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My Very Special House Guest

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Sorry, Kerr, but this little girl trumps your visit!! I picked up the family at the airport at 8:30 this morning. Paige was all smiles as she had slept for most of the flight.

I am really tired because the house alarm went off on its own at 2 am. I hate that — the noise is excruciating and then there is the panic that it might be real. So, I had a hard time getting back to sleep. I woke up just in time to hear the SCOTUS decision on health care. That was a great start to the day.

Mark says that he has not seen Paige as engaged and happy and smiley as she has been with all her Portland peeps. This photo was taken with the photo booth on my laptop.

She is such the perfect little baby. I got some great photos of her while Mr C was holding her this afternoon.

And this guy was jealous!!

I got the quilting finished on the fire quilt, but forgot all about making a 3 x 3. I also got a nice request to have my work featured in a magazine. I will divulge more later. Lisa got asked by someone in the White House to be part of Obama’s Design Team for the campaign. It has been a good day in Congdon land.

Sparks are Flying

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

I edited this and removed a lot of the sparks and started stitching. I found out that it is Google Chrome which caused the problem with uploading the photos. I switched to Firefox and no problem!

I am stitching the heck out of this because I have so many small pieces. Here is a detail.

I have to say that this piece is making me very happy as I feel I have gone back to what I love doing — making abstract quilts out of my art cloth.

I have had a very busy day. I did lots of laundry, got the guest room ready for my special company coming tomorrow, made a batch of berry freezer jam to use up some of the berries in the freezer from last summer, shopped at the Farmer’s Market and quilted!

I rented an infant car seat and a bouncy chair for Paige. Mr C and I successfully installed the seat in the car. I will be off to the airport at 8 in the morning. Soooo excited.

Tomorrow, my granddaughter leaves for a wilderness adventure with kids her age from all over the country. She will spend 2 weeks with other 6th graders surfing, rafting, climbing and hiking all around Oregon. She was given a scholarship for the program, and I am so proud of her. I know it will be an exciting time for her.

Here is today’s 3 X 3.


Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Leek flowers.

Light My Fire

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I have worked all day on my fire piece using the  fabric I created in Kerr’s workshop. I have had lots of fun playing with design elements.

I placed the fabrics on a black background and they really popped so that was my starting point. (There is something weird going on with this photo. I have had trouble all night uploading photos so it is what it is.) Fixed this one.

I got the idea of over laying linear lines for an abstracted fire visual. I also added a few bits of fabric for sparks. Then, true to form, I over did it. So, tomorrow, I will do some editing on this. (And again, the photo is screwed up – argh!!) Still can’t get this one right


I give up. Here is today’s 3 x3 – wonder what it will look like?

Whoop de doo – no problems with this. Good night!


Moving On

Monday, June 25th, 2012

I finished my mythology piece, but, I can’t show it until the reveal on July 12. I can’t believe that I am done this early.

I want to make at least one more piece for High Fiber Diet’s elements show. I cut up the fabric that I made in Kerr’s class and started auditioning other fabrics to go with it. I think I have some excellent choices.

I was a little lazy today. Terry came over with her Rituals quilt, and we packed ours together to send to Southern California. I dropped them off at Fed Ex and picked up some groceries and didn’t get back down to the studio until after dinner. My bad.

Here is today’s orange 3 x 3.