Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fruit and flowers


 
 
 





Our prickly pear cactus blooms each year, and this year's display has been prolific.  My friend, Dorothy, dug it up from her garden in Michigan in the early '90s.  We had it planted in a protected spot near the house until the studio was built in 2007.  It had survived the winters outside, but now that it's in a pot, we bring it inside for the winter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
The raspberries are ripening, and I'm finding at least two, and sometimes three, quarts each day.  We have mostly red raspberries, but there's still one original purple raspberry bush hanging on since 1970.
 
  








These flowers are Immortelle.  They're known as everlasting because they're wonderful for drying.  If kept out of direct sunlight, they will keep their colors for years.

I've grown them in years past and never had them winter over.  But last fall they had re-seeded themselves, and those little plants made it through our hard winter.




I attempted to thin out some of the plants this spring, but finally decided to just see how they would do.


 I like the display they're making, and now I hope they'll come back again for next year!


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Adirondacks visit






 










This is the view from our camp on the northern end of Chase Lake, where I went to spend a few days this week.











Priscilla and Genie came for a visit to keep me company.













We had some cool and rainy weather, but stayed warm and toasty in the cabin with the fireplace and the heater.

And we managed to keep busy with some sewing projects.












Genie has been working on this new quilt.

















This lovely stream was seen on our way to Croghan, which was a required daily trip to Good Ol' Wishy's Ice Cream Parlor.





Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mini-Reunion








Our high school class has always kept in touch with reunions held usually every five years.

Last summer and this summer, though, we decided to have an informal get-together at JD Wine Cellars at Longacre Farm in Macedon. 

This year's event was planned to coincide with a trip "home" for Pat, Terry and Lowell to attend their family reunions.

It was great to see everyone!




Friday, June 26, 2015

Sewing Day






Jeanne was here at the studio to work on a quilt that is intended for her daughter who is getting married this fall.












The placement of the triangles was random for the most part, but makes an interesting pattern.








This is a Kilim rug that I got from Priscilla, who brought it from Turkey.  It's unusual in that it is silk instead of wool.   It's destined to become a wall hanging in my living room.










Bill has started on the chore of mowing the pastures.  With so much rain this spring, the grass is particularly lush and tall.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Classmates





Lunch with gals from my high school class.  From the left:  me, Carol, Janet, Bonnie, Sue, and Joan.  

While the rest of us still live locally, Carol was here visiting from Florida.








These are this year's planters at the end of our deck, and the last photo is of our water lily pond.





Sunday, June 21, 2015

Kitty updates








Suki decided to perch in our red Japanese Maple tree in the front of the house.  She's pretty well camouflaged!








The tree is not very large and recently was trimmed up, so Suki could be up off the ground and still see what was going on.












Millie, our feral ktty, is like all other kitties in that if you put something different down, they have to sit on it.  There two oriental runners had gotten wet and we were letting the summer breezes help dry then.

















Millie likes to keep track of what we are doing when we're weeding in the perennial garden and has discovered the perfect viewing spot from on top of the pergola.

















This is Boots, our guest kitty from next door, looking comfortable and enjoying the sunshine.

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 www.youtube.com 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.