Sunday, March 30, 2014

Springtime Snow

Just a few more snowy pictures for our friends and family members who are enjoying warmer climates.

I think we're all ready for Spring to get here and stay here!   But I have to say that while the snow was wet and heavy and not fun to shovel, it sure was pretty.

The melting has already started, and with temperatures heading for the 60's in the next two days, the snow won't be here much longer.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Peeps meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Art Quilt People was a busy one with lots of new work to look at.

The group is getting new work ready for an upcoming exhibit in May in Newark at the Wayne County Arts Council.

It was fun to see work pinned to every available space all around the room.

We had a chance to hear from each person about the piece or pieces they made.

Anne explained what inspired her pieces.

Pat made this class sample for a new class she's offering that incorporates leaf shapes and skinny lines.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March blizzard

Each year March brings at least one, if not several, snow and/or ice events. 

This year's contribution arrived right on schedule -- very near the infamous Ides of March!

These pictures represent the cold, clear aftermath day that followed.  This one is looking East out of the studio door and spying "snow cones" on the propane tanks and some evergreen bushes.

Here we see the frozen pond off the deck.  We do have goldfish here, and a heater keeps open a small patch of water just out of the picture to the right.

The path to the barn seems long this time of the year.  Our feral barn cat expects two meals a day regardless of weather.  The shoveling is done by the better half of this couple, and you will have to guess who this might be!

The front of the house shows more covers of white.  We think we had about 1 1/2 feet of snow yesterday.  We hope Spring will soon be here and this long, cold winter will join the record book of infamy!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Going to Paducah too

My RoundAbout quilt is also going to be in Paducah in April. 

It was selected for the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY, April 23 - 26, which is the 30th year that AQS has hosted this show.

RoundAbout   (68 X 68)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fantastic Fibers

I'm very pleased that Jet Trails #11 has been accepted for this year's Fantastic Fibers.

Fantastic Fibers 2014 is an international competitive fiber art exhibition hosted by the The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky, April 5-May 24, 2014. It’s a showcase of a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium.

This year's exhibit was juried by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry.

Jet Trails #11  (72 X 72)

2014 Accepted Works:

"Mogadishoe/ Mogadishu" - joy lavrencik
1653 rolls - Lily Liu
368 - Lily Liu
African Coffee Coat - Georgia Zwartjes
Amazing Vase - Elizabeth Runyon
Beneath - Miyuki Akai Cook
Burning Bush-Nuno Felt - Maria Lee
Canberra the planned city - Beth Miller
Circular Society - Linda Ohrn-McDaniel
ColorForm 18 - Gail Baar
Deep Sea - Mary-Ellen Latino
Double Hung - David Brackett
Egungun Peace - Adriene Cruz
Florida Orchids - Charlotte Noll
Foto-Synthesis - Katharina Litchman
Full Tilt - pat kroth
Generation - Shea Wilkinson
Globe Thistle - Aileyn Renli Ecob
Harper - Marie Bergstedt
Hazel at 85 - Sandra Betts
Her Own Tears - Linda Rae Coughlin
Inside of a Dog - Pam Geisel
Iris - Nuno Felt - Maria Lee
Jet Trails #11 - Marcia DeCamp
Just Around the Corner - Kathy York
Leo - Sara Renzulli
Lessons of the Fall - David Lucht
MANUS - Leandra Spangler
Nascita di un fiore - The birth of a flower" - Sonia Bardella
Nashville Singers - C.J. Pressma
No Place Like Om - Meryl Ann Butler
Once - Susan Hotchkis
Orelia - Janet Bodin
Pathways - Sharon Vitt
Peace, Love, Tie-Dye, Save the Whales - Susan Carlson
Portals II - Rosemary Claus-Gray
Red Going - Chris Motley
Red October - Jean Sredl
Riding the Tiger - Carol Zeman
September Song - Laura Gaskin
Sim Shalom - Janet Bodin
Skyscraper - Doerte Weber
Taking Flight - Jill Vendituoli
The Big Loser - Pamela Allen
The Calendar in Color - Laura Kaiser
The Coat Flower Necklace - Rosemary Kandt
The Promise Of Tomorrow - Cathryn Zeleny
The Virgin of Gone and Forgotten - Susan Lenz
Thick Skin - Sue Wilson
Three Vessels - Viviana Lombrozo
Translation of a Stitch - Linda Ohrn-McDaniel
Tropic Nights - Diane Franklin
Twilight, Bigger Birds - Laura Gaskin
Unexpected - Madalene Murphy
Uprooted - Alexandra Keely
Vibrant Outburst - Marilyn Akerson-Corbitt
Vonal Iteration - Kim Hahn
Voodoo Lily - Betty Busby
Women of Color - Patricia Kennedy-Zafred

Friday, March 7, 2014

Nancy's home


Our friend and fellow Peep member has recently returned from a very exciting trip to mainland China.

She has been engaged as a consultant to a group of investors who are interested in starting a new private school in Nanjimg.

She described the many formal meetings she attended with local educators, financial people, and local political figures.  She was asked to dress like a principal and was given these business cards (including the one in Chinese!).

Nancy has a wonderful attitude about education in general and the learning potential of all students.  They are lucky to have her on board!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Meeting Day

The Peeps (Art Quilt People) held their regular monthly meeting.

Some of the members were away traveling, but those who came brought new work in process.

Mary helped pin Carol's king-sized quilt that she made for her son and daughter-in-law. 

Carol used her new Innova longarm to quilt it, and the quilting looks great!

Mary brought this recently pieced top.  We looked at it in each of its possible orientations, and I think this was the favored view.

Bev has been working on the "fractured" piece, made from her own dyed and painted fabrics.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Millie the Mighty Hunter


Our feral barn kitty remains on site and eagerly awaits her twice-daily feeding.

She is friendly, if at a distance, and has quite a ritual of repeated behaviors upon human approach.

One of the most interesting is her checking the large gargage can we have baited to capture possums who seem to be attracted by the rinds of cooked winter squash (Who knew?).

They climb in to eat and are unable to get back up the deep sides, and are ready for disposal.

Some mice also fall prey to the same temptation, and Millie checks several times a day to see if they are present.

If so, she hops in and has a snack.  Being agile and strong, she can jump out easily and return to her warm bed.

She is the undisputed Queen of the barn!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Quilts traveling

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is celebrating its 25th year of hosting its quilt competition.

This year's show will be held February 27 through March 2, 2014, in Hampton, Virginia.

These two quilts were accepted for the exhibit:

Jet Trails #11  (72 X 72)

RoundAbout  (68 X 68)

Friday, February 7, 2014


I've signed up for an online class on color and composition.

Our first assignment needs to incorporate the colors from the color wheel, and my old stash of commercial solid fabrics is going to be handy.

As usual, Suki is on hand to lend her assistance - or at least keep the fabrics warm.

I decided to try out a motif of receding T's.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Raspberry Jam

Over the years we have processed many batches of jam using various berries.

The increasing deer population has decimated our purple raspberry bushes while leaving the red ones relatively unscathed.

We will miss the flavor and color of these favorite purple berries, as this is the last of the juice from our supply in the freezer.

The finished product will enhance our toast and add a perfect touch to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

In the future we have to sample the purple raspberries from some of the local farm markets.  Hope it is as good!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Birthday Party

We were delighted to attend the birthday party for Pat Berardi and her son, Tim. 

Husband Lloyd is shown as he approaches Pat after delivering a lovely homily of remembrances of their 50-plus years of marriage.

Pat and Lloyd's grandchildren (Olivia and Alex) are pictured behind Grandpa.

There were several stations of food and sweets at Joey's Party House in Penfield.

Specially-prepared solid dark chocolate disks were presented as we left.  Suffice it to say, they didn't make it all the way home!

The party was kept as a surprise for Pat, and she thought the gathering was only for her son's 50th birthday.  What a nice idea -- planned and carried out by Lloyd and their children, Sue and Tim.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Sewing with Nancy

Nancy visited the studio for a sewing day and finished up this quilt for her granddaughter who will be starting college in the fall.

The center of the quilt was put together by Janet Root.

Suki's contribution to the day's work was to keep us company while keeping the sewing basket warm!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Nephew Zac nominated for a Grammy

On the Red Carpet:

Nominee Zac DeCamp arrives at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles

Brian Grunert, Annie Stoll, Zac, and Mike Brown.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lancaster bound

My "Whirlpool" quilt has been selected to be displayed at the AQS (American Quilter's Society) show in Lancaster, PA, March 12-15, 2014.

Whirlpool   (70h X 73w)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Peeps Meeting

The Peeps gathered for their regular monthly meeting.

New work went up on the walls and everyone gathered around to review it. 

Go to Pat's blog to see her newest, very large composition --

Suki can always be found in the middle of the activities, preferably in a nice, soft spot.

Bev was putting the finishing touches on a new quilt for one of her daughters.

Anne modeled new earrings that she made herself -- and that we all wanted!