Saturday, July 12, 2008


I have made a new rule. If the fabric comes out of the scrap pile, what I do with it doesn't count as a new project. I felt like using red, black and white to make up some of these little postage stamp baskets. I don't think I'll make a ton of these, but I like their cheerfulness.

Yes, I have a lot of UFOs. I don't count them, but I'm working on quilting some of my finished tops. So far I've finished two:
This one was made a while ago out of some Christmas scraps. That's Louie in the foreground, checking things out.
This bright windmill quilt is larger, about 70 x 80, and is a gift for one of my nieces. I've got another quilt in a similar color scheme for her sister ready to be pin based.

The clothesline is a new addition. I like line-dried linens, especially sheets, and I really like making use of the warm weather instead of running the dryer. I haven't had a clothesline for many many years, but I bought this one at the hardware store and it had good directions on how to install the cement-lined hole in the ground that holds it up. When I'm not using the clothesline I can fold it up like an umbrella and put it in the garage.

Since I was in the yard I took some photos of my postage stamp garden.

There's a lot growing in my tiny space.I've been harvesting lettuce, strawberries and cilantro for weeks. See that stray California poppy trying to hide among the lettuce?

My first zucchini.
And the roses are particularly gorgeous.


Allison Ann Aller said...

You CAN grow a lot in a small space!
Love that pinwheel quilt with the black and white squares in the borders. Just totally energetic and cheerful...

Vicki W said...

I have been wanting to do those basket blocks for a long time but couldn't bring myself to applique the handles. You've used my favorite trim - brilliant!

rianammerman said...

I have no UFOs. Just WIPs. And if I don't finish them that's okay too. It's the journey, not the destination.

Love those little baskets.

Debra said...

I've had basket blocks on the brain all week! Yours are very cheerful and cute.

Luckily that you can install a clothesline. It's against the homeowners association rules here.

Deb H said...

I like the postage stamp theme you had going there. The quilts are lovely.

Your garden & backyard clothesline make me long for a Michigan summer. I loved hanging things out to dry. It's a very Zen feeling activity. & they always smell so nice afterwards.

I long to plant a garden again, but we haven't had a good summer for it anyway. Oh well, maybe next year.

Granny Fran said...

Right now I'm wishing my garden was as small, neat, and attractive as yours. Gardens have a hard time dealing with their caretakers poor health. I like the mix of flowers and veggies.