E E Schenck

E E Schenck Trends Diamond Jubilee

E E Schenck Trends Diamond Jubilee

This weekend we went to Trends at E E Schenk. It’s their Diamond Jubilee – the wholesalers have been around for 60 years.

We had no idea they were here in Portland. Shows how good my research is. I should have found this out BEFORE we got here 2 years ago. Fortunately I happened to be checking out wholesale suppliers and bingo, there they were. And the staff are lovely and the store is filled with heady things. Even David enjoys wandering around looking at the shelves of fabric and notions. We buy our thread from them on a regular basis.

They always put on a good lunch – why would we miss it? And so far we have won a door prize each time.

And they have great speakers – this time it was Mary Fons of Fons and Porter. Pretty special.

Very glad they are there.

New home in Milwaukie, Oregon

Mrs Bean and the new house

Mrs Bean and the new house

We are now the proud owners of a house in Milwaukie, Oregon. It’s about a foot south of Portland, Oregon. Close to transport ie. the light rail and buses everywhere. About a mile from the Williamette river and downtown Milwaukie.

I get to have a big studio again as my very nice husband offered me the master bedroom for my work. It looks out onto a small garden which in turn looks out onto a green space. It feels like we have acres of forest to breath in. Plus there is a redwood in the garden which is only a baby – it has a trunk circumference of 14ft!

Still in the throes of remodeling but we hope to be installed sometime in October. Looking forward to the next stage of our lives.

Sewing Machine Day September 10th

Sewing machineSeptember 10th is Sewing Machine day. Celebrating a revolution in clothes making and every other kind of stitching. Such as quilting!

Back in 1846 Elias Howe of Spencer, Mass. received a patent for the sewing machine. Thus started the patent wars. Isaac Singer got into the game and built the first sewing machine which used an up and down movement of the needle. Then a variety of inventions came along and a whole slew of people filed for patents. And sued each other……

Today the sewing machines we use are a far cry from the hand cranked Singer sewing machine we remember our grandmothers using. They cost as much as a small car and can practically make tea. Well…. almost.

I have 2 Singer sewing machines from my past – my great grandmother’s and my grandmother’s. Both machines I learned to use when I was small. They were kept in our attic room and I would work on little girl projects.

I have 2 modern electric machines – a Juki which I use the most as it’s totally reliable and does one thing really well – straight stitch. And a Pfaff which I bought when I first came to America and caused my husband to have a near fit when he heard the price.

A sewing machine has always been in my life and I have always used them.

BeadDreams 2016 contest

Cleopatra: Looking for Short Term Relationship by Justina Coffey

Cleopatra: Looking for Short Term Relationship by Justina Coffey

I was browsing through this year’s BeadDreams winners and was – as per usual – amazed but not drawn by the pieces selected.

I love a good sense of humour and when I saw this amongst the entries for the Objects and Accessories section I fell in love. This is wonderful. And when you read the title you want to meet the designer. You KNOW you’ll have fun if you hung out together.

I’m truly sorry I didn’t spend the time to vote and try and get this little gem into the winner’s circle.

To see the rest of the designs go to the voting page.

Here and There: Works by the Manhattan Quilt Guild

Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson

Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson0

The National Quilt Museum is holding this gorgeous exhibition by the Manhattan Quilt Guild from August 12th to November 15th 2016.

I am very drawn to this quilt Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson. Not sure if it is the repetition of shapes, the colour choices, the off center design, the overlay of lines, or the whole kit and caboodle. Likely the latter!

Just a lovely piece.

ArtReach Gallery, Portland, OR

Fabrications opened at the ArtReach Gallery in downtown Portland. The pieces for the show were selected from quilts made by members of the Columbia FiberArts Guild.

Two of my fractal quilts are showing at the Fabrications exhibition.The Cliffs of Progress and Lydia. Both are fractal based designs.

The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke

The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke

Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke

Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke

The Festival of Quilts 2016

The Festival of Quilts, UK

The Festival of Quilts, UK

I remember when this quilt show was held at the Alexandra Palace in North London. Now it’s at the NEC in Birmingham. I’ve been to both venues and enjoyed spending the day at each.

The Festival is on from 11th to 14th August. I love the European wording – Patchwork and Quilting show. In America we don’t use the patchwork bit so much.

Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore

Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore

This year the SAQA exhibition ‘Celebrating Silver‘ is showing. This is such a fun piece – Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore.

Lemon Zest Bracelet

Lemon Zest bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Lemon Zest bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Going through my bag of finished beadwork I found this cute, colourful bracelet. It was made for the annual My Lovely Beads Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest in 2013.

Lemon Zest bracelet laid flat.

Lemon Zest bracelet laid flat.

It is 7¾” long from end to end. It is fastened with a folding circle which slips through the end loop and then opens up to hold the bracelet together.

Made with seed beads and emerald glass crystals using cubic right angle weave and brick stitch.

Bead Storage

Beaders spend a great deal of time trying to organise and store their beads. Various companies have produced every kind of box, container, tray etc. Some of which I do use. However, I find the simplest solution is to put similar coloured and sized seed beads in the pockets of a see through over-the-door shoe rack. This way I can see what shades I am missing – ie. at the moment there’s a gap in neutral colours. I think when I go to bead trade shows or shops I get drawn into the ‘gimmee, gimmee bright colours’ and forget they really shine against a neutral.

On one side of the door I keep the size 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. On the other I put the size 15/0 which I often use and have many more than the larger sizes.

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

I’m not kidding – this system really works for me. I can stand in front of the rack and easily pick out the colours for a project. AND, I can make a note of missing colours. Aha – another good excuse to buy more beads!

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

I have a feeling I may have already posted this bracelet before I rewrote my website. So apologies if you’ve seen this before.

Of course, you can never get enough of a good thing!

This bling bracelet is made with seed beads and Swarovski crystals. Cubic right angle stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. The bracelet is 7¼” long from end to end.

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