Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Wednesday Wandering - Roses and Lilies

Just showing you some of the roses and lilies in the cottage garden this week. 
Well, you might see a few weeds too. 

The Roses, Orienpet and Oriental lilies are all very fragrant. The Daylilies are not.
I've been using Bobbex to repel the deer. 
I've seen a few Japanese Beetles starting to invade the roses but I've been picking them off and throwing them in soapy water on my tour through the gardens (if I remember to take my little bucket of soapy water with me).  

CELEBRATE (my word of the year)

July 23 - Quilt stories!  I read about the power of a quilt and prayer on Linda's blog. 


Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Another Wonky Log Cabin Finish

It's a finish!
Wonky Log Cabin
Fields and Furrows Setting
45 x 54

I made this top earlier this year. I used brown and blue strings around an orange 2 inch square. 

Blocks were trimmed to 9.5 inches. 

I used a fields and furrows layout.

I quilted it on my DSM with swirls in gray thread.

The backing. 

The binding is the same orange batik as the extra strip I had to add to the backing. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

July 19 - My Gladiolas.  I think I have the color scheme for my next quilt - purple, yellow, red with touches of pink and light orange. 

July 20 - House Dresses. I ordered a couple earlier this year to wear when working outside in the garden. I thought I would feel a little cooler on hot days. I do. But I can't help but think that from the back when bending over now I look like those bent over old lady lawn ornaments. Good thing we don't have close neighbors! 

July 21 - I finished a book! This one was light reading and not my usual historical fiction. Sometimes a few historical fiction books based on true stories kind of get depressing. Closer Than You Think by Jean Grainger is the fourth book in the Mags Munroe series. Mags Munroe is an Irish Garda.  I'm looking forward to further exploits of Mags Munroe. 

July 22 - Oh joy! I received packages of lovely fabrics from both Julierose and Nann. I am so thankful for their generosity. I hope to turn a lot of it into comfort quilts asap! 

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Another Wonky Log Cabin Finish!

Wonky Log Cabin
54 x 72
It's a finish!

This one has heart!

I made the top earlier this year and used low volume strings around a 2 inch pink center for this one.

I trimmed the blocks to 9.5 inches. 

I quilted it with three petaled flowers on my DSM (Brother PQ1500SL) in white thread. 

Binding is pastel pink. I sewed this binding down by machine. 

The backing. It too has heart(s). 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

July 19 - 44 (or more) in 2024!  I've met my goal!  At the beginning of the year I set a goal to finish 44 or more donation quilts in 2024. You can see my goal over on the side bar.  This low volume wonky log cabin makes donation quilt finish 45.   I've actually finished 46 quilts this year but one of them I'm keeping around in case I need a gift for family or friends. I guess that actually still qualifies for a donation quilt but for purposes of my goal I put it in the gift category.   Most of the quilts were UFOs but for the first time this year I've also finished a quite a few quilts that aren't UFOs. I hope to keep up that trend. Also, so far this year I've already donated 42 quilts kiddo quilts from ones I've had on hand. Thank you to all my friends who have sent me supplies to help me complete this goal. Now that I've met that goal I'm feeling like I can give myself permission to work on a few of my own quilts and then see how many more than 44 quilts I can finish for donation.   I have a tab for quilt finishes this year at the top of this blog. 


Friday, July 19, 2024

Progress on Strings - Works in Progress

Feather Bed blocks.   
I've finished sewing all my longest strings into strata and cut the parts for 76 feathers. 

I don't cut fabrics for strings. They just happen. So it is always fun to see what the mix of fabrics in my quilts will look like together. 

I decided to use green for the background because I think every color goes with green. Doesn't every color of flower have green leaves? 

Now that my longest strings have been used the remainders go into the pile of strings for Spider Web blocks. 

So I made some Spider Web blocks this week too.  I'm mostly using bright and wild strings for these projects. 

Then after I've used a string in the Spider Web blocks and there is a little piece of string left it goes into the baggie for Eight Point Star pieces.   I made enough pieces (32) for 4 Stars. 

So that's the long and short of it.

And sew on...


Thursday, July 18, 2024

A Wonky Log Cabin Finish

Wonky Log Cabin in a
Fields and Furrows setting.
It's a finish!
60 x 72

It started with some orange 4.5 inch squares...

...and some bright and neutral strings. 

I even added in a little flour and sugar! 

I quilted it with swirls on my DSM in a natural colored thread.  I wanted to add an orange binding but I didn't have enough of any orange fabric to use so I used a gold fabric. 

The pieced backing.

When I was piecing I meant for those two different fabrics to be in one strip at the side instead of together side by side. I must have gone into "mindless mode" (aka Cathy's World) when piecing. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

July 17 - Heirloom Roses had a big sale so I treated myself to three new floribundas. One can never have too many roses to stop and smell. They arrived yesterday. I planted them in the cutting garden since they are roses suitable for cutting and fragrant too.  They are Celestial Nights (magenta), Plum Perfect (plum, of course) and About Face (multicolor orange). I immediately sprayed them with Bobbex to keep critters away. 

July 18 - Today is my daughter's 48th birthday. Again, how can that be? I thought I was 48! 😀 I remember the day she was was early morning and I woke hubby to tell him I needed to get to the hospital right away. Our son was 2 1/2 so we woke him too. Hubby dropped me off at the hospital and said he would be back after he dropped our son off with my step mom.  When he got back to the hospital I had given birth to a baby girl - 8lb. 4oz. and 20 inches long. The sky was beautiful at sunrise that day. We named her Amber Dawn.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Wednesday Wandering

Orienpet or Tree Lilies
They are a cross between Oriental and Trumpet Lilies
Oh, they are tall and fragrant!

After I sprayed everything the deer were eating with Bobbex I had new growth and now have lilies and roses.  After the initial spray with Bobbex it needs to dry for 6 hours and then it won't be water soluable - the rain won't wash it away. When there is new growth the new growth needs to be sprayed. 

Love Lies Bleeding
An annual I started from seeds. 



White Oriental Lily, Magenta Roses, Orange Daylilies

The bind weed is trying to strangle the roses.

Orienpet Lily

Orienpet Lily

Oriental Lily tthat looks like the Orienpet Lily


Rose and flowering bind weed. 

Balloon flower with a bite out of it.

Another patch of Orienpet Lilies. I have 5 different varities but deer ate some of them down to nothing before I got around to spraying. 

Joe Pye Weed
It grew there by itself. That is a shady area and it grows nicely there so I let it be; however, it can get invasive but is easy to pull out. Butterflies, especially Tiger Swallowtails, love it. 

American Bellflower
This is another wild flower that appears here and there in the gardens. I let it be but it can also get invasive but is easy to pull out. 

Zinnias are starting to bloom. I grow a Zinnia border every year from seeds saved from the previous year. 

I started my Coneflowers from seeds. I forget what the white ones are called. I need to put a label near them. I'm trying to collect quite a variety of Coneflowers. 

Blackberry Lily
I think it's named Lily but is actually an Iris. The dental assistant gave me seeds a long time ago. My patch got so big so I separated it about three years ago and planted bits here and there but none of those patches are doing as well as my far... 

Queen Anne's Lace grows wild here and there too. Again, I let it grow until it gets invasive. 

Golden Glow Rudbeckia is a native wildflower I started from seed. 

Bee Balm and Wild Phlox

An area of my native wildflower area with Fleabane, Helianthis and American Bellflower.

Spotted Bee Balm (or Dotted Horsemint) is a new perennial this year that I started from seed. 

I cut some Gladioli to bring in the house. Wish I hadn't because they were full of earwigs. Ick! But the reason I grow them is so I have cut flowers for the house. I have to dig up the bulbs (or are they corms?) every year and store them in a cool area. I started a few years ago with a little bag of mixed colors of bulbs and my stock has now multiplied.   That's our ancestor wall in the background. Hubby bought me the antique bowl and pitcher a long time ago. I try to keep the pitcher full of flowers but the last few years it has held only dried flowers and been up on top of the pie safe. I just never got around to cutting any flowers. I tell myself that each year will be different and I will have cut flowers in all my vases. I even started a cutting garden a few years ago. Maybe one of these years I have time to stop and cut flowers to fill my vases. I have quite a collection of vases. A lot of them I picked up at thrift stores over the years. 

And one of these days I might even find time to change the buffet topper. That's still the Christmas runner with poinsettias!  And there's a couple of Celtic Crosses I inherited from Dad's collection when he passed away that I'e been meaning to hang on the ancestor wall. There might even be a little dust on display on the buffet. And so it goes...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

July 14 - Nature's light show- rolling thunder and non stop lightning for over an hour in the middle of the night. The thunder woke me up.  It was kind of hypnotizing to watch the constant lightning flashes. The storm eventually resulted in  cooler temps and over an inch of rain that my garden needed. 

July 15 - Cursive writing. I keep a spiral notebook by my computer and by my sewing machine. I write all kinds of notes in those notebooks and usually write in cursive. I suppose no one in the future will be able to read my notes in my notebooks that are kind of like a diary. I recently labeled a couple of quilts I gave to my great niece who is expecting a girl in August. I wrote a couple of quotes on the labels in cursive and she couldn't read what I wrote. I was kind of surprised but was told by folks at the baby shower that a lot of people no longer can read or write cursive because they had keyboarding classes in school instead. Makes me wonder how much history and knowledge will be lost when future generations no longer can read or write cursive.      I remember that I could not wait to learn cursive. I went to a small school that had one teacher for two grades. While one grade was getting a lecture the other grade might be given an assignment to practice cursive writing. We had fountain pens then with cartridges of ink that sometimes leaked all over the place. I don't remember ever using a ballpoint pen in grade school but do remember using Bic pens later on.   

July 16 - I saved $2.52 per gallon of gas with my fuel saver card from Hy-Vee grocery. I try to always grocery shop on a Monday because a purchse over $45 earns extra fuel saver rewards. Doesn't take many groceries to make a $45 purchase these days!  I took the gas can in for the riding mower and filled that up too.