When September comes to Lansing I start to see a lot of Monarch Butterflies in my garden.    Click pictures to enlarge

They were in a cooperative mood and let me get a few pictures.

It has been a while since I have had time to paint but I enjoy painting butterflies

Monarch Painting

It is starting to look like fall even though it was 88 degrees today and the humidity was almost that high.   I am finally getting some tomatoes that look like they will ripen soon.     Some of the “fall” flowers are blooming, the hydrangea are changing color, mums in bloom,  lots of walnuts and leaves from the neighbors trees are bombarding the yard.

I took a few pictures of the garden

Teddy was happy to come inside and turn on the Air conditioning


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My Supervisor


The time flies when there is so much to do!  The garden has been taking time because I am thinning and transplanting.

Teddy has been supervising transplanting.


He has to stay in the fenced yard while I go and dig up the plants…he can watch from the deck.


I (we) moved a few more shrubs today and several perennials.


here are a few pictures from the studio window.

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speaking of the studio  here it is….I already need to clean up but love the space


The garden has taken up a lot of time so I haven’t finished piecing the top.


I have an idea for a new quilt so I started to play with that …..I couldn’t help myself.


I did a lot of hand quilting …..here is one of the quilts…still 4 blocks to go.

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I will post more soon….when the light is better

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transplanting and a bit of piecing


I did a bit of gardening this weekend.   The forecast is for much cooler weather the next week or more  (in the 50’s at night and 70 day) so it is great for transplanting.  Almost as soon as I finished we got an inch of rain which is a lot for Lansing , the average for the entire month of Aug is 3.25 inches.

The old garden is so jam-packed that I plan to buy very little for the new one.   I will move most over from the old.    I moved 11 roses yesterday.  They were tucked in between so many other plants that they were hardly visible and actually suffering from lack of space and sun so they were pretty small.  I pruned them a lot too so that they had less foliage to support while they grow new roots.


They don’t look like much now but I have high hopes for next year.

When fighting with roses it is probably a good idea to wear long sleeves.   I really didn’t notice the damage I did to myself until I was sewing later.

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I also transplanted a viburnum, a hydrangea, some hostas, ferns, A nine bark, and a few seedling perennials around the few shrubs I left from the previous mess.    I have a lot more to go but here is the start of that area. and no noticeable holes left in the old garden.


Remember what that looked like in July?


What a difference some green grass makes.    The seed grew fast even though it really wasn’t the right time of year to plant it.

I did get some hand quilting done….I’ll try to spread out the quilts for pictures soon.    I also did some piecing on my hex quilt.


Teddy is glad that the gardening is done for the day


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Watching the grass grow


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.


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.


Here it is today. (a blank canvas)


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


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.


I was able to get some more butterfly pictures

and here are some more garden pictures

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Slow Progress


Last time I had 2 sides finished.


Now I have 3.

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 :)


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

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Gardening and prep for grass


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.


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.


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.


The existing garden is doing well.

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


Here are more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

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


These Boots…..


Remember Nancy Sinatra?

This quilt top makes me think of that song every time I see it.

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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


But there was a wren thinking about it.


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.


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

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