Dragging bottom, BUT.....

I have not done much on the hosta this week. Both DH and I are now sick with this galloping pestilence-coughing, temperature, no appetite- just generally YUKKK! Poor us. I understand there is a LOT of this about so, to any other fellow sufferers- Oh, Poor You! Let us all try to get better PDQ! I am an impatient patient. I just want to sleep.

However, some small progress has been made-
You see! The emphasis is on the SMALL progress. However, at least I went forward :-)

I have been down in the woods today ( well, yesterday, actually!) taking photos of the spring wildflowers as they come into bloom. I keep watching the Mayapple. So far, in our wood, none is in bloom yet.

Trout Lily - scarce this year but lovely
The last Marsh Marigold still intact in its little stream
Dandelions can ALWAYS be counted on for beauty

I LOVE dandelions- watching now for some good seed heads
One small Jack in the Pulpit

and an even smaller purple violet
Now, for the BUT.....

Back in the late winter, I submitted two pieces of work to the Grand National Quilt Show, being held this year in Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener, ON. Both of my pieces were accepted for the show- a big one this year with 62 artists from across Canada! DH and I had planned to go to the Official Opening last Sunday, 10 May but we had to bow out because we are so contagious!
Poppies Aglow II
Well, having two pieces accepted was very nice but imagine my surprise when I got an email from Kathleen Bissett yesterday to say she'd be unable to reach me on the phone but wanted to let me know that my Clockworks piece has been given an Award of Merit for Interpretation of the Theme! The theme this year is Connections. The show runs through to 27 September so if you get a chance to see it, DO! Check out the website-grandnationalquiltshow.ca

On that cheery note, I shall prepare to post this to the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com when the site is open this week. Meanwhile, I am off to wheeze and blow and to be grateful for some nice news. Enjoy your week.


  1. Hugs and congratulations, Carolynn, for your success. Clockwworks is wonderful and Poppies Aglow II is simply beautiful. I haven't got enough words to express myself.
    And now poor you (both) with your cough - I had my share of coughing and cold in February. Awful! Good recovery to you both.

  2. Congratulations Carolyn !!!!! That's fabulous !
    Too bad about missing the show but understandable ... eveyone seems to be coming down with this bug !
    My friend and I are heading to JSH and Homer Watson Gallery on Thurs.

  3. Wishing you all the best with your health ....
    but also many congratulations !!! Those
    poppies are really AGLOW !!! ;-)

  4. Congratulations! I hope you start feeling better very soon, I feel your suffering

  5. I was there and saw your gorgeous pieces! Congrats!

  6. Congratulations! I love both those pieces. So sorry you couldn't make it to the opening. I hope you both feel better soon.

  7. Congratulations on having your pieces accepted into the show and for the award. It is well deserved. Clock works is a wonderful piece.
    I've missed reading your posts lately. I've got to check my blog to see if I lost you again. Some blogs disappear from my roll from time to time. Has that happened to you?
    I've just caught up a bit. I love your hosta piece and I really envy your ability to dye all those shades!
    I've been thinking of you because it's garden time again and I pulled out my seeds. I should have read the directions in the fall because it seems it may have been better to start the hollyhock seeds in the fall. I'm wondering about starting them now and finding a spot for them anyway.
    I hope you're starting to feel better. Seems like the whole country has been getting that nasty bug.