Out and About in San Jose!


I made a stop into the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles located in San Jose, California this week!


I saw many vintage looking tops. I’m pretty sure this is a picture of a Snowball Quilt.


And I saw many new kinds of quilts like this top.  This is a project completed by youth from the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections Elmwood Facility


There were old quilts on display.


There were large quilts to see.  This is one of the largest quilts I’ve ever seen.


There were unique quilts, like this quilt one made of film strips lit up with a light box.


This is a close up of one of the film strip blocks!


There were unusual quilts on display such as this one, which is probably the most eclectic quilt I have ever seen!  It was made of actual pieces of clothing sewn together.


And there were quilts sewn of different materials like the one Matilda is in front of, a quilt made of painted canvas.


This is the full view of the painted canvas material quilt.


This is a quilt made of all wool material!  Although it is not a Gee’s Bend Quilt, it looked like one to me.

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Matilda is contributing to a quilt project in progress!


I saw lots of patterns in many different mediums and textures.


 And I enjoyed the many different quilt block patterns found in front of the museum as I finished my time exploring the Quilt and Textiles Museum!

I hope the pieces of life are coming together for you!


Big Sur

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These are a few pictures taken by my daughter, Hayley, of the beautiful coastal area in California called the Big Sur.

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What a cool place to travel to and explore!

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These pictures are real…and not photo shopped in any way.

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It was a beautiful day, and it was so fun to be there with Tilda and her parents!

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I highly recommend a trip to this area!  There are many cool places to explore in life and people still to meet!  You never know what can happen in life and the places you will go!

Blessings to you this day!


I Traveled to…

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…the Bay Area to See Matilda and Spend Time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  These pictures were taken by Tilda’s mom and my oldest daughter, Hayley.

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Matilda exploring an exhibit of plants that grow in the ocean.

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Whether we like it or not, she’s growing up right before our very eyes!

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Matilda takes in the view of the Jelly Fish Tank.

I’m sorry I stopped posting for a bit…there were a few days where Tilda won the battle for energy…and I lost, because I was worn out having too much fun with her!

Hope you are doing well!


Have Quilt-Will Travel


I’m taking a trip soon and for the length of time I will be away from home, I know my fingers will get restless, and I’ll want to work on something.  I dug around in my stash pile and pulled out this 27″ x 36″ little top.


  I made this little table top a few years ago from antique squares already sewn together when they were given to me.  After sizing all of the blocks there was not much fabric left for keeping the points sharp.  I added the sashing and the border.  I will be using 100% Cotton Mountain Mist Batting with a solid light blue backing, and light blue quilt thread.


Some people pack their bag as they prepare for a trip. Not me. I spent most of the day preparing this little quilt for travel, marking it, and putting it in a hoop. I’ll be sure to show you pictures of the quilting pattern I chose and how the quilting looks!

I’m, also, excited to show you some of the places I hope to visit…like maybe even a Textile and Quilt Museum!

Can you guess where I’m going?

Naww…I’m not telling you yet!

Love to you,


Harvesting Hops


Over the next month in Oregon, the Hops Fields will be harvested!


The Hops plant is a climbing vine.  Some fields have a single plant per strand of string.  The picture above shows one large plant with strings  on either side for the plant to grow.


This is how the vines of the Hops plant climb and grow around the cord. The vine is thick and is actually pretty strong.


The light green flower is harvested for making beer.


The variety of agriculture grown in the Willamette Valley where I live is fascinating to me.


The Hops Fields have an inviting allure all of their own to them.

Happy Tuesday!  Hope it’s a good one for you!