Sunday, November 1, 2009

Quilt Camp and More Leaves

Hi Mary and Jeni,
I was at quilt camp Thursday through Sunday this week. We had a great time. It was put on by Faye's Henhouse and hosted at the Cooperstown Bible Camp. The ride out was sort of scary as it had rained for over 24 hours and the gravel roads to the camp were, what we North Dakotan's call, 'greasy'. That means it is sort of soapy in texture and it is really easy to slide off into the ditch.
This is the quilt top I made this weekend. It is stitched into rows, but the rows are not stitched together yet. Luckily the Bible Camp has these convenient valances for you to pin your quilting up onto.

Another thing the Bible Camp has in abundance are oak leaves.
Here is a closeup of the pile I was standing in.
They also have lovely hiking trails. I went out and walked for 1.86 miles with my friends Deb and Karen. You are probably surprised that I walked that far. So am I. However, now that I am off of the cholestorol drug Lipitor, my muscles have stopped aching all the time. Even much of my foot soreness was part of the Lipitor problem. I have been off of Lipitor for about 3 months now and I feel as if I went back in time to when I was 5o. Heck, maybe 40. So we walked.
Above, Deb and Karen are waiting patiently for me to take a picture.
Below is a shrub, about 7 to 8 feet high. With these red berries. Anyone have a guess as to what it is? I certainly don't know. We saw many of these on our walk.
We crossed over the 'mighty' Sheyenne River on a floating bridge near camp and then started to walk back.
And walk back. Notice the lovely Oak Tree in the left foreground.
And walk back some more.
When we dropped into the woods for a while we saw this beautiful moss.

Eventually I tired of the woods and it's uneven footing and followed a deer track up onto the road. We saw this huge fir/pine/spruce tree and none of us knew what kind of tree it is. We hope someone will tell us.
Naturalists we are not.
However you might note that Karen is another leaf collector! Well, maybe you can't tell but she is holding up a handful of oak leaves.
How did they get that far ahead of me....?
Well it might be because I kept stopping to photograph leaves in the mud.
We are easily amused here in North Dakota
I think that is the last one.
Soon after all the leaves in mud we made it back to our sweatshop in the main lodge at the camp. It is a wonderful room and we all sewed merrily into the night. Some of us (not me) stayed up until 1 a.m.
I went upstairs early and read in bed for a while. (The first Jesse Stone novel by Robert B Parker) Then, since last night was the time change, I actually saw the sunrise this morning.
Here is a closeup of my quilt pretending to be a stained glass window. It is all florals from my 'watercolor' stash. It will be queen size (86 x 108) when I finish it.



Mary Drew said...

Hey, you're able to walk around - I'm so glad! Funny, one of the volunteers at the library was just telling me how lipitor did that to her too. Stupid medications. I'm jealous - I'm sure I won't be able to do something to make me feel 10 years younger. So now you are a walker, a filmmaker, and a quilter!

Did you know there is a "Young Spenser" novel out? It's called "Chasing the Bear," and tells about him growing up. I haven't read it yet :( but I'm looking forward to Chet and Bernie which I have on hold.

Oh, and the quilt is lovely as usual - sigh. You are so productive. I'm just trying to get a scarf done.

Nancy said...

Well you know I am not going to school for my MASTERS!!!