Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer, Flowers, & Inspiration!

I'm sorry...but I have to brag a little bit!!!  Look at those hydrangeas!!!  I'm so happy that after only one year in the garden, everything is looking so pretty and doing so well!  I have to admit that I'm kind of a garden nut.  If I wasn't doing focusing on embroidery and my patterns....I'd be in the garden... deadheading, dividing, moving things around.  It's really easy to get carried away!
I thought I'd give everybody a look at a new design/designs!  They're all going together into a quilt that is tentatively called "Gardener's Alphabet" for lack of a better description! LOL!!!!

Morning glories are my favorite......... I think I'll grown them next year all over the pergola off the end of the studio........remind me!


I'm kind of fickle........ wild roses are DEFINITELY my favorite!  We planted a bunch of them under the pine trees.  Just give them water and they grow & grow & reproduce & spread!  Love them!



Zinnias in the back yard by the tomatoes.


B is for bee skeps, bees, and berries!!!


Apple??? Heck no!  A is for Autumn!  Our pumpkins aren't looking great this year...weird spring.  I think we'll get some cool looking little green ones in time for Halloween but I'm betting they'll freeze solid before they turn orange this year.


Our cherry tomatoes are keeping up with our appetites.  Oh....summer heaven is a handful of kosher salt and an unlimited supply of cherry tomatoes warm from the garden!


Iris of course!  The beards are really fun.....lots of French knots!


I LOVE these hydrangeas!


I'm thinking about getting a few more bushes.............maybe 10?  All in this white/chartreuse color!


I have two more blocks drawn, traced, colored, and ready to stitch.  H.....guess what it stands for????  and F.  I'll show them to you later.........I'm NO GOOD at keeping secrets! LOL!!!

Next week we leave for Thimble Creek Quilt Shop in California.  I spent all day today getting the trunk show and goodies ready for the classes.... I'm SO EXCITED!!!!  Phil & I have never been to that part of California and we're really looking forward to the drive to & from too!  Uncharted territory...the road un-traveled (that sound romantic & adventurous doesn't it???....translation:  we'll probably get lost! LOLOL!!!!)  Four classes at the retreat...YIKES!!!!  I told Roxie that they'll probably just have to prop me up in a corner with my nametag on by the last day....everybody will still have fun!  They'll never even miss me! LOL!!

I froze a bunch of lemon slices and plan on plopping them into glasses of lemonade tonight for dinner....barbecued ribs, garlic bread, cucumbers & cherry tomatoes and big glasses of lemonade... I think we're going to eat on the front porch.  I hope you have a nice night planned too!

xox Meg

18 comments:

Anna said...

I am in totally agreement, we must be sisters from another mother...cause if I am not stitching I am working the dirt!

BJ said...

I love hydrangeas too, yours are looking fabulous! Love the gardener's alphabet. I just can't imagine what "H" will be for though. LOL
Have a great trip.

Orcsmom said...

I am one of the lucky who will be attending your class at my favorite store-Thimble Creek! I can't wait to meet you and learn all kinds of new stuff! Safe travels!! Hugs!!

Pam

marcella said...

You're coming to ThimbleCreek! How did I not know this? Must call shop in the morning. So excited!

suz said...

I love the new stitchery designs. My favorite flower is Morning Glories. When I was a little girl my dad helped me plant some at the end of the fence near the walkway to the house. I was always fascinated that they closed up at night and that in the fall the blue flowers turned a beautiful pink. Irises are also special. They were my much-missed Mother-in-law's favorites - she called them flags!

Sharon S said...

Love the sneak peak at the new alphabet blocks. I think me embroidery needle just jumped out of the case!

Ina said...

I love the new quilt! Hey, you forgot to mention what time dinner is being served...i don't want to be late. ;0

Grandma Rita said...

Oh I am so excited to see the flowers in your garden and in a new quilt! Life doesn't get any better does it? I am working on snow days right now. I was thinking that a village in the spring or summer would be wonderful too. You are truly a blessing to us stitchers out here! Thanks for sharing your work.

Susan said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, awesome could be the garden or awesome could the alphabet, I can't make up my mind what I love the most, okay, coloring and stitching inside during this heat wins!!! The garden is FABULOUS and once again that means both of them....tons of hugs...Susan

Melissa said...

Loving, loving the new design...need to get stitching to get all caught up before the next one. LOL....I love your place, could just move in!

She Uses Her Words said...

Love the new Garden Alphabet Meg! Beautiful!
Have fun in Thimble Creek!
:) Karen

Anonymous said...

Miss Mensa is thinking h is for hydrangea? Ha! might be one big block though..hmmm thats good, thats good....

batikkat said...

Meg, the next gardeg alphabet blocks are wonderful -- enjoy your trip to California

Cheryl A-S said...

I cannot wait to see the Gardener's alphabet. LOVE it!!

Deborah Hays said...

I enjoy your blog so much.... along with all of the gals who leave you sweet comments. Your designs have always been some of my favorites... I love handwork!
Can't wait to see the end results of your new quilt.

Hugs to each of you, Debbie

Crissie said...

Love your garden that just has to be that wonderful weather in Washington that also helps to grow beautiful flowers. My mother and I lived in Parkland Washington in 1950...Love that State. I also loved your class Meg, my three friends and I are still talking and telling our friends what a great time we had. Can hardly wait for you to return to Thimble Creek Quilt Shop. Thanks for the great class.

Susan said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the quilt completed and the pattern being available. Your blocks are gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Meg, I just finished "Friendship over Garden Fences". Love It! I love the new pattern you are working on. "Garden Alaphbet"! When will it be ready to order? I am getting ready to start "Over the river and Through the Woods". Getting ready to quilt "Winter wonderland"and The Antique Purses. I loved the bead work. As you can tell I am a huge Fan...... Keep up the fabulous designs. Stich N Sister, Sheila