Fall Garden

I started the fall cleanup in the garden today.     Here are the bags of what I did today.

I imagine this is about 1/10 of the total I need to do but good to make a start.

I also got some of my bulbs planted (100 today).     I need to clean up the beds so I can find the spaces where I want to plant them.   Here is a cleaned out bed.

Today I planted Tulips and anemone.  I still have 100 daffodil and 100 crocus to plant.

There are still some things that look good in the garden.   The grasses look great .

Here are a few more pictures (click on the pics to enlarge)

I picked the gourds today as well.

I also bought a few MI grown apples (ran out of steam today but maybe a pie tomorrow)

Teddy is glad I am done because he was tired of supervising.


He is sleeping now……his favorite activity is napping

I am about 1/2 way to my sales goal for the new furnace (thankfully it is still working but on its last legs)
More items added to the 25% off sale in the Etsy store here https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts

I think I will try to get some more yard work done tomorrow and get the rest of the bulbs planted.

Happy Gardening  and Quilting

Tim

update

I finished the bible cover

I can make one for you 🙂   here is the link:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/527911147/bible-with-quilted-leather-cover?ref=shop_home_active_7

the one is the link is different but just add a note to seller in the checkout process and I will do the quilting to match your request.

So I went to the hospital and had my Endoscopic Ultrasound procedure.    It looks like a big part of my problem  is stones in the pancreas.   The question is how they will approach getting them out.     It also looks like ulcers are a problem.   I am waiting to hear back from the GI dr and my GP to see what the next step is to get to feeling better.   The good news is I know what is wrong ( and I am not crazy, there really is something up)….the bad part is waiting for a course of action.  Not being able to eat properly and being in constant pain is very draining.

I got this one basted today.

It is pretty big (60 inches wide) and I used 2 layers of batting….it weighs a ton!

I am finishing up a black leather bag for a customer and then I hope I can get outside and take some garden pictures and start fall cleanup…..I am afraid my garden has suffered this year 😦

I bought a new video camera with a better microphone so I will try that out soon (as much as I hater to do it I need to read the manual )

Teddy has his fall allergies and goes to see the vet on Saturday.

Here is a link to the AQS show ….my 2 quilts are included
https://www.facebook.com/AQSonline/posts/10155961622404396?pnref=story

Happy Quilting!

Tim

Exciting news

The winners were announced today for the Quilt Alliance “Voices” quilt contest and auction.
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Quilt-Alliance-Contest-Winners-Announced.html?soid=1101594196900&aid=YEV7Wd8Q-jw

My quilt came in second place.

and I won a new sewing machine.     I am excited to learn to do quilting on an electric modern machine.    I will still be a treadle quilter but want to become proficient at electric as well so I can be a better teacher.

All the quilts will be auctioned off in November to help fund the Quilt Alliance.    Here is the link to the auction site to see all the quilts. http://www.benefitbidding.com/auctions/listings/index.cfm?auction=318&resetcategory=1

Happy Quilting

Tim

Butterflies and machine

I have had many butterflies in my garden the last few weeks and I took some photos a few days ago….which will serve as quilt inspiration at some point soon.

I bought a Singer 31-15 quite a while back and it is finally in good working order

Here is a video of some free motion work on it .

I went to see the physical therapist and I have some exercises for my shoulders to do for my shoulders…..and the therapist wants to see me two times a week for 3 weeks to try to get it worked out.   the arthritis on my hands and knees is a different story but one thing at a time ….and forward progress.

Don’t be afraid of change, change can be a beautiful thing said the butterfly.

Happy Quilting

Tim

Coneflowers

The coneflowers are blooming away in the garden.


It inspired me to start this quilt.

I worked on it a little more

I have a lot of background quilting to go and I want to do a bit more painting.

I worked on the sewing machine top….here is the before


and after

Not perfect to be sure but I hope I look that good when I am 130.

Now I can clean up a bit and re-organize to find a good place to put it ….it sews beautifully so I do plan to use it .

Happy Quilting

Tim

1887 Singer

I went antique shopping today and even though I really didn’t plan on another sewing machine project I came home with one.

This was made in 1887 and it really is not in the best shape, but for 18 dollars I had to save it.

At some point in its life someone decided to re paint it ……you can see all the black paint on things that should not be painted.

The paint didn’t stick so well to the decals so a lot of it rubbed off, but the decals really are pretty much destroyed and trying to get the paint off without further damage is not easy.    I have done some work on it.

I think I have it in working order (I need to put in a needle and give it a test) but it still needs a lot of cleaning.    I am thinking about doing a total refinish since it is in such bad shape.   That would include striping and repainting and new decals.    I have not done that before because I usually thing it is better to embrace the age.   What do you think?

 

I did some of the quilting on the tree but needed to take a break to rest my hands.

I’ll get back to that soon

Happy Quilting
Tim

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Snow etc.

It has been snowing a lot.

When the snow is deeper than Teddy’s legs I really have no choice but to shovel it 🙂

I have been busy making blue denim bags to fill orders but I took a break from that to do a white bag.    here is a video.

I finished it and listed it for sale.

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It sold within 5 minutes.

still hand quilting every night…..I’ll get some pictures of that soon.

 

Happy Quilting

Tim