Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cool little tutorial

Hats off to folks who post excellent crafting tutorials. They take  a lot of patience and attention to detail to produce. I can't recall my path to this one but at 1st glance I could see endless possibilities. I have some deep seated need to not only make the items as published but to make them mini and (hopefully) make them large. So you should expect a 12 gallon trash can sized triangle box one day. Maybe not that big , but I think the sides offer an excellent place to show off a variety of techniques ; stamping , machine quilting , paint stick designs , beading and more. 
I love the name of the blog too,  Needing Things 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Beginning Quilt Class offered at Lyndon House Art Center

I am very excited to announce I will be teaching a beginning quilt class at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens Ga starting January 9th 2014. My offering is a simple rail fence for folks to dip their proverbial toe in the quilting waters. I have been toying around with the idea of making a modern quilt.  I am intrigued with the concept of blank space in a quilt , as I am an avid machine quilter. I am excited about quilting designs to fill in the blank space. I have to admit making a quilt with fewer blocks makes me happy too! I will be making a traditional version as well and will feature different colorings and layouts in future blog posts. I now believe in quilting karma after finding the exact color choices I had been playing with in my quilting program , in a new line of fabric I found recently at Uncommon Thread. 
Check back later for a picture of the fabric line . 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Down to the last 5

September passed in a blur. I am posting a few of the baby calf pictures. So far so good , all 15 are alive and well. If the last 5 would all arrive on the same day and put an end to my twice a day cow checking I could get a little more quilting done. So far this cow season , I have had the veterinarian out twice and one cow hid her baby from us for over a week. Thankful  ( my favorite pet cow) is on permanent relocation to the barn paddock 'cause her feet are cracked . The summer rain was very hard on cow feet. Occasionally she has had company ; Paoli who got so enormously fat she had to be in the paddock until she slimmed down and literally took a load off. Paoli's daughter, Curly Buck was similarly confined for a while but both of them have had their babies and are back on pasture. I noted this year that 2 cows clued me in on their eminent deliveries. Not in the customary way of increasing udder size or a sudden ''hanging low appearance ". Instead I noticed them hustling across the pasture toward other cow's babies and mooing at them in what can only be described in a longing way. Both calved in less than 12 hours. That behavior and watching every mama cow,  with very worried countenance, running along after their baby as they dance , buck and run , makes me know why I don't mind checking cows  twice , if not three or four times a day during calving season.