Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Spring CQ...More Greenery

Work on the green arcs continues apace....

Today I added some thorn stitches into my green arc sections of the quilt.

I just love this stitch.

Here is the upper left arc. You can see I stitched the rather blobby-looking lace applique leaves on there too.

Here is the upper right arc.

There are a ton of buds in my flower garden....just when I should be finished filling in the green arcs, I can be running out there to get inspired by all the new blooms for the inner, warm-colored section of this quilt.
White flowers will go on last, in the center...they are going to be the last to bloom, too.
I always knew gardening and crazy quilting had a synergistic relationship in my life!

I will start with blooms from the alium family...these chives are flowering, and my giant alium is about to pop open.
Isn't that little row of spinach and broccoli so cute? I decided to add a little French potager influence to my perennial garden this year, planting lots of herbs, tomatoes, leeks, broccoli, spinach, garlic, shallots, and lettuce in with my roses and other flowers. It is fun to experiment!
I don't think I will be putting any vegetables into this quilt, though.

I have that tomato CQ brewing for late summer...I can sneak the veggies in there... ;-)

13 comments :

Sue said...

This quilt is becoming utterly delicious, even without the veg! Stunning work, it is.

Barbara C said...

I love leaf motifs and so your work is really a joy for me to look at. The movement of the sprays is really beautiful.

That said, the idea of a veggie CQ is brilliant. You will need some basil leaves to go with your tomatos.

Marg in Calgaryq said...

Allie,

Looking at your garden, and then at your CQ work...I can tell where you get your inspiration! Both are simply lovely!

Jane said...

Very, very pretty Allie!
I am so jealous of your garden photograghs. We have barely any foilage yet on the trees, a cold damp spring here. Thanks for sharing yours with me!

Plays with Needles said...

I like the blobby-looking leaves. And would vote for more thorns since they look great and tend to grow fairly profusely and you love to stitch them so much. It's beginning to look very lush, just like your homestead...

belvedere beads said...

i absolutely love watching your quilts progress - it's almost like watching a romance blossom before your eyes.

colorbox said...

Synergy: a divine moment. The edible/floral combination is such a fun way to garden...no sense in limiting your palet of colors and textures :) And you have the perfect place for it.

I used kale, clover and tulips as winter filler around the apartments. Need to do more this coming year... one can never have enough fresh produce and beautiful flowers :)

Quiltnbee said...

Allie, both your gardens are lovely! Watching the progress on this CQ (all of them actually) is so much fun...Thanks!

Pat said...

As a person who LOVES leaves and has no real talent at growing living things....putting them on my quilts and embroideries has become one of my most ardent passions. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at your cq leaves this evening...thanks for sharing. Pat at birdnestontheground

Possibilities, Etc. said...

You are feeding my soul with all these gorgeous leaves - I'm a leaf freak myself. Texas is already scorched, so these are refreshing. I hope you will save and print out that garden picture -it looks like a crazy quilt itself!

JoWynn Johns said...

Seeing how all the leaves work, together and with the fabrics is a wonder. Very satisfying.

But I covet your potager garden! If we weren't a continent apart, I'd be cooking you scrumptious veggie meals.

Rian said...

Love the idea of a veggie quilt! A novel concept. But this Spring CQ is capturing my fancy. Delightful!

Judy S. said...

Your quilt is progressing beautifull, Allie, and so is your garden. I can't believe how much farther along your garden is...you aren't that much farther south, but evidentally yours temps must be warmer.

Happy Growing and Sewing!