Monday, December 2, 2013
We found two more possums in the barn -- at least I don't think they are the same ones we caught once already... And this rude fellow was making himself comfortable in Millie's bed in the manger of one of the horse stalls!
This one got away from us, but Bill managed to trap one in a garbage can for relocation tomorrow. We're beginning to wonder how more are living in the barn...
Saturday, November 30, 2013
We've caught another possum in the barn -- at least we're pretty sure it's not the same one we caught and released the other day.
Our advice for when the possum doesn't enter the Have-a-Heart trap: Put food scraps in the bottom of a garbage can that's too tall for the possum to climb back out. This possum is partial to baked winter squash.
Friday, November 29, 2013
The feral kitty that moved into our barn last January is still with us. "Millie" is happy to have food brought to her twice a day, but still isn't accepting any petting or touching of any kind.
She's had some competition for any food left out for her, and it became obvious that we had a visiting possum.
After a few days of leaving grapes, apples and pears in a Have-a-Heart trap, the possum was captured in the trap.
The possum doesn't look too happy about his ride in the back of the car.
We drove to a wooded area a couple of miles away and released the possum, and he scurried away without letting me get much of a picture.
We're hoping he doesn't find his way back to our barn....
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Pat, Nancy, Bev, Mary, and Priscilla joined me for our regular "Peeps" (Art Quilt People) meeting.
Pat has a large piece in progress, where she's working from sketches and mock-ups.
Mary showed us this piece that she did for a challenge using embellishments and one yard of fabric.
Mary also brought in the pieces she did for the Journal Project several years ago.
Priscilla had lots of books, patterns, and yarns left over from her downsizing to her new house that she brought in to share with the Peeps.
And much of what was left over filled the trunk and seats of Nancy's car for her to deliver to Craft Bits and Pieces.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I was contacted by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, and they have purchased Jet Trails #10 for their permanent collection.
The quilt's selection was coordinated with the Bank of Paducah, which has arranged for the quilt to be displayed in their newly renovated facilities for a year before it is returned to the Museum's collection.
The quilt is currently displayed in the Bank's main lobby, where I'm hoping many people will get to see it.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Nancy and Jeanne came for a sewing day and worked on projects they have in progress.
Jeanne recently attended a two-day workshop on marbling at the Schweinfurth Art Center taught by Elin Noble, and she showed us samples of some of the pieces she made.
These are some of the wonderful fabrics that Jeanne bought from Elin.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Priscilla has downsized and moved to this lovely house. I made a short visit to Binghamton to check out her new digs.
The back yard includes a patio area, storage shed and wonderful big trees.
But the most import and best part of the house is the finished basement, which Priscilla is transforming into her sewing/studio space!
Her son-in-law stopped in to lend a hand, and set up some new shelving which will hold some of her fabric.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
The 33rd Annual Juried Quilt Exhibition, Quilts=Art=Quilts, opened at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY. The opening was very well attended, and several of the participating artists were there.
Several members of our group, the Art Quilt People (better known as "The Peeps"), are shown here. We sponsored one of the awards given at the show.
We are posed in front of Pat's quilt, for which she won an Honorable Mention Award. (Pat, Marcia, Carol, Nancy, Bev, Jeanne, and Anne.)
The Best of Show Award went to Judy Kirpitch for Anxiety No. 6.
First Prize went to Kit Vincent for Megantic.
The Schweinfurth Award for Design Excellence went to Gerri Spilka for Edge #2.
This is my quilt, Icicles.
Sheila Framton-Cooper flew in from California for the weekend just to participate in the opening. This is her piece, Red Dragon.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The last of the veggies were harvested from the garden. Most years the winter squash don't produce this well, so now we just have to figure out what to do with our bumper crop!
Millie ("the Momma Kitty") likes to be nearby, but in the safety of the raspberry bushes, while we're working in the garden.
Millie checks out her daughter, Sophie, but keeps her distance.
In the meantime, her son, Toby, has discovered a comfy sewing basket in the studio.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The "Peeps" (Art Quilt People) held their October meeting, and we had a chance to see what work had been done and/or was underway.
Nancy shared her sketches and starting blocks inspired by African houses.
This is Anne with two of her quilts that served as a jumping off point for new work that she explored at a class with Nancy Crow.
Some of Bev's pieces.