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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Lots of Landscaping and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday and happy spring, y'all!  I know I've probably mentioned how much I love working in my yard, but in case you don't already know- at my house, I am the grass-cutter, the leaf-raker, and the flower planter.  My husband is wonderful and is almost always working alongside me, especially with jobs that are too big for me to handle alone.  I prefer yard work over the gym, so I insist on doing as much as possible without his help so I can skip my evening workout.  I love yard work so much that I even help my friends with theirs, lol!

The spring weather makes it easy to be outside, and since I returned from North Carolina, we have been hard at work adding a HUGE flower bed along our back fence.

I have two large oak trees in my backyard, and this area only gets sunshine in the morning.  Over the past four years, the sod that was laid there has gotten more and more sparse.  So, I decided to turn the area into a big, beautiful flower bed.  I've planted several types of hydrangeas, some azaleas, and a camellia in the bed, with a few hostas in the deep shade area just under the biggest oak tree.  All of these plants love morning sun and need protection during the hottest part of the day, which the fence and trees will provide perfectly.  The plants are just babies now, but they'll fill up this bed in just a couple of good growing seasons.

And I can't stop staring at my redbud tree in full bloom.  The small pink flowers make the branches look like they're coated in cotton candy (and yes, they smell wonderfully fragrant).  I won't bombard you with photos since you're here for the quilting, but we also added another small flower bed on the side of our house, and had to plant some new things in the front that never quite bounced back from the arctic blast two winters ago.  Needless to say, I've been super busy (and dirty) this week.

Instead of sewing, our days have been filled with tilling, dirt, SO much mulch, and several trips to my favorite nursery.  And in the moments that I haven't been digging in the ground, I've been reading on my back patio, just to be surrounded by all of it.  Quilting will wait.

So, let's check out some of my favorite links from last week.  I love this sweet quilt top from Anne-Marie at Stories From the Sewing Room-

This blue beauty is from Melva Loves Scraps-

And Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting linked up this lovely quilt-

Alrighty friends!  Let's link up!

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  1. You'd never bother this girl with lots of flowerbed and redbud tree (LOVE! I have one in my front yard, 4 years old now, and cannot wait for it to bloom again) photos. I've had the pleasure of sitting on our deck and reading a few days this month too, though not this week as the north wind doth blow down, brrr, and it's a gale!

  2. I love redbud trees, we have the western type here. Beautiful quilts. It has been awhile since I linked up. Thanks so much for hosting.


  3. Can you ever go wrong with a pink and green quilt? It was certainly my mother's favourite colour palette, and it is one of mine! Maybe its why I love blossom so much!

  4. Your flowerbeds sound lovely! There is nothing prettier than the first blooms of spring. I want to get several redbud trees to plant along the edge of our woods. I think they'll be so pretty peeking out of the trees. Happy stitching!

  5. Ah shoot! I finally posted a picture of a finished quilt (with no extraneous information about books I've read), and the linky closed. Oh well. That's my life these days... running a bit behind on everything that needs doing. The efforts you've made in your yard work are very impressive! That backyard garden definitely looks like a lot of work, but I can imagine the rewards when you get to sit out there and admire the greenery and color along the fence line. Your redbud tree is lovely, and make me miss living in the Midwest. Do you have a lilacs too? Those are what I miss most from Iowa, and are impossible to grow here in Florida. Continue to enjoy being outdoors! I admire you for doing that. Though my heart wants to do the same, I seldom manage to eek out time for planting/growing pretty blooms when my sewing room is always beckoning.

  6. Great job on your garden!!! Smart planting. We just had our first big snowstorm of the season here in Minnesota, and it's spring! Thanks for featuring my Dina quilt!! I have another Dina quilt to share on the next NTT.


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