Archive for July, 2012

Judging the Fair

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Yesterday I spent the morning judging the quilts at the County Fair. Judging is not something that I enjoy doing, but it does make one appreciate the whole process a little more! There were a lot of great quilts to consider and this white work quilt by Jean McDonald ended up being my Best Of Show. It is an original design, machine quilted and trapuntoed made for her husband to commemorate his years as a Navy Commander. It has many meaningful designs worked into it including the four ships he commanded during his career, if I understood correctly. Of course I did not know all of that until the ribbons were awarded. There was just not much to fault in this quilt!

It’s hard to get a good photo of white work and I had to get at an awkward angle to even get it this good. It really hung better than it looks like here!

Today I can get back to working on my current piece. This is an old farm implement storage shed near here. I made it shorter, cleaned out the machinery and added the horse. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, but only just recently found the fabric that I needed for the rusty roof.

Sorry it’s a bit out of focus, I didn’t use the tripod and I do know better!!

News and Doings

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

It’s been quiet around here lately because I have been so busy! I finished Bignonia

and the wind turbine piece and have started another.

I got word from IQF in Houston that my entry, “Prairie Fire”, for the World of Beauty contest was accepted so I will have three pieces on display there this year. In addition perhaps a piece in the silent auction, if I can find the time to make something.

Word just in that “Longhorn Splashdown” was juried into LaConner Quilt Museum’s fall show in Washington.

Currently showing are “What’s Up At The 4-H Fair” and “Haybales Study at “Culture and Agriculture” an all-media art exhibit in MN, “MonGrand Pere”, “Spring Encounter” and “In The Bleak Midwinter”at The Aullwood Audubon Center in Dayton. OH, “Harrier Hunting” at “Celebrate Spring” at IQF- Long Beach, CA. and of course “Chicory” and “Coneflowers” at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery right here in KS. These can all be seen, including detail shots, by clicking on GALLERY in the side bar. It’s almost a full time job just keeping up with what’s where and what’s next!

Flash of Blue

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

It’s still hot and dry here. As I settled in last night to watch some TV, I could see the tree over the water garden and a brilliant flash of blue. I hadn’t seen bluebirds this year but nothing else is quite that color! I got up to see and there were four juvenile bluebirds getting drinks from the waterfall pool and sitting above on a branch! They stayed until a bluejay came along and ousted them. Others that are visiting for the water are robins, cardinals and the orioles. A few days ago we saw a doe going across the lawn in that direction as well, but she spooked and didn’t get that far. There are still some farm ponds in the area that have water, but both of ours are dry.

I sat out on the deck for a while yesterday morning while it was still cool and hand sewed on the binding of Bignonia after my walk. I think I will do that again today. It is so tranquil there in the shade with the sound of the waterfall and the splashing fish.

Update

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Last week was a very busy blur!

On Monday I drove into MO for a lecture and workshop with the Lee’s Summit Quilter’s Guild. What a fun group of ladies! That always takes at least three days, getting ready, going and then putting everything away afterwards.

There was also an Art Guild meeting and a theater date to go to. We saw “Every Little Crook and Nanny” which was really good with a twist at the end that no one saw coming.

One day it rained most of the day which was wonderfully welcome and perked up the gardens immensely. I spent an hour or so pulling weeds the next morning as conditions were perfect. The temperatures even became more bearable with highs only in the 90’s but now they are back up into the hundreds again.  I have been reading a book about making gardens that are easier to take care of.  I hope I get some good advice!

I have been busy between other things working on the Bignonia and it is all quilted. Yesterday I cut and sewed the binding so perhaps today I will get that finished.  I forgot to get a photo of the finished top before starting the quilting so have nothing to show you yet, but it looks good!!

 

 

Fire!

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

We are enjoying a brief respite from the record breaking heat – now it is only in the 90’s! We are about 6″ behind on rain.


It shouldn’t look like this in July.

The creek has been dry for a couple of months.

It looks deceptively lush in the shade.

On the 5th of July we had a grass fire probably started by fireworks about a mile away. With everything so dry, it didn’t take long for it to get to our land where it burned some trees and two hay fields and part of another.

The fire department got it out just before it would have gotten into the woods that separate the fields from where the house is, maybe a quarter of a mile away! As it is we were getting lots of cinders in the wind. Kind of scary!!

Happy 4th!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Happy 4th of July!! I hope you have a very special day planned. Here it is so hot, I plan to stay inside as much as possible!!