Friday, April 30, 2010

New Stencils

It is time to quilt some of those unquilted tops that lurk around and John designed some quilting patterns yesterday to change the status of this pretty Glorified Nine Patch top.

We are all feeling a little silly this morning.  It is probably the wind from this blustery spring storm affecting our moods.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Hot Time in Chicago

John called a while ago and said tonight he decided to eat dinner at a Steak and Shake near the convention center.  The fries are really good there; yes, lots of calories.  He had eaten about half of his burger and was just starting on his fries when the restaurant staff told everyone to leave because the place was ON FIRE.

Too much excitement and not enough fries.


Red, White and Blue

Kate just finished quilting this miniature Pinwheel.  We have pre-cut kits for this project.  I think she did a good job of choosing a quilting pattern. She still has the binding to finish.  Her plan is to work on it on the plane Monday while we fly to St. Louis and then drive to Paducah.  We sent our clothes with John so we wouldn't have any checked luggage.  What did I forget, I wonder?

Well, it is a beautiful afternoon in Montana and I am about to leave early.  But, of course, I have homework.  I have housework too, but that can wait!  Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tight Fit

Kate, John and I packed up the van for John's teaching engagement at International Quilt Festival in Chicago and for vending at the AQS Show in Paducah next week.  Since one show is right after the other, it is efficient to pack that way, but a little challenging!  The passenger's seat is completely full so I don't think there is one bit of spare space anywhere.  We tried to put the things he will need first on the outside of the load - I am sure something will fall out while he is trying to unpack.

The creek at Red Lodge is still very low; it just hasn't been very warm in the mountains yet so spring runoff hasn't started.  John had a few bites but only caught one trout; just the right size to share for breakfast!  Fishing is a lot like quilting, isn't it - practice makes perfect!

Kate and I have some quilting practice to do before we pack ourselves up for Paducah; better get busy!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Busy as Bees

Tiny signs of spring; some of our earliest crocus are up and blooming. They are a pretty pale yellow. We also see the green sprouts of some of the other bulbs and the tulips are up about 4 inches. It keeps snowing in Red Lodge, however.

Do you know about Mason bees? We want to raise honey bees eventually, but know it will involve electric fencing so have postponed that big project for now. So we are starting off with Mason bees which are wild bees and are supposedly out there every spring looking for a great place to nest. This is the nest we bought to entice them. The bees are gentle, great pollinators and do not make honey so I hope the bears will leave them alone. You can learn more about Mason bees here High Country Gardens

John finished quilting two Storm at Sea class samples for his class at International Quilt Festival in Chicago.  Chicago   He is also teaching a Lone Star class and Glorified Nine Patch. He and Kate have been busy cutting the class kits this week and we are also packing for the AQS Show in Paducah which is the following week. I like the kits they have ready for Chicago and have been eyeing the pile of leftover scraps. No time to do any piecing right now, though.

Buzzing off for now