Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fiber Arts Fiesta!

Pat and I attended Fiber Arts Fiesta on Friday.  I had entered my summer quilt despite its developing a serious issue with bearding of the silk batting.  I spent a few hours defuzzing it before taking it in for display.  Thankfully it is most visible on the dark backing. 


On a lark, I also entered my scrappy sweatshirt in the sewing (wearable art) category.  I was really surprised to see it displayed with a first prize ribbon!  Woo-hoo, and there was even a money prize to go along with the ribbon.  (I think it helped that it was the only entry in the category!)

There were so many beautiful quilts.  Judith Roderick was the featured artist, and I have admired her work since the first Fiber Arts I had attended when we moved here.  I love her use of button embellishment and am inspired to use some of my collection.


 It was a great show.  Another inspiring piece was Studio Spirit by Pat Moorman.  I think Pat needs one for her new studio.   
 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Of birds and apricots

Our migrants have arrived.  Not a great picture, but we had this beautiful male western tanager come by for a drink of water.  This picture doesn't do it justice from the kitchen window.  
After remarking that we had yet to see black-headed grosbeaks, we had a pair come to the feeder, and they are hanging around for now.

Pat picked up a bountiful basket because they also had boxes of apricots, and we split a box.  I was able to replenish my larder with two batches of jam and froze enough for another batch.

Made my first ever upside-down cake...apricot of course.  It was very tasty.    

 

Friday, May 08, 2015

Quilts delivered!

Pat, daughter Lindsay, and I delivered a dozen quilts to Dr. Kaufman, who was thrilled to get them.  Thanks again to all my friends who have sent me tops!

I finished these two Wednesday just in time for Thursday's delivery.  Tove pieced these and we needed some smaller quilts since the majority of the quilts we had were larger.  I was able to load them consecutively on one bright backing with giraffes that Pat found.


Tove also pieced this one.  She is quite the prolific quilter and I hope she'll be able to get back to sewing soon.

Meanwhile I have tamed a little tabby kitty, dubbed Pimento, Pim for short.  We had been feeding wild Olive, so dubbed because of her sour puss personality after we watched Olive Kittredge on HBO.  (She would hiss and attempt to scratch me while I insisted on petting her as she ate--she's much more receptive now.)

 Pim

 Olive

 My hibiscus which we inherited from Dale's mom has been blooming continuously for over a month now.  It's having a particularly good year.   
The yard is ablaze with color--orioles are here!     

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Three more...

I'm getting quite a load to take to Dr. Kaufman.  I originally quilted this one for Yetta.  She didn't use it much and offered it for donation, which I gladly accepted.

This is another one from Tove.  The panel is really different, and I liked how she added to it.

I thought about doing freehand on this great quilt from Patty E., but I do so much better with pantos.  I thought the Frothy Seas panto fit well with the ocean theme.  
Thankfully the sun is shining today.  We've had a few days of rain, (small, non-damaging) hail, and more rain.  We still need the moisture to get out of our drought status, but I missed my sunshine.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring!

So long since I posted.  Our peach tree blossomed beautifully.  I don't know if several recent overnight freezing temperatures have eliminated our chance for any fruit.  I know our lilacs will not be blooming as a result.
 
 I've finished some more quilts  This one from Patty E.  

Judy H. made this great quilt with oriental fabrics.  

Judy also started Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery but gave up on it and I inherited the blocks.  I sashed these blocks to make this bright girl's quilt.  There are more blocks to put together into good sized kid quilts.

 
 Tove had me quilt her finished Grand Illusion quilt.


 Happy to be productive again, after a succumbing to a flu/cold virus which really took a toll. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

More finishes...

I've been plugging away on the pile-o-quilt tops my friends have donated for me to finish. 

This one is from Tove.  The thread kept breaking, but the variegated color was such a good match that I persevered and managed to get it done. 
 This bright and happy quilt is from Patty E. 

Pat put these blocks from Judy H. together with African animals print for this great quilt.  I still have a number of tops to plug away on.  


Thanks again to all my friends for helping me continue to keep Dr. Kaufman supplied with quilts for newly diagnosed diabetic children.
 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

March blowing in...

I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted.  Lots of things happening, including attending QuiltCon!  I thought it was a great show, particularly the Gee's Bend Quilters' keynote speech.  

I've been inspired again and am happy to be delivering quilts to Dr. Kaufman.  I actually put together this quilt from the last of the lotto blocks I got at the 2014 Phoenix retreat.

 


Tove sent me a number of finished quilts along with a number of tops, including one to finish for her. 

This top was from Judy H. who dubbed it Canada from above, lots of lakes and farm fields.  

This is one of the many tops Patty E. sent with Pat when she came through Oklahoma.  I still have a pile-o-tops ready to be quilted which I'm working on.  Most of them I've already readied with backings.    

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A busy, wonderful weekend...

Jackie and the boys made a trip down to visit us for our upcoming birthdays.  We had a great time.  We got some nice snow that we had to get out in and enjoy. 

The boys much preferred being pulled up the hill in the sled than walking up on their own power.  

It didn't accumulate too much or last long.  By Sunday it had pretty much all melted except in shady spots, which made for an easy drive down and back.  Sisters!



Yesterday in our once again, quiet house, there were little reminders that four-year old boys had been here...


A little hand print on the early morning condensation on the living room window...
A shark getting ready to take a bite out of a walrus...(Although Mason informed us that walruses live in colonies to be safe from sharks!)  

I've been knitting and finished a second pair of boot cuffs for Jackie.  The first pair I mailed before taking a picture.  



Saturday, January 10, 2015

Gray and freezing fog...


It is so beautiful, and still, and quiet.  But seriously, I've had enough of freezing fog and gray skies.  Today, it looks like the sun is going to make an appearance.  We didn't even take out the window blockers from our sun room windows for several days, as we would get more heat loss than gain.

I can't believe we're almost half way into January.  Had wonderful holiday in Colorado.  Came back and got the office chair recovered and put back in the living room.  It was a bit of work, the hardest part was reassembling it. 


I don't love it, but at least it isn't shedding its bonded leather all over.  Lesson learned, no more bonded leather furniture.  I think the leather was paper thin.  

This coming week will be busy with AQS show in Albuquerque.  I'm looking forward to taking some classes and getting more productive.  

 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Finishes!

With Dale's help I was able to finish the fobots I had started way back when.  I had parked the pieces parts on a tray in the garage--the man cave, and he had put them up in the rafters.  
 I remembered them, and yesterday afternoon we got them finished.  I also finished our advent calendar.  I decided we'll just keep decorating the little tree until it's done, a little charm or milagro a day and that way we'll get to enjoy it for a while.  Better late than never!


I think I'm done for now.  Time to enjoy some eggnog with a liberal helping of Amaretto!