We did a quick drive by last weekend to see the window display at the Justice Center in downtown Portland. Other than the billion police cars surrounding the Center, parked in every conceivable spot (quite glad really, the contents of our display were properly guarded!) – it was a terrific show. People were actually stopping and looking in the window. I took some fast shots which didn’t come out very well, I hadn’t taken into account the bad glare and reflections. Oh well, you get the idea……
In amongst all the other yummy work is my Royal Crustacean Cellini Spiral.
A better shot of the Summertime Donut necklace.
And again, in with baskets, scarves etc.
There are 60 feet of display area – a lot of very nice items to see.
Braided Coral Bracelet. A second piece made from the box of beads from the 2014 TOHO design challenge. This piece came together so quickly I could hardly believe it. Sometimes it happens this way – not often enough!
This is what it looks like opened up:
Very pretty and delicate. And I loved how the colours worked.
TOHO offered a box of beads at the Bead & Button show and I signed up. This is one of the pieces I made – a fuschia flower necklace. You can see what other beaders created – 2014 TOHO challenge.
Below is a closeup of the fuchsia flower.
And this is the chain and clasp.
Adding to the range of sizes in our quilting needle collection, you can now get Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 9.
16 needles in the case. These needles were designed specifically for traditional hand quilting done at a quilting frame or hoop. When using the traditional rocker method of hand quilting, the needle’s short shank provides easy control. It is thicker than other needles, giving it added strength for moving through layers.
The Quilt Alliance videoed some great interviews with quilt artists who showed at the International Quilt Festival 2014 – Go Tell it at the Quilt Show! If you couldn’t go it’s lovely to see the quilts. And if you did go, it’s interesting to hear what the artists say about their work.
After our move from Florida to Oregon we rented an apartment. I spent months beforehand reading posts from Apartment Therapy, a website which covers all aspects of living in and decorating apartments. I learned a lot about living small, making every piece of furniture do double duty, how to squeeze more space out of nothing etc. And all of it really helped when we actually started unpacking boxes.
Along with ideas for clever storage you get helpful hints on how to clean things.
Astonishingly the latest post is about how to clean a quilt. And being a quilter myself I read the post from top to toe. And found out how to clean a wool quilt – with snow. Who knew?
The rest I did know but was glad to see it written for those who are not quilters but love owning quilts.