Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Little Pink Bird

This weird phenomenal Spring just keeps on amazing me. The other morning I ventured outside to find this:
 The driveway has been carpeted in leaves many times, but not in maple blossoms! They all seemed to fall simultaneously the night before.

 Here's a little bird that I'm using to try out some quilting ideas. I didn't want the quilting to be realistic, and also wanted the wash of colors on the bird to remain visible. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Overload

At the risk of becoming a flower/weather blog, boy howdy - how about this spring!  There have been years when our first daffodil hasn't bloomed until March 17, and here we are March 21st and some things are already finished blooming.

These pictures (along with probably a hundred others) were taken in my yard on St. Patrick's Day -

To keep it quilt related, they all inspire me with their color and form. And who knows - maybe they'll end up in a quilt someday?

Down in my lair I've been quilting birds and branches (maybe a little hard to see here - this is the back of the quilt). I'm hoping to make slow but steady progress.

Normally this is the ideal season to photograph birds in silhouette on the beautiful sculptures the branches create. This year I'm afraid the leaf out will be too fast to get many good pictures. Oh well, at least what winter we had is over!

Monday, March 05, 2012

MQU News

I've been happily busy in the last few weeks. Last Monday I gave a lecture in Woodbridge, Virginia at the wonderful Cabin Branch Quilters guild. They are a very energetic and enthusiastic group! Many thanks for their warm welcome.

Arriving just in time for me to pass  out at the meeting were copies of the latest sample issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. If MQU has a booth at a show, they have copies of the sample issue in their booth, so be sure to check it out. It has a variety of articles from previous issues to give you a taste of the magazine.

 Do you recognize the cover quilt ;).

Since then I've been finishing up my Filler Finesse article for the July issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited, and I'm just a wee bit too excited about a new ruler I recently found. After I try it out I'll report back.