Friday, January 27, 2012

Oh, Happy Day!

At last the snow is gone, and the sun is out!! How great is that?? After a week of cabin fever, we finally have some sun and it looks bit more cheerful. I did get some snow dyeing done, and finished lots of quilts and projects, including some digging out! I hope your week was good in spite of the weather wherever you were.
My Friday Girls just left...we have fun sewing and yakking most Fridays. Today Stephie and I worked on a block that is on lots of blogs called Swoon...check out her blog...kwiltzbystephanie. I think she is going to post it later today. We had to change the block around a bit as we didn't have enough fabric with her flea market collection. We all decided we might even like it better.
I have been working on cutting squares for a blue quilt for my friend's son. It will be done with a collection of all blue fabrics. I have also done one with reds and one with yellows. They are fun and easy to make.
My Koi quilt arrived today via UPS with a pretty badly messed up box....with the quilt nearly falling out. I was worried about their packing it for return, but it did make it and still in the box. It came back from the Road to California Show. Even though I didn't get a ribbon, that is fine...I don't quilt for ribbons, only for fun, or to share with others through a show.
I am also going to include my recipe for Eija's Cookies.....they are so yummy, you can't eat just one!
Eija's Lemon Oatmeal Cookies
2 Cups Butter
2 Cups sugar.....cream together well and add
4 tsps. lemon extract
Add 3 C flour 1 tsp baking soda and a pinch of salt
Mix well and also add 2 C old fashioned oats
Mix all well....then drop onto cookie sheet, ungreased, and shape into little balls...I use a small icecream/cookie scoop.
Bake at 350 degrees 9-12 minutes....bake till lightly golden brown...EAT. They are sooooo yummy. Thanks for sharing Eija.
Well, with that happy note, I guess I will close and run some errands....have a great day. Judy

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Blackbirds have flown in!!

This was the snowy bird feeder from yesterday's birds!
I love my thread colors...use these smaller spools for my classes!
I am loving to quilt peacock feathers....the girls in my classes have done some beautiful ones too.My friend Sue Utt loves Ruth McDowell style quilts...this is her latest, of Bear, the dog. Who couldn't love that sweet face??
Good morning all....we are SNOWED IN! Well, only about 6" at this point, but the snow is falling in those luscious, lacey flakes...the big fluffly ones. I am just about to get to the studio and work. At least we still have power so the long-arm is operational. I was so amazed to see a big flock of red-wing blackbirds stop by for lunch yesterday. This morning they are still back. I want to get a picture, but they fly away quickly. Guess I will try again this morning.l
Well, just a quick report, and will write later with some snow pix....have a great day...judy

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January Greetings

Hi all....well who could guess that January is nearly half over. I wish I had more time to write in my blog, post pictures and work on my website. Time is too short, and so are my computing brains. It takes so much to figure all that computer stuff out. Lately I have been trying to post some pix to that flickr site, thats to dear opal...ha....Now my password is all kerfluky....I think one password is a great idea, which I try to do, but with so many things needing passwords, I often think I should change them up a bit. That is my undoing. HELP>>>>HELP!!!
Well, tonite I want to write a bit on my blog, and then try to work on my website. I have a little book with hints how to do it, but that may not be enough.
Today's weather has been about the worst weather we have had this winter, except for a few days of very freezing cold temps. We had a dusting of snow, sleet and cold. Some people got a few unches north of us.
I am not missing the cold morning run to feed the goats and alpacas....but I do miss my critters talking to me. The fish are pretty well at the bottom of the pond, altho I did see a few of them up the other day when it was a bit warmer. I guess they were hoping for a snack.
Tommy Boy is doing very well after his diabetic seizure and getting off the insulin altogether. He is running around like a kid again.
Today was meet the teacher day at Aunt Mary's, but the bad weather kept the gals away, I think. I taught for my Quilters' Anonymous Guild on Thursday...machine was soooo much fun and the gals did a fabulous job, all 24 or so of them.
I have just entered my pieces for the QA quilt show in is completely done, one is in my imagination...the challenge...and another marked and ready to quilt. It will be a great incentive to get cracking and finish them in time for the show. It is a great thing that I work well under pressure.
A visit to the LaConner Museum to see the Thom Atkins exhibit proved truly inspirational and mind boggling. I hope many of you in the area get to see this show. My mind is still reeling from the Ann Fahl exhibit. No excuses for not getting inspired if you live around here.
Well, guess I will try to post a few photos, and then move on to the website....have a great week....judy
OK.....I goofed again, but that is ok....the first quilt of the snowy trees with the ravens is by Thom Atkins as is the bird....they beads are just loaded on these quilts, you have to see them to believe them....I LOVE the ravens in the snowy you get two chances to enjoy them! One of the pictures some how did not get posted...I will show it next time. Thom will also be teaching at Quiltfestival 2012, so you have a chance to be taught by the expert....I know I plan to sign up!