Friday, August 9, 2019

The Quilt

For years the finished squares of a quilt have been in my sewing collection. I never had the time, space or energy to finish the quilt. Finally I asked a friend if she would be willing to sew it for me. She has a reputation for creating beautiful quilts. In a weeks time she finished the quilt and then made a small runner with the left over six squares. It is amazing. She purchased a lovely backing fabric and had enough for both. This is truly a gift of love. I am not even sure how I came to have it, but I believe it is from my Great Aunt Anne whose house I helped to prepare for their move to senior housing. It most likely came from my grandfather Olsen's older sister Helen Olsen Erickson who owned a sewing shop in Hillsboro, Oregon. My friend feels the fabrics date from the 1930s to the 1950s and she is amazed how well they have held their colors. This is a serendipity moment for me!

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Local Radio Program - Setting the Record Straight

Friday August 9, 2019
Spent the morning doing a radio program with Melinda Bernert of KOHI in St. Helens, Oregon. We had a delightful hour chat on Setting the Record Straight: the ins and outs of genealogy, the ethics surrounding DNA testing and how to get started on your own family tree. It was the morning of the local Association of Genealogist coffee meet up at Elmers. While I did miss being with them it was well worth my time to have this other experience. It also provided an opportunity to advertise for the upcoming Columbia County Genealogy Conference on September 21, 2019 at the St. Helens Public Library. It is a free conference, but registration is required and they only have eighty spots available. Registration begins August 19 at