And on to quilting…

April 19, 2015

I finished up the quilting on a “Happy Chemo” quilt yesterday…DSC_0012I’m still trying to get used to my midarm quilting machine…  When I’m near the end, I run out of usable space.  (Mid-arm lamenters’ know what I’m talking about!  LOL!)  Someday I may get a longer arm machine and table…

DSC_0014These are put together by my friend, Emily and her crew for those going through Chemotherapy.  It’s really fun to see how they put all of these oddball block sizes and colors together and come up with something adorable!

DSC_0017Here are some closeups so you can see how I quilted it…

DSC_0018Another view…

DSC_0019I love this section!

DSC_0016And last but not least, an owl and a bee…  I did the owl freehand, but the bee is from another design…

Thanks for visiting!!!

Sunrise at Antelope Island… Yes, one more!

April 12, 2015

Back to the real world tomorrow…  We took another fantastic drive this morning!

DSC_0004Don’t birds ever get cold feet?  I don’t think I could be a bird.

DSC_0028I used the car door to stabilize the lens…

DSC_0034Da da da da…  Here comes the sun…

DSC_0026Hitting the top of the island…

DSC_0049The bison is glad for the sun!

DSC_0054These two are lounging out where there should be water…  It’s going to be a long hot summer!

DSC_0084Isn’t this guy pretty?  He is a pretty bird called a Chukar.  He sounds like a chicken!  (Sort of.)

DSC_0104This little bird is a Horned Lark.  Isn’t he sweet?  Tiny little guy!

DSC_0449I wish I could get a sharper image on this little guy!  This is the cutest little hand-sized owl ever!

DSC_0383A yellow headed blackbird because he posed so nice for me!

Meanwhile, back at the hay barn in the nesting box…  Mama Great Horned Owl

DSC_0489With diligent Daddy standing guard!DSC_0485He doesn’t look too comfortable…  Check out those talons!

(There is a Barn Owl nesting box as well, but I didn’t get any pictures.  They were too shy!)

Thanks for coming along!

I’ll be back to quilting as my schedule resumes to my normal-abnormal!  Unless…

Please bear with me…

April 12, 2015

I really can’t help myself…  I’ll be doing the same thing tomorrow.  This blog post is photo heavy!

Went to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge today with my new toy…  Hope you enjoy your visit!

DSC_0020Long Billed Curlew…  This little bird is fairly rare, although we saw at least 2 family units today.

DSC_0063The focus on this little guy isn’t quite perfect, but I love the action in it!  I believe this is a Tree Swallow.

These little birds are super fast flyers and hard to persuade to slow down for a picture so I consider myself lucky!

DSC_0103I always love a Yellow Headed Blackbird, and this one was a little sassy!

DSC_0132This handsome fellow is a Double Crested Cormorant…  He’s an awesome bird!

(They usually dive as I go to take the picture, instead…)

DSC_0166Doh!

DSC_0195White Faced Ibis (I think)  I struggle between the White Faced and Glossy Ibis…  It doesn’t help that they inter-breed!  LOL!

DSC_0254I lucked out with several shots of this Great Blue Heron!  Have I mentioned that I love my new camera?!

DSC_0271I love the way these guys look like they’re posing for a family picture…  (The big guy’s adopted.)

DSC_0273“Hahahahaha…  *Snort*”  That Cormorant on the end thinks my joke is funny!

Thanks for visiting!

Playing with my new camera…

April 10, 2015

I’ve been in the market for  a new camera, and recently read a lot of positive information about a lens by Tamron~ 150-600mm with which birders have been having a lot of good experience.  I bit the bullet, and found one locally.  These are a few pictures that I took today while messing around with it!  Hope you enjoy!

DSC_0005Male Wood Duck in a pond  (He’ll make a repeat visit as he is such a stunning fellow!)

And yes, he’s the male of the species…

In the birding world, the females tend to forget their makeup, so the males have to wear it!  LOL!

DSC_0028Red Wing Blackbird

DSC_0092Great Blue Herons at the Rookery at Farmington Bay.  (Still need to work on the focus of these guys…  They are a tad too far away!)

DSC_0009And last, for his encore performance, Mr. Wood Duck!  (Boring name for such a stunning duck!)  If you can, zoom in on the image.  I think I’m loving my new lens and camera!  Thanks for visiting!!!

Mini QT Swap Folk Art Birds…

March 31, 2015

How’s that for a mouthful?!  But that’s what today’s post is all about!  What I sent, and what I received!

My partner, Mumziepooh, over on the MQTS site on flickr, both received our little quilties today!  Perfect timing!

The theme was “Folk Art” and I decided to do my same little bird pincushions on the Wooden Spools but used needle turned and freezer paper applique, in addition to bias strips made with bias strip makers…  (Love those things!)  IMG_2904Here are some close-ups of the embroidery on the birds…

IMG_2905I used bullion knots to edge the wing.  Then I used a stem stitch on the hair and tail feathers, and colonial knots to accent the stem stitches.  A simple seed stitching on the belly give this one 3 dimension.  And of course a little yellow chain stitch under the chin…

IMG_2906I edged the blue bird’s wing with x’s separated by colonial knots.  Again, stem stitching on the hairs and tail feathers, accentuated by colonial knots.  And the belly with the little seed stitches…

I prefer a Colonial knot to a French knot  as they seem to hold their shape better.

And then today this is what I received…???????????????????????????????My partner, Mumziepooh, aka Debbie made this little gem for me!  Isn’t it fantastic?!  She did some awesome embroidery!  Plus she added beads.  It is adorable!!!  I love receiving soft mail!!!  My mail lady is a quilter and I’m sure she has soft mail envy!

Thanks for visiting!

Shhh…  My secret project is being delivered to people in power this week!  Wish me luck!!!

Tour of Handiquilter!

March 29, 2015

One of my friends invited a few of us to attend the Long Arm Quilt Guild today.  I figured a midarm was longer than a standard machine so that counted!  The fun thing is that they toured Handi Quilter factory where their group meets.  It’s a group that meets 6 times a year.IMG_3152One of my friends that I rode with waited by the door for me.  I’m always a slow poke!

IMG_3153Outside the classroom…

IMG_3154Check out the class room!  (I’d move in if they’d let me…  There were lots of quilts everywhere and it had such good vibes!)

IMG_3155And a little class on TNT~ Threads, Needles, and Tension…  Oh my!

IMG_3211Check out the door prize that I won!  Woot!  Woot!  Thank you Handi Quilter and Superior Threads!!!

We had a great time!  Brenda, Denise, Diane, and Patsy…  Too much fun!

Thanks for visiting…  Wish you could have joined us.

Antelope Island State Park…

March 22, 2015

Yes, another birding day today…  You might call me a “bird nerd”, and I wouldn’t take offense!  LOL!

Thought you might enjoy the pictures!

IMG_2869Western Meadowlark in the shrubs…

IMG_3010Aren’t these Burowing Owls the cutest thing ever?!  They’re about the size of my hand!

IMG_3103And a buffalo (aka Bison) for good measure…

IMG_2975Here’s another shot of the Meadowlark that I love!  Isn’t he beautiful?!

IMG_3077This handsome fellow is a Chukar.

???????????????????????????????And we’ll finish up with another Burrowing Owl!

Thanks for visiting!

A little sneak peek and my super secret project thread…

March 16, 2015

The deadline for the Mini QT Swap “Folkart theme” is rapidly approaching…  Had to get moving on it as it’s due at the end of the month.  (As is the super secret project!  Yikes!)  I got a good start on the mini quilt yesterday as I didn’t have what I needed for the SSP, and I was home with kids.  This is what I’m teasing my partner with…IMG_2844I’ll show this one when she receives it.  (It may look vaguely familiar!  LOL!)

And this is what I needed for the SSP…

IMG_2843Don’t you love thread lined up in rainbow colors?  I do!  So happy!

Thanks for visiting!  See you next time…

Super Secret Project…

March 13, 2015

Okay, that sounds really dramatic, but it’s not…  LOL!  I’m doing a challenge quilt for HMQS (Home Machine Quilt Show) in May.

I just wanted you to know that I am still alive and still sewing like the wind.  (Plus I wanted to tease you a bit with a sneak peek of my project!)

I’ve been working on curved piecing, and applique on a design of my own…  It’s due to the person in charge in 2 1/2 weeks.  Yikes!

I’m hoping to have the piecing done this weekend so I can get busy on the quilting.  Then binding, label, and hanging sleeve….  I probably won’t be visiting until I get a lot further along.

IMG_2836As you can see, it’s going to be very colorful!  I basted with my machine to speed the process up a tad!

Thanks for visiting…  See you in a week or two!  ;-)

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…


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