The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. — Alfred Austin
Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. — May Sarton
Posted in Gardening, Nature, Photo Gallery
Tagged clematis, cornflower, Delphinium, flower garden, flower photography, flowers, gardening, LCsCottage, lily, nature photography, rose
So Scrappy and The Academic Quilter announced the Rainbow Scrap colors for the month of July as maroon and red.
I am making three blocks a month, and I’ve chosen the 5 inch size to use for the Squared Away Sampler project.
If you would like to participate in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler project click on the link to read all about it. You can also visit The Academic Quilter for great tutorials on making the blocks. There is a chart of various sizes so you can choose what size blocks that you would like to make.
I am following two self-imposed rules.
I am using scraps only; I don’t want to cut into yardage for these blocks.
I am also using a dark, medium and light version of the color of the month. This is so I can play with value. This gives me the opportunity to see how the blocks differ depending upon where the value is placed. Hopefully, I am learning how to look at a block in different ways.
I like how moving the value brought out a ‘circle’ in the block. This would be a fun block to play with if I wanted to create a quilt with it.
Here are all of my blocks so far:
That red in the lower right corner really stands out! I might have to design the layout around it.
I will be linking up with So Scrappy. Check out the link and see what others have done with maroon and red this month!
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. — Gertrude Jekyll
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Tagged clematis, columbine, daisy, flower garden, flower photography, Gertrude Jekyll, H. Jackson Brown, Jr., LCsCottage, rose, thyme
I think my last On Ringo Lake mystery quilt update was back in February 2018.
For me…I am speeding along. Ha, ha!
I am happy to report that I have finished quilting the top!
I used a pantograph for the very first time.
I learned a thing or two, including that it is important to load the quilt on the frame properly (oops).
The quilting isn’t fancy, or perfect.
But it is finished, and I am excited about that!
Next up will be to square the quilt and apply binding. Then this quilt really will be finished.
In record time…for me!
Hubby and I had the opportunity to visit with our kids and grandkids for the Independence holiday.
We had a fantastic time!
One of my favorite things we did was to visit the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve. I found it to be a wonderful place when one is in need of serenity and a gentle hike.
The Mima Mounds are a mystery. There are many theories, but its formation remains unknown.
There are prairie flowers, lichen, butterflies and birds to enjoy. Spring would be a great time to see wildflowers in bloom, but anytime is lovely for a peaceful stroll.
For more information, click here and here.
Time to be bold and announce my new goal for July.
I’m not really going to be all that bold this month, since I am making time for family and sunny days!
I will be piecing three 5 inch blocks for the Squared Away Sampler project. You can see my progress so far this year by clicking here.
My next goal for the month is to make progress on my President’s book. Nope, not the President of the United States, but blocks that were given to me for serving my term as a quilt guild president.
I left off turning the blocks into pages for a fabric memory book that I can use for a keepsake. You can see that post from one year ago here. (It is a coincidence that I worked on this project in July last year, and have chosen it as my project for July this year.)
I believe I have 36 pages to quilt. They shouldn’t take long, and they wouldn’t, if it was winter and I could stay in my cozy home all day long (which I can’t because of the day job). But it is summer, and the sunshine calls, so I am making this easy on myself. I am going to quilt six pages for the month.
Speaking of sunshine, there will be time for strolling in the garden!
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG (One Monthly Goal), where goals are met, one month at a time, and there is encouragement to keep on keepin’ on.
Bonnie Hunter introduced the term Leader/Ender many years ago. It is a method of continuous piecing and she describes it well in her blog post here.
Each July, Bonnie announces a new Leader/Ender challenge, s0 she will be making that announcement very soon.
However, there is a challenge that she announced wayyyy back in 2011…the Bow Tie Leader/Ender. This one has been on my ‘someday’ list since Bonnie announced it.
You know what? ‘Someday’ never comes! So I am making this one happen.
Except for the cheddar, I am cutting parts from scraps. The cheddar is yardage that I just had to have.
No stress, no deadline…just for fun.
I like it.