There was a lot of working in the garden this weekend, It was the perfect stress relief after a challenging week. And, I finished a flower related needlework project.
This is a kit I bought at the quilt show last month. I love the simplicity of wool appliqué. I did a fabric substitution to get a better green for some leaves and I added the white flowers to cover up a placement mistake I made in the middle where all the melon colored flowers come together. I saw this kit at the quilt show in September and wanted it, but it was very expensive and looked complicated for a first wool project, so I picked something different then, but after a couple other less expensive kits, I felt ready for this one. It's mounted on a linen background. It's the first time I've done wool appliqué on a background that wasn't also wool, but the loose weave made this as easy to sew through as wool would have been.
Rob got flowers last week from a friend. Who doesn't love getting flowers unexpectedly.
Short post today. We have a lot going on and not much to talk about.
Last week, I got the fabrics I bought at the quilt show laundered and ready to use/store. This is always a good opportunity to pick up fabrics for low prices from their boutique shop and I totally took advantage of it...even though I need new fabric like I need a hole drilled in my head.
On the left are bits and bobs and scraps that I want to turn into a commemorative quilt. I like to pick up little pieces and then turn them into something that reminds me of the show. Next are pieces for a blue/white quilt I have in mind, using the blue-gray fabric on top to pull colors from. The only color other than blue, white or gray would be the pink triangles in that fabric.
Next are some pieces for stash and on the right is a collection called Adventure by Elizabeth Hartman. A fun little group and if I add the white piece below it, could make a very cute autumn colored quilt.
I turned in a couple big projects at work last week. It was a very good week to be Lane. Lots of recognition for work well done. And, I got out of my own way and let people say nice things to one another without saying something like 'aw shucks ma'am, tweren't nothin'.
Last week, Project Linus sent their monthly email (yes, I should be making Linus quilts again...they always make me so happy). There was a pattern for a Gingham Afghan from Daisy Farm Crafts. It's the first Afghan I've seen in years that I'm thinking about buying yarn to make. Most of what I crochet is leftover yarns and finishing other people's work to donate it, but I could see me buying yarn to make this one. It's cute and looks like a challenge.
Everybody have a great week! Find someone you love and give them a big old hug and tell them you love them. And, try not to sweat the small stuff (unless you're using it to hide from some big stuff).
This weekend, I got some time to clean up the mess I'd made of the yard. I'm still not done. I'm amazed at how much stuff was in the greenhouse and when I pulled it out, I was in a rush because of a last minute change in plans and just put it anywhere. Now, I'm having to move it around. And, I think Rob is getting impatient. I've been picking things up and moving them around during the day when I have a few minutes. I usually pull weeds on my breaks, but now I'm picking up pots and moving them where I'd like them to be for the duration of the reconstruction.
And, taking pictures.
I don't have the any idea what this is, but it makes these cute flowers that look like a face. It came as a volunteer in a plant Sydney bought years ago. The plant has passed, but the volunteer has continued to bloom. I'll enjoy it a while, then it will succumb to the heat.