Bring Pie!

Craftsy Holiday ClassCraftsy Pie Class

Everyone loves the guest who brings pie! Join King Arthur Flour pastry instructor Melanie Wanders in Craftsy’s online kitchen as you whip up creative variations of classic pies. Click here to sign up for the class through Craftsy!

Bake to-die-for pies: brown-butter maple & ultimate apple! Learn highly sought-after techniques to make flaky and flavorful crusts everyone will love.




Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Lisa Fall Creek 2016

My new hobby! Since I’m no longer rowing, this is going to be a great way to get back out on the water, and enjoy our beautiful lakes. The folks at SUP2UOregon have been great in helping me with my learning curve, and soon I will buy my own board. OK, so I won’t be going very fast, but it will be great exercise. Hey just standing up is great exercise!

Back on the Longarm

Well, for a bit. Full-time work just really “gets in the way” of my social life, my quilting life, my gardening. Who knew?

Anyway, I managed to do Joyce’s quilt over the past couple weeks. This is her Challenge Quilt for the 2016 Blackberry Jam Quilt Show and after that I believe she will be taking it to her second home in San Diego to use on one of the bedrooms there. It’s quite cheerful and happy and lovely. It’s based on my CITY VIEW pattern, but I like the way she changed up a few things. The challenge fabric this year was quite bold and colorful, and she did a marvelous job calming that down with her color choices of the other fabrics, especially the gray. Nice job Joyce!


Holiday Weekend


Ahhhh! A holiday weekend. There are many reasons to be thankful for this day. A time for reflection, a cup of coffee in the morning, a hike with friends. (The house cleaning, laundry, paying bills, quilt show website update, filling propane tanks, and garden debris chipping/shredding can just wait a wee bit…)

A little history of Memorial Day from a blog I found: “Now observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and dates back to the years following the Civil War. At the time, groups would decorate the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers, a practice still acknowledged with people often visiting cemeteries to decorate veteran graves.

While the tradition existed throughout the U.S., in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York – which had commemorated the day since May 5, 1866 – the official birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1868, May 30 was set aside as a nationwide Decoration Day, with the date selected because it didn’t correspond to the anniversary of any particular battle.

After World War I, the day became known to honor veterans of both the Civil War and the more recent conflict. It remained on May 30 until 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the late Monday in May to create a three-day holiday for federal employees. The change went into effect in 1971, the same day Memorial Day was designated a federal holiday.”