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Thursday, March 21st, 2013



Have you heard that Google Reader is going away? I know some people have been bemoaning the fact. I have started using Feedly and I really like it. The iPad and iPhone apps are really great, too – better than Flipbook.

It has been a crazy couple of days.  I had SAQA meeting here yesterday. That meant some spiffing up time by Mr C and I. Not to mention getting seating set  up for about 20 people and making 3 pots of coffee.  We had a good meeting. One of our members gave some great information about thread. I learned some things.

Today, I went in for my quarterly blood work and wow, are my numbers down. I am not sure how low my cholesterol should go, but it is now 127! Mr C says I should start eating eggs!

Tonight, I went to see an exhibit of art quilts by a group of 5 women I know. They also showed the documentary, “Stitched,” which was a lot of fun to watch since I know a lot of the featured people.

I completed stitching another row of 3 x3s. I have 3 rows done, so far.



I have been working on the silk quilt, too. But am not going to show any more photos of that.

Here is my drawing for today – one of my favorite foods.

drawing 3-21-13



Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

WW 03-20-13

Something Finished?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013



I think I have finished the painted edge of the gallery frame for Fiesta. The painting is quite primitive, but so is my stitching!! I think it looks pretty good. I want to seal it with some gel medium once it is dry.

I didn’t get much done on the big silk piece. I decided I didn’t want to scrimp so I quickly order some more rainbow dyed silk today. Hope it gets here, soon.

Today, I went out to do some errands. I had to return some things to Macys that didn’t fit and pick up some jewelry that needed some repairs. After I left the mall, I stopped at Fred Meyer to do some grocery shopping. I heard an announcement over the PA system saying would the owner of a beige Lexus with license plate 430CJN please come to customer service. Scared the heck out of me. I thought maybe somebody had done a smash and grab or backed into my car. It turns out that some good Samaritan noticed that I had a flat tire and wanted to be sure that I knew. A quick call to Mr C and he came and took care of the tire while I took his car home with the groceries. I am very grateful to that person because I think I would not have noticed it.

Here is today’s drawing with some watercolor enhancement.

drawing 3-19-13


I thought I would show you the original.



Tomorrow, I have the monthly SAQA meeting here at my house. I am so impressed with how dedicated the members are. We get a pretty good attendance every month.

A Productive Day

Monday, March 18th, 2013



I had a busy morning getting out reports to all the committee chairs for the SDA conference. I also got quite a bit done in the studio.

I finished painting the edges of the gallery frame for Fiesta and mounted the quilt on it with gel medium – it fit perfectly. My next thing is to add some paint details that echo the hand stitching. I sort of started. I realize that I need a better brush and I need to sit down and be careful.



I also made more small parts for the silk quilt I am designing. I decided to lay the batting on a large table for the layout and fusing. So, I got one of my tables cleared and took care of that. I also did some hand stitching and beading on the 3 x 3 installation.


My drawing for today is not that great; I left it until late in the day, again.

drawing 3-18-13


This afternoon, Mr C went to Trinity to help prepare and serve corned beef and cabbage to the low income residents in the neighborhood of the church. He was very proud of his cooking skills. He claims to be an expert at boiling food!!

A Good Day

Sunday, March 17th, 2013


After the nasty driving day yesterday, I woke up to a beautiful morning. I took this photo of the sky on Scooter’s early morning walk.



We didn’t go to church because the Shamrock Run was going on in Portland and it is almost impossible to get through town in the morning. So, I headed to the studio to start painting the canvas frame for my SDA member’s show piece. Here is the quiltlet. I think it looks pretty good with the frame up there. I am planning to echo the stitching with paint marks.



I had paint left over in cups so  I painted a piece of cotton. I added some green and scarlet to the mix.


I spent an hour skyping with LM, the SDA website manager, taking care of some registration stuff for the conference. She had set up a new interface for me, making part of my job easier. Love that.

This afternoon, I went to an Oregon SDA meeting at Opulent Fibers, a sweet shop with all sorts of felting materials and supplies. Many of our members are very accomplished felters, making garments that are incredible. A couple of the members have been doing eco-dyeing of felt. I am just going to show you swatches of their work. The red leaves are eucalyptus – isn’t that gorgeous.


This is sculptural felting, with roses!


This is a detail of a gorgeous skirt.


I am looking forward to a more normal week of working in my studio – I have deadlines!!