Monday, December 5, 2016

November Collages

I had a hard time choosing the photos for this month. There were more than 400 pictures to choose from, and trying to find a handful was not possible.  So instead of just a few or a collage, I made three collages for you.  This month, I looked for textures and closeups of things we mostly ignore or take for granted.

First up, is fences.

Next up is trees, including an unusual bird sighting.

Last one is textures.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

October College

Yes, I do know that it is December, not October, but I thought you might be tired of mourning trees, and wanted to give you something nicer to view.  This is a collage of my favorite pictures from the month of October.  That month, there were some soccer games, some Halloween decorations we saw on the way to a political rally, some traveling, and some unusual neighborhood glimpses. There is no water near the park where all those geese were, and there was a small fire in a neighbor's house. I have a new camera and those red barns and tanker shots were taken while the car was speeding on the freeway. Don't worry, I wasn't driving.

I'll get the November collage soon.  There are too many pictures to choose from, and technical difficulties caused a delay in getting that collage done. But at least it got me a chance to bring out the October pictures.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Where We Mourn the Loss of Some Trees

Early this spring, the city went house to house and trimmed trees that were overhanging streets, alleys and power lines.  They trim trees near power lines every year, but this year, they spent weeks trimming trees.

I was happy that the city was paying attention to our neighborhood and taking care of things, but I really missed their shade this summer.

That led people to thinking about the trees that hadn't been trimmed - the ones that were squarely within the property lines, and more people trimmed these other trees. Others decided that instead of trimming a tree, they might be better off taking it down entirely. 

I was one of those people too, so I'm not blaming anybody.  I had a diseased tree that worried me since it kept dropping big dead branches, and I didn't want it to fall on any property or hurt anyone.

But we can mourn their loss anyway, and thank them for their service.  This collage is of pictures I took all on one day.  I tried to make sure to only take one picture of each tree, but can't guarantee that there aren't any duplicates.  These aren't the trees that were cut down this year (I've been taking pictures of those throughout the year, so they aren't as easy to find.)  Most of these trees were cut several years ago.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mission Accomplished!

I have finished piecing this top. The background pieces were somewhat difficult because they are larger pieces than I am used to handling.  There is also some wrinkling, probably due to the fact that I did not press the seams before each intersecting seams (I fingerpressed), and the inconsistent weights of the fabric. The blue is heavier and stiffer than the shirt fabric. I am sure these issues can be fixed with a little nip and tuck here and there.

I do plan to add some applique in the space above BB8, but want to work on quilting another top that has been pieced and is ready for quilting. In between piecing the final pieces of this quilt, I have bought the backing fabric and washed, ironed and pressed it.  Some piecing is necessary to get it ready before I start to quilt it.

This is a lap size quilt, and the pattern is free from Hunter's Design Studio.

Linked to:
Oh Scrap!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Circle 365 Resumes

Hello and welcome back to the Quilty 365 circle project, where I make small circle blocks, presumably one a day until I have made a whole quilt. It is a daily dose of quilty vitamins!

We won't talk about how many I should have finished by now. I had not cut any more background pieces , mostly because I was thinking that I should have some pieced backgrounds to make it more interesting.  But that made it harder to motivate myself to just throw some fabric on the background and get it done.  I decided to cut some pieces to shock some life back into the project.  There will be pieced background blocks sometime in the future.

Block 168

Most of the blocks in this batch use fabric scraps I received from another quilter.

Block 169

This means that they match each other very well. Hopefully they will blend into the quilt.

Block 170

A circle made out of lines and a decorative stitch. If you squint, you might make out the circle.

Block 171

Pretty, springy block.

Block 172

Bambi wants to remind me that it is now entering fall and it is getting colder outside.

Block 173

Kanga reminds us that it is now springtime in Australia.


Adrinka Block

I have caught up with the Adrinka blocks.  I've prepped the next block, but do need to sew it down.

Linked to:
October 365 Linkup

Friday, September 23, 2016

More Zinnia Visitors

I have shown you the bees, ladybugs, and swallowtail butterfly that came to visit my zinnias this summer.  Recently, I've had other visitors come for a visit.  Each one of these visitors was harder and harder to photograph. Luckily, the photography got progressively more difficult, just like a photography classroom.

First, a reminder of the swallowtail. This one was easy to photograph. It moved slowly from flower to flower and gave me plenty of time to get the camera ready. I had so many pictures, I made a collage to show you last time.

Then came the monarch. It moved quickly from flower to flower, but it did rest long enough on each flower so I could photograph it. This one was a little more difficult, but I still had plenty of good pictures to decide which one to show you.

Then came the giant swallowtail.  It would not stop moving at all, and went away after a short time. It flapped its wings the entire time. I was able to get a clear shot, but it is hard to tell that this is a bigger butterfly.

Then a hummingbird came to visit!  It was the hardest to photograph, since it too kept moving and since I was inside the house when I spotted it. I took this picture through the window.

 I also saw several spiderwebs when I went out to cut the grass, but I didn't look for the spiders. We've been feeding this grass, so it is growing faster than usual.

I am in the habit of taking really closeup shots of things in my garden to make sure people don't see all the weeds and mess that is out there.  But this year, there are fewer flower beds so it is easier to maintain, and the zinnias have been profuse so there are fewer weeds. I can show you the full shot.

This is my garage that has access from the alley. There are zinnias near the fence on the right side.  There is one rose bush there and morning glories are now flowering against the fence. There are more zinnias against the back yard on the left side.  There are also zinnias on the other side of the garage so I can see them from my back door, and another small zinnia bed near the steps by the back door.

I've been adding background pieces to my Star Wars quilt. I'll show you when I am finished.

Linked to:
Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Monday, September 12, 2016

Eye Surgery

Poor Rey had to have some eye surgery. One of her eyes looked up and down while the other eye looked side to side.   It may look cosmetic, and she is not so vain to require cosmetic surgery,  but it was affecting her depth perception. She needs that to properly use her weapons.

Unfortunately, since she was not willing to sell the droid, she could not afford to go to the top of the class specialist.
She had to make do with the village quack and take her chances.

Linked to:
Moving It Forward Monday 
Sew Mama Quilts