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Quilts heading to Patchwork Tsushin

Quilts for Japan

Quilts for Quake survivors, bound for Japan

I’m so excited and happy that the quilt top I made for Quilts for Survivors was shipped off to Japan today! Actually, the back I made for it was also turned into a second quilt so I made tops of two of the 30 quilts in this shipment to Patchwork Tsushin, the organization that will distribute the quilts to those in need.  I LOVE that!!

Images 23 and 25 are from my quilt tops. I’m so grateful to the Portland women who organized this project, giving us quilters a way to feel we are helping in a tragedy of epic proportions.

It’s not enough, but it’s something. And something is totally better than nothing.


My quilt for quake survivors


A group of wonderful women here in Portland have put together a project to make quilts for survivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

They have recruited quite a few participants and they are sewing up a storm. I learned about the project from dear friend Alicia Paulson’s Posie Gets Cozy blog.

What’s a quilter to do, I ask? Make a quilt to contribute to the project, of course.

So I whipped one out in a hurry, using Elizabeth Hartman’s Mod Sampler Quilt pattern and some of my most favorite Kaffe Fassett bright colorful prints that I’ve been saving up for something special.

My quake quilt top, being held by Ric as another round of rain begins

I made a back from a row of the mod blocks and some leftover fabric from former projects…

Back of the quake quilt

The back of the quilt, just as the wind was picking up.

Tonight I delivered it to Cool Cottons, where a sewathon for Quilts for Quake Survivors was going on. There will be further work sessions where someone will quilt it on a long arm quilting machine, before it gets sent on its way.

I wish I could watch it on its journey to comfort someone in Japan. What better use could there be for a quilt? If you are a quilter or can sew, I hope you join in this worthy project, there are many ways you can help.

Who knows, maybe someday we’ll be the ones who need quilts for comfort…

A day of me, for me, by me


Today is a bonus day. I find myself in the position where, if I don’t take a vacation day, I will lose it forever. Which brings me here. I have nothing planned today, no appointments, no obligations, no deadlines, no nothing, so I actually get to decide how to spend my time. What a luxury…

So I decided to begin my day visiting my long neglected blog. I want to use it to look back on the last three months since I posted our holiday letter thingie to remind myself what’s been happening so when I forget what happened, it won’t be lost forever.

Let’s start with last night. Greg Hartle came for dinner. He’s a guy with a very interesting backstory who is now touring the US with ten dollars and a laptop to see how people and communities are changing as a result of the Great Recession. After a serious health crisis, which was resolved by a kidney donation from his mom, he cast off his former crazy-ass-go-for-broke-get-rich-quick-everything-is-competition lifestyle, rid himself of his possessions, save for $10 and a laptop. He started in Washington in January, Oregon is his second state. He connected with me through a combination of people and the web, so I invited him to sample Ric’s delicious cooking and come over for a chat. You really should follow his updates and watch for him when he comes your way.

We really enjoyed conversing with him and learned a lot from him. Here’s just one gem to ponder: being fit is not the same as being healthy.

I’ve been on a major quilting jag lately. I would say more but then you would expect to see photos and I haven’t taken any yet. Quilts are really really hard to photograph. For one thing, they’re so big! When I figure out how to do it better, I will show them to you.

Along those lines, a very happy piece of work-related news is that Meyer Memorial Trust now offers sabbaticals to staff members who have been there more than seven years. And I believe I just reached the end of my 15th year there! Longest place I’ve ever worked by far! So I will have four weeks off in August. Do I hear a wOOt?!  I’m so excited!

We had to submit a plan for how we would use our sabbaticals – in both professional and personal realms – and get them approved. One of my personal promises is to plan a show of my quilts! And of course you are all invited. More on that in future months.

My dear friend Joyce and I took in the nation’s largest sewing show in Puyallup a few weeks ago. So much fabric. Not enough time. In a bizarre side note, I found myself being drawn to Japanese quilting fabric at the expo, buying some for the first time. A few days later, the horrible earthquake/tsunami happened. I’m so sorry.

Have you done what you can to help them? I need to do more.

I’ve been crazy busy at work, hatching a HUGE project, this after I promised myself I would never have any big ideas ever again, and if I did, I would keep my mouth shut. So of course I violated all those rules, but rest assured, I am being suitably punished. But I just know it will result in a really COOL thing that will really HELP people get shit done, as they say in the vernacular. As Joyce would say, it’s populist and involves technology. What else is there?!? When all is fit to print you will be among the first to get the scoop.

Ric made some seriously major improvements to our long suffering kitchen, triggered by a nasty ant infestation. The kitchen is better now. We hope the ants are not.

Would you believe that our hens have all been laying some days? Three eggs a day sometimes! Before spring began even! They are such productive little hens, as if they existed to create chicken embryos. Oh wait. They do.

Our yard is threatening to burst forth, the daphne and michelia fragrance is intoxicating and the white camellia flowers are opening. I dread discovering all that we lost in the harsh winter freeze though. We could all use a little sun and warm temperatures, that’s for sure.

I’m quite worried about my wayward adopted son, Rev Phil. He’s taking his bike porn tour across country lines and was detained at the border. Fortunately, he is channeling Hunter Thompson and has lived to tell. I know this makes no sense to many of you, and it is far better that way. A mother worries though. And seriously hopes he drops his plans to include Turkey in his European tour.

On that enigmatic note, I shall close this chapter and strive to remember anything else that has happened in the past three months. The well has run dry for now. I must go do something else unplanned.

Keep the faith. Sometimes that works.