Friday, November 30, 2012

Time for a Stretch

As I come off a fully scheduled fall, it is time to regroup, take that stretch, and go back to the design wall. I have some work promised, and need to return to the studio. So, put that car in park, and wind up some bobbins.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Time for a Winter Hat

Today was spent in the yard. The last thing to do was to dress up the head, and get her ready for the season. Now it can snow, and her head will be covered.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Judge's Comments

I finally unwrapped one of my works that went to Houston's show this year. One judge wrote after her comment, and this is a quote, "I know you'll find that comment aggravating." I never met her, but she assumes to know what I would find displeasing. Maybe I need her as my personal life coach.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Follow the Path

Even though this is a "just for fun" quilt, I pay attention to the quilted stitch. Not in the most precise way, but I love to follow the pattern of the graphic. And I love that mitosis thing. I will transfer that design again, for sure.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Graphics on the Rollers

One of my favorite fabric stores is Homespun in Ithaca, New York. I bought these three one-yard cuts to make a half-square triangle quilt (via the Pauly method) and now it is loaded and ready to quilt. Love the cold and the permission to stay inside.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Schweinfurth Trunk Show

Fiber Peeps was invited to speak at the Schweinfurth's trunk show series. Here Jeanne Simpson talks about her work. Bev Kondolf, on left, and Nancy Hicks, on right, due the honors. Priscilla Kibbee is just leaving my picture frame and Marcia DeCamp is off camera. I make the last of the bunch. Fans tell me to add a link for more info.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I Can 'Splain This

Sunday's trunk show at the Schweinfurth Art Center has me and my friends, the "Fiber Peeps," on at 2:00. I will have this Exquisite Corpse piece with me and I will TELL ALL. (Well, not all, but enough.) See you at the talk!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

Okay, I will admit that we did a bit of shopping today. But we closed the night by cutting apart our block of newly made soap. Time will tell if this green tea with mint soap is worthy of gifting.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Post Thanksgiving Posture

Great sunny day, great walk outside, great food, great friends, and over indulgence on just about everything. Now to digest it all. Tomorrow is another filled day. Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Soup to Soap

Not being the hostess, but rather the guest for tomorrow, we had fun making soap. (We also made some squash soup, but not in the same pot). Hope the soap is finished by Christmas. Want to guess what I will be giving out?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blooms at Track Side

One of the Thanksgiving weekend rituals is getting someone from somewhere. Here the visit to the Amtrak station included still-blooming mums.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fiber Peeps Talk Coming Up Sunday

My group of fiber artists (we call ourselves the "Fiber Peeps") is set to talk at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center this Sunday at 2:00 for a trunk show, in conjunction with the Quilts=Art=Quilts. We are Marcia DeCamp, Beverly Kondolf, Jeanne Simpson, Nancy P. Hicks, and Priscilla Kibbee. Linda Bachman is in sunny Florida, but her quilts will be shown. Join us, please.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sun's Up

What with these shorter and shorter days, best to get the most out of the day light, if you can. Rise early, take naps in the sun, and enjoy sunsets before dinner.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Late Night

If only I had seen the popcorn sooner. But I had already brushed my teeth, and flossed, so there was no going back. But, it would have been nice -- even butter.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Funky Fabric Rules

Dawn used a gifted piece of really wild fabric, one of my shibori hand dyes, and one more (from someone in the class, I think) to make the quilt in my workshop Thursday. A totally different look, for sure, and one that will be stunning.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Workshop in Poughkeepsie

Donna and Dina, my hostesses from the First Dutchess Quilt Guild, look over Donna's design for her top. It was a full day, lots of fun, lots of work. And there were some great quilts that went home, albeit in pieces.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Apple Falling Near the Tree

A hard act to follow tonight for me. Here is Elaina (?) who is showing off her prize (from the NY State Fair) winning quilt at the First Dutchess Quilt Guild's meeting tonight. All looking on with great hope that she continues making quilts.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Water, Sticks, Reflections

What to do with those sticks that are about in the yard? Add them to the bridge for the birds. This is the view at Joshua Creek Heritage Center. Don't need vast body of water, just water.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Thought I would make another Shibori Half-Square Triangle quilt before the workshop in Poughkeepsie this week. Thursday is the class, and I have stacks of shibori to use. Crash the lecture? It's Wednesday with the First Dutchess Quilters.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stick ('em in the ground) Figures

A couple of oars, with some other boat-thingie and wah-la! Little people. This seen on the grounds of the Joshua Creek Heritage Center. No need for sunscreen.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

World of Threads

Bettina Matzkuhn's work "On the Nature's of things, was part of the exhibition in Oakville, Canada at the Joshua Creek Heritage Center. The work is covered in this fine line; this is just a detail. It is a show stopper, for sure.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Alice in Wonderland

Like falling down the rabbit hole (think Alice in Wonderland), today's visit to the Joshua Creek Heritage Site, in Oakville, Canada, led to a different universe. Sybil Rampen, here touring us around her fascinating collection, knows how to live. And for a brief part of today, it was joy, pleasure, and a wonderful land. Thank you, Sybil.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mutual Admiration

My quilt club met today, and I was the "sale table". These two came to admire my work behind the scene. I am so grateful for friends who put up with my humor and antics. I had a great time goofing around.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Phone Home

Obsolete telephone earpieces dangle in an industrial building's stairwell, in Rochester's Village Gate. Now, just think of other discarded parts, say, those recalled hip replacements, hanging as a sculpture. Parts. Ha!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Got Out and Voted

Youngest of the clan voted for the first time. Glad, so glad, that we share the same politics, so that I could speak my mind and not fear offense. Now to wait for the morning's news. And, yes, I think of Susan B., hometown girl, and her fight on this momentous day.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cleaning Clutter

In 1975 I took this roll of pepermunt from the desk of the King Hotel in Amsterdam. Saved it all this time (to remember to return to the King Hotel). I've returned, but forgot the hotel. A young Milliard Fillmore (our 13th pres) won't advise whether to hang on to it, or pitch it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Open 24 Hours

A stop at Jay's diner in Brighton, NY, for breakfast (okay, I really needed the coffee) while the power was out this week. Retro 50's look, lots of stainless steel. But loved the gardens still putting out into November.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

On Ice

Just when I got ice to keep food cool (from lack of power this week) the power was restored. So, reduce, reuse, recycle. Ice dyeing! Results are not in, they are still in the wash.

Friday, November 2, 2012

While the Iron is Hot

Power is back on, so that means I can iron the pile of shibori dyed fabric. Fun to see the results. And I have dozens more to do. In a couple of weeks I am headed to Poughkeepsie, and the Half-Square Triangle class, which can use this fabric for the base.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ready for My Close-Up

George, that wayward boy, got his photo shoot Monday. We (and a few others) were at RIT to help a graphic arts student with a semester's end project. It was fun, and fairly painless.