Quilts and Plants

gardening, Handful of Scraps, quilts, Wagon’s West (dresden plates), Winter Wonderland

Yesterday seeing as we had a second rainy day in a row (total rainfall now 3.5 inches) I thought I would get to work getting the quilt backing cut and sewn for Wagons West.    Here the quilt top is laid out on top of the backing after I had sewed it  to measure and see if anything needed to be trimmed off but I decided to leave as is.  I was going to baste the sandwich as well and have it ready for machine quilting but the more I looked at it the more I thought I would hand quilt it instead LOL.  So that is the plan.  It is a smaller quilt then I sometimes do on the frame – about 55 x 70 I think so it will not take a real long time to quilt – maybe two months at the most-  so that is what I’m going to do.  I will be happier with the results hand quilted than machine quilted as we all no I am not an expert at the machine.  Some of these blocks are hand pieced so it just makes sense.  I now have the batting cut as well and it is all ready for the frame.  The Final Frontier will be after that.  I might use what gets trimmed off for the binding as that would add a bit of color to the edge.  I really think I would ruin it if I tried to machine quilt it – this quilt is just crying out for hand quilting in my opinion.


These hexies for the inner circle of Handful of Scraps are pinned to the wall, the diamonds are not attached.  I will get all the hexies ready for this area first then stitch.


Half way across the 3rd final row of Winter Wonderland and got back to work on it last night.  Quilting is my evening project.


This area looks so nice and clean now compared to how it had looked – we had several rainstorms yesterday but plenty of clear weather too.





I love how this one bush has multi-colored flowers!  Just the way the pine needles wash in and add acid to the soil I guess.  I almost lost this bush about 3 years ago but now it is almost back to as big as it had been –  if I recall right about 3 years ago we had a late freeze and the buds had already formed and died and then the bush really needed to be cut back so it would grow again.  The bush was planted about 20 years ago.


The mess the rain left my mulch covered area surrounding the garden in – I will wait until the weekend for it to dry out a bit and then fix it.  I will need to come up with something to protect the area better where the rain washes in at.  The plastic and mulch were put there to keep the weeds down and to make it a dryer area to work in after rains.!  I should have put newspaper down instead of the plastic but I do not get the newspaper so had none on hand.


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10 comments… add one
  • Doreen May 26, 2016

    Your hydrangea is so pretty. Mine is entering its 3rd season, so will hopefully get more than one bloom (although, last year that one was incredibly huge and gorgeous!). You know how I feel about machine quilting but I have to admit that your “Wagon Wheels” should be listened to and hand done!!!! You can always use that machine for something else! LOL!

  • Kathleen Mary May 26, 2016

    Your Wagons West quilt is absolutely beautiful. Looking at your pictures, I feel very peaceful. I love to garden as well as sew and the flowers are sensational.
    Kathleen Mary
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  • Deb May 26, 2016

    Gorgeous blooms there! Those blocks were very complicated and time consuming so I can see why hand quilting them makes more sense…the final perfect touch 🙂
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  • Kathy May 26, 2016

    I’m so glad you decided to hand quilt … it really does say “hand quilt me”, doesn’t it?

    I hope that someday my hydrangea will be as big and beautiful as yours … mine is not thriving, and nothing I do seems to help.
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  • Kristie May 26, 2016

    Lovely flowers! I agree, your beautiful Wagons West needs to be hand quilted. I love that quilt.
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  • sue godfrey May 27, 2016

    Beautiful pics, I wonder why so many of us quilters love to garden too? must be the creativity in us! All looking good and yes you must hand quilt Wagons West…. I am loving the Hexies too, you are so quick. Xx

  • Mary Ann May 27, 2016

    I have to agree on hand quilting Wagon’s West. With all the hand piecing on the wheels, this will be a perfect finish. Interesting information on your hydrangeas. Mine died back this year after a late frost but I am seeing new growth. I hope this means they will survive. One of my favorites in the garden and a gift from our daughter. Your plants are doing well. A lot of work but the end result is so nice.

  • Marianne May 27, 2016

    It makes sense to hand quilt your wagon wheel quilt since so much is hand sewn. I think you’ll like it better that way. I am slowly working on my Atlantic Flyway (a Studio 180 design) hand quilted wallhanging. I hope I’m finished by the time we head south next winter! I keep getting side tracked by hand applique. I’m teaching a beginner class next Sat. and it continues two Sats. after that. So I need to get my stuff together. I’m also helping the state historical society put sleeves on antique quilts to be hung at the Vermont Quilt Festival at the end of June. Plenty of hand work on my list!
    Your flowers look lovely. Our lilacs are blooming and smell great whenever we walk out on the porch. What a nice time of year! Have a good Memorial Day weekend.

  • Mary Burnette May 31, 2016

    What are you doing to get your hydrangas to bloom. Mine are 6 years old bright beautiful green leaves. Never bloom, sometimes I will get a tiny blossom about 2 inches wide. Any special fertilizer, any help appreciated yours are beautiful.
    Mary mburnette912@bellsouth.net

  • Kevin Aug 21, 2016

    your winter wonderland quilt is truly a beauty, and your setup there is enviable.
    Please keep up the amazing work, I find it inspiring.
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