Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pictures a-plenty.

It seems that we never rest.  Aside from various sewing tasks this is the season for outside work. 

Sewing projects first, though. 

I pulled out another project tucked away in a box.  I took a class from Doug Leko  a year or two(?) ago.  His patterns feature Holly Taylor's fabrics...which I always like.

 This is why it took me so long to get back to this project.  So much detail. 

It took me a little while to figure out where I left off and familiarize myself with the instructions.

Once I was back on track I had no problem finishing up this pretty table runner.
I still need to figure out if I have backing and then quilt and bind it...but in the mean time...I'm enjoying the end result.

I have also pulled all of my red and blue 2 inch squares from my scrap box.  Combined with the 3 1/2 inch squares (also part of my scrap saving 'system' per Joan Ford) turned half square triangles and all the plain white I have in my stash I'm working up a scrappy star block.

I know there are other things I've worked on but I must not have photographed them yet. 

Being summer in NY...which is short...we've taken advantage of a dry spell to re-work some landscaping. 

These shrubs apparently love our windy hillside because we can't keep them sculpted and shapely.

Same with our feathery Japanese Maple. We've trimmed and trimmed it but it turns into a bush every year.

So, out went the shrubs...a chain around the trunks with the other end attached to a truck and away they went.  Replanting and spreading fresh mulch is the fun part.  Nice to see everything looking all fresh and pretty. 

The Maple is back to looking cute and un-bush-like. 

A little sun reflection on the lens...but the focal point shrub is wind and deer resistant.  We've spent years figuring out what to plant that the deer and bunnies won't eat.  It means I can't plant some of the flowers that I really like... impatiens...for example. If I don't guard them every minute when they're young the bunnies make quick work of them. 

This area is across the walk from the new area. The new area compliments the old. 

I spotted a bonus Autumn Joy.  I've had these flowers for years and never saw this...a little new one popped up just the right distance from the others.  How weird.  I love Autumn Joy.  It gets colorful just when everything else is dying off.

I am heading to the AQS Quilt Week Show in Syracuse tomorrow.  So exciting.  It's the first time an AQS Quilt Week Show has come to this general area. 



  1. Such gorgeous quilts! I'm hoping you're in my neck of the woods long enough this winter so you can hold my hand while I try to cobble a quilt together...I'm stressing out about it already!

  2. Wow! What a gorgeous table runner, Pam--the colors will look perfect in your home, too.

    And I'm so impressed with your landscaping re-do. Everything looks so fresh and pretty. We are at the same point with our landscaping. After 20 years it is looking overgrown and just plain old! Need to just rip things out and start over. My mom always had the Autumn Joy plants, too--very nice in late summer and early fall. I think she called them something else, though--just can't quite remember.

    Hope your time in Syracuse was enjoyable :)

  3. I love the journey bags! I finished July in chalk and just need to stitch the trailer on Aug. I'm trying to decide on whether to use white or choose a cheerful color. What do you think? Your yard looks great and I really like the brick walk. We have bricks ready for that's a project ready for Mark when he retires.