Sunday, May 4, 2014

Is that slow stitching or no stitching!

I have really struggled for the last few weeks with my stitching.  This time of year I am always torn between the outdoors and my stitching.  The weather has warmed up nicely and I have been busy in my garden, but now that it is planted you would think I could get back to my stitching.  That doesn't seem to be the case.
I can't seem to stay inside, I find myself sneaking outside and soon I am weeding or just enjoying the roses or hosta garden.

Hosta garden
Knock out rose
Buds on my New Dawn climbing rose on the trellis above the garden gate.

White azalea
Chives with some coreopsis
Yellow knock out tree rose, faded

 With all the lovely rain this spring the roses are really doing great. My only regret is that the yellow rose wouldn't fade out so quickly, but they are still lovely.  I am however making a little progress on Block #18 Hopefully I can finish stitching the two flowers and add the yellow center, than only the buds will be left to add.

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  1. isn't it beautiful outside today! the sun was so strong and hot today that I gave up on my outside chores and moved to the shade of the porch, ice tea and a book!

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    1. Yes it is definitely too nice to be stitching! I am enjoying the birds at the feeder and the bird bath. Then we saw a hawk come down and kill a squirrel and take off with it. It was so interesting and so amazing how they just swoop down and attack.

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  2. Your garden is beautiful. Hope you get time to finish your block.

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    1. I took a nap, maybe I can get some stitching in tonight!

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  3. Well your block is coming along nicely ! :) AND at this time of year I am on the same page :) You have more going on where you are then we do here at the moment ( Western Pa ) You are about a month ahead so I'll enjoy your blooms now and ours later :)

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    1. I agree soon the heat will arrive and the spring blooms will be over. Down here we don't have much summer color other than our crepe myrtles. Even our roses slow down till fall arrives so it is time to be out enjoying them is now.

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  4. It's been a rough winter. Enjoying the outside is a good thing especially being in such a pretty yard. Maybe when it gets too hot, you'll be back to more stitching.

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    1. You are so right, when the heat arrives early morning walks with my dog Max and then inside to avoid heat exhaustion. More time for stitching then!

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    1. I am so happy for the wet winter we had this year, it surely has helped the roses. After three years of drought it is as if they are having a great year.

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  6. My sweet daughter gave me some of those Knock out roses for an early Mother's Day. Sure hope I don't killed them.....:) Love your applique.

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    1. I love Knock-outs so easy to grow. You don't even have to prune them, or you can if you want. Snipping off the spent blooms does help the next flush of flowers to appear sooner. I l love that they don't get that horrid black spot disease that most roses get. I am sure you will enjoy them.

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  7. It's so hard to stay inside when it's so lovely outside. Your flowers and gardens are beautiful ... no wonder they draw you outside. I spent this afternoon out on the deck with my hexies ... got the best of both worlds! ;-) You've made a lot of great progress on your appliqué!

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    1. I hope to applique tomorrow morning while I sip my morning coffee. More rain chances towards the end of the week so I need to take advantage of the beautiful weather now.

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  8. Lovely garden photos Carla - I don't blame you one bit wanting to be out there amongst those pretty plants! Love the yellow rose, faded and all :)

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    1. Thanks Hilda! Gardening and Quilting both produce beauty, I guess that is why so many quilter's are also gardeners.

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  9. Carla,
    Love your gardens... especially your hosta garden .. and so much color in your yellow roses and knockout roses... never had luck with either before now... maybe roses will again be in my future :) Thanks for sharing an update on your block too... love the progress you are making on that applique! Kathi

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    1. Yeah even slow progress is progress. Starting on the buds tonight.

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  10. How lovely for you to be able to work outside in good weather! Enjoy yourself! The quilting will still be there when its' not fun to be outside.:)

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    1. Looking forward to stitching the buds on block 18 of Baltimore garden tomorrow morning while sitting on the terrace. I pushed myself today to get the cleaning and the patio wash down today. The weather has been perfect this week, so tomorrow I plan on enjoying my stitching while enjoying the scent of the roses.

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  11. Beautiful garden! I think a nice chair in there for you to sit and stitch would be wonderful! The best of both worlds.

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    1. That is the plan in the morning, after my cup of coffee!

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  12. Your gardens look beautiful!! I know what you mean about being outside.. this is some of the warmest weather we have had yet. Too beautiful after such a hard winter to stay downstairs in my studio. Happy Gardening!

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  13. there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying the beautiful gifts Mother Nature provides.

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