Friday, March 17, 2017

Worldwide Quilting Day 2017!

White Dove quilt detail

Worldwide Quilting Day 2017 is tomorrow!  March 18, 2017. 

I will be working with fabric tomorrow morning!

I have a couple of projects that I will be working on.  One part will be finishing work on one quilt that won't show much, so it's not so exciting.  Well, finishing is exciting!  The other will be to quilt a small abstract quilt.  Of course, I have plenty of ideas for more.  I just can't sew fast enough!

I have some inspiration ideas to share with you!  Share your love of quilting with the world tomorrow!  It's OK if you start today and continue on through Sunday, too!  And beyond!

1.  Here is a tutorial for an improvisational quilt block by Vicki. 

2.  The traditional log cabin block with a couple of variations from Bernina's We All Sew.

3.  Here is a tutorial and inspiration for Wild Geese quilts from Temecula Quilt Company. 

Yes.  It's all my fault that you will now head off into the Internet ether to study these tutorials and follow the links from them to who knows where.  It will be like eating candy, but without the calories!  I'd love to see what you're working on.  Please post a photo in the comments below or on your favorite social media sites. 

Shared Heritage


Monday, March 6, 2017

Agua Caliente County Park on a Spring Day

Vermilion Flycatcher

On Saturday March 4, 2017 my husband and I visited Pima County (Arizona) Agua Caliente Park.  We went to see the gallery space.  We're deciding whether to apply for an exhibition in 2018.  The gallery is inside the historic ranch house which is a wonderful place.  We wandered around the park and when we got home, I realized that I took no photos of the buildings.  My only images from this morning are of nature scenes.  Which is a great thing.

I don't know ducks....
The bees loved the blossoms on this tree next to the pond.

Aren't these pink flowers cool?  They are next to the ranch house.  The hummingbirds enjoyed them, too.

Definitely a pleasant day to be outside. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Dear Blog--I've Missed You

Farm house in Kansas Settlement, Arizona
Dear Blog:
I haven't written in a long time.  A lot goes on in life and this blog got set aside.  I want to come back here.  I want to write and share photos.  I don't want my photos to stay in their files.  I want to show what's going on in life--hiking, nature, outdoors stuff.  I want to show art and quilt art.

When my husband and I were honored with some art residencies in 2015, I started posting on Facebook.  It's easy, fast, and addictive.  It's also hard to find things again.  I'll keep using FB, but I'll try to write here once in a while.  More often than my history shows.  I'll try to make it interesting.  

The photo above shows a worn, weathered, and abandoned farm house that is surrounded by the fields of Kansas Settlement, near Willcox, Arizona.  My husband and I took a day trip to this area to look for sandhill cranes.  We didn't find those birds, but we saw plenty of others.  And this interesting house.  With its layers of paint colors. 

It's giving me ideas . . .  Someday it might become a quilt, I'm thinking.

Thanks for reading this far and I hope to keep in better touch.