Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Color, color, color!

This is Week 4 of the Feb./March Challenge, and I switched gears to delve into a few more projects.

During the first weeks, I painted fabric for borders on one of my quilts and that got me into painting again. So here I am, all geared up to paint a few more pieces for who knows what. I just love the colors and it doesn't matter if I don't know what I'll use it for.

The nine-patch is a leftover from an old project, and I tossed it on a piece of my new fabric to see how it would look. 

Then I pulled out my giant basket of strips that I've been saving for YEARS for making coiled bowls.

As I dug down through the layers, I found these two bowls that I made a long time ago and had totally forgotten about. It was like going on an archaeological dig.

I decided to start a big bowl out of yellow, green, pink, and a dash of turquoise. I'm still working on it.

The other project I considered this past week was making a jelly roll rug. I have the pattern, jelly roll, and strips of batting, but I decided to hold off and do the bowl instead.

And the last project I considered was another curves quilt, like this one.

I pulled out these fabrics, then decided to hold off. I'm not sure I want the pale pinks. I'm not sure I want any of the dusty colors. I pulled them off the shelf because I like them -- I'm just not sure if I want a subdued quilt on my walls. But I haven't ruled it out. I threw in the orange-yellow batik to zing it up a bit.

And in between the sewing is hiking! Here I am with Beth and Barb on our Sunday hike at Catalina State Park. It does look like a bit of a moonscape in the background, but the clear blue sky and sunshine were glorious.

I'm linking up to the Feb./March Challenge here: 

Have a colorful day

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Fun and sun at Tucson Botanical Gardens

The first thing I noticed on my visit yesterday to the Tucson Botanical Gardens were the dozens of white cups capping the tips of the cacti. They were protecting them from our recent below freezing temperatures at night.

The next thing was the really fun exhibit of a "cactus car" and "food truck."

The cactus car is an old VW Bug literally sprouting cacti!

Even the tire rims are adorned with plants.

The food truck is a 1955 vintage truck attached to a former World War II ammunition trailer that has veggies growing from straw bales under grow lights.

It even has a menu listing the 29 edibles growing inside, everything from artichokes and arugula to snow peas and winter savory.

Also in the gardens are citrus trees, including this sour orange one. Sour orange trees have been used in Tucson landscaping for more than 100 years according to the sign. The sour or bitter fruit is perfect for making marmalade.

And of course there are flowers in February due to our sunny warm winters in Tucson.

I sat for quite awhile on a bench enjoying the verdant view below, listening to birds, feeling the sun.

Back home I have my own flowers -- a double dozen tulips from Trader Joe's!

Have a colorful day

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A cat and a bowl

I used to make coiled fabric bowls and I have a big pile of them in a closet, so I sent one to my daughter's boyfriend for his cat. I've seen other cats take over the bowls, and I thought Charlie might like his own. She posted this series on Instagram.

Well, Charlie is a very cautious cat so he took his time getting used to this new thing. It took him all day, but finally ...

... he settled in.
I think he needs a bigger one.

Here's a link to one of my bowl posts from -- can it be? -- 11 years ago:  

Have a colorful day

Monday, February 15, 2021

Challenge Week 3 and a new shirt

It's week 3 of the Feb./March Challenge, where I challenged myself to finish three applique panels that I made 10 years ago. This past week I finished the second one by adding borders and doing minimal quilting.

Since I had painted all of the fabric for the panel, I pulled out some old fabric that I painted and used it for the borders. I didn't have enough for the binding, so I painted another piece:

Here are some closeups of the embroidery. I can't believe I did this 10 years ago!

Here are the two pieces I finished and the third one that's still waiting.

I also made another shirt from the Simple Elegant Tee pattern. I made the cap sleeve version and added my own pockets.

I used a soft rayon batik that I found at a quilt shop.

It's cut out in one piece, except for the neck binding strip and the pockets.

After all that sewing, I got out of the house this morning for a hike with a friend on the Linda Vista Loop Trail. It was 3.2 miles of mostly very rocky elevation. The first mile plus was up, up, up, then down, down, down, and finally a brief level stretch back to the car. 

I'm linking to Lynda Heines' blog for the challenge: feb-march-challenge-week-3

Also linking to Nina-Marie's a-visit-to-art-museum-on-off-wall-friday.html
Her post this week is a great one on how to make the most of a museum visit.

Have a colorful day

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Hoppy Valentine's Day!

Hoppy Valentine's Day

from my five adorable grand bunnies! 

My daughter scattered rose petals around them for their photo shoot. Rabbits eat roses, so this was a special treat for them.

The three on the left are the babies that she raised after the mother who she rescued turned out to be pregnant. Charlie, on the far right with his head down, is an old man bunny and sweet as can be.

For my Valentine's Day, I took myself hiking at Catalina State Park and then got in the drive-through lane at In-N-Out Burger for an iced tea. The line behind me in my side mirror stretched farther than I could see. They send an employee outside to go down the line and take orders. 

And I didn't get a picture, but there were three horses tied up just across the parking lot while their riders ate. This place is just outside of the park, where a lot of people go horseback riding.

Sunrise a few days ago from my back yard.

Have a colorful day

Friday, February 12, 2021

Painting and hiking

I've been painting fabric and hiking this week, and I'll tie them together by pointing out that the fuchsia in the painted fabric matches the color in my hiking shirt.

And the deep purple in this fabric ...

... matches the intensity of the blue in yesterday's desert sky!

From there I'll segue into saguaros from the hike in Sabino Canyon on the far east side of Tucson.

We spotted another rare crested saguaro! They look so top heavy that I'm amazed they don't fall over.

We hiked for hours through thousands of saguaros in sunny 70-something temperatures and were rewarded by a rest stop at a waterfall and clear, cool pools.

Barb stretched out on the rocks for more sun, but I relaxed in the shade.

We've officially launched the Feet and Forks Southwest! Here's the feet shot.

We forgot to put our forks in the food picture, but here are the three kinds of fries we shared afterward at Zinburger: sweet potato, truffle, and zucchini. It was a most excellent day!

Have a colorful day