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

 

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

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

Rain …. it does a garden good

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Yesterday it was hot and windy!  Plants were wiling and curling up before my eyes as the hot wind blew across them.     Finally at about 11 pm it rained.   Less than 1/2 an inch but it sure has made a difference.    The flowers have perked up and everything is greener.  There were dozens of Monarch butterflies in the garden today but none wanted to sit still long enough for me to get a picture.    But here are some of the flowers today. (click pictures to enlarge)

I have been hand quilting ….. I’ll post more pictures of that soon…..this is in the hoop now.

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I added a bit more to the leftovers top.

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Teddy has been learning to chase squirrels away from the bird feeder so he is tired but he woke up to say hi.

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Happy Quilting

Tim

Assembly

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I finished all the blocks so it is time for assembly.

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Here is the layout.  I decided to leave the 2 long edges jagged.

I start in a corner and piece the blocks together on the diagonal. Here it is with 3 diagonal rows done and the next one ready to add.

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and the next row.

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and the next

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keep doing row at a time

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It will be done soon :)

Happy quilting

Tim

Watching the grass grow

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I have posted pictures in the past weeks about the new yard and garden.   Lately I have been enjoying watching the grass grow.

You may remember that when I took over the yard in June it was very overgrown.

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After I got all the weed tress removed I had a huge amount of trash to get rid of

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And tons of rocks to use up

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and finally after it was all removed and the weeds attacked, and the ground raked smooth It looked like this.

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Here it is today. (a blank canvas)

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See that gray garage that backs up on the yard.    Here is was before I cleaned up the yard

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Now It is to the point where I can start planting and make it match my “old” garden.   Much of that will have to wait for fall.   The hot days of August aren’t the best for transplanting.

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I was able to get some more butterfly pictures

and here are some more garden pictures

Happy Gardening

Tim