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Sunday, July 31, 2011

♫ Nursery Time

Rock a bye birdies on the tree branch. Our yard is getting to feel like a nursery. Baby deer, baby hawks, baby robins, thankfully there are no baby skunks!
These two baby robins have been in this tree for weeks. I remember when their parents were building the nest, but we didn't discover them until after I ran the mower under their heads for a couple of hours.
They were completely silent until mamma brought dinner, although they were moving around a lot in the nest. Quarters were getting tight (no fat quarters here) and they stood up on the edge to look around.

The next morning the nest was empty and they were gone, but not very far away. When our dog came face to face with one of them Mr. and Mrs. Robin went ballistic. Nothing happened to the babies but I really thought their parents were going to dive bomb me in addition to administering a severe scolding. I can hear them saying to their young ones "Now did you see that quadruped? That is why you want to learn how to fly NOW!"

Their squawking continued for a couple of days in various locales around us then finally died down. They must have learned to use their wings. Fly away little birdies. Fly away! ♫

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

♫ Her Geekness

Life is SO exciting! Don't you think? The opportunities and contacts available in this technology rich world we live in are endless...and expanding constantly. There are so many creative and inventive individuals to meet and interact with. I LOVE it! Sometimes it's like you can fly in the same wind currents and draft off energetic people like geese in formation, guiding and helping each other out. So, I'm off on a tangent again, but I get jazzed by rubbing elbows with talented quilters. It makes me realize how laid back I am sometimes, when I should really be accomplishing something important.

Inspiration does strike my brain occasionally, and actually I'm a great problem solver. So if you ever need something figured out, I'm your gal! Computers and technology fascinate me...hey, I'm a math major. Puzzles are my forte, and I've got an Excel spreadsheet to organize, analyze, and solve every problem. Now, there, the cat's out of the bag. Just call me Her Geekness.

Yes, I know, not everyone "gets" math. A lot of people actually hate it. It has been interesting to be a creative analytical gal, but then, I've always been this way. Using both sides of my brain just comes naturally to me. Does that mean I'm not in my right mind? Hmmmm. Right mind and left mind at the same time. It's almost poetic, or pathetic, or whatever. It boggles the brain.

Somehow this post is not going where I first intended. My original title was "Beat the Heat" and my plan was to include this photograph. Which I'll do anyway to sprinkle a little beauty into this chaos.
Ironing in the Shadow of the Rockies
It's been really lovely keeping the hot outside and the inside cool by just using a little ingenuity and moving my ironing board onto the back porch. Shirts, fabric, and starch become one here. Ironing satisfies my need to straighten out the crooked, and flatten wrinkles out of existence. If only the tangles of life could be so easily fixed. Any questions? ♫

Sunday, July 24, 2011

♫ Fast...Dash to Stash!

Are you a Wantobe quilter? Would you like a chance to *WIN* the supplies and tools you need to get started quilting? If so, send me, Kd (Kd at kdquilts dot com), a quick email with your name, email address, and phone number. Be sure to type "New Quilter" in the subject line.

Then become a "follower" of this blog. Look in the column to the right --> and click on "Join this site".

Yes, it's that easy! I will email further instructions back to you.
Believe me, you won't want to miss this awesome campaign! To see what all the buzz is all about go to http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com. The fun begins on August 1, 2011, and you don't want to miss out! ♫

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

♫ Fields of Yellow

Ah, summer! The warmth...the sights...the smells...the COLORS! For the last few years local farmers have been planting some of their fields in canola plants. The landscape will look normal enough; things planted, things growing, all very GREEN. The way it should be. Then suddenly, surprisingly, the entire acreage in a field turns............YELLOW!
Yes, yellow! It's very surprising. Beautifully unbelievable. Stunning really. Cars park alongside the road. People jump out with their cameras in hand. Telephoto lenses wave among the stalks at the edge of the crop. Most shooters probably don't even know what in the world this plant is. They just are enthralled with the burst of color popping up here and there. Enticing motorists to stop and stare. Poppies, poppies, POPPIES! Ooops, wrong plant. Canola, canola, CANOLA! You know, like in the oil? Can you believe it? That my friends is one of life's little perks. I thought it was very interesting. For you, maybe not so much. This isn't even a good picture of this field. I missed the peak bloom by a few days. When the peak hits, the yellow looks solid YELLOW. Then it's really stunning.

Anyway, my real focus is the red barn in the distance. I love that barn. I want a BARN QUILT ON THAT BARN! Then, instead of people just stopping in July to oooh and ahhh over the yellow plants, they will be ooohing and ahhhing over the lovely barn quilt year round! Think of it. Gorgeous barn quilts popping up all over the landscape, forming a trail through Montana for quilters to view. There are such things in other states. Why not Montana? The route would wind through the countryside. A picturesque path for quilters to drive as they hop from quilt shop to quilt shop, or while driving to a inspiring quilt show. I have a dream! I can picture it and it's a beautiful thing.

P.S. I possibly may have overused capitalization in this post. Ya think? ♫

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

♫ Going-to-the-Sun Road

I must tell you, I really am working on some sewing but I keep getting sidetracked taking photos with my Nikon camera.

Yesterday Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park opened to vehicle traffic for the first time in 2011. This was the latest opening since the two-lane 53 mile long road was dedicated on July 15, 1933. Heavy winter snowpack coupled with prime avalanche conditions forced the delay. 
Glacier National Park was established as the tenth national park in 1910 with over a million acres of land.
The Big Drift this year was bigger than ever (as pictured above). It covers the road just east of Logan Pass. It was unbelievable! I had never seen it before and was very impressed.
At Logan Pass Visitor Center the United States and Canadian flags fly in tandem, symbolizing the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park which is the union of Glacier National Park with Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. The two parks border each other along the U.S. northern border.
Hidden waterfalls and streams are everywhere fed by the abundance of melting snow. This little slice of paradise is known as the Crown of the Continent for a good reason. Within its borders is Triple Divide Peak where a hydrologic apex of the North American continent occurs. This means that from this one peak: 1) water flows from the western slope eventually entering the Pacific Ocean, 2) water from the northeastern slope flows to Hudson Bay and ultimately into the Arctic Ocean, and 3) water flows from the southeastern slope down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean.

The day was gorgeous, calm and warm. The fog and clouds lifted just as we glimpsed Logan Pass. I love perfect July weather in Montana Big Sky Country. ♫

Monday, July 11, 2011

♫ SewCalGal's Designer Challenge

Every few weeks SewCalGal of http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com has a Designer Challenge where she posts a quilt photo or two and encourages her readers to guess who the designer it. She is personally trying to hone her own skills of recognizing the work of particular designers, but also helping all of us to do the same.

Today's challenge looked like this. A gorgeous little quilt that to me looked and lot like...
...well, it looked so Schnibble-esque that my guess of the designer being Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company was spot-on. In this great game, there are no prizes, just the satisfaction that your name is listed and memorialized on the SewCalGal Designer Challenge Page and even announced on Facebook.

After I commented my guess, of course I had to check it out on Carrie's website and there low and behold, on the Schnibbles page was George. I love everything about this new pattern with red, white and blue for our very patriotic 4th of July month, and I love Carrie and her golden retriever, Rosie.

So, for today's history lesson I think that George is a great choice in memory of one of my favorite presidents, George Washington, and my great, great grandfather George Washington Bullock, who served in the Civil War. He didn’t want to carry a gun, but did want serve his country, so he drove the ambulance wagon for the Union and was in attendance when Lee surrendered to Grant. Great Grandfather lived to be 101, looked a lot like Mark Twain, and was called “the grand old man of Huntington” where I was born and grew up on Long Island in New York State.

You should tune in for the next Designer Challenge SewCalGal features on her blog. Seize the opportunity to test your knowledge of quilt designers and their styles, and maybe join me on the Designer Challenge Page. It's fun! ♫

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

♫ Twins!

Proud as punch this doe was showing off her new twin fawns yesterday in our backyard. They look like such a happy family and the two little newbies began romping around and were so playful. Of course one was especially adventurous and seemed to want to play in the sprinkler and explore the world.

What a cutie and high prancer! They seemed to have no trouble negotiating through/under the barbed wire.

After about five minutes it was time to run back home, under the watchful eye of mama and the safety of the woods.

Take good care of your little ones, Doe-A-Deer, and please bring them out to play again soon! ♫

Monday, July 4, 2011

♫ I love You, America!

It's the 4th of July, one of my favorite days of the year. I think we all need to reflect on the origins of our great country, what it stands for, and the freedoms that we all enjoy because of the sacrifices brave Americans have made. It is important to protect the American dream. Independence, Liberty, Justice, Freedom, and the Pursuit of Happiness are more than just words, they represent our American way of life, a very precious commodity. Please take time today to reaffirm the importance of the foundation this country is built upon. Embrace the values, beliefs, and morality of our Founding Fathers. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

On a lighter note, I leave you with the Muppet rendition of Stars & Stripes Forever.
Happy Birthday, America! I love you. ♫

Saturday, July 2, 2011

♫ Animation Creation #3

Hey, I'm back again! I attended a local indoor quilt show today with lots of color and tactile stimulation, and the winning combination of lovely quilts and great vendors (Hi Robin!). Our Rocky Mountain weather is wonderful; warm and sunny with a light breeze. The next few days will be just as gorgeous, featuring a perfect holiday weekend for the 4th of July. It doesn't get any better than this!

The wrap up episode of the "Swashbucklin' Aurifil" series trilogy is my favorite. I was concerned when Parts 1 & 2 were finished that the background music was too loud and, consequently, the dialog would be unclear, so I learned how to create a closed captioning file to upload. Then I went back and did the same for the previous episodes so all of the trilogy dialog can be read and heard at the same time. Super geek strikes again! 

Part 3, Description: The Patchwork Pearl sails the high seas in pursuit of the greatest thread in the world. (1:58)


Swashbucklin' Aurifil - Part 3

Captain Jack and Lass Quilter will continue to sail off into the sunset on the Patchwork Pearl, and in their next adventure they will continue to entertain and inspire quilters the world over. ♫

Friday, July 1, 2011

♫ ...Continuing the Fun

Well I missed a day, but I'm back now to show you the second GO Animate cartoon.

The three finalists in the Aurifil Facebook contest were announced today, and sadly, neither Captain Jack Sparrow, nor Lass Quilter, nor the Patchwork Pearl in "Swashbucklin' Aurifil" Parts 1, 2, or 3 were among them. Nevertheless, I learned a lot and had great fun creating this trilogy and that's what's really important, geek that I am (more on that in the future). Onward and upward we go, doing things to the best of our ability and getting better at whatever it is every day! You just can't beat having a blast doing what you're doing (smile).

Enough already, without further ado, here's Part 2, Description: Lass Quilter and Davey Jones compare notes on Aurifil Thread. (1:14)


Swashbucklin' Aurifil - Part 2 

In the next few days we'll visit the final YouTube animation video...having more fun than should be allowed watching the adventures of Captain Jack and Lass Quilter sailing the high seas on the Patchwork Pearl. ♫