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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 2:27pm on November 7, 2020, Joanna liguz said…

Hi BJ...Hope you are doing well...I just heard that this page may be going away...Oh dear I hope not,,I have made some serious friends on here...Life would not be the same if it went away..

I hoope your doing good on your ranch,,

Hopefully we can find another place to talk to one another..stay well


At 6:34pm on September 21, 2020, Sharon Reeves said…

Hi BJ...Thank you for the invitation to join your prayer group, but I'm a Christian Scientist and we have a quarterly (book) that comes out 4 times a year with weekly sermons to be studied from the Bible and Science of Health by Mary Baker Eddy. The church members elect 2 people from the membership to read the lessons on Sun. One reads the Bible and the other one the Science and Health.  I know the power of prayer and really respect you for your beliefs and what you are doing. Your family as certainly benefited from all your prayers. 

Thank you for your news on Debbie. I know that she decided to not participate in QWU, so she could spend more time with her family, especially her grandson. I would like to know how she is doing. 

Where is the ranch at located that you work? I think somewhere near Yakima, but not sure. I have a nephew-in law and his daughter that live in Selah. She is a principle at one of the schools. 

Have a good week, take care and stay safe.


At 2:08pm on September 20, 2020, Sharon Reeves said…

Thank you for getting back to me. You were one of my 1st friends on here and is sad that we may loose this site. I'll put your email add in my contact list.  My email address is  csidesharon@frontier.com

Do you know anything about Debbie Snyder? When I tried to reach her, I received no response. I know that she went into remission with her bone cancer and don't know anything more now.  

It's exciting for you to move into a new place and hope that it fits all your needs. Have a wonderful time with all and stay safe. 

At 8:12am on September 20, 2020, Sharon Reeves said…

Hi BJ... Are you still on QWU? My friends list has vanished and many others have said that they have lost most of theirs. There is also blog that says that QWU could disappear. Irene, told me you are on Facebook, but I'm not. Could you send me your e-mail, so that once in awhile we could be in contact? I really enjoyed connecting with you. 

How are you doing with the smoke? The smoke is still here, but not nearly as bad as it was. Today, sunshine and in the high 60's. Tomorrow or Tues, low 60's to mid 60's and rain. I hope that the rain will go east and help get the fires under control. 

I'm still quilting for Project Linus and family members. I'd love to hear back from you. Hugs, Sharon

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

B J Elder/WA's Blog

Merry Christmas

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Checking in

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Our Miss Bailey is 10!

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A 'finish' for Miss Bailey

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Bob Ross Art Quilts Trunk Shows

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Bob Ross Art Quilts Trunk Shows

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I'm Excited!!!!!!

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A Season of Change

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Spring time

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New 'normal'

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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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70th birthday party

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Update from BJ

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