Spring time means weeding. And more weeding. And even more weeding. We just need to keep at it for another month or so and then the Summer will put an end to thriving weeds. But Spring also means time to get some things into pots and others planted in any spare ground. Yesterday, I persuaded Mr P to go with me to the plant nursery. And look what we found! I’ve been wanting a Banksia for years. Actually, I’d love a few more of the proteas too. For now though, this beauty will be positioned at the front door. Isn’t it glorious!? I love it! After putting a few vegetables and herbs in the cart, I couldn’t resist adding some African daisies. Such simple prettiness.Have you added any of your Wish List plants to your own garden this year?
The smell of citrus blossoms fill the air these days. In the front yard, it’s the lemon and lime trees. In the back yard, it’s the mandarin orange tree. Heavenly! They’re quite happy after all the rain we’ve received. The pink bottle brush is in bloom as well. Just look at all that color! It’s making the bees happy.In between the weeding and the pattern writing, I started a new project with Tula Pink’s Tabby Road and some pentagon EPP pieces from Paper Pieces. My original intention was a table runner. However, the blocks are so cute, I’m having to contemplate a throw quilt.I haven’t quite made up my mind. Maybe more coffee will help.
Hope you’re enjoying the first day of Spring where you are. (Or Autumn as the case may be.)
Over an inch of rain fall over the last three days and the plants are happy, happy, happy. This ice plant is so vibrant, it’s almost painful to look at. Of course, the weeds are thick too. But at the moment, I’m focused on the rapid growth of plants like this. Naturally, Stinka took advantage of breaks in the weather to laze about. And without her demands for long stretches of lap time, I made a couple bags. This is the large version done in Anna Maria Horner’s Mod Corsage.It’s 9″ deep and has a shoulder strap as well as the handles. The perfect size for a quick road trip or weekend getaway. I liked it so much, I made a smaller version–also in Anna’s fabric and ribbon from Renaissance Ribbon, but with black canvas on the bottom.I’ll be writing a pattern for this bag just as soon as I decide whether or not to make a zippered version. These two have magnetic snaps and the use of a swivel hook and D ring to bring the sides in. If you have an opinion on the zipper version, feel free to share.In other Anna Maria Horner related news, you can now buy a package of EPP paper pieces to make the Visible Light quilt. PaperPieces.com has that all sorted for you and you can get it here. You get your pick of a starter pack or a complete pack. They’ve even added the acrylic templates for cutting. (I used the jewel one, just in case you’re interested.) I’m excited to see what people make! And I feel the urge to make another one–maybe Tula Pink, Joel Dewberry or Amy Butler. There are still quilt tops waiting to be quilted. I have wide quilt backs for some of them and I’m really looking forward to getting them on and off the frame. (Don’t you just love these AMH backs?) Always so much to do and not enough time or energy to get it done!
I hope your To Do List isn’t giving you fits. Have a fabulous week!