Blooms : Applique, Quilting, and the Garden

While the rain was not forecasted, we had off & on showers all day on Wednesday. It had been three days of rain by then and yes, I’ll need to mow the grass again! Here is a morning glory covered in raindrops:

This is my Peegee Hydrangea, whose white blossoms deepen to pink in the fall, against the neighbor’s tree whose leaves end up all over my yard, even though he tries to keep up with them.

Because the forecast for Wednesday night was for the temperature to drop to 30 degrees, I took a few shots of the remaining flowers in the event that this was their last…

It was not. I woke to 37 degrees and still have all of the blooms.

As to other blooms, I’ve made a nice amount of progress in regards to the hand quilting in this block of the Botanical quilt :

Then while I had the freezer paper templates traced out ages ago, I finally cut them out and started the prep work for another Elizabeth’s Pride block :

There’s a story behind Elizabeth’s Pride. Several years ago, Audrey at Quilty Folk had suggested that some of us start an eagle quilt.  Visit Audrey here and see on her side bar that her lovely Eagle quilt rendition is currently in the hoop :)

Well I had decided to do this, and join Audrey & friends,  and found the Elizabeth’s Pride pattern by Lori Smith. I was attracted by the deep rich colors in her quilt. When the instructions came, I discovered that it had been made in wool. No wonder it was so deep and rich.

Elizabeth pride pattern pic

I started out with fabric, and made a few of the floral blocks and the Eagle center but then it morphed in to a sampler / memorial quilt for my son and DIL…I made it up as I went along. It was to memorialize her little baby that died at 4 months, and the fallen friends of my son in Iraq when they served together there.  It ended up being a holiday gift.

remember the fallen

I TIED it so that they would use it, and they do. It’s in their family / TV / all purpose room along with the 1857 quilt .

EAGLE SAMPLER NEW COLLAGE

Later on, I pulled the original pattern out and began again :)  I work on them sporadically. This will be the 10th little block.

I am not sure if I’ll make the center eagle block or not. I toy with the idea of a floral block there instead. Plenty of time to mull it over..

Having nothing to do with blooms or sewing, I am going to move on to ELEPHANTS! :)

The little twins wanted to be elephants for Halloween this year. My DIL’s friends made the tutus, and she came up with the rest of the outfits….this is equally cute & hilarious! :)

They are dressed up for their school parade and party.  Their mama took the photo before school.

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18 Responses to Blooms : Applique, Quilting, and the Garden

  1. Joyce says:

    Oh my goodness! Those little girls! And what a treat to have everything cute they do in doubles! I’m sure everyone at school will be delighted to see this!
    Your memorial quilt is also a presentation of your skill in both piecing and applique. Deep, rich colors, too. I always admire the way you mix darks, lights, and patterns both small and dramatic.

  2. Karen says:

    OMG those twins – love it. Are we going to get a frost and freeze before you? how unusual if we do – “they” say now 29 for tonight and tomorrow night – we will see – maybe it will be in valley and not up here on the ridge – anyhow I am going to protect the ferns for sure because after the weekend it goes back to the 60/50’s for about 2 weeks at least if not more. Love the quilts

  3. Ann says:

    So many things to admire in this post: the way your first Eliz morphed into a memory quilt, the colors you’ve chosen for your newest, and the adorable elephant costumes. Thanks for sharing them all.

  4. A quilt is a wonderful and thoughtful gift. I believe the peegee hydrangea may be the plant Debbie from Mountain Mama is wanting.
    Brenda

  5. Kyle says:

    On, my, your sweet little elephants are adorable. I love Lori Smith patterns and your interpretation is wonderful, both the first time and your new blocks.

  6. Grandma Kc says:

    OMG, the twins look so cute! And there really is nothing more beautiful than a flower with dew drops on it.

  7. Jane says:

    I know nothing about quilting, but for the fact that yours are gorgeous and you are quite accomplished!

    Those twins-they make pretty little elephants! So cute!

    Blooms even now? You have a green thumb. I so love foxglove. Is it a biennial? Only mums and pansies hanging on here, and we are supposed to get a frost tonight.

    Thanks so much for your visit! It’s cold and miserable, and I’m cozied up with a Hallmark movie!

    Jane x

  8. barb says:

    what cute elephants! love those noses. can’t believe how great your flowers still look! wow
    pretty stitching.

  9. Eileen says:

    Hello, the twins are so cute in their costumes. It is great to still see flowers blooming, they all look so pretty. I love all your quilts, the gift quilt is a wonderful idea and is beautiful. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  10. Your girls look so cute and what a wholesome outfit. I like it. :-)

  11. Barb says:

    Those Grands make grand elephants – so cute! I’m loving that your blooms are still so vibrant. I particularly love the Foxgloves. It snowed again overnight here – soon I must throw out my seed on top of the snow for next year’s blooms.

  12. Kim says:

    Look at those sweet elephants!! I love that they still want to dress alike!

  13. Gail says:

    We had a hard frost earlier this week so any flowers that were there are done now. Cute elephant costumes! Lovely quilting, as usual!

  14. Carla says:

    Oh what great pics, Deb! It looks like spring time there with all the green grass and flowers. The twins look like they were in for a great time!

  15. I love the sweet elephants and the new blocks. And those raindrops on the flowers – I love those, and hope they make the flowers happy.
    Amalia
    xo

  16. Dawn says:

    Best elephants (and cutest) I’ve ever seen.
    Your gardens are so lovely.
    You’ve been very generous with quilting gifts! Enjoy every stitch.

  17. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    Those little elephants are adorable–what fun costumes! It’s so great to see a quilt being used and loved too!

  18. Melanie says:

    Even though I’m not a quilter, I always enjoy seeing your work because it’s so beautiful. And I do love quilts! Those elephant costumes are incredibly creative. The girls are adorable. :-)

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