Wowsers, I've spent entirely too much time on the Net lately--first to check out the Sew Mama Sew giveaways and then since Friday, cruising the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I have two quilts entered this year, Spring Forward (my most recent quilt finish) and also Dutch Comfort, which many of you have seen before. It looks to me like the number of entries is down this year or is that just my imagination?
My new flowers-to-be
My daughter helped me to plant the flower pots this year. Love getting help without having to ask for it--so rare with teenagers! I don't usually plant very many as it can get expensive, but I do so love pulling up into my drive and seeing the pretty flowers during the dry summer months around here. I went a little crazy with my choices so we had enough leftover to plant two hanging baskets as well. No pictures of them, but hopefully they'll fill out and give us some love later on.
Speaking of flowers, I kept going back to my Happy Flowers quilt thinking it could use a little more attention. Finally I came up with the idea (with some prompting from my daughters who didn't like what I was currently auditioning) to add on another simple border. Bright but simple! That acid greenish-yellow print really made the flowers 'pop' which helps as the charcoal gray in the flower backgrounds can really subdue the colors in the quilt. Now the quilt is approximately 46 1/2" x 58". Big enough to leave as is. Maybe. Not sure I'm totally done with it now that I've started playing with it again!
New reading materials
I came home with the most recent Quiltmania magazine when I went shopping the other day. The only place to buy it semi-local is in a bookstore over an hour away from my home so you know I just stumbled across it by accident! This one is seriously loaded with great quilts and inspiration. Obviously I wasn't' the only want charmed by it as it was already a bit dog-eared. My mom also loaned me a new quilting book she got for Mothers Day. Hoping to find time to read through that also here in the next couple days. I can't believe we're already more than half through the month of May!