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WIP Wednesday & ALYofF June Goal

My June goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes is going to be the same as my May goal was… finish my Forest Friends quilt.

Raccoon, Owl, Squirrel quilt top and backing

May came and went so quickly that it slipped by without me even working on the quilt.

But as of today, it’s one step closer to being done.  This afternoon, I pieced the back of the quilt.

The pieced back for my Forest Friends quilt

I’m actually quite pleased with how well I was able to match the print when I joined the pieces.  I’ll show you how I went about doing that in another post.

For non-quilty works in progress, I thought I’d show you a little experiment I’m trying.  Some of the other gardeners who have plots over at the community garden have mentioned that they put fencing around their plots to keep out critters that like to graze on the newly sprouted veggies.  So I decided to start some things here at home in flats to be transplanted once we have a chance to get our 2 plots set up with temporary fencing.

Swiss chard and beets seedlings
The swiss chard (on the left) germinated much better than the beets did. I’ll have to reseed the beets in the next couple of days.

I’ve always direct seeded swiss chard and beets.  It will be interesting to see how they fair when we transplant them.

A couple of weeks ago, one of the vendors at the farmers’ market had a bunch of heirloom tomato plants for sale.  This Broad Ripple Yellow Currant was only 6 inches tall when I brought it home.

Broad Ripple Yellow Currant Tomato

It sure has grown since then!   In a month or so it should be producing lots of mini tomatoes for salads and snacking on.  It’s an indeterminate variety that will continue to grow and produce until killed by frost so we might even get enough for me to dehydrate some later in the season.

And now something just because they’re pretty.  This morning when I went out to water the plants, it seems the peonies had blossomed over night.

Peonies before staking

They were badly in need of staking…

Peonies after being staked.

They smell heavenly!

Pink Peonies



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  • Angie
    June 17, 2015 6:47 am

    Beautiful flowers and that quilt…..simply stunning!

  • Sandy Panagos
    June 15, 2015 9:25 pm

    You did a great job matching up that print. Can’t tell it’s pieced at al! Your quilt is really adorable. Good luck on making your goal this month!

  • Sherry
    June 9, 2015 11:17 pm

    I have the forest friends pattern and hope to get it started soon. Yours looks great and I hope you are able to complete it in June. I love peonies, and noticed that mine could use a little attention, they are beautiful but droop when they flower.

  • Kate
    June 7, 2015 1:31 pm

    I really like your forest friends. I like the bright backing, too job of pattern matching.

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    June 5, 2015 9:49 am

    Yay! on adding to that quilt, it will be finished before you know it. Good luck with the veg growing, my husband is the gardener in the family I just tell him what I want him to grow 🙂

  • Carrie Ottmers Wikander
    June 5, 2015 9:31 am

    I love the fabric you’re using for the quilt edge/background – it’s perfect! And boy am I jealous of those peonies – can’t grow them in my neck of the woods, unfortunately. Beautiful!

  • Christine B.
    June 5, 2015 7:25 am

    Hello Sue…. Loved seeing some photographs of your garden and I just love your peonies… they are my very favourite flowers. Your Forest Friends quilt is lovely and I am looking forward to seeing it finished! 🙂 x

  • Susan
    June 4, 2015 8:20 pm

    Wonderful plants! The beets look okay to me. Maybe they just take longer? I love your tomato plant, and heirloom! You can grow more next year, if you really like the tomatoes.

  • Mary Anne
    June 4, 2015 5:35 pm

    Loved seeing the peonies – especially that last photo. Beautiful!

  • Rachel
    June 4, 2015 1:49 pm

    Those peonies ate glorious!

  • Laurel
    June 4, 2015 1:47 pm

    The quilt is adorable! I can’t see the join in your backing fabric either.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who pushes a project from one month to the next 😉

  • Mary
    June 4, 2015 8:21 am

    I love peonies and yours look gorgeous. You are off to a great start with the seedlings too. It won’t be long before everything is in full swing in the garden.

  • Lorinda Davis
    June 4, 2015 1:36 am

    I can’t even see where the backing fabric joins…. you matched it up very well!

  • Doris McCarty
    June 4, 2015 12:37 am

    I have peonies too. I think they are lovely.

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