The Traveling Quilt is Ready


This little 33″ x 33.5″ wall hanging has been fun to put together.  To make a smaller quilt for traveling purposes, I visited the FedEx Store this weekend and had the Meridian Pattern by Alison Glass reduced to 70% to create a smaller block.  I made new plastic templates and began the layout using fabric a friend brought me from Singapore.


  I will mark the lines for the quilting design tomorrow using Crayola washable markers.  I have a small, yet sturdy, PBC Piping frame that is great for quilting on trips.  I’m looking forward to posting cool locations with the progress of this project.

Life has been full, busy, and messy.  Working on quilt projects (more specifically, working with my hands on projects) is my way of bringing balance to the many changing seasons over the years.  I’ve been having computer problems that need to be resolved. The tug of the minimalism movement keeps poking and pulling at my heart.  My biggest problem with minimizing what I own will be letting go of all of the books I have.  I really wish there was a way to return the hard copy book I already own into Amazon and have a copy of the same title sent to my Amazon electronic book account; I need to work out a plan to take care of this concern.

Hope you’re doing well!




The Next Traveling Quilt


I’m playing around with these fabrics from Singapore a friend gave me from a business trip over a year ago.  I can’t tell you what part of the country (or the world) I’m going to be taking pictures with this quilt.  You’ll have to check back and see if it is as cool of a place as I’m thinking it will be.


I like to have something to work on when I’m traveling, so I thought I’d try this Meridian Pattern by Allison Glass.  I have a few more blocks to make.


Like most projects, I thought the curves would be hard to make, but it turns out they are not too difficult to put together.


Using a thick template material, I cut out all of the stencils.  Following the directions and using the right stencil, has made this project come together nicely.

I’m glad I have fabric to work with and work still to be done…as I have like 7 or more projects going right now.

I can tell another time of transition is coming in life.  It’s time for me to go on to the next activity, go on to the next season in life.  I’m not sure how it is going to unfold, or even what all of  “it” is.

In the mean time, I promise some really cool pictures of a really cool place. Check back soon.

Happy Tuesday!


Coloring Eggs with Onion Skins


I found this idea on Facebook. When preparing meals, I asked family members to save onion skins.  After I had a lunch bag full of onion skins, I boiled a handful or so of the onion skins with one to two cups of water.

Using greens from the yard, I placed a leaf on the unboiled egg, wrapped the greenery in place with pantyhose, tied the pantyhose in knots as needed, and placed it in the pot with the onion skins to boil for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, I turned the heat off and let the eggs soak in the cooling water.


After soaking and removing the pantyhose using scissors, this is how the eggs look. Allowing the eggs to spend less time in the onion skin liquid will probably produce a lighter shade.   Now I want to make a batch of eggs using purple cabbage.

Happy Monday!


Estate Sale with Tons of Fabric

Sharing the News for Stephanie Brouwer Redelings
Fabric for Sale at a Family Estate Sale in Philomath, Oregon this weekend!
Lots of fabric available at our Estate Sale
on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1,
from 8 am – 4 pm at 2470
Newgate Drive, Philomath, Oregon,
in the Rosewood Estates off of West Hills Road

Making Something New


I’m making steady progress hand quilting the antique wedding ring quilt in the frame.  Every time I think I’ve put in a good effort, I realize I have a bit more to quilt.  One afternoon this week (to give my fingers a break from hand quilting), I went through my stash pile, and I found a bag of arches made of antique fabric.  A friend here in Oregon gave me these wedding ring arches already sewn together.  Each arch is only a quarter of one of the rings shown in the picture, and I have about 20 or so to use.

In thinking of a way to use these pieces, I wanted to go with a more modern look, so I sewed four quarter arches together and made a few rings.  I pressed the edges of each ring and used a water soluble glue stick to keep the rings in place on a white piece of fabric.  I’m going to use a button-hole embroidery stitch to tack the edges of the rings in place, as well as adding a border or two.  The finished product will be a baby sized quilt.

Have a good weekend!


Thinking about My Dad

img_4418My Dad Hugging His Mother

“The true measure of all of our actions is how long the good in them lasts.”

-Queen Elizabeth II, PBS Documentary

While taking a picture frame apart I came upon this picture of my Dad with his Mother.  It was tucked behind another picture.  Finding this picture was serendipitous, because I had just spoken with a relative in the past few days who shared with me something I didn’t know about my Dad.

I contacted my Uncle Mike to ask about this picture.  Uncle Mike said he took the picture around 1951 (when my Dad was 21 years old); he was coming back from leave and heading off to his next mission that year.  My Dad was a Marine; he served as a call box soldier in the Korean War.  His mother immigrated to the US from Eastern Europe by way of Ellis Island.  She and my grandfather, also from Eastern Europe, had an arranged marriage.  My grandmother never learned to speak much English. My Dad once told me he signed his own report cards for school, because his Mother didn’t write much in English.

My Dad passed away 19 years ago, and I thought I knew pretty much everything there was to know about him. It turns out, I was wrong.  I learned this week while I was growing up my Dad had been quietly doing random acts of kindness for the local women’s shelter for years.  After my Dad died, my Mother was called by the women’s shelter to ask if they could do anything for her to thank her for all my Dad had done for them.  This offer of care for my Mother came to everybody’s surprise including my Mom.  After all these years, it was news to me.  I didn’t know my Dad had invested his time in the women’s shelter.

What a sweet feeling it is to learn something new about my Dad. He was a thoughtful person, conscientious of others in his community.

Sometimes it is the quiet, unspoken gifts of caring from others that speak the loudest over the years.