Gardening

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I spent some time in the garden today.   I honestly was hoping that it would rain.   I know that would interfere with a lot of holiday plans but there were really no “April Showers”  this year and May has been just as dry.   It was however a great day to garden.

My garden is always a work in progress.    I could never be the gardener that gets a designer to plan the entire garden and plants it all at once.   Gardens evolve.  The plants tell me a lot about how happy they are where I have planted them.   If they aren’t doing well the get moved or removed and I try something else.   Each year I add more garden and have less grass.

In 2011 I posted all my garden pictures on a separate page.   It is fun to look back at how the garden has changed since then.   see that page here http://timquilts.com/garden-journal/

I purchased a few new plants that went in today.

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I moved a few roses because over time the spots they were in became shaded.

I had a robin right next to me while I was digging.  He was very interested in the worms I was unearthing.

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Teddy spent most of the time patrolling the yard

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Here is the back yard.  (click pictures to enlarge)

The front garden is filling in.   Just  a few weeks ago it was pretty barren looking.

Back to work on all the quilt backlog :)

Happy Memorial Day

Tim

Borders next

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I have to finish hand quilting the borders and then add the binding.   The binding will be black.   I hope to finish it this week.

I spent some time weeding the garden today.   Teddy watched

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Here are some pictures of the back garden (click pictures to enlarge)

Next time I hope to have pictures of the finished quilt.

Happy Quilting

Tim

Home Again

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I just got home…Teddy comes home tomorrow.
My garden grew in my absence, and so did the grass and the weeds.   I have some work to do ….here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

A few pictures from the road today which might be used as quilt inspiration.

Now I get to unpack…

Happy quilting

Tim

Something New

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If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I have more ideas for new quilts than I have time to do them all.  I know it would drive many people crazy having so many things in the works at the same time but I feel like I need to do it.   I have to strike while the iron is hot.

I had an idea for a whole cloth quilt in my head for quite some time and a Facebook friend posted some pictures of her hand dyed fabrics and the rest of the plan came into place.    I asked her if she could dye a large (90 inches wide) piece of fabric for me and WOW look at it!

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This is going to be a whole cloth quilt but I am keeping the design a secret until I have time to draw it out and mark the top…for now it is all in my head.

The artist who dyed the fabric is Dera Linker, check out her website here http://debralinker.com/   to see some more of her beautiful fabrics.

Debra is a real artist and is happy to do custom work.

Here is her guarantee:    “All fabric carries a 100% Happiness Guarantee.  If, for any reason, you are not 100% happy with my fabric, simply return it within 7 days, and I will happily refund the purchase price.”

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It passed his inspection so I know it is perfect.

As excited as I am about my new fabric I still have the Mackintosh Rose quilt to finish, here are some update pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

The forecast is for more rain but the sun was out for a few minutes this morning.   Here are some garden pictures

Happy quilting
Tim

Updates

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I made some progress on the Mackintosh Rose quilt.

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Teddy wanted to pose with it today.

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The forecast is for rain the next few days so I took a bunch more garden pictures today.   Things grow pretty fast at this time of year, many buds that will be flowers soon (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Spring

Tim

 

So many quilts

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I know I started this one a few days ago.

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And I have been making some progress on this one

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And there are piles of others waiting…..

But today I am working on this one

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Believe it or not this is the easiest quilting and that is what I need today …easy

It has gotten warm , up to 80 degrees today.    The garden is growing

and so are the weeds :(

Happy Quilting

Tim

String Melon Patch Finished

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I finished the String melon top.
I made it with these vintage blocks

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I used Warm and Plush batting.

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Here it is after the hand quilting was finished.

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the next step was to trim the edges

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Next is the binding.  I used bias binding.   It was cut at only 1 1/2 inches wide , then folded in half so it was 3/4 inch then machine stitched to the top, folded to the back and hand stitched.    It makes for a very narrow binding.

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It measured 77″ x 86″

Teddy tested it out.

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I always wash and dry a quilt when I finish it.  so into the washer …..Teddy is waiting for it to be finished.

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Here it is out of the dryer

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The quilting really stands out because of the thick batting

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Here is the back

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The Warm and Plush batting was definitely harder to hand quilt but I love the look of the finished quilt and the weight….really heavy.   It did shrink quite a bit, it is Now 73″ x 81″

I do think I will use the batting again.

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It rained most of the day today but here are some garden pics from yesterday.

Happy Quilting.

Tim