I just had to go down to the basement and work on this piece first thing yesterday morning.

After a few hours I had it all filled in and it was ready for tweaking.  I’m not happy with the dark streak through the yellows or the line of the olive greens on the left.

After many trips to the basement and cutting some new yellow pieces I have the center pretty good.  I moved a few pieces in the olive greens but it still needs a little work.  It will take at least one more day of tweaking.

Here are my tomato plants after 3 weeks in the ground.  There are lots of blossoms on them now.

The bell flowers are plentiful again this year.  They have planted themselves everywhere.  More pollen for the bees to spread around.This group is in the back garden near the peonies. 

These are along the edge of my driveway.


Time to sew and design………….

It was too wet to mow the grass because of rain in the morning yesterday so I had the whole day to work on my projects.  This photo is 32 double 4 patch blocks, 4 each of 8 fabric combinations.

I continued on the batik rectangle colorwash.  I got this far by noon yesterday.

I had two afternoon sessions on it.  This was the first one.

I got this far by early evening.

New project…………

I ran errands, then came home and started this colorwash on a double design wall (7′ tall) yesterday morning.  I went out to lunch with a friend and then mowed part of my grass.  Since the grass was tall the battery in the mower stopped before I could finish in front of my house.

Later in the afternoon I mowed a second section of the grass and then came in and worked another hour on this piece.

I also found the box with more of the brown fabrics for the double 4 patch so I can cut some more 4.5″ squares and sew more blocks today.

I had planted the cannas a couple weeks ago and there were only 2 peeking out of the ground a couple days ago.  Now with all of the rain I can see all 5 coming up.  This is just one of them.

Some lilies are blooming.

This is some ordinary Verbena compared with yesterday’s photo of the Wicked Verbena.  I really like it in the pots.


This squirrel didn’t mind getting his furry tail wet in the tall grass.  It rained off and on yesterday with a quick stronger storm coming through around 6 p.m.

After the art quilters left I went out to check my gardens.  The milkweed is tall and ready to bloom.  I haven’t seen any Monarch Butterflies yet.

I had to look at the tag and see what I had planted in this pot.  That is “Wicked Verbena” and snapdragons.

Here is a closeup of the “Wicked Verbena”.  

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Still cleaning………..

While continuing to clean off tables and put things away this box caught my eye.  It is full of 4.5″ and 2.5″ strips.  I guess I was preparing for another double 4 patch there too.

The cookies are baked and the art quilters are coming.  We got 1.75″ of rain overnight Sat. night and on Sunday morning.  That is over 3″ so far and more rain predicted.  Luckily there are breaks between storms and lots of sunshine.

Double 4 patch blocks…….

To finish cleaning off one cutting table I had to cut the big squares for 8 more combinations.  Then I could put the fabrics back on the shelf.  I sewed two of each combination last night and will finish sewing the other 2 of each tonight.

We had rain several times yesterday and lots of sunshine in between.  I dug up 2 more hostas for a friend who is coming by today.

Geese and alpacas………..

I spent most of the day cleaning the basement and I had many piles of fabric to put away.  The art quilters are coming Monday so I’ll be spending all day today down there cleaning off tables and design walls and dusting.

 In NC at the farm there was a demonstration of alpaca shearing.  I didn’t get a before photo unfortunately.

Here is the after photo, a much thinner animal.  There were 5 alpacas grazing at the farm for a week.

Here is a photo my son in law took before I arrived in NC.  I didn’t realize they came in so many different colors.