Signs

Posted April 22, 2013 by emprint
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I could make a book of photos that I’ve taken of signs. One of these days I’m going to sort through all the pics and put them all together as a collection. These three were on the side of an old church pointing to parking space in the rear.

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It May Not Be Beautiful, But….

Posted March 19, 2013 by emprint
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I think it’s going to work. This is the old strawberry bed; slightly raised in old railroad ties. A PVC frame already existed for anti-bird netting when there were strawberries but there are only two plants. Now it’s for an early bed of greens – spinach, chard, Oriental mustards, etc. I may have to nail the north and west sides, windward, down. Tomorrow will tell. It’s very windy today.

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Here’s a beautiful harbinger of Spring. New growth on the Tree Peony.

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And the first Dandelion

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Blue Sweater

Posted March 16, 2013 by emprint
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I know the weather is trying to be Spring and  that I knit this sweater last Fall, but I just got the design wall cleaned off enough for me to pin it up and photograph it.

All wool. VERY warm.

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Favorite tree

Posted February 22, 2013 by emprint
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The Uncommon Threads art quilt group’s latest challenge is “My Favorite Tree.” At first I found that trying to limit myself to just one tree was very hard, but as I reviewed some of my old photographs I realized that I really do have a favorite. Or did. A Wahoo tree (Euonymus atropurpureus), native to this area. The tree starts in the Spring with green leaves first, then flowers with rather insignificant small brown flowers and in the fall it’s foliage is red and gold with little red pods opening to red berries. In the winter we used to see a flock of Cedar Wax Wing birds feast and strip it of the berries in just a few hours.

In 2009 we were hit with a terrible ice storm in which you could literally hear tree limbs cracking and breaking and falling. It was a terrible two days. When it was all over the beautiful little Wahoo tree in my back yard had “exploded” and all the branches were broken. All that was left was a trunk.

My first attempt was to print a photo image of the Wahoo foliage onto canvas and then fuse another photo image of the broken trunk onto that. I was not particularly thrilled with this so used it for the back.

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Next I used a purchased hand dyed fabric on Etsy for the back ground and fused to it a free hand cut out of the trunk in brown fabric. The trunk, branch and berries are embellished with machine embroidery. then quilted with a free hand leaf motif.

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 “Boo Hoo Wahoo” 

Lesson learned – don’t quilt through the canvas. The needle leaves holes.  You can see the other members work on our UT blog here. Enjoy.

Trip to Joplin

Posted January 28, 2013 by emprint
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This week included a trip to Joplin to meet other art quilter friends for lunch and to see the traveling SAQA exhibit “Sightlines.” Lunch at the Red Onion was delicious and “Sightlines” at Spiva Art Center was exceptional, in my opinion. I would urge you to see it if you can.

On the way home we passed this sidewalk exhibit and couldn’t pass it by without making these two photographs.

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No More Yarn

Posted January 17, 2013 by emprint
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That’s my New Year’s resolution. I’ve been sort of slogging around, not too motivated about a resolution for 2013 until today. It was below freezing for three days  when I needed to go to the city yesterday and decided to dress up a little with my alpaca yarn, hand knitted lace shawl.

I discovered a hole in it. %#$%. Most of today has been spent looking for the extra skein of yarn that was used to knit the shawl  and I’ve yet to find it. But – in searching I have found all kinds of beautiful yarns that have been squirreled away under the work table, in the corner, and wherever else one squirrels away yarn.

Here’s the shawl that needs repair:

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I’d show you the hole but it’s held together with a big safety pin so that it doesn’t unravel further. All the yarn has been “organized” now. Meaning it’s all dumped into a big plastic tub. And a basket. And a big plastic bag.three-yarns

This is all the sock yarn and a pair that is almost finished.

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And this is yarn that just arrived Monday,

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to make this scarf with a Classic Elite pattern. That’s the next project.

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I shall continue to look for the white alpaca shawl yarn and will probably find it when I’m looking for something else. And, I’ll unsubscribe from the yarn site which tempts me. As I’ve stirred through the yarn I’ve  gotten  inspired with combinations and ideas for more projects. Maybe I’ll take a little rest from quilting. HA!

Yarn Scraps

Posted December 22, 2012 by emprint
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After knitting socks for the last four or five years, or more, I have a large collection of scrap yarns. Looking through Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac, I found an interesting hat pattern. The hat comes down over one’s ears which I always complain of mine being cold.  Rather sassy looking aren’t they?

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Still lots of yarn left so I decided to make a sweater for Mandy, using her old sweater for a pattern.

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Does she look happy? I don’t think so. It may be a bit small. I still have LOTS of yarn left. I’ll try again and make it larger.

Hankie Art #2

Posted December 11, 2012 by emprint
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In August, Harry fell nine feet straight down through the framework of the deck that he was rebuilding. He landed on his feet, but shattered his right heel. He has healed now with some residual pain and swelling but doing well. We both had to deal with it in our own way. My way was less painful than his!!!

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Tender Foot

It’s mounted on stretcher bars.

Latest Challenge

Posted November 25, 2012 by emprint
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The latest challenge in the Uncommon Treads Art Quilt group was chosen by Carol Bormann and entitled “Transportation.” I really felt challenged to come up with an idea and in trying to think of some unusual mode I decided on a woman carrying a baby on her back. Obviously, the woman doesn’t get any kind of transportation but the baby sure does.

The work of the other members can be seen here.

Little Road Trips

Posted November 18, 2012 by emprint
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It’s deer hunting season and not a good time to be hiking in the woods – So –  we take little car rides along the country roads. Last week we came home through Bois D’Arc and found that most of the houses were built of stone. Here’s two examples. Actually this is a church, which is obvious.

And this is a garage, but have you ever seen such beautiful stone work on a garage? The stone mason must have been having fun.

Today we drove down Hwy. Z. More evidence of deer hunting in this “grocery” store.

Do you think they do any business any other time of the year?

And here’s a pastoral scene of a horse and bull enjoying the shade together. Don’t ask about the school bus in the background. I haven’t a clue.

I do love this time of year after the leaves have fallen and one can see through the trees. The whole landscape opens up. But, it’s hard to take pictures on these roads. There’s no shoulder and too many hills and curves to park safely.