Archive for June, 2009

Travel Time

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I’m leaving again shortly to visit Q.U.I.L.T. of NW Ark, for a lecture this evening and a two day workshop on picture piecing the Coneflower pattern. Here is the latest sample for that class, just finished.

Coneflower Sample

Coneflower Sample

Coneflowers are so versatile, coming in so many colors and now, even in fancy double versions. It’s always fun for me to see them develop in class.

The Week That Was

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

This time last week one of the dogs was undergoing emergency surgery.
Complications set in and he had to be returned to the hospital for a second procedure where he remains. We hope to get him home today. Five or six back and forth trips to the veterinarian have played havoc with any sort of scheduling!

I did manage to get the Coneflower sample finished and quilted, and the binding done. I finished the hand work on the binding and sleeve while manning the Topeka Art Guild Gallery on Thursday. Since I have three pieces on display there, I am required to volunteer some time each month. It was a very hot day and not very many people ventured in to look at he show, so it was a long and rather boring day!

Sewing Again!

Friday, June 12th, 2009

What a lovely group of ladies I had in the Sioux City Coneflowers workshop! I am anxious to see their finished work and hope that they send me jpgs!

The drive up was uneventful, the day overcast which is perfect for driving, and the array of different shades of green was endless! You would not even believe some of those greens if I put them in a piece of art, they were so vivid! On the way home, I had rain about half the way, but not the vicious torrential rain that makes driving so difficult. It was a good trip.

Since getting back home, after putting away everything from the trip, I have been sewing again. It’s been a long time; I haven’t sewn since finishing the bluebird. and it feels good! Not terribly challenging or exciting, but good. I am working to finish the Coneflowers sample started in the workshop because soon I will need multiple samples for some upcoming workshops.

On The Road Again

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I’m off this morning to Sioux City, IA to do a Coneflowers workshop and lecture for the Siouxland Samplers! How exciting! 275 miles is much more doable than the 800 to Ohio! They ARE predicting rain though, so I am hoping an early start will keep me ahead of it – please, no tornadoes!!


Friday, June 5th, 2009

Here’s a shot of the garden that I dug and planted last fall with it’s first blooms. The daisies were looking pretty good before I went to Ohio and peaked while I was gone; here they are really past their prime.


Pretty soon the focus will be yellow when the rudbekia blooms, then the daylilies.This fall I need to dig it wider!


This wild garden is on a bank by the driveway. Not a good place to mow with rocks and slope so for several years I have been trying to establish a wild garden here. So far this year, Sweet Williams and Flax have bloomed and now the Cosmos are center stage along with some Crown Vetch that moved in on it’s own.I need to prune the trees again so we can see the pond behind.

The mulberry trees will have a good crop this year – I hope it brings the Indigo Buntings!

mulberriesMulberries are messy, they drop a lot of fruit on the ground. I never saw a purple cow, but we used to have a purple pony. He was white most of the year, but during mulberry season he liked to roll in the ones on the ground and dyed himself purple.

Who Knew?

Monday, June 1st, 2009

June 1 — National Go Barefoot Day — Forego footwear today and help bring awareness of the millions of children around the world who go without shoes. And donate those old pairs — someone will be happy to have them!

It’s June already? Well OK! I’m right in style today. And since I am staying inside the studio preparing quilts to ship, it can stay a barefoot kind of day all day long!