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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Yosemite Western Artists. Reception Sat. April 22.

Hope you can make it.. I have a little piece in this exhibit. Should be a fun time. Both Timberline and new Gallery 5 will be open with a variety of art, from the Contemporary to the Traditional. With a Special exhibit at Timberline by Photographer Wendy Denton.  Both galleries will be open every day, 10-5. Hope to see you there.  
Suns up, make it a great day!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter is right around the corner.

Timberline Gallery, well you all know about it, and that we have some fantastic artists. There is a YWA exhibition coming up,  and a quilt show in May.. Have my entries ready to go.. 

But, if you are looking for a gift to bring to a holiday gathering, be sure to check out the variety that we have to offer.. From beautiful wall art, to our little gift gallery, full  of inviting new surprises. Tourists are starting to come in, so do check us out before they take their new prizes home away from the mountains.. As you know all of our art is by artists that are local..  The painting above is a watercolor, and we have a new artist that paints with Alcohol Inks. Bright and beautiful..
Or you can pick up one of my hand dyed scarves to be bright and beautiful for summer. Too much more to tell at this time.
Gathered some small entries for the quilt show... if you want to see them in person. Mark your calendar for May 20th and 21st.    Check out Sierra Mountain Quilters web site.

My break is over and back to cleaning,, at least it is warming up and I can wash down the patios.
Hope you are having fun in your quilt studio, or art studio, or yard work,, you know what I mean. Make it a great day!!!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Taking a few moments from vacuuming.

Our gathering of "animals" at the pond. A Flamingo is the newest arrival..  but the raft with  the gorilla is sinking... look out, fish below!  The plastic ducks are still floating around, no big waves.  But as the sun shines more and there is less rain our "pond" is shrinking.
 
It sure is fun to have residents with humor on our road. Another rain is scheduled for later in the week. So everyone is busy spraying or weeding.  Riding mowers are the sound in the distance, clearing of weeds on the road way, trimming of tree limbs to prevent fires.  It is wonderful to have beautiful new growth and green trees. .but the weeds that I need to pull seem to be growing to the sky.  The beautiful wild flowers peek between the weeds.. I want the pinks and purple of the wild flowers, so hand pulling is the only way to save the flowering plants.   I can't see any of the beautiful
orange poppy plants we had in the overflow of the river.. They must have washed down stream during the storm... so sad. Hope they settle and sprout again to make someone smile. Looking to see if any have come down stream for us to enjoy... I guess they start out small, the ones we had had grown into bushes.. so beautiful.. How is your spring season coming along.. quilting?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

It is in France!

I was going thru some paper work and decided to check out where the Personal App Exhibit  is  now.
I found out, it is in France.. I think this piece will have more miles then I have gone recently.

What fun, don't you just wish quilts could talk and tell us all about their travels, who they saw, the comments, well maybe not all the comments. 

It is cold and rainy out today.. Glad we went to the Best of the Valley Show in Lindsay, yesterday. Although there was a time on the freeway where it was hard to see for the rain.  Lindsay is several hours drive from us. But hubby and I went then stopped for lunch and ran the usual errands in Fresno.

Beautiful show, fantastic quilts, venders, that I know. So that made it fun also. We saw my friend Cathy from YoYo's with her daughter Sandy.. Wonder if they bought anything? Her husband is making an amazing quilt, large and it will be all hand quilted... I hope next year he enters it in this quilt show.. I hate to tell ages, but he is over 80.. When he finishes it I want to show it on my blog, or maybe before, need to have her send me a photo of him working on it.. 
I would not tackle a quilting project that size, let along hand quilt it.. 
Enjoy the sun where ever you are!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Finally, some work in the Yard & Fun on River Knolls

The wind was not blowing this morning, so good time to get some yard art painted.. I sprayed with Rustoleum.  Hope it helps.. Found the metal quilt blocks at the Tractor store on Sale.. they really needed some touching up. Trying to decide, do I hang them on the gate or on the house, the barn doors to the studio... Although the plan is to paint the doors red also.. So maybe better on the gate.



At the corner of River Knolls and 415 highway, near the mail boxes, there is a little pond. Only in the winter.  But we have some fun loving inhabitants on our road.
This little to monkey was placed with his raft.
Ducky on the rock, "now where is my buddy?

There it is with family on a raft. On the rocks around the area sit, a plastic lizard, and a snake.
We have a very funny and decorative entry.. Hope you enjoy it also.

 
Love the reflection of our newspaper containers.
 




Thursday, March 30, 2017

THe Quilted Heart Book by Mona Hodgson

I want  to thank Bea Lee for offering this book on her blog and I won!
www.beaquilter.com

I am usually a Kindle person, but decided to join on Bea's and Mona's give away... Thank you to Mona Hodgson for sending your signed book... I am sure I will enjoy it..   She has written many other books. Check them out on Amazon.  Love receiving gifts in the mail.  Happy Reading!.

Wow, posting twice in one day.. Lots happening.. Taxes are done, 1 piece done for a show,, my list is going down, and tomorrow will think  of a dozen more to do... Happy Quilting!


Northern Calif. Quilt Council, Mountain Picnic -

This is one block from a pattern that my friend Kathy and I put together for a class at the SMQA guild in Oakhurst.   The gathering of NCQC is coming up in April and we will not be able to attend.

I have put together a simple notice that they can hand out to guilds that day. .Hope you will pick one up and contact me regarding a Presentation and Class.  The basket, has buttons, beads and embroidery.
My plan is to make a table runner with English Paper Piecing with Scraps, seems to be all the rage. And there is a second benefit. Clearing out some scraps with a goal in mind.
If you can not read this, you can contact me by leaving a message, at vivianhelena@sti.net.
Look forward to chatting with you...


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This and That, Agave still growing towards the sky

Friends keep saying it will flower, it is now about 4 ft tall not counting the plant its self.  It is hard to judge the height, but up it goes.. We have had rain, then sun. Not like some of the quilters I follow who are still deep in snow and cold winds.. The winds have been cold, but not like many of the quilters who are "stuck" to their quilting machines.  Ha, Stuck.. sure..
 I did finish a piece yesterday, and there is a story behind it... Interested?  Please check in soon...

Need to finish  flyers for NCQC and get that in the mail. We can't attend this year . Would love to do some Presentations/ Trunk Shows, and classes in Calif. scheduling, after June..   So if you belong to a guild, I will be posting some info, as soon as I finish the updated announcement. 
Happy Quilting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Vicki Thomas, friend, artist and writer





I met Vicki eons ago, she is a member of the Yosemite Western Artists and many other organizations. She is a part of Sierra Art Trails, the  mountain tour of Arts Studios the first week-end in Oct.

Vicki has written a wonderful book for kids. 

Talk about a true artist in all senses. Artist and writer, what an amazing combination. I don't know how she finds the time, better organized than I am.

She will be signing books at Branches Book Store this coming Saturday March 25th.  from 1-3.  This is so exciting for me. I love seeing friends grow and create. She is an amazing lady, artist and friend.
Be sure to stop by Branches, it is located in the Von's Shopping Center in Oakhurst.


PS, she is working on her second book.. So start buying the series now, makes a great gift.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hey, Chicks

Our Granddaughter and family are growing, yup baby chicks have arrived.  Early! so now they live in the bathroom tub, under lights.
Soon they will have a home of their own, the chicken house is in process.  Our Great Grandson Gavin, will learn a lot about the life of Chickens.  Ordered Ameraucana, Splash Silkie,  2 Silver Laced Wyandotte. And several more, I am looking forward to seeing how they grow, and what they look like.
I have wanted Chickens, but our cats are older, and I am sure they would just love "chicken".  and we also have our hands full with the llamas, and clearing the fields from the rains that brought all sorts of things down river.
Happy Saint. Pats Day...  


Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Items for Timberline Gallery, coming this week-end.





Composition book covers, it was a busy day, and I enjoyed being in the studio all day!  


 Great books to write recipes in , who writes down recipes these days, but maybe could use for a daily journal,, or nice for a gift..


This one is sold.... thank you. . These  composition books are all quilted and comfy to hold. Great for sitting out on a sunny porch, with a little glass of something, writing about your dreams and thoughts.



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1, something new

I Pad class with Susie Monday.  Probably not her best student by a long shot, but having fun with Apps on my Ipad.  And it is colorful.
Talk about a contrast in work, bright and colorful. Then a more pensive piece. Not sure what I will call it," Memories", of what, when?  This will hang in Timberline Gallery after the 6th of March.  We will be changing out Timberline Gallery, and lots of new art will be brought in and hung.. Please stop by if you are in town. We are open from 10-4.

 Yesterday, I took some pieces to the Madera Arts Gallery, their Reception is Thurs. March 2. Goodies and wine will be served.. I have another commitment with the quilt guild that night, hope you can drop by, should be lots of fun. 

River is down a bit, and might walk down that way.. Sun is shining, and the studio beckons.  Make it a bright sunny day where you are and enjoy.  


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fresno River Rises and Falls.

We live in beautiful area of Central Calif. They say we have been in a drought for many years. The last time we had a rain like this was 1997. Just before we moved up here.. Thankfully, our house is not in any danger, but we have some land which we call the island. This is just a part of it, and most of it has been underwater for weeks.
At some time in the past, a neighbor that has land about 1/2 a mile from us, off the dirt road, put a cargo container on the side of the road.  The river came up, and swept up the container, and carried it about 4 miles down the river, until it settled on rocks.
It is pretty amazing to see what water can do.. We are fortunate, we live in hilly ground and water flows down and so the water to Hensley Lake. Many miles from us... Wonder if we had a boat we could scoop up all the wood we had stacked for our fireplace, that is now water soaked and in someone else's yard or floating in the lake.                      
However, most of our trees look like this all wrapped with wood, grasses, and wire from fencing. Much of it about 6 ft up the trunks.
As we watch T.V. and see the flooding in other areas of Calif. we feel very lucky to have our home high and dry.. We hope that no lives will be lost. Nature does it's thing and has a mind of it's own.
Good day for quilting.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2008 Valentine quilt.- Stash

I promised a full view of the quilt.. So very glad that I put a label on  this wall hanging.  I made it in 2008 and the plastic Hearts I attached were from the local Casino. That year they were taking free photos of people and their loves, and gave away the large plastic hearts.  I remember we had a buffet brunch and have a very nice photo of us to enjoy.  As you can see there are wonky stars, love to make these, squares I had collected but had not put with them to good use and  reduced of my red fabrics. 

I am looking at my stash. I see lots of ladies have wonderful ideas on what do to with small pieces of fabric.. I plan on making an I Spy quilt this year, so looking at some of the fabrics that would work well.  Started out with the animal box, cut out a few pieces and gave a bundle to the cuddle quilts.  Must do this when in the mood to separate emotions from fabric.. .that lasted till I got distracted.

Today it is supposed to rain again.  
The water has gone down a bit, and I will show photos of what is left of our "island" area in another blog.  All the green area is now full of sand and the llamas area closer to the house again because of the mud in their feed area..  More photos later.    Enjoy your day of quilting, the sound of rain and perhaps in your areas snow.  


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yes, it is Valentines..




I usually miss celebrations, I anticipate them, I sometimes plan for them, but then they pass too fast.
One year I made a Valentine wall hanging. Because someone gave me a couple of these hearts. Too cute to throw away. And what to do with them?..
Sew them on a quilt.
This is one of the blocks..
Maybe I should take a photo of the whole quilt? 

In the mean time have a fantastic time with Valentines Day and your special Valentine.
Hi hubby, the sun is shining, it is a beautiful day and I love you,
Happy Valentine.
yes, he gets my blogs on his computer!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Susie Monday's I pad class

I am taking an on line class from Susie Monday. She is in Texas.  And I must say she has all the patience needed for this class.. I am probably one of her worst students. Because I get frustrated when things do not go the way I think they should.. But I love the results and am determined. I think up things in my head and then have trouble putting them down with Apps. Lots to choose from. . However. this is great fun, and so much learning. 
 
Most of the time I switch between my PC computer, my I pad, where all the work gets done and if I get a bit crazy I email photos of the issue with my I phone. Isn't that just too much tech stuff for a lady that will be 75 this year! And then feel guilty because I am not in my studio making a quilt.
 
 However, bottom line, I could print this on fabric, or something on fabric, that is one of my goals. Here is Susie's web page, have fun looking at that.www.susiemonday.com
will try to write more on this topic, if there is an interest....  let me know...

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In the Studio

Yoyo's, my art quilt ladies, have a retreat every year in Cayucos.. The 6 of us rent a house from Mon. thru Fri.  We have challenges, but some how most of us look past the rules.  And done is a good thing. I am staying home because my dear husband has shared his "Bronchial " cough with me. I decided to finish, Memories of Cayucos. And I received the entry for Best of the Valley Quilt Show
botvquilts.com/entry.html. It has been a long time since I had anything showing.  They do accept small quilts, so thought this was the perfect opportunity. 
While I was taking photos, my cat Peaches decided to check out what I was doing. 
I know fish aren't really in the sky, but had a design I wanted to put somewhere,, maybe they are flying fish? 
Now to finish the entry and get that in the mail!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My I phone holder

To start out with something changed and had to search how to get on my blog to add photos etc. I guess if you snooze you lose.  I got a new phone, the I phone 7 plus... truly I should have stayed with a flip phone, but.. one has to keep up with the new, even if it is mind boggling.  So with a new phone, and a new purse for winter. I had to  make a new container for my phone... Yes, I hang it from my neck and the newer ones are very light.. So some jeans material.
A little lining, upholstery material, 
And a stencil, bias tape, and Velcro to keep it closed and safe.. I just can not add something to my back pocket as the kids do with their phones,, also don't want to drop it in the toilet as some of my friends have done.  This way I can put it in my purse, or hang it around my neck and I know where it is. 
We have been busy, after the rains, lots to do with wood that has come down the river, mud where the llamas are, so straw had to be spread out, and we bought large pads to lay the Alfalfa on. That way it did not get muddy or wet, even though that area is covered...

Those pad are very heavy, took lots of tugging and pulling to get them in place, and it started to rain, and was muddier.  We really needed to take showers out side with all the mud on us.. but it was too cold...
Now we have bronchitis, hope everyone out there is well and enjoying their sewing. Will see what the next project is... Also taking an I pad class on line from Susie Monday.. so if you don't hear from me for a bit... you know where I am... deep in the I pad with art. I will post some of the fun.

Misty our brown llama says, Hi, with a mouth full of grain!



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Zippers! Not again- Rain and River.

Hand dyed fabric, this was white on white with butter fly's. See how nice the designs come out when hand dyed.  Ok, first step, gluten for punishment.. try again.  I found a little purse I could copy. I thought.
I quilted the fabric, then put in the zipper, and then could not close it, pulled and tugged, then got my Rotary Cutter out... and cut it off.. dove into my Velcro mess.
Guess this needs sorting. But I found some.  AND
Finished!  It closes, keeps the change in and best of all Finished.  I think I need a class in Zippers!
Another day shot!  But I did disengage all the Velco, and wrapped them on a the cardboard inside of a  paper roll. PS, I watched  UTube, do you realize how much time that takes up!

It has been raining a lot up the in the mountains and here locally,

This is our lower field, Ralph is standing in an area that we  have to drive over to this other area of our land. The river is usually on the far side.  This is so different from the land one of our neighbors has further up the river, she has all rock and fantastic waterfalls.. we have mostly sand, with several, what we call islands.  Our house is up the hill behind where I took the photo, our only concern is that if the water rises, it washes out fencing for our llamas', that happened one year and we had to move the fencing away from the " creek" over run... or the water on this side. In the summer this is all dry.. hard to believe.  It is beautiful and a bit noisy right now.. 





Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017, What did you do for New Years?

I had a craving for  "fresh" Crab. I looked up on the net how to clean and take a crab apart, and it turned out to be really easy.. a bit messy, but over the sink and trash can it worked out just fine. Suggestion after healthy medical reports is to eat more salmon, and I just threw in the baked potato. Can't be too healthy. Yummy!
Don't you just love this dish,, the set has all sorts of wonderful designs.. That would make a great quilt block.. Not my dishes, but had a wonderful brunch at a friends.
Yes, I finally made it into the studio.. found some fabric that I had stamped and printed on, and some coordinating hand dyes that I had in the stack. I really have a big stack. I wanted to make a
zipper pouch.. Now you would think it should just take a few min. well an hour.  But, I did not have directions, I did not want to cut the bag down, because I liked the fabric. It is about 12 in. X 4 in., lined with hand dyes also.. well it took me about 2 days.. Here is the reason: I have a handful of long zippers and I did not know if I could sew over the plastic zipper feet after I cut it..I  looked on my I pad for how to shorten zippers. I got all sorts of answers, but not what I was looking for. So after getting lots of ideas on how to shorten, how to make, what to call it, quilting instructions etc.. BY the way is does have some batting , and it is quilted. I got back in the studio and just did it.. Yes, I could sew over the zipper. Now, what can I use this for? Any suggestions?  Can you believe, I started out with the Idea to have a change purse.. What am I going to use this  one for?  too Big for my purse and small change.. think I will check out the Dollar Store for a small change purse.. but I really want a quilted one! Maybe next time I am in the studio.
How did your New Years go? Have fun, or fall asleep early! BY the way, is there anyone out there? Do  you have any suggestions for what you like to read in the New Year? PS, waiting for a roofer, any roofer at this point!  Just found a leak into the master bedroom, and think it is under the swamp cooler.. also, weather man says that it is supposed to rain for the next 10 days...!!! Help!
 



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