I'm finally updating things, after nearly a week. A lot has changed outside, we almost had spring, and now are in the middle of winter again. The storm was being forcast, and we were expecting a foot or more of snow, so I took my camera and a shovel out on Saturday. I took pictures of some of the few flowers blooming in the gardens- mini daffs, crocus, scilla, and snow glories. The top pic. is of some really tiny mini daffs, I put my fingers in to show their size. The lower pic. is of a pot I planted, so I could see some spring during the storm, and it's aftermath. White daffs are almost opening, and some taller mini daffs, along with a bunch of snow glories. I think the snow glories are my favorite spring flower, with their bright blue with white centers- these weren't open because the sun was not out when I took the picture.
This is a picture of my water Iris, blooming in the pond in my greenhouse, (excersize ball and cat curled up in the background). I usually miss seeing these, because they bloom while was working all daylight hours at our business greenhouse.
This is my maple flower bed- 2 maple trees, and groups of shrubs, and grasses can be seen also. Picture above is as it looked on Saturday. Lower picture was taken yesterday, after the front door thawed. I took the picture through the door, because the wind was blowing snow so hard, directly at the door.
This is what most all the windows looked like Monday AM. We could see out only small corners of some of the windows, the snow was blown against the windows while it changed from rain to snow. At one point, the weathermen thought we would not get more than 4", we got a lot more- hard to tell just how much, because it blew, and drifted so much.
Just about everything looked like this when the sun came up- snow stuck on everything.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce in my neglected rock garden, where I took the picture of the mini daffs. The pic on the right shows how things looked most of the day- the air full of snow.
Picture on left is our deck, on the east side of our trailer, Snow blew all the way to the door, under the roof. The walnut trees were clothed in snow- These pictures were taken through my greenhouse window- near the iris, and my studio window that I opened for a few minutes. Looks like midwinter.
Now on to brighter things- QUILTS! I got a bit distracted, after a class my quilt guild had, making a bargello pattern. I used my 3 favorite colors in bright shades, with other shades.
This is what I am calling Butterfly Bargello. I have always loved the patterns of bargello quilts, but not done one. This is constructed a lot like the Trip Around the World quilts that got me started doing this. I was not sure how I was going to finish, the picture is of it placed over a batik fabric that I think I will use for the outer border. the inner border will be white, as on the right side. I will be adding applique butterflies (some are pinned in the picture) to make it a little different. I will probably quilt some butterflies, also.
Walls, stones, etc. are still turning into quilts.
Here is a cropped version of "Rose Door", that I named "Beside the Door". It is 8"x10" in size, and shows part of a door, and the delphinium flowers, climbing pink roses, and white daisies in the garden. The centers of the daisies are french knots of heavy rayon thread, and the centers of the delphinium florets are clear inidescent beads. The vine and binding of the garden area are done with a funky green yarn, the stone areas are bound with couched ivory yarn, and along the door, a pink yarn is used.
Here is the finished "Rose Door" The door, and round window, were added last, just before binding with couched yarns. The yarn rose vine is couched on, and FMQ with clear thread, adds veins in the leaves, and firmly attatches the flowers. This is about 13"x17" in size.
I have my first show of the year on Saturday- I hope we can get the van out of the driveway- no chance now- Ken (my husband) had to have our 4WD truck with plow, pulled out this morning by a large tractor. With the mud under the snow, plowing is not possible, he says one drift was 4 ft. high- it was down to 3ft. by this evening, with the air filled with snow again today. I'm, really ready for spring!! I will have to get things ready for the show this week, and make a few new small simple pieces. Looks like a good day coming, Sat.- even if we have to hire a big 4WD tractor to tow the van out of our 1/4 mile driveway.
I'll keep you posted.
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