Friday, June 24, 2011

Kitten's no Featherweight

Kitten watches the Sashiko progress.
Kitten sits with me while I sew.
She did not like the lavender, so we tried plum.
Much better. 
Then little missy decided to try the Featherweight case on for size.
Nope honey; youse no longer a Featherweight.  It happens with age; ask me how I know.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Walk About at St Bernard's Abbey

Before I left Cullman and the St. Bernard's Abbey property, I did a little camera walk-about.
It is so peaceful here.
With so many lush green trees. I don't know what type this one is, but it has baby pine cones.
Itty-bitty pinecones.
And then I saw horses.
Love this little one.
Sorry, I took a lot of photos and couldn't pick just one or two. 

 It was such a beautiful day.
The light was all dapply.
And this old house, now storage facility, has captured my heart. 
I always wonder what's at the end of this lane.
More beauty.
And quilts.
Irish chain quilt shown in the QSAI 2011 show.
I am going to Kansas City tomorrow to visit Mom and Dad.  Oh yeah, and also to participate in Primitives of the Midwest.
(can't wait!)

Monday, June 20, 2011

More on Alabama

When I got back from Alabama I was sick. Real sick.  I went to the doctor on Monday and went back again on Friday. Turns out I have trouble with a strange type of asthma and gotten a viral or bacterial infection along with it.
"Wee Rings" earned a second place ribbon at Quilt Symposium of Alabama.
While I was sick a storm knocked out my home internet service.
I didn't care (more time for sleeping).  
My Sue Spargo "Michelle" pillow won a first place ribbon.
Cullman, the town near the Symposium I attended, had been hit really hard by a tornado in April. This tree was on the Abbey property where the Symposium was held.  I heard the trees that were lost were over 100 years old.
Last year, as I left the Symposium, I stopped to read this historic marker. I wish I'd take a picture then to compare with now.
The damage in the area is jaw-dropping.  I can't put it in words.
And I couldn't take photos of it either.
Not beyond what I captured here.  It was too raw; too personal.
I felt my presence invaded peoples' privacy.
So I drove on and happened into the cutest little shop where I was able to make a small contribution to the commercial recovery efforts.  We should try to help any way we can; right?
Don't you love the kitty has her very own FISH chair?
During the Symposium I took a class with Pepper Cory. In the class we were introduced to the art of Sashiko.
Pepper Cory's sample of Sashiko stitching.
And my sample stitched in the class.
I loved this class.
I will show you my completed top soon.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Report Card

I brought home 4 ribbons!
And had lots of fun at the Quilt Symposium of Alabama with these lovely Spirited Quilters (plus one).
Left to right: Gail, Cindy, Pat, Debbie, Deneise, Susan, Ginny and Diane with me in front.
More to follow.