Ready to start quilting

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I finished the New York Beauty top and I am ready to start quilting (see yesterdays post for details on the flattening operation)


I won’t tell the final decision on the hand quilting design yet…  Here are a few of the Ideas I had…

but the decision has been made and I will post progress pictures soon.


I have more garden pictures ….click pictures to enlarge

Happy Sunday

Quilt progress next time

Happy quillting


Quilt tops and garden

Front Yard

I finished my liberated basket quilt top last night and the weather this morning was so beautiful that I decided to take a few pictures of it outside.  The colors always seem to be better in the sunlight.

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I will hand quilt it (hopefully this year LOL)

I also had a few more vintage tops to photograph

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And here is the garden update  (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting, Happy Gardening, Happy June


Robin Fledgling


It has been raining here in Lansing for days.  This morning there was a bit of sun so I went outside to get a few pictures.  The Robin nesting on to porch has got the babies to move out of the nest.  This robin fledgling hasn’t gone far from the nest it is sitting in the flowering almond only a few yards from the nest.  I had to take a million pictures so here they are (click to enlarge)

The Garden is growing.  Here are a few pictures (click to enlarge)

Looking forward to planting some annuals soon…I will post pictures as the garden grows.

Happy Gardening


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


Garden Pictures

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I am teaching a floral design class this evening and I cut some flowers from the garden to use.

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While I was out there I decided to take some garden pictures.  Click pictures to enlarge.

Happy Gardening


Back to the fan quilt and more garden pictures

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I started back to work on the vintage fan block quilt.  I have 5 of the 9 blocks finished.  Here are some pictures of the quilt front and back so you can see the quilting.

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And here are some garden pictures from this morning….rain is on the way again, click to enlarge

Happy Quilting and Gardening


Garden Pictures

Front Garden

In  a break from the rain this afternoon I got some pictures of the garden.

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Happy Gardening