Art Gallery

I was honored to be asked to enter and then super-excited and shocked to be accepted to show one of my quilts in a local art gallery.  The fall special exhibit was entitled, “Farms & Barns 11”.  (I assume eleventh year with this special theme in the fall.)

acceptance letter


A beautiful town ~~ this was on my way home after I set-up my quilt.


The acceptance letter also let me know there would be an opening reception of the special exhibit in just a few weeks.  I kindly told P that he would “get” to be my arm candy that night!  (His comment while driving away was along the lines of there went 2 hours of his life that he’d never get back.)

My guild friend that suggested I enter the show was at the opening reception and we were able to chat and I met her friend and her husband.  She is so sweet & kind to support me so much like this!

My in-laws came and were thrilled to have their quilt on display.  This is the first time I’ve had the chance to have a photo with my FIL and his quilt.  (the least blurry photo)


All the other exhibitors showed various forms of paintings or digital photographs.  My piece was the only one not for sale and I assume most of the other exhibitors had not made such a personal piece but have their pieces offered for sale on a regular basis.   I felt my work was out of place and it was displayed away from the other works but I was still happy to have my work there.  It was the best lighting the quilt has ever been shown in which thrilled me to see the quilting textures enhanced.

P & me….


This was heading back to the main floor after we looked at children’s art work displayed in the basement.

06I sent the gallery director jpegs to print out of 2 of the labels on the back.  Hopefully no one was touching to read the back of the quilt so these 2 frames had information about the quilt.

FIL was curious about my selfie so I showed him an example…. and we got the 2 of us!  ;)


Waiting for time to pass and letting MIL rest instead of standing.


I hope I can get more advance notice for future special exhibits and be able to create for another gallery show.  It is a beautiful gallery!

Visitors from the East


While my sister (M) was on summer vacation from her music students, she and her husband (D) brought our mom here for a visit.

They arrived Monday evening and I had supper in the crock pot. I tend to do that when guests are due after a big drive so it can be ready or wait until they arrive. It was mediocre but the desserts were good!


I offered ideas of activities while they were here or good ol’ vacation rest. On Tuesday M & I went to yoga class together while our mom and D looked at lovely homes and a few little shops. Smartly D found The Cheese Market where I like to shop as well.

After yoga and lunch we took the longer way home so we could visit 2 cemeteries.  If you know my background, you’ll understand how unusual it is that I have relatives from both sides of my family tree buried nearby.

CG cemetery


We found the first 2 of my mom’s side that came to our little town and married here. We also visited the grave of my dad’s aunt, our boys’ site, and some of my husband’s family.

After touring my quilting studio, I moved on to the sewing room to do some alterations for mom. But when I said I needed to stop to fix supper, M & D said they’d make it. They both love cooking and presented us with a yummy dinner from my non-chef kitchen. I finished sewing with mom’s company in my room.

After dinner,  they asked to see my FIL’s farm quilt.  I had brought it home after our little visit with them in the afternoon as it was going to a gallery soon. I was very touched by their interest and amazement at my work on this one and other quilts they got to see.


As the artist, I felt the quilt should be used a bit since it usually spends its life in the closet. :)  (I’m sitting on the arm of the couch.)


On Wednesday we made plans to meet JP for lunch near his job. Thankfully he clocks out for lunch and doesn’t have a strict timeline. He could make up extra missed time just staying a bit longer in the afternoon.



M & D offered to make supper and my mom and I had some extra time to visit. I showed her a special project I have coming up for myself.

Thursday morning had a slower pace and much continued visiting. Seems all of us women have the same talking amounts & bunny trail gene.  Haha!

We had a simple lunch and they headed to a suburb for more family visits.  Friday included a special drive to see one of my mom’s nieces which she enjoyed!

On Friday night my sister especially chose a hotel near Miss K and God graciously cancelled K’s last appointment, so then all were able to have dinner, conversation, hugs,  and ice cream dessert that evening.



Around the long corner for dessert… a great distance for mom to go at the time without her walker.


It is hard for us to get time with our kids. I am thankful my BIL did the extra driving so my mom could see them both.  After time in the big city, they visited more family and another family cemetery.  My mother enjoys her travel times a lot and she is a real trouper!

November Intentions

I saw this blog post idea and thought I’d try it.  At least for this month!  This is just my personal list — not my job work.

  • paint bathroom closet
  • vac out part of aquarium water & replace
  • re-pot 2 coleus that were outside over the summer
  • draw floor plan of house for advice on a design group where I’m a member
  • sand treadle machine cabinet for living room sewing corner
  • finish New Feathered Star piecing
  • make a Featherweight sewing machine cover
  • brush the dog at least 1x a day
  • 2 quilt guild meetings
  • more blogs posted ;)

That is enough for a busy month with customer quilting deadlines for Christmas as well.   I suppose other intentions will wait for the rest of winter!

new feathered star beginning

new feathered star very beginning

Not for the House

This spring’s kitties have found it quite fun to hang out at the back door when it is dark and they know P is in the house.  I am allergic to cats so they aren’t allowed inside.  Neither do I want to have a pile at the door every time anyone (me especially, b/c this is my blog and life is all about me, right? I know not!)  needs to go in or out.   My back door is just for us but FIL uses it too.  Please, I prefer guests to use the front door.  :)

Meanwhile, the other night after P put the dog in the barn for bedtime and checked the buildings, he bought in an armload. This is only 3/8 of the 2015 kitties but they are big!  And friendly.   And would LOVE being in the house.   Now that the cat-whisperer is on her own, we have super-friendly cats.  It makes no sense!

I think these are Mary (first named Larry and then she needed to be Mary), her brother Daryle, and her other brother Daryle.

3 kitties Sept 22
He is smiling because he thinks this is funny.  I don’t!  We have been having “no deck” lessons for a few nights now.  :D  Lessons are between me & the cats.

Cherished Time


06 and 15

We seldom get time with both our kiddos and so we made plans for a few nights out over Labor Day weekend when they both had Monday off as a legal holiday.

We met at JP’s place and it was just over 1 hour for P & me and about 1:20 for Miss K.  A perfect place to meet!  Both cars arrived within 5 mins of each other.  He is in a safe and residential neighborhood and the landlord was fine to have an extra car there for a few nights.  Blessings!

We grabbed supper to go and then had just over 1 hr to our hotel.  Rest for all the weary!!   Both P & Miss K were in the middle of that awful fall congestion junk that has been all over. Even though we hadn’t seen her in 8 weeks, they got the same thing at the same time. :\

Good treats out to eat — ice cream, SBx (Miss K & me x 2!), breakfasts out brought to our table, etc.






Saw the lake areas —
I aimed for sun and the others aimed for shade.







A fun afternoon of miniature golf —








No one wanted a group selfie but me.

Visited downtown and the capitol building —






Rest, movies, naps, hand-sewing for me, and maid service.   Just the topping on the real treat of having our kids with us.  I’m so thankful for my family!

Ornamental Tree

Here is our new tree — a Japanese Weeping Cherry.


This is at the nursery when I picked out the tree.  I know the blooms will be gone by the time it is home so this is what we’ll have in future springs.



A few flowers were still hanging on when they planted it the next week for me.

Just planted – April 27.

Great crew – just 2 men and I’m not sure they were even here for 10 minutes.  Dug a hole, planted, mulched, and watered.  Very polite and kind men!

This one is only about an 8′ tree at full height and I can trim the weeping branches when needed.  We also put this one a bit farther away from the corner of the house.  We haven’t redone the grass or the rocks yet.


(I have so many many catch-up posts to do it feels overwhelming so I’ll try that at other times when quilting and farming aren’t so busy.)

Today we knocked one more thing off my list of house jobs that I need P’s help.  I’ve wanted this tree replaced for years!  Last week I talked to the landscape place and they don’t need much lead time so I said that today we’d take out the old one.

I guess P was on board with me as we got it done before rain came an hour later.   After not coming in all week until 8 or 9 p.m. I was sure he’d be too tired to do this job.

before B

Chain around the tree and a big tractor to pull…..
and the tree broke off at the ground.  Rotten.  I said it needed to be gone years ago!!

But huge roots and sucker trees coming up took a lot more work.  I moved rocks and bricks, pulled branches and roots, and hooked the chain off & on.

middle B

After this corner was put back to some semblance of life, we finished planting the onion starts.  We have 4 kinds and P counted 40 plants of one kind.  That is the only bundle with a few starts left so we probably have 150 onions.

We’ve had light rain for the last 5 hours so that is good for the fields and the garden.


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