Hand Quilting & Blooms From the Garden

This rose bush looked as if it didn’t survive the winter but I drastically cut it back and now it seems happy again, along with the small daylilies and violas:

My larger daylily in the front is coming in to bloom along with the daisies and astilbe :

In the back along the fence the rose colored spirea has come in to bloom to contrast with his lighter pink sister :

And as to my Rose of Sharon quilt, I finished up the fan quilting on a large section and can now work on that border area.

I did work on another EPP Starflower but it is not appliqued yet and here and there I’ve been prepping leaves for a different applique project but I am mostly in the mood to just finish this at the moment and not get bogged down with other things…..not sure how long that mood will last, though :)

We have had a few days of what I call ‘nice’ weather…not going above 75 degrees and cool mornings.

I was out on my son’s deck on Friday evening with some friends who had come over with their dog…..She’s a Rottie just like Merle, my son’s.

It was fun to enjoy the evening, have a beer, see the dogs play and watch the grand kids chasing lightning bugs, just as I did as a child and my boys did as well.

We are going into a hot spell though, so I won’t be as contented now :) Enjoy your week whatever you are up to ! : )

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EPP Starflowers, Little Baskets, and Rose of Sharon

The RSC ( Rainbow Scrap Challenge ) color of the month is teal.

Working with reproduction fabrics I don’t have much ‘real ‘ teal…such as the Little Basket on the top left:

So I just worked with what I had for another basket and two EPP ( English Paper Pieced ) Starflowers that I later appliqued onto a background.

As to hand-quilting, I have made some progress off and on this week on my Rose of Sharon quilt.

Here is the area that I am working on now:

A wider view:

I’ll be sharing at So Scrappy for the Saturday RSC  link up and at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

So saddened to learn of Anthony Bourdain’s tragic death / suicide today.  I was reviewing some short clips of his shows on You Tube this morning…favorites of mine are his time spent in Iran and then his first trip to an American Waffle House :) 

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