Sunday, March 29, 2015


Our 4-year-old nephew is a lover of all tractors and farm machinery, but John Deere equipment is at the top of his favorites list.

So finding some official John Deere fabric was exciting, and I just happened to have some solid fabrics to coordinate with it.

I've never made pillowcases before, but with some on-line help, I think I accomplished the task, even with French seams.

I think the pillowcases will be just the start of redecorating Dylan's bedroom....

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LeTourneau retreat

I visited a group of quilters last evening who were enjoying a retreat at LeTourneau camp and retreat center on the east side of Canandaigua Lake. 

The main room provided lots of space and light, along with beautiful views of the lake.

I brought some quilts and jackets to show.

Pictured on the left are Genie Barnes and Caren Betlinski, who hosted the event along with Gail Holmes and Diane Miller.

Caren's lovely puppy, Finn, is also attending the retreat.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Peeps Meeting

It was our regular monthly meeting, and after the business portion, we got to see some work in process.

Jeanne showed us the top and bottom of her newest piece, with the middle to come later.

Nancy has been working on one of her portrait quilts.

We're using Skype on my MacBook so that Anne could participate via long distance.

These are two of the pieces that Bev brought to show us. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AQS Lancaster

My "RoundAbout" quilt was shown at the AQS show in Lancaster, PA, last week and was just returned home. 

Along with the quilt, I received a copy of the Show Book and was pleasantly surprised to find that a picture of my quilt was used to head the section for large quilts.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Today was the Collage Making Workshop at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs.

Brad led the workshop and all the materials were supplied for us.

Everyone was concentrating and working hard!

The student artwork from local schools was on display in the upstairs gallery where we were working.

This collage was done by my tablemate, Dawn.

And this is one I made.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sewing projects

Jeanne and I made some progress on some pieces we're making for exhibit in the summer.  Her piece incorporates some of her deconstructed screen printed fabrics.

I made this black and white piece from an exercise I originally did in a class with Elizabeth Barton.  It's about 36" square.

This is the start of another piece, testing out which fabrics to use.

Monday, March 9, 2015


The sun is out, the temperatures are rising, and the melting has begun!

This ice dam is about a foot tall and probably just as thick, so it's going to be with us for awhile!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sewing Day

Linda, Nancy, and Jeanne were here for a meeting and a little sewing.

Linda made a few adjustments to her new piece on the wall.

One of Nancy's quilts is on the far wall.

Linda and Jeanne were finishing up their 6 X 6 pieces for donation to the Rochester Contemporary Art Center.
 These three squares are Jeanne's contribution.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Quilts Traveling

These quilts have just returned from participating in the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Virginia.

The first one is "Pueblos" (70"h X 80"w), and the second one is "Tail Feathers ( 56"h X 49"w).

Pueblos has been accepted for the AQS show in Paducah, so it will be leaving again  next month for Kentucky.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Art in Embassies

Blocks #5  (28w X 62h) was selected by the Art in Embassies program, which falls under the auspices of the US Department of State.

It is on its way to the US Embassy in the capital of Dili in East Timor, which is the newest country in Asia.  (see map below)

Some nice people from Atelier 4 In New York ( came with their truck to pick up the quilt and will be handling all aspects of the shipping. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ice Dams

Like many other homeowners, we are concerned about the ice dams that have formed on the eaves.  Fortunately, we haven't seen any water damage inside, but our contractor came to check the roof.

Peter reported that areas of the roof had more than 30 inches of snow.  He removed a lot of it, particularly along the edges, so that if we ever get warmer weather, the ice can start melting!

Sunday, February 22, 2015



It was time to repot some of the orchids and violets.  Poor Suki doesn't like this winter weather and hasn't been able to go outside to play, so watching me from her hiding spot in the market basket is the only entertainment she could find.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Peeps Meeting

It was a regular meeting day for the Peeps (the Art Quilt People).  Skype on my MacBookAir worked great so that Carol could participate from her home -- as long as we remembered to turn the screen so that she could see!  

We saw lots of new work today, and these are just a few of the pieces.

Mary has this one in process, using her hand-dyed and snow-dyed fabrics.

Nancy finished her Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice silk pieces.

Pat showed us several pieces of her fabrics that she had dyed, painted, screened, stamped, etc.

 A little work being done while the chatting is happening....

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow - the 3rd week

Our February weather has continued to provide more significant snow accompanied by below-zero temperatures.

Those of us of a certain age remember the February of 1979 which was of similar ilk.

With no thawing temperatures, there's been no snow melting or even settling.

So the sides of our paths get taller and taller, as do the snowbanks around the driveway.

Only the top boards on the horse fence are visible.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Snow - the 2nd week

The second week of February piled on more snow to what had already accumulated.

All of our property has been engulfed, from the water tub behind the horse barn to the sidewalk in front of the house.

We've been getting lots of practice with our shoveling,  and even have to make a path to get to the water hydrant.

The snow has filled the front porch and sidewalk.

It's piled so high on the bushes in front of the house that we can't see the road from house.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Kitty Update

Our feral barn cat, Millie, likes to walk along the horse fence on the north side of the pasture.  She often sits on the tops of the posts and surveys the area for mice or other small varmints.

Here she has come from the barn to sit on the deck bench and wait for a meal.  She will allow Marcia to sit on the bench with her while she eats, but don't try to touch her!

In the meantime, Suki, Queen of the house, warms up by sitting on the cable box.  She doesn't like cold weather or the visiting cats in her domain.  She screeches and charges at them when she sees them.

She is a good helper in the studio.  She guards a boxed quilt that is on its way to a juried show in Virginia.

Another visitor has been appearing periodically  in the barn.  The word must be out on the street, as we often get feline visitors for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!