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!

Monday, February 2, 2015


Currently we aren't boarding any horses, but still need access to the water pump in the pasture.  Our 18-inch snowfall overflowed the water tub and required more shoveling to replenish the water containers for the barn cats.

The path to the horse barn is maintained by Marcia, and she and the cats use it to transit from the barn to the house and vice versa.

Icicles are another winter show and reflect light on a sunny afternoon.  They grace our new porch and are framed by our recently trimmed locust tree and the beautiful blue sky!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


My name was chosen for the GiveAway of this lovely pole wrapped shibori-dyed silk habotai scarf from the followers of the Art Beyond the Surface organization on Facebook.

My thanks to artist Karen Turckes, one of the artists in the online cooperative gallery showcasing mixed media fine art and surface design.

You can see more of her work and that of the other artists in the group at www.ArtBeyondTheSurface.com.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Plant stand

During yesterday's stop at Wayside Gardens, I spotted this nice, tall plant stand, but didn't buy it.

Of course, the more I thought about it after I was home, the more I wished I had bought it. 

So a quick stop again today and I brought the stand and a couple more plants home.

Here it is in the corner of the studio.   I just have to decide what will go in the top tier....

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shopping for plants

I stopped at Wayside to shop for some houseplants and was greeted by this very friendly customer helper.  He was most interested in helping me check out the plants on the tables.

We were soon joined by customer helper #2.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Peeps Meeting

We held the regular monthly meeting of the Art Quilt People, and one of our members who was away, tried "attending" via Skype.

 Using Skype worked great, and we'll be using it again when someone isn't able to attend "in person."

Mary brought in this quilt that she made by restructuring a set of blocks.

Nancy showed us silk scarves she made from silk she acquired on her trip to Japan.

Jeanne has been working with fabrics that she made with discharging and deconstructed screen printing.

And Mary had several pieces of fabric that she had snow dyed.

Monday, January 12, 2015


Nancy joined me in the studio for a sewing day, and we put together some dresses for the Dresses for Girls project.   

Nancy brought the kits from a group she works with from the Retired Rochester Teachers Association.  The fabric was cut and serged; we added the elastic and tie strings at the top, the pockets, and the hems.

The dresses will be taken to Africa and distributed to young girls who need them.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ducks and swans

I had a chance to take some pictures during a recent visit to the nearby village of Clifton Springs on a very cold, but sunny day.

The village has a history as a treatment center featuring mineral bath therapy.  Much of the old residences have been refitted as apartments, and a new rural hospital now inhabits some of the property.

A mineral stream runs through the area and is the home to some resident ducks and swans.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lancaster bound

My "Roundabout" quilt has been selected for the AQS (American Quilter's Society) Contest in Lancaster, PA, March 11 - 14, 2015.

Roundabout (68 x 68)

Roundabout detail

Friday, January 2, 2015

Jet Trails in Paducah

This is my friend from high school, Larry McGonigal.  He was on his way from Texas to New England and made a stop to see friends in Paducah, KY. 

And while he was there, he made a point to go to the Bank of Paducah to see my Jet Trails #10 quilt, which was purchased by the National Quilt Museum.

Thanks for the photo, Larry!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Family dinner

We had a wonderful evening with family in Geneseo and their children and grandchildren gathered from Virginia and Canada.

Jen and Zac in charge in the kitchen.

Dylan working on one of his toys.

And giving me some giggles at the dinner table.

And with his headlamp so he can see when he goes outside.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Fabric Dyeing

With the mild weather we've been having, the room in my basement that has my dyeing supplies and large sink was nice and warm --- good motivation to do some dyeing!

I started with four yards each of three values of turquoise.

I separated the turquoise fabrics so that each of the three buckets had a light, medium and dark fabric.

Then I over-dyed them with three values of black.

I also kept one group of turquoise out so it had no black added, and I dyed one group of black that did not have any turquoise.

Here are the final fabrics.