Before I get into today’s post, I’ll just start with the most important part – the winner of the Whimsy fat quarter pack from my last post:
Mary of www.meatsmj.blogspot.com
Please email your shipping address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will ship out the goods asap!
Good news – I finally finished a quilt. It probably sounds terrible, but I don’t think I have finished anything since quilt market! I’ve started a few things, but I seem to be getting distracted lately – mostly by knitting, being outside, and entertaining. In fact last week, we had four different groups over, so it really cuts into my quilting time. I’m not complaining, as I like an excuse to play in the lake and make some of my favorite desserts!
Enough excuses, now back to that quilt I finally finished. It’s called Spaghetti Junction and can be found in my Living Large 2 book.
This color combination was my first attempt at this design. I ended up using the color combination below for my book, which is why the quilt didn’t get finished sooner. There was no deadline, so I kept putting it off.
I love quilts with high contrast, so I think the dark brown was so much more dynamic, especially for the cover of my book. I still like the cream option, but as you can see, it’s more subtle. If you would like to see more color options, you can see another of mine here and one of Maria’s here (as part of quilting her way through my Living Large 2 book)
I did get a chance to use up some of my precious Amy Butler prints that I have been saving. The prints are quite busy, so I decided to do some simple, all-over type machine quilting.
You can see it better from the back side of the quilt . . .
The quilt blends nicely with some of my flowers along my front side-walk.
Speaking of flowers, I have even more things blooming than when I posted a few photos of my garden here. I have been waiting all summer for my perennial hibiscus to bloom. Just yesterday, the first bloom popped open. Now there are five blooms, all about 10″ across. They are by far the largest flowers in my garden. Just to give you a perspective, those are zinnias blooming behind the hibiscus. In fact, they are huge zinnias, about 4-5″ across, but they are dwarfed by the showy hibiscus bloom.
I’m really curious to see what becomes of this plant. I have only seen it in one garden, so that makes me wonder if they are hard to care for. If anyone has some feedback on this plant, I’d love some tips, advice, or thoughts on this plant – because she’s a beauty and I’d like to keep her that way!