Monday, June 01, 2009

Our June gloom weather pattern is continuing. It has been days since the sun has broken through for us. As I said in a previous post, there are many that find this weather pattern depressing. But if you can just look past the sky, you will see there is lots of beauty and vibrancy of color all around.
The jacaranda trees never look better than when the sky is gray.
This one is in our neighbor's yard, but the canopy reaches into ours. There is no doubt that they are messy. Still it's easy to forgive the mess when you are bathed in a lavender glow at this time of year.
The garden is flourishing. That tomato plant is nearing the 5' mark! The squash is not far behind.
If you look at the top of the fence, you will see distinct wetness. That is from the heavy mist that comes from all the fog. Not only is it wetting the fence, but it's watering the garden too - helping us to save water.
The pumpkins and potatoes are doing quite well also.
Not all of the pumpkins that I transplanted have survived. At first I was more than a little sad over them. Now I can see that the ones left will need all the space. Who would of thought I could be outsmarted by pumpkin plants?
The only one not thriving under the cloud cover is Harper. Here she is waiting out the 'wet paw protocol.'
Even though we keep a towel by the door to dry her paws, they are never completely dry. We try to make her stay on the rug to avoid little puppy toe prints all over the hard floors. Just like a little kid she wants to test our mettle by sticking just one paw over the line. It would be easy to become a little miffed but that face just melts my heart.
Over the last week, I have been completely immersed in stitching the hexagon stars.

After I added the next 9 stars, I began putting together some of the partial stars and diamonds that will become the outer edges of the quilt. The finished width will be 56 1/2". I'm guessing that the finished length will be somewhere around 80". That will make for a very nice lap sized quilt. I couldn't be more thrilled with how it's coming together . . . . and to think that just a couple of months back, I was considering banishing it to the UFO pile!

49 comments:

Milah said...

Don't banish it to the UFO pile! That quilt is stunning!

Harper is acting like my grandson, just trying to see how much he can get away with.

Your vegetable bed looks good and that tree is beautiful.

Beth said...

Oh ya, those jacaranda trees are beautiful, but they are truly messy. We have a lot of them around our neighborhood too. I used to like popping them when I was a kid. Your quilt is beautiful Libby! You have so much patience putting that together!

Karen said...

The hexagon quilt is to die for! Well, not really die but you know what I mean.
I never knew jacaranda trees grew in the US. Certainly is pretty. Our neighbor two doors down also owns the house next door with their mama living it it. They don't want anything growing over the property line. And heaven forbid a few leaves fall on their lawn! Several of the neighbors, including us, now use a lawn service and they use the same. They haven't complained in a good while about leaves. Guess that's a good thing.

Robyn said...

Oh no, don't banish that!!
It is simply stunning!!!
Stunning!! I'm so glad I caught up to see what you're doing.
hugs
Robyn xx

PS I agree..the jacarandahs are gorgeous on the grey days.

Candace said...

OMG - abundance all around! From the looks of your garden right now, you should be able to have your own little "truck market"! Oh my- the hexagons are really coming to life, Libby!
Cheers!

Quilt Hollow said...

Wow, wow, wow...that is all I got! I agree with Milah...continue no UFO!!

Cathi said...

I'm so glad you didn't banish it. It looks absolutely stunning. I started a grandmother's flower garden years ago. I may have to rethink my decision to put it a way in the drawer. Not even sure where it is.

One of our wayward pumpkin plants turned out to be a watermelon plant. Who knew!

Gwendie said...

The quilt is looking even better! I love seeing your garden. Fresh from your own garden veggies are the best!

Carrie ~ said...

I am so glad you did not banish that quilt, it is just awesome, what size are the individual hexagons. Your garden is wonderful and the jacaranda tree is too.

julieQ said...

Oh,oh, oh! Your hexagons are wonderful. Your garden is growing up so well too, I love fresh squash.

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

WOW!!! Your star/hexagon quilt has really come along!!! I remember when you started that! LOL* Have we been blogging way too long? ;)

Vicki W said...

The quilt is stunning! I love seeing it in progress.

Janet said...

The garden is looking lush, I love Jacaranda trees for the colour. You are going like a train with the hexagons, keep it up and it'll be done in no time, it's looking truly amazing.

Rose Marie said...

I have long admired your hexagon quilt from the start .... but, my word, this is going to be stunning!

quiltmom said...

Spectacular, Libby, is the only way to describe your hexagon variation of the flower garden pattern- You have worked so hard on it and it has turned out stunning-
It makes me want to get out my cube quilt and begin working on it again. Perhaps when I am on summer break.
Thanks for sharing - Your trees are lovely too- and your garden luscious.
Things are beginning to sprout and grow here in Alberta. Spring has arrived very late here- It is nice to see things greening up again after winter brown and drab.
Have a lovely week.
Regards,
Anna

Julie Isa said...

Oh. my. gosh! I love that quilt. Really it is gorgeous!

May Britt said...

This is such a wonderful quilt and needs to be finished. Love it!!!!

quiltdolls said...

I live in san diego(clairemont). We had rain on saturday & el cajon & santee did not. WEIRD.
sun has been out a bit here. You are a great quilter .

enjoy your blog.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I'm so glad you came to your senses! Your hexagon quilt is AMAZING!

Love your garden. And your dog is too funny.

pamina said...

What a beauty !!!!

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, that weather is so good for your plants. Hi Harper you're so cute, very funny about that one paw there! The hexagons are beyond beautiful!!

ranette said...

Your hexagon stars quilt is truly one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. I just love it.
Thank you for sharing it with us.

Carole said...

The quilt is coming along nicely! Lovely garden! The weather here is cold for this time a year. We still have our heat on! cheers!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Those hex stars are more breathtaking than any constellation I have ever seen. Well done, BRAVO! Your plants are thriving, thanks to mother nature, I don't think I've ever seen one of those Jacaranda trees before. Harper totally cracks me up, love the defiance to "paw protocol"!

Chookyblue...... said...

one of my very favourite trees is the jacaranda tree.......I have lots in my garden.......

Stina said...

Love that tree.. :o) and your garden grows and thrive... lucky you!!!
And the hexagons...the hexagons!!!!! WOW!!!! :o)

AnnieO said...

We have lots of jacaranda trees here too, and I agree, they never look better than against a gray sky! Same with the mistiness, it is helping a lot, particularly since I am a baaaad waterer. Very glad your change of heart on that UFO has resulted in such an absolute stunner of a quilt. Can't wait to see continued progress. The garden looks great too!

Stephanie D. said...

I've never seen a jacaranda tree before--never even heard of it, actually--but it's gorgeous! Love that color!

And your quilt is looking so mosaic! I love that white round that makes the colors stand out so well.

When Tandi won't quit barking, we get out the squirt bottle. Usually that's enough to stop the barking, though occasionally we have to actually use it. She'll stop, but always mutters one last little "woof" under her breath. I have to work hard not to giggle at her.

Finn said...

Everything is looking good, the veggies, the sweetie Harper and especially your hexs! Awesome job on that one Libby!! Hugs, Finn

Judy said...

Yes, I agree that quilt is going to be stunning when finished...well it really is now too! But I'm almost as excited about seeing all that squash. I made a huge pot last night and can't wait until I can grow and pick my own!

gwen said...

The hexagon quilt is a joy to look at. I don´t mind you sharing a picture of it each post!
Soon I will try to compete with you on the vegetable plant ground. I was given a red pepper plant and I will try to look after it the best I can and share pictures too!
Take care.

May Kristin said...

Your hexagonquilt is absolutely stunning!

Lea said...

Wow, your hexagon quilt is coming along really good, it's stunning. :-)

jacaranda trees is absolutely beautiful with OUR gray sky. Although, today is a bit better day for the tourist to enjoy "Real S-Cali". :-)

Renee said...

wow - that quilt is amazing! I can't wait to see it all together

The Quilt Buddy said...

Oh Libby! How I miss the June gloom. At least it cools the weather down a little bit. Your garden is blooming nicely, just like your hexagon quilt! You should be done with it in no time at all.

Quilter Kathy said...

OH my goodness, that is stunning! Wow!
I love the photo of the puppy with his paw off the carpet...testing the limits, just like my teenagers!
I will post a photo off my plants soon so you can compare how amazing yours are!!

Rosemary said...

Libby, i am completely drooling over that quilt! LOL! Its fabulous!

paula, the quilter said...

O my. The quilt just keeps getting better every time I see it. Can you see the drool dripping down my chin? I finally got our garden in. It has been too wet and cold. Still is, but it dried out enuff to plant. The tomato plants are protected by Wall o Waters so they will do ok, everything else is subject to the chancy weather and hail.

yellowfarmhouse said...

WOW Libby that hexagon quilt is stunning. Boy I bet your glad you kept picking away at it.

Oh I understand the paw thing - nothing like a good light to see those little paw prints all over the wood floor, lol.

Love the tour around the yard - beautiful tree :). And I'm with you on enjoying a non-sunny day - there's always beauty around

Hugs - Karen

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the pics. of your trees and gardens - so pretty. And your quilt is looking fabulous!
Kris

Rachel said...

WOW! That quilt is spectacular! Wonderful colors and I love the pattern! Very nice work.

Guðrún said...

The tree is beautiful and your quilt is stunning. My floor is always covered in paw prints :)

Catherine said...

Wow! Your hexagon star quilt is absolutely stunning! You're making really quick progress, I think.

Nancy in MT said...

Absolutely stunning quilt, love the use of the black, don't know how you get so much done.

Darlene said...

Gotta love those jacaranda trees - beautiful blooms.

I love Harper! And, I see Greer peeking in the garden - she's been busy!

Oh, Libby your stars are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

dot said...

Just stunning

MARCIE said...

Oh Libby your hexagons make my heart throb! It is thrilling! Really! And your garden is amazing. Boy, it has taken off! And I love your comment about playing with your food! Ha! You crack me up!

Quilts And Pieces said...

OMG! It is so amazing! I"m just so in love with it!

Hanne said...

Hi Libby :-)
Your hexagon quilt is gorgeous !!