Monday, June 11, 2018


 But first the birds:
These are Gullahs, an Australian bird who apparently is a bit of a silly bird.  This is the fifth bird in Helen Godden's Feathered Friends series.  We have only 4 more to go.  Painting these has been so much fun but mostly I use this as an opportunity to practice free motion quilting.  Some of the quilting on this piece is good and some is just okay. 

Here is what we have so far:

Pretty wild with their brilliant colors. 

My other project is the Morning Glory Designs BOM.  We are halfway thru the year now having completed six blocks.

Here is a close up of May and June:

I think this one has a stained glass feel to it. I love the ways the stems twist and turn.

So now......back to Sandra Liechner's Naturalist's Notebook and block three "The Purple Finch".  Progress will be revealed on next post. 


Today is June 11.  No one is sure what the impact of the end of net neutrality will be.  Probably nothing good and we will all look back at this time as the "wild west" days 
 of internet usage before the telecom corporations took control and determined in their infinite wisdom the flow and content of information thru their new ability to vary cost to those providers of information. The telecorps do say that they will now be able to afford to increase services to under-served rural areas.  As I say...we shall may not be all bad (yeah right).


Speaking of the internet, I have mentioned before that Blossom the wonder kitty is a hacking genius with her petty paws and her fanny.  Her latest hack took me 3 hours to un-hack.  She locked my computer in airplane mode which could not be undone (before you even say it) by clicking the airplane icon.  NO.........after much toil and research on line on my husband's computer, I got enough onfo to make a leap into success.  And here is a hint for all of you who have special kitties like mine-check out the blue Fn button on the bottom row of your keyboard.  This is a useful key.  Press Fn and the function key (F2 for me) with the "tower" icon and voila...your troubles are over.  I was pretty annoyed with her the rest of the day.  A person has only X amount of energy and this is NOT how I want to spend (waste) mine.
Here is kitty sharpening her claws planning her next attack.

A pretty wooden bridge deep in the woods.

And last...your moment of Zen 
to bring calm and peace to you
in this increasingly 
worrisome world

"Wood stumps and logs" from artist Tamara Kostianovsky. Tamara breathes life into discarded materials to create different objects  and here she layers discarded fabric to create her wood.  I think it is a wonderfully beautiful and evocative use of fabric.

Do you like her ideas?

Happy quilting until we meet again!

I am linking up with:
Slow Stitching Sunday, Bambi's Blog, Making Monday,  Em's Scrapbag, Esther's Wow, 
Midweek Makers, Whoop Whoop, Finish or Not!, and Off the Wall Friday.

Rest now Anthony Bourdain.  We will miss you.


  1. Ok when I come here I am generally blown away by your applique skills and I realize I'll never be that good and it is ok / you are a master and I am in awe.

    BUT NOW?? You have a hacking kitty? To rival the Russians and Chinese? LOL !! Love it :) I know that it was all a pain but as the saying goes " you can't make this shi* UP! " :)

  2. Your birds and flowers are fantastic!

  3. Love your galahs! We have them round here, and they really are characters. They often sit on powerlines and swing upside down just for fun.

  4. I love your birds - the quilting looks brilliant to me - and your Morning Glory blocks. I have just signed up for her newsletter as those flower designs are just what I have been looking for.
    The logs are brilliant - what a talented lady. Annoying about the lockdown on your computer! xx

  5. I love your birds too, and your applique blocks. You have definitely mastered that technique.

    Did Blossom the wonder kitty gloat the entire time you were trying to fix your computer? What does the Fn and F2 key do?

  6. You are such an artist with fabric! Your blocks look like paintings! So lovely!

  7. Thank you for your inspiration on Show and Tell Monday !! Bambi

  8. Those fabric stumps are amazing! Thanks for sharing them. As for the Internet, well... We should hold an Irish wake for Net Neutrality, and tell stories about the young and free days of the Internet of Way Back When.

  9. Love your Bird Blocks the free motion quilting is spot on .... Morning glory blocks are wonderful!

  10. I love your birds and the flower blocks. Fabulous! And those wood sculptures certainly are evocative of fabric. Thanks for sharing them.

  11. The Morning Glory block of the month blocks always look better when someone has taken the time to stitch one than in the patterns presented. I am not participating but have enjoyed viewing yours.

  12. Beautiful birds and flower star blocks!
    Love the fabric sculptures too!

  13. Beautiful birds and love your flower blocks too!

  14. Wow, the birds are just fabulous!