Friday, June 17, 2011

Still Quilting

Mystery Quilts are challenging.  I have done several, discovered that I am not fond of the process.  I made two of these, (why? long story  :))) and quilted several.  The simple quilting and the shiney gold thread were good choices for this one. P
Quilting pattern I  call "Drops", ( it has a longer name) by K. Emerson

 These Sun Bonnet Sue blocks where made in the early 1950's or late 1940's by a gal who then had a family of three boys.  Blocks languished for some years but are now out of the closet.....

  As I quilted, I wondered about the gal who made these,  and I hope she likes the results, I know her daughter in law  :)), and she was happy.


The Iris Show

Small Siberian Iris fore ground

One of Three Original Iris plantings 1999

Recent addition 
I planted some more yellow and blue together and now have this pretty combination....there are also rusty
coloured ones, but not near this grouping.  I have no knowledge about cross pollination, and because I sometimes have 'plants' given to me, perhaps this was one that has just know favoured us with a blossom.

It is a wonderful show this year, puts a smile on my face every time I look at them.
I missed taking pictures of the orange poppies this year, they don't do well in the wind, but there are a few pink ones still blooming.

I hope these make you smile too.


Thursday, June 2, 2011


I have been in the garden as much as possible, which isn't much as we have had much rain.  Everything seems to bloom at once when the apple trees do their show.
Have you ever seen a butternut in bloom?  Very interesting...the squirrels plant these :))  They are apparently an endangered species, which considering how many I rip out by the roots is questionable. But they are no longer in favour as they are messy, and get very large so people don't tend to plant them. The squirrels plant horse chestnut trees as well.  I have donated these tree sprouts to folks with larger land holdings,  keeping one and keeping it as small as possible.
More about our trees, at last count we had (after removing 4 old apple trees) 20 apple trees, 2 cherry, 1 plum and 75 other trees.  Good for 1.25 acres, admittedly many are small, and another three
big ones that need to come down....a hurtful and expensive process but necessary as these trees are old and
located too close to homes. Living  very close to Georgian Bay we get some amazing big winds and one needs to keep a careful eye on large old trees between homes.