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Sunny Days

The past couple of weeks have been just wonderful. It has been sunny and warm almost every day and evening rains have taken care of the garden watering. For the past week we have been able to pick blueberries, sour cherries, raspberries, asparagus and kale daily, so needless to say we had wonderful salads and smoothies for our meals.

Last week between tending the vegetable gardens and house chores I finally got around to splitting and re-planting a few of the hosta groupings around trees, by the pond and along the hillside on the side of the house. I was really surprised by the number of plants that I ended up with after the splitting… I really shouldn’t let this process go for so many years :(… this fall I need to attack the long overdue splitting of the iris patches…

Quite time on the patio has also allowed me to  work on a few needlepoint pillow tops (normally have 2-3 going at a time), and the late nights even provided time to finish a few of the units.

pillows

Over the next few weeks I will be finishing up 2-3 more pillow tops before I move onto a few quilt projects waiting in the wings, and dehydrating and  canning of some of this seasons produce.

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Another Bargello pillow top

Here in the North country we are about two months behind with our growing season this year. April was dry and cold and June brought us the April showers. All of the rain this month has refilled the rain barrels and encouraged the vegetable seeds and starters to thrive. Unfortunately, the wet weather has dramatically reduce gardening time which has allowed the weeds to thrive along with all of the plantings. Fortunately the rains have allowed me more time to work on a few fiber projects and do a bit of canning.

Over the past few day I canned pineapple and carrot cake jams and dehydrated a few early season herbs. This morning I finished another bargello pillow top.

Bargello hearts pillow top

I truly love bargello needlepoint…. Two canvases complete and four more to go for this summer…

Summer Bargello Project

Now that the warm weather has finally arrived most of my quilting projects have been placed on hold and needlepoint is worked on at night and during road trips. This summer I plan on completing 6-8 pillows using various Bargello patterns using wool and silk fibers. This afternoon I finished the first pillow.

Front created with six different alpaca/wool blend yarns on a 14 point canvas, backed in black silk and bound with a slate gray silk cording

Front created with six different alpaca/wool blend yarns on a 14 point canvas, backed in black silk and bound with a slate gray silk cording

I have also started the second pillow top that is being stitched in six shades of purple and three of yellow. Since my honey is away at a conference for the next week I should be able to finish the second top and move on to a more complex piece soon.

Bargello pillow top 2

Enjoy the wonderful summer weather.

May Updates

May was a very busy and productive month. Vegetable gardens were planted, flower beds tended, a few craft projects moved forward and the first kayaking of the season was enjoyed.

This year we are growing: tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, various hot peppers, number of different herbs, two types of eggplant, collard greens, purple kohlrabi, cucumbers, pie pumpkins, three different types of kale, corn, delicata squash, zucchini, 3 types of beets, carrots, potatoes, radishes, onions, asparagus, and couple of different dried bean types. Our fruit trees and bushes are doing well and will provide us with: apples, 3 types of pears, plums, blueberries, grapes, and hazelnuts. The following are pictures of some of the developing produce.

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The heavy snows this winter really protected and provide a nice environment for the perennials to split. Although the plants were about four weeks late in breaking the ground, they rewarded us with the promise of a lovely display. The following pictures show some of the flowers we are being rewarded with this year.

It was wonderful to work in the gardens after the harsh winter and late start to the warm season. I look forward to the daily maintenance activities.

The April showers didn’t show up until May so I also had some time to work on a few unfinished craft objects. A needlepoint pillow top was completed, significant progress was made on a blackwork piece (will be given as a Christmas gift), and an English paper piecing project.

In June I hope to get to a few house projects and hopefully work on a few more UFOs.

Have a great day!

April updates

Growing season has finally arrived and life has gotten very busy again.  We took a long weekend at the end of April to drive down to PA to visit the in-laws and an ill family member, and I have spent the better part of  the daylight hours for the past two weeks preparing vegetable and herb gardens and cleaning up winter damage. During the long drive to and from PA (6-7 hours each way), and the couple of hours each night carved out each evening as a reward for the yard work  I made some nice progress on three of the five projects started this year.

Blue ice needlepoint pillow top. It has been several years since I worked on a needlepoint project. It is so nice to pick the craft up again...

Blue ice needlepoint pillow top. It has been several years since I worked on a needlepoint project. It is so nice to pick the craft up again…

English paper piecing quilt top that I started several months ago. It is comprised of three different 1 inch units. The hand stiched top in this picture contains about 600 units. The finished piece will have about 1,400 units.

English paper piecing quilt top that I started several months ago. It is composed of three different 1 inch units. The hand stitched top in this picture contains about 600 units. The finished piece will have about 1,400 units.

Geometric black work sampler that will be used a pillow top

Geometric black work sampler that will be used a pillow top

I hope to have another project at the end of the month along with a few garden pictures.

Enjoy the wonderful spring weather.

Bargello pillows

This past week we received our first true spring weather. The warm temperatures melted most of the snow and allowed us to do a large amount of yard cleanup and bed preparation. This week April showers will be coming down for the better part of the week. The showers are washing away the balance of the snow and encouraging perennials to push up and bush and tree buds to open. I am fascinated by how everything comes blooms this time of year, to the point that I do daily walks around the property to see what has changed.

For the past few weeks I have also continued work on the princess needlepoint piece and started creating some Bargello needlepoint pillow fronts. So far I have finished four tops for 12 inch pillows, started a fifth and started a top for a 24 inch pillow. All of the tops are stitched with wool/silk blend yarns on 14 point canvas.

Very traditional Bargello motif stitched with silk/wool blend threads

Very traditional Bargello motif stitched with silk/wool blend threads

scallop pattern stitched with variegated wool thread

scallop pattern stitched with variegated wool thread

Eye of the peacock pattern stitched with silk/wool blend threads (ran out of the pansy color - will have to buy a bit more)

Eye of the peacock pattern stitched with silk/wool blend threads (ran out of the pansy color – will have to buy a bit more)

modern Bargello pattern stitched with wool threads

modern Bargello pattern stitched with wool threads


All of the pillows will be bordered and backed with silk and receive a coordinating braiding.

 

bargello pillow top

3D block — a modern update to a more traditional pattern. Gray is a silk and wool blend, the other colors are wool threads. Borders and backing for this top will be done in quilted cottons.

Bargello pillow top

This large pillow top is being stitched with six different fine wool/silk blend yarns

 

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