Friday, April 16, 2010

Cheating Nature

Yesterday, after I dropped my car off at the garage to get the tires done, I walked back to where my husband had left the truck (nice to have more than one vehicle).  I had recently noticed that one business had a front yard full of daffodil blooms and, as I was going past them, I stopped to take a closer look.  They were fake.  It was hard to tell if you just glanced at them but they were fake.
I will admit that they gave the yard a cheery look but I did feel rather cheated.  Of course, I felt better when I thought of my own daffodils-real-that were brightening our gardens.  Last year, I added a few more to the collection and planted them along the edge of the woods.  This year I am going to put some more in the wooded areas.  We have a number of little hills where we are going to place rustic benches so it will be nice to have a few flowers as well.  I noticed some small whiteish flowers in one area yesterday and I think they may be dogwood.  Am going to have to get a book to help me identify all the flora and fauna.
Last night we went to a farewell gathering for an older couple in our church.  She has been having some health problems so they are going to live closer to family.  The church got me to make a quilt for them.  I was a little concerned about how much room they would have for extra stuff so I also made a bag for the quilt.
I used an appliqued block as the front as it was approximately the right size, and made the back from the same fabric I used in the quilt backing.
You might want to use this idea as well.  The bag, when the quilt was inside, became a pillow.  For easy access, I made the back of two pieces of fabric that overlapped.
I think I am going to do this will all my quilts now unless I know they are going to be used on a bed. It is also a good way to use up my orphan blocks.


  1. I really enjoy your blogs Anna. Your place sounds so awesome with the trees, the wildlife and all the nature you are blessed with. I'm so glad that you and Roger enjoy what you have - you are both special people in my life. Blessings my friend.

  2. Hi Anna - I've been away in Florida for a bit so haven't read your blog for a couple of weeks. I really enjoy it and love the gnome stories!!
    The quilt that becomes a pillow is actually called a quillow - my cousin's wife has been making them for her kids and grandkids for a few years now - they're wonderful :)
    Take care my friend,