Friday, June 12, 2015

A garden surprise and a few new fabrics

June is moving merrily along and summer will be here before we know it, in fact this June Solstice in Ocala, Florida, is on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM EDT, weatherwise it has felt like summer since last week.

We had a few glorious days with afternoon thunderstorms at times bringing a torrential down pour, but the last few days the humidity has been hanging in the air like a heavy veil and those dark gray clouds have passed by holding onto those raindrops like an old miser hoarding coins. SIGH.

It makes for a miserable morning walk when the air is so heavy I feel as if I'm gasping for air, not to mention three minutes out the door your clothes stick you. Today the air was stiffling so I took my walking into the gym and the dreaded treadmill, dreaded because I get very disoriented when I step off, but my knees ache so pedaling the stationery bike was not an option.

I did some light garden work a few evenings this week, mainly pulling weeds and picking up debris after the rains, a big surprise for me last week I noticed my yellow mums have rebloomed, this was a
nice surprise last month when I was cleaning out dead plants from pots and noticed a few yellow flowers had bloomed so I left the plant in the pot after watering my plants, then daily rain so I didn't need to water until a few days ago and wow I was thrilled.

Over the next few weeks I will be planning what to put in my Autumn garden.  I don't regret not planting this Spring but I did miss the planning and planting, but after two months battling illness and nuisance ailments that had me at times flat on my back for days I wouldn't have been able to give the plants the care they needed, so my garden budget went into fabrics, floss and other fibers so I can stitch a garden.

Waverly Inspirations blue colorway
Lecein Flower Sugar
Friday Bundle Batch from
I love the blues from Fort Worth Fabric Studio, every Friday a new batch of fat quarters is listed, there is a limited supply so I check the site early to take advantage of the special pricing.  Half yard bundles are also available.
I placed an order earlier this month with Connecting Threads to purchase some 2.5" strips and silk batting.
The strips are Lined Dried, Batik Paradise Oceanic and 2 packs of Spring Samplers, one for me and one donated for this project on facebook.
The project was listed in June's Florida Quilt Network newsletter and I thought it was a wonderful endeavor this young woman has taken on.


  1. What lovely fabrics and I know you are going to enjoy creating with them.

    Summer is here that's for sure and the humidity AWFUL. I am so thankful for air-conditioning.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  2. Ooh yes I am familiar with the summer solstice as it just happens to be my birthday! And here in UK it is also Father's Day this year! How awesome!!
    Your surprise flower find in your garden is beautiful, really bright happy colour too :)
    Oooooh lovely fabrics you have chosen, liking the colours too :) looking forward to seeing what you create. I love starting something new, it's just so exciting :)
    Smiles :)

  3. What a lovely mum you have! I just read back a few and notice you are in Ocala, FL - me too! I'm in the SW area. Hope your AC is working..... I try to stay inside most of the day as this FL heat is way too much for me. Hope all is well with you and you had a great birthday.