Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Work on the 2014 Shipment Begins

Well, it's time to begin work on the 2014 shipment to Mayan Families.  Here are the first two completed quilts from Nan's group in Anchorage.  Thanks, and Happy Holidays to all.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bonnie Bucknam to Speak at Northwest Quilters, Portland, Monday December 9

Bonnie will be the featured speaker at the Northwest Quilters Guild meeting on Monday December 9, 2013, at 7pm.  The meeting will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 SE 15th Street, Portland, Oregon.

Here's a bit about Bonnie's lecture, Sticks and Stones:
Bonnie Bucknam’s art quilts have won national and international recognition, including Quilt National 2011 Best of Show.  Her quilts are abstract interpretations of the natural world.  Join her as she takes you through the design and construction processes used in her latest two series of works. You’ll see her evolution as an artist and follow her creative process through the step-by-step construction of some of her recent quilts.


Friday, November 22, 2013

26 Quilts Are On Their Way to Mayan Families

Twenty six quilts are on their way to Mayan Families' orphan program in Panajachel, Guatemala!  I know the kids will appreciate these colorful and functional additions to their meager lives.  Many of these kids literally have nothing but the clothes on their backs and struggle daily even to eat.  At least they will be able to sleep a little warmer. Thanks to all who contributed their work, time, and caring. 

 Here are the latest finished quilts for Mayan Families.  The top three are from Pat in Idaho.

The following quilt is from Patti in Anchorage.

 This next one is from Louise in Seattle.

And these are mine.  I made the last quilt from scrap parts left over from making purses. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

High Fiber Diet's "Simply Red" Opens in Coos Bay

High Fiber Diet exhibit, Simply Red, opened last weekend.  The reception at Coos Bay was lovely and artists Shirley MacGregor, Kimberly Connely, Diane Born, Elizabeth Bamberger, and Jill Hoddick (and husbands) were there along with 25-30 of the public. There was good food and wine and live period music. The gallery's board came and several made very gracious comments about the work.  Pam Pilcher's redwood quilt made the poster, and Jill's piece was featured in a local coast newspaper.  Shirley did a wonderful job hanging the show.
The gallery is a bit difficult to find. It is located at 1957 Thompson Rd, Coos Bay, just beyond the hospital. It is in the lobby of the Pacific Coast Medical Park, a medical building with no signs about a gallery or exhibit.  The hours are 7:30am - 5pm Monday through Friday.  The building is not open on the weekends.  The exhibit runs until January 17, 2014.
Sara Miller's quilt in the lobby area.

Bonnie Bucknam's Dragonfly in the garden area.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

High Fiber Diet Exhibit at the Mount Hood Community College Visual Arts Gallery

Rhythm & Hues, work by members of High Fiber Diet, opened last week at the Mount Hood Community College Visual Arts Gallery.  It's a great show and a beautiful gallery space.  The exhibit runs through November 21.  The school is located at 26000 Stark in Gresham.

Works by Mary Arnold, vessel, and Bonnie Bucknam.

Works by Terry Grant, Christina Brown, Anita Kaplan and Beverly Woodard.

Works by Susan Cowan, juror, and Gerrie Congdon.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Welcome Emma!

Here's Emma, the latest addition to our family.  She's a two month old Shiba Inu puppy.  She is keeping all of us, especially Lily, busy.  What a rascal!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Totes and Travel Bags Available

Here are some new totes and travel bags.  These two new totes feature hand-embroidered panels from Santiago, Atitlan on the front pockets. See the Purses for Sale page for more information and photos.





Thursday, September 19, 2013

Kathmandu - Bodhnath Temple

From Varanassi we flew to Kathmandu, Nepal.  One of the highlights of Kathmandu is the Bodhnath Stupa.  It is the largest stupa in Nepal.  It is ringed with a pedestrian walkway where many vendors display jewelry, beads, spices, clothing and other traditional Nepalese and Tibetan wares.  There are restaurants, hotels, and craft workshops.

Kathmandu is a bead-lover's paradise.  All that turquoise in the photo above are large plastic bags brimming with turquoise beads.

Monday, September 9, 2013


We only spent a short time in Varanassi, but those hours were very interesting and full.  When we got off the plane it was 110 degrees F!  We wanted to get down to the ghats for the evening ceremony.  It was too crowded for the bus to get there, so we piled out and all got in rickshaws and made our way to the Ganges.

The rickshaws dropped us off and we had a short walk to the river where we boarded a boat and set out on the river.

The fires on the shore are from the cremations that take place along the river 24/7.

The next morning, before dawn, we headed back down to the ghats.  We took another boat ride and watched the sunrise.  People were bathing in the river, and some young monks were making offerings to begin their day.