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Sunday, May 5, 2013

slow sunday stitching in the garden

there has been a lot of gardening done here over the last couple of days. it's too cold to plant flowers yet but some of the vegetable gardening can be done so the cold frame has been erected and tomatoes planted inside as well as sugar snap peas, onions and potatoes planted into the larger outer garden plot.
the wonderful husband is also back to work on crafting that beautiful wood fence. it's going to be a busy spring and summer season.

all of that gardening means that i deserve a bit of a rest so a day to sit and enjoy the garden is a good idea. the sun is shining, the temperature is warm without being too hot . . . a slight breeze blowing . . .
and so i declare it perfect for some outdoor slow sunday stitching. it's been a few weeks since i linked up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilting for this event but i've missed it.

it's always fun to see what the other participants are working on and thinking about on a sunday of slow stitching. i hope that they are getting a little sunshine and fresh spring air while they stitch too.

i'm working on a doll sized random sampler. i started it weeks ago using some smaller bits and pieces that were orphaned or left over from other projects. it came together really well and even rather quickly but then after i basted it up for quilting i decided that it needed a little more applique (blending the outer borders with the inner body) and although there wasn't a lot of applique it seemed that the project slowed down a bit. this  was more a result of being occupied with several april postcards than the actual applique itself.
this a.m. i managed to get a bit more done on that piece and hope to do even more this afternoon. once that's finished i'll be at the point of quilting it.

 doesn't that dappled sun look yummy~!?
i'll show more of this project as it gets closer to being done.
i forgot to post a photo of the fabric postcard that i made for my wonderful MIL (her birthday)  in april.  
 i used a fragment from a hand embroidered dish towel that i made more than 20 years ago. i actually used this towel to dry dishes with and in fact, used it to the point of literally being able to see through it. recently i decided that it would be a good idea to cut it up into other projects.
i "reinforced" some of the embroidery, added  a few stitches as well as some fussy cut fabric to a couple of the spots on the butterfly and a few sequins and ta-da~!!
i am also showing the paper collage postcard that i created in april. this card was made for another special april birthday that i like to recognize.
  i enjoy working on the paper cards just as much as the fabric ones . . . scissors, glue and odd bits of paper are just as fun to create with as fabric, lace and thread.
i'll be able to show you the wonderful daughter's april postcard soon . . .

recent gifts include:
  • morning birdsong
  • slow sunday stitching
  • seeing that the grosbeaks have returned
  • digging in the warm dirt of the garden

the creeping thyme has started to creep

linking up with:

 Floral Love


  1. Love your applique! I too cherish the simple gifts we can enjoy each day. My garden has been planted for a while, but it is in need of warm sunshine, after this blustery chilly week.

  2. You make the loveliest things, Libby Q!

  3. You look very productive! Love your applique work and the sweet postcard.:)

  4. your quilting is beautiful. I love the colors. and your butterfly is wonderful.

  5. Lovely applique going on. A nice selection of greens. And of course all those creative postcards has been keeping you busy!

  6. oh love your post cards, something I have wanted to try for awhile..
    your doll quilt is looking great, love the sun :) doesn't it just make you smile? thanks for the garden pictures, wish I had pretty flowers to share...
    no I am not a gardener...sorry to admit

  7. Nothing better than sitting outside and sewing...the light is so much better!
    As always, I adore the postcards.

  8. How fantastic. We had a sunny weekend but the wind was brutal! No sitting outside here.
    Love your latest project and how fun to use an embroidered dish towel for one of your cards. Amazing and beautifully creative!

  9. A wonderful post to enjoy reading today!
    Love the photo of the sun peeking through on your applique...gorgeous!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

  10. So nice to see your work! And flowers :)
    Thanks for linking up!

  11. Lovely creations! You are an inspiration. So glad you were able to sit outside in beautiful weather and stitch while enjoying your garden.

  12. Ohh that creeping thyme is wonderful!
    Love the thought of basking in dappled sunlight. Your garden sounds wonderful and we certainly enjoy your photography it inspires.
    Love the post cards - paper of fabric!

  13. Such pretty hand-made items. It's obvious that you love what you do.

  14. Love the bird card!


  15. Love those post cards - especially the birdy one.
    Can't wait to see more of your applique project.
    Isn't it wonderful to spend time outside this time of year?

  16. The applique looks great. Hope you got to enjoy several hours in the sunshine last Sunday. The postcards are gorgeous! Love the butterfly one. What a wonderful way to re-purpose something.

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  18. Your garden is probably a lot further along now, but I love your creeping thyme. I think that's the first photo of it I've seen though I've heard about it for years.

    Love your quilt and the way the vine trails into the blocks.


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