End of the Garden Season

Monday is the last day the city will pick up garden waste so I got some garden cleanup done.  My composer if full to the brim so it has to go out in bags for city pickup. (the city will compost it)

here are a few of the bags


Fall came very late this year so there are still trees with leaves and I could rake every day ….because they blow in from everywhere.

Lots of plants needed to be cut back…..if they don’t get done now it will have to be done in the spring.

Some things I don’t cut back.  I think the ornamental grasses look great all winter.


I have some ferns that are evergreen.


Hydrangea look pretty even when they lose all their leaves.


The oak leaf hydrangea has pretty fall color


The dogwood still has pretty colored leaves.


The fairy rose is not ready to quit


lots of leaves to clean out of the beds.


when I look past the work it does look pretty.


I did a bit of quilting.    I am making another bag using recycled Jeans legs.  Doing the free motion quilting on the Singer 66-18.  Here is the front panel.


Happy Gardening/quilting



I am trying out something new.  I am basting a quilt using my hand quilting frame.   I loaded the quilt like I would for hand quilting but I will pin baste it in the frame then take it out for quilting.


I have a book cover in progress with the Singer 15


And I had Teddy do a check on the Rose Quilt


Click on pictures to enlarge

Happy Quilting


Scrappy Wonky Quilt Finished

I finished up the hand quilting and binding on the scrappy 1900 quilt.


I left the edges wonky rather than trying to square it up and have to cut off a lot of fabric.    My goal with this was to make it look like it was all made by the same person. I imagined how the person who made the top might do the quilting and I figured they would be as unconcerned for uniformity in the quilting as they were in the piecing so the quilting is intentionally irregular.
Here are some more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I made a video of how I did the binding. (Teddy makes an appearance)

And here are some more pictures of the garden today

Happy Quilting


We have had a few short rain showers the last few days and the flowers appreciate it! (click pictures to enlarge)

I made another Journal

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Now back to work on hand quilting……almost at the half way point on this one.


Happy Quilting




More Book Covers

I made a few more book covers to try out different fabrics.

This one a a faux suede upholstery fabric


this one is Batik


I like the suede look fabric…it is very thick but the treadle machine goes through it pretty well.     I think I’ll make a few more.

Teddy was guarding the garden today.


Doesn’t he look tough?

Here are some new garden pictures (click on pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting




Garden Tour

Teddy and I went for a walk in the garden tonight and Teddy helped me to decide what to photograph.



We took a lot of pictures (click on pictures to enlarge)

some quilting next time 🙂

Happy Friday


More piecing, garden pictures and a video

last time I posted about a new top I am making called “Table Scraps”


I did some more piecing on that.

I am using 2 inch strips


I sew together 6 and then cut into blocks


Stack up a few of them and then cut the other direction


then rearrange them


then sew them together.   once I have enough done I arrange them in the diamond shape


after they are sewn together I cut them again to be an accurate 45 degree diamond so they will all fit together to make a star


One of my fabric pieces was large enough to do a full diamond unpieced……I like the variety


2 more diamonds to go….I’ll probably piece them a bit differently…I’ll post pictures of that soon.

The finished star should be about 75 inches across and it will get a pieced scrappy border to make a finished quilt of about 85″ square

Today it finally rained……but you really can’t call it a real rain…just enough to get the grass damp and cause the humidity to go up to 90% . It has been so dry!   What we need is a good long all day rain!  I took a few garden pictures shortly after the rain.   (click pictures to enlarge)

I did another video of hand quilting….this one is quilting on an antique applique quilt.

Happy Quilting