Friday, July 1, 2016

Macro Photos

These photos were all taken today with my Easy Macro Lens, which I bought recently at Photojojo. $15. It's a lens embedded in a sturdy rubber band, which wraps around my iPhone, but it works! What do you think?

A tiny clover blossom, a weed (Spurge, I think), eucalyptus bark, Ginger's hair, part of the M in the "No Parking at any Time" sign. Guess which is which, lol. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A time to weed

Now that our little senior doxie is too old to go on neighborhood walks, I am spending more time with her in our back yard. While I make sure she does her business, I also have been doing some trimming and weeding. I've become a little obsessed with oxalis - it's overwhelming when I look at the whole yard, but if I take it one weed at a time, then a handful of weeds at a time, I can keep at it. Maybe someday it will look like I made a dent. ;-)

I have also been able to go on longer walks on my own, not slowed down by the dog. It feels good, although I miss my walks with Gingie-Baby, really I do. 

All the weeding outside has spread indoors, to my art studio. The fabric from recent projects has been mostly put away, and the remainder is in a basket rather than the floor. I was going to show you a photo of the basket, but it might tell too much about my last quilt, so I won't. 

I am also trying to organize my sewing and knitting patterns.
I know, it still looks messy, but at least they're not all over the floor. And they'll be easier to finish organizing now. 
And I put a bunch of yarn, ribbon and selvedge remainders and put them in containers. They look better than where they were, and maybe I'll toss them or pass them along eventually. 

I am working on a small quilt, too. Handwork now, machine quilting soon! I will show it soon. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Recent photos of the littlest Cooksey

Swimming lessons already! What a winsome smile. 
Such a happy girl. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016


I finished the two quilts I was working so hard on and have been sewing some clothing. Matching granddaughter dresses for Sammy and Val. 

Kaffe Fasset fabric and Oliver and S patterns. I also made a top for myself with Alpha fabric. I thought the vintage fabric was so happy! It makes me smile. But not sure how successful my top is. 
Here's just a peek. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Farm photos

These were taken during our trip back east, which included a stay in central NY. The chickens and goats were out and about!

Sweet Sammy with daffodils from their garden. 
Ducks on their way to the pond.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Quilt challenge quilt revealed

Apologies, dear readers. I have taken too long to post. But here I am, popping my head up to share my art once again. 
Here is the quilt I made for my guild's challenge, which was All Creatures Great and Small. Surprise! I made another tortoise quilt. I call this one "Gramps in the Garden." Because of the tight deadline and other things I had to do, I incorporated some motifs I already had done or at least partly done: flying geese
strips, die-cut flowers, hexie flowers. I imagined my tortoise waking up from hibernation to stroll around the garden, on a beautiful Spring day.
 As you can see, I put clothing labels around the outer border of the tortoise shell. I made the shell segments by the English paper piecing method, but instead of sewing them to each other  I appliqu├ęd them onto a herringbone wool fabric. I like how it turned out. 
There was an exhibit of the challenge at my guild's May meeting. I was on the committee, helping to stuff challenge packets, hang quilts, etc. My quilt didn't win any awards, but the judge had some nice things to say about my quilt, and what the heck, I am happy to have it.

Now I am putting the finishing touches on still another quilt. I can't talk about it yet, but I've been having fun with the process. What is more fun than playing with beautiful fabrics? 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Central NY - Some random shots

So nice to pay a visit to Central NY. Our adorable Sammy is in school now, but we get to see her at dinner. 

Some of her artwork on the wall:
It's huge and beautiful in person!

This was a hot ticket last night. Martine and I got to see Neil deGrasse Tyson speak at Hamilton College in Clinton. He was fantastic! Science rock star. 

Chittenango Falls, on the way to Cazenovia on a rambling drive.