This, that and the other thing Part 2 (the inside stuff)

Moving along to the inside of the house, I stay busy these days here as well.  The longarm quilting business is coming along nicely and I’m back on track after my back issue a couple weeks ago temporarily derailed me.  There have been a lot of pantograph quilts coming through the line-up last month, not much in the way of custom work was on the schedule.  But the next quilt up is custom and freehand, so there should be some pretty pics from that end of indoor life soon.

For my own projects, I am in the process of re-doing the setting triangles around my applique block.  I followed the pattern directions (this is not one of my patterns, but another designer’s) as I read them; yet when I put the triangles on they appeared to be too small and were distorting the center block into a poofy mess.  So I took them off and have made a new set oversized, which I’ll trim down after application:

And this is a good reason to, on occasion, buy that fabric you love in a larger quantity than you think you’ll need.  The old triangles won’t be wasted, they’ll go back in the stash to be used for applique and smaller pieces, but if I hadn’t bought over a yard of this, I wouldn’t have been able to remake the triangles.

Also last week I purchased the threads I needed to complete the hand embroidery on this little art quilt:

And as the weather forecast for the next several days (through next Wednesday) has a higher chance of storms moving through, I may actually get the shadow leaves and flowers embroidered on!

Of course that’s dependent on NOT getting distracted by the new (to me) drum carder that arrived as well last week:


And there is always the knitting waiting to do.  Right now I have a sleeveless shell top in a feather and fan pattern on the needles with only about 7″ more of the back to complete it .  And I have the 2nd sock in a pair of variegated brown lace socks on the needle to be completed.  And in the queue waiting to be done are 3 new shawls and another shell in that same feather and fan pattern.  The first one is coming out a little warmer/fiber content in weight of yarn than the season I wanted it for, so I’m going to make another with a Llama/Cotton blend that is absolutely scrumptious!!!!!  But alas, I didn’t take pics of any of those projects in process.

 

Now, I’m going to get off this computer and do………………………………..

 

Oh who knows what there is so much awaiting me to be done!!!!!

 

Did I mention I love summertime and the longer daylight hours?

This, that and the other thing (all the outside stuff in this post)

I can always tell when summer is approaching by the volume of activities that need to be accomplished on a daily basis.  Although I think it has “something” to do with having an acre of land and longer daylight hours, I have no proof that is really the truth.  And yet every summer the same thing happens, I find myself busy from daybreak to well after dark.  And I revel in it, I am not, and have never been very good at sitting quietly and I certainly don’t vegetate in front of a television set well at all.

But I do find that I tend to forget to blog about what’s happening in my little world, so today I’ll recap a LOT of things with pictures (and probably not many words) and I’ll split it into two separate posts one outside, one inside.  This is the OUTSIDE post.

The tulip tree in the back yard is blooming again, an event I look forward to every year:

And the iris are blooming as well:

The new front flower garden bed is settling in nicely, although the south side bed is still struggling due to high sunlight and heat levels. I may have to replant that entire bed with more heat/sun tolerant plants as I tend to forget that what is full sun tolerant in northern climes is not always full sun tolerant here in the south.  But back to that front bed, even my hostas, which were transplanted at dusk when I could barely see what I was doing, are thriving:

My vegetable garden is coming along nicely and is at the “thinning” stage for the beets, carrots and green been sprouts:

The herb planters are doing well in their new location inside the fence line, closer to the kitchen door, and up on a table where the dogs can’t get to them:

The chickens are progressing nicely:

And Cocoa, as always, is happy to see me when I return from a wander outside the fence line.  Baci not so much, he’s a lot less clingy!