Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter Weekend

Three days.
Our long weekend visit to Boston started with an overnight at the cottage.  I was delighted to see my crocuses (croci for those that care) poking up from the ground.  I can't grow them at the house as the squirrels have a special affinity for bulbs in my yard (as opposed to my neighbours' whose they leave alone).  The ice was still on the lake and there was a little bit of snow left, but spring had definitely arrived! 

On Saturday we drove through our little custom's post in Beebe and then through the mountains of New Hampshire.  As we started to ascend the snow started, gently at first, and then became one of the worst blizzards that we had seen in years.  For 3 hours we drove, with ice on the highway (spring had arrived - we no longer had snow tires on!) until finally we were through into Massachusetts.   This is the picture I took from the car - asking to stop to take photos was not an option.

Sunday was gorgeous - 23ÂșC and sunny.  We went for a walk through a sculpture park nearby - De Cordova.  The piece below was by Roy Lichtenstein.  It was a nice walk around with views over a reservoir area and then inside there was more art to see.  Rachel Perry Welty had work that used "junk" such as the little stickers we peel off fruit, or twist ties or hospital records.  It's a very obsessive use, but with great results.   And of course, the rest of the visit with family was great.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Although I may feel like it some days, it's not me that's rusting.

This is a piece of cloth that was dyed with washers that had been soaked in vinegar for a while to take the coating off - they were very nice and new from my husband's collection :)  I just kept rearranging them on the cloth, and the water I added floated around a bit creating it's own pattern.  As with all these oeuvres, now to decide what to do with it.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Spring! I think

As I write it is half raining and half snowing.  A great day to be working indoors.  And I have been working!  My friend Janet and I have made 2 quilts for Quilts of Valour.  Here is one that is just missing the binding.
Then I did a mystery quilt with the guild and am very pleased with the look of it.  Now to figure out a quilting design.  This is only a part of it - it's a double bed size.
Our guild does a raffle quilt every year and this year it will be a New York Beauty.   So these are the two blocks that I've made to contribute.

There are a few more projects underway, so stay tuned!