gardening

Yes that is right – one more small top done and out of the way.  The Red and Black Checkerboard top had the binding finished and was washed and dried Monday night.  It was the first time I had used Hobbs Heirloom 100% cotton batting that I remember anyhow and it quilted beautifully – no struggle with the needle.

Here it is on the table.

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Of course it is not a true “checkerboard” pattern but that is what it reminds me off.  I did just a very simple big stitch quilting with red thread in 3 inch squares, it was done in a flash – of course it is only about 41 inch square so that helped.  I don’t know about you but quilting “dotty” fabric especially in black makes me kind of dizzy!  Now I will get back to work on the last border for the Granny’s Got Style quilt (not that much left to do) and the applique for Floral Fantasy.

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Work continues on Patchwork of the Crosses.  I am linking to Freshly Pieced Modern today and Sew Fresh Quilts.

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Tomato cages are now on the tomato plants – what a difference in price from one store to another for these fairly inexpensive things that we use to try to contain our plants and keep them upright.  One store had colored cages now – red, green, blue and yellow for $6 each – the plain metal were $2.98 to $4.98 – at Lowe’s and a low $1.98 at Wal-Mart – you guessed it I got mine at Wal-Mart! I probably have these planted way to close together and well regret it later but I have a small space and I can not dig up more and have a hard time taking care of this much as it is.

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One more variety of daffodils still showing up – I think this is the last of them.

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Sunday night I rolled Patchwork of the Crosses down and there was the end!  It is always such a good feeling to see that happen – knowing that all the work is almost finished on a quilt.  This one has been going by super fast and I know it is because I have been working on it almost every day – something I normally do not do when I put a quilt on the frame – sometimes taking a break that turns into weeks instead of days.  I put this quilt on the frame February 7th – wow.

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Besides the tree log flower bed I showed you all last week another thing I saw on Pinterest was making a flower container out of a tree stump – Mike cut a hole into this one for me and I planted one flower plant with a little ground cover – it is not a real deep hole though so I don’t know if it will make it – lesson learned if we do another – make the hole deeper to make sure it will have more room.  I will need to check this often and the other one also to make sure it has enough water until the roots actually grow into the wood.

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Leaves on the trees!  Some big leaves and some barely there but growing green they are.

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Rose Buds!

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After such a busy active week of trying to get the garden done and the decking clean I found I was totally exhausted yesterday – I did finish the binding on the table topper, washed the kitchen floor and did hardly anything else but sit around and read and quilted for a bit in the evening watching tv like I normally do – I do not consider that work though Smile – I hope my energy level has come back today!

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I have been so busy with the yard work for weeks now and I’m so pleased to say that I am about finished with most of it!  The power washing is done, little garden planted, grass cut and the tick/ant pellets are spread.  Man was I busy yesterday with being outside – it is now staying steady in the 70’s daytime so nice and comfortable – I was out for a a good lot of the day – when I came in inside to either cook or rest I would pick up the Red and Black Checkerboard table topper and do some big stitching and I finished it – and even have the binding machine stitched down – now to do the hand part.

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Patchwork of the Crosses has had some progress as well in the evening.

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Pretty much all cleaned up now – if you go back a post or two you will see how nasty it was.  If you have never used a power washer before and think you might – make sure you have on old clothes – preferably jeans to protect your lower legs as it kicks up a lot of dirt and crud – if you get too close to your legs it will sting -  old crappy shoes too!!  I learned all this the last time I did it about 3 or 4 years ago.  I had to go back later and spray all my plants off as they were nasty dirty looking even though I tried really hard to avoid them.  I was really glad to get done with that job and when I started it I really didn’t think it would take me close to two weeks to get it accomplished.  I want to put some more flowers around the edges of the garden and need to pick up more annuals.  This is about the only place I plant them.

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The Lily of the Valleys are just now starting to open, this is the first I saw

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The Hosta’s are opening up full

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Pink azaleas – this is the early of the two varieties I have that are pink, the other is just now getting ready to open.

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The white ones

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Craftsy’s BIG Easter Sale: Up to 75% Off on selected items.  Craftsy is now carrying Jinny Beyer’s fabric line, they also have Amy Butler, Kona Cotton, Stonehenge, Moda, R. Kaufmann, Riley Blake, Joel Dewberry and Tula Pink  just to name a few.

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Happy Easter

by Karen on April 20, 2014

in gardening

I have so enjoyed the nice weather – got very little done in the line of quilting yesterday – I got my little garden planted after having had to dig the whole thing up to turn soil over and add fertilizer.  Mainly tomatoes with a a little of other things thrown in it, and I will plant some flowers around the edges.  I hope these tomato plants grow as big as the plants did last year.   I still need to power wash the boards around it – they sure look nasty!  I will make sure to aim away from the plants.  I need to pick up some cages for the tomato’s also – the ones I have used in previous years have fallen apart with age.

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One of my azalea bushes.

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This photo doesn’t capture all of them – I have 6 big bushes – 3 pink on the left, a red, white, and pink again – then I rooted another red and white from the bushes and planted them to the right of the pink in the photo – they are pretty small still and you can’t see them in the photo.

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Wild Violets, they grow everywhere and I let them!  I like them

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I don’t know what kind of tree this is but it is in bloom and looks pretty

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Have a great day everyone and I am linked to Kathy’s Slow Stitch Sunday today if anyone has time to browse through projects.

Don’t forget – the sale continues all weekend and through Monday – get those fabrics that you are dying for and thank you to all that order through my blog links – I appreciate it.

Craftsy’s BIG Easter Sale: Up to 75% Off on selected items.  Craftsy is now carrying Jinny Beyer’s fabric line, they also have Amy Butler, Kona Cotton, Stonehenge, Moda, R. Kaufmann, Riley Blake, Joel Dewberry and Tula Pink  just to name a few.

Enjoy up to 75% off all Yarn with Craftsy’s BIG Easter Sale happening now!
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Wednesday night I rolled the quilting frame down once again and now I can actually see the last border at the very top of the frame! This is amazing to me – I am quilting much faster than normal and working on it steady –  this is about queen size although it is a little smaller than I had thought it was – for some reason I thought I had made it 100 x 100 inches like I usually do and I just measured it and on the frame stretched it is 93 x 93 oops!  how did that happen?  I really do not know.  It will still fit the bed but it won’t have as much overhang as I like.  There will be some shrinkage when it is washed.  I think when I measured it laying on the carpet I looked at the tape wrong because I went back and looked at an old post and I said it was 100 x 100!!

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This is the area I was working on last night.

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I have been working on the little table topper as well and the big stitch quilting goes quickly – if I would stick to it! which I don’t, I pick it up for 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there – these areas marked for quilting are 3 inch squares.

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Nothing fancy on this quilted top!

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I saw this kind of flower bed on pinterest and when Mike cut the dead pine tree down I thought to give it a try – with his help of course –yesterday I planted mint on each end and some little annuals down the middle – the intent is that as the tree rots it creates a natural flower bed.  Only problem is the tree wasn’t as thick as I probably needed and so the plants are planted really deep – I well need to check it for watering constantly until the plants root well.  I do not mind the mint staying there to grow and spread.

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Craftsy’s BIG Easter Sale: Up to 75% Off on selected items.  Craftsy is now carrying Jinny Beyer’s fabric line, they also have Amy Butler, Kona Cotton, Stonehenge, Moda, R. Kaufmann, Riley Blake, Joel Dewberry and Tula Pink  just to name a few.

Enjoy up to 75% off all Yarn with Craftsy’s BIG Easter Sale happening now!
Enjoy up to 75% off all Fabric with Craftsy’s BIG Easter Sale happening now!

This sale is only during Easter weekend (Friday 4/18 – Monday 4/21 at 11:59pm MDT), so be sure to jump on it quick or you will miss it.

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Great news – due to the overwhelming response of hand quilters Amy from the Quilt Festival has added the hand quilting category back into the festival  – make sure to keep an eye out for it next month and enter a hand quilted quilt in the hand quilting category to make sure she keeps it in the festival.  Just goes to show that by bringing attention to something like this we were able to change her mind!  Smile

Then quilting on Patchwork of the Crosses that I did on Sunday night:

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Back to work Monday night for a couple hours maybe I can get this row almost complete.

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I am linking to Freemotion by the River for “Linky Tuesday

Would you all believe that Sunday night we lost our power once again!  That’s right for the 5 or 6th time in the past 6 months or less due to storms of one nature or another – ice being the main one we have lost power – Sunday night was due to a very bad thunderstorm that came through our area around 10 PM.  I had been on the computer checking the weather before going to bed and just as I was reading – Severe Thunderstorm Warning winds may reach 70mph – the wind was the loudest I have heard it in years, I actually thought maybe the news people had missed a tornado in the area it was that loud – I reached over to shut the window (in the 70’s at that time) because of the rain and the power went out – the phone rang and our daughter who lives 2 miles from us – directly down the highway west of us inquired did you loose power too – and listen to that wind – they didn’t say a tornado warning – no they hadn’t. We wouldn’t have had time to get to the storm shelter – it came that fast.   It was over as quickly as it began although it rained off and on most of the night.  It calmed down – we all went to bed thinking the power would be back on sometime in the middle of the night – well it didn’t – it didn’t come back on until after 10 AM.  Right across the road from where our daughter lives three houses in a row at least have major tree damage – trees just snapped – some of them quite large.  Then no damage – then damage – skipped our place and neighbors and then down the road  more trees down – it was not a tornado – but possibly straight line winds – we were lucky once again.

Now of course all day Monday the temperature dropped — a major cold front coming through – freeze warnings!  So after supper last night Mike went out to help me cover up my plants that I want to make sure are protected – at the last minute – I almost forgot – I remembered my apple tree I planted just a couple months ago – it has leaves on it now!  Out came some pillow cases – I was out of sheets by then!  Three pillow cases – I hope it saves it just fine and keeps it warm enough Smile

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Draped a sheet over the hydrangea and put some rocks around it to hold it down so it won’t fly away.

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All I had left for the roses climbing up the deck that have blossoms on it already was a fitted sheet – managed to cover most of it – let’s see how it works.  We have leaves on the trees already too – it might get below freezing for an hour or two – lets hope it won’t be bad.

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Two mint plants and the box of flowers that I got a couple days ago to plant – I had heard we might get some cold weather so I held off planting – glad I did.  The two big pots of sweet mint and chocolate mint are from last year that I wintered over under piles of leaves in the garden – I repotted as I don’t want them to take over the garden space – I didn’t know if the cold weather could cause them damage without being covered up so thought I might just as well take them in too.  Glad I hadn’t picked up many bedding plants yet.

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