Posts Tagged ‘deer’

Busy Week

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

It’s been a busy week. Classes finished except for one last critique session next Tuesday.  I hope I continue to paint and do my Yoga through the summer.

I found a little time to machine quilt on the Kansas landscape and it it coming along nicely. The bird feeders are just outside the studio window by my sewing machine, so I have been enjoying the many different birds that come. A couple of very special ones this week was a Rose Breasted Grosbeak and an Orchard Oriole.


He has been here before. He stops in for a break on his way to wherever his nesting ground must be.  I wish he would stay here with us, he is gorgeous!

I didn’t know what I was seeing with the Orchard Oriole. I knew it was an oriole because it was on the Hummingbird feeder and was marked like an Oriole, but it was smaller and very dark. Black and a deep, almost black russet.  I friend identified it for me and I looked it up in the bird books. I was afraid, like the Grosbeak, that it was just passing through, but the next day it was still here and I also saw the female, a pretty green bird, so, fingers crossed, I hope they will stay and nest here!

The Seasonal Palette exhibit with my December Dawn


is showing now in Taiwan and Betty Busby posted this photo that she took of it.


It’s fun to see how they have displayed it. Starting on the left with the wintertime quilts you progress through the seasons. Mine is way over on the far left. The exhibit has one more showing here in the states then December Dawn will go on to it’s new home!

Konza Prairie Spring

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The current issue of SAQA Journal (Summer 2015) features a photo of “Konza Prairie Spring” in the Member’s Gallery “Creatures”.


Made in 2013, it is 24 x 54″ and sold before it ever got to be shown so it is nice that it is getting some exposure! Thanks SAQA!!


Monday, July 20th, 2015

With the return of hot weather, I have mostly stayed inside and am working on the beading of the last prairie fire piece. It’s a slow process, hopefully worth it for the spark effect.  The Heron is still on hold; I’m still hoping to find the fabric I need on my travels later this summer.  I have trips planned for Des Moines, Oklahoma City and Kansas City for guild programs. In case any of you visit a quilt shop keep an eye out for this fabric, and please let me know if you find it!


 “Seasonal Palette” containing my “December Dawn” continues to travel and a new venue has been added. It will be going to the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, MI from  July 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016.It has been one of SAQA’s most successful exhibitions ever.  When it finishes its travel it will have been viewed by over 100,000 people at 11 venues on 3 continents including 5 museums.
DecDawn450It is currently showing at the New England Quilt Museum til July 26, then will be going on to show at Texas A&M University.  I’m so lucky to be a part of this SAQA exhibit!


Monday, June 15th, 2015

We drove to KC, MO to the Leedy-Voulkos Gallery to see the Midwest Metaphors exhibit that is showing two of my pieces, “In The Bleak Midwinter” and “Prairie Power”. It is a lovely space and a very nice showing. I was thrilled to discover that “In The Bleak Midwinter” had sold!BleakMidwinterCongratulations to the new owner! Also showing there is “Prairie Power”.  The closing reception for the show is June 27.


The Topeka Art Guild Gallery is currently showing my “Spring Encounter” til the end of July>


Exciting News! Not So Much.

Friday, May 30th, 2014

It has just been announced that SAQA’s “Seasonal Palette” Exhibit of which my “December Dawn” is a part has been extended to include new venues. After showing in Brazil this summer, it will carry on to:

September 16-19, 2015 Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, Alsace, France,

October 2015 Vicenza Festival, Vicenza, Italy,

April 30-May 29, 2016 Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016, National Tainan Living Art Center, Tainan City, Taiwan,

The first SAQA exhibit to travel to four continents!!


I was invited to enter “Fine Art Quilt Masters” at the International show in Birmingham, England this summer. I overcame my worries about shipping overseas and made the entry with “Snow Buddies”. Got the word earlier this week that it did not make the cut and I declined their offer to show it in a different category.  This week also brought news that ALL of my three entries to the KS Art Quilters “EDGE” group show were rejected by the juror.  First time my work will not be part of an EDGE show.

Quilt Sold!

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

“Konza Prairie Spring” sold while I was at Empty Spools to someone with fond memories of Kansas. She even remembered the pink grass!


I’m so happy it went to a new home where it will be appreciated every day.

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.


“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.


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!


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.

Deer Top Finished, Pond Tour

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

On Friday I finished the top and forgot to get a photo before I layered it and started the quilting. I decided to fill in some of the top area with sky which is not in the original photo, but then neither is all that area on the right where I extended it to be long. I think it was a good solution as I had no good fabric for distant prairie to fill it in.


I’m anxious to get more quilting done!

Last week we replaced the stonework on this corner of the fish pond where we had removed it to fix a leak. I smashed a finger and have a bruised nail which is making typing difficult! There used to be an overgrowth of cattails where the liner is showing, but we did not want to redo those really big rocks, so yesterday we bought this floating cork plant holder. I hope when the plants grow, the liner will not be noticeable and will also be protected from the sun.


The local Pond and Water Garden tour is this weekend and we went yesterday. There were 9 gardens on the tour and it was actually a bit of a disappointment this year as less than half of them were that good. I forgot to get a picture of the best one, I was so busy admiring it and talking to the owner, but this one was pretty good.


It was a lovely day with the high only in the 80’s. When we got home and I finished my little planting job, I retired to the hammock with my summer Stephen King read.  It was actually chilly there in the shade with the nice breeze blowing through!