The Star of the Garden This Week

Coral Peonies, Gardening, Minnesota

I thought Spring would never arrive this year,  but now that it’s here–it is glorious!

Coral Peonies, Gardening, Minnesota

There are many stars in the garden this week, but if I had to chose only one…

Coral Peonies, Gardening, Minnesota

The prize would go to this coral peony.  I planted it last year, and didn’t know what to expect.  The plant is still small, with only two blooms…

Coral Peonies, Gardening, Minnesota

In the sunlight, the petals are watermelon-colored.  (Perhaps that’s why the bees like it, too!)

Coral Peonies, Gardening, Minnesota

The blue-ribbon in the garden this week goes to: Paeonia Coral Charm!

Coral Peonies, Gardening, Minnesota

Float My Boat–A Work in Progress

Sailboat Quilt

I had a little time to experiment yesterday and just started “playing” with the simple shapes from yesterday’s sailboat tutorial.  See the  Sailboat free motion quilting tutorial HERE.

While I did iron the fabric, I didn’t bother with a ruler or rotary cutter…I just worked free hand.  I used a glue stick to quickly adhere the shapes to the background.

Sailboat Quilt

I was in a hurry to sit down and do a little stitching…

Sailboat Quilt

I stitched the sailboat–just like the free motion quilted tutorial…

Sailboat Quilt

Sailboat Quilt

I stitched around the raw edges of each shape and background and then added more free motion quilting.

Sailboat Quilt

I think I will use this “etude” as the basis of a larger quilt…

Sailboat Quilt

And if I’m very ambitious, I just might bind this little quilt…

Sailboat Quilt