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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

My plan...........

I decided that the no guilt way to start a new project is to set a timer for 1 hour and work toward finishing some quilt.  When the buzzer goes off the rest of the day can be spent on a new project.  I did some creative piecing on a backing and got it pressed and rolled onto the longarm.
Then I cut some other pieces to try for the insert in the border of Sunlight in the Forest in case I want to do it like Kaffe did.  I don't have either of the fabrics he used.  I'm still not sure on this one but the buzzer went off and I went on to spend a few hours cutting for a new project.

This pot in front of my garage is so pretty.

The Stello D'oro daylilies continue to bloom in a front flower bed.  One more day of intense heat and then some relief but still very warm.  I hope we get some of the rain they are predicting for tonight into Tuesday.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Needing borders..........

In addition to the Sunlight in the Forest awaiting borders, the 2 quilts above are also waiting.  The butterfly quilt just needs a border of the same background fabric and the other one has its border fabric next to it.  I don't have to make any decisions, I just need to cut the fabric and sew it on.
This one from 2016 is also waiting for a border but I have to decide what it is going to be on this one.  I'm sure if I looked through the tops on hangers I might find another that is waiting for borders too.

And then there are all of the quilts waiting to be quilted.  So what do I want to do?  Start another quilt of course.

If you look at this photo long enough you will see 4 tall milkweed plants all around the hydrangea bush.  They are all in bloom but no Monarch butterflies around them yet.

Only about half of the new perennials I planted last year survived the winter.  This one is a compact Beebalm.  It is only about 12" tall and just starting to bloom.  Neither of the coneflowers came up.  I have good luck with the native  purple coneflowers, just not with the fancy nursery ones in other colors.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A little bit of everything.....

I only sewed one seam yesterday but I did a lot of other things: laundry, 30 minute brisk walk ending with shopping at the store - I don't want them to think I just come there to walk.  It is very hot with tropical humidity here now but I went out and cut volunteer trees and 4' tall Burdock weeds down.  At night I knit a little and I finished this dishcloth that used up the ends of 7 balls of yarn.
The Asiatic lilies are the dwarf variety that only get about 12" tall but have a bunch of blooms on top of each.  This one still has more buds.

This view shows the 2 plants that are blooming.  The other 2 are still tight buds so I'm still not sure what color.  When I bought them at the end of summer last year on clearance they had already bloomed so I had no idea what colors I was getting.  I need to clean out the violets and Creeping Charlie in this area but we are expecting extreme heat for the next 3 days and tropical humidity all 3 days too.  I try to pull a few weeds every day.
I usually pull out this plant because I think it is a weed but I decided to let it bloom this year and then I'll pull it.  It is a small plant.  The leaves to the right are Sedum and the one to the top left is a coral bell with big leaves.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Procrastination sets in.........

As soon as borders are the next step I am looking around for something else to this case I sewed another strata for my Kaffe Trip Around the World that I started a couple weeks ago.  I now have 3 of the 5 stratas sewn.
I have wild strawberries growing everywhere.  I noticed them in the grass too when I was mowing on Wednesday.  If I picked all of them I would probably have enough to make jam if I knew how to do it.  I have never eaten the wild ones but someone said they are really sour.  I wonder why the birds aren't eating them.

Here is more of the milkweed growing behind and in front of the Red Penstemon plant.  I pulled out most of the ones that were right along the sidewalk because they grow 4' tall and then flop onto the sidewalk after a rain.  I have at least 10 of them in different spots in the front flower garden.  Last year I didn't see any of the Monarch caterpillars on them but the year before there were 2.
In my side yard are the roses that the neighbors planted.  A Redbud tree grew right up in the middle of all of the rose bushes.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sunlight in the forest progress..........

The center part of the quilt top is sewn together.  I really like it just like this, no border, but what really caught my eye in the Kaffe book was the fabric he used for the first border and I already had some of it.

I don't have any more of the fabric Kaffe used for his 6" border so I was auditioning several pieces and really like this one with it.

In the book another print is inserted at the center of each of the outside borders so I tried this one.

Here is a reminder of the original quilt in Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Sweden book.  Click twice to enlarge the photo.  His quilt has quite a bit of true red whereas I stayed with the orange tones.

Tomato progress:  The plants haven't filled out much but there are little clumps of tomatoes on several of the plants.  This one is called 4th of July so I hope that means the tomatoes will be ripe by then.  I'm getting really tired of the tasteless tomatoes from the grocery store.

I got this plant after I had already filled the raised bed so I put it in a pot.  It's name is Ultrasonic.

I have quite a few volunteer milkweed plants and this one is behind the hydrangea bush by my front porch.