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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Quilt Camp

Beautiful grey skies, room full of quilters, the humm of sewing machines, great food. What more can you ask for?  I am binding a quilt I started 20 years ago.  Hope you are enjoying your day. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Timberline Gallery today

It has been a bit quiet today. However, the owners of Alice's Cook House, stopped in, to see what is left of the Show we did for the restaurants.  I had two pieces, one wall hanging that included their menu. But they have changed their food prices, so will add something to that area. Will stop by there and take some photos. So had a sale today.
This piece in the photograph is " World Population". The little square on the left is several prints from my shoe, used hand dyed fabrics. It has traveled to several shows and is now home in the gallery.
It must be about 104f outside, so a little toasty?
Finish packing tomorrow for camp. Hope I remember everything!  Now, that I can blog from my IPad, I will be posting more often, this is fun!  Stay cool! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Packing for Quilt Retreat

I can't decide what to work on for a week at PB,  so packing more than I will ever finish. While looking through my stuff I found quilts tops that need quilting. Where did this year go? I had such plans to be organized, so many ideas that I wanted to follow through and complete.  I am setting goals for next year. Am I starting early or did I just miss this year?
First week end in Oct. is Sierra Art Trails, Judy and I will be at the Coarsegold Historical Museum on Hiwy 41. Don't forget to buy your catalogue. They are beautiful. But more about that later. 
Can you see if I forgot anything? Oh, yes clothes! 


Ok, now I am testing having Blogger connection with my IPad.  This is a waterlogue photo from my IPad , so far this is progress, couple more buttons to hit and we will see what happens. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Quilt, Knit and Stitch... Portland, Oregon

I was just notified that my quilt Variable Toile Stars, has traveled to the Quilt, Knit and Stitch Show in Portland, Oregon

This quilt might get more miles than we did on our trip.

I really appreciate the ladies that let me and the other quilters know where their quilt is hanging.  It is fun to share.
Sorry, I don't live near there to see the show, but I am sure everyone will have a wonderful time. If you attend, drop me a line to tell all that you bought and saw.

Friday, July 31, 2015

I am back- We are back

The minute we returned home from the trip, I jumped back to work on this Timberline Project. It felt like I was on one of the little animal wheels and constantly spinning.  Although, honestly, I had my computer, I pad, kindle, and I phone with me, not to say that we didn't both have all the electronic gadgets.  It got to be funny, as the first thing we looked for in a motel/hotel room, were the wall plugs.  I love the plugs that are on the lamps. And also my I pad with Verizon to work in the car.

I wrote articles and kept in touch with the newspapers all the way across the U.S. Total mileage was about 8,600 miles. And Ralph did all the driving.. yes, we are still married.  But the last week was a bit snappish on my part. I found it was easier to Facebook from my phone so most of the trip is on that.  I really need to learn how to blog from my I pad..

Jacqueline and hubby left about a month after we did, but did not head so far East, at one point we were heading West and they were heading East, and we were about 200 miles apart.  We kept playing ideas off of each other, and what one of us did not think of the other did. So it worked out well. We got home about 2 weeks before she did, and we were off and running.

The first two exhibits went spectacularly, and we expect the same for the last one that is this Sat. August 1.  2-4.  5 Restaurants will be featured.  We have been blessed because all of the advertisers understood that this is a community project and supported this with lots of articles and photographs.  The restaurants in the first two out did them selves with the trays of food. Our music by Terry, is delightful, and people brought their chairs in and sat and listened and chatted. Patti's Japanese Floral arrangements and her explanations intrigued everyone that watched. She is planning to give some classes at the gallery in the future.

As I mentioned before the last gathering for "Celebration of Tasteful Art at Timberline" is this Sat. August 1,  2-4. If you have not been by, do come.  Terry will be playing his musical instruments again, and I am sure these 5 restaurants will bring delicious goodies and we do have a dessert table.  The art for this exhibition will be up through Sunday.  Several of the pieces have been sold, but will be there till the end of the Show..

We look forward to seeing you... 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

More Texas, Lakeway, Corpus Christi

I just noticed that I forgot to take photos in Fredricksburg.. Darn.. oh. well, it is a lovely town with lots of shops. It did not get damaged by the floods. One Art Town in Texas was swept away... very sad.
A lady at an art gallery, told us that Fredricksburg is working together to make it a Tourist city to visit, they want to be number 1 in Texas..  There is an amazing war History Museum  that is well worth the visit, about the back ground of the wars with beautiful  memorials. Bought a little gift at the gallery.

Arrived in Lakeway, Tx.  Did not ask if we could post Gavin's photo on my blog, so you just get this photo of Great Grandpa and Gavin. He is about 2 months old. Beautiful little boy with lots of hair.  Ralph is so good with babies!

 It is a beautiful area, of rolling hills, the lake I showed above, is walking distance. Lots of stores close, and the perfect place to start with a new house, and friendly neighborhood.  The humidity would probably get to a Californian. They have repainted and put in a new wood floor, everything looks beautiful. 
We dropped off the antique chair from our house, and boxes with books on gardening, house decorating and french recipes, along with some french books that I had from my teens.. But then the language does not change.much and Jade loves anything French. Also, missed seeing a blog P.E.O  friend, always tough to connect when we don't know distance and plans.. Have to stay kind of loose.

We had planned to visit the Texas Quilt Museum in Le Grange Texas, but it was closed the days that we were near..  Off to see more Italian Cousins.
Larry and Barbara are planning to leave the end of the week for a cruise to Alaska.. but opened their home to spend the night.. Again chatting most of the time about family.
On the way to their place we did have to turn around once because of a road wash out.. Big spout shooting in the air where the road would be, we turned around and were directed to another road that was open. Seeing lots of goats, white cows, and small ranches.. Near Austin.

Then off again, driving south to Corpus Christi, to see Ralph's other Aunt Lee and her son Orey Jr.. Finally had a meal at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant.  Very good Pork Chop.   Again lots of cars, rushing back and forth, this city is divided down the middle with a freeway. Sunny still, yeah..

Back on the freeways to Houston.. Next, Aunt  and cousins in Louisiana.

still in Texas

Tough to take photos with a messed up windshield that we could not clean.. Found out at Larry and Barbara's cousins of Ralph that W d 40 is amazing, but that is a bit later. A little Vinegar after and clean as new.  That is my tip for the day.
Big fluffy clouds, but not dangerous.. thankfully.. no road wash out yet.

So much open land, but not welcoming land. There is very little top soil in much of what we see. Only good for cattle and wild things. 

Wow, does this look inviting, so much good looking food.

Even the perfect snack for Italians... Salami, and cantaloupe, or hard boiled eggs.  Could be really healthy here.. just did not show, the fried chicken, hot dogs, and the rest of the food.
still traveling a lot of open country.
As we traveled further,, there was a terrible accident that had us held up for over an hour on the highway. No choices of by ways here.


Beautiful Blue skies... Looks like we are traveling behind the storms.. bringing Ca. sun to Texas.

We are not American, if we don't stop at Walmart.  Some road construction sprayed black top on the windshield..

Eating healthy,  Pizza Hut.  Ralph's eyes are always bigger than mine.
Tomorrow Salad!
Lots of road to Jade's, baby Gavin and Warren.
Have the Texas road conditions on my phone and all is clear!

New Mexico

New Mexico

Talk about open land and lots of rocks!

Cochise and Geronimo Country

Can not help thinking about the settlers that came across this country.  Would I have been so brave?. I think not.  Thankful for air conditioning and an 80 mile an hour speed limit.
Everything just sort of whizzes by.. Look at the strength of that tree, clinging to that rock. So amazing.
Wish we had the time/ energy to take out my drawing tablet.

Catching up

Lovely Hotel in Sedona, Sky Ranch.  This is the hotel we stayed at 25 years ago.  So lots of great memories. Had dinner at the Airport, walking distance.. I think if you want a wild ride take off from here. The airport is on a plateau. New building for the restaurant, and delicious food.. Of, course in Sedona one must mention the view!
The view from the hotel area.. Beautiful, expansive.

Some people grumble about Facebook, but it has been a real benefit for us. 
One of my Point Bonita friends emailed and we met for Breakfast in Cottonwood. Lots of fun having unplanned adventures.  It was great to see her.

Will be seeing Leigh at Point B in August for a week of quilting.. Yeah. Next time Leigh, will visit your beautiful store in Jerome!
Onward to Phoenix,
and my cousin, who also saw our trip on Facebook, "hey, some stay here", and we did. 

They have a beautiful home in Phoenix, and we tried to catch up on family trees.   That got a bit confusing with so many generations to figure out, will be writing it all out.  We hope to stop by there again some time.. So very welcoming..    Thank you Roger and Susan!

Sorry had to back track a bit with some more Sedona photos, and I had Facebooked the Quilt store. Wish the photos from my Phone camera would also go to my PC, but they don't so there will be some cross over.  
From the Scottsdale/ Phoenix area we headed South some more, keeping an eye on all the storms in Texas. 
Think I will post now, chat again later.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Traveling Where?

Now I call this a great welcome for the first night on the road.  Needles, Ca. sunny and hot on the way. We are keeping track of the news from Texas because of all the rains and tornadoes striking that area. Scary.
We are blessed to have family staying at our house and caring for our animals and watering our plants.
We are surprised to hear from our friends through Facebook, this is great fun. We heard from one of my cousins in Scottsdale, and going to spend tomorrow evening with them.  A friend emailed and we are meeting her in Cottonwood tomorrow morning, before we do a little more walking around Sedona.
Speaking of Sedona, what a shock, the city has spread out, there are 11 traffic circles to drive around, lots of traffic, but we expected the traffic, but not the size..  We did not make arrangements before, but drove to the hotel we stayed at 25 years ago.  Sky Ranch Hotel, and they had a room. Walking distance to the airport, which is atop a mesa.  And we need to walk. 
If you fly in, you can only make one mistake, and then over the side..  There is a new restaurant at the airport with a fantastic view.  We had a dinner of pulled pork.. Ralph and I decided that we would split our dinners. and so far that is working out fine.. No left overs to worry about, and hope we come home weighing less.
 On the way here,we had a lovely visit at a town called Ashfork..  we saw a sign  Museum, and it is on Route 66. 
Ralph is the one in the tan hat, playing poker with 3 dummy's.  Delightful ladies told us about the area, and how their families came to the town.  Ashfork is also the Slate capitol, mining slate from the local mountains. 
This Dr.'s buggy is like the one at the Coarsegold Hist. Museum.

As we left there we could see snow on the top of a mountain called Humphrey's Peak. over 12,000ft.
We are about 6,000 ft. elevation  in this area driving towards Flagstaff.
 Then onward to Williams, there was a Dairy Queen there years ago when we drove through and Ralph has his heart set on Ice Cream.  Wow, that area has changed and we could not find the Dairy Queen.,, will show photos we took there, next time.
More tomorrow, need to plug my computer in.
I usually re- read my blogs, before I post it, but with this trip, I will probably post right away, so please excuse any typo's..

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Exhibition coming up, July and August.

"Celebration of Tasteful Art at Timberline Gallery", 

I know it is a long name, but.... I have not been blogging because, should I say it?  Too much on my plate, ugh. Here is a taste of starting my piece.

As with somethings in life, one has several ideas, so I made two pieces. One for the wall and one for the table.
In addition for planning a trip, packing, cleaning house, yard and then Timberline Gallery is in for lots of changes. Come by the end of next week.
We are having new carpeting installed, and we expanded with additional space and the addition of artists. Are you an artist that would like to be in a gallery, come check us out.

Very exciting!
Not the carpeting installation part, but thankfully, several of the artists are very system oriented, and we will be moving all the art, off the walls etc, into an adjoining space, and the workmen will put down the carpet. Then additional cleaning and rehanging.  Long time in need and it will be beautiful.

When I read over this, I realize this is why I have not painted my walls, to much time out of the studio.. It is a good excuse, but.

In the mean time I pulled those wonderful weeds in the nice rained on soil and now have a sciatic nerve issue in my leg.. I walk like an old lady, no, I am an OLDER lady, not old.

Hope this goes away soon, nice Dr. said it could take months, Chiro, and massage person, helpful but... no promises.
Hippity Hop onward! Surprises to come. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

New hair style

My hubby wanted more color.. I like the pastel myself. But now I worry about what Ralph's 90+ year old Aunts will think when we travel to see 6 of them in the coming months. I can't do the braiding myself, wonder if I or Jennie ( Magic Shears- Oakhurst) can teach hubby to braid my hair.. would be cooler for the trip!

It has been a busy couple of months.  This week-end, whoops it is the week-end, Tonight is the reception of Yosemite Western Artists at Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst, 4-6. Do stop in and enjoy. I think this is our biggest year for entries.  Meet the artists, and hear all about the art that you like, and yes, there are some munchies. .. There are big changes happening at Timberline Gallery.  Watch for them.

Then Entries are due for Sierra Art Trails( first week-end in Oct.)  Have to jury in every year. Only missed two in 15 years, out of town at that time.
there is going to be an interesting Exhibition in July at Timberline.

"Celebration of Tasteful Art at Timberline Gallery",
July 18,25th and August 1.
No, Pre - photos at this time..

This will include 17 of our local restaurants and 17 artists at Timberline Gallery.

Watch for more information keep those dates open 2-4  Artist, weaver Jacqueline Kurtt and I have been busy, and I do mean busy with the plans and enjoying contacting every one for this project. There is still more to do before we leave on vacation.

Sorry to miss the entry for SAQA 12"x 12" , so you know I am a bit frustrated that I can not do it all.
Bet that sounds familiar.
I see so much on the net and wonder how these ladies get all the projects done, guess it is organization. Oh, yes, and I have read those articles also...

Long time ago I showed some photos of my studio, I was so happy with all the flat places I had to work on.  Well, anything that is horizontal and clear does not stay that way for long. I keep collecting items that I want to sun dye, and the pile gets higher and higher..

Off to hem my hubby's jeans, you say that is not creative, hummm, would be if I added patterned fabric to the end..  NO!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Variable Toile Stars Showing At:

My quilt, Variable Toile Stars is on the road again.  This time showing at the Quilt, Knit, Stitch, Show in Portland Oregon, August 13-15.   So if you are in the area, please visit.

This exhibition of  quilts is from the book 500 Traditional Quilts, by Lark Books. It is always exciting to have a quilt featured in a book.

I feel so blessed to have a quilt chosen for the book and now to have it traveling where more quilters will be able to view it.   The photos are amazing, quilts are beautiful  and inspiring, with the variety of fabrics, and techniques.
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