The Pokeberry Quilt

The Pokeberry Quilt

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

Two Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels have
 emerged from their six month hibernation.

Look at that sweet expressive face...

This one is young...

And very small compared to the next one in the photo.

A larger male who was able to make it through
his long hibernation.
I'm afraid the others didn't make it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bird Dance

After lots of measuring, pinning and basting,
I finally finished stitching the applique vine on the borders.

Yes, the snow is gone.  I'm waiting to see which of my
wildlife made it through their hibernation...Chipmunks,
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels and the Marmots.

All the wool circles cut for the berries.
I just used freezer paper and cut out all the berries by hand.
The circles are only 1" in diameter so I will use regular
 cotton thread to stitch them to the vine. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


A small herd of Bighorns grazing
on the property last week.

Most were females with their little ones.

Looking healthy after a long winter.

They have the most unusual eyes. 

She looks to be very pregnant.

I was in the lower meadow walking not far from
this herd when these photos were taken.
Such gorgeous creatures with their heart shaped noses.

And then one lone Pronghorn outside my kitchen window.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Emily Munroe quilt

This is where I left off back in October of 2016.
All the blocks basted together.

Now I have separated all the blocks in the first row
so I can start the potholder method of reconstructing the quilt.
The back of one block with the wool front folded over to
a backing and whipped stitched down.
Only 53 more blocks to go.

Each block will then be hand stitched to each other
 in the same fashion as the original Civil War quilt.
These details are all documented by Frances Quinn
 of Hoopla Patterns who reproduced the quilt design.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

A Child Asks...

A Child Asks
Please tell me teacher what its like
To watch a swallow in its flight
Or to see an eagle soar so high
It fades into a cloudless sky.
Please tell me about a country road
Along whose waysides wildflowers grow
Or can you tell me why lichens die
Just because we pollute the sky.
Describe to me a field of green
With crystal dew drops reflecting the sun's gleam
I've heard the elm tree was a majestic thing
That reached further skyward every spring.
What was a picnic?  Were they easy to hold?
The parking lot's pavement is to hot or too cold
Was there ever a place a child could look
Into the bottom of a clear mountain brook?
Did ever wild animals live, not in a cage
Please teacher tell me of that other age
Tell me about the love affair
Between the butterflies,
the flowers and clean fresh air.
You'll have to tell me, teacher
Because I can't see
None of these things
 are left for me.
by Clifford A. Phaneuf
Environmental Educator