Monday, June 25, 2018

First border......progress..........

I have had the borders cut for several days and just kept putting off the sewing part.  Of course it didn't take long to sew them on.  I have the second borders ready to put on too.  

I mowed the grass in 2 sessions yesterday afternoon.  It was a little hotter than I thought it would be.

It is black raspberry time again.  I picked these 2 days ago and have been out to pick twice since then.  I baked cookies for the art quilters so for my evening meal I had 3 cookies and a dish of ice cream with raspberries on top.  They say life is short eat dessert first.  Instead I took it one step farther and all I ate was dessert.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

First big finish for June 2018

I decided to do the binding all by machine on the Australian triangles quilt so it became a finish faster.  It ended up 57.5" x 79" after quilting.  I'm usually trying for something near 60" x 80" for my throw quilts; long enough for a tall person and wide enough to wrap up in.





I have started on the hand sewing of the purple binding.  I have part of one short side done.  This one is 61" x 88" so it could be thrown over a twin bed as an extra cover.




I noticed the one Coral Bell plant has many different color leaves.  So pretty!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Binding chosen.........

I decided that the binding for the Australian triangle quilt should be one of the prints that didn't work well in the quilt.  In this case this one just looked like gray and didn't add anything to the piecing.


I think it will look great as a binding.











It looks good with the backing fabric too.











This was my alternate choice.  It was neither a light nor a dark when I tried to use it in piecing the triangles so it didn't get used.  It would make a good binding too but I think I might find another use for it where the other print was just going to sit on the shelf forever.
I have a cute little baby bunny who is trying to eat all of the clover and weeds in the grass.  He is nestled right in there with the gray rocks.






He finally came out a little farther to reach the next batch of  pclover.

We ended up with another 2" of rain from 9 p.m. Thursday night to 11 a.m. yesterday.  That is 3.5" in a little over 24 hours.  Finally we are going to get a few dry days before the next batch of rain on Tuesday.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Another quilted.................

I didn't bother to set the timer yesterday for my one hour on an older project.  The day was broken up by appointments so I just worked on things when I had time.  In the morning it was my pacemaker nurse appointment where she downloads 6 months of information from my pacemaker.  She can pinpoint to the day and hour when I had heartbeats that were irregular which was only twice in 6 months this time.  She also can tweak the way the pacemaker works so she did something that will possibly give me a little more energy.

I quilted the Australian triangle quilt last night.
I did lines around an inch apart, some a little more, some less than 1" apart.   








You can see the overall effect better in this photo.  Now I have two to do binding on.  The art quilters are coming Monday so first I need to sort and put away all of the stuff I have on the tables in the basement and do the vacuuming.  I will work on the bindings a little at a time which makes it not so boring.
The Veronica is starting to show more color in the blooms.  For some reason I thought they were going to be purple.










I don't remember if this will bloom all summer or not.  It was a new plant last year and I don't think I have ever had one of these before.

It rained off and on all day yesterday.  I had a little over and inch and a half in my rain guage.  We got a nice rain Tuesday too so I shouldn't have to water anything for several days and the weeds will pull out easily.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

My one hour timer..............

During my one hour working on an older project I loaded another backing and batting on the longarm.  Then I cut a border for a quilt and sewed the binding on the purple quilt.  I didn't start the hand stitching yet.  On new projects I sewed one more strata for my Kaffe Trip Around the World.  I now have 4 of 5 stratas sewn.
Later in the early evening I went out for my weed pulling session.  I went back in for my camera when I saw that the other Asiatic lilies are getting ready to open.









I was looking for the fourth plant and finally found it under a few volunteer Redbud trees.  Now I know the color of the last 2 plants.  I cut a bunch more volunteer trees out of the flower beds and deadheaded a lot of the peonies.  Then I planted a couple more pots with the last of the plants I bought a few weeks ago.  It is supposed to rain quite a bit for the next 2 days so I probably won't get any more weeds pulled until the weekend.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Binding chosen...........

In my one hour of working on an older quilt, I got this quilt off the longarm and trimmed and I cut the binding.  The camera says the binding is blue but it is really a purple leaning to the red/purple side.  I also pressed 2 border fabrics.
It has cooled off but the humidity was 100% last night at 10 p.m.  I got the lawn mowed in 2 sessions yesterday afternoon.  While out there I noticed the compact Beebalm is in full bloom now.



I love the shaggy blooms.  Maybe I'll find another one in a different color on clearance this year.







And just because I like them so much, here are 3 more with lots of partial blooms in the background.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Quilting at last............

Yes I did spend a little more than an hour quilting this but it is the timer's fault.  I have this little clip on timer which I set for one hour.  I bumped into it at one point and heard it beep and looked and it had added 2 minutes on.  What I didn't know is that I had to hit the start button AGAIN after that so I just unclipped it and quilted.
I just did a large meander which goes rather quickly so now it is ready to come off the machine and be trimmed.  I'll look for binding today.






I went out last night to cut more volunteer trees out of the flower beds and I always check the tomatoes while I am out.  First I noticed the one on the left that is just starting to turn and I knew I had to pick it before the squirrels did.  Then I looked at the plants along my driveway and there was one almost fully turned.  They are very small but I think the later ones will be larger.  It hasn't been a good start for the tomatoes with the 2 sessions of 90 degree days already in the growing season.  They don't like that kind of heat.