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.