Saturday was the evening of the super moon. Brian snapped this image as it rose over our house:We also have a new backyard resident. This little fellow has been sitting on the statue's nose every sunny afternoon for the past week:
Monday, March 21, 2011
Filled with work on another tuning fork quilt, some client quilting, and a wonderful day spent dyeing fabric! The fabric dyeing was the highlight -- I've been trying for two years to dye a gradation of gray that was neither cool nor warm, and I finally did it!
I also tested three different PFD fabrics to see which I liked the best. I threw a yard of each into a pot of yellow-green and a pot of gold. It turns out I like the fabric I've been using, P & B special dyers muslin, the best after all:
And I also dyed a red-orange gradation and an eggplant gradation that I'll be able to use in the current turning fork piece:
Friday, March 11, 2011
At least, Charlie is up from his winter hibernati0n. He was peeking out from under a pile of live oak leaves (it's the time of year that they fall en masse) so I didn't get a good picture. His little head looks too much like a fallen leaf. But I am so glad to see him! It's been a very cold, icy winter (for North Texas) and I was worried about the turtles, especially my poor little three legged Charlie!
Wendy and I went over to the Dallas Quilt Celebration today. We had a wonderful time -- we did a little shopping, saw some wonderful friends from Houston (Sharron, Lonnie and Kathleen, it was so good to see you! I'm glad we had a chance to spend a little time together!), and admired the quilt exhibit.
I had entered three quilts in the "Master Art" division, and was very excited to see that Block Study #2 had won an Honorable Mention:
And Syd's quilt, "Procrastination" also won a ribbon. Her grandmother pieced the eight-pointed star blocks, Syd put the quilt together and I quilted it. It was entered in the "Group" category:
Monday, March 7, 2011
According to the calendar it is still winter, but we are enjoying mild days and cool nights here in Northern Texas. Brian and I spent the weekend working in the yard, cleaning out and re-mulching the flower beds, and we were amazed by both the flowers popping out and the perennials leafing out.
A Texas redbud:
We have several small saucer magnolias. This one is in the front yard, where it gets a little more sun. The one in the backyard is still budding:
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Our friends from Colorado came to visit last weekend. The weather was beautiful! We took a hike in Dinosaur State Park in Glen Rose. The girls were fascinated by the dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy River:
The park is lovely, and we hiked from the river up onto a ridge:
I'm afraid Boomer wasn't a very congenial host. He likes the girls, but really wasn't impressed by the two canine visitors. He kept a wary eye on them: