Sunday, 26 July 2015

Another Road Trip...Day 5 Home Again!

After leaving Portland Monday morning I headed north over one of their many bridges to I-5 stopping in Castle Rock Washington for breakfast and a visit to The Quilt Nest.  The shop owners designed this lovely salmon row but left it up to you to figure out how to make the lovely fabric water effect. 
 I'm a sucker for black and white fabrics and this bicycle fabric is right up my alley.
 No further stops until I went to the Northgate store of Pacific Fabrics in Seattle where I found this lovely quilt on display.  There are five independently owned stores and each made their own row!  I got the bottom row along with a license plate to be mailed and the middle row from their Everett store.  I can see another brief road trip to pick up the remain three rows in my future.
 Ocean Waves from Nothgate.
 Sea Breeze from Everett.
 Next stop before heading over the border was Two Thimbles in Bellingham.  Several months ago Rita and I went in search but had no luck finding this shop.  It is set back from the street at a right angle and hides behind the red roof shop to it's left.  The shop owner told me even locals miss it on occasion.
 Inside this delightful shop are some hidden treasures.  A cupboard of wool...
 Lovely central cutting and cash area.
 Patterns and samples to tempt you.
 Brights along with some more display choices.
 Nooks and crannies to explore for a hidden treasure.
 Here is their row by row...sailing on Bellingham Bay.
 The fun fabric I found to be part of a backing.
A lovely road trip once again, filled with meeting new and old friends and many sources of inspiration and temptation!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Another Road Trip....Day 4

Each time I drive between Bend and Sisters I want to take a picture of the lovely horse sculpture and each time I forget until Sunday morning on my way to the Tula Pink lecture.
 Is this not a lovely sight, blue skies and promise of warm weather?
 I love coneflowers.
 Their centres are so nicely arranged.
 Wild flowers and a stream winding its way through the grounds of the Five Pines Conference centre.
 Hanging among the pines are Tula Pink quilts.
 Just a lovely setting.
 Quilts among the trees so peaceful and full of colour.
 Love this one.
 Interesting alphabet designed by Tula.
 Modern influences.
 Colour everywhere.
 Big and little alphabet quilts.
 A splash of colour reflecting the quilt colours found in the grass.
 Whimsical shapes.
 Butterfly made from left over blocks.
 Inside waiting for the lecture to start.
 Tula with her signature pink glasses.
 She shared ideas and studies from her sketch book.
 Ideas for a design.
 Swatches of fabrics for consideration.
 The resulting quilt..gorgeous.
 One of the backs she has designed for a is one large piece.
 Three quilts in three fabric colour ways.
 Pink, yellow and turquoise.
 Green blue and yellow.
 Green purple and red.  Same fabrics different colour ways fabrics in the same positions.  Three different looks.
 If you get a chance take it and listen to her speak.  I'm sure you will enjoy the lecture and her.
 I found the Quilters' Attic in Terrebonne.  They carry western style fabrics.
 Lovely whole cloth quilting.
 A touch of Modern quilting.
 All the rows from the row by row experience Central Oregon shops.
 This is their row.
 I found a piece of wool fabric that reflects the colours of their row!
 After almost four and a half hours for a just longer than three hour drive I arrived in Portland and got two patterns from Fabric Depot and then found a room for the night.  I love that sewing machine fabric and have a couple of projects in mind for it.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Another Road Trip...Day 3 continued

This quilt reminds me of the tuffit stools that you sometimes see but this person decided to make it into a quilt, not the story but I like my version of it's creation.
 I love skeleton trees and this reminds me of a photo I took of a tree with some paper lanterns.
 Cascade Highway runs thru Sisters and is blocked off to motor traffic, but they do allow some cross access.  At the first show I attended traffic was still allowed and snaked along slower than people walking along side.  They would stop the traffic so pedestrians could cross.  Now it is diverted to parallel streets.
 I love going into the pharmacy to see what is on display and to enjoy a bit of the a/c.
 Again a skeleton tree...
 but this one is made with couched yarn.
 A lovely feathered star within another within another.
 Some of the quilts commemorating the 40th anniversary of the show.
 I love this one, can you see how she made the store the heart of the piece?
 Lovely applique.
 Flying geese, hummingbirds and hollyhocks.
 A field of tulips.  I love all the mix of reds she used to applique the tulips inspired by a card depicting the tulips in Mount Vernon Washington.
 On The Divinity of Second Chances was another group of challenge quilts that were featured in this area.

 This is another one based on the same book although no moon in it.

Dancing in the moonlight.
 The one on the right was part of a featured artist display at QuiltWorks last year.
 Depicting another state I love, Utah.
 Five ladies from Gees Bend were out on the porch stitching and chatting with people.
 I met China when she and some of the other members of the group came to Vancouver in 2011
 Some of their lovely quilts covering the porch they were sitting on.
 Simple but effective design.
 Love the yellow in this one.
 This one was made with old U.S. postal uniform shirts.
 Sue Spargo with Alex Anderson in meet the teacher tent.

 A view of the three Sisters mountains.
 This is the first time I recall not being able to see the peak.
 The house of a quilting friend I know.
 At first I thought this was a sandpiper, but realized we were too far from the ocean.  It is a killdeer, they lay their eggs on dirt and if a threat comes near the next the parents will fake a broken wing to draw the threat away.
 Heading out of town I spotted this guy...hey wait a minute..
 His right antler is damaged!
 He was also walking with a limp, I wonder if those circling birds from earlier in the morning were checking him out.  He quietly fed and let me take almost a dozen pictures.  I sent them to Anna and she thinks he must have been hurt fighting another buck.  I hope it wasn't due to a car accident.  He is hanging in there and will loose that rack in the fall and grow a new set next year.
 I forgot to share pictures of the row from Material Girl Fabrics in fact I forgot my pattern and had to go back after walking the show.
 Rainbow theme.
 Cute use of a Christmas fabric for a table runner.
 Postcards from Paris.

 A trip out to The Fabric Shack in Prineville to get their row pattern.

I'm a sucker for a fun striped fabric.
 Fabrics from Material Girls I got.
 Anna gifted me with a 40th anniversary bag, a cute thread spool pincushion and some tulip needles.
 Rain on my way back to the motel in Bend..another first.  Good thing is Sisters only got a few sprinkles.