Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Out in the garden

This weather has been perfect and I have been able to get a lot of work done in the garden.  All the fall leaves have been raked up and all the winter doggy doo picked up and disposed of. The yard is looking much better. Brandy is much happier now that she can run around the yard and even our cat Rusty loves to explore outside.

As well as cleaning up the yard, I have also marked out the expansion of the garden for this year.  I only expand it a little each year as the plants multiply. I will need a lot of new soil for the new part as well as topping up the existing garden.

Then I took a closer look at my garden and was quite pleased to see the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that I planted in the fall are all coming up.  Also there are a lot of new shoots on most of the perennials that I planted last year.










Spring is finally here!!  I know we can still expect some nasty weather but this past week has been wonderful. It is so nice to be out in the garden again.



Monday, March 23, 2015

Border and binding for the quilt

I now have the dark blue material for the border and the lighter blue to use for the binding.  I now need to cut the material into strips.  Looooong strips.  LOL  (Help Sylvia!)

I also bought three balls of wool to use to tie the quilt together.  I am not sure how I am going to do that right now. I will see how it looks once I am at that stage.

Friday, March 20, 2015

First Day of Spring

It is so nice to see the snow melting down and to see some of the grass appearing.  But I was especially pleased to see new growth in my garden.
 
It may be a little hard to see but those shoots at the edge of the garden are my tulips that I planted in the fall.  I know Squirrels love tulip bulbs so I was not sure that they would come up.  I am so pleased to see that they survived.  The first sign of spring on the first day of spring.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I know the day is almost over but I just wanted to wish everyone  a great day. I hope your feet were tapping and there was music in your heart. May the luck of the Irish be with you each and every day.

Squares are all sewn in

This is the quilt so far.

I am not a fast sewer but I finally got all the squares sewn. I had to keep adding new rows as every time I measured the length, it was too short.  Also when I laid the quilt on the bed over top of my current quilt, the dark blue border of the current quilt seemed to really make the colours in the scrap quilt pop out.  So I would like to add a three inch dark blue border all around. My quilt measures 86 1/2 inches by 64 1/2 inches right now, so with the border on that should bring it to 92 1/2 by 70 1/2.   I am going to have to go and buy the dark blue material but I am not sure how to measure for it or how to sew it on.  I also will have to cut the material for the backing and sew it together so it is the same size as the squares.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hello March.

We has a few nice sunny days and it was a little warmer. But today it is like a blizzard again. At least the freezing temperatures have gone down. We are just counting the days till we can get back outside.  Even the animals are bored with the inaction.

Rusty is not as playful and seems to be bored. Brandy sleeps most of the day.

 
 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The backing for the Quilt

I am now feeling much better and couldn't wait to get back to the quilt. I am still sewing the rows  and I have sewn some of the rows together. It is all coming together quite nicely.

There was a sale on at Fabricland for over 1/2 off so I thought this would be a good time to check out polar fleece for a backing. They had a large selection and there were several for only $4 a meter. I was looking for blue as this is my favourite colour and we do have a lot of blue linens.  I also did not want material too dark as I did not want it to show through the quilt patches.

This is what we picked.  Enough for both quilts.
 
And this is the top third of the quilt squares sewn together so far.
 
I do not know how to put the back piece on yet and where the seams will go but I am sure that Sylvia will guide me when the time comes. This is a fun project to work on and it will be something that we will use.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Too sick to work on the quilt

I have not done any work on the quilt for a few days as I picked up a virus and have been sick in bed.   I am starting to feel better now, but now my husband seems to have picked it up.  At least it is nice to stay inside in a nice warm bed rather than miss out on any outside work. It is still freezing cold here as this cold snap seems to be lingering on.
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