Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mini Rose

Sometime last year, my daughter gave me a potted yellow mini rose. I can't remember if it was for my birthday, or some other occasion. Christmas maybe? She doesn't recall either.

Anyway, a couple months or so ago, it had started to get kind of sprawly and unruly, so I trimmed it back. Before long, it grew more long spindly branches, but this time there were little rosebuds at the ends.

About a week ago, I noticed that a couple looked like they were getting ready to open up.

Here is the first bloom, which appeared a day or two ago.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Batik Flowers

This is one of my favorite quilts.

The batik flowers came in a packet I bought a number of years ago in Anacortes, Washington. I purchased them just because I liked them, but I didn't have any particular idea of how I would incorporate them into a quilt.

Later on, I came across the fabric that I used in the blocks and the narrow sashing. The way I used it in the blocks, it appears to be two different colorways of the same print. In reality, the fabric gradates from light to dark. If you look carefully at the vertical sashing, you can see how it is lighter at the top and darker at the bottom.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Using Up Scraps

After making the blocks for this quilt, I had a whole bunch of little leftover pieces, each with about a 1-3/4" square of usable fabric.

I pieced a heart out of dark squares first. Then I filled in around in with light squares. I purposefully did not align the seam lines between the dark and light sections, and also between different rows in the light sections. I like the “make-do” quality it lends.

The heart section ended up being rectangular, rather than square. No problem. Some time ago, my mom gave me an old rectangular pillow form, about 12 x 15 inches. If I added some borders to the pieced heart, it would be perfect.

This morning, I sewed up the covered cording and the overlapping back pieces and put it all together.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dreamweaver Class

At last night's Dreamweaver class, the instructor showed us how to upload our assignments to the department’s server.

If you click on this link, it will take you to a page I created, for an assignment to design a page telling something about myself. Also, at the bottom of the page, there is a link to my Midterm Project.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Birds of Spring

This morning, after dropping Tim off at the bus stop, I headed down to Green Lake for a morning constitutional. I’m planning to do this several times a week, now that the days are longer and the weather is (finally!) getting warmer.

Yesterday, I saw a mama duck and seven tiny ducklings paddling around. I didn’t have my camera with me, but I made sure to take it with me today.

About three-quarters of the way around the lake, I finally came across the ducks, including Dad (I’m going to assume it was the same group) pecking around in the grass.

I took this video with my camera. The ducklings were spread too far apart to ever get them all in the picture.

Earlier in my walk, I also saw a red-winged blackbird, hanging out among the foxtails and doing a call-and-response to another bird in a nearby tree. I’d never noticed before how the tail fans out when the bird calls.