The Star of the Garden This Week

Daisies, Photography, Garden

There is a clear star in our garden this week:  The Alaskan Daisy.

Daisies, Photography, Garden

We planted a few daisies several years ago, and last year we split and moved them to a different area in the garden.

Daisies, Photography, Garden

Apparently, they are  very happy in their new home because they are flourishing!

Daisies, Photography, Garden

I love daisies.  I prefer them even to roses.  (My grandmother would be so disappointed.  She loved roses…in fact her name was Rose.)

Daisies, Photography, Garden

At least I inherited her love of flowers! (and for quilting.)

What’s the star of your garden this week?

The Real Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle

For all the Downton Abbey fans out there (and who isn’t?)…I found a book that will help tide you over until the series resumes (or at least until The Royal Baby arrives!)

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey is the true story of Almina, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Alfred de Rothschild who married the Earl of Carnarvon and lived in Highclere Castle-his ancestral home.  Their family is the the inspiration for Julian Fellowe’s Downton Abbey series.  Lady Almina was a remarkable woman and her story is fascinating…The Earl is famous for his travels and exploration of Egypt–and for finding King Tut’s tomb.   While the photos aren’t as satisfying as the movie settings and costumes, the real Lady and Earl are far more interesting than their fictional counterparts.  A must read for summer!

PS…I predict the Royal Baby will be a girl named Charlotte...

PSS...Downton Abbey doesn’t return until January 5, 2014!

Works in Progress–Setting Priorities

Free Motion Quilting, Flowers, Sulky, Bernina

I have so many “Works in Progress” right now that I can’t count them all!  I have always worked that way…I almost never work on a project from start to finish without interruption.

Free Motion Quilting, Flowers, Sulky, Bernina

I am usually very enthusiastic at the beginning of a project and then I find my interest wanes somewhere in the middle.  Often I lose interest because the project isn’t working out the way I’d planned, or I run into some technical difficulty.   Sometimes I just don’t know what I want to do–too many options and I need to give the project time to incubate.  I often get waylaid with a new idea altogether.  New idea–new fabric-maybe a new ruler–quilt shop hopping?  Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Free Motion Quilting, Flowers, Sulky, Bernina

I wish I had a Minion or two to help me in my sewing room—(I’d have them binding quilts–a task I hate!)

Free Motion Quilting, Flowers, Sulky, Bernina

Usually I circle back around on the projects that are the best and deserve my attention, though sometimes it is years later.

Free Motion Quilting, Flowers, Sulky, Bernina

My sister does a regular inventory of her quilts and asks herself this question:  “Which quilts would I be sad if I never had the chance to finish?”

Free Motion Quilting, Flowers, Sulky, Bernina

I think it’s time to clean my sewing room and ask myself that question.

Free Motion Quilting, Flowers, Sulky, Bernina

What about you?  How do you work through a project—start to finish or with many stops and starts?  Are there any quilts in your closet that you would be sad about if you didn’t finish?