As you can see I forgot about the bouquet I made last weekend. I put it in the living room and then did not go in that room again. Poor thing thirsted to death.
It looks like I put some sort of filter on this photo, but it's just as it came from the camera. I really think the yellow dahlias look pretty interesting just like they are. A few more filler flowers and I would have a nice dried bouquet. I doubt if the colors will stay like that, but I will save it for a while just to see.
It's raining today, so I have been playing around with some new quilt blocks. I bet you would never guess from these pattern pieces, what the block turned out to be. He's the Democratic donkey. I love this guy! He finishes at 6 inches square.
I got the pattern from a very generous web site: http://paperpanache.com/simplereqs/campaign.htm This lady offers many free patterns as well as patterns that are for sale.
Of course, we can't have the democratic donkey without the republican elephant. I wish I had used a different fabric for the neck scarf. Too late now.
I decided to use the finished squares as the center in a patriotic block. I guess the elephant looks O.K. in the finished 18" block. I am planning to turn these into a table runner. I will use it during campaign week.
It sure feels good to be back at the sewing machine! I cleaned up the sewing room in June (when we cleaned the carpets) and have not been sewing since. I took all the fabric down to the basement, which means it's such a chore to find fabric that I don't bother sewing at all. Now my room is getting back to a "creative" mess, which is exactly what I need to be able to sew whenever the mood strikes.
I may work a bit more on this tonight. I need to put the donkey into a star and then design a center block and two end blocks. Then it will just need to be quilted. I will throw it on the pile with the pumpkin table runner that also needs to be quilted.
I called the Sewing Machine Store owner yesterday. He said the Husqvarna no longer makes the quilter's kit for the Sapphire. Wonderful. He says he is going to call some other dealers to see if they have one of the kits. I won't be holding my breath for him to call me back.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.