Saturday, October 12, 2019

Puzzle is FInished; Christy Adopts a Puppy

My granddaughter Christy Ginn came to visit and in the first 15 minutes she sat down and finished the puzzle. She has a double major in wildlife/fisheries and entomology from Texas A&M and has loved wild things all her life. While here she continued her search for just the right dog and adopted Stella from Southern Pines Animal Shelter. Stella will go back to Texas with Christy, much to the delight of my three cats. It was neat having my own personal techie who could answer all my questions about my TV and my computer.
Stella and Christy sharing a nap

Christy had no trouble finishing the puzzle after I had given up

Here is the finished product
Christy made friends with Tarbaby and insisted that he accept a little loving.
"Help!  Somebody come and rescue me!"

He wasn't very happy, but Christy can charm anyone
My quilt guild invited Katie Pasquini Masopust to present a lecture and stay to teach a two-day class on Artful Log Cabins. She shows how to use log cabin blocks in a creative way using an inspiration photo for color placement. I call Katie a "rock star quilter" and enjoyed renewing my friendship with her after taking a class with her in the early 1990s in Houston. (Pictures of my quilt coming later.)
An example of Katie's work
by Katie

I took her to see The Fabric of Mississippi Living exhibit at William Carey University
I am so proud of my daughter, Linda. She quilted this top she had made several months ago. It will be hung in her home or office.
Linda Ginn and her quilt

The back

Linda and Christy

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Fall is Just a Word

Fall is just a word--not necessarily a weather. Maybe soon, though. After a month without any rain, we had a heavy rain with wind and some broken limbs last night. Lots of pine straw to sweep, rake, or blow.
I have enjoyed rehearsing with The Meistersingers this season. Our first concert is Spirituals in Blue: Music Down In My Soul. It is such a joy to sing beautiful arrangements of some of these familiar tunes.

Quilting has involved working on some Ghost Quilting and Improv pieces as well as having fun with fabric postcards. These can start out as color studies or just the joy of sewing strips of fabric. Elizabeth seemed to love posing on this blue and pink one while I was trying to hand sew the facing on the back.

Elizabeth says, "Does this color look good on me?"

A little postcard fun
The puzzle--okay, I give up. I have never been this close to finishing one and have to admit defeat. It will stay on the table another week until my granddaughter Christy comes to visit. She may see what I am missing.
Elizabeth knows I have given up
Several months ago lightning struck a large pine tree just at the edge of my neighbor's yard. He had it cut down and it seemed even larger once it was in pieces on the ground. I was amazed at the thickness (and the beauty) of the bark.
This tree had been growing quite a few years

The bark was 3" thick with interesting patterns of growth
I'm still fascinated with this little plant in my flowerbed--Fittonia Argyroneura. It is green with white veins, though some of it has pink veins instead of white. It continues to send up green stems with tiny white flowers. Click to enlarge.
Picture a month ago

Picture today showing tiny white flowers

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Fabric of Mississippi Living

     I love to show my quilts, even if they are some of my very early works (1990-1992). It is my privilege to have these on exhibit at the Sarah Gillespie Museum of Art on the William Carey University campus in my hometown, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The featured work is "Mississippi Ag Museum in Bloom" made by me and four other quilt artists in 2016. The piece is 3 feet high by 10 feet wide in five sections. Other sections are made by J Marcus Weekley, Cathy Reininger, Julia Graber, and Rita Warnock.
Front of invitation

Back of invitation
(Correction: my quilt has returned from China)
Mississippi Ag Museum in Bloom

Tiny Baskets by Ollie Jean Lane (on right)


    Other works in the exhibit are from the permanent collection of the Museum. They depict the life of Mississippians doing everyday activities. A special group are by Sister Mary Bertoli, a nun from Oregon who came to the Delta to work with children for a year and wound up staying ten. Read her story here.

     The puzzle of the old dogs playing poker is still in progress. After Tarbaby chased Elizabeth onto the table and she skidded into the puzzle, causing about a fourth of it to slide off the table, it is a miracle that I did not give up then.
The puzzle sliding off the table

Rescued, ready for reconstruction
Here it is, the nearly finished but frustratingly difficult
since this whole section seems all one color.
There is an exhibit called Arboreal Musings by Linda Beach in the Art and Design Gallery in George Hurst Building on the USM campus this month. She will give a lecture this weekend and discuss her design process and inspiration. What a privilege it is to see her beautiful work!
by Linda Beach
     It has been an almost daily job watering my flowerbeds to keep the plants alive in this near 100-degree heat in September. Fall has teased us with a couple of crisp mornings. I am fascinated with this little plant called Fittonia argyroneura. The tag says it's from Peru. It was planted a year ago and lived through the winter covered in pine straw. It is producing tiny white flowers on these little stalks.
Tarbaby allowed Rahrah to snuggle up to his backside for a nap while Elizabeth kept a watch on birds and lizards out the window.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Butterflies, Art Exhibit, and Some Quilting

It's the first of September and I got to see my last two butterflies hatch. I hope they recognize my yard for egg laying, since all these caterpillars were brought over from Ellen Hall's yard, about five miles from mine. I felt like a third-grader getting excited about these beautiful creatures. Elizabeth, my constant companion, was fascinated at the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis. She wanted to touch but was calm as I kept her paw back. I think this one is female--with smaller yellow spots and larger blue area on back of wings (fourth picture). The fifth picture shows a male for comparison.
Elizabeth watches butterfly emerge from chrysalis

Butterfly on coleus flowers drying her wings
Butterfly on portulaca
Female Butterfly with wings open 
Male (larger yellow spots on open wings, smaller blue area)
I entered three fiber art pieces in the South Mississippi Art Association's exhibit at the Lucile Parker Gallery on the William Carey University campus. One was pictured on the invitation (far left), and another won an honorable mention.
Invitation to  the Exhibit

My pieces hanging with those of Jeanette Graham and Mary Judice

Improv Music, 25" x 28"
Pine Belt Quilters had a workshop for Leanne Green to teach us how to use a Bosal product to make this little bowl which can be molded into a curved shape. It's a clever project but took longer to make than it looks like it would. It's about 10" from top to bottom and 8" side to side.
Molded bowl, taught by Leanne Green
The Interleave Symphony is finished except for black binding (so named because one of the fabrics contains composers' names), and I decided it needs to hang vertical instead of horizontal.
Interleave Symphony in progress

Interleave Symphony, 31" x 34" ready for black binding