Friday, May 25, 2007

Roses for Memorial Day Weekend

Last evening I finished another of the "Time Began in a Garden" blocks. I have the "bleeding hearts" block bonded and will begin stitching it tonight. Usually once a block is bonded, it takes two or three evenings, sometimes four, of stitching to complete it. There are still two more to do, and then it will be time to start working on the larger center panel. I'd like to get those two bonded this weekend. But I don't know if I will.
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Last year on this weekend, the entire family gathered in Alexandria to spend time with Andrew and Amy. We had such a good time together. We decided to stay home this time. Neither of us is really crazy about being on the highways on long holiday weekends, and we're scheduled to be away the next two -- the first weekend in June we'll be going to Richmond to help Tom and Anastasia move into their new home, and the second we'll be visiting A&A in Alexandria again. So we really need to be at home this weekend. My sewing studio is in such a mess that I'm afraid the Board of Health is going to find out about it and shut me down! So tomorrow, in addition to a breakfast date and normal weekend tasks, I'm going to plunge into organizing, cleaning, and possibly purging the studio. There are other tasks that have been neglected, too. But we'll see.
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I came home from work today to find a surprise. We have just one rosebush, and yesterday when I was leaving to go to work, I noticed there were buds on it. The first of the season. Apparently Joe has been watching it, too, and cut this pretty bouquet for the hall table this morning. It is completely coincidental that I'd have finished a rose block and then come home to find arose on my table. And such a pleasant coincidence!
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I think I'm going to have a fair amount of wool left over when this project is completed. That likely will lead to additional wool projects. Isn't that the usual plight of quilters? Such a plight -- to be more or less forced to start additional projects!
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I found a picture on line of what this garden project should look like when it is finished. I thought you might like to see it, so here it is:

7 comments:

Tanya said...

I really like your garden quilt! And of course love the verse in the middle. When did you start working on this? Hmmm... Before I get out of my applique mode do I want to try something like this?
I need to clean up my sewing room too this weekend. Sigh...

Ms. Jan said...

What a lovely quilt this is going to be, Nancy. Did you tell me that it was flannel and wool felt?

Pam said...

It will be lovely :))

Nicole said...

That will be a real keepsake when you finish it Nancy!
Aren't the first roses of the season like a gift?

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

It's great! I just realized that is a Sarah Sporrer pattern when I saw the whole thing. I'm working on the "By Wisdom a House is Built" series of hers! I think I have eight of the twelve done. The reason my husband and I traveled LAST weekend was for the same reason you decided to stay home this weekend... traffic. Enjoy your weekend at home together! (Love the rose!!)

atet said...

That rose is lovely and the entire quilt will be like a fresh garden year round. Great work! Makes up for those resumes you got -- love the enthusiasm for the applicants, but you do wonder if they've read the job descriptions!

Susan said...

I see you did your usual beautiful buttonhole applique, as well as a lovely chain stitch on stems. Really pretty block. I like the whole, thanks for sharing that picture.

I'm thinking there will be 2 of 3 or a dozen wool projects. =)