I will have several patterns for my quilt designs at the upcoming Charlotte Quilters’ Guild Show this weekend. Tartan Town, below, is currently my most popular. Copyright Ellen Guerrant.
The house image is one of my favorites, and I’ve made several quilts using this motif. Below, is Happy Houses. This pattern will also be available at the show. Copyright Ellen Guerrant.
Make plans to attend the 40th anniversary, “Down Memory Lane” quilt show of the Charlotte Quilters’ Guild March 10 and 11, 9-4. Union County Agricultural and Cultural Center, 3230 Presson Drive, Monroe NC 28112. Show sponsors: Creative Sew and Vacuum; Elaine’s Attic; Featherweight Poppy; Martelli Enterprises; Sew Much Fun! and The Long Arm Network. I’ll be vending (Occasional Threads – look for my balloon!) along with Bear Hug Quiltworks; Deb Karasik; Dragonfly Quilt Shop; Loving Stitches; Pineapple Fabrics; Quilt Patch Fabrics; Shakerwood Woolens; Susan Edmonson Designs; The Quilter’s Gallery; Threads Run Through It; Threadsketched; Wood Quilt Blocks and Working Hands. Hope to see you there!
My booth will feature vintage quilt tops, table cloths, feed sacks and linens, my quilt patterns, hand-dyed fabrics, vintage buttons, hand-made items, vintage aprons, some class samples and hopefully kits (if they get back from the printer in time). Please stop by to see me and the other great vendors, as well as over 180 amazing quilts. There is a judged show as well as several “best of” quilts from years past. Look for my balloon!
The grass was wet and the cicadas loud in our garden this morning. But the light was perfect. September is definitely in the air.
A rain fell last night, leaving tiny droplets everywhere. Cobwebs, catching mostly leaves, glistened. The colors of the flowers and and foliage were more intense in the early morning light. I lingered in the garden knowing fall will soon be upon us. I want to hold on to summer for just a while longer.
Our garden has been so rewarding this spring. Following a chilly and wet April, we’re finally seeing the payoff of the perennials. The lilies of the valley, Virginia bluebells, mayapples (planted in memory of my father who loved them), bloodroot, trillium, daffodils and hyacinths made a spectacular show, followed by glorious azaleas. The newest of our baptisia (second photo) are blooming as is our lone peony bush. I think I planted it at least 15 years ago. It never did well, producing perhaps one bloom each spring. But DH moved it closer to the front of the bed, giving it a sunny spot. Oh my, what a difference! The plant is healthy, huge and laden with blooms. I picked several this afternoon, following a brief but intense thunder storm. The pale pink blossoms were heavy with rain and touching the ground. After a brief rinse in the sink to remove specks of dirt, they were good as new. Our house is perfumed now with their scent. Lovely.
My biggest surprise has been the mallow plant (last photo). Its blossom looks like a miniature hollyhock. When I planted it last year, it was 6″ high. It stayed green all winter and is now as tall as I am and covered with blossoms. It is lovely, but much too close to an azalea bush. Who knew it would turn into a mallow of the giant bean stalk variety? The knock-out roses are outstanding. We have seven so far: two red, two yellow, one white and two pink. If you haven’t grown this variety, plant some this year. They need full sun and will bloom from early spring until December with no more care than dead-heading.
Gerbera daisies are blooming, while the yellow and white Becky daisy plants, which my late aunt Esther always referred to as Marguerites, are covered with buds. Black and blue salvia has spread to provide a massive show, while the irises are now gone. The window boxes are planted along with the deck pots. We have to plant the new hosta bed, if the ground ever dries out. I’ll throw a few zinnia and nasturtium seeds in the ground once the soil is warm, and fill in other areas with annuals and more phlox.
DH’s vegetable garden looks fantastic. He has been working what was once hard Carolina clay for all our years here, and has turned it into a rich, loamy soil. A soil test by the NC Dept. of Agriculture certified our garden soil to be 99% organic. The addition of an entire compost pile ’tilled into the garden each spring has made a great difference. And, we use no pesticides.
Despite an early loss of all our spinach to rabbits, the protected second batch is beautiful. I think it’s time to add a fence!
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
How does your garden grow?