Monday, February 1, 2016

J. Harlen Bretz Floods

Old Man Travels did a wonderful photo series on the Missoula Floods.  I think he is as fascinated by the Missoula Floods story as I am.  These were ice age floods that originated from a glacier near Missoula Montana.  They were huge floods.  This is a quote from "Cataclysms on the Columbia"

"Most geologists now believe that for slightly more than 2000 years .... at least 40 tremendous cataclysms of almost inconceivable force and dimensions swept across part parts of the Columbia River drainage basin. These occurred between 15,000 and 12,800 years ago, at the end of the Ice Age. More than 16,000 square miles were repeatedly inundated to depths of hundreds of feet, ..... These floods on the Columbia contained up to ten times the flow of all the rivers in the world, 60 times the flow of the Amazon River."

These floods shaped the Columbia Gorge and made all its waterfalls.  They also gave the Willamette Valley 100 feet of topsoil because that is where there was enough room for the water to spread out and stop moving.  Thanks Eastern Washington for all the topsoil!

Old Man Travels calls them the Bretz floods because he was the geologist who first figured out that the floods happened.  Of course he was ridiculed at the time.  This link will take you to his photo essay on the Bretz Floods.

This is a photo of a back road on his journey.  I wish I was driving on this road.  I need a road trip...


Saturday, January 30, 2016

My ugly duckling

I decided this piece was done for now so I tacked it on the wall.    I left some parts unquilted.  I may go back and do more.  It has a very sampler look to it.  It certainly did not turn into a swan.  But I shall persevere on this technique because I really like doing it.

I started the quilting with a shorter needle which made for smaller tighter stitches.  I switched to a a longer needle and my stitches got looser and freer.  The fabric tended to pucker more and I like that.  

This is the same photo. In the second one I adjusted the color in Picasa with the neutral color picker.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quilting along

Still can't get decent photo colors which is frustrating.   I sure am having a good time doing this.  It just feels good to do.  

I got  one of these color cards, as recommended by Vicki Welsh although I can't find the post where she talks about it.  Anyway, I took a photo with the color card and adjusted the color in Picasa.  I think I am supposed to put the color card to the side.  I think it helped with the colors.

Friday, January 22, 2016

What a beautiful day

I think it got up to almost 60 today and it was sunny and lovely.  We pruned and cleaned up the garden a bit.  It was my first gardening of the year.  And it was nice enough that we had coffee on the porch.

After coffee we went for a walk... we went out for lunch and stopped at Whole Foods to pick up a few things for dinner.  Here are some of the things we saw along the way.

Compost bin with wonderful whimsical decoration.

Tiled toilet in yard with miniature garden in the bowl.

This is John eating lunch outside in the warm sun.  French fries!  Yum.

This house has an amazing round corner.

A railing made of bamboo.

I like all the detail below this window.

I swear there is another house just like this one less than a mile away.    It's an unusual style.  I wonder what the story is?

 This is a BIG house with a lot of interesting roof lines.

Bird with a paper towel

This bird is having so much fun with this paper towel!  Makes me wish I had a bird to share a paper towel with....

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Quilting progress

My focus has been on the hand stitching.... the kind of thread, how many strands, color of thread.  I have the best success with perle cotton size 8.  Sometimes I double it to make it stand out more.

I don't think I will ever like this quilt.  I am not fond of the colors.  But then, that is what happens when you don't want to use your best fabric.

I started another one.  I am working on my curved line construction.  Some of these are sewn and some are just next to each other.   And this is not a final layout by any means.  This is just play time.

And no, the colors are not right.  I miss my old camera so much.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Average Portland Winter Weather... finally

The weather has been mild, just the way I like it.  It's lovely for walks.  We walked even when it wasn't lovely but I certainly enjoy it more now.

Portland gets an average of about 40 inches of rain in a year, most of it between October and May.  The "water year" starts in October but this year we didn't get any rain until Halloween.  We've had almost 34 inches since then, which is 85% of our average rainfall in a year.  So we are way ahead on rain  this year.  I like this site for rain data (I pay attention to Sunnyside School, our closest gauge).

The witch hazel is blooming in the park.

We sat outside on Hawthorne and had coffee.