It's hard for me to know where to start this post. The past week has been full and busy ... and I've intended to post every day - but I'm so tired and brain-fried by the end of the day, I don't. :P I'm not even sure I can put all the photos I have taken this week in chronological order (clearly my memory does not work that way or the task would be easier!:).
Let's see ... I took the flower picture above at the Robinson Nature Center which is new to Columbia (over on Cedar Lane). I just happened to see the sign as I was leaving the hospital area (lots of medical office buildings as well as the Howard County General Hospital, where my kids were both born:). So I whipped right in. I _think_ it was on Wednesday last week. The weather has been glorious for most of the week (mid to high 70's and not-too-humid). I had a doctor's appointment that morning (foot specialist, trying to get a fix for the serious pain in my right heel) ... and had the entire rest of the day off.
The nature center is beautiful and is surrounded by a planting of native wildflowers. It just so happens that one of the quilts I have been designing but had been stalled on is helped here - it features native flowers ... but I had not managed to find enough information to sort out the pre-European natives from the rest (when Europeans came to the New World, they brought lots of things with them, including any number of medicinal and food plants - as seeds, mostly - as well as unintentional imports such as weeds mixed with their seed stock). The garden in front of the Nature Center was full of excellently-labeled native plantings. :)
Here are some photos I took:
Here's a view from the opposite side of the pond that shows some of the plantings. I took photos of the fountain, too, but now I cannot find them. (sigh) I definitely will be buying a membership to this center - maybe even volunteering here, if they can use anything I know how to do. :)
Tuesday (the day before this) I had been to see a urologist down in Maple Lawn (and dropped by a new quilt shop in the neighborhood). I also went for a drive/walk down to Wilde Lake on the north side of Columbia. I spent a very happy hour sitting beside the swan reserve and drawing in my sketchbook. Managed to get some photos of a resident Blue Heron fishing:
It was fun to watch the heron stalk very, very slowly around in the shallows, looking for fish. There were plenty of small ones, but only a very few biggies. I saw him strike at least three times while I was watching, but he didn't catch anything. There were turtles and ducks and swans on the other side of the lake - photos of turtles sunning on slanted logs are probably commonplace, but that didn't keep me from taking one (with my iPhone camera, of course:)
I've been sewing throughout the week while I am at the store, working on version two of my shop's Quest quilt (which uses charm squares in autumnal colors). I'm not the only one sewing, though - here is my friend Patty with her Ravens-themed quilt, intended to be raffled (or maybe a silent auction?) for a local pregnancy center:
I did manage to create two postcards for the animal charity auction to be held at International Quilt Festival in Houston next month. Part of the sewing with charms I'm doing includes trimming down my squares. I had saved these trimmings, thinking they were too pretty to waste. I managed to piece together a hand full of them in what I think of as matchstick piecing (because the individual pieces are about the width of match sticks:):
Heaven alone knows why I was so obsessed with making this ... luckily, my sanity reasserted itself and I stopped. :) I did piece enough to be the 'background' for two postcards:
I actually fired up my new Bernina to do the stitching (free motion with the BSR attachment, then edge stitching the binding). I need to use my machine more often (have been defaulting to the shop's sample making machine, a low-end Janome).
I worked on the sales floor on Saturday and Sunday this past weekend. Sunday, the Sew & Tell group met (they take up the whole classroom and bring yummy potluck lunch goodies:). I could not resist taking photos of some of their work and toys:
This is Amy S's Japanese taupe elongated star quilt - notice the wonderful quilting, I hope you can see that it is various sizes of Jewish star? Here she is showing off her Aleph-Bet quilt - both of these pieces got awards at the fair.
Beth R. was working on very cute baby quilts:
Other members were working on equally fun projects! :)
When Peggy S. and her husband got ready to leave, we all had to troop outside to admire their new motorcycle:
Oh, I almost forgot, on Thursday I went down to Warrenton, Va (75 miles and about 2 hours' drive south) to Kelly Ann's Quilting for a shop owners meeting for Quilter's Quest. The drive down was quite pleasant as the weather was pretty and I was going against the major morning flow into D.C. Kelly's shop is really cute ... I managed to buy some wool pieces (3 1/2" squares) from Woolin Rouge (love the name!:) for my stash:
As I was leaving, I noticed a new-to-me shop right across the street from Kelly's, The Red Thread. I love yarn so I went in to browse and left with some goodies. I have to say the folks there were very warm and friendly! This is some of what I bought:
I don't know for sure what any of them will end up being made into, but I am determined to make a few Xmas gifts before it gets cold. :)
Tomorrow is my husband's birthday - I have to go for my weigh-in and to drop off some things at the shop. Otherwise I will spend the day with my sweetheart (though he is threatening to sleep all day:). Tuesday is my son's birthday ... and on Wednesday I am going to drive to Ohio to see my Mom. This will be a busy week!!