Thursday, February 26, 2015

Zippy Pouches

Paper pieced Bird Block

The back of the bird pouch

I got rolling on sewing up a bunch of zipper pouches. Fortunately, we went off to see some friends in Montana and I was able to give away most of them as hostess gifts.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


I have gone through my own pictures over the years and, more recently, sorted out trays and trays of my parents slides. The ones that get saved are the pictures of people. All the sunsets and stunning vistas get trashed. The photos of someone's dog or cat, my mom's roses - all are quickly discarded. 

And yet, when the sun rises over the hill outside my dining room window and lights up the clouds, I forget that the file will soon be deleted and I run for my phone. It's so pretty...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Florence Quilt

Florence Quilt
75" x 89"Started 10/20/14
Top finished 11/11/14
Quilt finished 1/25/15

Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks

Longarm quilted by Peggy Wilbur

Scrappy binding

Friday, February 13, 2015

Robotics Flag

The high school Robotics Team needed a flag. The old banner got lost on the championship trip to St. Louis last year. Another volunteer had all of the materials and a pattern of sorts but I had to figure most of it out along the way. 

Their mascot is a Cyborg Ferret, an imaginary creature with an LED for an eye. That will be installed later; I did make two interior pockets for the batteries. I didn't get measurements but I believe it turned out to be about 40" x 56". 

Dave helped me with the finishing of the wooden pole and also helped me with designing the simple method of securing it. No Velcro! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pens! Paper!

Ray was given a cheap fountain pen by a friend at school and it started a little flurry of purchasing around here. I already owned a few of these notebooks and pens but I bought more, for him and for me, and now I think we have enough.

When we traveled to Albuquerque for a week in November, I took a very small, hand made journal along to attempt a bullet journal. My schedule is not that difficult to keep track of but I liked the idea of having my short term and long term to-do lists and some daily notes all in one place. I filled up the first notebook in a few weeks and am now working steadily on Bullet Journal #2.

Everyone will have their own way of making such a project work. I like to glue a few things in, like a Smash Book or scrapbook, and do a few drawings and use some rubber stamps here and there. Mostly, I just document some highlights of the day and have cleaned up several of the project and stash lists I used to have scattered across my desk. I like having an index in the front so numbered pages have proven to be useful. I really like the paper of my current notebook, a Rhodia Webnotebook, but it is awkward to write in because it has remained stiff and will not lay flat. So, I won't choose that one again. There are a couple of others already in the pile that I will try next.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The Daughter

- Katherine -
Target shooting in Cordova

Walking the docks with Dave in Anacortes

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cyborg Ferrets

My next sewing project is to make a two sided heavy duty flag for the high school robotics team. This logo, a "cyborg ferret", is a large part of the design but I don't have a pattern yet or much direction. I have learned that one of the eyes will be lit by battery powered LEDs so I'll need to make a small pocket behind the eye to carry the weight. There are quite a few things I will need to figure out along the way.