Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Harvest of Quilts

A Harvest of Quilts Quilt Show is this weekend. Tomorrow I'll be at Soka University all day, setting up quilts and more.

Here's the scoop: A Harvest of Quilts presented by The Flying Geese Quilters Guild.
Saturday, October 1, 10 to 4, and Sunday, October 2, 10 to 3:30
Soka University
1 University Drive,
Aliso Viejo, CA

Free parking, Vendor mall and door prizes, quilt auction Saturday 1pm, fun demonstrations on Sunday, Quilts on the Wall Exhibit, Antique Quilt exhibit, General admission $8.

I headed the committee to make the award ribbons for all the prize winners. I also am in charge of hanging the Quilts on the Wall exhibit. "Discovery" is making its SoCal debut. I'm also doing a demonstration of English Paper Piecing on Sunday at 12:30. A couple of my quilts are in the show, plus two items in the Creative Arts exhibit (a mixed media book and a pair of socks).

It promises to be a fabulous show. If you are in the area, I hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

visit to central ny

I promise, I am doing quilty things. I just can't show them right now.

My pomegranates are turning red, and some of them are enormous. They should be pickable within the next month. Exciting!

Lunch at Wegman's, a very cool supermarket near Utica. She eats just about anything.

Nice pic of Mom and Sammie.

Decent pix of me with Grandbaby.

Coloring with both hands. How precocious! She seems pretty ambidextrous so far.

One of many swing sessions. It used to be hung from an apple tree, but the branch broke. Now it's in a wooden frame.

Uncle and niece.

Last one.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Trip Notes

We had a great trip to New York recently, via Chicago. Chicago, you say? Well, it turned out to be a pretty good plan. We got to drive through Indiana and Ohio, places where we'd never been before. We stayed in Shipshewanna, Indiana in Amish country. Saw plenty of buggies and people dressed about how you'd expect them to. I didn't take photos, as it seemed disrespectful. Then later on the way home we stayed in Cleveland, which I enjoyed more than I thought I would. At the end, we stayed two nights in Chicago before heading home. I will do an Artful Tour of Chicago (my second one!) later, but first things first, which is the visit to my daughter's farm in Central New York. Our son joined us on this visit, which was great.

The apple trees were bursting with fruit, even the ancient tree by the farm house.

A homegrown pumpkin and lots of onions.

I went on a hike with my daughter and son up the hill and into the woods. We saw these mushrooms on a log. Unfortunately, we didn't find any of the edible kind.

My son found this tiny frog.

View of the farm and environs from the top of the hill.

There are wild apple trees growing everywhere. Maybe you can make out the tiny apples on the trees.

The girls were lined up in the pasture as we passed by. They belong to a farmer who leases the pasture for part of the year, to fatten up his heifers on sweet organic grasses.
Warren being friendly.

Later, a neighbor dropped this by. It's a giant puff ball mushroom. We saw tiny ones on our hike.

This is how the puff ball looked sliced. My daughter sliced it up and sauteed it. It was delicious! The texture was surprisingly.... puffy!
More photos to come.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

too busy

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. We have just returned from a wonderful trip to NY, plus my guild's quilt show is coming up, and I head two committees for it. I've struggled with piles for the past couple of days (piles of laundry, mail, and email). Now the piles are getting more reasonable, but I still haven't processed the photos from the trip. Maybe it will happen manana.

In the meantime, here is a photo of Samantha and Mimi the farm cat, via Warren's iphone.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

website updated

I have been a procrastinator when it comes to updating my website. And then I found out that the website designer, Michelle Verbeeck, is no longer in the website business. She's making wonderful cuff jewelry and has no spare time.

Anyway, I am happy to say that Heather Rinne has made some sorely needed updates to my website. New quilts, new photo of me, and a slightly new approach to the front page. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

new grandbaby photos

Samantha with her Aunt Jema at the beach

She is a natural water baby!

Joe Cool. Check out all the new teeth.

I loved this pic.
Her hair is getting so long.

I have a few more I'll share next time.