Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Road Home from Sisters.

I went back into Salem to check out The Cotton Patch as I saw it on the Row by Row Experience website and had not been there before and was in need of a driving break.
 It's set back from the road and shares a parking lot with a hardware store on the left.
 The store isn't hug but it has a nice selection of fabrics.
 They also have a good selection of gift items and inspiration around the shop.
 Their row is a vertical on and is meant to be a tree, but seeing it sideways makes me think of maple leaves floating down a stream and getting caught up on rocks.
 Love that over sized star block.
 Spools next to a wild life panel.
 I'm always a sucker for Scottie profiles.
 Re-purposing a plant hold for fabric display.
 The bigger picture. Here is a link to their website.
 Next stop was at Cool Cottons in Portland.  Anna recently did a Quilt Roadies video on this shop and I was curious to check it out.
 Love older homes with hardwood floor that become quilt shops.
 Great track lighting to show of the fabrics.
 Here is their modern domestic row of geese.  I've seen several variations for the On the Go theme using the flying gees block.
 Rich colours.
 Pinks and oranges.
 Mini bolts, contemplated buying one fabric and went back and someone else has picked it up.  Hoping she wouldn't buy the whole bolt I waited.  But she bought it all.  Lesson learned, pick it up and then decided.
 Black and whites with pops of colour.
 Their previous and current license plates.
 Cool greens and aquas. Here is a link to their website.
 Next stop was Modern Domestic in Portland.  I'd heard of this shop and decided to find it.
 Love the exposed ceiling with the ducts and lighting.
 Lots of colour, they also carry fabrics suitable for clothing.
 They offer long arm quilting.
 Lovely display area.
 What a cute On the Go row!
 I looked into the classroom and they had the younger generation doing a class.  I asked permission to take a picture and the teacher asked them to bow their heads so their identities were kept private.  So nice to see the future in sewing and quilting getting an early start. Here is a link to their website.
 Sunday after the lecture Robin packed up to go home and I stayed over until Monday morning.
 Robin, Anna and their friend Lori who was up in Alaska fishing were the recipients of my three baby Bionic Gear Bags.  Robin works in clay and made me a delightful ruler holder with the imprint of an owl that I have yet to take a picture of.
 I had posted some pictures on Instagram and Lori and Anna had both commented on them so I was happy they've gone to a good home.  Robin doesn't follow on Instagram.
 Each bag is different as these three often go on retreats and sewing adventures together.
 I've got to make my version in another zipper accent colour.
 I'm glad they are already being used.  Anna is camping and took hers along.
 Anna gifted me with these two zipper bags.
 Inside was a fabric rendition of the 2017 SOQS poster.
 Anna bought me a couple of treasures from her last road trip to Arizona.
 She got me the wooly block from Quilter's Quarters in Cottonwood Arizona.
 I've already cut out the block and getting ready to sew it.  Using my own stash for it.
 She also gave me their 2016 row.
 The Snow Covered Desert will join the Snowman from Pioneer Quilts.
 and the Winter Wonderland crow from Something To Crow About the and the 9th block.
 I also purchased Snow Bunny from Fiddlesticks.  All my wool blocks are prepped and ready to stitch.
I also got the latest Quilt Folk magazine in Bend when I went there.  They have both an American and Canadian dollar price but so far I've not found it locally.  I contacted the publisher and so far they haven't found a Canadian company to bring it it.  So my advise to my Canadian friends is to ask your local book store that carries magazines to ask for it and hopefully we can get it here.
 The most recent issue is on Hawaii.  You can get single issues from the website or a subscription. Here is a link to their website. You can get a subscription for $75 or you can buy individual issues also.
I also stopped in at Pacific Fabrics in SODO, aka Seattle to pick up one of their rows.  I had hoped to get home by 6 but it was 8 due to rediculous traffic all the way to the border out of Seattle.  But glad to be safe and sound.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Taking a Break on Quilt Show Day, off to Bend and Redmond.

There is just no way you can see everything when you go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  Too many crowds, too many quilts and often it just gets too hot.  I decided to take a break and drive over to Bend and first check out the Portraits show at Quiltworks.  If you ever get to this area Quiltworks has a second floor gallery that they rotate show each month and it is well worth the trip.  This time there were portraits of Dogs..
 People, this was Shh...It's a Secret! by Cindy O'Neal.  It was a challenge for the Mt. Bachelor Quilt guild Clue Board Game.  The challenge was to choose three card, one suspect, one room, one weapon and let those be your challenge.  Room Library, hence Shh! Suspect Mr. Green, colour of the coat.  Weapon was the rob the green cord around the white grid represents the rope.  Notice the arrow in the upper left hand of the white leads to the Secret Passage that leads from one room to another.  Serious Clue players know this.  This piece won Viewer's Choice in 2015.
 Under the Sea by Candy Woods represents a dream vacation in 2011 to celebrate their 47th anniversary using teachniques taught by Freddy Moran in 2013 using collage techniques.
 Coming Home by Charlotte Sara Oakes.  Sockeye salmon travel hundreds of miles in 2-6 years to return to their place of birth.
 Grandpa's 80th Birthday by Eileen Heber.  Based on a article in September 2013 American Quilter Magazine titled Portrait Quilts in Five Values by Lea McComas.
 Mike's Portrait [still in progress] by Corni Quinlivan.  Froma favourite photograph of my husband mike and the value based contemporary realistic meathod learned in a Grace Errea class.  She is still working on adding shadows to one side and fixing that pesky eye behind those glasses.  raw edge applique made in 2016.
 I always wanted a purple streak in my hair by Corni Quinlivan.  Using techniques by Grace Errea she developed this self portrait making sure to add a purple streak in her hair something she would never do in real life.
 Hoo's There by Patricia Roland.  Created in a thread paintin workshop with Barbara Shapel.  She used her own original driving of a Great Horned Owl.
 Detail of Owl.
 Lunch by Patricia Roland an original design of hers using a combination of thread and paint to creat the flower and caterpillar on this two sided quilt.
 Caterpillar detail
 Flower detail
 Looking down onto the main floor.  I got there early and it was quiet as so many people were at the show.
 A few other shoppers joined me.
 Wool corner.
 Wool patterns.
 More wool.
 Their On the Go row, flying geese.
 Next I went to BJ Fabric Basket.  They have a new owner and it is reflected in the reorganization of the shop.
 Lots of samples.
 Beautiful rainbow star.
 Their row winner for this year.
 More rainbow triangles in a different setting. Their row is the plane with the quilt banner.  I think I forgot to get it!
 Lots of temptation
 Next stop was the new location of Sew Many Quilts.  They used to have two long narrow rooms adjacent to each other.  They now have a huge rectangle space they they have definitely filled.  No row for them as the design was due as they were moving to the new location.
 Civil war inspired prints.
 Lots of samples to choose from.
 Brights on display.
 They always have a great Halloween project display.
 Great use of a panel.
 Mini quilts projects.
 Stitchery projects.
 Christmas on display.
 This year the light was red in Redmond so I could get a picture of this sculpture.  The area within the circle at the top rotated with the wind.
 Material Girls has this cute row.  The shop was busy and too hard to take any photos this year.
 Stitchin' Post on top, Quiltworks in Bend and Material Girls on the bottom.
I got back to Sisters in time to drive with Anna and Robin and help receive and refold quilts so they could be checked in. Here is a link to Anna's video on the day of the quilt show. At the end you will see how they were brought in and folded. A very hot end to a hot day!