Down a Country Lane

I’ve been spending some time at the farm lately and I just can’t stop taking pictures. My parents always opine that  “June is the best time to sell New York”. I think they are right.

The green in the trees is fresh and new and the sky is an indescribable shade of blue that offers a respite from the world. Some of my friends describe a deep feeling of relaxation when they are near the ocean. For me, that feeling comes when I’m lying on my back in the grass and gazing up into the blue sky through a screen of maple leaves.



I’ve been reading a bit about micro photography on other blogs and I’ve been making my first attempts at this style on the spring flowers in the fields.


A buttercup. I think I like this well enough to have it framed.


How do you feel about escargot? I need to zoom in closer next time. Look at the pattern on his body — I need to get much, much closer.  Thankfully, there is no shortage of  these critters.


A wild violet — I suppose the next close-up will be unavailable until next spring. Note to self: Violets don’t bite — get closer and don’t be afraid of the zoom!

I found a few country flowers on a Salvo expedition. They adorn a good quality dust ruffle remnant from Pottery Barn. I’m going to cut the flowers out and find a way to incorporate them into a girly quilt. I like the rough pseudo hand-work concept.


I’ve been away from my sewing machine for a long time, but who could ever resist this blue sky?


This view always signals that I’m home.

Planned But Banned…THE END!

In my December 12, 2106 post, I showed you a quilt Sandy and I had planned but then it was banned from her house.  You can read about it here.

After finishing the top, I took it to my trusted quilter, Mrs. KB.  She suggested a rolling wave pattern to soften the angles and I like it!


I am loving the green and purple contrast.  It took us forever to decide on this green fabric but it’s perfect.


My go to method for tacking down quilt bindings is to use a slip stitch by hand.  I have three large quilts in progress and the thought of tacking down yards of binding by hand is causing “severe procrastination syndrome”…. a common problem for me!

I decided to use my machine to tack down this binding.  I watched a few on-line videos, took  a deep breath, and got started.  I like how this worked out and plan to use this technique again with my other two quilts in progress.


I usually give away quilts to people I love BUT I just might keep this quilt for myself!



Opinions and more!

Thanks for your opinions on my binding color!  I will be shopping for my  binding this week and appreciate all your comments.  It’s helpful to get lots of ideas and it’s fun to see how we all approach color and pattern.

Congratulations, Meg our-house-quilts!  You won the drawing for the American Made Brand patriotic 5″ squares package.  Send a comment to me with your address ( I won’t publish your comment) and I will drop your prize in the mail tomorrow morning.

This weekend was a good sewing weekend for me.  I have lots of projects in the hopper and I am feeling a bit stressed about having so many things unfinished.

I’m making a baby quilt for our niece;  she is expecting a girl!  Last year I posted about a fast, adorable baby quilt from a pattern called “4 B’s”.  You can read more about it here.

I predicted more of these quilts would be in my future…now I get to make one in pink!  These are the fabrics I am using for the center and borders 1 and 2.  The sparkly stars add some shine.


Below is a photo with the flannel outer border which is also the backing.  I love the polka dot flannel because it’s so soft and cozy.  I just have to quilt this tonight and I can check this off my list!


One project down, 8 more to go!