Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Client Quilt and Valentine's Day sunset...

Yesterday was Valentine's Day, and Brian and I celebrated by watching the sunset in our back yard. It was pretty spectacular. Brian took this photo of the moon in the East through the bare limbs of our red oak tree:

This afternoon I finished one of Syd's quilts. Lots of quilting on this one!

Syd's grandmother had pieced the Lemoyne Star blocks, and Syd put it together. It was a privilege to quilt it for her.

Monday, February 14, 2011

At Last -- Some Nice Weather

After two weeks of unusually cold and icy weather, we are finally enjoying being outside again! Both Saturday and Sunday the highs were in the lower 70s. Absolutely perfect! Brian and I spent the entire weekend outdoors, working in the garden and relaxing on the patio.

I'll plant the gerbers in a flower bed this week, but we enjoyed having them on the patio table. Very festive! Yesterday I planted a flat of pansies in my herb garden outside the kitchen door and another around the patio. I love to look outside and see those cheerful little flowers! And I bought several pots of primroses to brighten up the plant stand by the front door:

Winter isn't over, we'll undoubtedly get more cold weather, but I'm certainly enjoying the nice weather while it lasts!

Friday, February 11, 2011

More new work

Srip Study #2. Just finished quilting it yesterday:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New work

The first piece I started at the TVQG retreat, and finished this week at home. Kyra helped me "edit" it when I was at her house last week. I call it "King Tut":

Three black and white studies, two with the addition of gray. I'm trying to work on figure/ground, and am having fun with the efforts:

Lastly, a very vertical quilt. I've named it "A Light Repast" -- Kyra, you are the only one who really knows why...
Now I need to quilt them!

Monday, February 7, 2011


Fort Worth is part of the North Texas area known as the Metroplex. Although we here in FW don't want to admit it, we are inextricably linked with Dallas. And as part of the Metroplex, we hosted a number of pre-Super Bowl parties and activities this last week. In fact, ESPN set up their broadcast center outside my husband's office in downtown Fort Worth:

If you have been following the Super Bowl coverage, you know that we had record cold, snowy, icy weather here this last week. The roads have been treacherous (I had a harrowing trip up I-35 last Thursday) and the weather inconvenienced many out of town visitors. But the Super Bowl went on as planned, with 103,000 people in the stadium, and it was a great game.

Honestly, we never have weather like that. Well, almost never. And spring is just around the corner. I promise!

TVQG Retreat

I spent the last week in January at Tanglewood Resort and Spa at Lake Texoma at the Trinity Valley Quilt Guild retreat. Had a great time, and got several pieces started.

I began with a black and white piece, and then moved into color:

Looks like a mess, doesn't it? It was somewhat more cohesive when I pieced the multi-colored top together, but have since revised it, thanks to my friend Kyra's input. I'll post a picture of it later.

Everyone else got a lot of piecing done, too. Here, Sue is showing off a completed quilt top:

I made a good start on Tuning Fork #6:

I was home for the weekend, and then visited Kyra in Round Rock. We had a great visit and got a little piecing done, too. I seem too have been laughing too hard and having too good a time to remember to take any pictures......

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