Thursday, July 29, 2010

distractions...



This feisty little guy,
Rufous Hummingbird,
kept hitting the feeders on the patio and
did not allow any other hummers to feed.
And he also was quite a distraction for me.
After I took this shot...
...I realized this is why he fled in a hurry.
I don't think the beak of this finch will
allow her to have a drink.

I located the Rufous in the oleander.
He turned to the right,
and the sunlight caught his iridescent throat.
Then, as if he knew I was taking his pic,
he stuck out his tongue.

While the Rufous chased away other hummer's,
this female Anna's Hummingbird
visited the feeder.
I think I need to get the blinds and drapes
back up in the family room so I will
not be tempted to pick up my camera.
Back to work...

Thanks for stopping by today!
...Karen


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blue Monday...


The Left Bank restaurant is located in the historic
Blue Rock Inn building in downtown Larkspur.

The Blue Rock Inn
(originally called Hotel Merwin)
was build in 1895.
During the railroad era,
Larkspur, CA was a popular weekend destination
where San Franciscans would
come to dance and picnic under the stars.

During Prohibition,
the Blue Rock Inn was one of many
speakeasies operating in Larkspur.

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~Muir Beach Overlook~


The grand sweep of the continent's edge---
from the top of Mount Tamalpais to this bluff
above the sea and out to the Farallon Islands---
is a seamless span of interdependent
plant and animal communities.



Habitats converge, species from one habitat
feed upon species from another.
Dry land gives way to ocean,
but the web of life is rich in complexity,
crossing harsh boundaries.

This area is wonderfully preserved.
Coyote brush and other vegetation provide
cover and food to bobcats, monarch butterflies,
and other mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects.
The tide pools at the water's edge
and the deep waters
teem with the marine plants and animals,
including migrating whales.

Thanks for joining me today for Blue Monday.

for a trip around the world
to see additional Blue Monday posts.

...Karen

Charming Girls' July/August Priorities/Goals...

Well? I'm late, as usual.
I have joined Kelly of Charming Chatter,
Home of the Charming Girls' Quilt Club
for a year long roller coaster ride.
Oh, it probably isn't really like that.
I am sure it will be lots of fun...
projects, sew-alongs, encouragement and help along the way.


Anyway, I was supposed to post priorities and goals
for July and August by July 15.

Well....I've been out of town on the most exciting trips... yes, trips!
First, DD and I flew to Portland and took a bus trip to
the Sisters, OR 35th Anniversary Outdoor Quilt Show.
It was major overload.

Then we drove to Ashland, OR
and saw Twelfth Night HERE.
It was fantastic!

Then we drove to Larkspur, CA to stay with DS/DDIL for a few days.

.... so, I am a bit tired.
And trying to catch up at home with "stuff," posting quilt show pics,
(you MUST look at prior posts to see the quilts)
and visiting blogs to see what you've been up to while I was out of town.

So, about those goals... short term would be:

+ finish the "Between Charming Friends Quilt Along" top
+ finish the American Doll Quilt with the medallion center
+ catch up with the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along blocks

...and long term:
+ organize my work room a bit
(that may take a while)
+ read a bit more
(DH has been going through the
Westminster Confession of Faith and has found it fascinating.)

I guess mostly I want to complete the projects I have started here lately but it seems there are always roadblocks along the way. So, for the moment, I will challenge myself to get these items and hopefully a few more done. If I do, great... if not, well, then, tomorrow is another day.

...Karen

Sisters Quilt Show...



"Vase of Van Gogh"
This 78"x 85" quilt
was made and quilted by
Vicky of Clarkston, WA.
She writes:
"I took a class from Jean Wells
once when she taught as a guest at the
Washington State Quilters in Spokane.
It didn't take me long to catch on how
to graph a picture to design a quilt;
however, actually making the quilt took
a good deal longer."

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"Dahlia Medallion"
This 77"x 77" quilt was made by
Hedda W. of Battle Ground, WA
and quilted by Carolanne O.
She writes:
"I picked up the book
Medallion Quilts by Cindy V. Hamilton
and knew I had to make this.
After finishing the center,
I realized I didn't want a 95" square quilt.
Carolanne said if I bordered with the
background fabric,
she "could do a little something"
with the quilting. WOW!!!
I am thrilled with what she did."




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...that's all for today.
Thanks for visiting. I will be posting MORE pictures
so be sure to stop by again.

...Karen

Sisters Quilt Show...


"Golden Flower Emergence"
The quilt above was made and quilted by
Jane of Bend, OR. (57" x 57")
She writes:
"This quilt began at an excellent
Lee Fowler workshop called
'Emergence.'
It was a great lesson in color and value,
and it provided a perfect project to
showcase a favorite background fabric
from my stash."

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The Mt. Bachelor Quilt Guild banner

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This quilter was hand quilting an 1800's top
pieced by her great-grandmother.

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....Karen

Sisters Quilt Show...



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"1000 Piece Quilt"
The quilt above made by Tina of San Jose, CA
was quilted by Melodee W. of Santa Clara, CA.
This 45"x 47" quilt was inspired by the pattern,
"Twist and Shout."
Tina writes:
"Looking through many different quilt books,
I happened upon this dainty pattern to make a
quilt with the 1930's fabrics from my stash.
I failed to read that the pattern was for a
"miniature" quilt before I got started.
I ended up making many, many more blocks
in order to make a quilt of a useable size -
hence the title "1000 Piece Quilt."

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