Thursday, October 16, 2014

Acorns and Threads, A Needleworker's Delight!

We wrapped up our trip to the West coast with a day in Portland...visiting Acorns and Threads (a needlework shop), seeing old friends, and going to Powell's Book Shop.

Our first stop of the day was at Acorns and Threads.

Here I am being greeted by the shop owner, Jeannine. She has owned this marvelous shop since 2005.

Jeannine bought the shop from Roz, who started the business in 1996. Roz happened to stop in while we were there. It was so nice to see both Jeannine and Roz again.

There were lots and lots of models!

There were lots and lots of charts, linens, and other needlework necessities.

Hmm--I can even see a rack with lots of With My Needle designs.

Jeannine carries so many different fibers. This is just a small part of her fiber supply.

If you're ever in the Portland area, make sure you stop by Acorns and Threads. You won't be disappointed. Of course, if you are not in the area, you can always shop on-line. Right?

Since my last blog post I've heard from several of you about the quilt barns/barn quilts. If you're a long-time reader of my blog, you may remember the blog post I did about them on  June 22, 2012. That year for Christmas Tom gave me a wonderful book about the subject. Here's a photo of the book cover for those of you who are also interested in barn quilts.

You can also see lots and lots of photos of barn quilts here.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

More from Oregon

Our drive north from DePoe Bay to Astoria, Oregon took us through Tillamook. Many of you may recognize the name Tillamook because of  their cheeses.  

What I didn't expect to see was a "quilt barn".

After seeing the barn shown above, I decided to look for more painted quilts. Lo and behold, it turns out that there are lots in the city of Tillamook, and they are not only on barns. We later learned that in 2009 plans were made to create a Tillamook Quilt Trail. Quilt trails first began in Ohio and are mainly found in the East and in the Midwest sections of the US. The Tillamook Quilt Trail was the first one on the West coast. You can read more about the Tillamook Quilt Trail here.

Here are a few of my favorite Tillamook quilts.

The next quilt was on a wall inside a building.

The next one was in the window of a local florist shop. I'm not sure why they decided to hang it the way they did. In my humble opinion, it would look much better turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

I spotted a small road sign on the northern side of town pointing to the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center. Of course, I  wanted to check it out.

I think it's wonderful that the center is housed in an old school. Notice the old school bell on the left side of the photo below.

Inside there were several large rooms. In the West room there were weaving looms, although no one was weaving while we were there. We spotted a woven coverlet on one wall and took a photo of it. It reminds us a lot of one we inherited through Tom's family.

The East room was dedicated mainly to quilt making. This room is one where various guilds can meet. Here are photos of several old quilts that were hanging on the walls.

The next quilt is made entirely of yo-yos. I found a brief history and description of yo-yo quilts along with photos of two yo-yo quilts here.

The Center also has a wonderful textile library and a large exhibit room.

One of the big attractions in Astoria is the Columbia River Maritime Museum where we spent several hours. There was a small scrimshaw exhibit, and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the items.

Look at the detail on  this ostrich egg!

I also spotted a ditty bag along with some needles and a seam presser.

And then, all too soon, our trip was nearly over. We next headed to Portland to catch our flight home. We allowed an extra day to visit a needlework shop, Acorns and Threads, to have lunch with friends,  and to visit Powell's Books  (probably the biggest book shop you've ever seen).

In my next blog post I'll show you some photos we took at Acorns and Threads.

Monday, October 6, 2014

We're Back!

We recently returned from a wonderful and relaxing trip to the west coast. The scenery along the northern California and Oregon coasts was so spectacular that I thought I'd share a few of my favorite photos with you!!!

We flew into San Francisco and rented a car. Our first stop was for a few days in the Sonoma Valley. Last year I discovered a wonderful B&B in Healdsburg, and we stayed there again.

About half the grapes had already been harvested, but there were some still on the vines.

One day we drove over to beautiful Bodega Bay.

After leaving Healdsburg, we leisurely headed north, often stopping to enjoy the sights.

Bandon, Oregon was one of our favorite places.

We found the beach in Bandon covered with beautifully colored pebbles.

We quickly discovered that the pebbles are most beautiful when they are wet, so when we got back to our inn, I wet some pebbles we had gathered so we could enjoy their beauty. We want to figure out how to permanently keep them so beautiful.

Here are some more photos we took as we walked along  the beach.

This poor ship ended up nestled among some trees quite a bit from the water, most likely the result of  a very bad storm, or perhaps a tsunami.

Lighthouses dotted the coastline. With the very rocky coast, you can well imagine their importance. Here is one we visited.

Newport is known for its sea lion population.

Our next stop was Depoe Bay, which claims to be the world's smallest harbor. Whales are frequently seen offshore here. In fact, about 10 whales are year-round residents. It was so  much fun to see whales from our window!

Here is a photo taken at sunset our first night.

And here is another taken the following night before dinner.

We continued our drive north towards Astoria, stopping along the way to view the sights, walk along the beaches, etc.

 These next photos were taken at Ecola State Park. The entrance looks like a magical forest.

Perhaps you can spot the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse in the distance on top of the very large rock in the sea. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1957 and is now privately owned. It now serves as a crematorium and is designed to hold the ashes of more than half a million people.

Next we stayed in Astoria. Our hotel was on a pier on the Columbia River in the shadow of this magnificent bridge connecting Oregon and Washington.

We didn't have a lot of time to explore Astoria, but we made it to the Maritime Museum. I'll save the photos we took of some scrimshaw until my next blog post. For now, I'll leave you with  this view of the Columbia, which is a floating lighthouse and part of the museum's collection.

We both agree that this was one of our most relaxing vacations ever. We had no plans other than where we were staying and a couple of dinner reservations.  We simply took each day as it came. We enjoyed our trip so much that we are already thinking about a return trip in the not too distant future.