After visiting Tennesse last April, I headed West with a swing by Kentucky to visit my blogging friend, June, of A Creative Dreamer. After a wonderful lunch and a l-o-n-g chat we parted ways and I headed West to Oregon.
As it worked out, I went to Salem, Oregon on my birthday where I first had coffee with blogger Janaé who works and teaches at Greenbaum's Quilted Forest. She makes wonderful handbags, as well as quilts, and also dishes out good sewing advice. Well worth a visit.
Then I met up with Bonnie. Let me demonstrate how small the world really is. Bonnie is Nifty’s (of Nifty Quilts) sister-in-law. Nifty attended my high school in Salem, but was a couple of years behind me and my brother remembers her. Bonnie’s husband is a retired professor from Willamette University and knew my father who also taught there. To top it all off, Bonnie knew my mother and a number of people I knew from Willamette. Yes, blogland is an amazing place !
So Bonnie invited me to see her house, studio and quilts.
As she and her husband are both artists, their home is an art gallery--except better.
Her lovely garden would make a good setting for my pots. Wish I could've brought some along.
The neighbors agreed not to put up a fence, which gives the impression of a luxury of space.
Bonnie's art studio is nestled back in a corner of the garden and there she creates lovely prints, drawings and paintings.
However, I like her sewing/quilt room best.
Notice the red/pink corduroy quilt she did for Nifty's challenge last year.
Here are just a few of her beautiful quilts.
An unusual red and white design, among my favorites. Who doesn't like red and white quilts?
Also among my favorites, Bonnie's leaf quilt on which she was working.
And on her design wall, colorful log cabin blocks.
Need I say? It was a wonderful birthday.
And so, thank you, June, Janaé, and Bonnie for welcoming me into your lives.