Claudia Pfeil…

May 8, 2016

I had the opportunity to take a class with the International Award Winning Quilter, Claudia Pfeil yesterday morning!  Her quilting is amazing and I aspire to quilt like she does…  (Plus she brought chocolate!  She’s my favorite teacher ever!  LOL!)

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This was her entrance in HMQS…  Amazing quilting and color!  And who doesn’t like bling?!!!

100_1204This is a closeup of her quilting…  Now that I’ve had her class I should be able to quilt like her, right?!

LOLOLOLOL…!  I am a funny girl!

100_1166Here is Claudia showing us how to do her “Onions”…  I must practice more!  (Check out that design on the right…  It’s from her “A-Z” class!)

100_1167A close up so you can see how amazing it is!

And last but not least, here is the piece that I was working on in our “Bubbles” class…

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Now, I haven’t done any show quilting on my midarm, so this was a new experience for me.  I usually do show quilting on my Bernina domestic machine as I have a lot more control.  Hopefully I will be able to experiment and get good like this on the longarm…  :-)  Claudia said the 3 P’s of quilting are Practice, practice, practice…  I intend to follow that advice!  Thanks for an awesome class Claudia!  Next year I’m going to take her A-Z class.  Wish I had taken it this year!

Thanks for visiting…

HMQS… Mini quilts and a few others…

May 7, 2016

Well, it’s been a busy week here!  HMQS is in full swing!  One more day, and I have a class going on tomorrow…  It’s a long arm class taught by Claudia Pfeil!  Yay!!!  I can’t wait!  This year HMQS began a division of mini quilts.  Right up my alley!  Here I am with my little quilt:  “Wee Red and White Delight”100_1162Only 900 pieces in it…  Big grin for the 3rd place ribbon!!!  Thank you judges!  Here are the 1st and second place quilts100_1163

I’ll show you the second place more closely as I love Helen Butler’s work!

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I quilted this one for my friend Vivian.100_1146It is such a fun little quilt!  100_1147The quilting on this one was simply amazing!  Plus I love the irregular border.

100_1153And this little lonestar just blew me away!!!  Itsy bitsy goodness!100_1148This one is based on a George Siciliano’s work…  He’s one of my heroes!

100_1155And Karen Marchetti’s quilting is amazing!!!

100_1161This one was one of my favorites as well…  I love everything about it!

I should have a lot more quilty goodness for you, but I’ve been a bit preoccupied shopping at the show…  Maybe I can drag myself away to see quilts tomorrow!  ;-)  Thanks for joining me!

And here are a couple more…

April 27, 2016

102_1116Finally got this one quilted!

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Still have to trim some threads…102_1121And I finished this Scrappy Bear Paw that was designed by my friend Emily Bailey aka “Aunt Em’s Quilts” http://www.auntemsquilts.com   This pattern was featured in Quiltmaker Magazine!  My friends Denise, Patsy, and Leslie exchanged HST’s with me so we’d have a bigger variety.  It is such a fun pattern!  Emily came and taught us how to put it together in a Sew-In in Layton Quilt Guild.  Thanks Em!!!

You can see why I was so busy over the last few weeks!  LOL!  Now, onto quilting another Happy Chemo Quilt…  Thanks for stopping by!

Sewing sewing sewing…

April 26, 2016

Like a mad woman, I am!  I have been uber busy trying to stay caught up with all of my Guild projects over the last couple of weeks.  Thought you might like to see what I’m working on!

102_1100In Layton Quilt Guild we’re exchanging mugrugs each month.  This is the rug I made for “Rain” theme this month.

102_1101And then we’ve been doing a “Swaffle” block.  For each block we make we get our name in for a drawing to win the blocks.  I made 2, but didn’t win…  LOL!  Next time maybe!

102_1103And here are the Wonky Houses that I’m teaching the ladies in Layton Quilt Guild to make…

102_1106Just for fun, I wanted to show you the quilt that I worked on at “Happy Chemo” over the last several months.  It’s all finished and ready to go tot it’s recipient!  I love this one!

I have loads more to share at an upcoming post…  And HMQS is coming up in a couple of weeks!!!  I’m going shopping!

Thanks for joining me!

Strutting Their Stuff…

April 12, 2016

I had the pleasure Sunday of attending a “lec” of Greater Sage Grouse.  We started out our day leaving our house at 4 am.  We grabbed a quick bite of fast food and proceeded to a site in Northern Utah where male Greater Sage Grouse gather.  A “lec” occurs in the springtime when males get together to show their “Manliness” in hope to attract mates.

We arrived at the site well before dawn.  As the sky prepared to lighten in the East, a curious thumping/drumming/whistling/popping began to sound in the distance.  We then noticed some faint white reflectors across the black field to our right.  My son stated, “They’re moving!”  Sure enough, they weren’t reflectors, but male Sage Grouse displaying their large white chests.  The drumming/whistling sounds came from puffing their chests and thrusting their heads.

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A male Greater Sage Grouse fans his tail and tries to look extra special for the ladies!DSC_3885

“Look at how manly I am!  You know you want to be mine…”

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“And this is my good side..”

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Even a studly Grouse like this guy need to rest after a while…  Being all big and puffed out can be exhausting!DSC_3946

Even in the pitch black early morning we could see their white chests moving on the hillside…

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And “Wow” when the sun came up!

 I got to add another bird to my life list!  Thanks for visiting the lec with me…

A few little projects that I’ve been working on…

April 6, 2016

Yes, I know…  I haven’t been around much lately, but I have so many projects that I’m working on!  Here’s a little peek…

102_1086Close-up on a friends quilt…  This was a fun one!

102_1092And a couple of mugrugs I quilted for another friend!

102_1088And last but not least, my furry helper is showing you the last quilt top that I’ve completed…

102_1052I did this as an online mystery with several friends.  I kept sewing my rows on wrong and unpicked the same row 4 times!  Mey!  I added the braid around the edge to finish it off…  Yeah!  Now to put it in the “Needs to be quilted” pile.

Thanks for visiting!!!

Birding at Fort Buenaventura with WAS!

March 23, 2016

We went on a birding walk today at Fort Buenaventura with the Wasatch Audubon Society (WAS)…  We saw a wonderful variety of birds!

Hope you enjoy this little trip!

DSC_2935We saw a lot of Robins and Starlings.  The fellow was so cooperative that I had to take his pictureDSC_2948I have to admit that this was quite a thrill!  I’ve seen lots of Great Horned Owls, and Owlets in the Hay Barn, but this is the first time I’ve seen them nest raised!  And what cute little babes they are!  Mama was quite pretty too!

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And I think this may be a female American Goldfinch or a Lesser Goldfinch?  Feel free to let me know if you have a better identification!

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A male Downy Woodpecker…

I wasn’t able to get a good picture of his lady friend, but we did see her as well!

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This is a White-breasted Nuthatch…  Quite rare to see around here!

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And here’s a new bird for my collection!  It’s a Brown Creeper!  This little guy moves fast!  I was lucky to get any shot of him!  (Sorry it’s a meh photo!)

We also saw several Song Sparrows, a rapidly disappearing Kingfisher, some species of hawk, a Northern flickr, and some Mallards. ,

Thanks for visiting!

Mug Rug I made for Layton Quilt Guild’s swap…

March 18, 2016

I made this little mug rug for a swap in my local guild…  The theme was, “A touch of green.”  I quilted the area first, and then painted it with fabric paints.

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I really love this technique!  Irena Bluhm told me how she does it on FB a while ago.  This is the third little piece that I’ve done.

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Thanks for visiting!

It’s Swan Day at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge!

March 12, 2016

Well, it’s been another awesome day at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge with the Wasatch Audubon Society.  Traveled the loop with my youngest son today before meeting up with the birding group…  We saw several Sandhill Cranes but too far away for a decent shot.  We also saw Cinnamon Teals, Goldeneyes, a winter-morph white weasel, and numerous other birds.  Here is a little slideshow for some of our sightings!

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This image is cropped to show the Tundra Swan a little closer.  I decided he’d be my first picture in honor of Swan Day!

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And I always think Great Blue Herons are an amazing bird!

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This is the first time we’ve seen American Pelicans this season, and they are so pretty in flight!

(Feel free to click on the picture for a larger view…)

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And this added some excitement to my day…  Trumpeter Swans!  Yes, here in Utah!  (They usually hang out near Jackson Hole, Wyoming so this was a real treat!)

Yes, I am a certified Bird Nerd.

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I cropped this one too as it was in pretty good focus.  I love Bald Eagles.  Maybe you’ve noticed?!

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And we’ll finish off the day with a flight shot of Tundra Swans!

Thanks for visiting the Bear River Bird Refuge with me!

Birds galore and a turtle to boot! It must be spring!!!

March 9, 2016

I have been sadly lacking when it’s come to posting here on my blog.  Although I have been busy quilting away!  And birding.  Which I seem to find myself doing more and more lately!  Any excuse, right?!  LOL!  Here are some pictures I’ve taken over the last few weeks.  I was thrilled to find a new bird for my collection (pictures) yesterday at a local park!

I’ll start with them first!

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These are two female and male Hooded Mergansers I took pictures of yesterday at a local park.  I went back today because none of my pictures came out worth a darn!  Today’s were much better…

DSC_1709This was a few weeks ago out at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.  The little black and white duck like birds are Common Goldeneyes.

DSC_1856These are Northern Pintails in flight.  I love the mountains here!

DSC_1900This is a Horned Lark.  I love his horns…  They look like a bad toupee.

DSC_1906Starlings picking on a Bison…

DSC_1914It’s sleepy time out at the Fielding Garr Ranch.  This Great Horned Owl wishes he weren’t so photogenic!

DSC_1938This cute little Song Sparrow sings it’s little heart out…

DSC_2168Yesterday at Kaysville Ponds…

DSC_2210Spring must be here!  I spotted my first turtle out sunning himself!

Thanks for stopping by!!!


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