I had a small piece of solid that was an exact match to the red wine on the bistro table of the first photo. Do you think I could find a match to that "perfect" sashing fabric? Not a chance. Close perhaps, but not exactly. Having a small design wall I departed from the piecing instructions on the pattern and decided to build the quilt in quadrants. That way there was only one long seam to sew the final two halves together. Much better than cutting long horizontal 1-1/2 strips and trying to match the entire span of the quilt.
Our dog is in full summer-shedding mode and with constant rain the week when the top was completed, there was no way I was able to get a full shot of the finished flimsy before pinning it yesterday at the church. But here's what it looks like now, all ready to begin the machine quilting. Measuring right around 80 inches square though the photo would have you think otherwise.
With all that inspiration we ended up buying a simple bistro table for our back porch this spring, and have been enjoying early morning coffee and breakfast as well as mid-morning lattes outside during these summer days. Best addition to the outside 'decor' yet!
I just love this next photo. Our 2-1/2 year old grandson was visiting the week our hayfield was mowed and baled. Living in the city he was fascinated by all the big equipment and noise! And of course he got to "drive" grandpa's riding mower and the big Kubota the next day.
This old tractor and wagon, and the last of the bales awaiting their ride home to the neighboring farmer's barnyard are all that remain from the excitement of those days. Tranquil early morning shot.
An early-morning walkabout yesterday, and some of our mid-summer blooms
Wishing you all warm sunny days, with lots of color blooming in your gardens!