Friday, May 11, 2007

Our unseasonably warm (and sunny) weather over the past week has brought a lot of action to the backyard over the last week. It's so fun to open the shades in the morning and see all the colors bursting forth. These little mini-roses so sweet looking.
The stag head fern is looking happier than it has in many months - I feared it wouldn't survive over the winter.
Soon there will be garden fresh squash on our dinner table.
This may be the only apricot we have this year. It could be the most delicious piece of fruit ever.
Oh - and last night I finished the binding on the little mystery quilt. Isn't it darling? Our teacher came up with the pattern after seeing a photo of an antique quilt. Normally mystery quilts are not my favorite, but this was fun. So many different places you might end up when you are just stitching little 9 - patches.

28 comments:

Karen said...

You take a quilting class every week? That is my kind of scheduling! Absolutely adore the small nine-patch quilt, it looks antique. Oh, and the squash plant is so healthy!

Chris said...

Great little quilt. And we won't be seeing much in our gardens for a while up here in NH.

Judy said...

That Stag Head Fern is wicked looking...neat and yet weird at the same time. I love ferns of all kinds so it's very cool! I'm green with envy!

The little quilt is just lovely. We need to make some nice quick small quilts at times. They are fast and still pack a big punch of color and style! Very nicely done!

Darlene said...

Beautiful colors in your backyard. I wish I had the same! Not to be in my little corner of the world. :-)

Oh, the little quilt is cute beyond words. Looks darling on the table.

Laura said...

Your mystery quilt is wonderful. I love the antique look of it. You did good with choosing your fabrics for an unknown finish.

Linda_J said...

This little units in the nine patch looks so itsy-bitsy--judging by the size of the table top. Yikes! but good for your finishing!

Good job on the diamond top in the previous post. I am having such a horrid time typing correctly today that I may have to stop trying to comment. Wait till I do the nonsensical letters for the word verification, LOL. (I fixed it but all those typos are frustrating.)

Angela said...

Love your flowers and quilt!

Nadine said...

Yes, we are experiencing an unusual sunny spring, here, as well....
Oh, I just LOVE your small mystery quilt ! I've just spent at least 10 minutes, counting the squares, etc... You, temptress, are just pushing me to have a try on my very first small quilt ! LOL

Hugs & smiles !
NADINE

Nadine said...

Oops ! Forgot to ask : could you tell what size are the squares ? (now it's going to obsess me !)
Thanks, Libby...
NADINE

Susie said...

You squash is coming along nicely! I have my Grandma's stag horn fern, as well as my own. They had an "iffy" winter too! (but look good now)
Have a wonderful Mother's Day!
:)

Juliann in WA said...

Love the garden photos. I don't think this summer will yield much gardening for me -maybe next year. And you little quilt is wonderful.

Norma said...

I love that little nine patch quilt! What a perfect table topper!

Connie said...

Love the little 9-patch, it's really neat.

anne bebbington said...

That's a lovely little nine patch quilt - as is so often the case the simple designs are so often impressive on completion

Knot Garden said...

The nine patch quilt is lovely and I think it would fit in anywhere. I haven't seen a squash plant before but I love the big leaves and yellow flowers.

KCQuilter said...

Better put a 24-hour guard on that scrumptious apricot LOL! Might be some birdies eyeing it. Love that sweet little quilt, great job!

Angie said...

Wow, look at that squash plant/blossom! Gorgeous! And your mini-rose is so cute...don't think mine is going to pull out of it this year. :( Your mystery mini quilt is so charming! Those simple patterns always grab my attention; love how vintage they look. I love it on your table (which is a wonderful piece!) :D

Dawn said...

Oh you were SO RIGHT! I LOVE that mystery quilt! I have to do that! It is soooo cute! And all your garden pics are wonderful and fresh fruit and veggies - mmmm!

Patti said...

Oh my - that little mystery quilt is absolutely perfect! We too are having wonderful weather and so many things are blooming in their turn. Right now it's the rhodies and azaleas. I need to take their picture to post on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

Forgetmenot said...

How lovely to see round your garden and WOW you have a stag head fern growing outdoors!
Your 9patch is beautiful - I am envious

Carol said...

Love your little quilt...I'll be over for squash :) Your backyard is looking wonderful!

atet said...

Love the little nine patch. What a fun quilt!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

How long did it take to guess you were making a 9 patch Libby? Love the little quilts. When you say squash - do you mean a pumpkin?

Quilt Nut said...

lovely quilt! love the little surprises in your garden

Wendy said...

Oh what a wonderful little quilt. I've never done mystery quilts because all the ones I've seen have been awful when done. Your's is the beautiful. I love 9 patches. The garden is coming along nicely.

meggie said...

What a lovely little quilt.
And I love your nice garden shots. Enjoy your Apricot!

Shelina said...

Thanks for sharing your garden pictures Libby. I haven't seen a stag fern before. The quilt is lovely - that is an interesting, and gorgeous setting.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The sweetest fruit from your garden, or the lovliest bloom, is BY FAR that precious quilt! Well done!