Farmington Bay…

March 4, 2015

Today we ran some errands in Salt Lake City…  Had to check out the Refuge at Farmington Bay on the way home!  This big boy was hanging

out amongst the trees…IMG_2632Another awesome place for spotting birds!IMG_2567Thanks for joining me…

Folk Art Bitty Block and Happy Chemo Quilt…

February 27, 2015

Just trying to get some things finished before the end of the month…  My bitty Folk Art blocks are due in the mail tomorrow.

I still have to get them embroidered, and beaded.  Hopefully I’ll meet the deadline!

This is my own pattern…???????????????????????????????And last month, I took a “Happy Chemo” quilt that needed to be quilted.  Finished it up last weekend.

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Postcard bitties…

February 22, 2015

This is a postcard bitty block I made for the BBC, (The Bitty Block Committee).

I had these well underway before my beloved Mother’s condition worsened…  I was able to work on them

while spending time with her while other friends and family were visiting.

She passed away last Monday.

IMG_2429I will always cherish the time I had with her…

Navajo Code Talkers class…

February 10, 2015

Several of my friends talked me into taking the Navajo Code talkers class with them while at the Winter Quilt Retreat at Bryce Canyon…  It was taught by the designer of the pattern, Norma Whaley!  It is a really neat quilt that incorporates the ideas of the Navajo Code Talkers.  It was a fun, (and a little rowdy for some :-) reason) productive class!  IMG_2132It was fun to see how different everybody’s interpretation of the theme was…

IMG_2129Jean’s are on the left, and Denise’s are the batiks on the right.  She’s our resident over-achiever!  LOL!

I can’t compete.  (Although I gave it my best shot!)

IMG_2131This is Patsy’s color way…

IMG_2128And ever the rebel, mine!

(Mine represents the turquoise and coral that the Native Americans use in their beautiful jewelry!)

Hope you don’t mind a double post today, but I have a lot of catching up to do!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bryce Canyon at Sunrise and Sunset…

February 10, 2015

This past week I attended a quilt retreat at Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park.  Yes, it’s one of my favorites!  (Even more now that I got to hit it at sunrise and sunset…)  I hope you enjoy the pictures!  (Quilting pictures to come soon…)

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IMG_2045Before catching fire…

IMG_2081As it was illuminated by the sun!

IMG_2058Isn’t he gorgeous?

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IMG_2167Catching fire at sunset!

IMG_2178Hope you enjoy your visit as much as I did!

Thanks for visiting!

Back at the Bird Refuge…

January 30, 2015

IMG_1795You can’t go wrong with photos of reflections in the water…  At least that’s the way I see it!  LOL!

In the attempt to get ready for a retreat, I haven’t been sewing as much.

But I always love a nice drive to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge outside of Brigham City!IMG_1822This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to the Tundra Swans.

They follow open water, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot available right now.

IMG_1850A female Harrier glides up as we watch the Tundra Swans on the other side of the road…

IMG_1871For a drab, gray day, I sure saw some beautiful scenery!

IMG_1889This one reminds me of a day at the beach!  A little nap while standing on one leg, sounds like something I would do!

IMG_1905And…  Just to throw a Bald Eagle into the mix…

IMG_1914These guys sure are impressive!

IMG_1943We looked this guy up in our Birding Book, and think he is a juvenile Bald Eagle…  He’s as big as a full grown Bald Eagle.

We thought maybe he was a Golden Eagle, but his coloring resembles a third year Bald Eagle as far as we can tell…

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back with lots of fun stuff soon!

Great Salt Lake Shoreland Preserve…

January 26, 2015

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.”

Rachel Carson The Sense of Wonder, 1965IMG_1700We went to the Great Salt Lake Shoreland Preserve last week.  What a beautiful place!  Hope you enjoy the pictures…IMG_1695American Tree Sparrow

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Love the structures for viewing nature!

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IMG_1737This portion of the trail looks like it will be a little wet when spring comes…  Good thing the trail goes around it!

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IMG_1740Wasatch Mountains in the background…

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Prepping For Bryce…

January 18, 2015

I’m sewing like a mad woman to prepare for a retreat I’ll be heading for soon…  I’m taking 4 classes:  The Extreme Round Robin,  Navajo Code Talkers, Machine Quilting, and a lecture on machine quilting…  I’m am so excited!!!

121_0390These are the strips and some of the pieced sections for my Navajo Code Talkers Class.  (Mine are a new take on the original by using turquoise and “coral” aka bright red!  These auqa-turquoise colors are my latest faves!!!)  And I love a splash of red for fun!  I’m trying to get all the prep work done before I get there so I don’t add to my UFO pile!  (Other than another top!)

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They are for the Extreme Round Robin, and seemed to take forever!  I still have to make 13- 5 inch blocks for the same swap,

although they can be simple.  I may do square in square?  I guess I’d better decide soon!

Thanks for visiting!

I needed a TV shelf…

January 12, 2015

And rather than go with plain wood, I decided to get creative…IMG_1653My DH put the shelf together, and then I painted it green.  I didn’t do complete coverage as I wanted it to have some background texture.

Then I cut some fabulous bright petal shapes from some of my favorite fabrics!

IMG_1656This is it so far…  I’m really loving creating applique on wood!

I’ll post one last picture when I get it mounted on the wall…

Thanks for visiting!

In case you were curious…

January 6, 2015

This is my new-to-me mid arm quilt machine!IMG_1607I’ve been playing around on it a little bit…  I’ve got to become more proficient!  Love the table!

IMG_1612Playtime!

Thanks for stopping by…  Keep on stitching!


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