Japanese Quilts: “Wishes Through Our Hands”


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Currently showing (until October 5) at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in La Conner, Washington, is a remarkable show of Japanese quilts…quilts made in response to the disastrous tsunami that decimated the eastern part of Japan three years ago.  Nearly 9000 quits were made and sent by American and Japanese quilters to comfort and warm survivors.  A group of young Japanese quilters began a quilt group in the disaster affected area to “encourage the mind-lost women” still in temporary housing.

This show is a variety of quilts by an older group of quilters who are showing their work for the 9th time in La Conner.  The quilts are beautiful, and express the many feelings and emotions of Japanese women about their country and the disaster.  The group of quilters did not want photos, but this quilt is the one the museum used for publicity…all hand quilting… and the use of material from old kimonos… the appliqued circles with embroidered links represent the inter-connectedness of all people.

Q 1


On the Museum’s top floor (the museum is in an elegant Victorian house) there was a great view of the Skagit river,


and the absolutely sensational quilts of Junko Maeda.  Junko Maeda is a lover of the old Japanese cotton fabrics which are disappearing as synthetics take over the market.  For 45 years she has collected Japanese natural fiber textiles such as silk, linen and cotton.  She includes in her collection, and in her quilts, dish towels…


JM 6


JM diapers

and a whole variety of fabrics, pieced and hand quilted…and it’s this quilting that brought me to La Conner…WELL worth a trip.

Works of JM

JM 2

JM plaid

JM 7

JM 5

JM 3

JM 4

portland cement

…and, of course, my personal favorite…the “H” motif!  I’d better start practicing!

JM "H"




The Corson Building


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If you are looking for a memorable dinner in Seattle, off the beaten path, exquisite, attention to detail, carefully sourced food…I’ve got just the place…The Corson Building…(5609 Corson Avenue, S…Seattle)

Corson 1

The building was at one time a family home and business that sold statuary, and is located in an industrial area south of Seattle, called Georgetown.  As realtors sometimes say it is “close to transportation”…

viaductdumpster and trackstrailers across

and even…


but this in no way interferes with the beauty of the place…

Corson 2

Corson from the garden

Here was our lovely table on the terrace…

Our table

On Friday night the menu is a la carte, 7 starters and two mains.  We chose to share five of the seven starters and then three of us had the cod, two had the lamb.  the starters looked like this…BEAUTIFUL, fresh (they have a farm on Vashon Island) with intense flavors of fantastic combinations…


tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers

smoked salmon

lobster mushrooms, zucchini ribbons, grilled eggplant

ham, grilled eggplant, pickled onions

and this was my cod…

black cod

For entertainment we watched a jolly crew setting up a tent in the alley behind, for a wedding dinner Saturday night for 90 (super entertaining to a former caterer)…with everyone seated at one long table…fun!

alley 1the tent

Corson from the alley

Next time you’re in Seattle give it a try…




“Modernism in the Pacific Northwest”


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You have until September 7th to get to the Seattle Art Museum to see an excellent show of “Northwest Modernism” (i.e. SEATTLE modernism), painting from the mid 1930’s through the late 1960’s.  The four featured painters are Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Guy Anderson, with work also by George Tsutakawa, Paul Horiuchi and Leo Kenney…sculpture by James W. Washington Jr., Philip McCracken and Tony Angell.  We spent a couple of hours there contemplating the imagery, techniques, subjects.  The paintings are mostly work on paper and there are some just smashing things.  Morris Graves…

graves explosion

This one is gouache on “oiled paper”…intriguing…

Graves red

(This is in the permanent collectiion but we saw it on our way out…an oil…vibrant)

Morris Graves oil

Mark Tobey…a real range of eras, media, expression…

Tobey (mask)

based on this native mask…


Tobey "Signs and Messengers" Tempera on board

Tobey "Space Ritual #2" sumi

Paul Horiuchi…

Paul Hporiouchi, 1957, "Torrential Rains"

Paul Horiuchi, casein on paper on board

George Tsutakawa

Tsutakawa "Search"

Guy Anderson…

Guy Anderson

these are paintings with ENERGY!

a brief peek out the window…

museum view

and a walk through the permanent collection with this beautiful Helen Frankenthaler …

Helen Frankenthaler

and back into the city …

viagra guy





New Mexico!


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In July I dashed to New Mexico for a luxurious and fun week with Mary, a friend from the Chicago days (we go wayyy back…).  I flew in from Portland and she from Chicago…

NM 1

and we met at the airport.   After a great dinner and proper toast we headed out of Albuquerque for Mary’s house…

a toast

the weather was beautiful…


the views were excellent…NM...MOUNTAINS

New Mexico columns


there were gifts…


good food in famous restaurants…

cafe lunchCasa la SenaelFarol

farm saladscallo[s on black bean cakes

and ART!  Two excellent shows at the New Mexico Museum of History.  One was Pinhole photography which I wanted to see because Ellen’s friend Sarah Van Keuren is a well-known photographer specializing in pinhole photography.  On the odd chance there might be a piece of Sarah’s in the show, we went…

Pinhole 1

…and it was a beautiful show…


which in fact DID have a piece of Sarah’s…

Geometric landscape

and a quote from Sarah on the wall…

pinhole 3

Next door was a show on the variety of images of the Virgin Mary from Mexico and Central America and this was also a beautiful show proving that we were culturally ignorant and many of the paintings and sculptures dated from the 1600″s and 1700″s…

Virgin 1


and this riveting “Our Lady of Sorrows”

Our Lady of Sorrows

with some current imagery as well…

NM 2

On the way to Santa Fe we stopped to see an amazing bottle arrangement…

LerpyLeroy's bottles

and while there met Leroy…the artist who has spent 10 years adding to this array…

Leroy'sd card

I noticed a sign for the Cerrillos Historic District and asked for a detour which delighted us both.  Cerrillos was a major stop on the turquoise trail…home of three or four major turquoise mines back in the early 20th century…if you’re out that way it is well worth a detour (short) off the highway.  Many Italians settled there back in the day…

cerrillos Berardinallei

Cerrillos 3

Cerrilos sunflower 3

Cerrilos 1

Cerrillos sunflowers 1

Cewrrillos sunflower 2

cuerillos Pin

and there must still be an Italian around someplace…


there was also a building under restoration giving a brief visual tutorial on adobe…

Adobe 1

adobe 3

we tried to go to the encaustic gallery just north of Cerrillos, but alas it was only open on the weekend…luckily it had cool things by the gate though…

encaustic AI

encaustic stacvk

encaustic ASI tree

Our days were full, our goodbyes were heartfelt…I headed home…





Quilts and a Brother


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This month the Tuesday quilt group met at Olga’s and she had a few quilts thrown over the railing like a medieval castle…

Q Olga

Her house is comfy and fun…here’s something I spied…

Q buttons'

Linda and Kathleen had shared a piece of fabric in the mystery quilt challenge, and this was the reveal…here’s Linda’s version (front and back)

Q Linda Challenge

Q Linda challenge 2

and here’s Kathleen’s…front and back…

Q Kathleen challenge

Q:K back

Applique is happening…

Q applique 2

Q applique H

but my favorite part was the passing of the scrap basket…you can probably guess which piece I took…

Q scrap basket

I brought the FINISHED July quilt, and we decided on an ugly fabric challenge…7 of us took a fat quarter but Bernice opted out on this one…

Q July

the deadline is December…

Q ugly

MEANWHILE…back in the studio my brother How was visiting from Rochester this week and we had a little studio time together.  His beginning idea was a city lexicon (does this remind you of anything…a quilt maybe??) in which he would turn all the letters into bridges…or subways…or something…

H lexicon

H at work

(…can you tell he is an architect?)


He left these behind…get it?…HULL…?


and these…


He took off for Seattle today and another brother to visit…I miss him in the studio,

How in studio

but feel very happy for the time we had together…






Tyko Groves: 1953-2014



We’re very sad today thinking about our friend Tyko who died in an accident last weekend.  Tyko was a carpenter, an entrepreneur, a friend, an artist.  He remodeled a garage into an office/studio for us at the beach, and in 1995 put an addition on our (1849) Court Street house that changed the way we live here.  Today at his memorial service we heard all the many stories that were similar to our own stories…stories that revealed all the things about Tyko that we knew to be true.  He was smart, he was funny, he was nuanced, he was hard working and honest.  He had ideas, and was intuitive in the extreme.  Working with Tyko was, for us anyway, a collaboration and way too much fun.  Of the MANY stories I could tell, I will chose just this one:

The new addition was to be contiguous with the kitchen.  I asked Tyko to build in some shelving for the cook books and he said…” oh no Bonnie.  Your house is so old it would NEVER have had built ins.  That won’t be possible.”  Oh.  The next day he arrived with his (brand new) video camera, plunked it on the counter and said…”look at this, it”s your new cookbook shelf…I built it last night with some old doors I had in the shed.”  And luckily I agreed, so today and everyday at Court Street I think of Tyko when I open the doors and grab a  cook book.  I don’t like to think of a world without Tyko, but his spirit is imbedded in our houses and our lives.

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Hydrangea House


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Once we thought of calling our house “Hydrangea House” but we gave it up, though we didn’t give up hydrangeas.  This morning early I made the rounds to see how everybody was doing, noting that early morning light is harsher on the plants, photographically speaking, than later on…but still, they look good…big blue and little blue…

big blue 2 little blue 2

big pink and little pink…

Big Pink little pink

oak leaf…

oak leaf 2


linmelight 2



pee gee coming on…


Today the annual Salem Art Fair where R & I will be working the Hallie Ford Museum of Art booth (come say hi, 4-7)

I’m getting ready to go off on a trip next week…getting a little baby quilt put together to take as hand work…


…summer is good…





The Crab Pot


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The Crab Pot was an institution in Lincoln City…most especially in Cutler City.  The original business dates way back to the 1920’s…

Crab Pot, neon sign

For 39 years it has been owned and operated by Allen Black, who lived above the storefront.  R and I have been buying fish there since 1992 and have had many a good dinner and many a conversation about urban renewal, old bikes, business in a tourist town, etc. with Allen Black.  I’ve taken lots of pictures of the place…we loved it.  It symbolized a part of beach life that has disappeared into Casinos and big box stores and restaurants.







On the third of July the unimaginable happened…a fire started in the smoker, leapt to the roof of the store and from there to the roof of the house…

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the fire

A total and complete loss.  Everything he had and had worked for.


Allen Black's bike



newspaper photos




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