When I’m not playing with my camera, reading a book, or doing ordinary household chores, you might find me at my quilting table.
A fat quarter (in case you’re wondering) is 1/4 of a yard of fabric. But instead of being cut directly from a bolt of fabric – yielding a piece of cloth 9″ by about 44″ – a fat quarter is a half yard of fabric cut from the bolt then crosscut to get a piece of cloth 18″ x 22″.
Speaking of cutting, did you know quilters have all kinds of special rulers made to be used with a rotary cutter? Hmmm, should have taken a picture of a rotary cutter.
Then there is thread. Basic gray or cream for putting quilt blocks together. But ever so many choices for adding interest when finishing a quilt project!
Added: There is a picture that includes a rotary cutter in a blog I did in late 2019 for one of Frank’s photo challenge of the word common! Click here to see the post and find the rotary cutter.
Cee’s latest Midweek Madness Challenge is to show words with the letter i and I’ve opted to share pictures of sculptures in the exhibit OrigamiintheGarden2currently at Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus.
Origami is the Japanese word for folding paper. OrigamiintheGarden is an outdoor sculpture exhibition created by American artists Jennifer and Kevin Box that captures the delicate nature of this paper art form in museum quality metals. The exhibition features Box’s own compositions as well as collaborations with world renowned origami artists Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson, Michael G. LaFosse and Robert J. Lang.
Bright sunlight on white sculptures led me to a little more photo editing than basic cropping. Nothing fancy – just changed the light balance using the free photo editing software that came with my laptop.
Did you notice that at least one word in the title of every sculpture contains the letter i?
Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: June Pick a Topic from Photo sent me wandering down memory lane and through my digital files of photos. The challenge picture (see it here is of the Pacific Ocean, coastal rocks and two people. All of my picks for the challenge have water and rock; four of the five also have people.
The northwest Oregon Coast was my best beloved’s favorite place to vacation. Even on chilly, overcast days, we could spend hours watching the waves, noticing the water shift from blue to aqua to green, feeling the spray, and hearing birds call over the noise of the crashing water.
That’s my best beloved in the pictures just above and below. It still makes me smile to see him being the photographer when in Yellowstone National Park nearly three years ago.
Gibbon River (prior picture) creates picturesque water falls. The National Park Service has constructed an accessible walkway with plenty of places to pause and enjoy the view (next photo).
One of my early thoughts for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge June Close-Up or Macro photo challenge was a picture I took of the bark on a palm tree. But it wasn’t as interesting as I remembered. So I set out this morning to photograph the bark on trees along my usual walking path. (No palm trees here in central Iowa!)
Leaves growing directly from the trunks of trees caught my attention on the way home.
The spider on the underside of the leaf in the next photo was serendipitous. (Don’t worry, Cee, it’s the only one with a bug in this week’s collection.)
Finally, one set of leaves in the sunlight shown from two different angles.
My casual query after breakfast Sunday led to a field trip to see – and photograph – the 6th Street Mural in Billings, Montana. Thinking of Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge Pick a Topic from her Photo (see it here), I asked if there were any murals in Billings. Although he thought it a strange question, the young dad in the room quickly did an internet search. We soon had plans for after the baby’s nap!
I played in traffic and dodged pigeon droppings to get the sixth shot. The last picture was taken from the passenger seat as the dad drove under the underpass.
The mural was planned and the details painted by Elyssa Leininger. She had help from volunteers who prepared the walls and added wide swaths of paint as directed by the artist. Find more information about the mural and the process as reported by a radio station here and the local newspaper here.
Dad recently refurbished an old secretariat desk. Antiques Roadshow aficionados would not approve but I imagine without Dad’s efforts the piece of furniture would have landed in the landfill. He’s pretty pleased with result – from the chalk paint finish to the carving he imitated to the new lock and key.
While helping with the yardwork, I noticed the slide bolt for the shed. As far as I know there is no lock on it so no key is needed!
The deadbolt on the backdoor is a different kind of lock. It’s not as eye-catching as the lock on the desk, but it does what it is supposed to do.
Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge is to share photographs illustrating words beginning or ending with the letter ‘e’. I considered words that begin and end with “e” – envelope and epistle made my short list – but opted to use photos I’ve taken in the last week.
The tricycle in the first picture is hanging upside down next to a four bicycles which are also dangling from the ceiling. Another fun find at a friend’s farm!
This gate made me chuckle since there is no fence on either side. I wonder if it is newly installed since I don’t remember it on earlier visits to Reiman Gardens. Perhaps something magically wonderful happens for those who walk through it.
The goslings have hatched! I first saw the nest in early April so it was fun to see the parental geese and their young.
Once on the pond, the little ones practiced how to dive under the water. Notice the splash one made in the final photo.