Archive for July, 2013

Denver, Colorado Quilt Council

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Today, I fly home from Denver where I have been working with the Colorado Quilt Council doing a guild program and one day workshop on Picture Piecing the Coneflowers Pattern. What a great group!! Everyone got a good start on some beautiful wall hangings.

I flew in a day early and the adventure began with a visit to The Foothills Art Center in Golden for the “Threads of Change” exhibit, and a short tour of the QN headquarters there. Then on to the Denver Botanical Garden for a tour and lecture complete with a light meal. What an amazing place! We went back the next day to see the rest of the gardens that we couldn’t see the day before due to time. After a delicious lunch there, we proceeded to the Denver Art Museum to see the SPUN exhibit, which actually was a series of different textile related exhibits spread out all over the museum. Just amazing!!

Thanks Barb, for a perfectly wonderful visit!!

“Konza Prairie Spring”

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

“Konza Prairie Spring” is finished! It measures 53.5 wide x 23.75 high. The photo that inspired this piece was taken by Charles Benton in the Konza Prairie.

KonzaPrairieSpring

Located in the Flinthills of Northeastern Kansas, the Konza Prairie Biological Station is an 8,600 acre preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University and is managed as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology. Their threefold mission includes long-term ecological research, education and prairie conservation. The grasslands of North America are among the most endangered ecosystems on this continent. Less than 4% of the native tall grass prairie remains unplowed or undeveloped.

Catching Up

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

It has been a LONG time since I have posted here, I know! My server was hacked and there for a while I could not get to my website at all. Then yesterday morning I thought I had some time to do it, but then our power went out! Four hours later the power company guys found that a squirrel had committed hari-kari causing a blown fuse in our transformer. It was a nice morning so I spent some time deadheading flowers and watering. Then I decided to retire to the shade on the deck by the koi pond, reading and I didn’t even have to feel guilty about it since with no power I couldn’t do much anyway! I’m still reading the Stephen King book, Insomnia and am nearing the suspenseful ending. His books are always SO long, this is an old one but I don’t remember how it ends. I fell asleep in the hammock watching the orioles.

I am nearly finished with the quilting on the deer quilt, Just the sky and some grass left to do. I have not been working very steadily on this one – for some reason, probably lack of a looming deadline and temperatures in the 100’s, I have not been terribly motivated to work.

The Hen and Chicks have been enjoying the weather this summer, this is the first time I have seen one bloom!

Hen&ChicksBloom

I’ve tried a couple of times to rotate this but it won’t do it.  I guess you will just have to tilt your head!!

Last week it was my turn to host my quilting group here, so I did have some extra preparation for that to do. Part of the deal is making dinner for everyone which can be up to 12 people (only 9 this month) We had Chicken and Strawberry salads, deviled Eggs and for dessert, Gluten Free Pear and Almond Crostatas which was a hit, and not too hard to do.