Sunday, May 24, 2015

More blocks, garden work......

I made 4 more light blocks for a total of 36 so far.  I have another of each of these combinations to sew so there will be 72, 8 blocks x 9 or 64" x 72".  If I do 4 more combinations I will have 80 blocks or 64" x 80".  I did a tutorial in July 2013 for the 16 patch quilt.  If they are all in the same position (all with light in the top left corner) the seams will go in opposing directions at every intersection with my directions.

I needed to tackle this flower bed yesterday.  The day lilies have crept forward again and were crowding out the hostas.

Here is the after photo.  My sister in law gave me some bleeding heart plants so they are way over to the left along with a coral bell.  I can see my rock edge again.

I dug out the hostas and reset them with a little different spacing.  They broke into many sections as I dug and this is the leftovers.  I tried to offer them on Freecycle but my posts are held up by a moderator that must not be home.  I offered the day lilies and hostas.  I hope she/he does the moderating today so it will be posted.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

32 blocks............

I have 32 sixteen patch blocks sewn and now that I see them on the wall I know I want to make some more lighter ones.  I also see I have the top right block and third one in on the bottom row turned wrong.  I have 32 more identical blocks to sew too.

A second peony bush has a flower almost opened.  There are lots of big fat buds ready to pop.  I have about 30 peony bushes in the back yard and 2 in the front garden.  There were 43 bushes in the back yard when I moved here 43 years ago.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The first blocks.........and the first peony......

I needed some instant gratification last night so I sewed the first nine 16 patch blocks.

Here is the next batch ready to sew.

I was outside most of the day yesterday so I only sewed 2 more sets of strips together.

I planted my tomato plants in the raised bed and the whole time I could smell the lilacs at the other end of the house.  They are one of the Korean varieties so they are late and not especially pretty but very fragrant.

The first peony bloomed in the 70 degree weather with the sun shining.  What a difference from 47 degrees the day before.

I also planted 6 more pots with flowers.  Oh, and I mowed the back yard and side yard.  I think I got my fresh air and exercise yesterday.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fun sewing............

I wore a jacket while mowing my grass yesterday.  It was 47 degrees!  I also emptied 10 bags of dirt into my raised bed in the backyard.  Then I went inside where it was warm....the furnace running in mid-May.

Last night I decided to do some strip piecing for a 16 patch quilt.  I have hundreds of 2.5" strips of batik cut so I just chose some summery looking colors and got 20 sets sewn.  That will be 40 blocks so I need to sew more.
I inventoried my Nancy Crow fabrics.  She designed for 3 different fabric companies back in the 1990s.  I want to cut for 2 quilts at a time so I will be thinking on this for a couple days.

I bought 2 hanging baskets for my back garden.  I forget what the flowers are called but the tag said hummingbirds like them. 

It is supposed to be warmer today so maybe I can get the rest of my pots planted.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

First May finish..........

While my 2 friends were here yesterday I finished quilting this wallhanging and sewed the binding on. Last night I did the hand sewing on the binding and hanging sleeve.  It is 40.5" x 40".

The binding is a black and white stripe made of dashes.

I am really feeling lost and indecisive without my triangle project.  It is the journey that I love the most: the process of choosing fabrics as I go and cutting and piecing little by little, experimenting with fabrics and finding out if they are going to work.  The end product is nice but the process is wonderful.  When the process if over, the last seam sewn, it is like I have lost a good friend.  I can visit the quilt top and enjoy it, but I miss the journey.  I hope my next project will be as much fun.

I counted fabrics in it last night and there are 100 different fabrics with 2 repeats.  I didn't have to go shopping, the stash was there for me to play with. Here are 2 collages of the quilt progress.
Here is the post with the inspiration for this quilt.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A day off........

Even though I had made a list of quilts to work on when I finished the triangle quilt I just couldn't get inspired to work on any of them yesterday.  I was outside moving bags of topsoil and building a raised bed for my tomato plants instead.  This photo is the blooms on my Viburnum bush.  Only one branch has blossoms and it is a big bush.
I have a little patch of Spiderwort.

 A second Weigela bush is blooming.  I cut this one back severely last fall.

I have Red Penstemon in 3 places.  It is such a nice contrast of color with the other plants.

A friend gave me some ferns last year and they are doing well.

The larger patch of dark Jack-in-the-Pulpit is all in bloom.

The lighter color Jacks are also in bloom.  This patch has about 10 plants.

My two friends are coming over today to sew so I will be inspired to get started on something.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Triangle quilt top finished........

It is finally sewn together!  I'm so happy with it.  For new readers here is the post with the inspiration.  I worked on this quilt over a 6 week time period.  I planned on using all different fabrics but in the end I repeated two.
There are a couple older rare Kaffe fabrics in the project.  This is one of my favorites.

Here is another rare print.  

It ended up about 79" x 95" and it was a challenge for me at 5'1" to get this up on the design wall for its photo session.

I took a few more nature photos but I'll just show one today.  This is the third color Columbine that I have.  This color is growing in a couple different places but I like the backdrop of the stone on my house for the photo.

My daughter's property with a named waterfall in NC is going to be on a TV show.    Here is a link to the Facebook page for all of the details.  You don't have to have a Facebook account to read it.  I will be going out there for the reveal date.