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September 12, 2019
Teri's Travels: White Bluffs Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

If you follow our blog, you know that I (Teri) have been sharing some of our quilty stops during our cross-country road trip in July. Often, when I travel with my husband, we make a deal: I go to a quilt shop and he gets to pick a BBQ restaurant. (It's a win-win for me!) One day, I scored a visit to a quilt museum as we drove through Washington state. What a fun stop that was! When I arrived at the White Bluffs Quilt Museum in Richland, Washington, I was greeted by Marlene Martin, who began showing me ...

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September 7, 2019
The Living Rock Studios from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

We've been out and about again, this time to the Living Rock Studios in Brownsville, Oregon. It was one of the first destinations that I put on our list when we started that museum a month thing, but it's close to home so I was saving it for an easy option when our schedule was busy...and then our whole schedule went to hell and we never did get there. 


Last Saturday, my youngest and I were watching Youtube videos about people who'd created and done unique things and he told me he wanted to do more ...

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September 4, 2019
Saying Goodbye to the Undersea Gardens from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

How many times have you seen this in your social media feeds as the click bait image for an article about "Wild Animal Encounters You Won't Believe?" 


That's not a diver being attacked by an octopus, it's part of the signage for the Undersea Gardens in Newport Oregon and has been for as long as I can remember.  On Tuesday I saw a headline that the attraction had closed. It didn't seem like news -- over the past few years I've seen a lot of stories that it was going to close or had closed. What ...

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August 25, 2019
Hands on History from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Yesterday, the Linn County Museum (you might remember my post about them that kicked off our whole museum a month thing) hosted their second annual Hands on History day. 


We started out with spinning and wool carding on the lawn of the Moyer House. I've been wanting to see the inside of that place for years, so as soon as I could pry the boys away from the wool (We've got fleece and a set of carders at home!) we went inside and they chatted with a man in the parlor who was demonstrating Victorian toys while I ...

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July 17, 2019
Teri's Travels: The Quilters Hall of Fame from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

I (Teri) am on the road this month, traveling across the United States with my husband. We will be gone for a month, and thus far have followed the Lewis and Clark Trail (sort of), reaching the Pacific yesterday. Of course, like any avid quilter, a few quilt stops have been planned into our trip. The first was in Marion, Indiana. Yes, we were a couple of weeks too early for Celebration 2019, and the induction of Marianne Fons, Liz Porter, and Mary A. McElwain. But at least I got to explore the museum, housed in the historic Webster House ...

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July 2, 2019
The Albany Carousel from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I knew that there was a carousel in Albany and I'd been planning to visit, but somehow I never got around to it or even figured out exactly where it was. It was even on our list of museums we wanted to visit last year.  Earlier this week we discovered that it's right down the block from one of the Row by Row Experience shops. 


I'd also seen on Facebook that they offer free tours...so I was completely and totally out of excuses. One of those had been that Salem has a carousel and we'd ...

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May 30, 2019
Floors, Ceilings and Unintentional Quilt Blocks at the Louvre from Gefilte Quilt

Recently I was at the Louvre, where I saw celebrities:


Ms. Lisa wasn't crooked - I was, after fighting my way to the front of an aggressive backwards-facing selfie-snapping crowd.

Along with famous people and enthralling paintings (especially blue-and-gold ones), I took time to photograph some of the floors, which, for a French palace, were surprisingly American-quilty. Like this one, littered with blocks: 
A drain was well disguised. 
This floor wasn't interesting in the middle...
..but I was impressed by the improvisational edges.
In American quilting, this next design is called a Mariner's Compass....
I like the ...

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May 12, 2019
Lifted from the Louvre: My New Favorite Color Scheme from Gefilte Quilt

I was lucky enough to be a tourist in Paris a couple of weeks ago,  (where I visited fabric storesflea markets and Notre Dame, days before the fire). Of course, one afternoon, DH and I went to the Louvre. 

We headed first to the 16th-19th century French painting galleries There I found myself unexpectedly fixated on a heavenly color combination:

That's Eustache Le Sueur's "St Bruno Being Carried Up to Heaven," painted circa 1650. And it's how I felt looking at it. Similarly,  Le Sueur's "Dream of St. Bruno."

And here's "Imaginary Landscape" by ...

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April 28, 2019
Safely Home from Romany Quilting

After 3 weeks, and 1515kms, we have made it safely home.  It’s always a relief that there was no trouble with the car, the caravan, or other drivers!  Our last couple of days saw us leaving Taupo and stopping at Waiouru for lunch.  The National Army Museum is a great place to stop with plenty of room in the large carpark for caravans and campers.  With a café and toilets available, as well as the marvelous museum, we often stop here for a break, and occasionally stay overnight.  

A sign on the door as we entered stated “Due to ...

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April 13, 2019
Tide Pools Instead of Museums? from Michelle's Romantic Tangle


Remember last year's plan to visit a different museum at least once a month? I didn't pull it off. Going places was possible, but spacing them evenly out, let alone spacing them evenly out and getting them to mesh with the actual calendar...that didn't happen. 

I thought we'd go to the Marine Science Center while we were at the coast, but it turns out they don't have an octopus on display right now. Since the octopus and the touch pools are the main attractions, we didn't go.  Instead, we spent a couple of ...

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April 4, 2019
Visions Online Spring Exhibit from Art and Quilting in Camden

I’m delighted to share that my Lilies of the Valley quilt has been juried in to the Visions Art Museum online exhibit “Spring.”

Lilies of the Valley, 36 x 36 inches. As always, there is dense quilting to bring the quilt to life. This work is has been juried into the SAQA Connecting Our Natural Worlds exhibit, and is available for sale. However, the quilt cannot be delivered to the purchaser until the end of the SAQA exhibit in 2022.

I love the delicate fluted cups of the tiny flowers near our front porch, the shades of green as ...

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January 17, 2019
Welsh Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The view from our hike.
This past November, my husband and I (Kara) had the opportunity to visit the spectacular country of Wales. This was to be our relaxing treat after such a crazy past year of visitors and travel. We chose the location based on its proximity to Snowdonia National Park—renowned for its beauty—and it did not disappoint. The scenery was spectacular and the hikes through various areas of the park were diverse in landscape and beauty. While hiking through the hills was one of our main goals, seeing some of the towns and castles was another ...

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January 11, 2019
Winter Holiday Adventure from Becca's Crazy Projects

With the recent lapse in appropriations for several government agencies, there have been closures of facilities in the Washington DC area. Darling Husband and I planned vacation time for the first week of January. We made that plan way back in November, when it seemed there would be many things to do in DC. Then there was a state funeral and a lapse in appropriations for several government agencies. What was open and what was closed was somewhat murky and more than I wanted to contemplate. Particularly knowing I might not get paid in January. A coworker recommended we check ...

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December 10, 2018
I Want a Hundred Year Old Greenhouse from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I do understand that there are lots and lots of reasons why I can't have an old glass greenhouse, but let me dream for a little bit. Because the one we visited yesterday was GORGEOUS...


It was the annual Christmas open house at Deepwood and Bush House and all four kids and I thought it would be fun to go.  Back in 2016, we missed the greenhouse. I remembered that it was there, from the days I used to walk through the park almost every day with the stroller, but I had it confused in my head with the ...

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December 6, 2018
{Museum a Month} Oregon Coast Aquarium from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

The Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance attraction for November was the Oregon Coast Aquarium, so our family headed for the coast. We'd been looking forward to this one all year. 


Over the years, we've been to the aquarium plenty of  times. My husband and I went to see Keiko, the whale from Free Willie, while he was there. The kids and I slept in the Passages of the Deep tubes one night, with sharks swimming over and below us. (For the record, I don't recommend trying that with an infant, a toddler, and two school age children. They ...

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October 13, 2018
{Museum a Month} The North Lincoln County Historical Museum from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

If you're spending some time on the Oregon Coast, I definitely recommend  stop at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincoln City. Admission is free, there's a lot to look at, and it gives visitors a wonderful glimpse of how the coast used to be.


Can you imagine a time when little kids could scramble around on what was left of wrecked ships? I've got to admit that I'm jealous of Mrs. Carmichael's mother, who told that story. There are lots of stories from local residents included in the displays and I wound up ...

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September 21, 2018
Now I'm confused from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OK - so I took a day off the other day. I shouldn't have. I don't have time to take a day off, but I did. I wanted to visit the Textile Museum to see the Color Improvisations 2 exhibit. The exhibit has been at the museum since the end of May, but as usual, I wait until the last minute since the show closes on Sunday. 

I decided to save myself some money and coordinated it so I could get a ride to and from downtown with DH. It was like a daytime date! He had some meetings ...

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August 17, 2018
Cute little Quokka from Romany Quilting

When is a rat not a rat?  When it is a quokka.  And what is a quokka, you may well ask?  A quokka is a marsupial the size of a hare or domestic cat, and as with other marsupials, such as the kangaroo and wallaby, the females suckle their young in a pouch. Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, Australia, has quokkas galore.  Rottnest Island was named by Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh in 1696, meaning rats nest, mistaking the quokkas for huge rats.   It wasn’t long before we saw our first quokka, there were plenty around the ...

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August 15, 2018
Petersen Rock Garden from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Back in June, we took the boys to the Petersen Rock Garden in Redmond. I'd been there as a kid and again as an adult, but it'd been a very long time and the youngest two had never seen the place at all. They've closed and reopened a number of times over the years and I'm afraid that what was once a really neat attraction may not be with us much longer.   


You already know that I love dollhouses and tiny houses of all kinds, so this place is right up my alley. One man, Rasmus ...

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June 23, 2018
{Museum a Month} Columbia River Maritime Museum from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Our museum of the month for June was the Columbia River Maritime Museum because they're the participating member of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance for this month and our annual membership at Deepwood (the historic house where the love of my life and I got married twenty-seven years ago) got us in for free.


This post is going to lack pictures because, even though I thought I was taking lots of them, I apparently wasn't...and the ones I did take have the pattern of my dress reflected in the glass. (Did I mention that I'm still ...

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