The weather has been nice, so I’ve spent time outdoors working in my flowerbeds. I cleaned up the dried stems & leaves from last year’s perennials and raked out the leftover leaves. I split up some hostas that have overgrown and transplanted iris rhizomes that were being crowded by black-eyed susans in the same bed. The heavy rains over the last three days should set the plants well. My tulips have bloomed and the peony plants are growing. What started as two lily of the valley plants some 15 years ago has spread through the back bed. May’s birth month flower will soon bloom. I transplanted a trumpet vine last fall and hope it takes root and sprouts leaves this spring. The rose bushes are sending out vines and needed trellises to control them.
Flower gardens give much inspiration for quilters. The simple shapes & lovely colors offer a myriad of designs for applique. I continue to work on my Craftsy class project. I finished stitching the petals on an applique flower block and the butterfly block. Though my progress is slow, it continues weekly.
Friday, my sister & I set out on a quilt Shop Hop. We travelled over 300 miles to visit four shops in mid-Michigan. We also checked out a new quilt shop that wasn’t on the hop. It turned out to be my favorite – Park Bench quilt shop in Midland, Michigan. I think the shop was well aware of the 3-day shop hop at their competitor down the street. They offered the same 20% discount on purchases. The fabrics are beautiful and the selection more the style that interests me. I picked up Joan Ford’s latest Scraptherapy book, The Versatile Nine Patch, along with several fat quarters to use in my elephant baby quilt I have yet to begin.
I always take along a list of notions I would like to try. One in particular I looked for and found is the Kwik Klip. I have heard many rave about how well it helps with closing safety pins when pin basting. Got one and hope it lives up to the hype.
The dreary weather kept me inside most of yesterday, so I also completed a bit of FMQ. I’ll have to share photos next time. Tomorrow, I am going on a field trip with my granddaughter to Woldumar Nature Center. All the rain has likely made the trails muddy and I’m praying the rain will hold off until the trip is over.
That recaps some of the activities over the last two weeks. I’ve been busy with a lot more that keeps me away from needle & thread. But life is more than just quilting.
Hoping to share more progress next week. Until then…happy stitching!