SPRING and a Bit of Quilting

The neighborhood is awash in color. Some trees, such as my crabapple and a neighbors’ weeping cherry are already done blooming. Others are putting on their show now…and notice how green the lawns are?

The grass is thick and lush and growing profusely everywhere. Bright green lawns are sprinkled with canary yellow dandelions and within days of the last mowing the grass is a good six inches high again.

Because the injury to my calf is not yet fully healed I am still trying to take it a bit easy so I paid a friend to mow one time, my youngest who is here now can do it for awhile, and the DIL did it in between for me…. I posted this on Facebook mid-April :)

Red tulips in full force in a neighbors’ yard…

A miniature iris in my yard almost at the end of its bloom…

My lilac bush getting ready…

Naturally for the next block to hand quilt in Scrappy Granny I gravitated towards the block with purple and yellow and some Iris. That is finished and rather than have to do all four borders at the end I started on one since that row is complete now.

Honestly, I look forward to my ‘regular’ quilting in the outline of the block and the sashing more than the big-stitch quilting that I have tried out in the colored portions. I guess that I am just so used to the old way :)

Finishing up the border section and moving along…

It looks to be off and on rain all weekend here ; enjoy yours! :)

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32 Responses to SPRING and a Bit of Quilting

  1. Spring is beautiful all around this year. As is your quilting! Hope you are all better and back to mowing the lawn very soon :-)
    Amalia
    xo

  2. It rained last week while I was out of town, and I came home to verdant green after my trip. It rained all weekend and yesterday too, so all our trees are leafing out. The redbud is done, and my irises are finally coming out a bit.

  3. Nana Diana says:

    It is looking beautiful there, Deb. Here is below freezing this morning and the wind chills put us in the 20s. I am afraid the tulips that were ready to open probably froze last night. UGH.
    Hope you have a great weekend- xoDiana

  4. Karen says:

    I think if a person is new to quilting big stitch might easy but if a person has already been hand quilting for a long time with the aim being small stitches and small needles big stitch doesn’t come as easy – some might think it should but it doesn’t – I was aiming for big stitch in my postage stamp quilt but in reality the stitches are almost the same as always.
    Glad you have had help with the lawn and hope your leg is back to normal soon

  5. Eileen says:

    Hello Deb, I hope you are back to normal soon. It is great you have help there cutting the lawn. I love all the spring blossoms, so pretty. Your purple and yellows on the quilt are beautiful. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  6. Joyce says:

    That Tallica! Isn’t she the total package? Looks, brains, loving mom and wife, and skill behind a lawn mower on top of it all! Yep, she’s a keeper!
    I love seeing the burst of spring we’re both experiencing. My tulips and blossoming trees are out too and everything looks so fresh. The squirrels are a bit more leisurely about grabbing their peanuts too. But supposedly we’re in for the same rain you’re expecting – days of it, pouring buckets…maybe I’ll pick up my quilting again while it’s dark and dreary outside.

  7. My lawn will get the first cut this weekend….and I lost the battle of the dandelions for sure – they are ridiculous, there’s no possible way to stay on top of them without chemicals! Since I don’t use chemicals, I guess they win!

  8. Deb says:

    Love the spring colors. Wish my lawn was that nice green color. The quilt is coming along well – picking a pretty purple and yellow is just the thing to keep you in the spring mood.

  9. FlowerLady says:

    That green grass is amazing. Grass down here in s.e. FL never looks like that anywhere. Love seeing all of the blooms happening there.

    May you soon be out and about, but don’t rush things. Your quilting is keeping you busy and looks quite nice as always.

    I could use some of your rain down here, it is dry, dry and dry and the summer heat is already moving in along with the high humidity.

    Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

  10. It’s great that you have a wonderful support system. Go Tribe! Your lilacs look wonderful, and your quilting project is lovely. I sewed a couple of days this week but was working on drapes and linings – nothing fun.

  11. gail says:

    I love the look of hand quilting . . . someday I need to try it for myself. :)

  12. BillieBee says:

    An Iris is gorgeous at any stage.

  13. Kim says:

    So many helpers! I love that…feel good. :)

  14. Karen Beigh says:

    You take such good nature photos.

  15. Margie Miller says:

    Yes, she does! The site is full of photos! Nothing keeps this woman down!

  16. It seems that Pennsylvania is such a beautiful place to live! Here in the desert, I so appreciate all of your greenery! The crabapple trees, lilac and green lawns are gorgeous. I like how you transitioned the yellow with purple in your quilt. mary in Az

  17. That quilt block has the colors of my container gardens this year: yellow/gold and purples. That green grass is as green as it gets!
    Brenda

  18. Judy Miller says:

    Everything here is blooming earlier than “normal”. Of course, what is normal weather doesn’t exist anymore, I guess.

  19. Grandma Kc says:

    I do love spring! And while they say our drought it over my lawn sure isn’t as green as yours – but I have tomatoes growing!!!

  20. CathieJ says:

    I love your Spring flower pics. It is nice that you have others to help with your lawn. Your quilt is looking great.

  21. Gail says:

    Lots blooming here too. Daffodils, tulips, my redbud tree, magnolias, and the trees are all leafing out. I should check my rhubarb! Our grass needs a haircut but it is raining today so it will have to wait. Your quilt is coming along nicely.

  22. Kathi says:

    I only wish it would rain in Florida… we are in a SEVERE drought with wildfires all over the state!!! I love seeing your lush grass and dandelions…. wonderful flowering shots and a cute LOVE butt too! lol Thanks for sharing so much fun stuff and have fun slow stitching on your Granny square today :) Kathi

  23. Sandra Croley says:

    I love all the colour this time of year. My Weeping Cherry is just starting to bloom…probably two more days and it will be all in it’s glory!

  24. I just love the site of a quilt in a hoop!
    Enjoy your quilting today!

  25. Ivani Vieira says:

    Beautiful pictures. Enjoy the season. Your hand quilting is beautiful. I need to try it someday.

  26. Pam Marbourg says:

    What beautiful flowers and what a beautiful young person!! It makes my heart happy!

  27. Denise :) says:

    Lovely spring pics! Your quilt is lovely, too — I hope you got to enjoy some slow stitching today! :)

  28. Patricia says:

    Your pictures are so pretty! I so admire your hand quilting! It’s lovely! What a sweet – and beautiful – DIL you have! :)

  29. Sweet Marie says:

    the spring blooms are beautiful! I have pants like those, but the love goes down the left leg. :)
    hope you get all better soon!
    hugs,
    Marie

  30. LOVE your green lawns and the like! Hope you’re back to mowing lawns soon!
    Wren x

  31. Susan Nixon says:

    Wonderful green! We’re due to have rain here the next three days. It just keeps going back and forth, but the flowers have been beautiful. Things that haven’t bloomed well in recent years are blooming like crazy – even the poplar trees!

  32. Deb, your photos are just wonderful! Springtime inspires us all. I love how you replicate the yellow and purple combination in nature with your quilting. It is simply beautiful!

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