Like most quilters I love flowers. This is the first year that I have had more space than just a tiny patio or apartment balcony to flex my greenish thumb - after all I am a farmer's grand daughter. I'm disappointed to report that the farmer gene must be a recessive gene. I'm strictly a "container" garden type of gal. Everything I plant in a pot like my bougainvillea on the left or my African violets at the top of the page are thriving. Everything else is a tragedy. I also discovered a few other important facts; 1 - It's really hot OUTSIDE, 2 - The really BIG bugs live OUTSIDE, and 3 - There's a lot of dirt OUTSIDE. My conclusion - OUTSIDE is really beautiful when viewed from the INSIDE through big glass windows and doors (ahhh air conditioning).
But then again, I love the seaweed, coral, and dolphins in the border.
Responses to requests by blog readers:
1. How to make a Bullion Knot - I found an real treasure! It's an incredible website by Mary Corbet that has a terrific video of how to make a Bullion Knot. The trick to these knots is to slow down and to use a needle with a very small/narrow eye such as a milliners or sharp needle and not a crewel or chenille needle. Remember that all the wraps have to pass over the eye of the needle so make it as tapered as you can.
Request from blog reader of a closeup of how I free motion machine quilt hand applique and embroidery. This is Shirley Bloomfield's block Summer Bounty that I free motion machine quilted for her. The best tips for how to machine quilt hand applique and hand embroidery are on Sandra Leichner's blog.
Fabric guard dog on duty!