Strip Star 2


I finished the piecing on the blue star.

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I still need to add a border but I couldn’t wait to start the Christmas print star.

I am using 2.5 inch strips, 18 different Christmas prints and 18 neutrals ( 6 strips each of 3 different fabrics) .     3 strips are sewn together then cut using the 60 degree triangle ruler.



Here you can see the progress as the star grows.


Each section of the star is made from one of the strip sets.

Here it is all filled in.


I will sew all the pieces together , and then decide if I want to cut the edges or leave them jagged.

I’ll post the result soon

Happy quilting



Fall Colors


It is hard to deny it…..fall is here.    The leaves are changing and falling.  Time to get some fall cleanup done in the garden.   I took a few pictures today.

This is Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ it is still very young but the fall color is great.


The lilac next (on the right)  to it also has nice fall color


as does the climbing hydrangea in the front


The real star for me is the Tricyrtis (Toad Lily)  blooming amid the maiden hair fern .

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Here are a few more pictures of some things still blooming (click pictures to enlarge)

It wont be long before it is all done for the season……but pretty while it lasts

Happy Gardening


Easily Distracted


Sometimes (often) I start to do one thing and end up doing something totally different.

I realized on Friday that I almost missed the deadline to enter a quilt in the Phoenix American Quilters Society show in February.   I read through the categories and decided to enter my Rose Quilt.    I needed to get a picture of it hanging to use for the entry and one close up picture.   In order to do that I needed to do some unpacking that has been waiting for me (more about that later).    It was wrinkled so I had to steam it to get pictures.    Anyway here is the full pic and the close up.

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So that being done it was back to unpacking.   I still have a ton of stuff in boxes that needs organizing in the studio.  I started on a tub of fabric and didn’t even get it unpacked before I got distracted by a new plan and started working on a new quilt top.


I have a lot more fabric than I realized.


and nothing in the tub has made it to the shelf yet :(

I did take a few picture of the garden

most of the flowers in the older part are done for the year.


There are a few things in bloom, Celosia Argentea and Toad lilies are looking good.

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The Rudbeckia hirta I planted in the new bed by the drive is blooming

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My new grass is looking great.  The beds around the edges are filling in with plants as I have time to divide and move things.


So much to do before the end of fall!

But now it is back to work hand quilting.  I have a lot to catch up on!

Happy Quilting




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


Happy Quilting



My Supervisor


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.


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


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


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


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


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


I did a lot of hand quilting … 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



transplanting and a bit of piecing


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.


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.


Remember what that looked like in July?


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.


Teddy is glad that the gardening is done for the day


Happy quilting


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.


Today I have another one to show you.    I started this one ages ago!   see the post here

And here is the finished top.


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