Saturday, July 7, 2012

Progress report............

I have all of the seams sewn in one direction.  It is 40.5" wide.  There are 25 seams going the other way so that will shorten it by 12.5".  I may still add a couple rows to the top before it is finished.
My hydrangeas are starting to turn lime green.  They start out lime, turn white for a couple months and then go back to lime green again.  They dry nicely and make a colorful dried bouquet for the winter.
I have a lot of volunteer sunflowers in the back garden.  I'm sure they came from the birdseed.  This one was nice and perky in the morning and by 4 p.m was hanging its head down, wilting in the heat.
Right after I snapped these photos a hummingbird came to visit the bloom.  I wasn't quick enough to get the camera focused though before it flew away.
There are always lots of volunteer asters too.  They aren't big and bushy like the original plant.  I can't believe some of them are blooming already.  They usually bloom in the middle of August.

14 comments:

Gene Black said...

It is interesting to watch your process on making a quilt.

As always your flowers are lovely. Mom's hydrangea is blue but this year was green to start out.

Eileen said...

flowers are beautiful, as always. do you do anything special to dry out your Hydrangeas? Love the colorwash!

LynCC said...

I just love the color play in this one!

Quiltdivajulie said...

LOVE the photo of the asters!

Needled Mom said...

The colorwash is really coming together nicely.

Your flowers are doing so well in the heat. Aren't the sunflowers such "happy" flowers?

Sharon said...

Once again another beautiful piece. I never tire looking at your work, even though you use the same techniques, you make every piece so unique, what a skill you have! My asters bloomed late Aug last year but this year are looking pretty bedraggled. My daisies, day lilies, lavender and hydrangeas are all looking like they will bloom together this summer. Strange season.

Jean said...

I used to have a green/white hydrangea that we planted when we first moved into this house. It eventually died out. They stay so nice all summer.

quiltedtime said...

When I bought my hydrangeas, they were pink. Then they eventually only produced green flowers. I did some research and found that the acidity level in the soil affects the color. We have very alkali soil in California, so I put my coffee grounds around the hydrangea plants for awhile. The blossoms are now back to pink--my favorite color--so I am happy now.

Julierose said...

Yur colorwash is stunning! How do you get all those seams to match-up? Yikes!! My hydrangeas haven't even budded out as yet...this year they kind of sent out a whole lot of very high branches...don't know what is up with them....stay cool...Julierose

Muddling Through said...

The colorwash is beautiful, just seems to be getting more so with every view. Your flowers are all doing well in the heat. From your sidebar, you're actually hotter than we are today!

Anonymous said...

Just can not get over how long you have coped with your hot months this spring and now summer ! But your plants still have lush blossoms. And can certainly understand why your Coleus has been affected.

We have had a nice run of 90 degree temps since the 4th of July. And supposedly to continue this new week ahead. I am looking forward to it since we have such long run of 50/60 degree day time temps. That is our night time temps even with the hot days.

Your color wash reminds me of our temps from the cool dark days of winter that slowly turned into frosty spring days and then exploding into a heat wave. (*._,*)

J~MT

p.s. a week with my daughter's family over the 4th and now more company arriving on Monday. So you might not hear from me for another week.

Lynne said...

Your quilt is looking good and I am enjoying "working" through the process with you.

cottonreel said...

I always have dried hydrangeas . I have pink ones in my conservatory . I only remarked to my friend that always corn and wheat growing under the bird table but no sunflowers .

imquilternity said...

I love that lime green Hydrangea! Thanks for sharing. How gorgeous is that! Wouldn't they look great in a vase with a couple of mine? BTW, I shared my entire bush on my post today (Sunday).