Monday, December 6, 2010

First Frost, Last Harvest

Our first frost is usually in late November, somewhere around Thanksgiving, so we were rather pleased to be able to harvest peppers and tomatoes well into the month of December. However, we knew the mild weather wouldn't last, and had our official first hard frost last night. So Brian and I ran out yesterday afternoon and stripped the last of the peppers and tomatoes off the plants.

Anyone know a good green tomato recipe?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Crow Timberframe Barn, week one

Hello from the Crow Timberframe Barn! Wendy and I have been here taking several courses from Nancy Crow. We just finished the first one, The Best of Strip Piecing, and are both exhausted and exhilarated. The amount of work we accomplished in one week was phenomenal! We have been staying in a lovely old farmhouse just a mile or so from the Barn, with no internet access, and are spending the weekend in town, visiting a few shops and galleries. And catching up on our sleep! I'll post pictures later...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cape Cod Vacation, Part 1

We have been visiting my father in law in Eastham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. It was a wonderful trip, and this year we decided to spend several days in Boston. We took the ferry from Quincy, and I loved approaching Boston from the sea:

Pop is a big Red Sox fan, and had never been to Fenway Park. We decided it was high time for him to make his first visit:

It was a wild game, certainly not a pitchers' battle, and the Red Sox won. I snapped a photo of Brian in front of the "green monster" after the game:

Quincy Market:

On our second day in Boston, we toured the USS Constitution:

I liked this fellow in the museum next to the ship:

Back on the Cape, we had a lovely lunch with Dot and took a postprandial walk through the salt marsh near Rock Harbor:

I love the dramatic clouds and the flatness of the marsh and the bay beyond:

Brian, Pop and Dot on the boardwalk:

To be continued...

Cape Cod Vacation, Part 2

Windmill Weekend in Eastham is a fun event. We always enjoy the annual sand sculpture contest. This fellow won best of show:

And there is always a parade. Pop and I are trying to keep warm while we wait for it:

To my mind, a good parade always includes a pipe band:

These folks were very entertaining:

Of course, being New England, no parade would be complete without a unit of Minutemen:

Mostly, since the weather was mild and mostly sunny, we hung out with Pop, enjoying his house in the woods:

We did spend a morning picking up interesting rocks and flotsam on Duck Harbor Beach:

And one afternoon, we drove down to Chatham (where incidentally, Brian and I spent our honeymoon 31 years ago) to see if we could spot the seals that have been seen around the harbor. Can you see them?

A closeup:
As always, we had a wonderful time. I can't wait to go back next fall!

Home again!

We have been visiting Brian's father on Cape Cod this month. In fact, we got home just in time for me to work at the Trinity Valley Quilters' Guild quilt show. I'll post pictures from our trip later, but for now, two "welcome home" shots.

Boomer was glad to see us. In fact, he is making sure that we can't pack this suitcase again:

Brian and his squirrel friend saying hello:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Trinity Valley Quilt Show this weekend!

Come see us this weekend at the Trinity Valley Quilt Show!

Amon Carter Exhibit Hall
Fort Worth, Texas
Friday, September 17th through Sunday, September 19th

My entries:

Sticks 5

Sticks 4

Sticks 3

Motif #1

Motif #2
Circles and Wedges
Sticks 8
Sticks 7
See you there!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kay's quilt

I just finished quilting this beautiful lone star quilt for Kay:

Kay had the great idea of quilting a leaf in each diamond. It was very labor intensive, but well worth it for the final effect:

I echoed around the applique sections, and did a flower and leaf pattern in the border:

Fall Flowers!

After a very hot, dry summer our garden is finally starting to come back to life. On Thursday (incidentally Brian's birthday) we got over 2 inches of rain and a wonderfully cool air mass moved into the area. The garden immediately seemed to spring back to life.

These cacti are of course not in the garden, but by the front door:

It must be fall if the asters are starting to bloom:

This crinum has been in for three years. This is the first year it has bloomed. I love the bright fuchsia stamens:

The Rhodolphia, or "Schoolhouse Lily" comes up every year. In the fall, it only sends up the blooming stalks:

I love autumn! The mums are all budding, the roses are starting to bud again, and the light is almost golden. My favorite time of year!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cindy's quilt

I just returned this wonderful Christmas star to Cindy. Very scrappy, very cool!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I've finally updated my website!

I can't believe I've left it so long, but I finally updated my website! I'll be adding more client quilt pictures soon...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Texas SAQA exhibit

I've copied this post by Mary Ann Littlejohn from the SAQA Texas blog:

"All Texas members of SAQA are invited to exhibit one or more mini-quilts in an exhibit to hang behind the SAQA Booth at IQF-Houston. The booth is right outside the SAQA “Creative Force 2010” and “Sightlines” exhibits, which will draw a lot of visitors.

This is a showcase for Texas SAQA members. There is no specific theme. It is your choice. This is your chance to get your work seen by up to 50,000 visitors to the Houston show.

After Quilt Festival, the exhibit will circulate around TX to the SAQA Circle meetings, and other Fiber Artists groups.

If you are able to send more than one, the merrier. Should we not be able to hang all at one time, they will be rotated in and out through the days of Quilt Festival.

Entry Fee: $5 to cover return shipping

Size: 9 x 12 – Portrait
A hanging sleeve is not required, but if you already have one on your work, that is okay.

Important Dates:
September 15 Email your intent
October 15 Deadline for receipt of quilts
November 3 Preview night for IQF
November 4-7 Houston Show

NOTIFY: To get an idea of how many quilts to expect, please email your intent to Mary Ann Littlejohn by September 15."

SAQA North Texas Circle meeting

The North Texas Circle of SAQA met on Saturday for the first time in nearly a year. We had 8 members attend, and we had a fabulous time sharing our work and exploring the SAQA and SAQA-U websites. I hate to show other people's original work on my blog, so I chose this picture of Kathy (my Texas co-rep) showing just a sliver of her quilt. It's being held up by Penny and Julie.

Kathy and I became Texas co-reps in June, and are really excited about getting a group going here in the Northern part of Texas. San Antonio, Austin and Houston have active circles. We have just sent out a survey to area members to ascertain what they want out of a group. We'll let you know when we get the results.

You can see what is happening SAQA-wise in Texas by reading our blog. We'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Charlie's Doppelganger

Which one is the real Charlie?:

Note that each is missing his right front leg, though the second turtle has a wooden replacement. Perhaps Charlie #1 needs one as well!

Charlie #2 was made by my friend Jay, and his front leg was carved by her husband, Dick. Isn't he wonderful?!

Reworked Work

I mentioned recently (either here or on my SAQA-U wiki) that I was very unhappy with several of the Sticks series tops. With the help of my friend Susie Monday, I think I have improved them.

I went to Susie's one weekend in July for a UFO workshop. Everyone brought projects that they were stuck on, and Susie helped us get unstuck. My pieces were already pieced, so I mainly was interested in using surface design techniques to "fix" them.

Susie agreed that Sticks 5 was too in your face bright. So we overdyed it in golden brown. Much improved:

I felt that Sticks 12 just needed a little more detail. Susie suggested stamping over sections of the top and adding a silk screened petroglyph motif:

I also brought some fabrics and stamps to play with. This is a fish rubbing (I had a rubber flounder about 12 inches from nose to tail) on a piece that I had batiked with a fish tjap:

Susie is great. I heartily recommend her classes. Take one if you can -- you'll come away refreshed and inspired!

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