Friday, June 19, 2015

Peeps Meeting


 We had a good turnout for our regular monthly meeting of the Peeps (the Art Quilt People). 

There was some new work to look at, but we spent the most time discussing Mary's rusted fabrics.  The piece on the left was wrapped around a large chain and made great patterns. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Chase Lake

We made a quick trip to the Adirondacks to check on the cottage and were greeted by this lovely loon.

Even though we were only there for a short weekend, Monica and Justin managed to get some canoe rides in.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

On the fence

Our "almost" resident cats are both good hunters.  They love to get some elevation as they search for movement on the ground.

Here, our feral cat Millie moves along a one-inch rail as she changes perspective. 

She now routinely lets Marcia groom her when she's feeding, and she follows us around on any outdoor projects -- real progress!

Our next-door cat mimics the same behavior.  He appears at our back door for three meals daily and is ready to move in at any time.  His original owner is deceased, and we feel sorry for him.

"Mr. Bootsie" is a good old guy and is a true tuxedo cat in markings.  He spends most of his time on our deck or in the horse barn.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Quiltfest fashion show

One of the events at the GVQC Quiltfest was a fashion show of garments made by and modeled by club members. 

More than 60 garments were shown.  Many of the garment makers showed more than one piece, so the items were hung behind the stage, ready for the models to change into them.

 The event was very popular and drew a large audience.

If you missed it, you can see the entire show on by searching for "gvqc fashionshow" .

This is Janet Root on the stage, one of the coordinators of the event, along with Terry Noonan.

Sarah Terry was the announcer.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

GVQC Quiltfest

I entered four of my quilts in the Art Quilt category of our Club's quilt show.

Jet Trails #11 was awarded a blue ribbon.  :-)

Whirlpool on the left and Roundabout on the right.

Blue Squares

I also hung three quilts in the Special Exhibit section for quilts that had won awards at other quilt and/or art shows.

Friday, June 5, 2015

A Priscilla visit

Priscilla was here for the weekend and put in a little time in the studio. 

Genie joined us for a day of sewing and showed us this piece she's working on for a black and white challenge.

This weekend was also Genesee Valley Quilt Club's 2015 Quiltfest, held at the field house on the RIT campus. 

There were 65 vendors and over 600 quilts on display.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Garden helper

Millie, our feral kitty, has become more interested in spending time nearby when we are outside.

 I think this is her idea of helping me weed.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Flowers for the deck

My super-useful garden cart is put to good use, not only to haul the supplies, but also as a potting station.
We bought geraniums, lobelia, and few more plants to fill the big and small planters we have on and around the deck.

Friday, May 29, 2015

From the gardens

The rhubarb is really nice this year.  Our four plants are liking the weather we've been having and producing long, tender stalks.

Some of the early flowers in the perennial gardens....

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Planting time

Time to get the vegetable garden started...

The tomatoes and peppers are going in.

The basil plants have been planted at the top of the rows of onions and beans.  They have been covered with plastic netting to prevent them from being eaten by the critters!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Studio visitors

Nancy and Linda spent the afternoon at the studio, and we did a little fabric painting, using acrylics on canvas.

Nancy is checking out a piece that Linda started.

This is fabric that Nancy painted that she expects to use for a new purse.

Linda and I put our fabrics over the bushes to dry.

Nancy just finished this quilt that she made for her grandson's wedding.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dinner and desert

We had never been to the Longhorn Steakhouse, and our visit there was a present from our friend, Karen from Colorado. 

The d├ęcor was complete with chaps and saddles and all things related to western cowboys.

Priscilla and Bill and I all enjoyed the food.  I meant to take pictures of our entrees and the desert, but forgot while I was busy stuffing myself!  My lamb chops were wonderful, and then we ordered the Chocolate Stampede -- which we all decided was To Die For.  Fortunately, we only ordered one, because it took the three of us to finish the 7 kinds of chocolate,  plus 2 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sewing Day

Beth joined Priscilla and me for a sewing day and was able to use the studio tables to baste the new quilt top that she finished while she was in North Carolina this winter.

This is the queen-sized quilt that she was basting that is destined for a bed in her beach house in NC. 


Beth has been doing a lot of ice dyeing and created these mandala pieces that she brought to show to us.  The large one is 44" square, and the smaller ones are 22".


Friday, May 22, 2015

Priscilla's visit

Since she moved further away, Priscilla hasn't been able to come as frequently for sewing days.  So it was a treat to have her visit for a couple of days and see the projects she's working on.

The blocks on the wall behind her are for a new "envelope quilt" that she made a lot of progress on while she was here.

Priscilla made this quilt from nine molas that she collected from her trips to the San Blas Islands of Panama.  The quilting outlining the figures on the individual molas gives them a lot of texture.

These cross-stitched and needle-pointed tiger panels are being considered for another quilt.

Priscilla also showed this wonderful piece that she found on her last trip to Guatemala.  The colors are even more vibrant in person, and I'm sure she's thinking of a new garment that it could be added to!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Garden views

We have a couple of light lavender-colored lilac bushes, but these dark purple lilacs are my very favorites.  This bush has been producing flowers for more than 40 years.

The wisteria doesn't always bloom every year, but is full of blossoms.

There really is a gazebo under there, although the wisteria has pretty much hidden it.

The azalea bushes in front of the house are producing lots of beautiful flowers after being covered by more than three feet of snow for several weeks.

We recently went to Jane's Herb Farm in Webster to get some of her plants, in particular, some of her wonderful heirloom tomatoes.

These two pictures show some of her lovely perennial gardens.