Butterflies

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When September comes to Lansing I start to see a lot of Monarch Butterflies in my garden.    Click pictures to enlarge

They were in a cooperative mood and let me get a few pictures.

It has been a while since I have had time to paint but I enjoy painting butterflies

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It is starting to look like fall even though it was 88 degrees today and the humidity was almost that high.   I am finally getting some tomatoes that look like they will ripen soon.     Some of the “fall” flowers are blooming, the hydrangea are changing color, mums in bloom,  lots of walnuts and leaves from the neighbors trees are bombarding the yard.

I took a few pictures of the garden

Teddy was happy to come inside and turn on the Air conditioning

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Happy Quilting

Tim

 

one thousand posts

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This is post number 1000.    I had no idea when I started blogging in 2011 that I would even make it to 100 posts but here I am at 1000 posts and over 1,650,000 views from 156 countries.    I didn’t  realize I had so much to say :)   or that anyone would want to read it.    Thanks to everyone for following what I do!

Now back to quilting.

I finished my crazy hex quilt top (click pictures to enlarge)

I think it looks better when I erase the background

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I have enough of the lighter fabrics left to piece together for a backing

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This isn’t exactly how I will do it but just a test to see if I have enough, they will need to be rearranged to distribute the colors better.    I do not like to piece backing because it makes it so much harder to hand quilt.    It becomes harder because I can’t see the seams on the back and they are much harder to quilt when you can’t really plan the stitches around them.     These pieces are pretty big so there wont be that many seams and I think it will look nice.

I posted this picture a few days ago.

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The fabrics for this are part of a kit.   They are all precut and in little bundles.

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Being precuts you might imagine that they are pretty accurate.     That however is not the case.   I taped off an area on my mat to show the correct size of one piece.    The red one is the correct size and the blue pieces show how much variation in size there is. (click pictures to enlarge)

The kit is intended to make this

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I have some vintage star quilt tops, made from kits,  that are so distorted that they are unquiltable and will need remaking. I have always assumed the distortion was all due to inaccurate piecing.    Now I know that is not entirely the case.    With all the pieces different sizes it is unrealistic to think that the quilt will be flat and accurate.   I do plan to finish it…..but I am not going to make it a star…I will post what I make soon.

Happy quilting
and thank you for reading!

Tim

My Supervisor

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The time flies when there is so much to do!  The garden has been taking time because I am thinning and transplanting.

Teddy has been supervising transplanting.

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He has to stay in the fenced yard while I go and dig up the plants…he can watch from the deck.

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I (we) moved a few more shrubs today and several perennials.

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here are a few pictures from the studio window.

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speaking of the studio  here it is….I already need to clean up but love the space

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The garden has taken up a lot of time so I haven’t finished piecing the top.

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I have an idea for a new quilt so I started to play with that …..I couldn’t help myself.

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I did a lot of hand quilting …..here is one of the quilts…still 4 blocks to go.

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I will post more soon….when the light is better

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

transplanting and a bit of piecing

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I did a bit of gardening this weekend.   The forecast is for much cooler weather the next week or more  (in the 50’s at night and 70 day) so it is great for transplanting.  Almost as soon as I finished we got an inch of rain which is a lot for Lansing , the average for the entire month of Aug is 3.25 inches.

The old garden is so jam-packed that I plan to buy very little for the new one.   I will move most over from the old.    I moved 11 roses yesterday.  They were tucked in between so many other plants that they were hardly visible and actually suffering from lack of space and sun so they were pretty small.  I pruned them a lot too so that they had less foliage to support while they grow new roots.

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They don’t look like much now but I have high hopes for next year.

When fighting with roses it is probably a good idea to wear long sleeves.   I really didn’t notice the damage I did to myself until I was sewing later.

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I also transplanted a viburnum, a hydrangea, some hostas, ferns, A nine bark, and a few seedling perennials around the few shrubs I left from the previous mess.    I have a lot more to go but here is the start of that area. and no noticeable holes left in the old garden.

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Remember what that looked like in July?

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What a difference some green grass makes.    The seed grew fast even though it really wasn’t the right time of year to plant it.

I did get some hand quilting done….I’ll try to spread out the quilts for pictures soon.    I also did some piecing on my hex quilt.

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Teddy is glad that the gardening is done for the day

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Happy quilting

Tim

Teddy has spoken

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I asked Teddy if he thought it was right and he said yes so I am starting to sew the blocks together.

I have been designing it as I go so I have made several changes along the way.   here it was last time I posted.

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I added more

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and then took some out and added more

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When Teddy was happy I knew it was done

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I still have some leftovers.

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It could go on forever :)

I started to join the blocks

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but it was time for a break to do some hand quilting.

I should be able to get it finished up this weekend

Happy Quilting

Tim

piecing and marking

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I have made a bit of progress on my hex quilt

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lots more to go…..as I make more I keep rearranging it so it may not end up this way.

I bought a hand dyed piece of fabric a while ago to make into a whole cloth quilt.   see that post here for information on the fabric  http://timquilts.com/2015/05/11/something-new/

I finally started marking it

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unfortunately it is very hard to get a picture of the marking.    You can sort of see the marking  in the pictures of Teddy sitting on it. (click the pic to enlarge)

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mostly I have been hand quilting …..pictures soon

Happy Quilting

Tim

Another quilt to finish

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When I moved things to the new studio I didn’t pack away any of the quilts that are partially hand quilted.    If they are out in the open I will be more likely to work on them.     I did finish one so far.

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Today I have another one to show you.    I started this one ages ago!   see the post here http://timquilts.com/2013/04/29/suspension-bridge-variation/

And here is the finished top.

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I opened it up to see how much I had finished and teddy took it as an opportunity to pose.

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I have a lot more to do on it.

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here is one block

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and the back

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I forgot how much I like this one!

I took a few garden pictures today (click pics to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim