Saturday, October 15, 2016

Quilts Unlimited

The Quilts Unlimited exhibit at the View in Old Forge, NY, opened this weekend.  This is the view of the lobby from the upper floor.

The Best of Show award went to Beth Krawiec for her "Journey -- Red River."


 Bev Kondolf won a Judge's Choice award for her "Wild Fermentation."

My quilt "RoundAbout" won the Best Use of Color award.

This is Barb Ackley with one of the two quilts she had in the show.

Sue Ellen Romanowski with her two quilts.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sewing Day

We had a fun day in the studio with Priscilla, Barb, and Genie.

Genie got some advice from Priscilla on a jacket she's making, and Priscilla showed us some pieces she's been making with lots of stitching and embellishments.

Barb is making a very fancy costume for her granddaughter for Halloween, complete with bustle and train.

Monday, October 3, 2016


We thought we had picked all the veggies from the garden before this.  And usually by October we've had a frost, and the growing season is over.

This season, though, things are still growing, and we're still finding lots of nice produce to harvest. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016



The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza was held in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center September 14 - 17.

I didn't have the opportunity to attend, and was very pleased to find a ribbon on my quilt when it was returned to me.

"Pueblos" won a ribbon for Best Longarm Machine Workmanship.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Flowers

Our perennial gardens are trimmed and looking "spiffy" under a beautiful sky.  The sundial casts an accurate pattern from the afternoon sun.

The Russian Sage  has prospered despite the lack of rain.  The horse pasture is visable in the background.

The fall clematis provides a cover for a pergola at the center of the perennial display.

Another view of the clematis from the grassy lane near the grapes and raspberries.

The zebra grass hides a path to the Zen-inspired gazebo garden with its winding path with a stone bench and a lighthouse-like granite column.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Snapping Turtle

One of our large retention ponds has dried up and holds only some mud and an inhabitant from prehistoric ancestry.

The turtle lifts itself from a submerged unsatisfactory winter spot and heads across the lawns and pasture to a large multi-acre body of water on the west side of our property.

Monday, September 12, 2016


Millie (our feral cat) had an open wound on her back that needed help from the vet.  It was quite a job getting her into the kitty carrier, but the vet sedated her for treatment and Millie was still sleeping five hours later.

The vet said Millie had to stay in the house for at least five days, and since she's always stayed outside, we wondered how that was going to work!

We shouldn't have worried....  Just like a "real" cat, she pretty quickly made herself at home.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sweet Corn

We haven't been growing our own sweet corn the last few years,  and have found wonderful corn at Morrisey Farms, just a short distance from our house.

It was so good this year, that we decided to put some in our freezer for the winter and bought a boxfull.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Priscilla Visit

We were happy to have Priscilla here for a visit, but probably the happiest was Suki. 

Priscilla is one of Suki's most favorite people, and Suki spends as much time with her as she can.

Priscilla is winding down her vending activities and is selling out the rest of the special items she has brought back from her overseas travels.  She had a sale table at the first meeting of the Genesee Valley Quilt Club.

We went for dinner at Benucci's in Pittsford Plaza, and it was very good.  (We recommend the salmon!)

The flowers on both sides of the driveway in front of the restaurant were lovely.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tomato sauce

Millie likes to go to the garden with me but choses to rest in the shade instead of helping.

With the extreme dry conditions, we've been watering the vegetable garden regularly, and the tomato plants have been producing a bumper crop.

After canning three large batches of sauce, we still had enough to give away several bushels of both regular and roma tomatoes. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

New Driveway

Most of our driveway and parking area in front of the house was original blacktop put down in the distant past.

We had patched and sealed it many times over the years.  The parking apron was added in the early 80's.

Also, the culvert at the road which carries water under the surface had collapsed and needed to be replaced.

We bit the bullet and dug up the old and replaced the material from the base to a new surface, along with replacing the drain pipe at the road.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Peeps and Divas Play Day

Our combined group of members of the Art Quilt People (Peeps) and the Quilt Divas gathered for a play day.  Thanks to Bev for hosting  and letting us take over her barn and lawn.

There was fabric painting, stamping, monoprinting, etc, along with a lot of discharging.

It's always fun to get ideas from watching what others are trying and to swap tools.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Peaches and Peppers

Canning and freezing season has started!

The peach crop was hurt by frost in the early spring, so good peaches are hard to get this season.   But we were lucky to get some beautiful Red Haven peaches from our regular source, and they're yummy!

Our pepper plants are starting to produce, and these are our first stuffed peppers for the freezer. 
They are especially appreciated when you don't feel like cooking and all you have to do is thaw them.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Flowers in August

The hot and dry conditions have been hard on the gardens, and we've postponed efforts to keep things weeded.

Here are a few things that are blooming:

The German statice is ready to be picked for drying.

The yarrow is also great for drying.

MIllie likes to be in the garden as long as she can find a shady spot under the basil plants.

The deck flowers have been watered regularly and are doing well.