Quilting through the World Cup

I was glued to my TV for almost 5 weeks watching every single match of the World Cup. I thought it was wonderful. Many upsets, losers, winners, injuries and idiots. So many matches were nail-biters that I found I couldn’t just sit and watch. I had to do something else to distract me a little. Also, in the beginning, watching 6 hours of TV every day during the group stage was a bit too much sitting on the sofa. So I quilted, and quilted and quilted.

I finished hand quilting this one for my friend’s 65th birthday. It’s now in the mail. I can show it here because she is never on the computer.

made with Papillon by Moda. Quilted by hand in a shell pattern.

made with Papillon by Moda. Quilted by hand in a shell pattern.

the back

the back

the label

the label

I made two lap quilts for Halloween.

made with Boo Crew by Moda

made with Boo Crew by Moda with black on black background fabric

Boo Crew and polka dots for the background

Boo Crew and polka dots for the background

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detail

I made a Christmas quilt.

'Sentiments' by Moda

‘Sentiments’ by Moda

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border detail

I cut and pieced three large quilts for myself.

1.  The Art Gallery fabric, (big blocks and sashing) was bought at Cool Cottons on SE Hawthorne in Portland. The Liberty of London,(used for the points), was bought at Bolt Fabrics on NE Alberta, Portland.

this one uses fabric by Art Gallery and Liberty of London

this one uses fabric by Art Gallery and Liberty of London

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2. This star pattern was made with Papillon by Moda.

Papillon-9Papillon-113. This quilt was made with Fig Tree fabric. I don’t usually use these colors for myself,  but I love how it turned out. It reminds me of orange creamsicles.

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I also made a quilt and something else for a friend’s baby, but can’t show them right now because she DOES look at the web. I don’t want her to see it before her baby shower on August 16th. I’ll show it later.

Of course, now I have to put them on the floor and baste them before I hand-quilt them. I need another marathon TV event to finish all these.

(most of the fabric was bought at Holly Hill Quilt shop in West Linn, Oregon. The quilt fabric from Fig Tree was bought at The Sisters quilt store in Chehalis, Washington)

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Centralia, Washington

Last week I drove north along the Interstate 5 to visit the small town of Centralia to wander around antique stores, the train depot and the library. Centralia was once a stagecoach stop  between Kalama, to the south, and Tacoma to the north. In 1850, JG Cochran came from Missouri with his adopted son, a young African freeman. Cochran filed a claim and in 1852 sold it to his son for $6000. The new owner, G. Washington, built a home and the sold lots for $10. The town of Centralia was incorporated in 1886. Sadly, unemployment in Centralia is the highest in the state of Washington.

Amtrak still operates the train depot here as people climb aboard the Starlight for points north and south.

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The town’s Carnegie Library is 101 years old and was built with donations from industrialist Andrew  Carnegie. His donations between 1886 and 1919 built more than 1,679 libraries across the USA. This library is situated in beautiful park grounds dotted with memorials to our veterans from several wars. It’s worth a visit.

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July 20 and 21st mark the annual antique festival in downtown Centralia. From what I saw on my visit I’d have to say that the antiques business contributes a lot to the town so if you get a chance, go wander Main St and help with the town’s economy.

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(all photos were taken with my 1976 Hasselblad 500CM and Ilford FP4 Plus film)

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summer

I love this time of year for all the fresh fruit.

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It’s Independence Day in the USA

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Saturday in Portland , Part 2

It’s time to get out of town. I am not feeling inspired and my photography is suffering. Might be partly because I am still watching the World Cup. Only 2 weeks to go and then I have to start getting out with my cameras again. So for now I just keep wandering around  my city, playing tourist.

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Here are a few photos of Portland architecture I made while walking around in the NW area of the city. I used my Holga and Kodak Portra 400.

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I have some 4×5′s to develop at home and I am a bit nervous about doing them because I haven’t home developed 4×5′s yet. Hoping to do that Wednesday because there are no World Cup matches that day. However, Tuesday I will be glued to the TV to watch the USA take on Belgium.

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It’s Saturday in Portland

It’s just a typical summer Saturday in Portland with people enjoying the fountains, the waterfront and street performers. Once again I throw my plastic lens Holga camera in my purse because it is light and easy. The problem is that all the photos are soft and slightly out of focus. I know that is the attraction, for many, of the Holga but I feel I need to shelf this camera for a while and get back to my Hasselblad 500 CM.  The draw back of my Hassie as a street camera is that it takes tie to focus and so I can’t be very discreet.

Portland is full of book readers. It's home of Powell's Books

Portland is full of book readers. It’s home of Powell’s Books

rest, relaxation and reading

rest, relaxation and reading

more reading and enjoying one of the many fountains that dot the city

more reading and enjoying one of the many fountains that dot the city

conversation

conversation

Jamison Square

Jamison Square

feeding the birds

feeding the birds

getting wet at Jamison Square

getting wet at Jamison Square

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people watching

people watching

eating at the market

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walking along the waterfront

walking along the waterfront

coffee time

coffee time

sunshine and bicycles

sunshine and bicycles

music at the Saturday Market

music at the Saturday Market

keeping Portland clean

keeping Portland clean

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a girlie room

If I am having a bad night’s sleep I sometimes like to go crawl into the antique white iron bed my brother gave me and treat myself like a guest. Do you ever wonder if your guests feel welcome in your home? Maybe trying out the bedroom yourself will help you decide what is missing and what you like about it. Pamper yourself once in awhile.

pillow cases made by my Mom

pillow cases made by my Mom

quilts I made hang on a rod with easy access to snuggle under

quilts I made hang on a rod with easy access to snuggle under

I’ve spent a lot of time in front of the TV since the World Cup started on Thursday and my blogging has suffered. So this morning I decided to treat myself to breakfast in bed and then snapped a few photos of my surroundings.

when I used to do needlepoint and my first pair of toe shoes

when I used to do needlepoint and my first pair of toe shoes

MacKenzie-Child pottery and stuffed animals

MacKenzie-Child pottery and stuffed animals

more pottery, dogs and cameras

more pottery, dogs and cameras

bed side lamp custom made by Robin Russell

bed side lamp custom-made by Robin Russell. Called “when sheepdogs count sheep” . 

berries, cinnamon toast and tea served on MacKenzie-Child china

berries, cinnamon toast and tea served on MacKenzie-Child china

Yes, I love old english sheepdogs. I’ve had 3, I mean I have been had by 3 in my life: Tasha, Megan and Ashley.

Have a wonderful morning.

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