Monday, July 21, 2014

Quilt Progress and Daylilies

Good afternoon! 

I finally have more of the "Northwoodsy" quilt finished.  The top is pieced, and this morning I laid it out on the floor so I could position the animal silhouettes.




There is one more silhouette that will go on the left side.  Now I can start stitching them to the top.

Hot here today and no rain in sight, so we'll be watering the gardens.  We've been enjoying lettuce and peas so far, as well as new potatoes.  Beets will be ready soon. 

I bought 2 boxes of Georgia peaches from the Tree-Ripe Citrus truck last week.  The peaches I've been buying from them for at least ten years are always delicious.   Yesterday I canned 14 pints plus put 3 packages in the freezer. And of course, we've eaten lots of them fresh. 

I love summer with all its wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables!

Here are a few of the daylilies in the flower gardens.  It's hard for me to pick a favorite since each one is more beautiful than the last.

This is a peachy one with yellowish throat (and a couple of pretty daisies--as Meg Ryan says in "You've Got Mail", "Daisies are such happy flowers").


This is more of a lemon yellow than appears in this picture.


Different shades of pink.


A beautiful big orange one and more daisies.

I never used to plant daylilies, but after trying one, I am hooked.  They are all lovely, and with several flower buds on each stalk, there are flowers for a long time.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On My Design Wall

We are almost finished with the new bathroom, and I have moved my sewing room back down to the original one on the first floor.  The one upstairs was nice, but I really feel more at home in my old one.  It just seems like a better fit; and now I can watch the birds at the feeder right outside the windows.

So, now that the room is mostly organized, I've been doing a little sewing.  This is eventually going to be a queen sized quilt for a couple who are friends of ours. 


I have almost 100 more blocks to make, and then once all the blocks are sewn together, I'll applique dark brown silhouettes of animals such as elk and bear on it.



Here's a picture of one of the Campanula varieties in my garden.  It's such a pretty flower.



Happy July!  Hope you're enjoying summer.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Busy and Flowers

I haven't posted for awhile because we have been very busy doing a remodeling project--converting a very small bedroom into a bathroom, and trying to get it done as soon as possible.  I'll show pictures when we get finished, or at least close to finishing.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of flowers in my gardens.  They all seem to be blooming a little later this year.

Peony



Light purple Siberian Iris




Weigela 'Midnight Wine'



Baptisia



'Johnson Blue' Geranium



Dark blue Siberian Iris


Now the gardens really need a good soaking rain, or if not, we'll be watering soon.

It's so good to be outdoors with no coat, scarf, gloves, etc.  I hope you are enjoying June as much as I am!


Friday, May 30, 2014

Trip

A few days ago, we got back from a trip out west.  The main reason for the trip was to visit Mr. M's Dad, sister, and brother-in-law in Colorado.  We saw them last year at Mr. M's Mother's memorial service, but it was nice to see them again this year. 

Our younger son's visit there overlapped ours by about a day, so it was nice seeing him also.  He is moving back to our area from Las Vegas this summer, so he brought along a car load of his things for us to bring back with us. 

On our way home, we visited the Black Hills.  We've been there a few times before, but it's always nice to go through such a beautiful area.

 There's a tree growing right on the top of this rock formation.



This is a view that we missed the other times we were here.  It's the side of Mount Rushmore.



Here's a close-up of that same view, showing the side of George Washington's head.  It was a surprise to be able to see it from this vantage point.


Below are a couple of interesting cloud formations that we saw as we were traveling across South Dakota.  We had such great weather the whole time we were on the trip.



This one was several long strings of clouds, which I thought was quite unusual.  Maybe not, but I had never seen any like this before.


And a cute little duckling near a pond at Al's Oasis.  There was a second one but it wouldn't stand still long enough for me to get a picture.



It was a good trip, but it's always nice to get back home again.

The garden is entirely planted and mulched.  Now we wait for fresh veggies, although we have been eating lots of asparagus the past week or two.  So good!

 
 
 
 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New Embroidery Floss Storage

A few weeks ago when I was visiting my daughter, we went to a few estate sales.  One of the things I found was a small drawer unit. It was full of nuts and bolts, etc., all of which I gave to Mr. M.

There are 60 drawers, and I thought it might work well for storing all of my embroidery floss.


It is perfect! 



Plenty of room for all the floss wrapped around those little cardboard holders.




Plus enough room for the floss that I haven't put around the holders and any extra skeins.  There was even a drawer for the extra cardboard holders.


On another note, the birds are coming back.  This morning we had an indigo bunting join the group.  They are such a beautiful blue.


I am so happy that Spring has arrived!  We've planted seed potatoes and onion sets, as well as carrots and lettuce.  Hope to get the tomato, pepper, and artichoke seedlings set out this weekend.  Then the rest in a week or so.


I'm linking up with Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Quilt Top

I finally finished the quilt top I started at my friend's house two weeks ago.





It's made with one layer cake plus the fabric for the stars.  This one doesn't have a border, so what's left is to find something in my stash for the backing and then get it sandwiched, quilted, and bound.


Linking up with Sew Darn Crafty


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fabric Collecting


Well, I haven't accomplished much in terms of quilting lately.  I am working on a new quilt top but am not far enough along to show any pictures.  Perhaps later this week.

I've had this hanging on my quilting/sewing room wall for several years and sometimes I think I might be more of a fabric collector than a quilter/sewer. 



I do love beautiful fabrics, and I often find it hard to cut them up to use in a quilt.


Spring has finally arrived here in the northern half of Wisconsin, so I've been outside working in the yard.  It is so nice to be able to go out without a jacket, etc.  I love this time of year when everything looks so fresh and new!

Happy Spring to all of you!