Friday, April 26, 2019

Walk through the garden.........

Yesterday was my live broadcast for my online Colorwash360 class again so a large portion of the day was concentrated on that.  Late in the afternoon I noticed a crow flying up to my birdbath with something in his beak.  He dunked it several times and then was breaking it and eating it.  He came back a second time and went through the same procedure.
After the crow flew away I added some water to the birdbath and then got my camera to record the progress of the garden area.  This is the earliest peonies and they are quite tall.



It takes awhile for the hostas to poke through and start growing.  This is the first day for this group.






This is the 4th or 5th day for this group.  Once they start showing they shoot up fast, a noticeable amount each day.






This is a favorite, shared with me by my sister in law.  It is a really bright spot in this corner bed that gets a lot of shade.






This blooming Lungwort/Pulmonaria plant jumped over the rocks and is at the end of the path through my garden.  I need to dig it up and move it elsewhere.  It is in the edge of the grass and will get mowed over where it is.

My 2 friends are coming over to sew today so it is going to be a fun day.

Thanks everyone for your comments yesterday about my eye appointment results.  I appreciate every one of them.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

End triangles................

I decided I will do alternating plain and print triangles on the top and bottom edge.  I only got part of 2 columns sewn and gave up and went to bed early.

The trip to Chicago was heavy tollway traffic (2 hours) and I had never seen more people at the eye clinic.  The wait was long.  My 9:45 a.m. appointment ended up being 11:35.  I was talking to another lady and found out we had the same appointment time.  This is a clinic through the University of Illinois so it is a teaching hospital environment.  I have one of the top doctors in the nation so it is worth the wait.  They do an ultrasound on my eye to measure the remains of the tumor; the amount that is left after the radiation treatment (6 1/2 years ago) has shrunk it and made it inactive.  They also watch to see that there isn't any secondary growth and check for swelling and fluid in the eye (which would mean I needed to have an injection to correct that).  I'm happy to report that my eye is stable and didn't need any treatment and I go back in 6 months for the whole ordeal again.  The stress of the day was very tiring so I'm happy to be back to a normal day today.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Working on three.........

The red Kona cotton that I found Monday night turned out to be a shade too dark in the daylight.  Then I went through the leftover fabrics from the "pickle" insert quilt and found one 5" strip that was almost an exact match.  I cut a strip and then half equilateral  triangles and placed them in the left position and triangles from the print in the right position and I think it is going to work OK.  Several people mentioned using all plain red fill in triangles but I think that would be distracting and lead the eye to the top and bottom instead of the center where the real action is.
Sorry for the crooked shot.  Next I put all of the edge blocks up on the design wall and played with the arrangement for awhile.  Now I need to take them down one at a time, trim one corner off and sew on a triangle and return it to the wall.  Then I will be able to start sewing the first 3 columns together.

I sewed together more of the blocks for the "pickle" insert quilt too while I watched TV for an hour.
When I was out filling the bird feeders I picked the only Jonquil that was in bloom.  It looks huge here but actually the vase is tiny.










I couldn't resist taking a Georgia O'Keefe view of the flower.

I'm headed into Chicago today to the eye specialist for a checkup on the tumor in my eye and a health check on both eyes.  The dilation won't wear off until late afternoon so I'm not sure what I will sew tonight.



Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Red OBW dilemma........

The 6 columns at the left have been sewn together.  I was getting ready to sew the triangles from the ends of the strips onto the top and bottom edges and found out I have all rights and no lefts so I decided to go ahead and sew and will have to unpick a few stitches if I do add triangles.




The only thing I could figure out to do was to look through my Kona cotton solids and see if I have a red close to the color in the quilt.  This one looks good at night but I'll have to check it in the daylight.  This means that all of the left triangles would be solid and the right ones would be the same prints as the quilt.  The other option is to just trim off the points top and bottom which will make it a little shorter.
Meanwhile it was another beautiful day so I did a little more clean up in the backyard.  The Brunnera plants are big now and full of little blue flowers.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Progress on two.............

I now have 72 blocks completely done, 21 pieced triangles that have points trimmed and 12 more paired and ready to sew for 105 total.  I said yesterday that I was making 120 blocks but I re-figured and need 130.
I moved my sewing machine over to a higher table so I could stand and sew.  I just brought 4 pieces at a time to the machine.  The 4 columns on the left are sewn but not pressed.  I now know that it will end up about 49" x 65".

We had a sunny 77 degree day yesterday so I got the lawn mower out and mowed the front yard for the first time this season.  It looks so much better evened off.  The backyard won't need mowing for another week or two.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Trimming and sewing............

It was such a beautiful day yesterday that I went out and cleaned up the area north of my garage.  I have some heavy pots there to empty but that will have to wait until another day.

I trimmed points yesterday on 46 triangles.
Then I sewed the plain triangle onto all 46 of them.  With the group I had already done I now have 65 of 120 sewn.




Happy Easter to all who celebrate it.  It is going to be a very warm one here, close to 80 degrees.  That is very unusual.  I remember many Easters as a child when it was too cold to wear my new spring outfit.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Squares cut...........

I cut 14 fabrics into 6.5" squares to start the border blocks.  They will get one corner trimmed off and a triangle added after I make the decision which ones I am using and where they will be.  I just lined up one of each on the right side and bottom edge to see if they are working.  I'm not sure about the 3rd and 4th from the bottom on the right edge.  I added some new fabrics that aren't in the center of the quilt top.  The triangles are sewn on in the 2 columns on the left edge.