Garden pictures


I have been able to get a bit of garden work done the last few days… are a few pictures I took this morning (click pictures to enlarge)

It sure is good to start seeing color!

Happy Gardening


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


Late summer garden, and an interview

I took some pictures of the garden today.  I  seem to begin to overlook it at this time of year, but it is still full of blooms….and bees!

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and here are some pictures of demos from floral design class…the first 3 designs are by Cindy Ching

And when I was at AQS in Grand Rapids I was interviewed by Bonnie Browning…here is the interview

Happy Quilting and happy Gardening



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


Another Finish and more garden pictures

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I finished the fan quilt.  I made the top with vintage blocks and new fabrics for the sashing. You can read about that here:

I did not feel like this quilt fit with anything extra fancy in the quilting design. The scrappy nature of it lends itself to a more simple design. This took about 800 yards of quilting thread.

I used Natures Touch cotton batting and just for kicks I measured the quilt before  I washed it.  it finished at 80″ square.  After washing and drying (both in the machine) it is now 76″ square…about 5% shrinkage….I love the look.

Here are a bunch of pictures, the quilt is fresh out of the dryer and still a bit wrinkly but you can get the idea.

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Now back to one of the many other quilts in progress.

It has been hot here in Lansing!…I went outside this morning to take a few garden pictures, and the difference in the temperature between the inside with the AC on and the outside caused my camera lens to fog up…so some of the pictures are a bit foggy looking.

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Stay Cool!


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



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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!


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


A new look at an old block

I recently posted about some wedding ring blocks and pieces that I plan to finish up.

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When we think of the Double wedding ring pattern we generally think of it like this.  A scrappy variety of fabrics in the rings and white background fabrics.  I quilted one like this as my second quilt.  Here it is


Less common combinations are not unheard of. I have a few in my collection. (click pictures to enlarge)  Here is a vintage top that was done with only 2 colors in the rings.


This one has a green background and the pieces in the rings are less random.


Here is one with yellow background and much narrower pieces (Some publications are now calling this Pattern “Pickle Dish” but that is an incorrect name)


This one uses shirting fabric with small print as the background


This one in Green and Tan is one of my favorites.


I have been really enjoying bright colors lately as you can see in the ring quilt I recently finished

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I have been thinking about how I might do a Double Wedding Ring today…not from a vintage top.


If I did it like this, with half assorted colors and half solids and did a red background and light blue in the centers of the “melons”  it would look like this


I know I don’t need any more projects but I might need to try this one.  I think it is a new way to look at an old block.

And for the gardening fans here are more garden pictures (click to enlarge)

Happy Quilting/Gardening