top of the Falls. The trail was quite crowded, but the view was worth it. Then on to Hood River for an afternoon of watching the wind surfers and kite boarders. Amazing!! We luckily found lodging at a great place; Mosier Bed & Breakfast.

Sunday was spent driving from Hood River to Timberline Lodge for lunch, with a stop for fresh cherries and raspberries along the way.

Early Morning Golf

A couple days this week, we got up early and instead of going to the gym, we went golfing. It's great to be on the golf course before the crowds show up.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Joel, catch that ball!

Lunch time at Clear Creek

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Rafting on the Lower Klamath

We made the long drive to Happy Camp, CA (8 hours) for a fun, fun weekend of rafting, swimming, hiking and (of course) eating. Darla and Bill did a fantastic job of planning wonderful food and entertainment. Glad I wasn't responsible or we would have been eating cereal and hot dogs for 4 days.

Thought I'd post a couple of pics to get started. More to come later.