Deer Quilting


I have made some progress hand quilting the deer snowflake quilt.


when I finish this pair of deer I will have 5 more pair to go


and then I will have all the outside edges …you can see the edges drawn in this picture


here is the finished center


here is the snowflake the quilt is based on


lots more stitching to go!!


It rained pretty hard yesterday and a lot of the garden got a bit flattened but the sun is out and there is still a lot of color so I took some pictures.

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I carefully avoided taking pictures that show the weeds! ….I have to get out there and do some work!!

Happy Gardening/Quilting



More Garden Picturtes


Hard to believe it is already Aug 9!  The summer is flying by….but the garden continues to grow.   here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

here is the back garden

and the front

I got a bit more done on the snowflake quilt, many stitches to go :)

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This post shows how I started 

More pictures soon

Happy Quilting


Preview of the next project


I am nearing the end on the current quilt


and I am planning for the next hand quilting project.

This mid 19th century top is the next big project. This is a special project that I am doing for a good friend and quilt collector.


I get so excited about it every time I look at it.   It is such a great design and the fabrics are beautiful. (click on the pictures to enlarge)

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here is the back to show the stitching.


It will be a few more days before I start this but I will be sure to post lots of pictures as I work on it. The quilting on this will be very dense so it will not be a fast finish.

Here is what is growing in the garden today after a few more days of rain. (click pictures to enlarge)

Lots of weeds growing!  time to get to work on that

Happy quilting and gardening



Hand Quilting and More Garden Pictures


I started hand quilting the liberated baskets quilt top  here is the top before quilting.

I used Mountain Mist Cream Rose batting and unbleached muslin for the backing.

The top is very linear with the exception of the basket handles so I thought the quilting should contrast with that.  I am quilting circles in a free form design.  I am not marking the circles I am doing it by eye.  I didn’t want them to be perfectly measured and even because that is not in keeping with the free form piecing in the top.

I am using 12 weight Aurifil thread and a size 5 embroidery needle for the quilting.

Here are some pictures …I took these in the house at night so the colors aren’t so good but you can get the idea.

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It goes pretty fast so I hope to be done in a few weeks.  I have so many other projects that i am working on that I told myself I would wait to quilt this one……but I couldn’t resist.

Meanwhile the garden continues to develop more every day!  Here are a bunch more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

The weeds grow as fast as the flowers so I need to get to work

Happy Gardening and Happy Quilting


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


Sunday Update

Pasque flower

Teddy and I are working on getting this quilt done this weekend!


It was sunny this morning so I took some pictures of the garden….slow to get going this year because of a hard winter and a cool spring….

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Back to hand quilting


Teddy’s Garden

Teddy on guard

Not much new in the quilt category to write about, I am working away on some of the unfinished pile….more about those soon

Meanwhile Teddy wanted to show off his garden….so here are some pictures of the summer flowers coming into bloom. (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Gardening