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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Horizontal seams.......

I got the last 9 vertical seams sewn yesterday afternoon and last night sewed 8 horizontal seams.  All of the rest of the rows are webbed to the sewn section.

My granddaughter brought the 2 great-grandsons to my house and we walked to the closest city park.  It was a beautiful day to be outside.  I planted another Shasta Daisy before they got here and went out and pulled tons of Creeping Charlie after they left.
I noticed some black raspberries had ripened and was surprised when I started picking them how many there were. I had them over ice cream last night.  I noticed a Japanese Beetle on the bush.  I sure hope we won't have a lot of them this year.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sewing long seams.......

I decided to sew the squares together in long columns top to bottom instead of sewing the squares into blocks and then assembling the quilt top.  I have 5 of 14 long seams sewn.  My neck was feeling better but I didn't want to push it and sew any more.  We got another little rain shower yesterday afternoon, about a third of an inch.  I haven't had to water anything outside for over a week now with little rains several times a week.  The areas of brown grass in the lawn are turning green again.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A few more rows..........

I pulled out the blocks with the darkest lights in them and then I added one more row on the left and 2 rows on the bottom.  I ended up using a few of the darker ones again in the bottom rows because I was out of light ones.  It should finish about 45" x 63" now.  I pulled a muscle in my neck and have been dealing with pain for a few days.  Some things I do irritate it, like cutting and basically most things looking down.  I think looking down while hand stitching the binding really irritated it.  Working at the design wall doesn't bother it at all.  I hope to get to cutting the wide borders for the other quilt today or tomorrow.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Colorful day..........

After I finish a project I need to just play for awhile to decide what to do next.  Every time I see a Friendship Star quilt I know I want to make one.  I had a box of 3" finished triangle squares (no batiks) and a little bag of 3.5" green print squares so I started playing with a layout on the design wall.  I think the blocks with the darker light colors will have to come out.  Maybe they can be on the back.  This will just be a small quilt to go in my gifting pile.  I'm linking to Scraptastic Tuesday.  Click here to check out the other links.
Then I tackled the one I have been procrastinating about.  I got the other 3 narrow borders sewn on and then I hung it on a double design wall to be sure they were just the right length.  The trouble with sewing a border onto an all bias edge is that you want it neither too small or too big.  Either way causes big problems once you get the outside borders sewn on.  I think it looks good so I will cut the wide border today.
While mowing the grass I spotted the greenery to be featured for the day.  The bluish green hosta was only half this size last year.  The leaves are fairly small on this one compared to my big leaf plants.  I split this one a couple years ago so I have 2 or 3 of them.

I counted 7 little tomatoes on the Early Girl plant and 2 or 3 each on several of the other plants.  I don't remember how many days it takes for them to grow to full size and ripen but I suspect I'm going to have a lot of tomatoes at the same time.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A finish.............

I finished hand sewing the binding, label and hanging sleeve last night on "Blue".  It is a joyous celebration of the blue Dutch Wax batiks which were hard to find back in the 1990s.  There are a few regular quilting cottons used in the plainer pieces of the design.  It is 39.5" x 50".
I took this photo of the back of the quilt in the morning with the light from the window coming across it. 

I wrote a 6 part tutorial when I was making this quilt top.  You can find it in my Label List on the right sidebar: Modular Quilt Tutorial.

The hanging sleeve is one of the regular quilting cottons and was used on the front too.  The print is very similar to the batik fabrics.  I took this photo before the bottom edge was stitched in place.








In the gardening department I dug up this hosta, pulled it apart into 3 plants and then replanted it closer to the rock edging.  There are orange Tiger Lilies behind it and it was leaning on them.

Now when you enter the path you can see my 3 new plants, a little hosta and the replaced big hosta.  I think I need to dig up the small hosta (just past the daisies) and move it back a couple inches.  The Rudbeckia to the right is starting to form buds.





Finally....I am seeing little tomatoes on several of the plants.  There have been lots of blooms but up until this point I couldn't tell if the dried up ones were turning into tomatoes or not.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Binding..........

I found a dark navy blue print in my stash to use for the binding on the African blue modular quilt.  I am a little over half done with the hand stitching.



I printed a label for it a long time ago, maybe 5 years ago.  Luckily I knew where it was.  I finished the quilt top in 2011 and I think I basted and ditch quilted it in 2012 and just now finished the rest of the quilting.



About a week ago I was moving all of my Amaryllis bulbs outside for the summer and I noticed one had a bud peeking out.  Usually a late one just dries up and dies but I watered this one and it has been growing.  It will be a few more days before I know what color it is.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Machine quilting and garden.......

I wanted to finish quilting this quilt yesterday and I think I am done.  When you use clear monofilament it is sometimes hard to tell.  I quilted the plain navy parts after I took this photo.  I will check it over this morning and trim it and look for a binding and a hanging sleeve fabric.
I invested in 3 new perennials this year.  I look at them every year but don't buy them.  I decided this summer it was time to add something new to the back garden.  I can see I have a little more Creeping Charlie to clean up there.  Coreopsis on the left, the Hosta was already there, then a Shasta Daisy and a compact Bee Balm.  Behind it is a big plant of Rudbeckia in its third year.  The humidity wasn't too bad in the late afternoon but it was hot.