• Tillamook Quilt and Fiber Art Show

    Home again after the Tillamook Quilt and Fiber Art Show; and a lovely show it was. While in Tillamook, I stayed with my friend and professional colleague Arlene Sachitano  who writes delightful mystery stories nestled in quilts. She has a brand new book out set in her usual venue with the quilt group making quilts for an animal shelter. I also got a spoiler on the book she is currently working on but mum’s the word – I’m not telling.

    At the show my quilts and lectures were well received but the highlight of the show for me were the other quilts and the various demos. I stopped by the American Heros Quilts booth and made a block to be included in a quilt for a wounded soldier (my son Jesse was a recipient of one such quilt), I bought some honey from a local vendor and watched the other fiber demos. I was particularly taken with the rug hooking display. There was a small collection up at the show and an even larger and more impressive display up at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center; this display of gorgeous handmade rugs will run through the month of June and is well worth a trip to Tillamook to see.

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  • Tillamook County Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival

    Attention Quilt Lovers – Latimer Quilt and Textile Center presents The Tillamook County Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival ‘Tidal Treasures’ at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds 4603 3rd St. Tillamook OR 97141. The show will be open May 23 – 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM daily.

    I am the Featured Quilter and in keeping with the show theme, will be exhibiting a selection of my ocean themed quilts and fiber art. I will also be presenting a trunk show and talk each day.

    Come say hello, I hope to see you at the show

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    Things to do and see while in Tillamook:

    Tillamook is a very small community, nothing is very far from anywhere else and there is lots to do and see while there

    Visit the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center a wonderful textile museum just a few blocks from the Fairgrounds and sponsor of the Tidal Treasures show.

    Go have lunch and buy some cheese or an ice cream cone at the Tillamook Cheese Factory again just down the road from the Latimer Center.

    If a smaller more intimate food experience is your preference, visit the Blue Heron French Cheese Company located just south down the highway from the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Stop by to taste and buy delicious locally made French style Brie and grab a sandwich at their deli.

    And if you are coming to see a quilt show, you are probably a quilter. Be sure to stop by Jane’s Fabric Patch, a lovely quilt shop located at the south end of Tillamook


  • Nice Kitty!

    Good morning everyone! I want to share a picture with all you Garden Cat lovers. This pillow featuring my Garden Patch Cat pattern, Cattus Romanus, was made by my Facebook friend Maureen as a ‘memory’ quilt for a friend of hers who lost their beloved cat.

    For those who are not familiar with this pattern series, they are cats shaped like vegetables and fruits and I encourage cat fans who make my patterns to share pictures of their quilts. I have received many such pictures but this one is a particularly wonderful rendering of C Romanus (who is a head of Romaine Lettuce). Normally, he looks like a gentleman wearing a ‘smoking jacket’ but here, Maureen has made some modifications to the face and ended up with one of the most perfect Burmese (long haired Siamese) cats I’ve seen. I’ve had students try to emulate the Siamese coloration on various cat patterns before but this is one of the best I’ve seen.

    Maureen shared this picture on my Facebook page and I encourage everyone who makes these cats to share their pictures with me. To see the complete line of Garden Patch Cat patterns visit Story Quilts

    Cattus Romanus
    Cattus Romanus