Saturday, August 23, 2014

Class reunion





One of our classmates who lives in Texas was traveling through our area over the weekend.  Since he hadn't attended any reunions in several decades, it gave us a good excuse for a mini-reunion.

We gathered on the deck at JD Wine Cellars at Longacre Farms in Macedon.








Without a lot of advance notice or planning, we had a good turnout and a great time.  There's talk of making this a yearly event.












Thanks go to Joan for getting us organized and planning a wonderful party.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sewing day





Linda and Jeanne came to the studio for some sewing time, and Nancy joined us for a time, although she is sidelined from sewing til her hand heals.













Jeanne worked on this new shoulder bag, shown here with the top flap opened up.

And she modeled it for us in the picture below.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Peach season




This year's crop of Red Haven peaches (our favorite variety) has provided fruit that is both pretty and delicious.   Some of these peaches came from Marion and the rest from Penn Yan.

We canned most of them, made a few batches of peach marmalade, and are eating the rest....  Yum!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Canna lilies




We saved the canna lily bulbs over the winter and planted them in the garden just beyond our raspberries.   They bloom a long time and attract the hummingbirds.






Thursday, August 14, 2014

Millie's table





Our feral kitty, Millie, has learned to come up on the deck for both her breakfast and dinner.  If she isn't already waiting on the bench, a call usually brings her on the run.  She still won't allow anyone to get too close to her, but on occasion will let me sit on the bench with her while she eats.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Jen's quilts






In addition to being Dylan's Mom, Jennifer is also a quilter.  So after the tractors were put away, Jen and I got to have some studio time.


Jen has finished piecing this delightful kitty quilt and now has to figure out how to quilt it.












She also brought this appliqued piece.



















These lovely mums were a present from Jen, and I've repotted them to see if I can get them to last longer.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dylan's visit - day 2








Dylan showed his Dad how much dirt he could move with his excavator.
















The hit of the weekend, though, was taking out the John Deere tractor.  Dylan helped gas up and was ready to go to work.















Dylan was more interested in watching where the grass was coming out than seeing where they were going, and his Mom was trying to get his picture.


















Driving up from the back yard.


















Dylan also like watching and feeding the goldfish and our two multi-colored shubunkins.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dylan's visit







Our niece, Jennifer, visited us for the weekend with her family, David and Dylan.















Dylan had lots of new things to see in the gardens and liked looking for frogs in the lily pond.

















He was busy building his own roads through the zen garden.






































His favorite activity was working on the tractor.  Here he's mastering the levers to operate the front bucket.













He was also interested in checking out the John Deere lawn tractor.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Garden flowers





The black-eyed susans and cone flowers have been very pretty this year and are blooming for a long time.












This is a nicotiana plant, or flowering tobacco.  It is very hardy and looks lovely year after year.  It is also fragrant and attracts hummingbirds and moths.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sewing Day








Nancy joined me for a sewing day and finished up this lovely pinwheel quilt she was making for a baby shower.





Nancy volunteers at Craft, Bits & Pieces, which accepts donations of items for resale.  These three tops came in to the store recently, and hopefully they will be picked up by someone who will finish them.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Evolutions


The Evolutions exhibit juried by Dr. Sandra Sider opens today at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.






































Tail Features was selected for the exhibit.

(2013   56h X 49w)


















Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bold by Design





We had a lovely trip to Ithaca to see the Bold by Design exhibit, quilts from the Jack Walsh collection.  We couldn't take photos of the exhibit, but can show you other scenes from the venue, the Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell University campus.

The Morgan Garden depicts the story of the "Three Laughters of the Tiger Glen."







The Museum's Visible Storage Gallery shows over 1000 objects from the permanent collection.





























View from the outdoor balcony looking down the hill toward Cayuga Lake.
















Anne found the best spot on the balcony to take a comfy rest.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lake Skinny







Several of the Peeps joined friends at their cottage on Skaneateles Lake, where they were staying while taking classes at QBL.

We enjoyed delicious pot luck, a beautiful summer evening, and wonderful company.

From the left -- Anne, Nina, Carol, Jeanne, me, Bev, Linda, Dorothy, and Kate.




Here's the dinner cruise boat coming from Skaneateles.












 

Our view down the lake.
















And a lovely sunset to complete the evening.


Monday, July 21, 2014

More garden flowers






Our perennial gardens are looking pretty good this year!













The german statice plant is a lovely shade of lavender.



















The hostas are also showing lavender blossoms.



















These are the water lilies currently in the garden pond.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Peeps meeting


I only took one picture from today's meeting, and it was of Jeanne's project.  She's been getting ready to host her retreat at Skaneateles Lake, and painted some canvas fabrics.  She made name tags for the participants from the fabric, and she'll be showing them how to make the fabric and then make projects from the fabric. 
Sounds like fun!