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.


One of my azalea bushes.


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.


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


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


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!
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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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!!


This is the area I was working on last night.


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.


Nothing fancy on this quilted top!


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.



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.

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links


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:


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


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


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


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.


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.



Due to rain off and on all day yesterday and windy – I decided that the power washing could wait on the deck until late in the week when the temperatures will warm back up again!  I was lazy – for me that is – vacuumed the house and did laundry.  I wandered outside before the rain came to take a couple photos -

The dogwood in full bloom


Up close


I just love the Bleeding Hearts and had to take another photos of them, both of the plants have two stems of flowers now – well they survive the low temperatures early Tuesday morning? Don’t know – right now the only plant I thought I would cover is the hydrangea that has suffered so much – there are just too many plants out here to try to cover – it will be for about 2 hours below freezing according the weather channel – we will see – I will decide later today.  The roses even have buds on them – tiny though so they might be ok.  The clematis have buds but haven’t opened.


Then it started to rain and was windy – I decided to get the back ready for the red/black quilt, I then pin basted and got to work on big stitch quilting – nothing fancy for this little table topper – I want it done.  Two of the flower blocks quilted around and on the flower and two of the checkerboard blocks finished also.  I will carry the grid into the red blocks for the background and the border.  This is going to go fast as you can see – the top is 45 x 45.  It was a rainy afternoon and I just sat on the couch and watched a movie while big stitching quilting.


this is the back – I didn’t have enough red so I added the black to the sides – once the quilting is done and the top trimmed I will have a couple inches of black on both sides.  It looks wrinkly on the back but I pull it tight in the hoop as I go.


and more on the Patchwork of the Crosses like usual!



I am so glad I decided to wait until the beginning of May before I planted any tomato plants or seeds – I just knew with as weird as this past winter was that we just might continue to get some cold weather – glad it will be a short spell and sure hope it will be the last.

I am linking up to Judy at Patchwork Times today.


Since I showed the Floral Fantasy the other day being glue basted in place I have had time to applique one part of a flower in place – it is a start! Next is the yellow part and the gray – on to the stem and the leaves and one out of eight will be done – this is going to take awhile!


A book arrived yesterday – I actually do not care for most of the photos of quilts in this book Sad smile I don’t like the colors selected to make the quilts so I am glad they also show a computer photo of each quilt in solids so you can get a better idea of how you would want to make it.   The quilt on the cover is the main one that I do like!  I am linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.


A small batting arrived today for the Red and Black checkerboard table topper – I usually do not use this brand but it was on sale so I got it – right now I think I will machine quilt it – I hope to get the backing together this weekend – I need to piece it as I didn’t have one piece large enough.  Anyone use this batting for hand quilting? How do you like it?


I have been trying to keep up with my scraps as I said I planned to – these were all left over from the applique border on Floral Fantasy – now I just need to put them in the boxes.


More photos from the Gardens on Wednesday:

a Japanese Maple all leafed out – they have a lot of these here – I always say I’m going to get one and never have.


Another little brook of water.



I am not sure what this plant is – a very large bush or a small tree – covered with these balls of green – something like a “snowball” tree but green?


Bamboo growing next to a pine tree – bamboo does grow here in Arkansas and you see it often.


This one is a “peony” tulip – I didn’t know there was a variety that looked so much like the regular peonies – they are about half the size though.



Thankfully there are plenty of benches along the way to sit and rest if you wish to and bathrooms on each end of the park.  A Café towards the front of the park with various sandwiches and ice cream.

I have enough photos of the park for a couple more days so will spread it out a little – off to quilt group this morning – I skipped last week for some reason although it escapes me know why I didn’t go – possibly I just didn’t feel like it.  We got up to 84 degrees yesterday and near the same today I think.  I doing some outside stuff today – spray washing the porch is my number one job today for the afternoon – one side is getting a little bit of green mossy like stuff growing on it from the winter and around the flower bed too – so the spray washer will be put into action – I do hope to quilt some too though so hope I have new progress on Patchwork of the Crosses to show – I skipped two days – I better crack the whip and get myself busy!

If any of you are having neck/shoulder pains and stiffness from quilting – you know how we all seem to hunch over our sewing – we create a lot of tension in our necks and shoulders from poor posture – well anyhow I mentioned last week that I was getting a upper body massage and it worked wonders – the next day I hurt a lot but that is because of all work she did on me – within two days I was feeling a lot better – I had another one yesterday and plan on another in two weeks.  It is amazing to me how much a neck/shoulder massage helped my upper body muscles.  If you have a lot of pain in those areas you might want to think about getting one.  I get a 30 minute $30.00 massage.  I think I might continue this for a couple months, once every two weeks and see how it works – if it gets rid of my pain it will be well worth it. (this is Arkansas prices – your area might be higher/lower).  The lady that I go to says that a lot of people will have a monthly or twice monthly massage on their upper body and that it really seems to help relax those muscles.  This person is licensed massage therapist and does not work at a beauty shop as some do – she has her own business.  I have heard that some really don’t know what they are doing – she does.

================================================ class on sale at Craftsy right now that might be fun for some of you that want to do applique but are afraid to start!  Fun with Fusible Applique with Debby Luttrell is $19.99 at Craftsy right now. Chevron Squares Quilt Kit is on sale for $79.99 – fabric included to make a quilt that is 66 x 66 inches.  This is made with Riley Blake fabric.


No Quilting

by Karen on April 10, 2014

in gardening, Travel

Yesterday we were out of town all day!  Really I didn’t get home until close to 8 in the evening and that was with stopping to get some Chinese food on the way home.  We spent the day at a Garden that is about 75 miles south of us called Garvan Woodlands Garden.  A very beautiful place full of plants and trails and we walked just about the whole place – we missed just part of one area.  It was a bit greener there being south of us but we are catching up quickly here with some leaves on the trees and the dogwood ready to open any day now.  It got up to 75 degrees!

When we first started out the building towards the gardens I thought we were too late to see the tulips look magnificent but we weren’t – the first ones that we came to didn’t look that good but then we went a little further and they met expectations.   So today this is not a quilting post but I will share some photos and I think I will share some for the next week or two as I took 174 photos! the wonders of digital cameras.

Some of the many azalea’s were open in full bloom – we were here last about 3 years or more ago and the azaleas were wonderful but we had missed the tulips – this time some azaleas were open but not near what they were last time – but we saw most of the tulips.  Even trade off.  All of these photos I took with my little digital point and shoot camera a Panasonic Lumix .



Redbud tree


Dogwood tree


Small waterfalls


And tulips!






The lizards are out basking in the sun – yes spring is here!!  we might get a couple more cold nights but when these guys are around you know it is warming up.


Another species.


I will put in a few more photos all week of our day spent at the gardens and I’m sure I will get back to quilting this evening – it might be close to 80 today! wow what a difference a couple days make – of course next week is supposed to have a couple cool days back in!

Thanks for all the comments I received yesterday – I normally try to answer them all but I was just too tired so I didn’t answer any mail when I got home – if you needed an answer let me know Smile  I always appreciate all the nice compliments y’all say about my quilts and the work that goes into them.