Thursday, April 19, 2012
Waxwings and Practicing
When the Bohemian Waxwings swoop through I feel like it's soon spring. They are here one day, and gone the next. They come through in a bunch, flit about like crazy and always stop for water. I took 7 photos - this was the only one where they stayed still long enough! Have you ever wondered how they drink? Do they suck it up like a straw or what??? One bird scooped it up, using it's beak like a ladle, tipped it's head back with it's beak open. Glug, glug, glug.
It may be spring, but our grass and iris bed is still yucky.
Today, I decided to practice quilting circles -- mmmm -- harder than I thought - I just couldn't stay on the lines, then I see I've changed my circles to squarish things and still not staying on the lines. I think my circles will be easier with a thicker thread, and a thread that is a similar color to the background of blue strings. We'll see.
Also, I tried practicing one version of Baptist Fans. I need to keep them small for my hand movements, but I'm liking this as an overall background. I save my practice pieces in a notebook -- just like PatsyThompsonDesigns.com suggests -- you never know when a practice piece will suggest just the right effect!