Thursday, December 27, 2012

Snow Event

 Our first "real" snowfall.

 The weatherman predicted it was coming for several days beforehand, only then he called it a "snow event."  I think that meant he didn't know how much snow we were going to get.

As it got closer, though, we were told it could be between 14 and 18 inches -- and that's about what we got.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Meeting at Pat's house

 The December meeting of the Peeps was at Pat's house and was complete with Xmas goodies and a lovely lunch.

Addie  was on hand to greet us and keep us company.

Bev showed us her completed Sumac Leaves piece, made with her hand-dyed fabrics.

A detail of the quilting on Sumac Leaves.
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Jack and Thai

These guys are Nancy's furry friends, staying warm and cozy on their couch, with a view of their lovely Christmas tree.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

December gardening

The mild December days allowed us to get a head start on Spring chores. 

We have cleaned out the everbearing red raspberry plot and have the 1969 Ford tractor on hand to clean up the debris.

A slightly colder day finds Bill pondering the job of trimming the grapes.  A late frost in April this year killed off the crop -- Hope we have better luck this time around.  These plants are also circa 1969 and are mature and well rooted.

Inspector Suki loves the outdoors, especially when her Staff is with her.  Here she has climbed a nearby pergola and watches over our clean-up efforts.

She has retreated to the back of the top frame as her next-door neighbor cat (Mr. Boots) is visable hunting on the other side of the garden.  She does not approve!

Searching for a way down:   she finds this transit more difficult than scrambling up a large clematis vine to reach the top.  After some deliberation, she decided the eight-foot jump was doable and stepped off into space.  She's quite a critter!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sewing Day

Barb, Genie and Priscilla were back for another sewing day in
the studio.

Barb worked on this one-block wonder quilt.

Genie showed us her piece that she's getting ready to quilt.

And this is some fabric that I hope will make it into a new quilt.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

North Country photos

 Our friend, Butch Bramhall, from Croghan, NY has been submitting some of  his photos to the North Country Public Radio website.

His Pine Plus Moss and his Mare's Tails are two of his photos that have been selected for the Photo of the Day on the website.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sewing Day

I know it looks like everyone is just hanging out and chatting, but Genie, Barb and Priscilla were here for some sewing time too!

Priscilla worked on her wall quilt with three wonderful molas that feature medicinal themes.

Priscilla recently completed her Dancing Sprites quilt.


Barb has decided to make her vest shorter in the back and has added lots of embellishments to each panel.  The background fabric on the back panel is plain black, and the pattern you see is from her lovely beading.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Art Quilts Year XVIII

My Jet Trails #8 quilt was selected for this show at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, AZ, and is on display through January 20, 2013.

Thanks go to juror Adriene Buffington for creating a blog with all the pieces that are in the exhibit.

To view the art work, go to

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Scenes

Some of our perennial grasses are through growing for this season, but remain on view.  They present an interesting combination of texture, subdued color shades and varying heights against the fall skies.

A season's burn pile fueled by several months of shrubs, limbs, and garden debris goes up in smoke.  We wait until the accumulation dries out and the wind is blowing in a manner that will not impact neighbors even though most directions are clear for several miles.

We harvested a few pounds of carrots as our last crop of the year was collected.  They are hosed clean and will be refrigerated for winter use.

Inspector Suki helps with these chores, as she surveys the area from one of the five-gallon pails we use for various purposes on the farm.

She, of course, usurps same for the most important function; ie., a spot for the kitty to hide!!

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sewing Day

 Priscilla and Linda were at the studio for some sewing, which included the construction of some Xmas presents.

Priscilla showed us some of the hand-embroidered story quilts from Laos that she has for sale on Ebay, including this unusual white one.

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