quilts

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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I was just plain busy yesterday with outside stuff and didn’t get a lot of quilting done.  How about you – is the weather finally getting warmer where you live – or maybe colder if you are down under!

I spent a couple hours yesterday continuing to spray wash my deck and I am getting close to being done but not yet!  I will try to finish it up today.  Other than that I also planted more flowers, picked up small branches that fell off the trees in the last storm (I was slow what can I say it has been awhile now since the last storm) also I started to turn the dirt over in the small garden that I keep preparing it for tomatoes.  I didn’t finish that either!  I will be busy the whole weekend.  We are staying home for Easter and will be doing outside stuff.

I did get a little more done on the Red and Black Checkerboard quilt -  it is nice taking the time to just work on something simple sometimes – this I am quilting with Red Perle cotton number 12.  I am still not used to using a large needle but in order to get the needle threaded it must be a big one.  None of my needle threaders want to seem to last – the wires get pulled out so easily.  I do have a clover desk top threader but it won’t thread these needles.

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And a little more was got done on the Patchwork of the Crosses

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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.

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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!
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Too Many Patterns

by Karen on April 17, 2014

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I know I have told you all that I want to make some finishes before I start more – I have too many in the “almost” finished category and want to get them done – but in the meantime I look at blogs, I look at my quilt patterns, I look at Pinterest and other places on line with quilt patterns and I’m wondering when will I ever make all of these!!  At times you want to have yourself cloned so you can make them all – and of course then you would find more and and have to make another clone!  LOL

My ideas for the “next” quilt –

I want to make a queen size mini tumbler quilt – I have the fabric put aside – it would look kind of like this one – just different colors – I have the inklingo pattern for these

I want to make a fancy plate Dresden plate using Inklingo – I have these patterns too just waiting for me

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And something with these applique patterns

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In fact I might pick out a applique from the above photo for the center of this quilt because I don’t care for the applique as much in the center but I love the rest of it.

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This one has been waiting for awhile for me to start.

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this simple one that I found someplace in the internet but I don’t remember where

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this is another simple one that would be good for a jelly roll I have

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These pre-cuts are staring me in the face for sometime now – every day!! saying “please use me” and I keep saying I have to finish something first!!

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I have a feeling that as soon as I finish up the Granny’s Got Style – one border left to do – and the Red and Black checkerboard table topper – in it’s final days of big stitch quilting – I am going to get going on one of these projects even if I know I won’t finish it right away (which I won’t of course)

How about you? Tons of ideas and not enough time – I bet we all think alike on this Smile  One problem I have is I love to make queen size quilts – I will make small ones now and then but we use the big quilts!  All of these ideas shown are being planned for big quilts except the last one – that one will be a kid size.

p.s. the headache did go away – I know it will come back though off and on this whole spring!

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Tuesday was a headache day for me – allergies! major sinus headache.  I got little done.  I thought if I made some chocolate chip cookies it might help my headache for at least a little while and it did!   Smile But then it came back.  I lazed about all day, reading, laying on the couch – dozing off from time to time.  Wandered outside  – thought the fresh air would help – it didn’t – I got a little quilting done -

A little more of the big stitch quilting on this little top – I have one of the nine patch blocks to complete that the hoop is on and one other – then I will do the grid spreading over the red blocks and the border – the stitching on the flowers is done.

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Not much done on Patchwork of the Crosses– I will try to do more today – surely the allergy headache will be done by today!  I am linking to Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts – Let’s Bee Social.

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We didn’t drop below freezing on Monday night – it did get down to 32.9 but all was well with the plants!  Allergy season gets me every year – I have allergies year round – I learn to live with it – I normally do not get the headaches though – just sometimes.  Today will be a better day! I hope.

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