The Pokeberry Quilt

The Pokeberry Quilt

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Kumquat Birds...

 
Three more blocks finished for Sue's Bird Dance.
That large circle stitch is called the Trellis Stitch and
a Silken Pearl embellishment thread was used. 
Lots of variations in the colors in that thread and
 it's rather thick so the stitch really stands out. 

 
A Razzle thread was used to embellishment the bird's head feather.
I stitched two Drizzle stitches and then couched them down.
 
 
It was 10 degrees when I was trying to find some sun
to take these photos so the colors would stand out more.
 
I'm pushing to finish the last six blocks before I start
Sue's 2017 BOM, Fresh Cut.  The first installment arrives next week
and after seeing a preview...so gorgeous, so Sue and such a great design
with vivid, bright wools on a background of black wool.
Everything else is a secret for a year.


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

A View From My Window...

 
Most of these photos are taken from inside the house so
the quality is not as sharp and bright,
but it gives me a chance to
share the wildlife right outside my window.
One of my best captures ever, heart pounding to look outside
my kitchen window and see this Mountain Lion.
Gorgeous creature as it made it's way across the deep, deep snow.
You can't imagine how big they are,
males can weigh as much as 220 pounds and the females
can weigh as much as 140 pounds.

 
A pair of young Mule Deer...

 
Hunkered down during a blizzard a week or so ago.

 
Amazing how they have the instincts already on how to survive.

 
A clearer photo because this Mule Deer climbed the deck
and was staring at me through the front door window.

 
Mule Deer after yet another snow storm came through...
bitter temperatures.

 
I watched as they ran up the hill
as if they were frightened by a predator.

 
Yes little one it's snow and it does this every year.

 
Looking from my kitchen window...
hard to see but there are Elk laying under the trees
and at the top of the hill.


My backyard covered in several feet of snow.
 
I am reminded of this poem as I watch
 these creatures face such bitter conditions looking for food and comfort...
 
"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from
 a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."
 
D.H. Lawrence
 


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

More Bird Dance

 
I've been snowed in twice in the last week so I've been
able to get lots of stitching done
 on Bird Dance between all the shoveling.
These are the Avocado Green Birds.
The three circles on the bird are stitched with the Bullion Rose
using a silken pearl embellishment thread.



Lots of Drizzle stitches on this block.


Those are Bullion Knots stitched down the bird's chest
using a variegated Valdani thread.

 
I really love the green used in these blocks.

Friday, December 23, 2016

There is a Quiet...

 
'There is a quiet in the winter woods,
a silence that the soul alone can hear,
as if all of nature knew and understood
the meaning of this special time of year.'
 
...from the Leanin' Tree