Thursday, April 30, 2015

Quilting Class: Week 12

We have finished with this year's quilting class, and everyone has a quilt top made with their own hands.  Hopefully, they are also taking a lot of information and inspiration with them.

Here are the students and their quilt tops:

Pam Osborn wants to use her skills to make quilts for her granddaughter.  She is a fan of quilting books and the Internet sites about quilting. She does excellent work.

Valerie Sherer's quilt top turned out great, with her using all the bright greens and yellows.  In addition to working full time, she and her family moved during our weeks of classes, but she never missed a meeting.

Emma Sherer is fourteen and has amazing talents in many areas.  She added a lot to our class, and I'm so glad she was able to attend.  She wrapped herself in her quilt top as soon as it was finished.

Denise Davis is  multi-talented, and a hard worker.  She would work all day, then come to our class, then go to choir practice afterward. A few weeks ago, she ran a half marathon in Huntsville.  One of her skills in cake making, and on the last night of class, she brought this cake to celebrate.

As you can see, it is a scrap block.  Denise had made eighty blocks at this point, and she was familiar with how they look. I was impressed by the seam lines--she made them using a rotary marker.  In addition, the cake was delicious!

It has been a pleasure working with these ladies, and I am going to miss them.  

This class was made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Searching For Corn in Cade's Cove

Poor little guy!  He was searching for corn in a corn crib that hasn't been used for almost a century.

He gave up and had something green instead.

He finally got tired of being watched and ran off into the woods.

Life is good.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bears at Cade's Cove

We were hiking with a group in the Smoky Mountain National Park last Wednesday, looking for wildflowers.  Some of the people with us were telling about seeing lots of bears in Cade's Cove.  So on Thursday, with my lil' ole sister and her hub, we headed down that way.

Although we looked diligently and patiently, we only saw one bear all day.  He was a fine looking feller.

He was in a meadow under a black walnut tree.  We could hear him crunching on something; we are guessing that he was eating walnuts left from last fall.  He seemed to be enjoying himself immensely.

We found a place with lots of people stopped by the side of the road past the Cade's Cove village.  We were told there was a mother and three cubs in a den near a downed tree.  We waited for a while, but they never came out and we had places to go and promises to keep, so we didn't get to see them.  The rangers told us it was a good year for bears; that numerous ones had been spotted in the park. I'm sorry we missed the cubs, but glad we got to observe this bear having his morning snack.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

For a few days last week, we went to the Smoky Mountain National Park looking for wildflowers.  We found some.

All these images are from the park.  We found some other things, too. . . . 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Again

 By the grace of God, we have lived to see another springtime.

Some old friends have come back to visit.

They are most welcome here.  I hope they stay a while.