Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Work and a Visitor

We had a visitor over the Memorial Day weekend.  A red-bellied woodpecker (at least, I think it was a red-bellied woodpecker) and her baby spent most of Monday sitting on top of the telephone pole at the end of our driveway.  She seemed to be cracking seeds and feeding them to her offspring. 

Today, I finished Big Figure #7.  Finally.  I pieced this pretty quickly, but since I loaded it on the Gammill I have been in a funk.  I haven't felt like working at all.  Today, I forced myself to go up and quilt it.

Big Figure #7, 46" x 33"
I like it, really I do.  I think it is graphically interesting, and I'm still in love the Caribbean palette.  So hopefully, now that it is done, I'll feel the urge to create something else.  Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

I love Memorial Day!  Growing up in Ohio, I always looked forward to our town's parade, which marched down Main Street to the cemetery at Victory Park, followed by a short memorial service and a very loud and scary 21 gun salute.  In the afternoon we always had a picnic lunch and in the evening there was usually a band concert on the green and fireworks at dusk.  

We had a lovely weekend, although it didn't involve fireworks or parades.  We did have a picnic of sorts, but the hot, humid weather forced us to eat it inside.  Oh, well!  It's already summertime here in Texas.

We did manage spend a little time outside.  Our daylilies are at their peak, and we spent several mornings weeding, planting and deadheading.  We even ventured out to a nursery, and bought a few plants, as well as potting soil and fertilizer.  

Jersey Spider, my favorite!

On Sunday, we met some friends at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival.  I'd never been to a Ren Fair before, and I found it very entertaining.  My favorite part was the turtle races:

Introducing the competitors
The Victor!  Making his victory lap.
Actually, I enjoyed the fair quite a bit.  We saw a fabulous glassblowing demonstration, heard some great music and ate some really nice fish and chips.  

We also went to the Fort Worth Gem and Mineral Show.  We found several nice specimens, including a gorgeous piece of gemmy red Sphalerite.   

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Work

Big Figure #4, 51" x 42", 2012

I'm catching up on my personal quilting -- it is so much fun to see my pieced tops come to life.  Big Figure #7 is on the machine today.  Big Figure #4 was pieced before I went to the Caribbean and moved into a blue/green color palette.   Very earthy.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May in Texas

Just back...

...from a long weekend in New Orleans!

Jazz on Bourbon Street

Andrew Jackson and the Cathedral St. Louis

We had a fabulous dinner at Nola

A park near the French Market.  A nice place to shelter from the rain!

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