Saturday, June 22, 2013

Quilt for Library Fundraiser

This quilt caught my eye at the recent Genesee Valley Quilt Club Show.   A member had made it as a fundraiser for the Fairport Library.   Each of the books has a person or family's name embroidered on the spine - for which they paid a fee ($25 maybe??) for that honor.   The quilter said she was able to set her machine to embroider 4 names at a time.   Very impressive - both in the concept and execution!!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Clematis ......and........other fun!

The clematic by my mailbox is blooming heavily - taking over the whole mailbox.   I love it!!!!   Purple of course!   Actually, all 3 of my clematix are blooming right now - but this is the mailbox version!!!

 I knew I wanted to train it to go over the mailbox - it goes over, under and around!
 A little closer view!
 This is my favorite single blossom flower that I took yesterday.
 Then I decided to have fun in Photoshop with the liquify filter - still recognizeable, just a little more playful.
 OK, that wasn't enough.........time to play even more and add some "twirls and swirls:".   Really like this one, might have it printed!
Finally - a posterized view - just to highlight shadows, contrast etc.  

Photoshop is a lot of fun - if you have the time and patience to play.........and can remember what you did.

Given that my eyesight is still healing - this was something" big" on the screen to see.   Taking pictures has been good - easier to see things on the screen which are clearer with more detail.   Who knew????Still having a lot of trouble with print on the computer.   I do some emails, some Facebook posting , but really don't read  a lot, seems to be harder.   Typing here has been problematic!!!

Two of my friends with blogs - have a special section at the end.   I love both of their insights!!!  One says   "I Have Learned" and adds interesting, I have learned I will need to be patient with myself and with others!  

The other friend says  "I Am Thankful" - I am thankful today for good friends I could call in a pinch to help me out!!!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Still...........No Quilting! Moving Up day for Jacob

Still no quilting in my world, but I was able to work and complete something that finished off a project this morning.   I am anxious to get back to it - but.....maybe I'll take the time to clean and reorganize my sewing room............or.............maybe not. 

Anyway, here are a few photos of my Grandson's moving up day from elementary to middle school.   The last of my grandchidren have now left elementary school.   How the time flies.............

 The opening credits before the ceremony began.   The last hidden word is "Broadway"!   Big dreams!
 Being congratulated by his teacher!
 Showing off his diploma!
Jacob and his buddies!  

Such special times!!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Flowers and flowers - no quilting

Eye surgery this past week has stopped my quilting - DEAD IN ITS TRACKS!    I have finished one, but can't show here as it is a gift!

I have been taking pictures of some of my flowers.....through the camera lens and up close - they are quite visible!   I have a yellow columbine that is just gorgeous.   It is tall - with lovely "lemony" flowers!

 The leaves on the canna lilies are starting to unfurl.   Strange looking little things, but the colors are quite nice.
 The first coneflower is in bloom.  
 This is the clematis "covering" the mailbox - this was taken late in the evening with the west sun from behind the flowers.   Unfortunately, this clematis doesn't seem to stay in bloom as long as some others.
The lantana in pots..........they have been absolutely soaked with all the rains.   I move them to a more sheltered spot in the heavy rains, but they are doing well.   The colors attest to the fact they must like the water!!!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Iron Quilter - Art Quilt Intensity at the Quilt Show

Saturday I took part in my first ever Iron Quilter project.   This was part of the Genesee Valley Quilt Club show in Rochester.   At 10:00 we were introduced to the crowd, at 10:15 we were given a theme (which we didn't know ahead of time) called "A Disappearing Act".......and a pile of fabric and 3 hours in which to create a finished quilt.   After everyone made a mad dash to the fabric table we began to work........intensely........for 3 hours.   Most everyone was using every possible second until we were told to "put down our needles".   This was my creation called "Watch Me Disappear" (a song title by the group 32 Leaves).   My theme was the disappearing leaves every fall!

 Fortunately, I had packed the perfect fabric (we could bring 3 of our own fabrics) for a background!

 I love thread work so you can see real leaves from fabric, and thread work leaves that disappear even more.  Notice the top left corner leaf seems to have a portrait silhouette......from someone who believes she was "born to live in nature"!

 More disappearing leaves in pinks, purples and reds.

I wasn't the "big" winner, or even second or third.....but......if you know me and my personality, you will know that I am methodical, organized, take much time to ponder everything hoping it is just right.   Therefore, I consider myself the "BIG" winner because I finished (without a nervous breakdown)!!!!!

It was a good show for me!   I entered 3 quilts and 2 won ribbons!!   I was thrilled and honored!

 "L'Autumno" won "Best Interpretation of Theme" for the Nature behind Bars Exhibit!

"Then...the Crocus" won in the art quilt division!!!

 This was my digital manipulated Bird of Paradise - just finished in time for the show.   This was from a class given by Julie Brandon and printed by her at Red Dog Enterprises.   You can find more information about Julie and her business at   A lot of threadwork and bead embellishments complete the quilt.

Both of my quilts, for judges comments, mentioned excellent use of embellishments as a positive!   Both also mentioned excellent quilting design and execution!!!!   You can't see either in these pictures......but always good to know our hard work is noticed!   As I said - it was a good show!!!!!!