JULY 2017

After having friends over for a Movie Day on the 1st, I spent the rest of the weekend moving stuff from my studio to the living room so I could get some work done - it's just too hot up there during July and August!  

My goal was to use up and empty the Ziploc storage bag (done) - and by the end of that first week, I had put together enough scraps to cut 65 8.5-inch squares)...with more to cut!

And there are still more scraps to sew together or use up in other projects!

Ventured out on the 8th for the Texas Assoc. of Quilt Guilds (TAQG) Rally Day - only volunteered for a few hours at one of the entrances  - others from the Dallas Guild worked all day. The speaker was Cynthia LeBlanc Regone (website: www.cajunclassicsquilts.comand it was a wonderful time.
Judy from the Dallas Guild worked hard all day...
me, not so much - I was able to hand out goodie bags at one of the entrances
we had a nice crowd from all over- at least 500 people...
what caught my eye was the church's slide behind the speaker -
it's the Hatteras lighthouse - what a Texas church is doing using
a N.C. lighthouse is beyond me...made me homesick for MY coastline!

On the 11th we found out the answer to "What would happen if Raider actually caught a squirrel?" - both survived, but with damages - Mr. R ended up with wounds on his neck, his face, near his eye and near his ear. Not sure about the squirrel; since he wasn't where we left him while we took Mr. R to the vet, we have to assume he was still mobile...
the worse wound - healed in a few days - rest were just small punctures

On the 18th and 21st, Dave had cataract surgery and seems to have come out fairly unscathed and able to see much better -
left eye - day of - cleared up in a couple of days and
he could read across the room with it
right eye done - the dark spot over the eye is the X they put on
so they would do the correct eye -
are they in such a hurry they wouldn't be able to tell??
So the fun part of it was that we got to go shopping for reading glasses and normal sunglasses...these are NOT the ones he purchased because, he said, "Well, these are just stupid."

The DAFA meeting on the 24th was just plain FUN!  We "exchanged" handmade birthday cards and then did an Art Swap.

The card I made for the exchange, and the piece I "swapped"::
note card

In the Garden (8x10)

What I received, a card by JoAnn May and a beautiful silk scarf by Suzanne Morgan:

We wore wonderful "hats" and ate cake (we were celebrating EVERYONE's birthday at one time):
Art for the month, all of it 5x7 or smaller - kept it small and it made for a very productive month!
all 4x5, mounted on canvas
both 5x7
all 4x6
all 4x6
all 4x6 or maybe 5x7 (would have to remeasure)


JUNE 2017 - part 2

There were so many pictures for this month!

We had professional tree guys come out to remove a tree that was growing over the power lines (to the house - our responsibility) -

On the 21st, I went to a reception for my friend Jules Rushing - her husband has Alzheimer's and she made a beautiful quilt for his neurologist's office (representative of an MRI of a brain with Alzheimer's); they had a plexiglass frame made for it and even one of the television stations came and filmed the dedication; it was a wonderful way to spread awareness of the disease.  She also volunteered to put together blocks made by caregivers and patients (last year) into wall hangings for the exam rooms and hallway - Lu, Joann May and I helped with the block hangings - it was so wonderful to see them all up in the office!
unveiling the quilt
one of the block quilts made by caregivers and patients
another of the block quilts
from DAFA: April, Traci, Carolyn, me, Lu
with Jules
Dave has begun photographing the wildlife outside his office window - I love them! and it was REALLY difficult to just choose just a few -
Are you looking at ME???

Art for the month:

#32 heraldic cross-stitch charts
Mini-quilts for next month's Texas Assoc. of Quilt Guilds (TAQG) Rally Day Silent Auction:
Sewing Tools (8 x 10)
The Knitter (7 x 9)
 Couture Diva (8.5 x 11)
Forest Window (8 x 7)
Vegas Mermaid (7 x 8)
Suspended (8 x 7)


JUNE 2017 - part 1

I was out and about this month, and Dave got a lot of yardwork done - 

Mr. Raider prefers to do this:
his favorite spot to rest up - Dave's lap!
Mid-month (the 16th and 17th), Reid and I volunteered at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Festival in Arlington - about 30 artists from the Santa Fe (in Santa Fe) festival set up at UT Arlington.  On the 16th, there was a VIP evening and Reid and I worked the box office - not much for us to do except give out Will Call tickets - 

Reid captured this shot just as the sun was setting
On Saturday, we had a larger crew - it was busy and HOT HOT HOT!!! Thankfully, the wind never stopped blowing, so at least the air was moving around -
Ernest was able to catch a shot of the gate before the festival opened
and Reid had someone take the photo of the Saturday Box Office crew on her phone
I timed a trip around in time to get a shot of all of the artists having their picture taken.
the artists from Nigeria (the one in blue has a studio in Santa Fe now)
and yes, I purchased some of his batik fabric...I LOVE it!
Also made sure I got photos with the police and EMTs working the event!
Men at Work!
and it was fairly uneventful for them - we only had one
volunteer down with the heat - they whisked her away to the ER...
You never know what you will see at one of these events!
photo by Reid
photo by Reid
It was very bright, and all of the artists were wonderful - but the heat was horrible - so I was able to make it back and forth to the port-a-potties but just couldn't bring myself to be in the sun and take a lot of pictures of the artists.

The week of the 18th, our son Mike came for a visit and to help Dave with stuff out in the yard - first with the fence...
and then helping replace/create steps up into the side yard and down the hill -
and after
Bless his heart, he really worked hard - not much of a vacation for him!
but he was rewarded with our gratitude & love, meals out, and being accepted as a member of the pack by Mr. R (even though the dog continued to back at him every time he came into the house!) -
next up - tree work, art reception, art and wildlife!