Friday, February 21, 2014

Meeting Day

The Peeps (Art Quilt People) held their regular monthly meeting.

Some of the members were away traveling, but those who came brought new work in process.

Mary helped pin Carol's king-sized quilt that she made for her son and daughter-in-law. 

Carol used her new Innova longarm to quilt it, and the quilting looks great!

Mary brought this recently pieced top.  We looked at it in each of its possible orientations, and I think this was the favored view.

Bev has been working on the "fractured" piece, made from her own dyed and painted fabrics.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Millie the Mighty Hunter


Our feral barn kitty remains on site and eagerly awaits her twice-daily feeding.

She is friendly, if at a distance, and has quite a ritual of repeated behaviors upon human approach.

One of the most interesting is her checking the large gargage can we have baited to capture possums who seem to be attracted by the rinds of cooked winter squash (Who knew?).

They climb in to eat and are unable to get back up the deep sides, and are ready for disposal.

Some mice also fall prey to the same temptation, and Millie checks several times a day to see if they are present.

If so, she hops in and has a snack.  Being agile and strong, she can jump out easily and return to her warm bed.

She is the undisputed Queen of the barn!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Quilts traveling

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival is celebrating its 25th year of hosting its quilt competition.

This year's show will be held February 27 through March 2, 2014, in Hampton, Virginia.

These two quilts were accepted for the exhibit:

Jet Trails #11  (72 X 72)

RoundAbout  (68 X 68)

Friday, February 7, 2014


I've signed up for an online class on color and composition.

Our first assignment needs to incorporate the colors from the color wheel, and my old stash of commercial solid fabrics is going to be handy.

As usual, Suki is on hand to lend her assistance - or at least keep the fabrics warm.

I decided to try out a motif of receding T's.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Raspberry Jam

Over the years we have processed many batches of jam using various berries.

The increasing deer population has decimated our purple raspberry bushes while leaving the red ones relatively unscathed.

We will miss the flavor and color of these favorite purple berries, as this is the last of the juice from our supply in the freezer.

The finished product will enhance our toast and add a perfect touch to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

In the future we have to sample the purple raspberries from some of the local farm markets.  Hope it is as good!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Birthday Party

We were delighted to attend the birthday party for Pat Berardi and her son, Tim. 

Husband Lloyd is shown as he approaches Pat after delivering a lovely homily of remembrances of their 50-plus years of marriage.

Pat and Lloyd's grandchildren (Olivia and Alex) are pictured behind Grandpa.

There were several stations of food and sweets at Joey's Party House in Penfield.

Specially-prepared solid dark chocolate disks were presented as we left.  Suffice it to say, they didn't make it all the way home!

The party was kept as a surprise for Pat, and she thought the gathering was only for her son's 50th birthday.  What a nice idea -- planned and carried out by Lloyd and their children, Sue and Tim.