transplanting and a bit of piecing

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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.

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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.

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Remember what that looked like in July?

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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.

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Teddy is glad that the gardening is done for the day

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Happy quilting

Tim

Teddy has spoken

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I asked Teddy if he thought it was right and he said yes so I am starting to sew the blocks together.

I have been designing it as I go so I have made several changes along the way.   here it was last time I posted.

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I added more

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and then took some out and added more

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When Teddy was happy I knew it was done

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I still have some leftovers.

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It could go on forever :)

I started to join the blocks

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but it was time for a break to do some hand quilting.

I should be able to get it finished up this weekend

Happy Quilting

Tim

piecing and marking

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I have made a bit of progress on my hex quilt

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lots more to go…..as I make more I keep rearranging it so it may not end up this way.

I bought a hand dyed piece of fabric a while ago to make into a whole cloth quilt.   see that post here for information on the fabric  http://timquilts.com/2015/05/11/something-new/

I finally started marking it

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unfortunately it is very hard to get a picture of the marking.    You can sort of see the marking  in the pictures of Teddy sitting on it. (click the pic to enlarge)

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mostly I have been hand quilting …..pictures soon

Happy Quilting

Tim

Another quilt to finish

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When I moved things to the new studio I didn’t pack away any of the quilts that are partially hand quilted.    If they are out in the open I will be more likely to work on them.     I did finish one so far.

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Today I have another one to show you.    I started this one ages ago!   see the post here http://timquilts.com/2013/04/29/suspension-bridge-variation/

And here is the finished top.

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I opened it up to see how much I had finished and teddy took it as an opportunity to pose.

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I have a lot more to do on it.

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here is one block

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and the back

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I forgot how much I like this one!

I took a few garden pictures today (click pics to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim

AQS in Grand Rapids

My Reindeer quilt

I made it to the AQS show in Grand Rapids today.   Here are a few pictures (click pictures to enlarge) I only took a few pictures.

I know it might seem odd to some but I get excited about batting!  Hobb’s is my favorite.   Here is what I got today. (I will be  posting about how the work out as soon as I start quilting )

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I love the wool but I am excited to try the wool cotton blend.

And here is a handy chart

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There are over 300 quilts there so if you have the time in the next 2 days it is worth the trip.

Happy Quilting

Tim

a finish

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I finished the hand quilting on this yesterday.

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I added the binding today .   I used 2.5″ strips of matching fabric, machine stitched to the top, folded to the back and hand stitched.

I have read about many different ways that people deal with all the length of the binding strips.   Some people roll the binding on a tube or spool, they even sell gadgets to keep it together.    I don’t understand the problem myself.      I throw the binding on the floor to the right side of my chair and the quilt is on the left and I have never had any problem with it twisting or tangling.

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Here it is with the binding sewn on before turning it under and stitching.

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While I stitch I often feel as if I am being watched.

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I marked the corners with crayola markers

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I washed the quilt in the machine on the delicate cycle and dried it in the dryer……all the marking washed out fine.

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Finished size is 79″ square.

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Happy Quilting

Tim

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August Snow

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My Snowflake quilt (which I started last August…. see post here:  http://timquilts.com/2014/08/06/snowflakes-in-august-and-updates/)  will be at AQS quilt week Aug 12-15 in Grand Rapids , and at Des Moines  Sept 30 – Oct 3. here is the link for details  http://www.quiltweek.com/

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In Grand Rapids there will also be a special exhibit from The Quilt Alliance “Animals We Love”

Quilt Alliance presents Animals We Love, the result of their 9th Annual Quilt Contest. The 89 small quilts honor an amazing array of animals including a giraffe, bees, goldfish, and a bighorn sheep. All of the quilts, representing many styles and techniques, are donated. After a summer and fall of touring, the quilts will be sold at an online auction in November 2015, one of the most important annual fundraisers for the Alliance for American Quilts. The 2 Teddy quilts are a part of that exhibit.
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And I Have a snowflake and pattern featured in the current issue of Holiday Crafts magazine.

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I do plan some day to make that snowflake into a quilt.      The magazine is in stores now.

I made some progress on the red white and black quilt .

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Teddy didn’t feel like posing today, he was more interested in relaxing.

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I think he might have the right idea :)

Happy quilting

Tim