Archive for January, 2014


Friday, January 31st, 2014

I have resisted getting on Facebook forever, but finally decided that I should probably have a business page, Ruth Powers Innovations, since I no longer go to Market. Just a good way to keep my patterns and activities visible, I hope.¬† I have been having a lot of trouble with it which is not a surprise to me as I am one of the most technologically challenged people I know. This morning I finally got a photo to post! Big milestone for me… If you are on Facebook, please like me—oh, how needy does THAT sound!!??

This week I have managed some quality sewing time and I believe that one of the hand dyes, the bottom one, created last week is going to work in the sky of the current work!  Linking to Off The Wall Friday.



Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I am just trying again to post a centered photo and it looks good right now.¬† Will it stay when I hit “publish”?


Yes!¬† It looks like it worked. Thanks Derry, I don’t know what you did but it worked!!

This photo is of my Hellebores taken last May.¬† They bloom in March, I think and I checked on their progress earlier in the month.¬† There were lots of leaves and buds, but a few days ago I looked again and something has eaten everything.¬† All that is left is stubs, so there will probably be no blooms this year. I put a wire cage around but don’t know if it will put forth new buds this late.


Quilt It-today

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Quilt It -today magazine has featured my “Early Birds” wallhanging in it’s Spring issue (March-April 2014), in Gathering Inspiration!


“Early Birds” was created for International Quilt Festival’s “Celebrate Spring” contest and it won Best of Show that year! It is owned by the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection.


Recently I attended a local art group gathering and we spent the evening dying fabric using baggies and a microwave oven – instant gratification!! I was specifically trying to come up with a fabric that might go with the scrap (shown) from the sky of the dog quilt that I am currently working on.¬† The results were not really what I was after, but perhaps some of it will work.¬† If not in this quilt, somewhere else. It’s always fun to see what you get, but I do not have the knowledge or control for predictable results!


Speaking of the dog quilt—I found out that I am not allowed to post pictures of it beyond what I have already done. So no more updates on that for now.

Updated Website

Friday, January 24th, 2014

I have spent the morning doing paperwork, scheduling quilts for traveling and updating the website. Finally added the two newest quilts, “Konza Prairie Spring”


and “Eagles Soar” to the gallery page.


It seems as though those things should not take as long as they do, but something always gives me trouble.¬† I don’t know why it will no longer let me position my photos in the center.


It’s Raining Cats And Dogs

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Since I didn’t go to Houston for Festival last Fall, I didn’t get to see all of the other entries for this exhibit in the Festival Awareness Project with the postcards to benefit “Friends For Life” a no-kill animal shelter in Houston. The post card project raised over $40,000.00!

Anyway-¬† I was real happy to see that The Quilt Show has posted photos of all of the “Raining Cats & Dogs” quilts, so I was able to see them all, and you can see them, too, including my¬† “Snow Buddies”, here.SnowBudDet

With my trip to teach at Empty Spools at Asilomar coming up fast, I decided that I ought to get my books caught up before I go, and be ready early for taxes this year, so I have gotten a head start on that project, as well as getting things in order for the trip.¬† There are still spaces left if you are inclined to want to learn how you too can immortalize one of your favorite photos in fabric!¬† It is SO cold here, I am looking forward to going someplace warmer.¬† Doesn’t that sound good? Join me!!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Here’s wishing you all good things in 2014!

Yesterday I finished up the 7 x 10 “Goldfinch in Winter” for SAQA.¬† I have also been working some on the dogs, but with Christmas, and all, have not made a lot of progress.¬† I’m still not happy with my available fabric choices for the sky and since I have no pressing deadline, I can take my time….

I had the goldfinch’s head all done before I remembered that the male has a black cap. The one in the photo I was working with is a female and that is how I made the one in the trading card, But I wanted the one for SAQA to be a male. So I had to lop off the top of his head and add some black!


Male goldfinches loose their bright gold color in winter and go sort of olive green like the females. When I see them at the feeder with bits of yellow coming in I know Spring is not too far away.

Linking up to “Off The Wall Friday” – go see what others are up to! Sorry it came through in caps – really I am not yelling at you and I don’t know how to fix it!

I see that “Comments” is turned off. I don’t know why or how to fix that either, so if you want to comment, and I hope you do,¬† it looks like you can do it in the next post.