June was a very busy month for me. The June Gathering for the Mississippi Quilt Association was the first weekend in June, TVR's Share-A-Stitch XXIX was the third weekend, and I also started a beginning quilting class. I had a wonderful June!
My poor dogs had a kind of tough June though. They are never sick, but all three of them came down with kennel cough. Kennel cough is a very infectious respiratory disease in dogs; usually they catch it when they are in large groups such as at dog shows. All I can figure is that Lacey brought it home from the vet's office when she had her teeth cleaned. All three had a terrible sounding cough, and poor Flea ran a fever. They had to be on antibiotics, and Honey (who had the worse cough) was given some cough medicine. It was Hydrocodone, which is the same kind I get prescribed when I have a cough (I even had to get it from the drug store). So I know how sleepy and out of it it makes me, and it did the same thing to Honey!
This was the only reaction I got when I snapped these pictures right in her face. Poor high baby. LOL
I took a hand applique class from Dorothea Hoffman at the June MQA Gathering. She was a wonderful, very laid-back teacher, and it was a great class! She showed us some of her applique quilts, and they are all so beautiful. Then we all set about cutting out flowers, leaves, and a flower pot to make our own small applique wall hanging. Here is mine, taken shortly after the class.
Please note the flowerpot - it is made of some of my rust-dyed fabric. :o) I am getting close to finishing it, and I plan to add some embroidered accents and beads to it. When it is finished I will post another picture.
I took a Silk and Metal class from Sandy Rodgers at SAS XXIX, which is the regional seminar of the Tennessee Valley Region of the Embroidery Guild of America. She is an absolutely fantastic teacher! If you ever have an opportunity to take a class from her, I highly recommend you do! Not only did she teach us techniques, but she lectured quite a bit on the techniques, which I found just fascinating. I am new to metal embroidery, and she made it seem very easy. I intend to finish this piece this year, so it is staying out with my other WIPs. :o)
The silver leaves were painted with a paint pen. That was a fun technique, and I plan on using it again in other projects.
The Mississippi Craftsman Guild had a fun July 4th day yesterday. Several of the members were doing demonstrations. I really enjoyed watching the wood carving and wood turning. Wood turning is almost hypnotic to me. The man demonstrating the wood turning gave me a little wooden acorn he made while I watched.
It is made of Purple Heart wood, which is a tree that grows in the rainforest of South America. The wood is a beautiful purple color, which doesn't show very well in my photos. The grain in this wood is beautiful.
He had a bunch of walnut shavings on his table. I thought they looked very interesting, and would make cool additions to some fiber art. When I asked him for a handful, he got a bag and gave me all of them! Aren't they pretty (this is just a little bit)?
Then Billy shot fireworks for us in the evening. That is always fun. So although it was just way too hot, I didn't hibernate in the air conditioning as I tend to do during our steamy summers, but still had a very good day! LOL I have Monday off, so I have two wonderful stitching days ahead of me. This is the way EVERY month should start! :o)
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