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Sunday, August 18, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?



This summer I decided to spend a longer time at the cottage.  My mom lives next door and I wanted to spend time with her.  I discovered that she is a relentless gardener.  It is hard to believe how she has transformed our mutual property.  Out of the house at 9:00am, a short lunch break and back in for supper. There is a white lounge chair that follows her for short breaks.  In jest I call it the “stretcher”.


We now have four-foot garden beds all around our two houses.All are planted with shrubs and perennials, dotted with a few annuals. 

Five beds of at least 20 feet now surround the spruce trees and break up the lawn. Incredible!  

Yesterday a load of dirt arrived….Looks like another garden bed is about to be born.

Meanwhile, like a typical kid, I’ve been hiding - in my loft. I’m fortunate to have an absolutely beautiful space to quilt.  I have to be careful though.  It‘s awe inspiring to look out the garden doors to the field, trees and ocean.  Sitting on the balcony and enjoying the view can take up a lot of valuable quilting time!

  

I brought with me a dozen projects to work on but have settled on three’ish:  

The paper pieced star we taught earlier in the year now has the company of a few more blocks, a simple jelly roll quilt with grey, white, yellow and black inspired by a friend Susan and a new project for the fall where I tried my hand at machine appliqué. 





My starters and enders have been half square triangles to make a chevron quilt. This is a great way to make a second quilt and just requires a little planning.  Fun!















I haven’t spent a lot of time on the computer but I did find a lovely pattern by Kim Diehl that would look awesome in fabrics of any kind.  Can’t you just see this in bright modern fabrics with a little black and white thrown in!


                                       

                                        www.henryglassfabrics.com/project/garden-grove/



Enjoy the rest of the summer,

Janet