Watching the grass grow

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I have posted pictures in the past weeks about the new yard and garden.   Lately I have been enjoying watching the grass grow.

You may remember that when I took over the yard in June it was very overgrown.

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After I got all the weed tress removed I had a huge amount of trash to get rid of

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And tons of rocks to use up

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and finally after it was all removed and the weeds attacked, and the ground raked smooth It looked like this.

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Here it is today. (a blank canvas)

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See that gray garage that backs up on the yard.    Here is was before I cleaned up the yard

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Now It is to the point where I can start planting and make it match my “old” garden.   Much of that will have to wait for fall.   The hot days of August aren’t the best for transplanting.

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I was able to get some more butterfly pictures

and here are some more garden pictures

Happy Gardening

Tim

Slow Progress

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Last time I had 2 sides finished.

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Now I have 3.

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It seems to be taking forever….but I should be able to finish the piecing tomorrow.

It has been a great luxury to have the space on the floor to lay out the blocks and still have room to work.

The garden is starting to bloom more. (click pictures to enlarge)

The grass in the new fenced in yard is starting to fill in.   I had to have some grass for Teddy.  I thought about doing sod but grass seed is a lot less expensive :)

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I will be planting the space around the edges with flowers and shrubs.  Most of that will have to wait for spring.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

 

Gardening and prep for grass

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The garden is taking up much of my time lately so no quilting to show you.   The new garden in the side yard will have grass in the center.    Teddy will appreciate the space to play.   I spent time the last few days moving soil around taking the excess from the high spots and adding it to the low spots.  It was so lumpy and full of  little dents that it was hard to even walk across.

I edged around what will be the planting beds so you can see the area that will be grass in the center.

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That little bit of green is all that is left of the grass that was there.

Here is a view from the second floor that shows the space better.

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That tent in the corner is a temporary storage shed.   Some day there will be nicer one .

All the time I was digging there was a robin following right behind me picking up the worms I dug up.

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The bird feeders have been covered with sparrows and are nearly empty.

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The existing garden is doing well.

Here is a view of it from the back deck at the new house.

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Here are more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Now I need to spend at least a little while hand quilting.

Tim

These Boots…..

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Remember Nancy Sinatra?

This quilt top makes me think of that song every time I see it.
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I would guess it is from about 1970 or so.

This one is not mine but I will be hand quilting it when I finish up with the others I have started.   It belongs to Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  Fortunately she is not in a rush for it.   Check out her website, she is an amazing quilter, with her travel and teaching schedule I don’t know how she finds the time to make such cool quilts.

It might be hard to tell in the photos but the background and sashing is a very pale blue and the cornerstones are white.

The boots all have some lace added

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I imagine that the design inspiration was actually Victorian boots/shoes.

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I am not ready to start anything new but I had to share this because I think it is really fun.

There is a very similar quilt in the book Unconventional & Unexpected  American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

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Not a lot new in the studio.    I got the desktop hooked up.

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I need to hide all those cords!   I have a large screen so I can see it without glasses.   I wear bifocals and they work for quilting, and distance, but not the computer…..I’m not ready to try trifocals :)

Most of the desk is filled.

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I spent more time in the garden, or more correctly what will be the garden.   There is still so much prep work to do before any planting can happen in the side yard.

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The big patches or bare earth are there because I have been moving the soil from the high spots into the low spots.    It was so very uneven it was even hard to walk.    There is still a lot to go and I will have to add some additional soil to fill in all the holes.      Eventually there will be planting around the perimeter which will hide the chain link fence. I have finally got most of the tree stumps dug out and cleared away.

That semi-circle around the bird feeders in the front is rocks.   I have never had any luck growing anything under bird feeders so I used more of the rocks from all over the yard to made an edging and will just keep that area for the birds.

Mostly sparrows so far.

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But there was a wren thinking about it.

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There really are a lot of  different kinds of birds in the neighborhood …they just haven’t found the feeders yet.

Teddy is ready to take a nap….being outside tires him out.

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I have a ton of boxes to unpack so back to it.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

More trapunto and garden flowers

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More progress on the trapunto…the center is nearly finished.   I have half of the deer and trees to finish and one corner of lattice and bells.

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I have use 2 skeins of yarn so far.

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I stuff it pretty tight so it takes a lot.

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The garden continues to grow.    Here are a few pictures.   The roses are stating and the Lupine are really looking great.  (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim

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

Garden Inspection and a Pattern

I need to sniff this!

The weather is beautiful this morning so Teddy and I inspected the garden and  I took some more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

The garden is mostly buds at this point but I will post lots of pictures in the future when they bloom.

When ever I go out in the garden I find so much more work that needs doing.   The weeds never stop growing :)     I have given myself a gardening nickname:   Seymour, because I can always see more weeds.

Yesterday I posted some vintage quilt top pictures.    This one got a lot of attention.

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When I purchased the top I made a tracing of the design and a PDF file of the pattern.   If you would like to make your own here is a link to the pattern http://timquilts.com/2012/07/07/sunbonnet-duck-pattern/

The other favorite was the cup and saucer

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I will do a pattern for that soon.

Happy Quilting and Gardening

Tim