2020 Challenge – Block # 3

2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge – Block #3

A few weeks ago I said I had found a direction or inspiration for my 2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge blocks, and here is the first one.  Before I get into the specifics about this block I want to talk a little bit about the “inspiration”.

This is the pamphlet I talked about in my earlier post,  I found it while we were visiting Sol Duc Hot Springs in the Olympic Rain Forest in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State.





This illustration was painted by John Dawson.  Mr. Dawson has done many illustrations for the US National Parks.


What I intend to do is to make a Crazy Quilt representation of Mr Dawson’s Olympic illustration.  To do this I made a copy of this pamphlet and then drew a 3″ grid across it (the copy).  Then I marked each square, so I could put it back together.  Finally, I enlarged each three inch square to six inches.  I worked from the enlarged section to make the first Crazy Quilt Block (see the photo above). I will work each enlarged section until I have a complete representation of Mr. Dawson’s painting.  I will need to fill in the sections where there is written text, but since I live on the edge of the Olympic Rain Forest that shouldn’t be to difficult.

I designed this block myself.  It has 9 different fabrics in it.

I used three kinds of lace:

  • 2 types of cotton lace, which I hand painted
  • 1 hand tatted lace done in variegated blue thread
  • I have used 20 different threads
  • 16 different seam embellishments
  • 2 Embroidery Techniques
  • 14 types of seed beads
  • I  have used a total of 182 seed beads
  • 2 sequins

There is a total of 64 different embellishments on this block.

My cumulative count for the Crazy Quilt Block Challenge is 176 items.

Until next time,




Wild Berry Jams and Jellies, Plus a Work in Progress

Wild Berry Jams and Jellies, Plus a Work in Progress

I have spent most of September picking, processing and making jams and jellies from the wild berries that grow here at Camp Hahobas.  Salal  berries were the first  berries I picked.  I wasn’t even aware they were edible until I was told they were by one of the brush pickers that harvest the Salal.  The the Salal plant is used by the floral industry.  So the next time you get a pretty bouquet, the greenery in it just might be Salal.








Next I harvested Black Berries.  Mr B says they are also called “Wait a minute vines” cause you need to wait a minute while you untangle yourself from their thorny vines.  Fortunately I have a Black Berry hedge growing in my front yard.  So I didn’t have to go far.

Last I pick the tiny  Kinnikinnick berry or Bearberry.  After doing a search to see if it was edible I discovered that Native Americans smoked Kinnikinnick and the berries are still used medicinally to treat bladder and kidney disorders. Truly, the leaves of Bearberry plant still fill many a pipe today.


The photo (to the right) makes the berries appear bigger that they really are.  The berries in the pan (photo below) gives you a better indication of how small the berries actually are.






When I say tiny, I do mean tiny.  I worked one afternoon for 3 and a half hours and all I collected was two quarts of these little guys. By the time I processed the berries I got 1 and a half quarts juice from them.  I had to add a quart of black berries so I would have enough juice to get one batch of jelly.

I went out a second time to pick the tiny berries again but got rained out, Fall is finally here.  I added two cups of black berries from the very last picking.  But it wasn’t enough so, I added about two cups frozen blue berries, thawed, and it still  wasn’t enough.   So I added enough Apple Juice to make the 5 cups of juice called for in the recipe.  I wasn’t sure what the taste would be, but it’s good.  It tastes something close to cranberry sauce.  It will be good for the Holidays.  Served with fresh hot scones or biscuits with creamy sweet butter, “Yummy!”





A Work in Progress

I want to share a project which is a gift for a loved one in my family.





I drafted the crazy block myself.  It’s getting easier to draft these blocks.  This block is by far the busiest block I’ve done.







I tried my hand at dying a few pieces of lace.  I used alcohol inks mixed into water. I got subtle coloring, which was what I wanted.  I used the yellow lace butterfly  and the flowers in an oval.




Each in  part of the block was designed especially for it’s recipient, right down to the little charms I sewed on it.  Bet you can’t guess what her favorite colors are? All that needs to be done is to put this block into it’s frame.

Until next time,



2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge Block – #2

2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge Block # 2

A Plan Emerges

Before I get into the highlights of block two, I want to tell you about my plan.  I started this challenge with no real plan other than the goal of adding 2020 items to a crazy quilt.  However, that has changed. I wanted to share an idea I’ve got rattling around in my brain. I know I’m going to have at least 100 blocks when I finish this project.  The problem is this:  How I am I going to put all the blocks together and what will be on the next 98 blocks.

In the training I’ve received in the last two years, I’ve learn there are essentially, two ways to approach making and embellishing quilt blocks (especially crazy quilt blocks): One, is to plan as much of the block you are able, insuring the block is balanced both in regards to the fabrics used and the embellishments used. The other is to work organically or by inspiration of the moment.  This means no planning you just lay fabric and embellishments down and if it looks good then it’s sewn down.  Personally, I like to plan it out before I begin, even right down to the placement of seam treatments, beads and charms.  So, with all this information and inspiration tumbling around in my mind, I let my subconscious deal with it as I slept a few nights. A couple of mornings later, I was rewarded with a fantastic idea.

I remembered a couple of years ago, I picked up a pamphlet from a trip to the Olympic Rain Forest and have kept it because it has this awesome picture done by artist and illustrator, John Dawson. The picture is collage of Olympic forest animals in their habitats. I have kept this pamphlet as inspiration.  It’s a miracle I found it especially after moving. I only had to look in three boxes.  Now I need to figure out how I’m going breakdown the picture and turn it into manageable segments, to make my interpretation of it. I am not going to copy it. It will be exciting to see how this develops.

Ta-Da, here is block number two.


I drafted this block myself, it is the first block I have drafted .  It is constructed with 6 fabrics, 2 flat laces, 19 threads, 3 silk ribbons, 6 embroidery techniques, and 5 seam treatments.  Other embellishments include 24 different beads, 3 sequins, and 5 glass heart beads. There is a total count of 222 beads used on this block.





The Bead and Embroidery Techniques are:


An embroidered beaded bird


An embroidered beaded daisy like flower








Three Forget-Me-Not Flowers beaded with 4 mm glass beads (6 white for the petals and 1 brown for the center) are stitched onto Back Stitched stocks. The embroidered Queen Anne’s Lace Flowers have been embellished with tiny 12/0 white pearl seed beads.










A beaded dragonfly with embroidered silk ribbon wings





                                         A beaded lace basket motif









An Embroidered Monogram B is embellished with 12/0 brown seed beads,  Bullion Stitched roses and rose buds  and tiny 12-0 pearl seed beads add further embellishment.







Each of the flat laces are embellished with beads and embroidery.

The lace above the dragonfly has Detached Chain Stitches which form little flowers. Each flower has a 11/0 teal seed bead sewn into the flowers’ centers.











The lace in the upper left-hand corner is embellished with 12/0 pearl seed bead is sewn onto the lace.


Total Embellishments Used on Block # 2:   65 

Cumulative Total:   112

I continue to use my record keeping pages, so I will know what I’ve used so far.

Until next time,


Four More Hexagon Blocks done

Four More Hexagon Blocks Finished

I have finished four more hexagon blocks which were started as a part of Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course(ICQC) 103.  They contain the results of tasks given in ICQC 103, 104 and 105.  I have added other embroidery motifs, beaded embroideries, embellishments and seam treatments to fill in the spaces and complete the hexies.

1-Frog and Friends

This block features an embroidered frog at home in his pond. It was a ICQC 103 task.  In which, Kathy Shaw said to tell a story about the embroidery motif.  So I did, I gave him some friends and surroundings a frog might like.  There is a spider, two snails, one charm and the other is embroidered.  Also, a silk ribbon dragonfly, and a Cloisonné butterfly beaded lace butterfly, both fly above the pond.  I added a few cattails to frog’s pond.  To give the Cattails a fluffy look, I used a silk and wool thread.  Seam treatments provide flowers that surround the little pond.


To the right of the pond is a bouquet of beaded Lavender flowers.







2-Twisted Tree in the Garden

Another task in ICQC 103 was to create a twisted tree from different fibers. I used two colors of wool yarn and Pearl Cotton sizes 5 and 8, also in two colors. The leaves are done with 4mm silk ribbon in a Detached Chain Stitch.  A little bird charm sits in the tree.






The spider and its web in the climbing vine were another task from ICQC 103.  I used a DMC metallic thread for the web and two bi-cone glass beads of different sizes for the spider’s head and body. The legs are embroidered in a black silk thread. A Cloisonné bead butterfly and a beaded lace butterfly share this garden.






In a yellow rosebush which stands above the climbing vine, sits a singing Bluebird.

This sweet bird in the rose bush came from a task for ICQC 105, Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

To create my little bird, I used two colors four colors of silk floss.  I stitches the bird in the Chain Stitch to effect feathers.  The eye is a black, 2 mm round bead. For the beak, I used pearl cotton size 8. The roses in the flowering bush, are Fargo Roses made with 7mm and 4 mm silk ribbon.  The leaves are done in Detached Chain Stitch with 4mm silk ribbon.

3- Girl in the Garden

The girl in the center on this block is a Silkie and a ICQC 104 task. I over stitched this little girl’s hair with three types of thread; a rayon, a metallic and a poly-cotton thread. I stitched the little girl’s hair with the Chain Stitch. Last, I added a 4mm silk ribbon bow to the hat. The lace around the collar and the sleeve is done in the Crested Chain Stitch to add a touch of lace.

I used 4 mm silk ribbon for the flowers.  I chose silk ribbon Fargo Roses to over-stitch the roses that make the wreath.  The leaves are done in pearl cotton and I added 2mm ivory glass pearls here and there in the wreath for a little sparkle.

To the right of the silkie is a pair of appliqued, embellished hearts. This was an ICQC 104 task.  For applique, I like to use a technique that employs feather weight fusible interfacing.  This technique is good for simple medium to large shapes. This method ensures the raw edges are nicely turned under. After the hearts were appliquéd onto the block they were embellished with medium blue seed beads, size 8, light blue 4mm glass beads and size 10, crystal seed beads. The front heart is embellished with a rose cluster and three white pearls.




Above the girl is a pair of Pomegranates worked in silk ribbon, and gold silk thread with tiny Rocailles, size 14 pearl beads and 11/0 gold beads. The Pomegranates were a ICQC 105, Silk Ribbon Embroidery task. Finding a needle thin enough to go through the Rocailles, was a bit of a chore but I finally found the thin needles at Michaels Craft Store, in their beading department.

A hand-dyed oval lace motif, has been sewn to the fabric piece to the left of the girl silkie.  I have sewn 2 mm and 3 mm pearls on to the lace motif.





Above the seam treatment which borders the lace motif is a row of beaded blue For-Get-Me-Not Flowers.

                                  Directly below the silkie is a blue beaded button, blue glass flower beads and beaded flower sequins.  A navy blue and gold pressed glass butterfly, is sewn directly below the appliqued hearts.





4- More Critters in the Flower Garden


One of the tasks in ICQC 103 was to create a vine and a spider web.   The spider has anchored its web to the climbing vine, the grass on the ground and the tall grass to the right on the web.  I used a DMC metallic thread for the web and two round glass beads of different sizes for the spider’s head and body. The legs are embroidered in a black silk thread.

Above the climbing vine, flies an embroidered beaded bird.








Above the bird, is a flying Ladybug.








  Around the bird are embroidered beaded flowers; a red flower to the left and a blue flower is to the left of the climbing vine.







The seam treatments add additional flowers to this the garden block.

A Cloisonné bead butterfly and a beaded lace butterfly share this garden with the Ladybug and spider.

I have finished eight of twenty-four hexagon blocks.  So sixteen more to go.

Until next time,




2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge – Block One

2020 Crazy Quilt Block Challenge – Block One

                                                                                                    Like many quilters I made a millennium quilt at the turn of the new century.  It started with a June 14, 1999 meeting of 20 Yakima School District’s teachers and paraeducators who also quilt.  Each member brought 20 zip lock baggies each containing 50 – two and a half-inch squares.  These were exchanged so members came away with 1000 – two and a half-inch squares.   







 20 muslin rectangles were passed around which attending members signed.  Each member received one of the rectangles to use as the quilts’ label.











I added 1000 additional fabrics to make 2000 different fabrics.   My mom gave me large scraps from her fabric stash so I would have the additional fabrics to equal 2000.  In addition, I had found three millennium themed print fabrics, two were lights and one a dark. This is a page from my Quilt Journal.




This past June, Sharon Boggon of Pintangle.com issued a 2020 Crazy Block Challenge.  The idea is to make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020.  You can find the guidelines to the 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge by clicking here. 

I decided to go with a 6 ½” (unfinished) square since I’m already working on a hexagon crazy quilt, the one I started as a part of Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course 103. This will be the first time I will be making a crazy quilt of this size.  I estimated it will take be 60” x 60”, which is 100 six-inch blocks embellished with 20 unique items.  I plan to count fabrics, threads, and embellishments such as beads, buttons, charms, lace and ribbons.  I will also count different embroidery techniques and seam combinations.


Here is my first block for the 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge:

I used a modified version of Kathy Shaw’s Mix n’ Match Crazy Blocks, 6”, purchased from Ms. Shaw’s Etsy site. I can’t show it because of copy write laws, but if you have her first book, Crazy Quilting – Volume 1, Beyond Basics, page 79.    I eliminated a couple of the seams to make the fabric pieces a little larger.  I wanted more space for embroidery motifs. 






Here is the block unembellished:







The upper right-hand corner features an applique bird in a silk ribbon rose-bush.  This pattern came from one of the assignments in Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course 105 – Silk Ribbon Embroidery.






The upper left corner is embellished with ecru lace and a seam treatment of embroidered flowers formed with straight stitches and Bullion Knots flowers.  Below the lace a row of Chevron Stitches  are worked with small 6 mm blue glass heart and seed beads.  A metal bee charm is sewn above the Bullion Knot Flowers.




Lower left-hand corner features an embroidered dragonfly flying over a stand of cattail.  The dragonfly was a part of an embroidered interior decorator fabric.  I added 1/4th inch organdy ribbon stitched over the wings, to add dimension.  I also beaded the body with glass pearls and rice pearls.







Another embroidered interior decorator fabric was pieced into the center of the block.  Using the embroidered vining leaf, and an additional vine for the second flower, which I embroidered.  Then I added a Mother of Pearl flower and glass leaf bead to each vine. 

Above the center piece, this area is embellished with a lace flower, which I over stitched with Thread Gatherer’s Silk n Pearl #10, color:  Easter Parade.  An antique glass pearl button is stitched in the flower’s center.  A Cloisonné Butterfly Bead is sewn to the left of the lace flower. 



The lower right corner is embellished with a 1/4th inch wide vintage Jacquard woven ribbon.  Seam treatments are straight Stitches with Detached Chain Stitches and seed beads above and below are Straight Stitches with seed beads.  Three small antique glass buttons are sewn below the woven ribbon.






Here is my accounting system.  I used the record keeping ideas from both Sharon Boggon and Rosemary Dempster (Thank you ladies), in developing the forms I plan to use.  


















I am keeping track of fabric and embellishments used in a three-ring binder with plastic sleeves.



Until next time,


Nana and Papa’s Camp 2017

Nana and Papa’s Camp 2017


Lunch Time

Mr. B and I spent the last eight months planning this event that was part family reunion and part summer camp for our grandchildren. It’s a special kind of family reunion that focused on our grandchildren.  “Nana and Papa’s Camp” ran August 11th through the 16th. We were blessed to have all four of our children, their spouses or significant other and all nine of grandchildren in attendance. My parents and Mr. B’s mother also joined us.  Our grandchildrens’ ages range 18 months to 14 years, so we planned a variety of activities for morning and afternoon, but of course no plan “A” survives first contact, as Mr. B says.  He learned the phrase “Siemper Gumby”, which means “Always Flexible”, while in Army National Guard.   We approached each day with that in mind.  Some activities had to be rescheduled, others dropped all together. 

We tried an 8:00 am breakfast time, but it was decided that was too early, so 9 am it was. This was followed by morning activities.  Lunch was scheduled for 12:00 noon, but it seldom was eaten then because planned activities usually went over time.  We just adjusted times and activities as necessary.

Making Paper Doll Puppets

Each afternoon we had Arts and Crafts.  These classes were taught by my daughters, daughters in law and oldest granddaughter.  We planned Pony Bead Zipper Pulls, Paper Doll Puppets, Duct Tape Wallets, Cupcake Decorating, and Basic Painting and color mixing. 






Afternoon temperatures were in   the high 80’s, so swimming was a very popular activity.










I had a sign-up sheet for help with the meals.  Everyone helped so meal preparation, serving and clean up didn’t fall on any one person. 





To help the kids be on their best behavior we had an awards system that included handmade pins. 

The Pins

One parent from each family and myself met for a few minutes either right before or right after dinner to decide what awards were to be given for that day.  A simple, short awards ceremony was held after dinner.   Awards included:  Positive Attitude, Service, Fishing, Random Acts of Kindness, Ecological- an evergreen tree (for picking up trash), Busy Bee, Wise Owl, Early Bird, Snail,  this one had a double meaning 1- for going above and beyond and 2-for being slow, a gentle teasing.  Others included Marksmanship, Silver and gold stars for a variety of positive behaviors, such as sharing, helping, being a friend, etc.


Nana & Papa



We ordered tee-shirts (sky blue) and baseball hats that coordinated with the graphic on the tee-shirt (dark blue).  Awarded pins were pinned to the front of each hat so the kids could display the pins each had earned.  The kids really enjoyed the pins and worked hard to earn each one. 



Papa’s Hat with the Pins He Earned

Each day was filled with activities meant to create memories and build stronger relationships with one another.  We enjoyed all the benefits Camp Hahobas has to offer.  Each day, we played, swam, canoed, fished, prepared meals, cleaned up, visited, took loads of pictures and created precious memories.

Canoeing on Lake Robbins



A few highlights include:

  Filming a Noodle Family, Campfire Cooking episode: Omelet in a Bag. Staring Noodle Nana (me), on the third day (August 13).  Click here to see the “Omelet in a Bag” episode. 


Painting at the Beach




A visit to the beach cabin, on the fourth day (August 14) where we had lunch and spent the afternoon.  We had our Arts and Crafts Session, a painting lesson, which was taught by daughter Elizabeth.  Those who didn’t paint, fished, collected shells, played on the gravelly beach or waded in the cool waters of Hood Canal.  It was a relaxed afternoon.


A Happy Grandson

                                                                                                                                                                      The five days of Nana and Papa’s Camp flew by and all to soon the last day came and we had to say our good byes.

Special thanks go to daughter Jennifer and her family, they stayed and helped clean and close down the areas we had used in the Camp.  They also helped clean our house including both bathrooms.

Kick Ball Game

While our children and grandchildren were here, we enjoy their energy, activity and their sound (talking and singing). It is quiet now, too quiet.  Even though Nana and Papa’s Camp was a lot of planning and work it was well worth all the effort.   


Photos of our Kick Ball Game












Until next time,









My Hexagon Crazy Quilt Blocks

My Hexagon Blocks

from Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilting Class

This past spring and early summer I took Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilting Classes (ICQC), 103, 104 and 105.   Here is a quick description of the classes, straight from Kathy Shaw’s blog:

ICQC-103: Embroidery Motifs and Seams: This course expands basic embroidery to create various motifs for crazy quilt blocks. Patterns for a variety of hexagon blocks are provided, or students can use fabric “doodle cloths” to create their work. The embroidery is extensive in this class but not technically too difficult.”

“ICQC – 104 Motifs with Fabric and Threads: This course continues the embroidery work of the prior course and is technically more difficult. This class pushes the embroidery to include fabric by creating various slips, dimensional applique, and embellished applique pieces.”

“ICQC -105: Silk Ribbon Embroidery: is a new offering. It is totally about silk ribbon embroidery and a variety of different motifs to work up. The designs are printable directly to fabric; so, no tracing needed.” (you can find her at Shawkl.com)

In ICQC 103, I choose to do the hexagon blocks instead of fabric pages or doodle cloth, however I wasn’t able to finish all 24 Hexagon blocks while I was I taking the courses.  So, I am working to finish them.  I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to do the “quilt as you go” or join the block together after I finish embellishing the blocks.”

For my theme, I have chosen a “Magical Garden”, I’ve included flowers, animals and a few Cicely Mary Baker’s Flower Fairies.

Here are the first few blocks I’ve finished embellishing:

Block # 4 –  this block was done as an assignment for ICQC-104 After studying the materials given for this task, reviewing the information on design from the BCQC, as suggested, and looking at many examples of framed silkies on Pinterest and the internet, it just seemed natural to stay with the oval framing that was a part of the image.

After adding the lace to the left side of the block, I was afraid it appeared a bit heavy. But after adding the motifs and lace to the right side, I think the block came out a little more balanced.  I wanted to embellish the laces with small Fargo Roses.  I thought the pale blue ribbon, wouldn’t imbalance the block and the pink would help balance it.

Block # 10 -The Wisteria Vine was from ICQC – 103.

I’ve never done Raised Applique before and I really enjoyed making this little rabbit.  (From  ICQC-104)

 I left the right ear unstitched, the photo doesn’t show it very well.  For the tail, I used a yarn like thread called Sheeps Silk, by The Thread Gatherer and a stitch called Turkey Work.  After stitching the loops, I clipped and trimmed them, so it created a little pom-pom. I gave this bunny a garden to play in and a dressed him up with a blue silk ribbon around his neck.

Block # 11– Beaded Slip from ICQC- 104.  Here is my beaded fox face slip.  This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this task.  I truly enjoy learning new things.  Although this task was tedious, I did enjoy doing it.  I couldn’t find the right colors in the smaller beads.  After a consult with a bead shop employee (Shipwreck Beads, Olympia WA), I decided to use size 11/0 Delica beads. I learned The Delica Beads are a “true-cut” bead, meaning they are of a uniform size and was told “very suited for this kind of task”. For the eyes and mouth, I used 3 mm black beads.

I enlarged the pattern by 10% to accommodate the larger bead.  I was trying to avoid the “clunky” look.

This block also features a Ribbon Lady, from ICQC -105.  I pretty much followed Kathy’s directions for making the Ribbon Lady, with just a few subtle additions or alternations.  They are as follows:
Umbrella – I used two colors floss, medium pink and light pink. The medium pink accentuates the ribs of the umbrella.

Hat – I added three silk ribbon French Knots for flowers and two Detached Chain stitched for leaves.

 – I added Wrapped Back Stitches, worked in a silk thread, size 10, light pink, to the sleeve cuff and the bottom of the bodice.

I will keep you posted on my progress as I continue working on the remaining

crazy hexagon blocks.

Until next time,



Doing Something Different

Doing Something Different

Sometimes I need to take a little break from quilting and do something different.  This is what I did.  Recently, Craftsy had a “half off sale” on their classes and one of those was Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics with Myra Wood.  I learned several new techniques which I can add to my Crazy Quilt Blocks.


This is my version of the class project. It is a wrist cuff or bracelet. The majority of the beads came from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads . 

I have used a combination of glass, shell and semi precious stone beads.



Class Hand OutI plan give it as a gift, when it is finished.


On this second project, I have used Ammonite Fossil cabochons as the focal pieces.








This is my doodle design or plan for beading.




I chose the Ammonite pieces because I love fossils and find Paleontology fascinating. At one point in my college education I considered going into that field, but education and becoming an elementary teacher won out.                                                                                                                                    This is my work in progress. 

I am using a combination of glass, shell and semi precious stone beads on this project as well. I will frame this piece when finished as a kind of sampler.  There are a few deviations from the “doodle design”.  But that’s the way it goes sometimes.  

What do you do to take a break?

Have fun learning something new.

Until next time,


One Block Ten Ways

One Block Ten Ways


I wanted to share a few photos of gifts I’ve made over the last ten months.  Last September I took Kathy Shaw’s, Beginning Crazy Quilt Course, (BCQC). I put my finished block from that first class in a frame and displayed it in my Living room. (Block 1) When family and friends came to visit, it was admired. Several of them said they would like my framed block to be gifted to them.  They were only half kidding.

 Block 1

After looking at it, my son asked “That was a “beginner’s class”? I need to say here, I was a beginner at Crazy Quilting, not embroidery.  Embroidery has been my first love in regards to all types of needle works.

I have been doing embroidery since I was a young girl and have learned many techniques since my first lessons from my paternal grandmother.  She taught me the basics of what she called “plain embroidery”.

I decided to make my mom (Block 2) and mother-in-law (Block 3) each a framed crazy quilt block for Christmas 2016.









Block 2

 Block 3

Both moms love flowers, so I stitched flowers in their favorite colors.  On my mom’s block (#2)  I stitched, yellow roses, for her mother’s yellow rose bush.  I added charms that represent things each loves.

Block 4

I had enough time to make two more framed Crazy Quilt blocks so I decided to make one for my oldest daughter and for my daughter in law.

My oldest daughter loves dolphins and the ocean, so I made her block look like a scene from under the sea and added charms of fish, dolphins, and other sea critters. I stitched sea plants and a few gold fish. I also added a few buttons to look like buried treasure.



Block 5

My daughter in law loves the color red. She is of Japanese heritage and has decorated her home in that style. I found a cute little Kimono doll small enough to go on the block as a large charm.  When I found the pattern of the pagoda on Pinterest, I just knew it had to go on her block.


Working on such an intense color was a challenge. I used a white chalk pencil to mark the base seams and later the combination seams.

 Block 6

The next framed block was made for my son’s girlfriend. Her favorite colors are  hunter green and dark blue. She likes penguins. But these penguins live in a flower garden instead of an ice burg. Again I had the challenge of working with dark colors.



Block 7

My youngest daughter’s favorite colors are gray and teal.  Her favorite animals are fox and octopus. She, like myself, enjoys gardening,  so the little foxes have a flower garden to romp and play in.  However, the octopus needed a watery environment.   I created a tiny ocean scene in the bottom

right corner for the octopus to live in.

 Block 8

This block was made for my father in law’s wife.  Her favorite color is blue and she too, loves flowers.







The last two blocks were made for my granddaughters.  Even though they are young (10 and 12 years old) I’m hoping they will take care of these gifts I’ve made for each of them.


 Block 9

My youngest granddaughter’s framed block features an embroidered harp, as she has been taking lessons to learn how to play this beautiful instrument. She also loves My Little Pony’s Rainbow Brite.  In the bottom right corner is a little wolf charm, for her pet wolf.


Block 10

My oldest granddaughter’s block was made with gold and black fabrics.  When she told me her favorite color was black, I told her I needed  lighter color to go with the black and she chose gold.  Her favorite things are wolves and Asian  things. So, I used the pagoda pattern again and added a small Kimono doll.

This block also features a beaded wolf’s  head. I did a Google search to get images of wolves so I could get the correct shading for the bead work.  This granddaughter is also musical, she plays the flute, and bass clarinet.  To represent her love of music, I have added a treble clef and musical note charms in the top left corner. This block needs to be put in it’s frame.  I will have it ready for her birthday which is at the end of this month.

After making this block ten times, I am ready to move on.  I am working the twenty-four hexagon crazy quilt blocks which were started in Kathy Shaw’s Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course 103. I have three of those finished.  When I have all twenty-four finished, then I can draft and piece my own crazy quilt blocks.

Until next time,


Camp Hahobas, Tahuya Washington

The most incredible happen to me yesterday as I was getting ready to go into town.  I was on my way to unlock the gate and as I looked up from Pepper, right in front of me, about 10 feet away was a Black Tail Coastal Deer, a doe.  She was majestically walking down the driveway.  She simply looked over at me.  Pepper pulled at the leash and barked a low, soft “woof”.  But the doe, just continued to walk by us, as if she did it every day.  Once my brain kicked in, I thought, I should take a picture. But of course, by the time I got to the camera on my phone she was well down the driveway.  I laughed a soft chuckle at which the doe stopped and looked at me.  I said to her “It’s okay” and she continued on her way.  WOW!  I was amazed at her calm.  She didn’t bound way, she just kept walking.  Have you ever watched the way deer walk? It’s very stately and like I said it’s very majestic.

So how did I end up in such a place? For those of you who haven’t heard, here’s our story (I’ll try to keep it brief)

Last fall, an opportunity we couldn’t say no to, presented itself to Jerry and I.  Jerry has been in scouting for many years.  At the time, he was serving as Assistant Cub Scout Master. So, while looking for something on our Councils web page he discovered they were looking Caretakers for Camp Hahobas, one of the three Scout Camps the Council closed in 2016. These three camps are now for sale, but multi-million dollar sales take time.  We were hired in mid October and moved a month later.  We live in the Ranger’s House.   We are here to discourage vandalism, trespassing and squatters.  Camp Hahobas, is located on the Kitsap Peninsula, in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State.  We are surrounded by the Tahuya State Forest on three sides and the Hood Canal on the fourth.

Our first winter was a trial by fire for me as I am a city girl.  There was about 6-12 inches of snow on the ground from December 8 through the middle of February.  We were told that there would be only a dusting of snow.  HA! One of our neighbors told us there is so much snow because of a condition called “Lake Effect Snow”.  Apparently, the Hood Canal makes its own weather and results in a lot of moisture, i.e.  snow and rain.   The house we call home is an older one.  It has a furnace, but needs a fire in the fireplace to chase away chill the furnace can’t seem reach.  There is a lot of downed trees here but the wood has to be cut, split and stacked.  Jerry does the cutting and splitting, I help with the stacking.

Living remote as we are, has changed the way we shop. We don’t jump in the car every time its discovered something is needed.  We live thirty minutes away from the nearest town and it is a large waste of money to make a trip for one or two items. We make shopping trips about two or three times a month.  I try to group appointments so they are on the same day, usually one in the morning and another in the afternoon and do some of the shopping in between and after.  It makes for a very long day, but it saves gas money and wear and tear on the cars.

We have internet so we aren’t cut off from the world.  I don’t feel isolated. In truth, I love it here.  No city water, with all the chemicals, just spring fresh water.  There is no city noise. The sound of the wind in the trees is a comforting sound once you get used to it. The air is clean and fresh.  The night sky is not effected by city light and on clear nights, the stars and moon are so bright it takes your breath away.

I have been photographing the spring flowers and a few animals as I get the chance.  Enjoy the pictures.

Until next time,  Kathy