Friday, June 19, 2020

Flowers Flowers Flowers

Back on my wall - Whig Rose
 I have finished all the HST and I've attached 3 of the borders. whew 😅

I marked the center with a very traditional cross-hatch.  I want the applique to be the star of the center section.
 I will probably do outline quilting as well as the cross hatch.

Here are some of my flowers in real life.  These petunias match my quilt!
Most of my gardening is in pots because I live on a rock ledge.
One of my favorites is portulaca or moss rose.
Very traditional plants for in my front urns.  I bought these new this year at Home Depot.  They really look like iron but are composite.
Barbara S. often posts photos of pretty wild flowers.  I admire her knowledge of these little beauties of nature.  See her recent post here.
She shared photos of this charming book.  I found myself thinking "I'd like a book like this..."
I took coco to Cinton, CT for a stroll and deposited 2 books in this  Little Library.  Low and behold, look what I found?   Isn't that something?  Thank you universe!
On our walk we spotted these flowers which I will try to identify.
 We visited the Historical Society's Garden.  It is so charming!
Awe, I adore foxglove.
 My new book is right at home in this timeless garden.
 Here is my herb garden.  It is the sunniest spot I have and just few steps from the kitchen.  Needs must.
One of our favorite things in the summer is what we call "Green Bread".    It is a great way to use up leftover BBQ buns.
I use all the herbs.  Here's how I make it:
Fresh rosemary, oregano, chive, basil, thyme and parsley; minced.
softened butter
salt and pepper
garlic powder
grated parmesan cheese
mix into a spread
 I sprinkle a little extra cheese on the top and toast it in a 450 oven for 8-10 minutes - watch closely.   It is delicious on Italian bread with a pasta dinner 😋
 I served it with an Asian Ramen Chicken Salad.  perfect summer dinner.
I'm working on an unfinished applique' project of Jill Reids.  More on that next time.
I hope you are all staying safe and well.
xo

36 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love the applique - the flowers and the bread!

Cheryl said...

Your whig rose is another masterpiece! I love your herb garden and green bread. Looks delicious. I, too, enjoy identifying wildflowers. I think the blue one is chiming bells. Have fun with that great book find!

Janet Ann said...

Fabulous circles! As always - lovely applique! Thank you for the recipe!

Lori said...

Lovely walk around your area!! So great about the little book!!
I recognize that quilt of Jill's. I know you'll austere making it. Sure do miss her.

Lin McQ said...

Lucky you for finding that little book. Your Whig rose quilt is coming along nicely, bright and cheery. Hmmm, I recognize those appliqué figures on Jill’s quilt. Can’t wait to see her/your version. Yummy bread, made my mouth water. I’d like to dip it in the juice from a tomato/ cucumber salad. That’s the Italian in me I guess.

Loris said...

Wonderful progress with those HST's! I loved seeing all the flowers. I like the Moss Roses. And loved seeing the pictures of the Bluets. Fond memories of those and buttercups from a summer spent in Maine during my college years. You and Coco have found some lovely places to explore!

Karen said...

Amazing coincidence about the book. Your lucky day and meant to be.

Janet said...

Your Whig rose is outstanding! Such a gorgeous quilt and with handquilting it will be fabulous!! How lovely to find the perfect book in a little library 😀 Green bread looks delish!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Spectacular quilt top, Barb! Happy quilting! Thanks for that recipe. The Green Bread looks tasty! Enjoy that lovely new-to-you book.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Oh wowzer! That Whig Rose is truly sensational! Gorgeous! I remember buying the Edwardian Diary for my mother in law many years ago. So pretty. Love that you found a sweet book all your own. Life is good! And, not that I am an expert, but I think those unidentified flowers are Michaelmas Daisies.

mary said...

on your whig rose will you quilt over the applique too? I see it done both ways - love the herb spread!!

Frog Quilter said...

All beautiful, quilt blocks, flowers and even the green bread lol.

cityquilter grace said...

lovely flowers and herbs....portulaca is a fave of mine as well....the quilt is awesome!

gladiquilts said...

Your Whig Rose quilt is looking fabulous. Are you planning to do appliqué on the border? I'm guessing not, because you've added the border pieces to the quilt already, but just wondering! If no appliqué, will you do some "fancy" quilting? I love your work!

Susan Snooks said...

Your garden is just delightful Barb! And what a productive herb garden too! The book The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady was very popular here in Australia about thirty years ago. I own my own copy! And of course, the Whig Rose quilt is very beautiful! What an incredible colour palette you have used!

Chantal said...

Happy to see your Whig Rose again. It's coming along so beautifully. Lots of work in that one but it's all worth it. I believe your guardian angel made you stop at that specific library box because it knew what you were looking for was right there. Yes, I believe. ;^)

Sue said...

I adore your Wig Rose quilt Barb. Do you mark your quilting lines before basting?

Joyful Quilter said...

Love the bright yellow in your Whig Rose quilt. Are you going to machine or hand quilt it?

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Barb, what a great post. Your applique is just stunning! And such a great idea to mark the middle before you finish the borders. And your pots of flowers are stunning too! The herb garden on your deck railing... I mean, just lovely! What a cool recipe for the "green bread" - love that. Always meant to do a little free library and never did. Maybe at the next house..... someday.

CecileD said...

Ohhh là là.... your top is gorgeous with perfect appliqués and circles ! Congratulations on this finish Barb !!
And now the quilting !!
Thank you for sharing all these beautiful flowers during your walk with Coco !
I wish you a wonderful WE !! (and barbecue !)

Susie Q said...

Love the commemorative plate. My mom had 50 different that were used as picnic plates come summer..... now I have 25 and my brother has 25.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Great idea to use up the odd buns and herbs--I may have to try it this weekend. Very cool coming across that book and your flower photos are lovely!

kupton52 said...

Yours may just be THE most beautiful Whig Rose I've ever seen. Simply gorgeous! I'm so envious. I will have to try your herb buttered buns. Trouble is ....I give all my extra bread and buns to my chickens....lol. Looks like I'll have to start saving some for us. Thanks for another beautiful post....gorgeous photos as well.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

How exciting, you are to the quilting stage!!!! It is fun how every once in a while something you didn't even know you needed comes to you (-: I do the same with leftover buns just not as fancy as yours!

Pat said...

Isn’t the month of June just about the most perfect time! Enjoy seeing all your flower filled pots and the star of the show - the Whig Rose quilt. I usually dry most all my herbs for winter use, but these summer months mean freshly gathered from the garden - your mix of herbs on toasted bread is a great one!

Florida Farm Girl said...

You know, I don't recall if I've posted before or not. I found you via Karen's Quilts some time ago. Your green bread looks wonderful. As for identifying those plants, somewhere recently someone mentioned an app called "picture this". Apparently you take a picture of the plant in question and the app matches it up. I haven't tried it yet yet but may do so.

I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog.

Angie said...

Your Whig Rose looks great - kudos for piecing all those HSTs!
Thanks for all the flowers! I love seeing what is growing in other parts of the country.

Frédérique said...

Beautiful appliqué flowers, and my, all those HST!! Love the little dots here and there ;)

Kyle said...

Your post was filled with lovely flowers. I do love how you matched your petunias with your stunning quilt!

QuiltGranma said...

Wow, that whig rose is gorgeous!

Barbara said...

What a wonderful post, Barb! Your Whig Rose quilt is beautiful! So clever where you added your initials and the year. We're hoping our pots of herbs will look like yours so we can try your recipe for those leftover buns. I can't believe that book was waiting for you at the little library! Appreciate the link to my blog :)

Randy D. said...

Oh your quilt looks wonderful. I love that. And I love how you snuck your initials and the year in...
Your bread looks like green garlic bread, which sounds yummy.
I love your urns for flowers. I'm guessing you don't have deer come to nosh on your delicacies...
xxx

Janet O. said...

Your Whig Rose quilt takes my breath away each time I see it.
I really like container gardens, but I am not consistent enough in watering to maintain them. Yours looks lovely. I used to grow moss roses years ago. They are such pretty splashes of color.
That book really captured my attention when I saw it on Barbara's blog. How amazing that you should come across that copy.
That "green bread" sounds really good. Yumm!
I finished a few projects for a quilting friend that passed about 5 years ago. That is a tender journey. I look forward to seeing what this finish looks like. In fact, I have a top Jill made that I need to quilt!

Amy said...

Gorgeous yellow applique, gardens - cultured and wild, Coco and easy, delicious bread recipe. This post hits all my soft spots! Thanks for making my morning!

audrey said...

What a simple, thoughtful, lovely way to frame your gorgeous applique! I adore how comfortable you are with the bright, intense yellows!

Kate said...

Whig Rose is gorgeous! One of the fun things about summer is all the wild flowers. You found some pretty ones.