It is always my birthday


Whenever I like something it is always my birthday.
And I like a lot. My friends know this and let me be. Great friends.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Grandsons Birthday quilt

I bought in 2001 in Alaska a kit of bright flannel strips for a quick row quilt. Since my grand son is having a birthday in August and he has outgrown his baby quilts I thought it was a good idea to make him a new one. 
I came up wit a quick design to use the precut strips, and realized after I started that not all strips were the same size, one was  6 3/4 and one only 6 1/4 .

                                              
 So I cut the blocks into a rectangles and not into a squares. 

Trimming the blocks.

I added some orange sashing,  the same fabric is on the back. I was lucky to have some bright green flannel for the borders.

I quilted loops and bubbles in the center of the quilt.

I did this in the border, which was hard for me I had to remind myself which way the turrets were going down the sides. My left and right brain do not always get along, lol!
I am sure my grand son will love it, it is very soft. I used a Dream Orient batting , which makes the quilt  so cuddly. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunday Outing- Sonntags Vergnuegen

Sunday my wonderful hubby and I went for a short cruise from Seattle to Blake Island. Our boat departed form Pier 55 in Seattle , right here.
Am Sonntag haben my Mann und ich einen Ausflug gemacht auf die Insel Blake.
Unser Schiff fuhr hier los, Pier 55 in Seattle.

The Seattle skyline with Space Needle. 
The clouds hang low, but it didn't rain.
Info: Seattle gets an anual rainfall of 37 inches, Houston Texas about 50 inches. But because Seattle lays between the Olympic and Cascade mountain range, it gets dreary here a lot. Only about 100 sunny days a year.
Das hier ist Seattle mit der Space Needle, die Wolken hingen tief aber es hat nicht geregnet.
Info: In Seattle regnet es im Durchchnitt 94 cm im Jahr, in Houston Texas ungefaeher 127 cm. Aber da Seattle zwischen zwei grossen Bergketten liegt ( Olympic und Cascades ) gibt es nur ca 100 sonnige Tage im Jahr.

We were greeted by a racoon, normally they sleep during the day. 
Ein Waschbaer hat uns begruesst, die schlafen ja normalerweise am Tag.

                                                     
This is the Indian village on Blake Island.
Das ist das Indianer Dorf auf der Insel, fuer Touristen gemacht.


This is the entrance to Tillicum Village. 
Eingang.



The staff brought out clams in these cups for us as a greeting, and after you eat the clam meat you drop the shells onto the ground and stomp on them. Bei der Ankunft haben wir Muscheln in diesen Becher bekommen, und anschliesend soll mann die Muscheln auf den Boden schmeisen und darauf treten.

Inside the long house they cook the salmon in the traditional way . It was delicious. After dinner they put on a show, and it was very informative.
Im Langhaus wurde der Lachs so gegrillt, und der war koestlich. Nach dem Essen gab es eine Vorstellung, es war sehr informative. 

We went for a walk in the woods, and we seen these- the huckleberry.
In a few days the huckleberry will be ripe, they can only grow on a old cedar tree trunk.
Wir sind auf einen Spaziergang gegangen, und haben die amerikanische Heidelbeere entdeckt. In ein paar Tagen werden die reif sein, die wachsen nur auf dem alten Zeder Holz. 


They are so good in pancakes and as syrup on just about everything. 
Die schmecken herrlich in Pfannenkuchen, und als Syrup auf sonst alles. 

I love the old growth forrest, you can find old trees lke this.
Ich mag die alten Waelder, da findet mann tolle Baeume.

Five trees gnarled into one tree, it was huge.
Der hier ist massive, fuenf Baeume zusammen gewachsen als einen.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sunday Picture

Blue footprint trail, Skamania Washington.
Blauer Fussabzeichen Pfad in Skamania, Washington.
Let's see if Frauke and Susanne have a picture for you. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sunday Picture

Sailboats on the Columbia River on Thursday.
 The Columbia River divides Washington and Oregon for a good while. 
Let's see if Frauke and Susanne have a picture for you. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sunday Picture on Friday

My last Sunday picture was posted before, sorry! This is the one I wanted to post. 
Das letzte Sonntags Bild hatte ich ja schon mal, ich wollte doch dieses hier. Sorry!

My first shopping trip to EE.Schenck as a business person

EE. Schenck is a wholesale business in Portland , Oregon about 2 hours away from here. So my friend Jeri and I did a road trip there yesterday. You have to be a business with Tax ID number to shop there, and security is almost as good as the US Army. You sign in, the give you a batch and than they let you in a secured door with  security number pad. 

This is what the place looks like, a quilters dream. Yes, the shelves hold bolts of fabrics, you have to purchase the whole bolt,  and they are scrumptious. 

The notions, everything you can think of, and than some. 
This is what I bought. Some more threads, patterns, two books,  some gifts for my potential customers, a roll of batting, and my first two bolts of fabric, a back ground cream and a lovely blue batik, all MINE!

And if that wasn't enough overload, we went to Fabric Depot ( only about 7000 bolts of fabric ) 
lots of notios, and since a great sale was going on I bought some more stuff.


Flanell for a baby quilt, batting ( just love this Dream Orient batting) and a zipper pull for Lucas, my grand son. 

Monday, July 2, 2012