Pix of the Day

It finally quit raining and dried up enough for me to safely navigate the Tanyard Creek Nature Trail.  The trail was closed for several months this winter to effect some much needed erosion control following major flooding in 2013.  You can still smell the lumber on one of the new bridges.  We have two resident herons here that frequent Lake Bella Vista and Tanyard Creek where I have tried to capture them with my camera.  I had two opportunities on Monday.  I was just about to capture Mrs. Heron in flight when Mr. Heron swooped by and they both took off.  They saunter along the shore and stand stock still if they sense you are there but when they’re ready to leave, it’s buh-bye right now.  Both of these photos were chosen as Pic of the Day on our local KNWA-TV Facebook page and during the news yesterday.

Heron Taking Off

Heron Taking Off



What a beautiful day Monday was.  Sunny, not too hot.  I took a group photo of a family visiting, whisked a mosquito from another visitor’s cheek and got some wonderful photos, which I’ll share in future posts.

In the meantime, back at the ranch, I finished the binding on my challenge quilt, weaved (wove?) in loose threads and now need to add some embellishments.  I am also going to add two more lines of quilting.  TIP: Easy-threading needles make weaving in thread ends so easy.  There was some major distortion where I quilted on the diagonal but I managed to square the project up.  I also got the seams to match when I joined the ends of the two-sided binding.  Here is the quilt before binding.


I have also been doing some cleaning and am ready to return to my orange leaves.  I’ll post more about that next week.

Here’s one of my other favorite photos:



That’s it for now.  May all your photos, and your life, be in focus.

About bycandyp.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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