• RSC August 2016 Blocks

    Here are my August Rainbow Scrap challenge blocks. Angela of SoScrappy color challenge this month was to use a grey-purple color. I love purple and have a nice stash of fabrics but it was a challenge to find five grey-purple fabrics that would work. But I did and I was able to finish the blocks before the end of August – YAHOO !.

    RSC August 2016
    RSC August 2016

    Linking up with So Scrappy and Quilting is more fun than housework.

    In keeping with August’s color here is a new bloom on my Endless Summer hydrangae plant.

    Endless Summer
    Endless Summer

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2016 Update

    The past few days have been VERY HOT and VERY HUMID. Bad news – to hot to be in the garden. Good news – more time for quilting. Summer is moving along quickly and I haven’t shared the progress I am making on my Scrappy Summer challenge quilts.
     

    SS 16 - #1 Jewel Box

    #1 JEWEL BOX
    The blocks are made and now I am auditioning sashing fabric. Should go together fast once I decide.

    SS 16 #2 Bow Ties

    #2 BOW TIE
    For the ‘jewel box’ quilt (above) I decided that I wanted a variety of backgrounds but I am using one single background for the ‘bow tie’ quilt. I have had a few ideas on the design on this quilt but think I have FINALLY decided on one. All of the bow tie pieces are ready to start sewing them into pairs.

    Couldn’t resist sneaking in a garden photo. Isn’t this a luscious color for a day lily?

    day lily
    day lily

    Enjoy the weekend !

    Micki
  • RSC July 2016 blocks

    Here we are again with photos of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks.  This month, SoScrappy chose ‘hot pink’ although mine blocks are more ‘just pink’ than ‘hot pink’.  I decided to show off all of the month’s blocks so far.  Looking good !

    RSC blocks (so far)
    RSC blocks (so far)

    If you are interested in seeing what ever one else is doing check out the RSC16 button on the right side of the blog.

    My garden is really blooming now. The coneflowers are plentiful – whether planted or volunteer plants they are great to look at and in the fall the birds love them to peck at them.

    Coneflowers
    Coneflowers

    Here is a photo of a couple of my day lilies. I have them ranging in color from the softest pink to dark maroon, lemon yellow thru to bright orange yellow along with some peachy ones. The lemon yellow ones are plants I got from my mom. They are ‘old fashion’ ones that actually have a pleasant fragrance.

    Day lilies
    Day lilies

    How is your garden doing? Hope you are having a great weekend.

    Micki
  • Lily quilt top is done

    YAHOO ! – my ‘Lily’ quilt top is done. I love the simplicity of the block and think I might have to try it again with different fabrics.

    Lily
    Lily 58×74

    Except for the corners of the blocks and the border section, it is made using only 2-1/2″ strips. You could easily do this with a jelly roll and yardage for the background.

    Of course, no post is complete unless I add a couple of photos from the garden. I have had the ‘endless summer’ hydrangea plant for many years. This is the first year that I have gotten more than one of those beautiful, delicate blooms.

    Hydrangea bloom
    Hydrangea bloom

    Here is some of my red asiatic lilies.

    asiatic lily
    asiatic lily

    The coneflowers and day lilies are starting to bloom. I will have to get my camera out and takes some photos. How are you coming along with your quilt projects?

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • RSC June 2016 blocks

    Have you been following along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge? Angela at So Scrappy blog has chosen teal for June’s color. If interested in knowing more, I have a button in the right hand column that will take you to her blog. You can check out her linky parties and see what everyone is making.

    RSC June 2016
    RSC June 2016

    I now have 60 blocks done and eventually I will need to figure out how I want to lay them out.

    All of the pinks, rose, and shades of purple flowers in the backyard have been replaced with white and yellow. Many of my day lilies are showing buds so it won’t be long until I have various colors of blooms.

    backyard
    backyard

    Have a great day !

    Micki
  • Spring flowers

    Warning…warning….post has MANY photos of my garden. I just love this time of the year to be out in the garden. Nice weather, low humidity and the mosquitoes are not out in force yet. Yeah !

    One of my many pink peony bushes.

    Pink Peony
    Pink Peony

    I have a few peony bushes that have large dark rose flowers.

    Dark Rose Peony
    Dark Rose Peony

    I really like my circular raised bed in the backyard – lots of place to put plants (please ignore weeds). There are a few empty spaces by the fence. My brother and I removed some old shrubs that were past their prime. I want to replace them with something that will have some winter interest but just not sure what.

    Back yard
    Back yard

    Dwarf Siberian Iris hanging out by the garage.

    Dwarf Siberian Iris
    Dwarf Siberian Iris

    I am not sure but I think the blue flowering plant is called ‘Ajuga’.

    Ajugla?
    Ajuga?

    Columbine has popped up all around the garden this year. Here are some purple columbine hiding among the hostas and peony bushes.

    Purple columbine
    Purple columbine

    Purple Alliums showing off. I used to have couple dozen of white daffodils blooming next to the alliums but only one bloomed this year. Unfortunately, it didn’t get into the photo.

    Aillum
    Aillum

    Peachy pink iris after the rain.

    Peach Iris
    Peach Iris

    Happy gardening !

    Micki
  • Blooming columbine plants

    My front yard is going thru some renovations. My brother helped me remove many old shrubs (past their prime) to make way for a new garden. Well, I haven’t figured out exactly what I want but was pleasantly surprised when some volunteer columbine plants showed up. These are the first ones to bloom.

    columbine
    columbine

    Last year I had many columbines blooming in my back yard. Colors ranged from soft pink to maroon and lilac to darker purple. The weather was fabulous last weekend and I was able to get out in the garden and play in the dirt. This week the forecast says rain and cooler temperatures which means more quilting less gardening.

    How is your garden growing?

    Micki