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Monday, January 28, 2013

necessity is the mother of invention

necessity is the mother of invention...today i was using holographic thread to FMG some detail on the lizards of my quilt...all was going fine until i tried to use the threads my friend bought for me from superior threads when we were at quilt festival in houston, texas in nov 2012...the small sulky spools fit just great on this little thread holder and sits behind my machine...to get the holographic thread to run flat and not twisted it is better if it unwinds in the horizontal position behind the machine...
 this is the little spool holder Monica gave me just last week...works really well with sulky spools but not at all with the larger superior threads spools...
so i headed to my husband's workshop to see what i could find...not really wanting to start drilling holes and cutting up wood i decided i would just head back inside and have lunch...i figured all i really needed was a small dowel and something to hold it...while preparing lunch i had a brain wave...
here is what i came up with two apples and stick used to make suckers... the apples have held up well all day and it did not take any time to make...hahahaha...i will have to make something more permanent tho

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

once in a blue lizard nearing the finish

it has been a long time in coming but "once in a blue lizard is almost finished...just the binding to put on...whoot whoot...
the lizards lying in the snow
the binding and a few crystals to go 




some of the detail of the quilting..







the fabric for the binding...going to use the sharon schamber method and use glue to put it on...works great...watch that video...makes for a great binding...the last year of doing FMQ has been so helpful in getting to this point...i love the design which is the twigs and stones in which the lizards of the world make their homes...looking forward to getting to work on my next quilt...







the start of my new quilt...horses stars crystals and a few months and it should be hanging on the wall...



Thursday, January 10, 2013

pileated woodpecker



last month on my way out to feed my horse...i discovered a pileated woodpecker at the base of a spruce trees...the snowplow had just gone by and plowed snow against the base of the tree where it was pecking a hole...when i happened along he was shoveling the snow away from the hole which was now buried in snow...i had the opportunity to stand watch for several minutes before "woody" flew off into the forest

such beautiful creatures these woodpeckers are...every spring they fly around through the trees calling out to each other...i sound i look forward to each spring...