Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring - I love it!

This weather has been so great and I have been able to spend a lot of time in my garden.  I was so pleased to see the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that I planted last fall come into bloom. The perennials are all coming up as well so I should have a good crop of flowers this year. I also enlarged my garden this year and added more soil. So now I can go and get some more perennials and also some annuals to fill in the spaces.
 Brandy is also now ready for spring and she has been clipped and now looks much slimmer and younger.  She still looks like a pup when she is groomed even though she is six years old.

 Rusty also likes the spring and he tries to get out as much as he can.  He is an indoor cat but we sometimes let him out with us as long as we can keep an eye on him. He is a great mouser and birder and we do not want him to go after the birds. I love to hear the birds singing and I do not want him to chase them away. But he does love to explore the garden and will not go far from us.
I love being in my garden and can't wait till the 24th of May to go and buy some more plants.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Quilt backing is tied on

I now have all the ties done to attach the backing of the quilt.  The next step is to cut the binding strips and sew all the edges together.

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.


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