Friday, April 30, 2010
I don't remember what was on the wall and under discussion, but it looks like it was receiving everyone's attention.
This is another "E" quilt that Bev is working on, using her hand-dyed fabrics.
Nancy was trying to do some hand sewing on a new project and was getting some help from Inspector Suki.
This is the small (6-inch) piece that Linda Bachman made as a donation for the Rochester Contemporary Organization.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Priscilla bought this lovely hand-dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh's Etsy shop. She's auditioning it with some African fabric and other fabrics that she re-discovered in her stash.
Here Priscilla is considering the start she has on her "leopard" project.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
These are pictures from earlier in April when Beth and Priscilla came for some sewing time.
Beth is making a lot of progress on her heron quilt. She decided to add some pieced blocks, and managed, most appropriately to find a block pattern called Great Blue Heron.
Priscilla laid out some fabrics to audition to go with the leopards at the top right of the picture. Of course, Inspector Suki was on the job, testing for the softness factor in each piece of fabric.
Priscilla showed us the progress she has made on her turquoise jacket.
All of the colors are terrific, and the focus fabric, shown here on the back of the jacket is wonderful.
Here's the front of the jacket, without its band and the lining.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The quince hedge begins to develop early blossoms. Unfortunately, we find these are an ornamental variety, when we thought we had bought the fruit-producing type. Pretty -- but No Jelly!!!
The magnolia tree was full flowered this year. We have had fungus problems other years, but some spray treatment seems to have solved the problem.
Our usual full tulip display was attacked by deer this year, but some wire fencing saved some of the later varieties.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Our gardener, Karen Johnson, got an early start on some of our perennial areas. Weeding and edging at the start of the season offers evidence to the ordered sections of this offering.
We trimmed the spirea bush and the perennial grass severely at the entrance to the gazebo garden. They will fill in nicely this year and be easier to shape and control in the future.
The rhubarb plants produce early in the season, and we have a crop ready for harvest. Some pies are on the desert menu coming up!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
A winner at the Paducah AQS Quilt Show!!
Broken Squares was awarded Third Place for Small Wall Quilts in the Longarm/Midarm Sewing Machine Quilted section.
The complete list of winners is at
Jet Trails #6 has been selected by juror, Dan Mills, for Images 2010, the juried gallery exhibition of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.
The show will hang in the Robeson Gallery on the University Park campus of Penn State University from June 9 through July 11, 2010.
The art selected for the shows for 2008 and 2009 can be seen at http://www.arts-festival.com/images.html
This is a picture of Deborah Kemball with her winning quilt at the IQF Spring Celebration show in Chicago as she shows the back of her quilt.
My Yellow Brick Road quilt in the background did not win a ribbon, but it sure coordinates nicely with her sweater and her quilt!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Pat Pauly organized the opening reception for the exhibition she planned, "Almighty Dollar - Art Quilts Inspired by the Dollar Bill." Here's Pat chatting with one of the guests. Pat's quilt is behind her and mine is to the right. And Priscilla Kibbee is at the left of the picture.
Pat's centerpiece for the table (growing some money in her flowerpot) was very clever.
This is Bev Kondolf, one of the participating artists. And in the background is the table full of very good snacks.
Gerald Muhl was one of the featured speakers on "The History of US Paper Money (By George!)." He also prepared the exhibit of historical currency in the display case.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Here she is with Priscilla Kibbee's quilt that illustrates both US and foreign currency.
Beth Brandkamp was there and spoke about her Fractured Flag piece.
Pat discussed Mary Diamond's Frowning George quilt, which is rich with symbolism.
Monday, April 12, 2010
The boys from "Clearly Aquatics" showed up to clean our ponds. Pumps are used to empty the winter snow melt, and here a worker readies the hose connection to work on the upper level pond behind our house and the deck.
We have the disliked cobblestone lining for our lower pond. The owners of the company have a coin toss each year, and the loser gets to clean the leaves and sticks out of the crannies and crevices. Dave Young lost the flip and tackles the odious task.
Shawn Howard and Bill discuss the condition of our lilly pond at the head of our behind-the-barn gardens. Shawn is also reporting on his troubles in selling and buying a residence for his family.
We have a serious infestation of "duck weed" in the lilly pond, which multiplies quickly and covers the surface of the water. The treatment with a systemic herbacide would kill the flowers and plants in the pots on the bottom of the rubber-lined pond. We don't have a good alternative, but will try a pond skimmer and some form of an overflow water treatment. As all of us gardeners know, there are always problems to challenge our attempts to regulate nature!!
Friday, April 9, 2010
We've been enjoying some lovely warm spring weather, which turns my thoughts to getting a little fabric dyeing done.
The purple and leaf green gradations were done from some very old dye powder, but I'm happy with the results.
This group of fabrics started with a gradation of fuschia fabrics, which were over-dyed with various blues.
Most of the fabric I started with was white Egyptian cotton.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
We have a large multi-acre pond on the edge of our property. The female snapping turtles travel in the spring looking for a place to deposit their eggs, and this one was around our barn today. She's about the size of a very large serving platter.
Daffodils are the hardy signs of good weather. We created this raised garden with eros boulders to display spring bulbs.
At this latitude April weather vacillates from 80-degree days to 40-degree shockers. Fortunately, the flowers don't mind.