Remembering Mom

Last week would have marked my parents 55th wedding anniversary, but it is a milestone that will remain a “would have been”. Mom completed the ultimate finish when she stepped into Heaven not long after their 53rd anniversary. I still reach for the phone to tell her something and then remember she is not there to answer. Sigh.

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Mom had a heart for missions and loved summer Bible camps for kids. I know my parents sacrificed other things to make sure we got the opportunities to attend camp each summer. It was during one of those weeks that I started to really understand how to have a personal relationship with Christ. Another year I was baptized at camp. One summer my brother met the love of his life while working in the camp kitchen. One of the things my sister learned is that homesickness doesn’t last forever! And when their church’s district camp was relocated a number of years ago, Dad spent many hours helping construct the new cabins and other projects. So it was only natural that Mom’s memorial fund would go to help the camp and it’s mission of serving kids.

Friends and family donated generously and we recently got to see the results of those gifts.

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The camp has been working to build an amphitheater. Mom’s fund was combined with  another one for a woman who also attended their church, which allowed the camp to add a stage to the amphitheater.

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My family was able to see the work in progress in August when we were there. The volunteer carpenters were visiting from Arizona and New Mexico and spent almost two months working at camp while escaping the heat at home. :-)

Then in early September, my Dad and brother along with Dad’s sister & her husband attended the dedication ceremony. There is still some finishing work to be done after the final inspection. (It’s probably done by now!)

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There is even a built-in campfire!

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I know Mom would be happy to know generations of campers to come will discover their own relationship with Christ through concerts, sing-a-longs and testimonies around the campfire for years to come. :-)

New Shoes

dawnmariew19:

Wisdom to chew on… :-)

Originally posted on Living a Life of Joy:

“If the shoes don’t fit, you don’t have to go through life barefoot.”

This was a quote out of a Chicago Fire episode (3.3) I watched this afternoon and it has been running through my mind ever since. To give a little context of where the quote is coming from: A character is dealing with not being able to be a firefighter anymore due to medical reasons. He is frustrated because he claims, “I AM a firefighter, that’s what I AM suppose to be. Who AM I without it?” Sound familiar? A good friend then gives him the advice, “If the shoes don’t fit, you don’t have to go through life barefoot.” I guarentee that all of us, are not going to have one pair of shoes for our whole life.

We know that we literally don’t wear the same pair of shoes our whole life. I mean, imagine if you did…

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Row, Row, Row……

I have been at it again, hopping from quilt shop to quilt shop collecting fabric license plates. ;-)

The “Row By Row Experience” is almost over but I have managed to get three more patterns and plates, plus I discovered a shop that is still waiting for someone to bring their finished quilt in and claim the prize (25 fat quarters)! Since I am on vacation, and have sewing machine in tow…(What? You don’t take your machine with you??! Lol)…I might be able to whip up a quilt with the rows I have collected and win a prize after all! :-) :-)

Here is is what I have added to my collection:

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The minute I saw the license plate on the Row by Row website, I knew I had to have it! It came from a “new-to-me” shop in Stayton, Oregon.

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If you look closely at the back wall of the shop you will see how its row was expanded to make a patriotic quilt. I think I will have to try that.

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Then last Saturday, I had the opportunity to snag two more while making my annual trek to Boise. Now I couldn’t leave the Willamette Valley too early or I would arrive in Sisters long before the Stitchin’ Post opened, so I slept in a little later than normal on my travel day. Remember, timing is everything when you are shop hopping. :-)

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This shop is the founder/organizer of the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show which is held the second Saturday in July. This definitely should be on the quilters bucket list! More than 1300 quilts are displayed throughout the town. The shop’s license plate appropriately says “Inspiration”.

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Sisters is located at the base of the Cascade mountain range and the row pattern depicts the majestic peaks. All I have to do is learn to appliqué!

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My third plate was picked up in the middle of the High Desert of Oregon.

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Country Lane Quilts in Burns, Oregon, is indeed an oasis for the quilter (and traveler).
It is big ranching country set in a huge valley that is so flat, you can see the curvature of the earth while driving on the main highway.

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The collection is growing, now all I have to do is figure out how to use the plates in a quilt!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!

More and More Quilts!

The 2014 Coburg Quilt Show is over, except here on my blog. ;-)
I’ve shown you the stars and a few of the art gallery worthy entries, so now here are few of the others that caught my eye!

The salmon…
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This one is a bit deceiving. From afar, it looks like a simple geometric design, but look closer and you will find a quilt full of dragonflies!
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A school(?) of sea turtles…

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And a trip to the zoo!

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We ran into a couple of Quilt Divas as well!

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And some unique techniques.

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A quilting friend told me to start saving the selvedges from my fabric so I could make a quilt like this some day. (I swear, quilters don’t waste anything!)

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And here is a Crazy Quilt I might be able to do since it is large pieces instead of the tiny scraps usually associated with these quilts!

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There were also some stunning examples of hand embroidery… Teapots and Presidents:

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Of the several “Stack and Whack” patterns featured in the show, I think this Tulip Fans is my favorite. It was made by the Yoders. Joan pieced it and her husband, Ray, machine quilted it. He used to quilt most of my large projects, but he retired in January. He told me that since he is “80-something” he should begin to relax a little. ;-)

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There are so many more quilts I could show you, but instead you should just plan on joining me next year!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!

A Field of Stars

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You could easily be star-struck at the quilt show in Coburg, Oregon this weekend. Stars of many shapes and sizes were on display. (Forgive some of the poor images – it’s all my cell phone seems to produce. :-( )

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This quilt stood out because all the stars are created with machine embroidery instead of individual pieces of fabric.

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Several quilts featured large, single stars. Some were “twisted”.

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This quilt is also done with the large star pattern, but the quilter, Kathleen Culver, used an intricate paper piecing method and called it “20 Cranes”.

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Each point of the star contains 20 individual crane blocks.

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This is one of my favorites. “American Eagle Star” was a gift of appreciation from the Lakota Tribe in South Dakota, but the quilt maker and quilter are unknown.

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Other star patterns are optical illusion in nature. Close up the pattern is hard to see until you step back and look at the quilt as a whole.

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And then there are the Stars and Stripes variety. This are Quilts of Valor. They are given to men and women who have served our country on the battle field.

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I will share some of the more whimsical quilts next time.

Until then,
Happy Quilting!

Quilt or Piece of Art?

I think every quilt should be considered artwork, but some just demand a gallery showing! Here are a few such masterpieces that I found at the 2014 Coburg Quilt Show. (Note to self: next time make sure you charge the battery on the Nikon so you don’t have to rely on less than stellar cell phone pics.) Dear readers, use your imagination to infuse deeper richer colors than you see here! ;-)

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“This quilt was originally a completely white machine quilted whole cloth quilt, using trapunto. It was then painted with pastel chalk, adding pearls and Czechoslovakian beads (over 10,000) to create color and sparkle” — quilt show guide book

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By the way, this amazing quilt is for sale. The $5,200 price tag alone shows it is art gallery worthy. ;-)

There were several other art quilts, while not quite so grand, were worth a second or third looks as well:

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Stars seemed to be a popular theme this year. I will take you on that tour in my next post.

Until then,
Happy Quilting!

Quilts to Come

When you go to a quilt show you usually see dozens of beautiful quilts, but seldom do you see all the work that goes on behind the scenes.

This morning, I got a glimpse of some of that hard work in action as I drove through Coburg, Oregon, where about a dozen or so worker bees were setting up the frames that will hold some 300 quilts tomorrow morning.

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While the gentlemen were wrangling the poles, the women were staking the perimeter.

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I love this quilt show and I intend to be there bright and early before it gets to hot. If you join me, don’t forget admission to the show is some canned food for the Coburg Food Pantry. :-)

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Until next time,
Happy Quilting!