Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What's blooming in my garden

Today I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the blooms in the garden before it freezes.

Welcome!!  Come on in and have a look around.

Pineapple Sage
Spoon Mums
Spoon Mums
More Mums
The last of the Knockout Roses
Summer Phlox....Still blooming.  Old Man Winter is blowing into Oklahoma.

Tomorrow I have another chemotherapy treatment.  Here I am 3 weeks ago getting chemo treatment #2.  I always get cold during a treatment so I am glad I have this prayer quilt to keep me warm.  Thank you again Karring Quilters of Emmaus Baptist Church for this quilt.  I use it all of the time.

I will be "down" for about 3 days.  I plan to stay in bed, watch movies and read until I feel better.  Next week is Thanksgiving and we always celebrate at my house.  This year my Mom, daughers and granddaughters are coming the day before to help me cook and clean.  I have such a great family.  I couldn't do it without them this year.

Until next time,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Houston International Quilt Festival Part 2

These are a few more of my favorite quilts from the Houston IQF 2011.  Enjoy. 

A Little Help from my Friends by Martha A. Turner
Unfinished Quilt by Renelda Peldunas-Harter

I Love Cats - Sumire and Ten Cats
By Masanobu Miyama, Japan
Friends of Baltimore by Susan Garman and friends

O Happy Day by Timna Tarr
Detail of O Happy Day
Gone to Texas by Ardie Skjod  Quilted by Debbie Blair
Detail of Gone to Texas
Until next time,

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Color in the Yard

2011 will go down in Oklahoma history as the year of weather extremes.  We have set record snowfall, had the coldest temperature every recorded in the state, the hottest summer ever on record, the highest wind speed ever recorded, severe drought and tornadoes.  On top of that many wildfires during those windy days and now earthquakes.  All I can say is "oh my goodness, what is next?". 

With that said, I think the fall color in my yard is the most beautiful ever. 

This is an old native black jack oak tree and look at that color.  Crazy.

Our state is not generally known for it's fall color.

I took this picture 2 days ago.  I think this may be the last Monarch butterfly left in city.  You can tell the mums are almost over the hill. 

Next time more from the Houston International Quilt Festival.

Until next time,

Monday, November 7, 2011

Earthquake and Houston International Quilt Festival Part 1

Hello friends,

I am feeling great.  Last week I was in Houston for my annual trip to the Houston International Quilt Festival.  If you are a quilter or if you enjoy looking at the work of the world's best textile artists then the Houston IQF is the place to be.  It is always held around the first week in November. 

For the next few posts I will be showing some of my favorite quilts from the show.  I hope you enjoy them.
Weeds Are Flowers Too by Terry Grant of Portland Oregon
I LOVE bees so this little quilt was a favorite.  It is 12 inches x 12 inches.  It is one of the quilts from the Twelve by Twelve project: The International Art Quilt Challenge.  There were 12 quilters involved in this project.  They have published a book about the challenge.  You can read more about it here if you are interested.  All of the quilts from the challenge were on display at the show.

Rare Birds by Rachel Wetzler from St. Charles Illinois
Close up of Rare Birds
Isn't this just the cutest whimsical quilt you have ever seen?  It won 3rd place in the Art Whimsical category.

Gossip Garden by Debra Martinez of Hobart Indiana
You can click on this picture to see more of the detail.  What a clever woman to dream this quilt up and then be able to execute it so beautifully.

My husband drove me down to Houston.  We didn't know if I would be able to do that much walking or if I would lose my hair while I was there BUT I felt great and again, I still have hair.  This not knowing how I will feel from day to day is driving me crazy.

We got home Saturday afternoon.  That evening, around 10:50pm, we had one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in Oklahoma.  It was a 5.6.  We were both sound asleep when it hit.  It was scary, scary, scary.  No damage because we don't live that close to the epicenter.  The quake was felt all over the state.  Friends were posting to Facebook like crazy. 

Today we are having a light rain with a little thunder.  My husband heard the thunder and said "is that another tremor"?  We are getting a little jumpy around here.  Thunder used to be a normal occurrence, now we are listening for earthquakes!!

Until next time,