Friday, December 21, 2012

Just Another Day (Patagonia, AZ)

Just another lovely day on the Preserve.  No feelings of doom or the end of the world.  I had forgotten all about it until I opened up Facebook.  Well, I'm not going to sit around and wait for it.  I have things to do, places to go, and birds to see.

This Great Blue Heron has been spending quite a bit of time in the Sonoita Creek lately.  He was so busy catching his lunch that he came within 20 ft of me.  
My legs started to cramp up and I had to move before they fell asleep which would have caused me to fall into the cold water.  That would have been a miserable walk home.
I stood up as slow as possible and to my surprise, he just walked down the creek away from me.
Says Phoebe was sitting near the center when I came back.  He had nothing to say about today....
but Marvin the Martian did...
On The Cutting Board
I changed my mind on making a scrappy binding.  Most my pastel scraps are smaller than 5 inches.  That would have taken forever to sew together 192 inches of binding.  Not to mention all the seams in the binding would not have looked so good.  I found some long-forgotten peach marbled fabric in one of my containers.  An exact match and more than enough to make the binding.  I'll spend the weekend finishing up this quilt.
I finished Ms. Belle Cow.  The coloring in this photo is not the best.  I'll have to take this over again before I add her to my Esty shop.
This is my first mug rug.  Now that I know I can design my own with clipart, I will be making more. 
If you are wondering about her spots, I used the crayon technique.  I outlined her spots with permanent fabric marker.  Colored in the spots with a black crayon.  Covered the area with muslin and placed a hot iron on top to melt the crayon into the fabric.  I had to wash some pencil markings out and the crayon did not bleed or fade.  Pretty cool technique! 
 Oh, I also finished the snowmen's scarfs with fringes.  I'm off to look for a matching border and backing...
Happy Quilting!


  1. I see a mug rug future for you. The bird pictures make me want to be there... Have a happy Christmas.

  2. That heron looked you over and saw an admirer rather than a threat. (Clued in by the Mountain lion no doubt). That binding is perfect ... you found it, or did it find you? I guess since the world didn't end, people will need more mug rugs for the next thousands of years. Cute cow!


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