Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
It is possible to view many of the cliff dwellings from across the valley.
The largest one, below - is called Cliff Palace. A guided tour is available for it.
In the upper left hand corner of the picture below, you can see people waiting
for their tour of Cliff Palace.
These other ruins were not open for visitors, but we enjoyed seeing these,
and several others from various viewpoints along the scenic road.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I am delighted to announce the release of my Quilting Arts Workshop Instructional Video.
It is now available as a download from Interweave. It may be downloaded either in HD or standard video. Follow the link below to see an excerpt from it! Be sure to watch the preview!
A hard copy (DVD) version can be obtained next month.
Mesa Verde has been on my bucket list for a few years.
When I was scheduled to record a DVD in Loveland, Colorado in early May,
it seemed like a perfect opportunity to add some travel to the itinerary.
Mesa Verde is in the south west corner of Colorado, so we had over 300 miles to travel
to get here after the taping was done.
The first look surprised me. Above is the entrance to the park.
It is a pretty long climb up to the top of the mesa, where the cliff dwellings are
tucked into the ledges.
The valley below looks like a rich agricultural area.
We learned this valley was farmed extensively 1000 years ago when
the cliff dwellings were inhabited, and people also farmed on the
top of the plateau. Apparently, at it's peak, about 5000 people were thought to
inhabit the mesa.
Here's the view from the top - looking south. We were on the lookout for some of those
cliff dwellings, which are scattered all around - there are many of them here.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Hand painted cotton. This fabric was painted by my small art quilt group - WAV. We each had a color and a paintbrush and walked around the table adding to each area until it was almost all covered in paint. When it was dry, we each took a piece of the fabric. I used mine to create a series of postcards.
This week's quote:
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
-Thomas Alva Edison-
1847 - 1931
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Chinese writing says: "Montana".
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I am slowly converting my yard to an expansive iris bed.
These flowers are one of my favorites.
Furthermore, this is a flowering plant that is well suited to the environment here.
They do not require much water and the deer do not eat them
(usually - although it has happened at my house).
The iris above is called "Ace".
The iris above is called "Daughter of Stars" and the iris below is called "Gladys Austin" .