Time to Catch Up

Time to Catch Up

Just so you know, I haven’t fallen off the face of the planet.  February was very busy.  It was one of those times when everything came at once.  I had a short visit with my mom at the beginning of the month, down in Southern Oregon.  At 86, she is doing well and has lots of girlfriends, some of whom she’s known since high school.  We always have a good time together.

Then Sweet Husband and I had a few days of skiing at Deer Valley, UT with friends.  The weather was sunny and beautiful and we had a great time.  I find that getting away for better weather, fresh air and exercise really helps with the winter blahs.  I haven’t skied for three days in a row in many years and got a none too subtle message from my legs that I need to whip myself into better shape.



The picture below was taken just before our ski trip.  I’m holding my new grand puppy, Finn.  The breeder lives near us (and is an old friend) and my son & daughter-in-law (the puppy’s new mom and dad) live in Southern California.  He’s such a soft and cuddly little guy.


We picked Finn up the following week and kept him while the kids moved into a new house.  I’m proud to say that Toby and Ella were really good with him.  They taught Finn to go up and down the stairs the first day, not to chew Ella’s toenails and big dogs are fun.  Toby even gave up his bed at night.  I had forgotten what it was like to have a baby in the house.  If the puppy is not sleeping on your foot and it’s very quiet, it’s a good bet that something is being chewed or peed upon.  Then we flew down to CA with him and helped with house set-up for a few days.


Is that a face or what?  He’s almost nine weeks old here and weighs about 9 pounds.  He’s settled in to his new home nicely and is training his people well.

The following week I gave a presentation to my Quilt Guild and taught a class on home machine quilting.  Last Sunday, I took a nap.  Monday I took a Gelli Plate Printing class at the Art and Soul Mixed Media retreat here in Portland.  Liz Kettle taught the class and I came home with a little pile of cool fabrics and a new passion.


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I have lots of ideas for printed fabric and am looking forward to integrating them into quilts.


The Art and Soul Retreats feature lots of mixed media classes and are held here in Portland, Virginia Beach, VA and Minneapolis, MN for a week each year.  It’s a great opportunity to learn something new and fun.  For more information go to www.artandsoulretreat.com There are all kinds of different classes and pretty much something for everyone.

I finished a top today that I started ages ago.  I found it a couple of months ago and was ready to quilt it when I realized that there was some hand appliqué I hadn’t even started.  Now that part is finished and I’m ready to quilt.  I could honestly take a year just to finish things, but I have so many ideas for new projects.  I need more minutes!

Keep quilting for fun!








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