Sunday, 1 June 2014

Quilts & Flowers

My garden beckons, but I have this quilting addiction...what's a girl to do??? 

I've decided to do what I can, and no more. Sounds like something Dr. Seuss would advise. He said some very wise things on occasion.

Of course I will keep quilting, but expect flower pictures. Many flower pictures!

Crazy Curves is fresh off the frame!

Here is the "before" shot:

Just the top

The "hook" feathers I tried in the border look pretty, but I prefer the speed of bump-back feathers. These ones take twice as much sewing!

I tried the binding with glue method again. This time I used a binding strip measuring 2 1/4 inches wide and had the perfect amount of fabric to wrap to the back of the quilt.

Glue binding is my new favourite!

Hanging out in the garden enjoying the sunshine!

When I gathered a few quilts for photos, I noticed that they all have tons of quilting on them. I guess I'm a texture addict! At least I know I'm not alone in that, right? Right? Yup. That's what I thought. :-)

Yummy texture!

Because I needed YET ANOTHER project, I started a teddy bear while working with Amy on her dino stuffie. Now I feel a need to finish it before I do anything else.

Weird. I'm not usually like that!

Bear necessities!
This guy is seriously hairy!

Adding a paw pad to an arm

He's starting to shape up now. His head is stuffed and in place, and his arms and legs are attached to his body.

He is going to be a big bear!

A finish is near, but...not today. It's beautiful outside, and many trees and shrubs are blooming!

Today's Flower Show

Double flowering almond shrub:

Double flowering almond blossoms

Apple tree (that survives and produces in our harsh weather - amazing!) There were enough apples off this new, little tree last year to bake two pies. I have high hopes this year!

Apple blossoms

The bees were abuzz over our crab apple tree. We planted this tree 17 years ago, and it is a prolific producer.

Crab apple blossoms (and friend)

Planted once, many years ago, Icelandic poppies continue to spring up of their own accord. Who am I to argue?

These photos were taken with my Android smart phone as I wandered around my garden. Point and shoot, baby!

If you are so moved, feel free to use my flower photos in your PERSONAL artwork. Please be sure to credit me as the photographer, and please link back to me if you post your work online. (A little email would be appreciated, too. I'd love to see what you do!)

And now it's raining, so back to sewing I go!!!

Our neighbour's house is very pretty!
Linking up with:
Whoop Whoop Fridays, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday, at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Show Off Saturday, at Sew Can She
Anything Goes Monday, at Stitch by Stitch (the link will take you to a guest host this week, The Quilt Yarn)
Fresh Sewing Day, at Lily's Quilts

Try, Learn, Grow!

Comments are welcome, and will be answered by email where possible. Thanks for looking around!


  1. Everything is gorgeous, as usual......................Why can't I seem to grow poppies????

  2. Awesome photos, Love the quilting, beautiful work.

  3. You are definitely not standing alone at the quilt junkie table ;) Your feathers look fabulous!!

    Awe, the apple blossoms make me miss home :( I live in the desert. We have citrus but it is not the same. And your poppies! How nice of them to just show up :D

  4. Love the quilting on your latest quilt-you did a really great job!

    1. There is no email attached to your profile, so I can't answer you personally. Thanks so much for your lovely comment.

  5. You are definitely not alone in being a texture addict! Lovely quilting!

  6. Your quilting is lovely! And I'm impressed by the bear--that's always seemed intimidating to me, the sewing of stuffed animals. He's pretty cute!

  7. Popped in from Lily's quilts... Love your quilting! and that bear is definitely cute... and , of course, rain is the perfect excuse to sew, instead of sow..

  8. Your feathers are so beautiful. I am taking notes.

  9. Love your quilting, and I mean...LOVE it! Thanks for popping over to my blog for the Linky party.

  10. My garden is just starting to peek it's head up, out of the ground. We could use a day of rain, to get things moving and to make my weeding, easier. I enjoyed seeing the colour of your flowers, it reminds me of what's to come in my own garden.......someday. As usual, I love your quilting and that teddy bear is beyond adorable.

  11. Your quilt is beautiful and the texture is to die for! Love it!

  12. Your quilting is again stunning - and so is the flower show! Especially the poppy pictures are awesome :)


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