Photographer Trials, 8-11-2020

I’ve been outside trying to get a good photo of “Vote!” But it’s hard!

Too dark:

Too dappled:

Too washed out:

Too windy:

Sign is partly shaded:

THAT’S IT! I’m going with this one and calling it good!

Did you notice that the number appliqués are there for 2020?

Here are the two blocks, elephant and donkey, up close.

VOTE! Pattern will be in the store today sometime. Here’s an option still hanging in the quilt shop:

If I had time, I’d love to make this in red, white and blue!

Last night a friend brought her kids over to visit the animals – everybody in the barn had gone to bed but they soon got up! These two LOVE kitties and if any kids should have a cat, it’s them. My cats are not accustomed to this handling and when they hear voices, they scatter! Dino didn’t get away fast enough!

Here’s Hazel when they left – exhausted! Good job, Kids!

And here’s Hazel after a mini Frisbee session in the afternoon.

It’s good for her to be tired!

I’m heading to Calico Hutch to pick up my machine that’s been repaired – could I take a little time to shop perhaps? With my mask on? I think so!

30 thoughts on “Photographer Trials, 8-11-2020

  1. Kim J LeMere

    What a great quilt for the election and I must admit that the option that is still hanging in the shop makes me want to make that version. I love seeing all the critters in the barn. How is the corn growing across the road?

  2. Felicia Hamlin

    I can see it, about the VOTE quilt and the kids visiting. Have a nice day, Mary.

  3. Susan K in Texas

    There’s nothing like time with kids to wear a dog out! And I think those two kids deserve kitties of their own! I love the vote quilt even though I’m a bit weary of the politics lately. I love the elephant and the donkey.

  4. Judy

    Great photos- you certainly gave us many views! Love it! love 💕

    Sweltering heat in Texas! It was 102 degrees when I took a detour to Lowe’s-not sure why I was there…Wonder of all wonders- right before my very eyes were whisky barrels!!!!! NOT half! FULL on WHOLE whisky barrels! I have been looking for maybe 10 years to replace the original ones we placed at the downspouts in 1990 when we built house. Had to share with my “country friends” who can understand how over-the-moon EXCITED I am!!!!! ❤️
    Hugs- Judy in Texas

  5. Janet M.

    Your pictures came through just fine. It is almost impossible to get an outside picture without a
    shadow. I can see everything OK. I am on the Iowa/Minnesota State line (NE Iowa). We did
    not get a storm and very little rain. Yes, we could use a nice shower. but certainly don’t want what
    central Iowa had. That looked horrible!!! Thanks for your pictures.

  6. Mrs. Goodneedle

    I love “VOTE”, it’s perfect and I will definitely order the pattern when it’s available. How do you keep Hazel so clean? She always looks spotless!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mrs. Goodneedle- Hazel seems to stay pretty white although she does get a bath – maybe once a month. Her hair is so coarse I think dirt doesn’t stick – maybe it’s because she can be pretty naughty at times.

  7. Sandy

    Hi Mary, got both posts, Hazel is dog tired! The kids enjoyed their visit by the looks of it.my Bella is having a week Andrew ( the young goat) while I have a break and my husband is having respite care. With andrew.take care, best wishes from sandy

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sandy – are you on vacation with the old goat? What is respite care?

  8. Diane

    All the pictures were great. I really like Hazel’s pool. We had the storm around four o’clock yesterday. My son was in Lake Geneva where they had an E0 Tornado. I think it went over the place where he works. We ended up with 4 inches of rain. The crops around here look wonderful compared to last year. Love the colors in the Vote quilt.

  9. Pat Smith

    Hilarious pictures of Hazel exhausted on the floor and sitting in the water cooling off. My husband and I are howling! I like the “vote” quilt a lot, and you got a great picture of it after a lot of work. I’m glad the big storm didn’t cause you damage because what I saw on TV looked just awful. I’ve spent a lot of time in basements in Iowa and Kansas waiting for those kinds of storms to pass.

  10. Peggy S

    Love the Vote quilt. And yes, I see that the numbers are there for 2020. However, I don’t see any masks for the critters!! 😉

    Peggy S

  11. Diane and Squeak

    I got it, too. I just logged on so not sure how long it was here. It came through without ads, but when I clicked on Comments, the ads came up, too.
    I think I’ll make that quilt for our son who teaches AP government. He registers his students to vote.’
    Very cute pictures of the quilt, kids, Dino, and Hazel pooped out:) Thanks, Mary.
    Did you do ok with the storm? I heard Iowa was hit hard, but it didn’t look like your area. Hope all is ok!!

  12. Sheila in WI

    What a fun post! I’m so glad it came through. Love the “Vote” quilt. Plus seeing the kids and animals is always a treat. Thank you, Mary!

  13. Ruth

    I got both posts here in MD, after dinner. That first picture of VOTE looked pretty good to me. Hazel completely inside a container of water?? She must have been very hot! Thank you for your work on this blog, Mary and Connie.

  14. Charlotte Shira

    Great photos!! Love the one with Hazel sitting in the water. What a smart dog she is!!

  15. Lora Jans

    There is nothing better or happier than a Pooped out pup! I love seeing all your animals Mary!

  16. Kathy in western NY

    Great photos!!!! The kids have Dino all under control in their arms so you can tell they like cats. Smiled seeing such happy moments with your pets and the nice pictures you got of the vote quilt.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy – you really did get it? Wow! I wonder why a few did and most did not!

      1. Kathy in western NY

        It came through as I was sitting down after dinner to relax for the rest of the night and it said you were going to the quilt shop….I was thinking to myself, gee it’s kinda late for a shop to be open in Iowa even if you are an hour behind.

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