Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter flowers

      Our  "Christmas" cactus has just started blooming.  The cactus decides when its Christmas blooms should appear.  It certainly seems appropriate as the spirit embodied in the occasion should pertain any time of the year.

Jewel orchids:  These plants display stalks of white miniature orchids reaching skywards.  New branches appear for a long period of time.

This display heightens the reach of the floral display.  The flower is particularly visible in contrast to the dark green leaves.

This has been a very hardy specimen, lasting for more than 15 years since we carried it home from Fairchild Gardens in Miami, FL.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Peeps Meeting

Only one picture from the monthly meeting of the Art Quilt People (Peeps)....   We're checking out a new quilt that Mary made for a local exhibit next month.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Doormats #2  (50h X 73w)

This recently completed quilt has been juried into the Artist as Quiltmaker exhibit at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin, OH, and will be on display from May 15 through July 31.    I'm honored that it is one of the 34 quilts selected for the exhibit.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Modern Quilt Club meeting

The Modern Quilt Club in Marcellus invited me to present a trunk show at their meeting at the Patchwork Plus Quilt Shop.
Getting ready the day before involves taking the quilts off their rolls and organizing them in five big boxes in the order I want to present them.

My hostess, May Arnett, took this picture of me with my "Seaweed" quilt.

I enjoyed spending the afternoon with the Club members and guests - a very warm and friendly group!

After my presentation, I left my quilts on the front ables for people to look at more closely. 

The meeting then included the members' Show and Tell.  This is Ron Stefanak, who is a quilter and pattern designer.  The quilt on the wall behind him is one of his that he offers a class on at the quilt shop.

May Arnett, on the right, showed this quilt that she made for her grandson.  He picked out the fabrics and helped plan the block sizes.

Here are some views of the inside of the store.  Doesn't this spot by the fireplace look cozy?

Friday, January 8, 2016

Suki update

Suki is at rest on one of her many perches.

She likes the warmth of the MacBook  under her and the Ott light above.  Her bloodwork returned to normal levels, and she has returned to her normal, demanding position as ruling director.  Now, if only those outside cats would go away, life would be perfect!

Monday, January 4, 2016

QuiltCon 2016

My "RoundAbout" quilt has been selected for QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena, CA, February 18 - 21.   This is the international modern quilt show held each year by the Modern Quilt Guild.

RoundAbout is one of the 350 quilts selected from over 1800 entries.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Doormats again

This is "Doormats #2" loaded on the longarm machine for quilting. 
I pieced it quite a long time ago and decided I needed to get it finished.

I blocked it by pinning it to the floor.

My Doormats quilts were inspired by the shapes and forms on some doormats that were for sale several years ago in the gift shop at the Schweinfurth Art Museum in Auburn, NY.

If you click on the pictures, you can see that I did straight-line quilting all over the quilt.  Except for the lightest-colored sections, I used a variegated thread.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


A holiday tradition no less... 

We can the pears from our own trees at harvest time.  This year was bountiful, and we beat the deer to most of the crop.  With the extra pears, we canned pear mincemeat.  The apples were picked from our Mitsu tree in late fall. 

The result is these two wonderful mincemeat-apple pies.  Yum-yum!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Rosemary & Daffodils

Our late-fall, early-winter clear and warm weather continues. 

We dug up our two rosemary plants and will keep them inside for the winter.  Some years they prosper, and other times we need to replace them in the spring.  We'll see what these next couple of months bring.

Some daffodils are peaking up, hoping Spring is here in late December!  It will be interesting to see if El Nino can keep the zero temperatures away all winter.  Let's hope!

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Our resident princess suffered the indignity of being ill and had to spend a couple of days in the kitty hospital.  Both her front legs were shaved:  one for a blood draw and the other for IV fluids.

We are still waiting for a differential diagnosis between pancreatitis or hepatitis.  We hope neither results and have tried to convince her that matching anklets are the height of fashion -- She is not so sure!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Xmas Lights

For the past several years we have strung lights along the bushes and shrubs in front of our house.  We have seldom, if ever, had a milder, snow-free stretch of weather to complete the task.

The lights are on an automatic timer that comes on at dusk and turns off some six hours later.  A rainy night adds reflection from the blacktop driveway.

Suki loves any project outdoors and joins us for putting the lights outside.  Of course, she is convinced that she is the center of attention.

Our 20+ year old Japanese Maple is a wonderful feature of the landscaping and a perfect perch for the Princess.  The large fenced-in horse paddock serves as a background along with a large burning bush at the corner of the garage.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Peeps' Xmas

 Pat hosted the December meeting of the Peeps at her house for our annual Xmas get-together.

Her house was beautifully decorated for the holidays, and she had her tree all trimmed.

There was Show & Tell, and Carol shared this lovely pillow that she made for a present.

And of course, there was A LOT of food because we all brought too much.  We started with Pat's butternut squash and apple soup, moved on to salads and sides and breads, and then had to try a few of the deserts!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Reception at the Barrel Room

Mary, Bev, and I were on hand for the wine tasting and reception for the art showing featuring the quilts we have hanging at The Barrel Room in Victor, NY. 

It was a fun evening and great to see several old friends.

Joan, Janet, and I went to school together, and it was a nice surprise that they came for the evening.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Kitty Update

Our wonderful fall has allowed outdoor weather for us and the outdoor cats.   The kitties like to keep track of what we are doing when we're working in the gardens.

The Blue Rug Juniper garden serves as their background.

Feral cat, Millie, and neighborhood cat, Mr. Boots, spread out in the sun and keep their view on us and the surrounding area.

They wait just off our deck on the south side of the house -- not missing meal time morning, noon, or night.

Millie sleeps half hidden near the deck under a bush in the sun.  She grows more comfortable with us each day. Maybe soon she will join us indoors!

Suki, our resident queen, curls up in the studio, wrapping up in whatever she finds -- this time it's the cover for the longarm quilting machine.

Monday, November 30, 2015

A quilt from blocks

Last month I took a one-day workshop offered through the Genesee Valley Quilt Club by Joe Cunningham.

We sewed strips together, cut those into new strips and created random blocks.  From there, I added some more individual blocks.

Then I started adding more fabric around the center blocks and decided to add bits of the blocks so they would "bleed" through the outside borders.

There was a lot of rearranging at this point until the final composition below emerged.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Peeps and Divas

Members of two local art quilt groups gathered together at the Schweinfurth Art Center, and it was great to meet with both old and new friends.

There was lots of discussion, and we generated ideas on how we might work together as a group. 

Of course, we also had some Show & Tell, with lots of work pinned all around the walls.

Thanks to Carol Boyer for chairing the meeting  and to Donna Lamb for hosting us.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sewing Day

A couple of friends joined me in the studio for a little sewing time. 

Jeanne had hosted her annual retreat last week, where she had given the participants a  demo and project to do with tree shapes. So she used some of her leftover samples to  create a small art quilt.

Anne worked on the binding for this quilt that she's making for her mother, using her own hand-dyed fabrics.

The quilt on the back wall is one of mine that's waiting to be put on the longarm machine.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Clean Up

We have several areas of accumulated "take downs" from our trimming and cutting activities.  We have added some empty boxes and other discarded burnable material to this pile.

A quiet fall day allows us to begin disposal by a controlled burn.

This collection is burning in our large horse pasture which is currently empty.  Bill stands ready with the bucket on the tractor to consolidate the burning pile if necessary.

The process is complete as the afternoon wanes.  Our recently refurbished barn in the left of the picture is shining in the sun light.  A fence in the perennial garden is in the center background.