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B J Elder/WA
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About Me
I started sewing in grade school, but the quilting "bug" didn't bite me until 1994. It was then that I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and my "world" as I knew it took a drastic change. All the very active things I had done for so many years essentially stopped. God blessed me with new things that I could do, quilting being the main one. With it and with my health challenge God also provided some wonderful friends I would otherwise never have met. I've tried several methods of quilting, enjoying each one. In 2010 the art quilt bug hit me and especially through the encouragement of the Love of Art Quilts group here on QWU I am finding myself focusing mostly on that area of quilting. I also do totes and purses and love making things for my granddaughter Bailey.

I am currently a full time volunteer at the Flying H Youth Ranch in Naches WA. It is a year round boarding school for struggling teen boys. I am the general office manager. A position and place I love.

In January 2019 I lost my husband to glioblastoma, just 5 months after his diagnosis. I was blessed to have had 46 years with him.

When not quilting I love Teas, both giving them and going to them; Chocolate - especially DARK; the ocean (I love God's creation); photography (specializing in nature pictures); riding my bike; laughter; being with my family and friends; but mostly walking daily with God at my side (or carrying me in his arms).
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, embroidery, general sewing, gardening, other, garment sewing


 "Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go"


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At 8:14am on December 18, 2017, Sharon Reeves said…

Hi BJ... Somehow, I lost your e-mail address and had been wondering how you and hubby are doing. No way to find out. Could you please resend it to me? Have you heard anything about Debbie Snyder?  I was so happy to see your post.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Hugs, Sharon

At 7:17am on December 6, 2016, Sharon Reeves said…

Hi BJ...It was great to read about what is going on in your life now. So sorry to hear about the very very greedry people. I do know some myself. Sounds like Jenna and Adam are doing fine and happy to read that. I know that you really enjoyed having Miss Bailey with you while things got taken care of. 

We had a dusting of snow yesterday and suppose to get more today, but so far, nothing is coming down. That's okay with us. We are going to go do our errands today and some Christmas shopping. We know how to drive in snow, but it's the others that bother us.

Here's wishing you Merry Christmas,



At 7:30am on October 12, 2016, Sharon Reeves said…

Hi Barb...How are you doing and are you still at the same job? I've been thinking about you and wondering how Miss Bailey is doing? Also, do you know how Debbie Snyder is doing? I haven't heard anything from her or about her for a long time and hope that all is well.

We are still going to AZ in Jan and coming home in April and love to see so much when we are traveling. We bought a 2007 Class MH with 2 slides in Feb and love it. Someone sure took real good care of it. The extra room is fabulous.

I'm still sewing for Project Linus and love getting together with all the gals once a month.  I've also made baby quilts for friends and relatives with new babies. I'm just finishing one and made a matching doll blanket with a pillow for the 2 yr old sister.

It's certainly fall here and love the colors. Also, getting colder at night.

Hope all is well with you.

Hugs to you and family,


At 3:53pm on February 24, 2016, Morgan Hess /Fla. said…

Hey Barb, I was feeling better... then I came down with two bad ears... and felt terrible. I think I have all that better for now.  Its the weather. One day its beautiful, then the next it drops to 37 at night.  Its going to be cold again... and lots of rain.  I am staying in, and going to get back into my sewing room.  I love all the quilts you have been showing on FB.  Very awesome.  I love the on above  picture here, the waterfall. Are your trees done with material, or stitching and threads...? Chat soon Hugs Morgan oxoxox

At 4:42pm on February 8, 2016, Morgan Hess /Fla. said…

Hi Barb, finally today I got the news they could get my old account up again.  Hurray!  As I had many years of stuff on it.  So skip that new account for now... I am starting to feel better.  I will write tomorrow when Denny returns to work.  Hugs Morgan oxoxoxoxo

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New Address

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And now... Hospice

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ABC's (Auto, Birthday, Chemo)

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Update on my DH

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