And we’re off…

I started this blog on May 13th. Needless to say, the trip is over… but it’s a good story!  I’ll post this today to whet your appetite and once the plane lands and I can upload more of the 750 pictures I took I’ll work on the post!  I couldn’t get a signal in Sand Point before we left so I’ll start with the post I started at the airstrip as we waited for the Super Cub pilots:

Today my sister, friend and I are going looking for glass fishing floats on the Western edge of the Alaska Peninsula.

A before picture… waiting for the plane.


Tina, Amy, Jennifer and Zoey

And where we are going:

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More pictures and info about our adventure…


A Camping Trip!

Well, it’s been a fun spring with a lot of travel. I work in Alaska and in Montana.  Every month since October I have been traveling back “home” to Kodiak to work on island flying out to local villages and providing itinerate special education services.  It was been fantastic!  Here are a few photos:

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I also quilted this winter!


This, however, is a different week/month and a new adventure awaits…  I’m going beach combing/camping with my sister and friend Tina on the very remote Alaskan Peninsula.  We are looking for Japanese glass floats over on the Westside.

These are our goal (photos are from others who have been over there):




I’ll post again when we get back and give you all the details and (hopefully) share photos of our finds!  We are crossing our fingers that we see no wolfs or bears!

So negligent!

Hello, and so sorry!  It’s been over a year since I have blogged and I am FINALLY getting around to it!

A little update:

I finished my 22nd year as a special ed teacher, retired from teaching and I MOVED! IMG_6159

I’m now living in Somers, Montana… a hop, skip and a jump from where I work running Judy Neimeyer’s quilt studio (the HAPPIEST place on Earth).


So here are a few things I have been working on since moving on down:

And I got kitties!



And I am working to blog more.  Please come back!


New Beginnings Blog Hop

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This month’s blog hop is all about  New Beginnings.  The Island Batik fabric collection I am featuring is River’s Edge.  They can be found on the Island Batik website here.

I used the Sunburst pattern that Cindi McCracken designed. I just love this pattern! It’s so very easy to use, plus it’s paper pieced.

My “new beginning” strategy with the Island Batik River’s Edge collection had to do with making a quilt that an Elder would like. One of my favorite charities to donate to is the Chiniak Bay Elder House in Kodiak. This great live in care facility is a special place for many families–people who live there, people who work there, and those of us with lost family members. One thing my guild, the Kodiak Bear Paws Quilter’s Guild, does is donate a quilt to each new resident who moves in. I have made three for female residents. This project allowed me to make a quilt for a one of the men. It’s loaded with fabric that has big mouth bass on it! :)

I started cutting it out last Thursday evening and had all the segments done by Sunday evening. Once a pieced all the segments, I trimmed them up and started to put the blocks together Monday evening.

I quickly got the blocks together!

Thirteen blocks on point make this a fast dramatic quilt!

I woke up Tuesday morning early and  I added the black triangles in the corners.

While I haven’t quilted it quite yet im pretty pleased with this project. I’m waiting to find out if I should make it a twin sized bed quilt or leave it throw size.

Island Batik has a fantastic little giveaway here.

I also have a sweet little giveaway… I will select one random winner who comments below (please make sure I can find your email address) for these two patterns by Cindi McCracken and a couple handfuls of beach glass I recently found on one of Kodiak’s beaches.

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction!
Island Batik!

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts

Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Inchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt

Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection

Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River

Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Archipelago Quilting

Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting

Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs

Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl

Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts

Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Kauffman Designs

Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting

Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Tis the Season for Giving!

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December is here once again and time for a fun project for one of my favorite charities!  Up until last year my mom lived at the Chiniak Bay Elder House.  This is a BEAUTIFUL facility that is run by Providence Alaska.  It is a 22 bed long term care facility that serves 19 people currently.  It’s very new, just having opened back in February of 2013.

I really loved how residents have their own rooms, large common rooms and a dinning room to all eat together.  The draw back of moving from the old facility, where everyone was together, to the new facility is that 1/2 the residents live on one side, 1/2 on the other.  This doubles the amount of things needed.

Three years ago I decided that the plastic tree skirts were not good enough for the Elders.  Along with my friend Martha (who does all my fun quilting),  I made a tree skirt for my mom’s side, Fireweed, and one for the Salmonberry side as well.

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This year with the great fabric I got from Island Batik I thought I’d add to the houses with a table runner for each side!  With this brilliant fabric I made each side a distinct runner that they could use for years to come.  Martha agreed to quilt them but is currently a little backed up on her quilting, so they will be ready for New Year’s dinner!  One for each side.

It is my hope that they will have a very happy Christmas and a great New Year!

Winter Wonderland


Island Batik ambassadors are hosting Winter Wonderland this month!  The fabric is fun–light and dark blue strips… but what to make?  Well, I’ve been decided on making some fun mug rugs!

I really like Quilting on the Square’s monthly Newsletter because it has small free patterns that are fun to make. The swirly squares on the left were a little paper piece challenge from their December newsletter. 

As a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer I have the opportunity to “proof” patterns this past summer.  One of her new patterns is called Broken Daisy Placemats.  When given the pattern this summer I was also given a couple copies of the pattern,  1/4 sized.  I thought at the time that they would make cute mug rugs.    I made one, just to try it… IT TURNED OUT SO CUTE!

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I think they will be great to use when I sip cocoa in my new house.  I added a backing and a little batt and stitched it all up. 

Overall it was a crazy busy month and even though I started this early, I finished it late!  I also planned on a couple more Broken Daisy mug rugs. They make a fun decoration for the upcoming winter solstice since I think they look like the sun!

Happy December!

MISA update!

Well, this is a tad delayed in getting posted but I didn’t want it to interrupt the Blog Hop for Suzy Webster’s Folk Art Quilted Traditions book launch.  Madeline Island School of the Arts was phenomenal!

This was the ferry over and pictures of MISA.

There were over 60 quilters who came to sew.

We had demos of each technique, for each quilt type…  and once demo’ed we were off to the races!

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Everyone showed up for the group photo:



What a successful, fun time.  We’ve already made plans to come back!  See you July of ’18 for another Quiltworx University.