Archive for October, 2008

On the road

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

I’m leaving in a few minutes for Houston – International Quilt Market and some of Festival, so I will be out of touch til my return on the 31st. No orders will be shipped until I return home.

Goodbye, Darka

Monday, October 20th, 2008

My husband woke me Saturday morning, saying “Darka’s down and I can’t get her up”. He called the vet who came right away and administered medications and took a blood sample.  There was frost on her and her body temperature was low. So we covered her with a horse blanket and a quilt and hoped when the sun came up she’d be better.  By afternoon, it was a gorgeous fall day with brilliant blue sky with not a cloud.  It was hot but she was no better. The vet came back two more times. Nothing in the blood sample to warrant what was happening, he took more to send to K-State on Monday. As the sun went down and it got colder, we covered her again and prepared to spend the night in the pasture with her to keep the coyotes away. Her continued struggles to get up caused her to sweat so she was soaking wet and it was important to keep her covered. We got snatches of sleep, me by her head so when she whinnied I would  reach over and pull up the blanket that had shifted. The sky was clear and the moon was so bright I could read the time on my watch. A breeze had come up at sunset and by morning it was cold with a little frost again.  The vet came back at 8:30 with a sling, we rolled her over and tried to hoist her up with the front end loader, but that didn’t work.  By then she was running a temperature and had been down over 30 hours. The vet said once a horse is down for over 24 hours they don’t usually make it and she was suffering so we decided it would be best to end it.

She was only in her 20’s, Dr C. had checked her and her mother the morning she was born, cared for her all these years and in the end was there to let her go. She’s buried here on the land where she lived her life with the others that went before.


Goodbye, Darka.

Autumn Inspiration

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Sometimes you are just so darn busy you don’t know what day it is!  My poor Forsythia doesn’t know what SEASON it is!


The Chaste Tree is enjoying it’s last hurrah as well as the nice rain we have had these past few days.



Monday, October 13th, 2008

Missed one!


And I do like this one pretty well– see the thing was — we were not supposed to really think about it, just knock ’em out quickly. I tend to overthink.

Getting ready

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Still no sewing progress to report!  I have been sort of busy getting things ready for Market at Houston. Got new business cards.  Got new boxes so I can pack.  Started packing. Found that I needed to package more patterns to pack.  One thing leads to another.

The workshop Saturday was really fun!  Collage is not my thing so I was in unfamiliar territory. I had hoped that it would help me to think in a more abstract way but I don’t think it did. This photo shows what I accomplished, but it doesn’t show the different textures very well.


Glossy magazine pictures, fabric, corrugated and tissue papers. The little dot on each one is the hole that the ring goes through to make a book.  I think I like the first and the last one best.

More good mail

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

“The Old Homestead” was selected by juror Bruce Hoffman of the prestigious Snyderman-Works Galleries for SAQA’s 2009 exhibit Points of View.  Mr. Hoffman chose 30 pieces from 148 qualified entries. This helps to renew my vision as it was not long ago that I received the “no thanks” from Quilt National.  “The Old Homestead” will be shown soon at PIQF, as well.

Yesterday’s mail brought my copy of Gloria Hansen’s new book “Digital Essentials” and I can’t wait to read it!  Gloria is a wealth of knowledge on the subject and has so generously helped me in the past. In fact my website was designed by her company Gloderworks . I seem to have conquered the now familiar territory of show entries to some extent but there is SO much I don’t know. I am very technologically challenged! Order your own copy from Gloria.

Finally, I found the YLI invisible thread I needed so I can get on with quilting the second POPPY quilt.  But probably not today as I am looking forward to going to a little workshop on collage by Karen Stiehl Osborn today!

Quilting Arts Magazine

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

My Oct/Nov issue of Quilting Arts magazine arrived yesterday.


Imagine my surprise when I turned a page and saw my “Seahorses” quilt from “Surf’s UP” in Long Beach in a full page spread!


I didn’t know they were going to use it, so it was a nice surprise.

Autumn walk

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

When I go for my walks I carry a big stick with which to remove spider webs that can’t be avoided. This one was off to the side so I left it alone.

The spider had just run down to snare a moth and left the picoted design in her path, marring the perfection of the dew coated weaving. Further on I captured this little corner of my world.


Autumn is making an appearance. Some trees are bare, some are still green. some are starting to change color. I startled a flock of wild turkeys that melted into the brush and silently were gone.

Quilt National

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

I got the news that “Mon Grand Père” did not make it into Quilt National. I’m pretty much not surprised, though of course there’s always hope til the last minute. This is a quilt I have been wanting to make for a long time, I’m glad it’s done, and I know that it will go other places.
This piece was inspired by an old family photograph in black and white.  I made some changes in the composition and of course made up the colors.  Artistic license!  The sky contains hand dyes but the rest is commercially printed fabric – probably frowned upon by QN, but the hunt for the right fabrics IS what I enjoy doing! There are 18 different grass fabrics alone.  It is 36.25 X 44.75″, machine pieced and machine quilted.

A detail shot can be seen in the Gallery section. I updated the Galleries and the Pattern section yesterday, adding in the newest INNOVATIONS pattern, “POPPY!” .