I think this is what this is called.

chatelaine 1988

I found it in the bottom of my sewing chest.  I made this in early 1988.  I wore it to our local quilt guild meeting.  The pin cushion on the left was also my name tag and the ribbon on the right kept my scissors handy.  The pins are from AQS (American Quilter Society), Georgia Bonesteel’s Spinning Spools and Fabric Finders was a club back then.

I’ll be heading to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this coming Saturday, July 9th and perhaps I will find a new pin to add to this.

Enjoy the day and keep it simple!

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Pincushion #2

Here is my second attempt at creating a pin cushion.  I used a freestyle Log Cabin pattern using my scrap basket of 1″ wide strips of fabric.  On this one, I backed the top with a scrap batting and then top stitched it before sewing on the back and filling it.  The finished size is 4″ x 5″.

Next to the pin cushion is a box of Valdani hand dyed perle cotton (size 8) in their Rainbow –  Light Collection.


I’m thinking of what design I will use for #3.


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Pincushion Practice

I have been intrigued watching the social media fascination with the creation of these cute and colorful, pieced miniature quilts disguised as pincushions.

I fell in love with this one from V and Co., this one from Fresh Lemons Quilts, and this one from Crazy Mom Quilts.

I couldn’t understand why you would ever need more than a few, until…….

I made my first one.


I followed the instructions from V and Co.  The instructions were very well written and easy to follow, but my inexperience in working this small highlighted that I still have a lot to learn.  Sewing these tiny (1/2″ wide) strips onto a foundation piece with a scant 1/8 inch seam requires your full attention to make sure all of the edges are sewn together.  The only block where the seams did not come apart is the one in the upper left corner.  I was going to over stitch all of the strips, but that didn’t work as I had hoped.  I used a scrap of white and green chevron stripped fabric for the backing, and filled it with ground walnut shells.  The finished size is 4″ x 4″.  It has weight to it and actually feels like a bean bag you would use for carnival games at a fair.

I had a great time picking out the fabric scraps, I learned something new, I finished it in one day and I will use it.  On a scale of 1-10, it’s a 10 for me, even with the flaws.

If this has piqued your interest, go take a look at the list on Crazy Mom Quilts for a pincushion party she held last fall to celebrate her fabric release.  (Down the rabbit hole you go……)


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Two and a Half Weeks

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Jeff, Holly and I at Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, August 2015

I just realized this morning that we’ve been back from our “Big Adventure” for two and a half weeks.  It’s feels like we just got back and I’m still playing catch up on the Fall chores around the house.  The hundreds of photos that were taken along the way are still sitting on a memory card, all of the ephemera that was collected to put in a memory book is still in a bag, and the busyness of our daily life continues to churn while the days get shorter and cooler.  Instead of back tracking and trying to play catch up with this post, I will move forward with today.

Sunrise at Glenn Acres

This morning I began a new daily devotional on,

The Lies of Busyness: Devotions from Time of Grace“.

We are merely moving shadows,
and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it.

Psalm 39:6, New Living Translation

Thank you Lord for reminding me to stop my chaotic busyness and be more intentional with my “to-do” lists.

I hope you have a wonderful “last Saturday of Summer” day.

Keep It Simple!

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On The Road Again

“Just can’t wait to get on the road again….”  I can hear Willie Nelson singing this song.

We’ve started our “big trip”, the last vacation before school starts.

We will be traveling in a loop through the Northwest and Canada, driving through Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia and Washington.  Three people, one cat, three thousand miles, three and a half weeks.

We started our trip last Friday and made our first stop in LaGrande, Oregon. Thankfully the weather was much cooler than expected, low 80’s instead of high 90’s (like it was in early July when we passed through headed towards Wallowa Lake).  While we were traveling the I84 east out to Mt. Hood, I noticed a small blue car that passed us with a decal on the back window from my gym.  I tried to catch up to them to see who it was, but they just zipped on down the road.  Hi Peeps!!

Saturday we drove to Twin Falls, Idaho where we watched people “base jumping” off of the Perrine Bridge (486 feet tall) over the Snake River.

Perrine Bridge

Base Jumper

You don’t actually see them until they have jumped and their chute opens.  This is not encouraged nor outlawed so people from all over the world come here to jump.  We then headed out to Shoshone Falls.  Absolutely beautiful.  This photo does not really give you the sense of how immense this is.  I think it is nick named the Niagara Falls of the west.

Shoshone Falls

Late this afternoon we arrived at West Yellowstone.  This is a picture from our campsite looking north east at the Gallatin National Forest.

Gallatin National Forest

Tomorrow we will go exploring.

And, for my art friends, here a pic of my traveling “studio”.  I brought journaling and watercolor supplies and some hand embroidery to work on in the evenings.


Here are the items inside the canvas bag you see above.

journal supplies
Pilot Asa Gao (a beautiful Hyacinth color) ink for my Lamy fountain pen, pen cleaning kit, brand new medium size Orange Leuchtturm lined journal, Tomboy permanent adhesive, date stamp, UHU glue stick, Ranger archival ink in Vermillon and Jet Black, Pitt Artist Brush pens in assorted colors, rubber stamp alphabets in upper and lower case, assortment of Micron, Sakura and Pitt pens and Cutter Bee scissors.

Watercolor supplies

Angora watercolors (these are opaque like gouche), a sponge in a plastic container, a set of KOI watercolors (these are transparent), small watercolor journal, an assortment of brushes and rags, Ranger mini mister and a blue rainbow striped case to hold it all.

All of this should be enough to keep my evening muse going.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Vacation at Wallowa Lake, Books, Art and a Long Board!

We spent ten wonderful days camping at Wallowa Lake, Oregon.  This is a magical place that we have camped at for the past 17 years.  This year we arrived earlier than previous years and the weather was cooler, we had rain and thunderstorms for the first five days, not all day,  just the afternoons.  The sound of thunder is impressive and makes you take notice at this elevation when you’re surrounded by 10,000 foot mountains.

Wallowa Lake

Wallowa Lake looking south. photo by Holly Glenn.

Here is where we digitally disconnect and enjoy the simpler things, we rode our bikes, rode the Wallowa Lake Tramway to the top of Mount Howard then hiked the trails.

Mount Howard trails

Mount Howard trails. photo by Holly Glenn.

We rented a pontoon boat at Wallowa Lake Marina,

Pontoon Boat

photo by Holly Glenn

And played a round of mini golf (where I made a hole in one!),  and something new, we pedaled 12 miles on the railroad lines with Rail Riders.  I rode on the last unit with the guide (that’s my back pack on the right).  This unit is very heavy at 375 pounds, because it has a motor on the back in case anyone on the ride can’t make it back, they can be pushed back.  We never had to use the motor.  I can tell you that pedaling a unit this heavy is a workout, my legs were on fire by the time we got back to the station.  (My personal trainer would have been proud!)  The other units are 150 pounds which the kids rode and they made it all the way.  We had a great time and look forward to going again next year.

Rail Rider

Rail Rider units. photo by Holly Glenn

We ate S’mores by the campfire, ice cream from the local soft serve and the BEST fish and chips at Glacier Grill.

We saw baby Ospreys in their nest.


photo by Holly Glenn

And baby Eagles testing their wings.

Baby Eagles

photo by Holly Glenn

While mom called and watched from a nearby tree.

Mom Eagle

photo by Holly Glenn

I brought a few art supplies for journaling and one afternoon created this color chart.

Pitt brush pen color chart

Most days I just captured the day in words and photographs, what we did, how I was feeling and doodled with the pens.

I read two books while we were there.  The first one was Badluck Way, A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West by Bryce Andrews.  A haunting memoir about a city man transformed into a rifle carrying, wolf pack tracking, cattle ranch hand living and working on a remote Montana ranch.  A view into his daily life, the progression of the seasons, the hard work that has to be done, no matter what, is truly amazing.

The second book, What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas.  Another memoir.  This is the first time I have read this author.  She is a master of the written word.  I have never felt so engaged with an author as I was with her.  Her life stories touched me deeply.  One of the many gold nuggets I wrote in my journal to ponder are these two sentences that she wrote in reference to her thirty year friendship with a man in her life.

“He remembers what I forgot and I remember what he forgets.  It’s too late for either of us to make another old friend.”

Chew on that for a bit.

And, I have a new joy toy.

38" long board by Jaseboards.

38″ long board by Jaseboards.

Woohoo!!!  I’m a teenager again, riding the strand in Hermosa Beach.

Rock on with your bad self.

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Flowers and Quilts

We have been in a heat wave here, upper 90’s for almost two weeks now and still going.  Thank goodness we have a drip system for the cutting garden.






And then there is this guy and his two friends.


Watching their antics is like watching the Three Stooges.

When it’s too hot to go outside, I’ve been in the studio sewing more blocks for my scrap quilt.  I expanded the felt wall by adding a piece of batting next to the gridded felt wall.  The wall is now 72″ tall by 108″ wide.  Now I feel like I can move slabs around to view the color placement and size up the blocks.






I love sewing randomly like this.   Just happy colors and patterns.  Makes me smile every time I look at them.

Enjoy your day and Keep It Simple.

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