Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Remember when I told you I was getting pink grooming tools? Well, I was given this so lovely tool box to carry my brushes in. (Yes, that was spoken tongue-in-cheek.)
I had some Blue Suede Shoes paint left from the parlor/hall/stairwell and decided it was a perfect complement to pink brushes. Here's Lynnie inspecting the job. The stuff in the bottom is the non-slip matting one can use on shelves or between plates to prevent scratches or damage.
Lynnie makes a great inspector! Here's the box filled with my brushes and other accouterments. The tool box story is continued further down.
Okay, enough horsing around for a bit (I really do try to keep it to a minimum on the blog).
I am dangerously close to my 200th post--which means?????
We have had beautiful spring weather here in Central New York for a few weeks now. I've mowed the lawn once. So imagine my surprise and dismay to find it snowing when I got up this morning. And it looks like we may get hard frost tonight. It just figures when trees are budded out and the bleeding hearts are full of blossoms. On the bright side--it can't last too long. Today was spent tidying up at home, washing my grooming tools, doing laundry and ironing, spending time with Callie and Lynnie and talking with my best friend. So a cold, blustery day was a blessing in disguise.
I am reading the last time I saw you by Elizabeth Berg, and it is wonderful. Listening to 29 Gifts--How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker. It makes you calmer just to listen and it is a fabulous concept.
Off to do a few more things before bed. But wanted you to know I was thinking of you.
Monday, April 26, 2010
In the meantime--see this fabulous horse? Yes, it's Electra, the 25-year old mare. And guess what? I rode her for the first time last Friday! She was so pleased to be working--she literally floated on air and pranced every step of the way The good news? I actually stayed on! We only walked, but her walk is very animated and she was ready to goooooooooooo! Unfortunately, she had me, a person who has not ridden in over 30 years! A good thing to remember? A cutback English saddle has absolutely NOTHING to hold onto! Today we fitted her with a saddle that fits both her and me a bit better and I have safety stirrups (just in case). And, yes, I was wearing a hard hat--next up is body armor! No pictures of me riding--too busy holding on and Electra is not happy with anything resembling a camera and definitely nothing to do with flash.
She is something else! She's also the one with the beautiful tail.
Sorry, Diane...I had meant to put you up before the horse pictures, but this loading of pictures in reverse of how you choose them threw me off tonight! Lack of practice this month, I guess!
Anyway, you've seen pictures of Diane's finished projects before on this blog, and you will not be disappointed here. Diane took the Hexagon Bliss class last year and just finished her piece--totally finished--bound, hand pieced and hand quilted.
Here's a close-up of the center block. The fabric selections were superb, and check out how accurate the piecing is. Great job, Diane!
Okay, that's probably enough for tonight. It's very annoying to type with no period key!
Are you all remembering how special you are? These are trying times we are in--so let's celebrate the special in each of us.
Hugs to all,
Monday, April 5, 2010
First is the 12 block class project. 8 inch blocks, set into vertical rows. Nancy has a wonderful eye for color and fabric.
Here is a detail of the quilting in the setting triangles. And look at those points!
At the same time, Nancy made 24 six-inch blocks and set them on point in vertical rows. Nancy favors an old-fashioned look and frequently leaves off the top and/or bottom borders to achieve that. Interestingly, both quilts are approximately the same size! Great job, Nancy--you rock!
What I am reading: A Thread of Truth by Marie Bostwick, and listening to The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry.
Happy belated Easter to those who celebrate that holiday. Soon it will be Memorial Day--where can I get off this tilt-a-whirl?
Hugs to all,