Friday, November 20, 2015

Sewing Day

A couple of friends joined me in the studio for a little sewing time. 

Jeanne had hosted her annual retreat last week, where she had given the participants a  demo and project to do with tree shapes. So she used some of her leftover samples to  create a small art quilt.

Anne worked on the binding for this quilt that she's making for her mother, using her own hand-dyed fabrics.

The quilt on the back wall is one of mine that's waiting to be put on the longarm machine.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Clean Up

We have several areas of accumulated "take downs" from our trimming and cutting activities.  We have added some empty boxes and other discarded burnable material to this pile.

A quiet fall day allows us to begin disposal by a controlled burn.

This collection is burning in our large horse pasture which is currently empty.  Bill stands ready with the bucket on the tractor to consolidate the burning pile if necessary.

The process is complete as the afternoon wanes.  Our recently refurbished barn in the left of the picture is shining in the sun light.  A fence in the perennial garden is in the center background.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Barrel Room

Mary, Bev, and  I are showing some of our work at The Barrel Room in Victor, NY, from now through January.

The opening reception is Friday, December 4th, from 6 to 8 pm.  We hope you'll be able to join us!

We worked with Travis to decide which pieces to hang around the room.

And Travis supplied the hammer and nails and assistance with the hanging.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ruth's Trunk Show


Ruth White is a local art quilter from Ithaca.  She was at the Schweinfurth Art Center to do a Trunk Show.

In this photo, Stephanie and Donna are holding two of Ruth's small art quilts.  (The quilts on the wall are part of an exhibit of quilts done by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.)

Ruth used all hand-dyed fabrics in this piece.

Ruth entered her quilt in the National Quilt Museum's 2016 contest for innovative interpretations of traditional New York beauty patterns, and it was accepted! 

Congratulations, Ruth!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fiber Arts Retreat

Priscilla and I went to the Fiber Arts Retreat at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.   We had three days of open studio time in the newly-decorated sewing area. 
Priscilla is admiring the log cabin quilt that Donna is hand quilting. 

We had delicious catered lunches served to us every day, complete with wonderful desserts -- Yum!

All kinds of projects were being worked on.  Janet finished putting together this lovely red jacket.

In addition to those of us who were sewing upstairs, there was a group working in the downstairs "wet" studio area.   Pat showed us some of the fabrics she was dyeing, painting, and screening.

Liza was making her first quilt!  It's a king-sized piece for her bed, made from fabrics from her sister's stash.

And Norma was preparing for the upcoming Double Wedding Ring class with Victoria Findlay Wolfe by making blocks of fabrics.  The class will be held at Schweinfurth December  5-6.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Raspberries and Canna Lillies

Newly picked raspberries in November are very rare.  We still haven't had a killing frost and production continues.  The end is near!!

Our canna lilies make one last show.  They were hit by the cold, and the flowers and stems were done for the year.

After cutting the tops at ground level, the arduous job of digging the tubers is next.  The roots spread, the tubers multiply, and the ground reluctantly gives up the harvest.

The tubers are trimmed with the tractor's bucket serving as a sorting platform, with more separation the order of the day.

After washing and drying and further sorting, we are left with a few hundred prospects for spring.  They will be stored in our root cellar for the winter. 

If you want some, let us know!

Saturday, October 31, 2015


The Schweinfurth Art Center is hosting its 35th annual Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit now through January 3, 2016, in Auburn, NY.  Over 70 art quilts are on display.

Betsy Lewis went with me to see the exhibit, and we joined  the audience waiting for the trunk show by Judy Kirpich, one of the exhibiting artists.

Judy brought several of her wonderful quilts and did a terrific job of explaining her inspirations and her process.

Her quilts are totally pieced; nothing is fused or appliqued.

Judy is recently retired and is building a large studio for her work.

Here is Judy with some of my favorite pieces.  The quilt in the lower left was in Quilt National.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


We have upgraded our stand-by generator power source.  Our vendor took advantage of our wonderful fall weather  to deliver the new unit for installation.

Our primary supplier, NYSEG, had to be called in to temporarily disconnect the power, which meant they  had to work at the top of the pole.

The new unit is connected to our metered pole to deliver power by underground cable.

The new machine is a "full-house" model.  It replaces the partial coverage we had before, and now the studio is covered too.  The gas tanks in the background provide a source of fuel when called upon.   We consider this backup to be a good "insurance policy."

Friday, October 23, 2015

Big Project

We have several overgrown areas around our property.  Our new landscaper, Jason, is willing and able to tackle any project, and we have made some real progress.

Here he is cutting down a clump of 20-year-old growth.

We hook a chain to the old reliable Ford tractor.  The trees are covered with heavy vine growth, featuring the clinging wild grape with long tentacles of rope-like strands -- thick and impossible to untangle.

The bucket lifts the whole mess and makes removal possible.

We have a large burn pile on the edge of one of the pastures, and Bill and Jason discuss how material should best be stacked.  The tractor does the job easily and effectively.

Some of the trees we removed were of good size.  I think these stumps have potential for a good composition.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sodus Point

A very brisk, cold and windy day did not keep us away from visiting Sodus Point. 

I hadn't been there in years, and it was a treat to see it even in the cold.

When we were in elementary school, we could take the school bus for two weeks in the summer to take Red Cross swimming lessons here.

Here are a couple of pictures of the bay.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cracker Box Palace

Priscilla and I went to visit the Cracker Box Palace in Alton, NY.  I had several new and used items to take for the horses, along with about 4 bushels of apples from our garden.

Cracker Box is a non-profit farm haven where all kinds of farm animals come to recover from illness, neglect or abuse.

In addition to the at least 40 horses that we saw, there are geese, ducks, chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs, etc.  Many of the animals are eligible for adoption.

The farm has a view overlooking Sodus Bay.

In addition to donations, they raise money for the animals by sponsoring several events during the year. 

Check out their site at

Saturday, October 17, 2015

A trip to Penn Yan


Priscilla and I went to Penn Yan to have her sewing machine repaired, and we did a little shopping on the way back. 

We saw lots of horse-drawn buggies, but this was the only open cart.  It was driven by three ladies who were shopping at the Golden Threads store.

The best "find" of our shopping came from the Edgewood Country Store -- John Deere buttons that have sent to our nephew Dylan for his cardigan sweater.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Peeps Meeting

Our regular October meeting of the Art Quilt People included a visit from Priscilla, who is now a member of the Quilt Divas in Ithaca.

Mary and Bev also took the workshop with Joe Cunningham, and these are the quilts they made.

Jeanne's quilt was chosen for the cover of the program for the Quilts Unlimited show at The View in Old Forge.  Bev's two quilts in the show won 1st and 2nd place in the art quilt category.