The yard

Okay, so I'm just back from the doctor's office for my regular checkup. It was all good news, so continued existence remains an imminent possibility (my sarcastic way of saying all is well). And, a good thing because I still have too many UFO's. I know Rob was really excited because he doesn't want to be a single parent. So there's two good reasons to keep slogging on.

Here are some yard shots. But, they aren't very good. The flower bed is beautiful, but hard to catch all the detail in a picture. You just have to see it. Let us know what time you'll get here and we'll have coffee and cake ready. Right now, the beds are full of tall pink phlox. They love it here and don't mind the clay or the heat. They'll bloom most of a month and then receded and other things will kick in. I do like a lot of variety in my beds. And, this weekend, I need to start moving some things around. Not everything is happy in its current spot.

This is along the edge of the daylily bed. Looks sad this time of year, but it will perk back up in a few weeks.

And, this is along the other side. You can see my sitting area in the corner. 2nd favorite spot! Most favorite is the swing that I can sit in and look at the beds from the outside.

I'll try to take some better pictures this weekend and show some of the best spots.

Okay, so I've been working on the Indian Orange Peel quilt. And, I am sooo frustrated. I'm on the third border side. At this point, it's time to set it aside for the weekend. I just want to get all those curves together. I'm having so much trouble getting points to match. I just need to continue to plug my way through it and stop worrying about it being perfect. In this case, done is going to be much better than perfect. And the thing that's frustrating me most is all that paper. It is so in the way as I try to go around this curve and then that one and back again. Grrrr.

My plan is to baste two finished tops this weekend so I can work on something else for a while. I want to get one ready for machine quilting and one for hand. I have a free standing frame (oval, maybe 18" x 24") that I've never used and I want to get a quilt in it that I can just leave in the sewing room, all set up and ready to work on. It's been so long since I did any hand quilting, and after all this hand piecing, I think I can make really tiny stitches now. but, I'm going to need to get a poly batt. I've hand quilted through the cotton batt that I like for machine quilting and I want to try something a little easier to get the needle through...something a little less dense. Don't know what I'll baste for the machine quilting yet, but there's plenty to choose from.

That's all the news that's fit to print. Everyone have a great Friday. I'm going to put my headset on and work really hard so the day will pass fast. I'm definitely ready for the weekend to begin.



Rhoda said...

Hey Lane, did you see my post? It's screwy because I'm still not sure of what I'm doing here, but I posted the ditch lillies for you.
That quilt is stunning, but I can see it isn't one to try for fun, unless you're into really challanging yourself! Your gardens look so neat compared to mine. I'm the cottage garden, let it grow where it wants to type, although I move things around too. That's the fun of perennial gardening, isn't it?

Hazel said...

Oh my that quilt is so worth all the extra work you are putting into it ,its gorgeous , you should put it in a show .

lw said...

I think the quilts that we put more time into and that cause us the most trouble are the ones we get the most attached to. It certainly is worth the effort-- it's stunning!

I wish I could take you up on the offer for the garden tour-- your yard looks really inviting.

Crispy said...

The Orange Peel is Beautiful, as is your garden!!


Becky said...

Your garden looks great.....and of course you already know how I feel about the Orange Peel!!! Rock on!

oldbatt said...

I'll be there in an hour! I wish! The yard really shows how much work you put into it! Fabulous Indian Orange Peel! I could look at that all day long! Best, Lisa

Elizabeth said...

Your yard is lovely. I'll bet it is a quiet, restful place to be. I'll stop by after supper and you can give me the tour.

Your orange peel quilt is really coming along. I'm even more WOW-ed by the borders that I was the center.

And if I may make a teeny tiny suggestion (who am I kidding? I'm such a know-it-all and will butt right in whether or not you give the OK)? Take the paper out of your orange peel borders! If you've used starch, it should be pretty stable. If not, starch it, pull the paper out, give it a good pressing and then put it together. That is usually how I paper piece. You'll have a little more give to get those points to match up. Don't totally take my word for it though. Try one section out to see if you like it better before you totally commit.

Coloradolady said...

What a beautiful yard Lane...I just love it!!

I just love your quilt top....all your work is paying off big time, it is a beauty! Have a great weekend....

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

That is one NEAT lawn!!!
glad to hear you have pased the physical!!!

solomi558 said...

Nice quilt , nice borders in your garden .--cottonreel