Quilt Show Weekend–Part 2

Here’s another quilt for you!

by Mary Rauschuber
by Mary Rauschuber
Pansy detail
Pansy detail

This one is 97″ X 73″

Can you believe it’s the end of February already? There’s a little over a week until we “spring forward” for Daylight Savings Time. The days will appear to be longer with the extra hour of sunlight in the evening. Are you ready?
Thanks for stopping by! 


Wild Bird Wednesday–33

I wish I had better photos to post, but the weather hasn’t been cooperative. This is the first year a red-breasted nuthatch visited our feeders. Today, in the pouring rain, it came to the peanut feeder closest to the window, and stayed long enough for me to grab the camera. They don’t seem to mind hanging upside down, at all. It’s a tiny bird, 4 inches (11 cm). 

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch

Last week I posted the male cardinal, and have been trying to get a good shot of his mate this week. This was the best I could get. At least you can see her coloration and perky crest. She’s a beauty.

Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal

The Brown Thrasher visited this week, too.

Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher

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Share Your World–2013 Week 9

Week NINE. Time sure does fly, whether having fun, or trying to catch up with the daily routine after having fun. Cee found time to come up with four new questions this week. Are you ready? Hand on your buzzer? Oh, this isn’t a game show, is it? Sorry about that. 

The first question for our consideration is:
How do you write: computer, longhand, or other?
Journaling and daily writing exercises are written in longhand. (My family will have fun trying to decipher those one of these days.) 
Blogging and other writing projects are done on the computer. 
Letters and notes could be either of the above. 
Other? What does Cee know that I don’t? Hmmm.
There was shorthand in high school; and verbally, I can tell Siri (the helpful lady inside my iPhone) to write reminders and such for me. 

Second question:
Regardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could play any sport professionally, what would it be? Or, if you can’t picture yourself playing sports, what is your favorite sport?
I would play golf. I wasn’t very good at it, but I enjoyed it.

Third question:
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
I would like to work with animals, and pursue creative endeavors the rest of the time. 

And the last question for this week:
What subject was your favorite in all your schooling, and why?
Bookkeeping. Numbers can be counted on to always add up. I like balance and dependability. 

Please share your answers in the comments section, or create your own blog post and link to Cee’s Share Your World. Thanks for stopping by today!


Quilt Show Weekend–Part 1

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIV was held this past weekend. The first time I attended this show, it was almost overwhelming.

There are vendor booths decorated with quilts and stuffed with fabrics, fibers, threads and notions, cutting tools, sewing and quilting machines–everything a quilter could ever need. Classes are taught throughout the festival days, sign-up ahead of time is required. And then there are quilts on display of every shape and size that travel with the show. I can’t imagine the work it takes to set up, tear down, pack it up and move to another city, several times a year. 

I’ll share some of my favorites here on the blog over the next few weeks. Here is the calendar of events for 2013, maybe there is a show near you! 

Today I’m featuring, “Euphoria,” created by Marilyn Badger.

Euphoria, 84"x84" by Marilyn Badger
Euphoria, 84″x84″ by Marilyn Badger
Center Detail
Center Detail

As you can see, there are an untold number of tiny fabric pieces sewn together, then quilted with all kinds of decorative stitch patterns. I can not imagine how long it took to create this beautiful quilt.

Marilyn was very kind to share this information with me regarding the creation of this quilt:

“It is an original design I made up as I went. Jacqueline De Jong’s “Circle of Life” quilt was the inspiration for the center. I used SewBatik gradated fabric for the center and outer borders, as well as a piece of hand-dyed cotton sateen. It is paper pieced with appliqued pieced flowers that are my design and original quilting designs that were stitched 3 times to make them show up better. 100wt silk thread was used for all the fine filler quilting. It is trimmed with over 2,000 hand-sewn beads and jewelry findings are sewn to the centers of all the stars. It took 9 months to make and has won Best of Show at AQS Des Moines, Best of Show at MQX East, 2 1st Place awards at APNQ and Road to California, Merit Machine Quilting Award at APNQ, Best Solitaire quilt at HMQS and now 2nd at Mid-Atlantic.”



Share Your World–2013 Week 8

I guess you know what that means! Cee has four more questions for us this week. Are you ready? As always, you can leave your answers in the comments below, or create your own post and link to Cee’s blog.


Have you ever had a recurring dream? What was it?

Have you ever been drunk?

Out of your five senses (touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing) which is your favorite?

My favorite day of the week would be any I wake up with no pain.

Yes. I shared this dream with another blogger earlier today. After our dog’s euthanization, I would dream he was wandering in the woods behind the vet’s office, waiting for me to come pick him up. 

No. I’ve seen enough of others in that condition. 🙂 

My favorite sense, hmmm. All are wonderful to have, but with sight I can see the beauty of God’s creation, and read your blogs. Without hearing, I would terribly miss the joyous sounds of the songbirds, and the tide coming onshore.

Now it’s YOUR turn. 🙂 I always enjoy reading your answers. 

Wild Bird Wednesday–Northern Cardinal

A very popular bird here in the eastern United States is the Northern Cardinal. So popular, it is the state bird of seven states. They are found as far north as Canada, and to Central America in the south. At one time, they were captured and kept as caged birds, but it is no longer legal to do so. The Northern Cardinal measures 23 cm (or 8.3 inches). Pairs mate for life. The male is bright red, the female a reddish brown with red highlights on the crest, wings, and tail.


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