Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Busy, busy, busy...

Oh I have been busy, busy, busy this last week or so... I've been bouncing around from one project to another but I have actually completed a couple of them. First, I've finished my Flower Basket quilt... the pattern is by Live.Love.Sew and you can see it here.

This is an almost free quilt...all of the fabrics except for four blocks came out of my stash... all the rest of the baskets and the sashing and even the back, were fabrics I already owned... for quite some time... I think some of those fabrics are at least 10 years old...maybe older. This flower basket is a well- aged Hoffman... I'm not sure if they are morning glories or petunias... since I have a penchant for petunias we are going to go with petunias. Notice all the cornerstones are different floral fabrics.

And this is one of the new fabrics... pretty dogwood blossoms by Moda... I shall be sleeping in a flower bed!

And I got the borders on the behemoth Hi Again quilt... you can find out about it here.

This finished at 104" square... I had no where to lay it out flat and even having my son and his friend hold it up they couldn't get it totally upright. I took both of these tops to my long arm quilter Terry for her to do her magic on them.  I even made the binding for both of these so I'll be raring to go when I get them back.

And I did a lot of gardening too. I've been waiting not so patiently to have window boxes installed on one side of my house. Here is the front of my house... it sits on a corner lot so I have 2 front yards... the house was designed to have the window box on the left hand side. It is hard to see in this picture but there are brick supports built out of  the house  for it to sit on. I bought new planter boxes for the porch that mimic the shape of the window boxes.  My color scheme is white and pink with accent of purple...wave petunias, geraniums and lobelia.

This is the side of my house...poor bare little windows...

And here is my house with the new window boxes!  The one under the picture window is 92" long...and the other two are about 52" inches long...pretty substantial size. It took my handyman about 4 hours to get them bolted to the side of the house. Then I filled them with potting soil and planted a total of 60 wave petunias in 4 different window boxes. I can't wait for them to fill in and spill over the sides.

This is a close up of the box on the front of the house which I planted about 2 to 3 weeks ago...I'm already seeing some growth but oooohhh it is so hard to wait.

 Additionally the pyramid of potted petunias has gotten plumper... (can you tell I LOVE alliteration!)

There are 11 different varieties of Proven Winner petunias...the bigger pots have 2 plants each in them and the smaller pots just have one. I am so happy with this display... it is a lot like buying fat quarters you can afford to indulge in lots of different colors!

Well I hope the burst of productivity continues for a while. I never ever run out of things I want to do. I've got two different sock projects on my needles and I've been switching back and forth between 2 different cross stitch project ... stay tuned for updates on them in the next few days.

Hope you are getting things done too!
happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. The pyramid of potted petunias is perfect!!!! I love the way you used flower prints in the flower basket quilt. Now for the window boxes. Your house looks like a lady that just had one of those make-overs. The boxes make a huge difference. I have only one but I try to keep it decorated for each season. That's part of the fun for me. Plus it is outside my kitchen window so I see it everyday.

  2. Your love of flowers is evident, and that flower basket quilt will be just perfect for you to sleep under! I love petunias, especially the wave ones - they are so easy to grow, and my thumb is definitely not green! :) Your flower boxes look so pretty; it will be so fun to see them when the flowers overflow the boxes!

  3. Lookin' good in the neighborhood!!!!

  4. So, when are you NOT busy? LOL. You're always stitching up something pretty inside and planting something pretty outside. I love your window boxes! I could easily spend as much money at the nursery as I can at a quilt shop. Dangerous places!


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