more hand quilting

More of the hand quilting done , just the left side to finish.   (click pictures to enlarge)

Here are a few more garden pictures

Happy quilting


Spring is here

I spent some time in the garden this morning doing a little weeding and pruning .   Here are some pictures. (click pictures to enlarge)

I got started hand quilting this quilt.


Not much done but a start


More on that next time.

Teddy says HI


Happy Quilting


Am I fast? not so much

I do a lot of blogging as well as Facebook posting about my hand quilting.   It is really fun to share what I am doing.  I really get a lot out of the exchange of ideas, questions, and feedback.   There is, however, one consistent comment that really bothers me.    “Wow you sure are fast”.    Let me assure you I am NOT fast.   Honest I am not.
Yesterday I posted a picture of the progress of a rose on the whole cloth quilt I am working on.


I worked for most of the day Saturday to get it to that point.  I worked on it for the remainder of Saturday and part of today.   If I add that all up and it is something like 16 hours (for the filling not the black outline) and here it is .


That is less than one square foot of quilting.  It is slow, it is time-consuming, It is not magic, it is NOT fast.   It is consistent long hours of work.  I would love to be fast because I have so many ideas and quilts to do…..and I am faster now after hand quilting 6 + hours a day for 6 years than when I started, but I am not faster than most other hand quilters. I understand that it looks fast when all you see is a progress picture, It looks like it magically happened, but there are many many hours of quilting between pictures. When people say I am fast I feel like it really minimizes all the hard work and hours I put into it.

Now that I got that off my chest let me share some garden pictures.   I took a quilting break and planted some Pansies …. and took a few pictures of the beginnings of spring flowers in the garden.   (click pictures to enlarge)

Back to work

Happy (slow and steady)  Quilting


Spring is here

I was able to spend a few hours in the garden working on spring cleaning.   Cutting down all the old plants and getting the leaves out of the beds and bagging it all.  The city is scheduled to resume picking up yard waste this week so the bags went to the curb.

I have so much more to do in the back but the front is mostly done.

A few weeks ago I ordered a book


It arrived yesterday and it is great.  The photography (Bill Volckening also did the photography)  really captures the quilting beautifully.

Here are a few pages…..the book is 312 pages and also includes patterns for three of the quilts.

Here is a link to find the book

Happy Quilting


Garden pictures

It has been quite a while since I have had any garden pictures to post, I still don’t have much , but lots of things are starting. In a few weeks i should have some more actual flowers but here is what the garden looked like this morning.  (click pictures to enlarge)

I will have some more garden pictures when there are flowers….back to quilting for now


Progress Report

I am making some progress on the Ring Quilt.

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You can see the quilting better from the back

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It is going pretty fast

The Garden is growing…here are a few update pictures (click to enlarge)

I am working on flowers for a wedding today….I will post some pictures soon

Happy Spring


Something different every day

Another beautiful spring day.  The warm weather sure makes things grow fast

Remember the weeping cherry tree?

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Here it is today

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the grape hyacinth under it are starting to bloom

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The yellow Species tulips are still looking good

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The bleeding heart is starting to bloom

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so it the smaller fern leaf bleeding heart

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Lots of growth on the roses

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The Service berry yesterday

 Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'  getting ready to bloom

and Today

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And some more accumulated trimmings to go

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Yesterday I posted a picture of Teddy….it was a picture from a year ago….here he is yesterday

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He was looking pretty shaggy!   He had a visit to see Julie at the Elegant Pooch today… he is now sitting on the quilt I am working on

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Doesn’t he look distinguished….He also looks tired…his appointment made him miss his afternoon nap.

I found this great quilting song today

Happy Quilting/Gardening