Monday, September 13, 2010


Despite some frequent interruptions today, by the auto body guy, my son, my daughter, the auto body guy, my husband, the auto body guy, the dog, the auto body guy, I was able to get one of the border sections pieced.
Looks a mile long, doesn't it?  That's 40 four patches.
Apologies for the slightly blurry photo.  This is the way I drew the design, butting up to the center, but I think it needs a spacer strip of the background, probably 3" finished.  Otherwise I like it.  Since I was home, I took a little garden patrol to snap some photos.

In about a month or so this plant will be covered with red bracts that will last until February--I love my poinsettia! 

A friend gave us two Plumeria plants about a year and a half ago.  These blooms are on the larger plant and smell heavenly.  Of course I always think of my time in Hawaii when I smell them.  The blossoms are frequently used for leis and the plants tree-sized in landscaping there.  Our plant is about three feet high now and the other about a foot and a half.

Our next year's crop of Hass avocados from our dwarf tree.  There is ONE other fruit! Very disappointing, as the last crop we had was about 25 fruits.  There you have it, border/patrol!


Stephanie D. said...

Next year's crop? How long does it take for that thing to ripen?

Love the border, but I think you're right about the spacer. It would set both body and border off really well.

Marg said...

Oooh I love your border, I am impressed that you did that much with all those interruptions.
My frangipani (plumeria) are just starting to shoot again after being dormant over winter. In a couple of weeks we should start seeing the flowers. Here they grow between 1 - 2 ft a year.
Poinsettia "flowers" in winter, June/july here, so they have amost finished flowering. I haven't grown avocadoes but I have a couple of mango trees.

Elaine said...

Mom don't act like you didn't enjoy my interruptions. Also I contributed by making dad throw things away!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Ummmmmmm...whats going on between you and the auto body guy?

Love Frangipani;s . I dont know how well they'd grow here though...I must check that out.

Love the border. It compliments the rest of the quilt beautifully.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love the squares. Love the plants/flowers. You've got a great mix in your garden.

Vivian said...

A spacer border would look nice, but I like the flow of the 4-patches in the top right into the 4-patches in the border. Great planning!

How exciting to have a poinsettia plant, an avocado tree, and tropical flowers in your back yard. We live in different worlds, my quilting friend. Here in the Midwest, our plants are dying, we're fine tuning our snow blowers, and we're checking our furnace filters. Your life is more appealing!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love the 4 patch border! blessings, marlene