Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sewn but not pressed................

I finished sewing the rest of the crosswise seams on the 16 patch quilt top but it was late so I didn't get it pressed yet and ready for its photo.

We had 1.8" of rain starting in the very early morning hours yesterday so I didn't get outside to take any photos.  I grabbed my camera late in the afternoon to try to get a photo from inside through a screen.  There was a rabbit sitting in my raised tomato bed eating my radish leaves.  He had moved out to the clover in the grass by the time I got back with the camera.  Luckily he left most of the radishes for me.

I had an out of state visitor yesterday morning too.  They moved away from Sandwich in the 1960s and they always stop to see me when they are in town.  She was my first sewing friend when I moved here in 1959.

Monday, May 21, 2018

16 patch blocks all sewn

I sewed the last 2 blocks for the 16 patch quilt and started putting the second half of the blocks on the design wall.  There are 2 more rows to go on the bottom at this point.  I did that last night but didn't take a photo.  I started sewing the rows and have all of the vertical seams done and 3 horizontal seams done.
I played a little more with the floral colorwash that I showed yesterday.  I'm experimenting with using plainer prints with bolder color at the edges.




Here is a group of 5 plants that I planted last year in early August.  I bought all of the plants on clearance.  There are 4 coral bells, 2 of each color and a Veronica in the middle.  There are little Redbud petals on everything since the trees are done blooming and are leafing out.
The Impatiens planted along the driveway are small but I hope they turn into big bushy plants soon.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Playing.............

I can't seem to stay focused on any one project.  I went down to the basement to cut the last pair of fabrics for the 16 patch and saw the box full of trays of 2.5" floral fabrics just begging to be opened.  I started a new colorwash which I will work on all week.

Last night we went out to eat for my youngest granddaughter's birthday (22).  Her boyfriend ordered the most delicious chocolate cake to have at the end of the meal.
Out in the back garden the Jack-in-the-Pulpit plants are all in bloom.  This is the dark striped variety.






Here is one of the green ones.  There must be 2 dozen plants back there now.  It is deep shade and they love it.






The pink Weigela is in full bloom.










The flowers are so pretty.  I love pink so they make me happy.









The pale pink bush has a lot less blooms but they are pretty too.  I noticed a volunteer tree growing right in the middle of this bush so I got my big clippers and went around the yard and cut down about a dozen renegade trees.

There has always been just one branch of the Viburnum bush that has blooms but this year there are 2 branches with blooms.

Before I came in I planted some Zinnia seeds since it is supposed to rain 2 nights in a row.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

One block short................

This is one block each of 31 different pairs of fabric.  There are 2 blocks alike of each combination that will be in the finished quilt.  I thought I was done cutting and had all that I needed but I need 63 blocks and I only have 62 made.  There is a flaw on one block so I will be able to eliminate it as I make 2 blocks with another combination of fabrics.
I decided to just buy the 2 hanging baskets already made up this year.  They were so pretty I couldn't resist them.






My pink Columbine is blooming now.










Also the very pale pink, almost white Columbine is blooming too.








The little star flowers are out there again.  A lot of us call this plant Wild Onion because the root of every blade of grass like leaf is like a tiny onion.  It comes up all over the place and it is almost impossible to get all of those tiny bulbs when digging it out.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Planting and sewing............

I only sewed a few of the strip sets for the 16 patch quilt since I didn't start sewing until 9 p.m.  I went out at 7 p.m. to plant red Impatiens along my driveway where the bushes were pulled out.  It was almost dark at 8:30 so I had to quit then.
I have more buds on my Peonies than I did last year.  They must have liked our winter.








The Weigela should be in full bloom today.  It is just loaded with buds again.  The pale pink one has a couple blooms but not as many buds.  My red one blooms later.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cutting and gardening..............

A friend came over to sew yesterday and while she was here I was pressing fabric and cutting for 3 quilts.  Here are the next 9 pairs for my 16 patch quilt.  I still have 5 pairs to cut.






Later in the afternoon my granddaughter came over to help me with some digging.  One of the projects was to dig out the huge hosta here and pull apart the sections.  I gave her 2 large sections and put the third one back in the same spot.  Now I can see bare ground around it.  Before it was overlapping all of the other plants.  My granddaughter finished the mowing for me too.
All three of the Columbines in the back garden are blooming.  I have 2 shades of pink in addition to this one with blue flowers.  I haven't seen any of my magenta ones this year.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A beautiful day...............

It was a nice day to work outside yesterday.  First I mowed the grass until my battery in the mower died.  I think I will need to replace batteries this year.  I buy 2 batteries and my son wires them together and they go into the case that fits the mower.  It is less expensive than buying the battery from a dealer and since there is no dealer close to me this works best.

Then I planted 2 of the pots for my porch.  The one on the table was done a couple days ago.
Here is a better shot of the one on the table, all pansies.









As long as I was already dirty and sweaty I decided to plant the tomato plants too.  I put just 4 plants in the raised bed this year.  The little plants in front are radishes.



I also planted 2 tomatoes by the driveway since it is the sunniest spot I have, sun almost all day.  There is a patio tomato plant in the planter.  That may move to the backyard.  I haven't decided whether I'll put tomato cages around these plants.  I think that might make it too obvious to people on the street that it is tomato plants.  I don't want it to look like free food for the taking.

Last night was my 3 hour TV night so I sewed some more of the 16 patches.  I have 34 of 63 blocks sewn now.  This is 2 each of 17 different pairs of fabric.

Tutorial for the 16 patch is on my free resources page of my website.