Layering at last!!! The silly finger is causing no end of trouble but the good news is that I have FINALLY managed to get the Hosta piece ready to pin. Layers are all in place, backing well taped-of course, and the batting and top set carefully in place. As this is a largish piece, I had to roll back the dining room rug and tape the backing ( a commercial "batik") in place onto the bare hardwood floor. This ought to be fun as I am still experiencing dizziness from that horrid bug I had in the winter and my back and hip are VERY sore. Not to worry! The whole thing can just stay stuck there till it is finished! It MAY take a while to pin.
There you go!!! Living proof that I have indeed gotten finished. I had to stand on a chair to get it all in. My Pin Tin Tin is just visible on the right, as is the edge of the aged carpet underpad. I dusted the floor to pretend I am a good housekeeper! If you are taken in by that, there is no help for you!!!
I have been busy with the big camera recently too. It is definitely easier to take photos just now than to draw or to work on the quilt. Here are a few recent shots. It has been challenging because we have had a LOT of pretty strong wind- strong for closeup and macro, anyway!
We have a wonderful farm near us famous for its sunflowers. They grow them commercially  and our wild birds LOVE Mr Bogle:-) and his black oil seeds.

I got several shots like this with busy honeybees but sadly, between the busyness of the bees and the windiness of the wind..... the bees are all a blur

Is there any scene much jollier than this ??

A sunflower leaf at ground level out of the sunshine. You KNOW what a fan of Wabi Sabi I am!

A little red hemerocallis in our garden- Little Wine Cup
Two clematises- Comtess de Bouchaud and the blue one whose name I forget!

Because I forget her name, we will let her star in her own portrait
I am LOVING this big new camera. I have started to collect a list of skills I need to hone and polish. I REALLY want to be able to use it properly and WELL! At the moment, the camera is still pretty much in charge but I AM learning. I am getting some nice shots to use for art quilts once I have a flexible hand once again.

Well, time to start pinning. When it is 3PM, I shall post this to the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com. Hope to see you there. Enjoy this lovely summer weather.

BTW, I have posted a LOT of new pics at    rtquilter on Flickr. Check it out too if you have the time and inclination . Enjoy!


  1. You've done really well considering the challenges you've been facing! I believe you're a good housekeeper. You're better than me anyway. :)

  2. Love the piece! As usual, I am quite in awe. I missed what you did to your hand. It seems yore recovering.

  3. It is lovely. Glad to see you back. Life has a way of diverting our attention. Will look forward to seeing it done.

  4. I applaud your persistence! The hosta piece looks wonderful. Just how big is it?! And those photos...Lots of inspiration there to keep you moving forward in the face of your physical 'distractions'. ;-) Hugs!

  5. So you are creating under physical pain - but CREATING ! Lovely flower pictures -

  6. That comment above was from me ... and I meant to say 'hosta' ;)