January 10, 2007

Home Again Home Again Jiggety Jig

Can you believe this view from my parent's deck (brought a bit closer by my new camera's telephoto lens!) They can see 5 mountain peaks from there. We had a great time visiting Nana and Pappa in Bend, Oregon. I shopped every quilt shop and one excellent knitting shop there, tons of thrift stores and ate way too much and drank just a few, lol, margaritas, a drink I cannot get here in the Emerald Isle without importing (and with liquid restrictions these days, ugh...not worth it!).

We played dominoes, the current family game craze for our extended family in Maryland and Oregon, every night, the kids loved days of playing pretend with nana while mommy had a few shopping excursions and Daddy got to ski a few times. Dave and I went to Sisters for the day, check out this cool quilt mural on the side of the public bathrooms, lol!! Can't wait to make it to Sisters for the Outdoor Quilt Festival one year. We had a great time!

Look at this beautiful waterfall, Multnomah Falls, just outside of Portland, beautiful!!

I did a little shopping, lol! I got some great knitting project goodies (socks and moebius baskets!) at a great knitting shop. I got Lorna's Laces for some nice socks, Manos de Uruguay for a felted basket. And some silk Noro for a shawl, yummy yarny goodness! I also got a set of Denise interchangeable needles, which are very cool!

Since I am a scrappy quilter, I didn't go crazy on fabric, but picked up a lot of scraps and FQs (lots of pink ones for Aine, lol!) I got some cool retro Amy Butler prints, but those will be for bags. I still love my repros for quilts, and check out the left part of the photo, all those were part of a 1 dollar scrap bag of repros and some osnaburg, very nice!

I've got lots of tales of thrift store scores, are you interested in hearing some? I'll save my next post for some photos of cool quilts I got while thrifting! I wish I had been more organized to blog while on holidays, but the days just flew by!!

This is my year of family quilting, and I feel my aunt needs to be added to this list after the beautiful gift she gave me and Dave for Christmas. She is from Pendleton, Oregon and gifted us with this beautiful native american wool blanket from the Pendleton Woolen Mills. This is my aunt whose daughter, my cousin Chrissy, is still slowly recovering from her accident where she received a severe brain stem injury in May. We were told that Chrissy smiled at her little baby over Christmas, what a great sign!!

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