Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mosaic Monday - Quilt Top Finished

Welcome to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary at Little Red House.   Please take a moment to visit Mary's blog to see mosaics that fellow bloggers have also created. 

This week I purchased 4- 1/2 yard pieces of fabric at Oklahoma Quiltworks.  The fabric designer is Jane Sassaman.  I love her bright bold patterns and just had to start a stash of her fabric line.  This will be used in a "future" quilting project. 

This week I finished piecing my Springtime in Oklahoma quilt top made using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I will be using my Bernina to machine quilt it in sections using the Linda Milligan/Nancy Smith Divide and Conquer method. I saw them demonstrate this method on the HGTV show Simply Quilts several years ago.  I recorded the segment and have it on DVD.  I have used this method on 1 other quilt and it worked very well.  Wish me luck!

I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Let us all give thanks for the many blessings we have received this year. 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mosaic Monday - Blooming in the Garden

I can not believe that I still have roses blooming in my garden.

It is so nice to have fresh cut roses in the house at this time of year.

We have had some gorgeous sunsets this week.  My husband usually says "Grab the camera, the sunset won't last long".  I also included mums, periwinkles, ruella and mini roses that are blooming.

Kaleidoscopes of Pineapple Sage that is in full bloom right now.

Sunset in Oklahoma

  This is my granddaughter standing on our bridge. 

Thank you Mary for hosting Mosaic Monday.  Please be sure to visit her blog Little Red House tosee what mosaics other bloggers are creating.
Until next time,

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mosaic Monday - Centennial Wind Farm

We took a little 2 day trip this week up through the Oklahoma panhandle, to Garden City Kansas.  Just outside Ft Supply, OK is this mesmerizing wind farm.  If you get close you can hear the swosh swosh...sound that the turbines make.

This is the Centennial Wind Farm owned by the electric company OG&E.  There are 80 turbines and they can produce a total of 120 megawatts of power which is enough electricity to supply about 36,000 homes. The wind turbines are computer-controlled, with peak turbine performance at about 25 mph. For safety, the turbines automatically shut down if wind speeds exceed 55 mph. 

We definitely have A LOT of wind here.  In fact, the wind is about to drive me crazy right now!!  At least it is blowing most of the leaves off the trees.

A few kaleidoscopes I created from the same photos.

 Thank you Mary for hosting Mosaic Monday.  Hope you feel better soon.  Be sure to visit her blog Little Red House to see many (last week there were 90) mosaics from around our nation and globe.
Until next time,

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Quilty Goodness

It is finally that time of year when I can do a little quilting.  Except for falling leaves the yard is not requiring much attention.  Below is what is on my design wall.

I took my first beginner quilting class in October 1989 at Hobby Lobby.  In the last 20 years I have only finished 7 quilts.  Raising kids and a career were my priority.....BUT now I am retired and an empty nester!  I decided it was time to start fresh so in October 2009 I took another beginner quilting class at Oklahoma Quiltworks.  The purple quilt above is the sampler doll quilt that we made in class.  The red/brown quilt top is a Disappearing Nine Patch that I will use as a table topper.  Below that is a Ricky Tim's convergence that is an experiment.
Next Friday I am taking a Free Motion Doodling class.  I hope to use that knowledge to quilt and FINISH these 3 little quilts.

This is the BIG quilt project that I am trying to finish.  It is a twin size.  I am attempting to do some straight line quilting and it is just so-so.  I need more practice but that is how you master anything right...practice, practice, practice.

This week we traveled through the panhandle of Oklahoma.  I always check the Quilters' Travel Companion book to see what quilt shops I might find along the way.  In Turpin, Oklahoma I visited Prairie Trails Quilting.  It is owned and operated by Janet Lewis.  I throughly enjoyed my visit with her.

Of course I had to buy something.  I bought 2 Moda Glory charm packs and the X-Blocks Land book to go along with the X-Block ruler that I purchased at Houston IQF 2008.
And lastly I finally got up the nerve to cut into my Kaffe fabrics.  On Wednesdays I am attending Sit-n-Sew at Oklahoma Quiltworks.  It is so nice to devote an entire day to quilt projects.  This is a quilt that was featured in the Quilt Sampler Magazine Spring/Summer 2006.  It is called Springtime in Oklahoma and the designer is Verlinda Magby. 
That is all the quilty goodness I have to share for now.
Until next time,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Toys

My husband bought me 2 new toys that I wanted to show you. 

Yes, a riding lawn tractor is a toy to me.  It may seem like a strange time of year to be purchasing a new lawn mower but I needed it for bagging all the leaves that are falling.  The mower is already this dirty and I had only had it 1 hour.

He also bought me an early birthday present, a HP Mini computer.  As you can tell it is smaller than a magazine and only weighs 2.5 lbs.  It came loaded with Windows 7 and so far I have not had any problems with the operating system.  This will be the computer I take on trips.   It actually fits in my purse!!

On a gardeny note, my spoon mums have started to bloom.  If you look really close you can tell that the petals form spoons.  They are my favorite mum and they were given to me by a friend which makes them extra special. 

Until next time,

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mosaic Monday - Last Chihuly Post

Hello everyone and welcome to Mosaic Monday.  I want to thank Mary at Little Red House for hosting this event.  Please visit her website to see her mosaic plus many others from around the globe. 

This will be my final mosaic showing yet another Dale Chihuly exhibit we have run into in our travels.  We found this exhibit while we were visiting the University of Washington in Tacoma. 

The Tacoma Art Museum hosts the Chihuly Glass Cellphone Tour.  Part of the tour is this Chihuly Bridge of Glass.  The quality of the photos is pretty poor.  The glass is behind glass and there was a glare in the sunlight.

I like this picture because it forms it's own mosaic. This is just a small section of the Chihuly Glass that is exhibited on the bridge.  This is literally a bridge that crosses a busy street. 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing and possibly learning a little bit about this amazing artist and his glass art. 

I have been taking a quilting class so my regular blogging schedule has been interrupted.  I have a few new things to share so look for a few new posts this week. 
Until next time,