Gardening by Day; Quilting by Night

After a long, especially cold and lingering winter, spring is finally fully here in midcoast Maine. Those first days of warm sun, cool (not frigid and biting) breeze, and sprouting green are precious days. I didn’t know it my first year here, but I know it now. The blackflies won’t be long.

Spring Magnolia

The past few days have been supurb: sunny, warm-even borderline hot, and too early for blackflies. Needless to say, I have been spending every daylight moment out in the garden, playing in the yard, or admiring the flowers with my kids. I know that once the blackflies arrive, we we hide indoors or only go out with long pants and a full head & arms bug net. The blackflies will subside, but for a good solid month, they are a wicked scourge. Swarming clouds of annoying and biting bitties. When my husband and I decided to move from New Jersey back to his home state of Maine, no one had told me about the blackflies. Some days I joke that if someone had told me about the blackflies, I never would have moved here… but I know I’m joking. I love it here in rural Maine.

Days spent in the garden makes for a tired momma, but I can’t help but sew once the sun sets and the kids are asleep.  I’m making slow progress on my Star Crazy quilt, and I like it more and more as blocks get added.

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Before beginning this quilt, I was thinking of adding grays into the low volume sides, to have some of the light stars be grey instead of just low volume. I think now I’ve decided to keep grays out of it, and just stick with the black and white stars.

Star Crazy progress

Star Crazy progress

These blocks are a combination of my favorite colors, AND of fabrics from some of my favorite designers and fabric lines. Seeing Botanics next to Wee Wander next to Architextures, framed by Perfectly Perched and Zen Chic makes me tremendously happy!

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While my sewing progress has been slowed by this gorgeous weather, I feel like I am spending my days the right way. Family, garden, and those first days of spring are SO refreshing and key to a joyous life.

Here are a few more shots of spring from around my homestead, for those of you who find inspiration as I do, from nature.

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Happy rows of garlic in our garden.
onion seedlings
Yesterday I planted about 120 onion seedlings that I had started indoors in early March. I inadvertently planted them in more of a chevron pattern than straight rows! Quilting meets gardening.
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Hopeful that these little onion seedlings get big and strong and heavy beneath the surface.

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Fiddleheads coming up in the woods behind our house. Nature is so gorgeous!
A large patch of our lawn is covered in these flowers every spring. Picnics galore!

Happy spring!

Since it’s Wednesday, I’m linking up to Work in Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday

17 thoughts on “Gardening by Day; Quilting by Night”

  1. Thanks for the pictures in your garden. I live in Ontario and I’m finally seeing flowers after a long, cold winter. I’ve been to Maine twice and I loved it.

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  2. Awesome garden photos, spring is almost over here in Texas, we’ll have 90 degree weather in a week or so.

    Is your quilt blocks paper pieced? I think they are very cool and would like to add them to my wish list of things to do.

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    1. Hi Shauna! 90 degrees!~ wowza. Here in Maine, we’re in t-shirts as soon as it hits 60!

      The quilt block is not paper pieced. It’s a 6.5″x6.5″ block of three strips (each 2.5″x6.5″ before being sewn together), with a 4.5″ square sewn to opposite corners. The pattern is called Star Crazy by Chloe Anderson and Colleen Reale of Toadusew. I found it in an Oct 2011 Simple Quilts & Sewing magazine that a lady at church gave me. She gave me about 100 old quilting magazines, which means I’m attempting to make old patterns “modern”. I haven’t been able to find the pattern online yet, but perhaps once the Toadusew site is back up you will be able to find it. It’s quite a simple pattern, but I think it allows lots of room for color play!

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  3. Hi Kitty from Exeter, NH! I LOVE your star crazy quilt; fabric choices are unexpected and wonderful. I am also a big gardener – this is my favorite time of year. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too. Looks like we’re both doing the new bloggers group and the supernova swap. I also have two and four year olds. 🙂

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  4. Hi Kitty from Exeter, NH! I LOVE your star crazy quilt; fabric choices are unexpected and wonderful. I am also a big gardener – this is my favorite time of year. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too. Looks like we’re both doing the new bloggers group and the supernova swap. I also have two and four year olds. 🙂

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  5. I really like the fabrics and colors of the quilt you working on. Great block and I see you’ve already answered my question of where/what it is. Thanks. Enjoyed your garden too.

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  6. Hello Kitty….. I am so in love with the quilt, and the fiddlehead ferns. I want to come to Maine so badly and see your garden in person. But not during blackfly season. I’ve never heard of that!! They’re a well-kept Maine secret. Here in Texas we have noseeums. They are tiny little gnats that bite. All the time. So annoying. Star Crazy is gorgeous!!

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  7. I’m so envious of your spring – here in Australia we’re in Autumn and while I love the autumnal colours I’m bracing for a long cold winter. I do so adore Spring.

    I’ve never seen the crazy star block before and this is just amazing. I love the colour combination and the fabric selection. It’s just wonderful. Wonderful!

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