Friday, June 9, 2017

Butterfly garden


May was busy with multiple end of year concerts for both kids (choir, band, band and choir combined, another choir performance...), high school graduation party and actual graduation ceremony on different weekends, a lovely visit with my parents, and trying to get the garden into shape for summer after a very wet and cold spring.  It didn't leave much time and dare I say it, energy, for quilting.  

I eased myself back into the sewing room on a rainy day last weekend by catching up on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. The green one for May was not made in May, but it's done!

Green RSC butterfly block (May)

In the middle of the week I tackled a quilt backing that should have been quick to make but wasn't. and I'll write about that whole debacle another time. Today I made the yellow one for June and the creative juices are starting to flow again.  Yay!

Yellow RS butterfly block (June)

Thanks to Sandra of mmm!quilts for the inspiration for the photo shoot.  I was feeling rather blah about my blocks shot on the design wall when I saw her recent Instagram post of three quilt blocks draped over a flowering basket.  It's a gorgeous day outside, the garden is looking half decent, though not quite in full bloom yet, and I had a helper available to stand just so as needed to shade the blocks so the sun wouldn't wash them out.  That poor little yellow butterfly isn't washed out by the sun.  It turned out most of my yellow scraps were rather soft yellows.  I may make another before I put the quilt together at the end of the year.  I'll wait and see how everything looks together.

While I was at it, I snapped new pictures of the previous blocks too.


Red RSC butterfly block (March)


Those tipsy pots are just starting to fill up a bit.  I'll have to take another butterfly picture once those impatiens grow more and fill the pots with white blooms.

Aqua RSC butterfly block (February)
Purple RSC butterfly block (January)

Now that I've been playing with color again, I have lots of ideas percolating. However, the bird quilt and the Canada quilt both need to be quilted first.  It will be very hot this weekend, so maybe I'll hunker down in the cool sewing room and make progress on those.  I really want to get to those other ideas!  There is a Grunge rainbow and some Tula Pink in my sewing future (though not together!)

Now I'll leave you with one last picture, because 1) I'm a proud mom and 2) he asked if I have bragged yet.  Here's my bragging:  he has graduated, heads off to university in the fall with a scholarship, just started his first paying job, earned his Eagle Scout rank...My baby's all grown up!  Beam!



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21 comments:

  1. Yep that's a huge milestone, and congrats to your son and to you for a good job! Ha, I took a quick break from my green (ya, not done in May either) migrating geese to check on a couple blogs and here you've mentioned moi! Glad I could inspire a photo shoot! I have been enamoured with your butterflies from #1--each still gets an intake of breath and a wow! from me. I cut my first yellow triangle for the yellow migrating geese row and guess what? It's soft yellow! A 'cracked ice' fabric scrap that's oh probably nigh on 20 years old but one I love. Sounds like your weather is identical to ours, cold and wet spring, starting tomorrow heading to 90s...

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  2. You have good reason to brag about that young man!
    How fun to see your rainbow butterfly blocks photographed in their natural habitat. : )

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  3. All your colorful butterflies are beautiful! No wonder you are a proud mom! You certainly should be proud of your son who has so many accomplishments, and he's a very handsome young man too! Congratulations to him! ---"Love"

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  4. Glorious post, with the proud moments of your son and the re-flowing of your creative juices... I love how all your butterflies are different, and I especially love the yellow one :-)

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  5. First off - Big congrats to your son on his accomplishments and his parents for raising a well rounded adult! Love the outside photo shoot and your blocks are just gorgeous. I think I have to make some next year!

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  6. Beautiful butterflies. And very handsome young man

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  7. Lovely butterflies :-) And your grown up baby is certainly worth bragging about. Awesome accomplishments already! He is making a fine, young man of himself. God is blessing all of you!

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  8. Awwww! I love that he asked if you bragged yet! Congrats!

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  9. Congratulations on parenting such a fine young man! He's very accomplished at such a young age. And your butterfly blocks really look super out with the flowers :)

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  10. Love the butterflies. And huzzah! how exciting for graduation and a scholarship.

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  11. Wonderful blocks, wonderful photos and congrats!!

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  12. Your butterflies are gorgeous! And congrats to type Eagle Scout, college bound graduate!

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  13. Your butterflies look even better in their *natural habitat*. Congratulations to your son on his achievements; you have to be proud of.

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  14. I like how you have made the butterflies. Are they all different designs. I see some have half square triangles and is there one like a log cabin. Are you following a pattern.

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  15. You should be proud and he is worth bragging on! Congratulations to you both.

    By the way.............love all of your butterflies in your garden photographs!

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  16. Great shots of the butterflies! And I know the struggle of limited yellows...why do we have so few yellows? I feel like I use yellow a lot. Maybe I don't use it as much as I thought? I'm glad to hear you're headed back to the sewing room, but heard stories of predicted weather in your area (family reunion this weekend, and 2 aunts and an uncle came from Iowa!), so if you have a cool space, go there! (I understand it's headed my way soon, thougj...bleh!) Congrats to your son. So many big things he's done this year - and more to come! You deserve to be proud and brag a bit.

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  17. LOVE those garden shots of your RSC Butterfly in YELLOW (and all the other colors, too!!) Congrats to the graduate (as well as the proud Mom!!)

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  18. Yard pictures of blocks are a great idea that I think I'll try. Congratulations to the graduate - a great milestone and best wishes for future accomplishments!

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  19. Those beautiful butterflies are pretty ambitious! You've done such a good job keeping up with RSC, and making each one different. Together, they are going to make a gorgeous quilt! Great photo shoot. I love all of your plants, too!

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  20. Congratulations to your son, so much to be proud of. I have an Eagle, too, but he will be 35 this year. Where does the time go! Love the garden photos of all of your gorgeous butterflies!

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  21. Pretty Butterflies! And I love the garden shots!

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