Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A day in the mountains...

We've been planning on going up into the mountains to see the fall colors, and finally got it done.  The trees had lost a lot of their leaves, but some were still hanging on lower in the trunk.
This one tree had managed to keep its leaves still.  This is Fourth of July Campground, a rare spot in NM with crimson maples.
 It was a gorgeous day, just perfect for a picnic lunch.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Finished quilts!

Judy H. from Canada stopped by on her way to Mesa for the winter  She's been busy quilting, and her family doesn't need or want more quilts...What?  (Unlike daughter Lindsay, who would take every quilt I made!)
So lucky me, the beneficiary of all of these finished quilts to take to Dr. Kaufman.
 I was tempted to keep this beauty!  
 She also brought me a some tops for quilting and some fabric!  Thank you, thank you, Judy.  

This hibiscus opened up a day later, such a bright spot of color in the sun room.  The blossom is rather short-lived.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Snake on the path!

It's a good thing I'm always looking down at the ground when I'm walking.  This small rattlesnake was on the path between the garage and house.  

It hung out there for several hours before moving on.  I've been careful working in the yard since then.  I don't want to accidentally step on or otherwise disturb a rattlesnake.
 I was able to load one backing and get three quilts for Dr. Kaufman done on it.
This one was from Tove.  I added the candy border to it, and quilted it with a spiderweb panto.  I still have one more quilt of hers for Dr. Kaufman left to quilt.
This Jelly Roll Race II I put together myself from a jelly roll that Jonna gave me.  I learned some things if I do another one.  Spiderweb panto on this one as well.

I also tried this pattern.  Since the pattern maker said it was inspired by tube socks with stripes at the top, I used some tennis shoe fabric for a border to liven it up a bit.

 I quilted this one for Tove.  Love those Kaffe Fassett fabrics!


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Pea soup?

Fog was thick as pea soup this morning looking out the east window.  I took out some frozen soup to have for lunch today with Pat who's coming over for sew day.  Definitely fall weather the last couple of days.  

Just two days ago we had a glorious sunrise--same view as the one above.

I've been a busy beaver, and have finished a couple more quilts for Dr. Kaufman.  Both of these from Tove!  

Dale has been playing with lighting--LED lighting for his truck.  He wired this leftover little light to a transformer (from an old printer) and installed it in the little gazebo I found at a thrift shop some time ago.  They don't use much energy--unlike the neon sign that it's sitting on.



Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Great new knee!

This second total knee has been a long saga.  I aired my frustrations with this collage.  I can't believe that December will be a year since I had it done.  

Revision surgery went very well, and I'm very optimistic that the knee is now fixed.  I'm working it with PT, but already walking better than I have in a very long time.  

Got a first quilt done for a new batch for Dr. Kaufman.  It's one from Tove.  

Pat brought back another pile-o-quilt tops from Sherry and Patti in OK, so I have plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble.  It's great to have quilting friends!     

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Busy couple of weeks...

Trying to finish things up before another knee surgery.  I finished the two paper pieced table runners and then made a two-sided cushion cover.

 We also bought a new couch, and very carefully were able to bring in the house ourselves.  Between Dale's shoulder and my knee, we watch out for each other whenever we work together.

I also recovered our down pillows for the new couch.  I planned to get a lot more done, but as always, ran out of time.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quick Quilt

I put together this quilt quickly to take up to Colorado to visit the grandboys.  They like to have a picnic on their "fort," a wooden play structure which has lots of opportunities for splinters.  I thought they could lay this out for their picnics.

We had a wonderful week.  Spent a couple of nights at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs in a cabin.  It was great, relaxing, and lots of water play for the kids to tire them out.

The weather was just perfect, cool and cloudy enough to enjoy the hot water.  These white boys would have fried had it been sunny at that altitude!
I didn't even take a single picture.  Thanks, Justin for sharing these.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Maybe I don't love paper piecing...

And maybe I don't hate it either.  I got to the part that seems fussy and time consuming...Removing all the paper.  This is not the fun part.  

I'm really amazed at the crisp points I was able to achieve.  

I started another "table runner" in another color combination.  I've decided the two table runners will be used as a cushion cover for the chest in our bedroom.  
I'm waffling back and forth now on whether I have the stick-to-itiveness to make a bed sized quilt.  I still love NY Beauty maybe!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


I finished two more quilts, making a stack of 14 quilts to deliver.  

Thanks Tove!  I'm still quilting all the tops she gave.  I also have a few that I pieced to quilt in the queue as well!

I pieced both of these consecutively on one big backing.  

I made a special little baby quilt for Dr. Kaufman's soon to be arriving grandson.  

I used a piece of silk (at least I think it is) for the backing that I had in my stash along with the leftover silk batting trimmings from our summer bed quilt.

Yesterday afternoon we took a short drive to the viewpoint for the dry salt lakes to the east of us.  

They have a good bit of water in them from all the rains we've gotten.  I can't remember ever seeing the hills around so green!  Amazing what a normal monsoon rainy season will do for the natural vegetation.
 Roads on either side of ours are lined with flowers!  I finally checked the settings on my camera with the manual.  I had noticed my pictures were all coming out grainy.  I was able to restore it to better settings, and also found I have a "wide" option.  Guess I should spend more time with the manual!   


Monday, August 18, 2014

I really like paper piecing?

I no longer hate paper piecing!  I took a great class Saturday with Barbara Gary teaching Judy Niemeyer's One for All Seasons table runner.

I've tried paper piecing before...Shelley taught us Judy Mathieson's freezer paper piecing method at one of the early yearly retreats I attend in Phoenix.  I made a pillow with my finished piece, but didn't really love the process to want to do more.

Craftsy was having a sale and I signed up for Carol Doak's paper piecing class.  It didn't really inspire me--and I didn't get very far.  

So when the opportunity to take a two-day class being offered 60 miles away, with no one I knew, presented itself...I signed up!  I thought well, this will either make or break (forever) paper piecing for me.

Look what I can do!

With detailed cutting instructions and some prep the night before, I got half of the large arcs done at the class Saturday.  Sunday morning I finished the large arcs.  Sunday afternoon I got all the small arcs done.  I'm looking forward to learning how to put it all together.

When I first started quilting I fell in love with NY Beauty style quilts.  I hoped to do one, but that seemed beyond my reach since I didn't take to paper piecing.  Now I'm considering doing a bed sized quilt with a Judy Niemeyer pattern.  

I couldn't post without a couple of colorful cloud pictures.  The storm cloud ablaze at the top was directly east of the setting sun Saturday evening.