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I searched all over for the left over gray dotty fabric, thinking there was enough of it left for backing.  I finally found it, and no there isn’t enough so then the search was on for something else that looked good.  I have enough of this orange print, which has a log of gray in it and then there is enough dotty to do the binding.  I’ll look at it a few times today to be sure this is what I want to use.

To the left of my front porch is my hydrangea bush. The blooms are still white but they will be turning lime green soon.

To the right of the porch is a very weedy flower bed where the first balloon flower has bloomed.  You can see coral bells in the background.  I’m hoping to do some weeding in this area today while it is still cool.

I got my shelf unit tied to the railing yesterday so I could bring all of the cacti out for a couple months.  Two are on the bottom shelf of the table too.  I planted a lot of little plants in the beige pots until I could decide where they will be planted permanently.

 On the porch steps are more assorted pots.  In the background are the last of the evening primrose (yellow) blooming.


First tomato………..

That is a teaspoon my first tomato is sitting in…..a grape tomato.  It is so cute… I hope there will be many more soon.

I got a new batik yesterday.  It is actually deeper and richer colors than the photo shows.  

I got all but 4 of the 53 quilts and tops from my program put away yesterday.  There are a few workshop things to put away and the house will be back in order.  

 I’m not sure of the name of this wild flower.  They are all over my flower beds and I didn’t plant one of them.

Here is a whole group of them.  The whole plant dies before the end of summer.

Another thing I have a lot of is Sneezeweed.  I thought my friend was kidding when he called it that, but since then I have read about it having that name.

This is a close up of one of the flowers.  This has planted itself in many places too.  It is about 4 feet tall.  We had about 3 times the normal amount of rain in June so everything is tall and strong this year.  

I read that the Japanese beetles were probably killed off over the winter because our freeze line was so deep.

June recap…….

I didn’t have any finishes, just 3 starts that turned into tops before the end of the month.  I had company at the beginning of the month (and the cleaning that preceded that) and a program and workshop to prepare for at the end of the month.  I spent time pulling weeds, cutting volunteer trees, and trimming bushes, a little each day.  It was a full month but none of at the quilting machine.

 I only finished 2 dishcloths although I have 2 in progress, one at the half way point and one about 3/4 done.

In the garden the first Coneflower has bloomed.  Also some weeds blooming in the background….   I dug up about 15 Coneflower plants which I shared with friends.  The back garden was way too wild and thick with plants.  I’m making an effort this year to tame it.

 The tomato vines are thriving.  They are starting to get top heavy so I’m putting stakes in the ground and tying them to the cages.  I have lots of tomatoes on the Early Girl, some grape tomatoes and pear tomatoes and a couple big ones on another vine.  I see one of the grape tomatoes is turning red.

This is three of the wintered over Coleus plants.  There is a clay pot under there that they are planted in.

Milkweed came up again in the front garden.  Last night we had several batches of storms and I saw that this one was laying down on the sidewalk so I’ll pull it out today.

I bought some new tiny Coleus plants to add to the ones I wintered over.  This pot sits right in front of the hydrangea bush.  Something is eating the leaves of the Coleus so there probably won’t be any more good photos of them.

Resting day…..

I made a feeble attempt to clean off the cutting table, but when I found this little stack of 1″ wide strips I decided to play with them instead.  I didn’t do much yesterday, paid bills, shopped for birdseed and groceries, knitted a bit.  Toward evening I decided to go out and start trimming my 2 forsythia bushes because brush pick up date is coming soon.  I chopped off lots of long branches since both bushes are really big.  I know I can cut them all the way down to 18″ and they will come back fine.  Today I need to put away all of the quilts and quilt tops that I took to my program and to the workshop Saturday.  Then I can decide what I am working on next.

I’m still here………

I have been very consistent to post every morning at 5 a.m. (actually written around midnight and set to post at 5).  Last night I went to the computer to do my post, answered a few emails first, realized how tired I was and went to bed.  It wasn’t until 8:30 this morning that I realized I didn’t do a post.  So….I’m OK in case you wondered.  I always have a couple emails from concerned friends when my post isn’t there and I thank them for checking up on me.

All I had in photos was my retail therapy for June.  I took advantage of the 23% off sale at Canton Village Quiltworks last weekend and got a few new Australian fabrics.

There were some great light colored batiks that I needed.  She had 1/2 yard as the minimum purchase so that is mostly what I got.

I see the light lavender one sneaked into 2 photos….

Finishing kits………..

I still had 23 fabrics to cut for my workshop kits so a large part of the day was spent finding fabrics to fill out the variety of colors and styles of fabric, pressing out fold marks, die cutting, and then sorting them into kits and packaging them.  I took a couple breaks and mowed the back yard grass after lunch and the front yard at 8:30 when it was finally cooling off a little.  The three hour workshop starts at 10 this morning so I packed everything I will need last night.

 My niece sent me a photo she took at the program Thursday night.  I started this quilt top in June 2010 and sewed the top together in September 2010.  It has been waiting patiently for me to make a border from more triangles.  I wonder if that is ever going to happen….

Forgot my camera……….

I meant to take my camera for someone to take photos and I forgot it……maybe that is because I had 2 large suitcases, 3 rolls of quilts, 2 tote bags and 2 backdrop stands to load into the van.  One of my friends took photos with her phone but I was moving a lot so there were some blurry ones. We had 3 backdrop stands with 6 quilts displayed and the rest were held by wonderful volunteers.  I met some people who read my blog and reconnected with lots of old friends.  It was great!


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