That's the start of The Garden Song, which is a lovely ditty I remember from my children's growing up.
I'm a rather casual gardener, with distinct likes (blowsy, hardy shrub roses; peonies; wild flowers; pots of geraniums and trailing lobelia; a few veggies in the mix) and dislikes (weeds, mainly, and rampant runners like yarrow and certain daisies). I love my yard and working on stitching in my "Outdoor Studio".
|My "Not So Grand Illusion"|
on my bed...Pattern
from Bonnie K. Hunter
I don't do "fussy"...I don't worry about whether or not my points match -- at least not too much. I try to cut straight, and most of the time I succeed. Whatever magic my Scrap Queen favourite -- Bonnie Hunter -- works with her patterns, when I make them, they look like a million bucks! This gives me a thrill!
During these COVID-19 months, my motivation to create original work has dwindled. I like to know that what I'm making has a chance of being seen and taken to a new home -- not just online but in person. I don't have an online shop; those who want to purchase my work can contact me, yes, but I don't "do" Etsy or any other sort of permanent presence.
Instead, those of you who follow this blog know I've been spending a lot of time doing "OPI" (Other People's Instructions). And though there may be a public art project in my future -- I have a meeting set for next week -- I'm continuing with utilitarian quilting, mainly for charity.
I'm almost finished the "Turning 40" quilt for my daughter, which I showed off in my last post (scroll down). I've made it long enough and have added a
row column (one of two) to one side to make it wide enough. The second column (for the other side of the piece) is currently Under Construction. (Stay tuned!)
"Inch by inch, row by row..."
At the same time, I've started two projects:
- Assembling a small quilt using Bonnie's 2020 Leaders-and-Enders Challenge, which she calls "Easy Breezy". It can be used for a large piece, but I'm making small pieces, mainly baby-sized, that I can quilt at home and give away locally; and
- Starting a new "row-by-row" project from the Canadian Quilters' Association (CQA). I don't belong to the CQA but they're offering this through the "Quilting in Canada" Facebook group. I came in on the intro to the second row of this up-dated project...so I hustled and got the first row done. The second involves English Paper Piecing...I'm prepping, but not sure I'll keep up.
Linking this to Canada's WIP Wednesday from The Needle and Thread Network...and wishing you a warm, safe, healthy rest of the week! 😊
You consistently amaze and delight, Marg... always busy, following your dreams, and wanting to create magical gifts for others. You are a very special friend here and in person.
I am not overly fond of mystery quilts or samplers but I do like row by row and strippy quilts. Keep up the good work!!!
Great use of scraps!!! Beautiful quilt story. Thanks for sharing your current quilt life.
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