Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Long time has gone by for me posting - life always gets in the way. My friend reminded me that it was very outdated - so it is.  I think Facebook has taken over the news we used to post on a blog.  We are getting ready to leave again for our Oregon trip and getting the yard together for the gardener.  Spring is really showing in my yard and around our lake in the park we live in.  I had lilacs trying to bloom in December - par for Southern California - daffodils came up in January with lots of buds, but when the weather turned cold, they never opened. Lilac is also sparse on blooms, I am sure due to the drastic weather changes we are having.  Here are some photos of my roses and iris in the yard - ducks are up front at the lake.  Enjoy

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Latest Quilt

This is a full version of my "Garden Star" quilt that can be viewed on this site

Mine is #37.  This was a contest with the theme of "20".  I made a 20 point star with the points featuring  some of my photograph segments of flowers.  It is 20x20 and has a beaded fringe, which is a garden in itself, made with various flower beads.  Anyone who is a Quilt Alliance member will be able to vote on a viewer contest for their favorite quilt coming up in July.   My quilt be in an auction on the internet, Ebay, I think on Dec.2-9. All proceeds go to the support of Quilt Alliance. 

Had a lot fun making it and pleased with the result. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Being Free and Passionate

New piece I am working on for competition
Just read an article from a friend about our "Passions" and the week before she also wrote about "Being Free to be Myself".  Both have reminded me of how important our time is to do what is best for ourselves without being selfish.  Most of my friends are younger than me and I think that while I am not hung up on age, I do see my time becoming more precious, moving faster and more limiting. Recently I had to take a look at how I should use my time to pursue my creative life.  This means I had to bow out of some groups, classes and teaching schedules to concentrate on what I want for me with my art.

I have always loved my quilting, over my years and in my retirement, and I think that really is my 'Passion". Creating art quilts, continued learning of new techniques and entering competitions keeps my mind alert and creating with it every day, even if just for an hour or two.  I love the process of creating my quilts, the fabric shopping, soaring through my stash, figuring the plan of pattern, and the constant changes my mind makes to reach a final piece. All keeps my young!  I am, today, sitting here with a broken foot in a heavy cast I am not allowed to walk on, waiting for my husband to wheel me to my sewing friends group. I  keep rolling around the house picking up the equipment I need to do a day of sewing. It has continued every day, since this has happened, that I go through some quilting process that keeps me moving and active.

As I see people around me, sitting in their homes daily, I feel compassion for them that they do not know the joy of creating and how it keeps your mind active and young.

Enjoy everyday you can, follow your passion and be glad you are alive.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Road to California

Spent and exhausting day at  Road to California Quilt show.Was raining all day, but had good time seeing and being with fun friends.  Saw some nice quilts and couple of the winners were really unique. My friend and I had a quilt in a special exhibit of and "Iris Garden".  They were positioned together and the entire exhibit was big and beautiful - we had a good spot in a hall where everyone walks.  I have a quilt in the Route 66 exhibit which was at the entrance of the show floor - really impressive.  I did Oatman, AZ with a quilt depicting Prospectors on their way to the mining fields with burros that are today still there and roam the town with visitors.  My Estuary in Oregon quilt was also on exhibit with the Faifield Create American Calendar Contest.  It will be with them for a year of displaying.

Got some great fabric from Tapestery Quilt Studio - my favorite dyeing place and see her only once a year at Road.  Now time to get going on some new creative quilts.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

More birds

I have been having so much fun photographing spring birds.  A friend told me to hang a sock of nyger food on my tree and it would attract a variety of finches.  We found one at Walmart and the birds have been having a frenzy over it.  It took a couple of days for them to discover it and then it was covered with birds. Within 2 days they had devoured it all!   I set my camera on a tripod in the kitchen window (so I am shooting through glass) and snapped over 200 photos to get some good shots of the birds.  They flutter so fast that I just took different times of the day, for lighting, zoomed in on the sock, and took continuous shots and got several really nice one.  This is my favorite one.  Have some more seed and sock and will put it up later in the season for more photographing - a good way to learn your camera and play with settings.  Enjoy spring!

Today I am going to my monthly sketching/painting class and we are doing birds.  Will take several of these photos to sketch from.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy first day of Winter

In Sunny California you wouldn't know it was winter - except for a little cold wind.  I do miss the snow of a Winter Wonderland that I grew up with in Chicago - but at my age, I think California is better.

We have a lot of migrating birds that come through here, going south for the winter.  These are couple that love eating the seeds off the tree in my front yard.  Was able to get some photos of them through my kitchen window (through glass).  I took repetitive photos and was able to catch them with their heads up.