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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Pineapple Blossom Abundance!

It's our last day of workshops in Ketchikan Alaska.   Have had such a great time this week with these ladies!

They are busy sewing up pineapple bottom blocks and energy levels are high!

Sure wish you were here sewing along with us, I'm sure you'd fit right in!

Class Day in Ketchikan–Cathedral Stars!

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SEW MUCH FUN!

It’s really nice to spend time long enough in one place that I get to know the ladies….even more than the fabric, the notions, the machines, the quilts ---it’s all about RELATIONSHIPS and I firmly believe the relationships we form with other quilters are the longest lasting and deepest meaning of all.

They “get” us!  Other quilters “understand” us!

They also ENABLE us!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Ketchikan Workshop Day 2!

Stitching away on a sun-shiny September day!

My ladies have been uber productive in our Cathedral Stars workshop--alternate blocks are coming together!

We will be breaking for lunch shortly and back together for more fun with tri recs tools!

Doesn't it look like we are having quite the party?

Turn the Jimmy Buffet up loud!  We are singing along as we sew!

My Blue Heaven, Ketchikan Style!

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Super quilters, and a super sewing day at The Plaza in Ketchikan!

Oh, we had so much fun!

And the fabrics and projects are so varied, there is sure something to inspire in the photos I have to share.

Not only in Blue, but green and red and autumn tones ---batiks and prints and recycled fabrics to boot!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Galaxy-Gram My Blue Heaven in Ketchikan!


Sunshine, blue skies and warm temperatures!  
What a perfect day in Ketchikan mid-September!


We've got a great group of gals sewing away in an empty store front in the local shopping mall. Great space, great lighting, and great visibility to passers-by who are interested in what we are up to.

Doesn't it look like we are having a great time? :-)

Help Julie fight Childhood Cancer!

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This photo is of me and my friend Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts when teaching in Portland Oregon  a couple of years ago at Quiltmaker Magazine’s Block Party!

Julie is an amazing designer and such a dear dear person with the kindest heart you’ll ever come across.

Her nephew, Elijah has been battling childhood cancer over the past several years, and Aunt Julie is on a mission --

To raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Hiking Settlers Cove, Ketchikan, AK!

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Yesterday was a day for resting up, to getting my body clock adjusted to a 4 hours earlier time zone, to getting out and exploring bits of Ketchikan that my short one day here last year didn’t provide –OFF the beaten path with some of the locals!

The plan was to drive out to Settlers Cove, to experience the nature and wonder of Ketchikan’s rainforest---aptly named and described as Ketchikan is noted to be the rainiest spot in all of Alaska.

This explains the moss going abundantly everywhere – and on everything!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Art and the Ketchikan Public Library!

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My delight on this trip to Ketchikan is to really spend time with the folks that live here – the people that call Ketchikan Alaska home, the locals ---whether they’ve only lived here a few years, or have been here 60 years –no one knows the beauty of Ketchikan like those who call Ketchikan home do.

One of the recent additions to the beauty of the city of Ketchikan is the new public library, built up on a rise, above the city center, away from the hustle and and sounds of cruise ships full of tourists, float planes, sight seeing helicopters and traffic noise.

I’ve always loved libraries, and when I was asked if I wanted to take a trip to see this one, the suggestion was met with a resounding YES!

The Sky View to Ketchikan!

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I love window seats.

I know some folks prefer the aisle so they can get up when they want to, but then they also have to get up any time someone ELSE wants to get up.

No.  For me..it’s window all the way, and I am always enraptured by what I can see out the window….even if it is just the wonder of “Hey, I’m in the clouds!”

It’s been that way all my life, from the first time I flew as a little girl.  I have a need to SEE EVERYTHING!  And from up above is a wonderful place to me.

As we flew from Greensboro to Detroit, this little island came into view.

Little did I know that this little island is actually the southern most part of CANADA!

I had poisted this photo to Instagram & Facebook and Norma sent me this reply:

...the "cool island" you saw is Pelee Island, Ontario, the southernmost land in Canada. If you look at the top of your  wonderful picture, you will see a stretch of land pointing down - that is Point Pelee which is the southernmost point of "contiguous" Canada.
It is one of our national parks - you can walk literally out to the end of the point into the water. It is best known for the monarch butterly and bird migration each fall. I grew up 70 miles east of Pelee.
 
All the best on your trip to Alaska and NY!
Norma in NY


LOVE it!  And love knowing you are traveling along with me and watching through my photos.
 
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I spy downtown Detroit!  And a sun rise!
 
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Breakfast in Detroit.  Oh yes, this is going to be a very long day!
 
One hour flight from Greensboro to Detroit, and then a 3 hour layover?  What’s a girl to do??
 
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Hexie herself into oblivion!
 
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Snow capped mountains outside of Seattle!
 
The only grumble about the Seattle flight was the guy in the center next to me….on his laptop…elbows out…..extending WAY beyond his half of the arm rest in both directions….he was encroaching on MY real-estate!  Tresapassing into my air space!  And technically half of that arm rest should have been mine…..but no…he didn’t care….just elbows out…crossing boundaries.  Grrrr!  I was up against an exit row wall, so that meant I had NO armrests at all.  Stay Calm and Hex On!
 
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Descending into Ketchikan!
 
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Hello, Mountains!  It’s green here!
 
The climate in Ketchikan falls firmly under the category of RAIN FOREST.  There is a reason the guild here calls themselves The Rainy Day Quilters –it rains 70% of the time here…but I love it. 
 
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My home for the next several days!
 
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I love Alaska!
 
After dinner I was SO tired..but I just could not let myself get to bed at 6:30pm.  I knew that I would then be UP at 2:30 am and that just wasn’t going to be a good thing.  I put my ear buds in, turned the music on and went for a little walk to stretch my legs after sitting on planes all day.  I came to where these boats were moored…Great evening light, and reflections in the water..and mountians!
 
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Mirror image of the descending stairs in the water…
 
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What a gorgeous evening!
 
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Parked at a local restaurant – a 50’s Caddie!
 
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Feeding my vintage car fetish!
 
((Love that GREEN!!))
 
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Evening drawing closer ---
 
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Peaceful, isn’t it?
 
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Goodnight, Ketchikan!
 
I didn’t do too bad.  I slept until 5:18am. adjusting a body clock 4 hours backwards is a bit of a trick.  But I’m up and at it, suitcases are unpacked, I’ve made myself at home in my little room and I’m ready to go get some breakfast.
 
The plan for today is simple….if it isn’t raining cats and dogs, I’d like to do some hiking late this morning, followed by a late lunch, and set up for my lecture at 4pm. 
 
I am so looking forward to meeting the local gals!
 
Much love from Alaska ---


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