Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Very Kaffe Quilt

This is a wild one! Curvy, freeform piecing, made entirely of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, pieced in vertical rows separated with colorful ribbons. I quilted a different feather in every row.

Creative Cronies meeting

My fiber art group (The Creative Cronies) met yesterday at Jay's house. Ann had finished her part of the quilt we have been working on as a group. Isn't it cool? I get to quilt it, and Beth will embellish it, and then we'll hang it in the Trinity Valley Quilt Guild Show September 18th - 21st.
We are going to have lots of art quilts at the show. One of our group goals was for each member to enter at least one art quilt, and several of us have entered 6 or more. I can't wait to see them all hanging together!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bamboo & Pinwheels

I just finished a client quilt. The pattern is "Bamboo & Pinwheels."

I quilted it diagonally with ferny feathers. Here's a shot of the back:

And a closeup of the front:

Nice quilt, beautifully pieced and a joy to quilt!

I've also quilted two small art quilts of my own this week. I'll post pictures as soon as I'm through with the embellishments.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Our First Harvest of the Year

Brian picked our first tomatoes this afternoon. Along with several cups of basil. Tonight we are going to have pasta with pesto sauce and tomatoes sprinkled with balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper and grated romano cheese. Yum!

I just downloaded this picture of our house on Independence Day. Very patriotic, don't you think?

And lastly, my sweet husband sent me flowers for our anniversary. Aren't they lovely? We had dinner last night at Piola's, a small chef-owned Italian restaurant. It was a wonderful evening!

Monday, July 7, 2008

It's our anniversary!

29 years ago today Brian and I were married in the First Congregational Church of Hudson, Ohio. It's hard to believe we've been married that long -- and then again, it's hard to remember life before Brian.

The first picture was taken on top of Pike's Peak last April. Really really cold.

The second was taken in the Oxford Botanic Garden last September. Brian took me to England to celebrate my 50th birthday. It was a wonderful gift!

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July!

The annual Berkeley neighborhood Independence Day parade started right in front of our house: And a new bloom this morning -- a hymenocallis, also known as Spider Flower:
Looks a bit like a sky rocket, doesn't it?

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A Few More Garden Pictures...

Can you tell we love lilies? Both the species (lilium) and the common daylily. This one is a lovely pink and yellow-green: This one is one of my very favorite colors -- yellow-orange -- the color of cheddar cheese:
I love the dramatic stamens on this one. And the orange color:
This one is rather uniquely colored. Reddish-pink and yellow. And it has a very unusual form:
A shot of the front garden with my beloved cheddar colored daylily, spikes of liatris, the reddish leaves of a canna and a mallow with blooms the size of sandwich plates:
The turtles are enjoying the warm weather. Here is Tug (top) and Em (our shy little female, on the bottom). If you click on Em's picture, you may be able to make out the "M" on her shell. It's on her left shoulder.

Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the US. I plan to spend the afternoon decorating the house and yard with flags and bunting. Our neighborhood 4th of July parade starts in front of our house, and I want it to look it's best!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Back from Ruidoso

What a wonderful week! I've been staying in Ruidoso, New Mexico, with some bridge buddies. It's been very hot here in Fort Worth, so it was a great time to escape to the mountains. Ruidoso was blissfully cool, even chilly at night. My friend's house (it belongs to her brother) is really wonderful -- perched on a ridge, with views of the Sierra Blanca mountains on one side (you could see the ski runs of Ski Apache) and a beautiful canyon on the other. Lots of balconies. We didn't spend much time indoors. We shopped a lot, laughed a lot, visited the casino on the nearby Mescalero Apache reservation (I won $45 playing the slots) and spent an afternoon at the horse races (I lost $14). I hate losing money, so I'm not much of a gambler, but at the casino I put $5 in a slot and decided I could afford to play until it was gone. I couldn't believe it when I actually won something. And the races were fun -- I'd never been before.

We even managed to play a few hands of bridge.

We ate at several really good restaurants. The Greenhouse in Capitan was absolutely wonderful! Chef owned, 6 tables total, and cooked using produce grown in the chef's greenhouse. Fantastic meal.

I took a couple of pictures, but can't seem to upload them. Maybe later...

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