Tuesday, October 27, 2009


About a week and a half before the quilt show I started on the quilt below.  I've been wanting to make this quilt for more than a year now.  It is called Spider Web from the book Big Book of Scrap Quilts by Oxmoor House. 

It has approximately 210 different fabrics in it.  Each flying geese finishes at 1 1/4" x 2 1/2".  I still have a long ways to go.  All the geese are made but I still need to complete the half blocks that go around the edges and 45 degree diamond stars for the centers where the geese come together. 

At the moment I've had to stop working on this quilt to complete a class sample.  I'm hoping to get back to the quilt with the next couple of weeks.  I can't wait to get back to it!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

What a show!

Tired is an understatement!  But it was worth it.  We had a great quilt show...a record breaking quilt show in fact.  Even though this was only the guild's 6th show, it was definately they're most profitable to date.  People flowed in from all over the area to see our little show.  Here are a few of the quilts they saw.

I am happy to announce my little teacup quilt won a 1st Place ribbon in its category!  I'll be taking it back to the quilt shop this week where they'll be displaying the quilt with its blue ribbon.

Well I'm off to go relax before quilt bee tonight.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Just Breathe

Life is way too hectic right now.  I'm not sure I've mentioned this before but for the past two years I've been co-chairing our guild's next quilt show which is coming up this weekend.  It's been a long process...lots of planning and doing. 

The past few weeks have been crazy busy.  Checking and rechecking everything to make sure nothing has been missed.  I've 99.9% of the written materials for this show...from the letters inviting vendors to the entry forms to the programs and everything else in between.  Lately I've been busy writing the program that will be handed out.  Then printing and putting together 500 copies.  My friend Donna came by one day and helped me staple them all together.

On top of all that I've been teaching also.  Teaching is a nice break from all the quilt show stuff.  Its time I can just relax and engage in the activity I love the most, quilting.  If you had told me twelve years ago when I started quilting that one day I'd be teaching others how to do it, I would have to you that you're crazy.  I used to be horribly shy in front of strangers.  Shoot I barely passed speech class in high school with a D- because I was so shy and couldn't talk in front of others.  I guess with age comes confidence and knowing what you're doing doesn't hurt either.

Anyway, I'm rambling.  One more class this morning and then its all quilt show till the end of the weekend.  I will try to take some pictures this weekend and post them on Monday.  And by Monday I'll be free to go back to doing whatever I want.  I'm thinking some hand embroidering and quilting is in order (and desperately needed)...in pajamas.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Photography Day

Today I spent the afternoon at my favorite place...Fossil Rim Wildlife Preserve.  I needed a break from everything and wanted to do something fun.  The weather was perfect...overcast...and its mating season for the European Red Deer and few of the others I suspect from the behaviors I saw today.

Here are some of the almost 200 photographs I took today.  These are raw and unedited minus a little cropping.  When I get some free time I'll do some cropping and color editing.  I think most of the animal names are correct but don't quote me.

White-Tailed Deer

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer

European Red Deer Bugling

European Red Deer

White-Tailed Deer

White-Tailed Deer

Hartmann's Zebra

Hartmann's Zebra

Grant's Zebra

I am beginning to think that I may have to start another blog for just my photography.  Don't you agree?