My Dear Jane blocks have been languishing, unattended in their little box for weeks. I am far behind the group, & won't even count how many I need to do to catch up. But I will whittle away slowly at them when I can - they are always very calming & enjoyable to return to.
Genius points to my lovely friend Belinda who identified Specimen #1 as Iris Japonica or 'Poor Man's Orchid'. The leaves are so different to any other iris I have seen. I wonder if she will know what this is:
Small tree, lilac pea-like flowers, prolific seed pods dangling from the branches, heart-shaped leaves.
I confess I found one of these in flower in a nursery today, so now know what it is, but I will test to see how clever you all are anyway!
OK, all you cool climate gardeners out there - I need your help to identify some plants I found at the Botanic Gardens earlier in the week. Any ideas what this is?
It looks like some sort of orchid (?), knee-high with strappy leaves. Very delicate & pretty.
I have a few 'mystery-to-me' plants that I will post over the next few days. I'm afraid there are no amazing rewards for being clever enough to identify these - just the simple pleasure of discovering that you know something that someone else doesn't!!
At last, I got to the local Botanic Gardens this morning, to take some photos of the 'quilt made in a week'.
Thankfully, the gardens were quiet and there was no-one around much to notice the mad woman traipsing about with a quilt over her shoulder.
I said I'd try to drape it artistically over a tree branch ...
... or perhaps flat out on the lawn ...
or strewn upon a park bench?
The fabrics are mostly Amy Butler's 'Temple Flowers', a little bit of Heather Bailey's 'Freshcut', and a little 'Summer in the City' by Urban Chiks. The pattern is 'Le Jardin' by Lynne Wilson, Threads of Time.
How pretty is this magnolia? And it matches so perfectly with the quilt! Oooh, & there is a gorgeous dogwood in flower over there ... at this point, I got completely distracted by beautiful blooms & went about wandering. Tra-la-la-la-la! Photos undoubtedly will follow!
The "quilt made in a week" is done - well, almost. The bind is not entirely finished, but enough to be wrapped up & given.
So did she like it? Well there were excited & repeated 'wow!' and 'how cool!' statements, so you have to be happy with that from a 13-year-old!
Thank you to everyone who left comments, urging me on to finish this quilt in the last week. I have NEVER made a quilt so quickly & I certainly would have given up, but for your enthusiastic encouragement! I am cautious about posting photos of my children on my blog, but I will email each of you who have commented with some photos of my 'teenage' (how did that happen?!) blossie.
I hope to take the finished quilt over to the Botanic Gardens & drape it artistically over a tree or something for some photos to show you soon. Best wishes, Bloom.
Today is my eldest blossie's 13th birthday. We opened her presents this morning, & I quietly confessed that there was one gift that wasn't quite ready for giving as it wasn't finished yet. She laughed at me knowingly! Not because she knows what I am making, but that she knows I am always up late finishing birthday gifts at the last minute! So I have an extension on my deadline until after school today ... bind, bind, bind!
The quilt top for my daughter's birthday is finished. Now I just need to quilt & bind it in 24 hours! Don't like my chances, but I've not conceded yet!
Must pause though for a quick caffeine boost & a piece of this luscious chocolate & raspberry brownie (recipe here) made by my girls yesterday.
My apologies for teasing you with the beginnings of a quilt and then going AWOL for days. We have been at the farm with no internet connection. Despite my absence from the blog, I have an update on the surprise birthday quilt for my daughter - some progress, but will it be enough?
DAY 2: Whoops, no sewing at all! Spent all day in the garden, & fell in a heap in the evening, watched The Edukators - very cool movie!
DAY 3: More cut, cut, cutting. All the neutral brick blocks.
Lay out blocks & decide on placement.
Days 4 & 5 : Sewing vertical columns of blocks together.
I've so far managed to keep this a secret from Daughter #1, sewing at nights after she is asleep. Her birthday is on Tuesday, & at this point, I really have no idea if it will get done. I will have all of Monday to work on it as she will be back at school. Anyway, it is a whole lot closer to completion than it was 5 days ago!