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

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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


Sunny Saturday

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Another sunny day…..last night I had high hopes for rain, (the forecast was for thunderstorms) but the rain passed by with less than 10 drops.  Looks like I will need to water some more.  At least the temperature is lower and the heat index warning has expired.   Here are a few garden pictures (click to enlarge)

I taught the students to make bouquets in class on Thursday

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And I got back to work on one of the many hand quilting projects then are in line to be finished

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Have a great Weekend



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Today Is mulch day. I like to mulch my flower beds.  Mulch helps to keep down the weeds and hold in the moisture and it looks good.

I had 4 yards of mulch delivered yesterday for the back yard.  A yard of mulch is one cubic yard 3′x3′x3′.  Most big box stores sell mulch in 2 cubic foot bags so a yard of mulch is 13.5 bags,  so I got 52 bags worth.

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I am using Red Pine bark mulch.  It is much more finely ground than hardwood, and I like the look better.  I also like it better because it decomposes more rapidly and works to add organic matter to the soil.  It is also acidic and the soil in my area is alkaline and I am always happy to lower the pH.  I would like it to be about 6.8 but it always seems to get up to 7.5 or more.

I got the back yard finished and here is the leftover pile that will be used up in the front yard.

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

Something Quilts next time

Happy 4th!


Good News, updates, garden


I got my acceptance letter today From AQS for my Tree of Life Whole Cloth Quilt.   It will be in the Grand Rapids Michigan AQS show Aug 14 – 17

This quilt was also at AQS in Lancaster PA earlier this year.  I hope for a better result this time :)

Here are some pictures (click to enlarge)

I have been working on the scrappy bow tie/ snowball quilt.

This is a variation on a pattern called snowball.  here is the original pattern

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A full quilt would look like this


If you look at one quarter of a unit it looks like this


and several together is like the quilt I am working on

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Here are some update pictures of the quilt (click to enlarge) Teddy was “Helping”

The baby Robins are growing

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So is the garden

Happy Quilting


More Flowers…and a new Quilt top

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I have been busy with gardening….both at home and at work ….I don’t have a lot of new quilting to show but I did win an auction on eBay and this one will be arriving soon

and the roses continue to bloom (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Summer!


Beautiful Gardening Weather

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The Weather is perfect this weekend for gardening.

Several years ago I began the slow process of removing the lawn in the front yard and making it all flower beds.  This weekend I decided to finish the job.

This little curved section was all that was left of the grass (the other side of the sidewalk belongs to the city but I might get rid of all that grass as well since I have to mow it and have taken over a big chunk of it anyway).

(its an old picture but I forgot to take one today before I started digging)


So I dig out the grass and then started to work on the soil.  First I had to get the rocks out…here is what I dug up

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Next I worked in some organic material  (peat and compost) and raked it out

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Planted a few new things and moved some other things around….in a few weeks you wont even know its new

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Here is the whole yard (its only 40 feet wide)

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And a few flowers (I love chives and allium)

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and the back yard gets some work tomorrow

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Have a great Holiday Weekend!