Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Winter redux & Wip Wed on Tues

I just want to give a shout out to Susan at Desert Sky-I tried to log in and comment several times-even anonymously and it doesn't like me. But I like you so I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your new blog site and header. Very cool! When things calm down I'll try to re-decorate around here too.
I also want to mention to DebR(and anyone else that cares) that the goldfinch pic from yesterday is from a couple of summers ago. I just used to to illustrate the really warm temps we had. The goldfinches are my delight. We have a number of feeders, including one that had about 25 stations. Last winter the finches didn't fly away in the fall but stayed on and put on their winter coats of a more dull green. They looked like tiny, little parrots. We fed them all winter and the bill for thistle seed was somewhere up around the national debt. We worried that we were upsetting the balance of nature by continuing their feed thinking that maybe they didn't migrate because we were making life too easy for them. Only I would worry about such things-but they are such a delight and one feeder is right outside my kitchen window where I can watch them bickering and zooming around the yard in that cool wave-like, undulating flying pattern they have. Anyway, this year we decided that we should discontinue the feeders around the end of Sept. and so they went where ever it is they go down south. When they come back there are sometimes 30-40 of them. It's a sight to behold and yet another way for me to waste an hour.... mesmerizing.




I will be busy with other things tomorrow so I am posting Wip Wed today. These are little paper pieced kimono that I have been working on from time to time. I put them in the same place I keep the Asian fabric and yesterday they tumbled out with a piece of it. I used my Carol Doak program to print out the kimono in different sizes which I will eventually put together. The other shot is of a top that I did back when I didn't know that you should be careful with bias edges. I made a bunch of blocks of a string type and the cut them across on the diagonal and re-set them-light with dark etc. Anyway. It's in amazingly good shape and with some care I will border and bind it for myself because I still love the fabrics and the colors eventhough I did it long ago.
So, I'll leave you with another shot of the top and be on my merry way.

9 comments:

Dorothy said...

Oh my! I LOVE that string top. Can I have it? (Never hurts to ask, right?)

Lori (A.K.A. Elkhoundmom) said...

I love both the string top and the kimonos! I am usually not such a fan of string quilts because I like more order than they usually have, but yours is wonderful! I will have to keep that one in mind for my next scrap project. The kimonos are also beautiful, and a great way to show off Asian prints. I have a bunch of Asian fabrics I bought to do a strip-pieced kimono for my mom, and now I don't know quite what to do with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

Janet said...

Blogger was terrible today! I had all kinds of problems trying to comment on blogs.
The little kimonos are so pretty. Are they going to be part of the Asian themed 12" that you're working on??
I like the light and dark colors in the quilt. No wonder you want it for yourself.

Debra Spincic said...

I am a big String quilt fan! Love yours alot!

Rian said...

The kimono squares are darling--would you like some asian fabrics? I have a box of leftover pieces, send me your address.

The Carolina Quilter said...

Hi, Dee! Finally am getting to comment here--or anywhere. Tried this past week with no luck. Love the little kimono's and the string quilt--love the colors. I'm trying to resolve to get all of my various UFO's actually finished this year!

Gerrie said...

Dee!! I finally made it to your blog. I lost the link and found it on Dave's last post. I am going to add you to my faves and my rss feed. Love the paper pieced kimonos.

dee said...

I'm so happy you all liked the pieces I've shown.
thanks for stopping by Gerrie-I've been keeping an eye on the auction but I was out-bid on everything I tried for. That's a good thing though! Lots of money for the Kim family-you did good!!

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