Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Forgotten

Monday, March 30, 2009

First Rainbow of 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mon Dew

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Howdy

Friday, March 27, 2009

Nightwork

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

GSC Embellishment 2

Almost done embellishing and quilting the Guild Scrap Challenge quilt:



It's grown very glitzy, but I've figured out a couple of new techniques in the process so it's been worth all the glare from the glittery bits.



One thing I love about crazy quilts are the tiny details you really can't see unless you're up close. I had some leftover abalone shell pieces from another beadwork project I did, and I've been playing a lot with them. If you click on this next one and look at the larger version, the shell almost seems to float Daliesque in space.



Pretty happy with this one now. And almost to the finish line, hooray!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rowed

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunset Gold

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Around the Garden

I only bought one finished quilt at the county quilt show this year -- I'd rather spend my cash on fabrics and stuff for me -- but my new acquisition was a real jewel:



Quilt made by Rebecca Yoder, adapted from a pattern by Kathy Munkolwitz. All hand pieced and hand-quilted.



It's a nice quilt to display for spring, and also makes a lovely addition to my wedding ring quilt collection.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Stumped



Spotted near someone's woodpile. Wouldn't it make a great monster in an alien or fantasy film?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Farmhouse

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cole's First Kiss

Cole now has a girlfriend. She's an older woman (eight years old, according to her owner) but very petite and ladylike. I can also hold her comfortably in the palm of one hand, so their relationship will have to remain strictly platonic:



Did I mention she's French?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

GSC Embellishment I

I quilted a couple of ATCs last week, then went back to work on the Guild Scrap Challenge quilt. So far I've done a small amount of embroidery and a lot of beadwork, experimenting here and there with some new ideas:



All the beads are leftovers from other projects, and the leaves of the bronze ribbon rose are actually the trimmings from the binding. I screwed up a few things -- the woven-thread fan isn't wide enough, and the beaded heart is off-center -- but I'm hoping the charm will outshine the errors.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Green



A blast from the past -- the view from one of my former homes, one that survived four hurricanes in a row. That was the luckiest house I ever lived in, and I still miss seeing the sun rise over that beautiful green valley.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from PBWindow.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Discovery

Space shuttle launches are hard to photograph from a distance unless conditions are just right or you have great equipment, but for once me and my little camera got lucky:



My guy and the kids love to watch the launches, but I saw Challenger explode back in '86, so I think I'll always dread them.



Looks like they made it into space without a hitch. God bless the crew and bring them home safely.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunken Beauty



I know fashion is a big deal for a lot of women, but seeing a girl this wasted-looking with a sunken chest on a twenty-foot-tall poster pimping clothes or bags or whatever it is? It made me sick.

Our gender has really got to get over this obsession with being unnaturally thin.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dog Camouflage



I have to assume this was a defensive measure, and if you look at it long enough, it does start to look like a dog.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Beach Girl

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cole Hates Brooms

Every morning I go out to sweep the back porch, and every morning Cole attacks the broom, which for some reason he hates:



Then one day I found out (rather painfully) that it's not the broom he hates, it's the color of the bristles on one side of it:



"Oops. Sorry, Mom."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quilted ATC



Quilted ATC, 2-1/2" X 3-1/2", second in the heartfelt series, made from a scrap of fabric leftover from my entry for the 2008 guild holiday challenge, copper and glass beads, all hand-worked.

I wanted a baroque look for this one, and I think I got pretty close.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Across the Lake



There are days I wish I had a better zoom feature on the camera. This property was fenced off, so this was as close a shot as I could get of those very interesting-looking trees across this small lake.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Crossing Paths

While I was out walking in the yard with Cole, we met this handsome fellow:



We let him have the right of way, too.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

C'mere, Avon Lady



Sometimes it's funny, and a little scary, what people park in their front yards.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Got You Covered



Every year I put together for my guild sisters an e-book of photographs and thoughts on the one quilt show I always attend every year. This is 2009's cover.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Front Yard Faith



The sign reads: "The righteous shall be glad in the LORD" Psalm 64:10. This is actually one of the more interesting Psalms written by David, in which God evidently plays a Robin Hood-like role.

I bet God never gets a pink cover.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

GSC Complete

Crazy for You mini quilt, 18" X 22"



I had until midnight March 1st to turn in my photo of the finished project, and I sewed the last stitch in the binding at 10:46 pm. I have a couple more things I want to add with metallic thread and a little beadwork -- but it's finished enough to enter. I didn't want to miss this challenge because I do believe in recycling and using up scraps whenever possible.



I did this project all by hand, piecing, quilting, embroidery and binding. The embroidery was done with three strands of DMC floss, which is easier for me to handle but doesn't come out looking too thick or bulky (a proper crazy quilter would only use one or two strands.) The binding is some scrap leftover from another quilt, in keeping with the spirit of the challenge. It's been so long since I mitered corners by hand stitch that I had to pick out one three times before I got the fold fitted correctly.

Next project: designing an Asian-themed quilt using vintage yakuta fabric.

Added: I did get a bit of embroidery work done on this after I took these shots, my spider and cobweb can be seen today over at PBW here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Will the Real Dog Please Bark?

One morning we discovered Cole barking at Lou, my daughter's favorite stuffed dog (Lou joined our family long before Cole, and has survived four hurricanes, three moves, two tornados and an accidental trip through the dryer.)



Until that moment none of us realized what a striking resemblance there is between the two dogs, so of course my daughter had to pose them together.



Whoever says dogs don't have expressive faces really needs to meet my pup.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dancer

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Pretty Boy



I can't hate the color yellow when someone this gorgeous is wearing it.