Garden pictures


It has been quite a while since I have had any garden pictures to post, I still don’t have much , but lots of things are starting. In a few weeks i should have some more actual flowers but here is what the garden looked like this morning.  (click pictures to enlarge)

I will have some more garden pictures when there are flowers….back to quilting for now


Ice Storm


It started raining yesterday and continued through the night.  The Ice accumulated and there are many trees down.  Every once in a while I hear a loud noise and I know a big tree limb is crashing down somewhere near by.  Fortunately the power is still on and I have no major damage, but the forecast is for more rain/drizzle until noon and then snow tonight and tomorrow :(

Here are some pictures of the results (click to enlarge)…Ice can be beautiful as well as destructive

Now back to quilting

Merry Christmas :)

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Fall Clean up


One part of gardening that is less than fun is clean up.  It is a lot easier to cut things down in the fall than to wait until spring when they are all snow flattened and wet, so today I spent some time cutting down the back garden

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It sort of looks empty

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but there is still a lot of beauty (click pictures to enlarge)

Front yard tomorrow

or maybe some more quilting ;)

Happy Fall


Getting close to the end

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I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel on the Trapunto work on my whole cloth quilt.   I will be working on it exclusively until I finish.

Once it get it done I will go back to the Red thread  big stitch whole cloth

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And then on to a Christmas quilt.

I have it all planned and will be using a vintage table-cloth

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I will add borders to it and then hand quilt with gold thread.

I did get out to the garden yesterday and took a few pictures. Click pictures to enlarge.

The Toad lily is starting to bloom (it is pretty late this year)

The Beauty Berry is loaded with beautiful purple berries

Ferns, Zinnias and Celocia and fuchsia still looking good

I cut a bunch of hydrangea to dry for use in Christmas designs later in the year

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Now back to work on trapunto


Happy Quilting


Driveway paved with AQS winnings

I was honored to win the Best hand workmanship award at AQS Quilt week in Grand Rapids. (you can see the quilt here Today the November issue of  American Quilter Magazine arrived in the mail.  My quilt is on page 63. It is very exciting to see one of my quilts in a magazine!

I decided to use the winnings from the quilt to pave my driveway.

If you remember it was a rutted gravel drive.

Driveway soon to be paved using my winnings from AQS!

Driveway soon to be paved using my winnings from AQS!

Now it looks great….I almost look forward to shoveling snow….OK I’m over it

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here is the parking area in the back

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There are still a few flowers in the garden, but the season is winding down.  (click pictures to enlarge)

Today Teddy felt like having his picture taken…he jumped up in his chair and posed

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I need to get back to work on my whole cloth quilt!

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Happy Quilting


Trapunto progress

I wish I didnt have a seam in the top

I am now working on the trapunto in the whole cloth quilt.  It really makes a difference in the definition of the design.

Here are some progress photos. (click to enlarge)

Yesterday I got a new camera, I am still figuring it out so I tried a few outdoor shots of the garden, some quilt close-ups, and of course Teddy had to pose (click to enlarge)

Happy Quilting


Plans and Garden

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I have been stitching away on my whole cloth quilt. Hand quilting gives me a lot of time to think….and I have been trying to plan what I am going to do with the fabrics I recently purchased.

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I have changed my mind a million times…here are a few of my first thoughts

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but what about these…..

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I could drive myself crazy trying to make up my mind.  I think I will just keep thinking about it until I finish the one I am working on….and plan another few dozen options.  I will know what to do when I am ready to start.  Part of the process for me is to spend a lot of time thinking about it and not rush or be influenced by what others think….it needs to feel right to me or I just can’t get into it.

Here are some more Garden pictures (click to enlarge)


Happy Quilting


Late summer garden, and an interview

I took some pictures of the garden today.  I  seem to begin to overlook it at this time of year, but it is still full of blooms….and bees!

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and here are some pictures of demos from floral design class…the first 3 designs are by Cindy Ching

And when I was at AQS in Grand Rapids I was interviewed by Bonnie Browning…here is the interview

Happy Quilting and happy Gardening



More Mackinac Pictures

The Gardens are well tended

Took a few more pictures this morning ….here they are (click pictures for larger version)

Lot of people and walking….I think it is time to relax a bit

Happy Saturday


Corduroy quilt

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I have a wide range of interests when it comes to quilt styles.   I like them all, for different reasons.  For me the common factor is hand quilting.  If I can hand quilt it I like it.

A few weeks ago I posted  pictures of a vintage Corduroy quilt top (click pictures to enlarge)

Lots of people thought I was crazy.  But I started hand quilting it anyway!  Tell me something will be difficult and it becomes a challenge for me to prove that it is not.

So to make it even more of a challenge I bought corduroy fabric for the backing

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I tacked it down to the floor.

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then layered that batting (this is 80/20 cotton) and top.

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Pin basted it.

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And I am hand quilting it with various colors of perle cotton thread and an embroidery needle….Big Stitches

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Here is the back

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I can’t lie…it is not easy…..but It is going to be a really heavy warm quilt!

Since I have shown you a zillion pictures of the garden I decided to try a different approach.  I took these pictures through the windows.  They aren’t the clearest but you can get an Idea of the view out of the second floor. (click pictures to enlarge)

Friday I spend the Day teaching floral design….I didn’t get any pictures but a friend took a few

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Thursday Night was a Gala celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the MSU Horticulture Gardens.  I made the centerpieces.  (hard to tell from the pictures but they were beautiful)

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Back to work

Happy Quilting