Spring Show

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Whenever I look at a bleeding heart I think of my grandmother. She had bought one of these plants for me me in another house which I left when we moved. I had to have another, in fact I have 3 others and think they are so beautiful. This one is right outside of my studio window so I can look at it all the time.

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These little johnny jump up are also right outside of the studio window. They are all over the place and this was my intention when I threw seeds down last year. Their little faces are so sweet!

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The Bradford Pears in the neighborhood are putting on a good show, it’s too bad they stink so much! I wonder why they were made that way?

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When we got this little tree it was just a stick. I planted it in a bucket then moved it to the ground only to have to move it again. This is the final place. I believe it is called a service berry and it seems to like the area, It has some flowers on it.

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I am thrilled to see these little tiny flowers on this redbud. I have had a heck of a time growing these trees. This one was moved to it’s final area also and though slow, is promising. These trees are so lovely when blooming, they look like lace.

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I was at Lowe’s the other day and came across this bird feeder and couldn’t pass it up. Is it not the cutest thing?? There has been a certain red-winged blackbird singing and eating everyday. I am glad to see they are enjoying it.

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The neighbors put up this great new birdhouse for the purple martins that are sure to show up again. Those little guys are so territorial you can feel the wind whoosh over your head when walking into the yard. They are great bug catchers. The neighbors always put out a really nice garden of which they share the bounty. Thanks for going on the spring walk with me, come back again!

A Perfect Day

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Yesterday was just one of the perfect kinds of days where there isn’t too much wind, no rain, the day is warmer than you thought it would be and it lasted the whole day! I decided to go out and conquer the nasty, rotten weeds that had taken over. Here you see the start of it. It doesn’t look like much, but it took a lot of muscle.

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So much better. What a good feeling it is to go out the front door and not see those weeds.

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This forsythia was transplanted last year. I am thrilled to see blooms on it.

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Just loverly!

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It’s always a good day when the wicker furniture gets put on to the front porch also, they have been missed.

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Tom also gave this plant rack a coat of black paint. It looks 1000 times better, and that’s no exaggeration! Now I have to decide what herbs I would like to grow this year. I hope you had one of those kind of days also. Thanks for stopping.

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Eclipse 4/4/2015

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I am always up early anyways so I was looking forward to seeing this blood moon eclipse. I really didn’t start seeing much until around 6:30 am. Here is just the start of the suns shadow across the moon. I was thankful that there was not a cloud in the sky.

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This was probably around 6:45 ish. I didn’t stand outside and watch. To me that would have been like watching paint dry.

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This was around 7:10. Very noticeable for sure.

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I like this picture the best. You can just see the shape of the sun going over the moon, around 7:30 am.

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About halfway now, the sun is starting to rise in the east. It is getting lower and going behind houses. I knew with my next shot I was going to have to take a walk. 7:45 am

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Here it is fading away, just about a fourth of it left. I never got to see it be red. Here is has a slight tinge to it, but it was the wrong time of the day. 8:05 am. Thanks for stopping….hope you enjoyed it.

 

Hand Quilting

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I set up my quilting area for the little red and black quilt.  Good lighting, good view, area to put all my tools, out of the way of traffic.  Oh, that hat on my chair is one to walk in the woods.  I don’t want little buggies in my hair.  It was just a good place to hang it.

 

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Looks like it is not going to be a very sunny day, but it’s early yet.

 

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Last night I marked all my quilting lines with washable pencil and a stencil.  It should be very pretty with flowers filling up each box.  I like a lot of quilting so that it looks full and feels sturdy.  After I get it done I will wash it on the hand wash cycle and air dry it with very mild detergent.

 

 

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I really love to hand quilt and love the feel of it.  I am not a perfectionist and the size of my stitches does not consume me.  I want the design to complement the quilt.  I want to make sure that the stitches show up really well on the back to make it pretty.  While I am happily stitching away I come up with quite a few ideas, not that I am solving the worlds problems by all means.  One idea was to do a search on hand quilting to see if it is still popular.  There were an infinite number of sites but I found this blog particularly interesting.  So I bookmarked it to come back to it.  It is called Celebrate Hand Quilting.

In the 1800’s and early to mid 1900’s the amount of stitches per inch seemed to be very important.  For example 13 stitches to an inch seem to be a number that was to be accomplished.  The ladies must have pulled the thread up and then put it straight back down to achieve this number.  I just do a running stitch and make three or four stitches to an inch.

 

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A few pictures and links of my tools.  Lots of goodies in my Longaberger sewing basket. My needle keeper, other thimbles, some applique pieces I am working on and different threads and scissors. One is on a tweety-bird lanyard, easy to find when it has fallen down in the couch.

 

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I have various thimbles that I have tried.  This is one of my favorites.  It is called a skin thimble.  It is so soft and fits around the finger quite well with a piece on the inside that shields the finger.

 

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I have various scissors like all sewers and quilters.  I think that these are just beautiful.  They are lion tail scissors by gingher.

 

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Next comes my bees wax.  It keeps the thread from tangling.  Here is a quilter’s message board asking about it.

 

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This is the June Tailor thread holder.  I like it because it rolls easily to take some thread off.  It also has a magnet on the side, some spots to put maybe a seam ripper, a thimble and whatever you can think of.  I did a search and not sure if these are made anymore.  If not, do a search on Ebay.

 

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A cup of coffee in one of my favorite cups.

 

 

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This is the make of my quilting stand.  I love this chunk of wood.  It is so sturdy and I have had it for quite a while..maybe 20 years at least.  The name of the company is Hinterberg and I picked it up at an American Quilt show in Grand Rapids Michigan.  The little tool attaches with velcro to the stand.  It helps loosen or tighten the wing nuts if need be.  It is made of hardwood ash.

 

 

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My reading glasses or close work glasses.  My husband gets a kick that I have three different pairs of glasses.  Close work, computer and then church or shopping glasses.

 

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My view

 

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Someone has found me.  Looking in to see what is going on.

 

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Here comes the sun peeking up.

 

DSC_0104Remember to snip your threads as you go along.  It’s a pain to have to go back and try to find them.  Do it because you like it, if not you can always have someone machine quilt your design.

Thanks for stopping!