Arrgh! Been missing in action here, but it's been busy in my corner of the real world.
Been doing a good deal of this:
...and I have the scratches and mosquito bites to prove it. A wonderful library patron gifted me with a carload of ferns dug from her garden and it took days to get them all placed. And I spent most of last weekend clearing out an area that, some years back, was optimistically planned to be a shade garden. Unfortunately, it's become an overgrown mess. What to do with it? Now that it's cleared out, we're seriously considering just scattering grass seed, allowing it to become yard, and being done with it. Serious lack of imagination, but time is always at a premium, and mowed grass would look way better than a weedy tangle.
Have to say that I'm the kind of gardener who gets a big shot of enthusiasm in May and June and then it goes away. I mean, I live in Wisconsin. Really, what's the use?? Sigh.
I've also been hanging out in Milwaukee, at some Asian grocery stores, which are always a welcome break from my sad little life in the burbs. A friend and I plan several ethnic grocery days per year. We visit a Thai/Lao one, a Filipino one, an Italian one, sometimes an Indian one. This time we finished with lunch at Phan's Garden, a great Vietnamese cafe. It was too summery to think of ordering the Pho. When we're there next in chilly weather, I will for sure be trying it.
What IS all this stuff? It's just so much fun to look.
But yes, there is a quilting segment to this roundabout post. Here's a completed top, straight from the archives of Quiltville.
This is Bricks and Stepping Stones, completed in one weekend in May. Friends, this is 100% scrap, setting me firmly on moral high ground. Look closely and feast your eyes on a panorama of fabrics from the last twenty years.
This top nicely cleared out a drawer of scraps. Feeling very self-righteous.