A Stroll in the Garden

“Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heartthrob.” —Leroy Brownlow

Tulip

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Tulip

“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” —Laura Stavoe Harm

Fritillaria Persica

“My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her. ” —Jodi Picoult

Tulip

“The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” —James E. Faust

Tulip

“There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” —Elder M. Russell Ballard

Daffodil

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” —Maya Angelou

Grape Hyacinth

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” —Gilda Radner

Grape Hyacinth

“The mother’s heart is the child’s school-room.” —Henry Ward Beecher

Lungwort/Pulmonaria

“I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” —Lance Conrad

Lungwort/Pulmonaria

“Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow.” —Reed Markham

Phlox

“My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” —Michael Jordan

Bleeding Heart/Dicentra

“Mothers possess a power beyond that of a king on his throne.” —Mabel Hale

Crown Imperial

“No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.” —Edwin Chapin

Dead Nettles/Lamium

Stay healthy.

Stay safe.

Keep smiling.

See the world around you!

A Stroll in the Garden

“What a lonely place it would be to have a world without a wildflower!” – Roland R. Kemler

Maple

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Pear

“Love is like wildflowers; It’s often found in the most unlikely places.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Small-Flowered Woodland Star /Prairie Star

“Wildflowers aren’t meant to be cut & tamed. They’re meant to be loved & admired.” – Anthony T. Hincks

Oregon Grape

“I think I like wildflowers best. They just grow wherever they want. No one has to plant them. And then their seeds blow in the wind and they find a new place to grow.” – Rebecca Donovan

Serviceberry

“There are as many ways of loving as there are people, and that wildflower variety is the great beauty of this dimension of existence.” – Rumi

Ballhead Waterleaf

“Wildflowers are the loveliest of all because they grow in uncultivated soil, in those hard, rugged places where no one expects them to flourish.” – Micheline Ryckman

Ballhead Waterleaf

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.” – Native American Proverb

Purple Rock Cress

“I’m going to give you a handful of wildflowers so, each petal that falls will remind you that the earth breathes, and the moon rises.” – Carolyn Riker

Sedum

“Let me drink from the waters where the mountain streams flood

Let the smell of wildflowers flow free through my blood

Let me sleep in your meadows with the green grassy leaves.”

– Bob Dylan, ‘Let Me Die In My Footsteps’.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

“Wildflowers are the stuff of my heart!” – Lady Bird Johnson

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

“If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers.” – Therese of Lisieux

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

“Being preoccupied with our self-image is like being deaf and blind. It’s like standing in the middle of a vast field of wildflowers with a black hood over our heads.” – Pema Chodron

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.” – Jim Carrey

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

“She sprouted love like flowers, grew a garden in her mind, and even on the darkest days, from her smile the sun still shined.” – Erin Hanson

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Stay healthy.

Stay safe.

Keep smiling.

See the world around you!

May 2022 OMG

I am keeping my May OMG goal simple. Like previous months, I want to complete all of the current month’s blocks, in this case, May’s 365 Challenge blocks…I don’t want to fall behind with the project!

365 Challenge

January completed blocks.

February completed blocks.

March completed blocks.

April completed blocks.

That’s it.

And what keeps me from the sewing studio?

How about yard work?

Drainfield

Remember when I visited with my son and fam recently?

Drainfield

We had plumbing issues and needed a repair in the drain field. Of course, we had to wait for the snow to leave, and that took a bit of time.

What a mess, but it is done, and now the work begins to make it a nice yard again!

Drainfield

And then there is this:

Painting Dining Room

We are painting the dining room and kitchen.

Goodbye green and hello very light gray!

Painting Dining Room

So happy to have a bright and fresh new look!

I am linking with Elm Street Quilts. Click on the link and check out the other goals linked there!

Quilt On!

April 2022 OMG Update

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

My April OMG (One Monthly Goal) was to stitch the applique down on my birdhouse UFO. I not only finished the applique, but I finished the entire wall hanging and posted about it here.

My main goal was to be sure that I didn’t fall behind in the 365 Challenge project, and finish all of April’s blocks. In February, we pieced the center block, and in March we made more dark blocks for the first border.

365 Challenge

This month, more dark blocks were made (and a few light ones), and the dark border was pieced to the center.

And then I suddenly remembered that I wanted to switch my version up a bit and add sashing. I had to get Jack the Ripper to help me undo all that stitching so that I could insert the sashing (no photo of Jack helping me out…he isn’t shy; just vicious, and I shouldn’t show that on the blog).

365 Challenge
365 Challenge

My piecing isn’t great (hence the purpose of making this quilt…lots of practicing and never reaching perfection going on). There are cut off points. I’ll just put that out there now, since there are those who look fairly closely.

I will even share some close ups, and maybe some of you who are hesitant because your piecing isn’t perfect might feel better about sharing your wonderful projects! I, for one, love Show and Tell!

365 Challenge
365 Challenge

We are currently making 6.5″ blocks, instead of the 3.5″ blocks.

365 Challenge

And I am all caught up for April!

I am linking with Elm Street Quilts. You should click on the link and see what others are sharing!

January completed blocks.

February completed blocks.

March completed blocks.

Quilt On!

Birdhouse UFO Finished!

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

It feels great to have another UFO completed! The birdhouse was begun in 1995 (you can read about it here and here), and I lost interest.

I set a goal in 2017 to do something with this project, and I lost interest.

In 2020, I actually worked on it (I shared here). Life happened. My sewing machine needed a new part, and the part sat off the coast in a cargo ship for months (Thank you, Covid).

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

My sewing machine is repaired, and I chose this month to push through! I am done with it cluttering up my mind and taking space in the sewing studio!

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

Funny thing…

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

I lost interest because I didn’t like it. Once I came up with a plan…well…

I like it!

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

It needs a name.

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

Hubby suggested ‘Spring Song’.

Birdhouse Wall Hanging

Do you have a suggestion?

Birdhouse Wall Hanging
Birdhouse Wall Hanging

Quilt On!