Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gridster Bee Block

Since I am the bee queen in our Gridster Bee this month, I have had time to work on next month's block for Carol (IG carolanngillen).  She has such a fun block for July - all things patriotic.



My Temperature Quilt 2017 geese have been pretty boring this month.  We live in an area designated as a "microclimate" so we have not experienced the high heat that much of the West has been enduring.  Our warmest day only reached 87* so no reds so far this month.



I promised some better photos of my Row by Row quilt.  I am so pleased with the great job that everyone did on their row.  It's a big quilt at 72x88"






The family all gathered on Sunday to celebrate Father's Day.  We had a delightful BBQ, but I never even took the camera out for photos.  The memories will remain in a photo album in my mind.  Our children gave DH a Sous Vide Cooker.  It sounds very interesting.  We had a steak done that way an it was amazing.  Has anyone used one before?  If so, what did you cook with it?  Recipes????

I watched these little cuties the other day and they had fun going through the girl's hair adornment box. 



Much of my time has been spent in the garden these days so will finish off with some photos from a stroll around the yard this morning.

Mandavilla poppy that is on a trellis going up the patio.


Plumerias just starting to bloom

Plumeria in red

Red Hibiscus


Yellow hibiscus

Pink hibiscus

Bee in the center of the hollyhock

One of my pineapple plants started from the cutting the top off of a store bought pineapple.  I am hoping to see a pineapple start on it soon. 

We had a great time with Bonnie Hunter at our quilt guild meeting last week.  He trunk show was so inspiring.  The backs of her quilts are as exciting as the fronts.  This is one of her backs.



The front.

LOVED this yellow and blue.

This is her hexie quilt that she has often blogged about.
Of course there were lots of En Provence finishes by guild members.  I found this one gorgeous with the extra border to make it king sized.




Fun to see so many together. 
Happy summer!

24 comments:

Mia said...

Gorgeous quilts, lovely flowers!

Kate said...

Your flowers are so beautiful!!! I really like your July block. :)

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your bee block is cute. I love your row quilt. And as always your flowers are gorgeous.

Ramona said...

Your July block is wonderful! And your flowers are gorgeous. Your garden must be like a botanical garden. So,glad you had a nice Fathers Day BBQ with your family.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I love all of the Hibiscus blooms. They aren't hardy here so I have to settle for the smaller flower Rose of Sharon.

Goofin' Off Around the Block said...

I love the smell of plumeria! My younger sister and I were having a late-night conversation last night, and she mentioned how much she missed the smell of plumeria. She went to all the flower shops in her area around graduation time hoping someone would have them so she could have a few gratuitous sniffs. Unfortunately, none of the shops had them. I really love the colors and design of your row by row. The quilt is quite phenomenal and would look great in my house. My next quilt will most likely be in that same color palette. --Andrea

Raewyn said...

It's nice to see what you've been up to Mary... your patriotic block is stunning and I love all the flowers in your garden - winter here so summer flowers are most welcome :-) Good to see more detail of your row-by-row quilt too. What an inspiring guild meeting - beautiful quilts!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Wow, Mary!!, everything is beautiful, but I love your row by row quilt!!!! Those flowers are stunning!

Loris said...

The quilts and flowers are beautiful! How fun that you got to see Bonnie present. She's coming to our guilds in 2 years...exactly :-) for the annual quilt show that is happening this weekend. I hope to take one of her classes.

Candace said...

What a great, patriotic block, Mary! You're so lucky to be in a microclimate! A friend in Livermore is experiencing rolling blackouts and they are on a power alert! Your garden is so gorgeous! Sure wish I coul add pineapple to my Squash House fruit "farm"! Bonnie Hunter....wow....how fun to see her quilts in person. I follow "ohsweetbasil" on Instagram. I see they're doing Sous Vide...you might check them out for recipes.
Cheers!

Susan said...

Love the patriotic quilt! And another lovely flower show!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

I am glad to hear that you are escaping the heatwave. Although, 87 is hot enough for me :) The block for Carol looks so amazing, beautiful prints. I am so glad that you shared more photos of the Row By Row quilt. It is gorgeous. Yellow and grey combination is one my favourites. The little ones look adorable. I hope my garden one day grows up like yours, Mary. Your flower photos are always so pretty. The last photos of the all the quilts together - such amazing work!!

-Soma

krislovesfabric said...

Gorgeous flowers and quilts. You have lots of beauty in this blog post Mary!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

As always, a stop by your blog is a treat for the eyes: quilts and flowers; plus, your granddaughters are just precious! Thanks for sharing. Bonnie is a special friend, I know you had a great time with her and her amazing scrap quilts!

Nat Palaskas said...

Hi Mary, how lucky to have Bonnie Hunter visiting your guild. Hope you shown your En Provence as well. Are those sunflowers from your garden? Happy summer (we are freezing here!) - Love Nat

LA Paylor said...

flowers and little girls wearing flowers... so cute!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

The border you used for the Row by Row quilt couldn't have been more perfect! Your flowers are just magnificent. I'll bet you get some wonderful aromas from them too.

Abby and Stephanie said...

I have never seen a mandevilla vine that deep of a color. Gorgeous. I love the BIG patriotic block! I imagine you have lots of fun boxes of things for your grandkids to play with. :o) Anyone quilting or sewing yet?? Great row by row. The color combo is so striking.

Jeanna said...

My heart melted when I saw the patriotic block. Your row by row is gorgeous and BIG...I love it.

The garden photos are pretty, I can imagine it is an enchanted place to be.

Barb said...

Lots of eye candy today. Love your patriotic block and your quilt is just out of this world...I am in love with it.

Createology said...

Memories in your mind are so very precious. Great family Father's Day. Lovely quilts and those backsides are incredible. Your garden blooms are amazing! I have not cooked in a specialty made piece but have had lots of fun cooking egg omelettes in freezer bags which is similar. Summer Bliss with your temps. We had 10 days in a row over 100F...not usual at all. Sunshine Smiles...<3

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your row quilt is lovely and I definitely love the fabrics you chose.

Suze said...

Oh, Mary< you make me want to quilt again. My second husband died almost 4 years ago and I haven't touched quilting since. He loved to see me quilt. I went through a horrible depression and lost 50 pounds and found it plus just a little more. Grrr - I need to lose the 50 pounds again and not the way I do it. I'm very prone to depression. I have fibromyalgia and many invisible illnesses. My medications are strong and a juggling act. God took my quiet 4 bedroom house that was full with quilting/knitting and other craft notions and filled it with children from now 4 to 40. My granddaughter will be 4 on July 5; her brother is 11 and her Dada is 40. I'm starting to reorganize my sewing room with my bedroom so Jessica can have my bedroom. Then everyone will have personal space. It's taken my three weeks while struggling with probable walking pneumonia to clean the downstairs bedroom except the floor. Everything else is clean and organized. I love the patriotic block. I love red/white/ and blue. I have a friend who used to sing for USO tours. She'd love that. I want to make her some things to honor her for her service. I'm interested in the temperature quilt. It's the first I've heard of them. It's hot in the Tulsa, OK area. We've had a record low for one day also. Do you have a link to the temperature quilt? See you are inspiring me. Good job on all your work. Susan

OPQuilt said...

So much here is a feast for the soul, from the beautiful blooms in your garden (you really do have a green thumb) to the lovely quilts -- both yours and others. How fun to hear Bonnie Hunter speak! I'm quite jealous, especially after making the En Provence. Great post!