Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall and kitties!

It's definitely fall around here.  We've been feeding some strays.  First a Siamese with attitude.  She would follow me around to get food, but hiss.

There have also been three kittens.  They are of varying sizes, so I don't think they are related.  I've only gotten a picture of the tortico.  She's such a beauty.  Slowly, I'm getting to where I can pet them while they're eating.  If they're really hungry they tolerate it!

I finished a couple more quilts.  This one from Tove, with the Tree Bones panto from Meadowlyon.  I like the look, but it doesn't flow, and I get pretty tired doing it. 

I added some borders to this great quilt from Judy H.  
She also had some leftovers from the top which I used to make my backing big enough.  I've had this Safari fabric aging in my stash for a while.  I think it was a thrift store find.

 Our apricot tree has flourished this year with the monsoon rains and Dale's judicious pruning, but still didn't get any fruit.  Maybe next year! 


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!