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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Little of this and A little of that, fires, quilting and

Finally had a chance to get into the studio... We have been watching the fire  North & West of us, with an area that was burning South towards us.. It was about 19 miles West,  the smoke was blowing our way.. So scary as many friends in the Mariposa area were evacuated, and some families lost their homes, but Mariposa and several small cities were saved.. The fire is still burning, but not in our direction.  
We visited a friends home for dinner, and the surprise at the end was this beautiful cake for Ralph. Not even his birthday.  Needless to say it was chocolate inside also..  I can't remember the last time I  baked a cake, but this lady loves to bake, and cook. Everything she makes is delicious.. Perfect evening with friends.

 I know everyone has wonderful tomatoes at this time of year.   (For some reason my type changed.. Ok, I'll go with this.. Today my computer has been doing funny things anyway..)  Back to the tomatoes.We have 3 plants, beautiful plants from Costco at the beginning of the summer.. 3 for about $8.00. Healthy looking.. So I placed large tubs in 3 places around the yard. Because, maybe my previous tomatoes did not like the heat. We are pretty Dry here, and this year very hot!  104 expected today. I know for most, this is a small take, but we are excited and they taste so good.. 
Make it a great day, and stay cool... enjoy what ever you are doing. Off to the studio.. need to finish this piece.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"My Personal App" quilt is back home-Presentation at Oakhurst Community Library

Home again!, "My Personal App" has been traveling with a group of quilts for the last 2 years.  Last place it was exhibited was France.  But now it is home again.

I will be speaking on "From the Traditional to the Art Quilt" on July 15th. at 10:30 -1200 at the Oakhurst Library in the Community Room.   I will have many of my Traditional quilts as well as the Art Quilts.. I look forward to questions and chatting about quilts. I also do lots of fabric dyeing, and enjoy the fun of Ice Dyeing.  Look forward to sharing ideas. You don't have to be a quilter, this is another form of art.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Still the 4th.. busy fun day, quilting!!!

Yes, I was at my sewing machine today, what fun, too hot outside.  I made a red, white & blue  journal cover. I will have a variety for sale at the Farmers Market in Oakhurst on this Thursday evening. Jacqueline Kurtt Fiber Artist and I will be there to tell about Timberline Gallery, and show a few art items that we make.

Happy 4th of July and maybe a little quilting

Have a wonderful safe 4th. of July.. Being Patriotic has been a memory for all of my life. Long story, but I was brought up having Parents whose roots came from Holland. Not just their roots, but born there, and my "mother" immigrated here in her 20's. My Dutch father was a teen in the Dutch military in WWI and defended Holland, then continued until he retired after WWII from the Dutch Air Force. During the war the Dutch with Americans defended Australia and other countries. To speed this up, I was adopted, in 1942 when the Dutch were stationed in Mississippi.  So I was born American. Much later in my life I found my biological family, and that is a blessing to have  brothers and family in  that State. But recently a friend that belongs to the DAR researched and found that many of my relatives fought for the Independence of America.. So my Patriotism goes way back.
I tear up every time I see a Parade, our flag held high, and feel so blessed to live in this country. Yes, we traveled to many countries and thankfully, always came back to the U.S.A. So I celebrate with much love for this country.  Happy 4th. Blessings for All..

Monday, July 3, 2017

Agave, close up

Some of you have been following the Story of the Agave Plant on my Facebook.. This is a close up of the flowers, which I thought would open with a white color, but I was wrong.
This is what the lower ones look like now, Several of them have bent from the weight.  The whole stalk seems to be about 15 ft. high, hard to tell because it is on a slope.
This is how it started in March... Check out on my Facebook for more photos.

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