Archive for August, 2013

Not Much Going On!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Still no sewing here – I am working on the book keeping and the garden. It was exciting to see the Clematis Ruguchii come back to life and put out some new shoots, but then, again, one got stripped overnight! I dusted with Sevin to keep what’s left. I try not to use pesticides here, because there are so many birds.


Speaking of birds- the baby bluebirds have discovered the bird bath and like kids everywhere delight in splashing around. There are 4 or 5 of them all together and when they spread their wings you can see the blue coming in. Fun!

Saturday I had a Machine Quilting class locally, which was fun and resulted in the participants requesting a Picture Piecing workshop, so that will happen in December. Check out the teaching schedule if you are interested.

With the return of the typical hot dry weather we finally got our hay cut and baled into big round bales. Late this year because of the earlier rain, but a nice heavy crop!


New Guest

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

We are doing a little emergency dog rescue for a friend – this is our new guest, residing in the barn for a week or so. Looks like he could use some groceries and he came to the right place….


He is a sweetie but needs to stay clear of the other dogs. I think he is enjoying his vacation in the country! He has one brown eye and one blue one.

The weather has been so amazing lately, cool and comfortable but due to dry up and get hot again. I did a little work outside yesterday pruning out the old raspberry canes, and a lot of time on the deck, reading. No sewing going on here!

Material Conversations

Friday, August 16th, 2013

I was so happy with the Sabatini Gallery‘s display of the current exhibit of works by the EDGE exhibiting group from the former Kansas Art Quilters organization, that I went back yesterday to get some pictures. It is my understanding that they will be posting the show to their website, so I am only concentrating on my three entries. Here is a long shot showing Bignonia and Spring Encounter.


The work is not crowded and the lighting is superb.


This photo does not really capture the vivid yellowness of the walls that perfectly compliments the yellow within the work. The lighting throughout enhances the quilting amazingly well.


By comparison. the white walls appear rather bland, but the lighting couldn’t be better! Bignonia stands out dark, vivid colors against the light wall.


My work is pieced in the old fashioned way, many little pieces of commercially printed or hand dyed fabrics sewn together with quarter inch seam allowances.  In the case of Bignonia, I chose to use curved seams to enhance the sinuous qualities of this tropical vining plant but the other two on display here use straight seams, which is easier.  This is such a fun process and not as hard as you might think.  I will be teaching a five day workshop on designing and piecing your own, in February at Empty Spools Seminars in Ca. Sounds like a great place to be in February, especially if, like me, you live where the snow flies!


Harrier Hunting is enhanced by the yellow walls as well. Again, the camera is not giving me the true strong yellow and playing around with the settings did not help. These were taken without flash.


The yellow in the grassy foreground really pops with that background. The quilting looks wonderful under these lights. Peeking around from the back is a “slice” of Watermelon Summer by Judith Trager and a display of Marcia Derse fabrics in the case.


One forgets how important lighting can be as it is usually sadly lacking at most venues, but here, attention to details is important.  At 5:30 on a Thursday afternoon there were only a few people in the gallery but the First Friday turnout was good. Hope YOU can make it!.

This exhibit continues at the Sabatini Gallery, Topeka Public and Shawnee Library, Topeka , KS through Sept 22.

EDGE Exhibit

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Friday evening I went to the opening reception for the EDGE Material Conversations exhibit at the Sabatini Gallery in the Topeka Library. The exhibit looked great. I loved how my pieces looked, especially “Harrier Hunting” and “Spring Encounter”. Each was hung alone on a different yellow painted wall that really made the colors pop and brought out the yellows within the artwork. “Bignonia” which features yellow flowers was hung on a white wall. The lighting really enhanced the quilting highlighting wonderful texture. I did not bring my camera, thinking that photos would probably not be allowed, but I may go back and see if they will let me get some photos later, as they are just too good to pass up! The remainder of the exhibit was more abstract and it is always fun to see what everyone is doing and how the works play together.

If you are in the vicinity between now and the middle of Aug, I hope you will try to see it!

Gardening and CatchUp Time

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

It’s been a whirlwind week with so much to do and catch up on. I finally downloaded my pictures from the Colorado trip. I didn’t get much before my battery went dead and I had neglected to bring the cord to recharge. Now I know why it went dead so fast! I accidentally had it set to video, so where I thought I was getting one shot it was really many. Spent some time this morning deleting hundreds of duplicate pictures.


The perennial borders at The Denver Botanic Gardens may give me some ideas for planting combinations at home. I have been inspired to spend some time in the garden since coming home, as the rain and cooler temps tempt me to transplant and weed. Actually there aren’t so many weeds anymore as I seem to have gotten pretty much ahead of them this year!

The blister beetles have stripped the Clematis Ruguchii which was gorgeous this year. They sneaked in and stripped it overnight and I am afraid

ClemRuguchit may not recover as usually it puts out new growth right away and there is nothing there now but a skeleton.  They moved on to the Sweet Autumn Clematis, but I have fought back and that is doing OK.

A couple of mornings have been lost to paper work, show entries and shipping quilts and patterns.   It always takes so much longer than you think it should.  I discovered that I have nothing to send to Asheville or PaNational this year, but I did get two quilts shipped off to Houston, which will give me three pieces there this fall plus I hope to get a Silent Auction piece made for them.  Next in line is quilting the Eagles, but for now I am concentrating on getting the book keeping caught up, a job that I hate, so I always let it get away from me!


“Majesty” a winner

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

I just got word that “Majesty” won third place at the Machine Quilting Today, Upper Mid West Show in Wisconsin! Click to see all of the winners.

Since the rain cleared up, it’s been perfect conditions to plant, transplant and weed, except for the high humidity. I worked til the sweat was literally dripping off my nose! Then went to town to run some errands. Most of the stuff is put away from the trip and soon things will be back to normal routine.

Friday evening is First Friday for August and I will be at the Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library for the opening of Material Conversations, an art quilt exhibit by members of the Edge group of art quilters.  That’s from 5:30 to 8:30 and continues through to the middle of September.  Three of my works are included. I also have a piece in the show opening at the Topeka Art Guild gallery at the Fairlawn Mall. Please check out both shows if you are in the area!