Sunday, September 5, 2021

A Little Stitching, A Little Knitting; And A Little Spring Dancing♡


Hello lovely lovelies♡ A Sunday morning welcome to my little place♡ Here, Lady Spring is busily dusting the garden with magic, in the form of a host of daffodils♡ She has started to do her thing. And, I must say, doing her thing beautifully♡ Here in Australia when the calendar page quickly turns from August to September we consider it to be spring.  The first hue of spring down here at the bottom of the world is a sea of yellow. The landscape is bursting with the fluffy, yellow blossoms of the wattle trees. Wattle trees, of the genus Acacia, which are the national floral emblem for Australia, are all beginning to bloom in parks, beside the roadside and in gardens. They are the first sign that spring is about to burst onto the scene. Wherever we go in the car, gardens are bursting with daffodils, too. The magic of spring has begun. Yes indeed, here in Australia, if the calendar says 1st September, then we consider winter to be done and dusted. =) I am dancing with great joy about that♡ How about you?? Has autumn, or is it fall.....begun to sprinkle your landscape with those glorious hues that autumn is famous for??

Here in my little place, I have been stitching, but there doesn't seem to be much to show for it. I have stitched more octagons and squares to my cobblestones quilt. More octagons and squares are do-si-do-ing around the perimeter of the quilt.

I have been working on my flower garden quilt, too. The binding strip has been machine stitched onto my flower garden quilt, and I am now in the process of hand stitching the binding to the back to complete it. So excited.......my flower garden quilt is nearly finished. I cannot really believe that this quilt will soon be on the bed in all its floral loveliness. This quilt has taken me on  a very long journey; but a journey which I am delighted I started. To think I began this quilt three years ago, with the notion it was time that I grew up as a quilter; to become a big girl and cross over to the other side, to join those girls who always seem to fashion those amazing  applique quilts, of which one can only wonder "how did she do that?". I wanted to stitch a quilt completely by hand with applique flowers, birds, butterflies and itty bitty bees all over. I wanted to tackle hand applique. Well, let's just say I know a little more about hand applique now, than when I first started three years ago! As for the binding I used the same fabric that I used for the borders; a pretty hydrangea fabric (of course) as I wanted a seamless look. This quilt will be my very favourite quilt for all time. It holds a special place in my heart and the story behind it is precious to me. The story which I will tell in a little while.

This week I have also enjoyed a little knitting. My jacket has not grown exponentially....but growth is growth, isn't it, no matter how small. My friend, Trish (Holly's mother) and I have met a couple of times to knit and drink tea this week, but unfortunately there has been a lot of unravelling of knitted rows where little boo-boos snuck in. Trish is just learning to knit a cable pattern, so a little help in her lapses in concentration has been required. That's okay though, we can wait until next winter to wear our woolly pretties. Let's just say a lot more merriment than knitting  occurred. =)


It is Father's Day here today, so my husband and I are going to enjoy a long country drive, stopping for coffee and cake along the way. A celebratory kinda day♡ We will enjoy the glorious touches of Lady Spring; the wattle trees, daffodils and glorious scenery as we drive up hill and down dale. Why, I think I will knit some of my jacket as we drive along. Truly, it is a gloriously sunny Sunday♡ Then, this evening I will join the other ladies over at Kathy's place and continue stitching the binding on my quilt. I can see a spring photo shoot with my flower garden quilt as the star, in the not too distant future.

Have a lovely day♡ May it be one filled with beauty, love and a little dancing♡ Please take care, lovely ladies♡ I am off to dance with my husband through this beautiful spring  day♡


Until the next time.........










43 comments:

  1. Enjoy the Sunny Sunday with your husband.
    Your blue knitted jacket will be beautiful. Hooray for almost finish the flower garden quilt!! And I love how cobblestones quilt is growing. Kim,I absolutely love all your pictures, you have a great sense for beautiful shots.
    Take care and have a wonderful new week lovely friend.

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  2. Enjoy your drive in the country with your husband, sounds like a great outing. Happy knitting!

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  3. I hope you have a wonderful day out together. So nice to see your quilt with the daffodils, spring certainly is on the way. Your knitting looks amazing, complicated but amazing.

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  4. Happy Father's Day to your DH - seems odd to hear that it's Father's Day when ours here in Canada was in June. And oh - those incredible daffodils!! We saw leaves turning colour when we were out the other day and you know me - I nearly shed a real tear over the demise of summer. Never mind, I shall live vicariously through you for the next few months.

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  5. Isnt yellow such a lovely Spring colour, I enjoyed seeing your vases full of wattle flowers and daffodils amongst your current quilting adventure. And teasing glimpses of your beautiful garden quilt with the binding being attached. Not long to go now till you can make a grand entrance and show it to us in all its glory. Hope you had a nice Fathers Day drive out and about and partook of some delicious morsels for a treat.

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  6. A busy bee (or butterfly like your yellow ones) dancing and working ;)
    Good for you !
    We enjoy the last days of Summer...
    We have acacia's flowers too... in February...
    Lovely pictures, so bright, so colorful !
    Have a lovely week !
    Hug
    Anna

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  7. Oh Kim... Spring is in bloom at your home and garden... I love the quilt you will be binding too! I can't wait to see it front and back also :) Happy Stitching today ... or tomorrow! lol Kathi

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  8. Beautiful spring flowers! Spring is my favourite time of year. Everything is fresh and green. Right now, our garden is fading but the colourful fall leaves have not made an appearance yet. Your flower garden quilt will soon be done. Can’t wait to see it in all its glory.

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  9. I wish we were going into Spring instead of Autumn and miss out on all the cold weather. Your beautiful pictures always cheer my day. I hope you and your husband have a lovely Sunny day out. xx

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  10. Something tells me, you’ll enjoy stitching the last stage of the flower garden quilt. Not only is there suspense on the reveal, but also its story. More cables are getting longer. Someone to knit and have tea is more important than perfect stitches. Hope you enjoyed your springtime drive.

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  11. Our fall is still a few weeks off. Here in Kansas it is still in the 90sF (32 C). Tomatoes are a bumper crop and the trees have not started to turn yet. But the wheat and soybean harvest is well underway in the surrounding farms and there are winter squash in the farmer's markets. So fall can't be far off! Your photos are, as always, delicious. I love the liberty prints. Wish your husband a "Happy Father's Day" from us.

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  12. Wishing you two a lovely day! Happy Father’s Day to him!! Your projects are coming along nicely. The colors are so pretty, but I am partial to blues. I’m really looking forward to seeing your quilt finished, but that backing is gorgeous! Those daffodils are beautiful! Our flowers are really staring to brown. I will start a bit of “clean up” these next couple of weeks. Seeing your cheery daffs remind me to order several bags of bulbs to plant, as well. Wishing you a lovely week, dear Kim! Enjoy your drive today! Zenda

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  13. You are lucky to be able to enjoy daffodils and spring flowers. I love spring, but now I am grateful for the beautiful spring and summer that is behind and know that autumn and winter are next. Then I can visit you and enjoy all the beautiful pictures of flowers and beautiful fabrics that you conjure up into beautiful quilts. can't wait to see your quilt finished. your knitting is also very nice and a lot of work with all the braid pattern. have a super nice Father's day with your husband. Enjoy the spring and your stitching!

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  14. Oh, dance with joy through your day!

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  15. I'm looking forward to seeing your flower garden quilt on your bed and wherever else you decide to pose it. It is truly a treasure. I feel jealous seeing spring dancing into your view, but know that all kinds of delights await us, as you show off the grandeur of your spectacular gardens. Hints of autumn are beginning to appear here as are potted mums in every nursery, grocery store, farm market and corner store. I hope your Father's Day drive was enjoyable and that savory treats were found.
    Pat

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  16. The wattle trees remind me of our forsythia here - they're often the first to bloom in early Spring with pretty yellow flowers. Lucky you to be seeing daffodils - my favorite! Your knitting day with your friend sounds fun. I'm looking forward to seeing that beautiful applique quilt all finished!

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  17. Enjoy your outing! Wish your husband "Happy Father's Day". Enjoy stitching the binding on your floral quilt. I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. I love the color of the jacket that you are knitting.

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  18. Yay for the promise of spring! And Happy Father's Day to your husband. I look forward to seeing your world full of color as mine turns to grey. Right now summer still holds sway, and all this rain we've gotten may delay the fall colors a bit more. I have seen a tree or two hinting that it really is September. Lovely progress on your quilts!

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  19. Thank you for sharing your daffodils and waddle tree branches and your fabulous hydrangea fabric in your quilt! Beautiful all!

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  20. Love seeing your Spring pictures, gorgeous flowers and beautiful quilts! Happy Father's Day to your husband!

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  21. It looks like it was a wonderful week for you, Kim. It's soooo good to have Spring and Summer coming your way, isn't it? Your spring flowers are lovely.
    Also can't wait to see your quilt and jacket in full glory!
    Happy Father's Day to your hubby!

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    1. Thank you, Alina♡ 'Tis fabulous to have sweet Spring arrive and then Summer soon after. The warmth, blue, blue skies and all the flowers bring many a smile to my days. Oh....my hubby says, thank you♡ Kim Xx

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  22. Tu jersey tejido es precioso y sigo pensando que tú eres azul y tu maravillosa colcha sigue avanzando muy bien.
    Qué bonitos los narcisos y las mimosas y cuanto vas a disfrutar a partir de ahora con la llegada de la primavera.
    Muchos BESICOS.

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  23. I’m so looking forward to seeing your flower garden quilt finished. It has been such fun to follow. Your knitting is beautiful. Enjoy your spring drive.

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  24. Happy Sunday , Kim.How exciting that Spring has arrived in your area. I know you are enjoying every minute of it especially the blooms. It is still warm summer time weather in my area, but I am dreaming of fall . Your cobblestone quilt is looking amazing and I can not wait to see your flower quilt all bound and quilted. I hope you have a wonderful week, my dear. Happy quilting.

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  25. Such beauty and joy! Best wishes for you both. Hugs and blessings.

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    1. Thank you so much, Maristella. Hope your week is a pleasant one. Kim Xx

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  26. What a riot of color right in your own little space - primroses, geraniums, roses, etc. - and I do love the brightness of the daffodils. I loved seeing the wattle trees in bloom along the stream and oh, such a gorgeous yellow bouquet they made. Had never heard of wattle trees and so had to google them and look at some of the amazing images of the trees in bloom. Do they last long? Do the blossoms develop into any fruit or just seed pods?

    lol Please don't worry about quilts taking a long time to complete. If it's been over 10-12 years, then you MIGHT consider it. I've been working on my POTCs quilt for about 4 years and I'm rather proud that it's not longer!! Hope your car ride with Pete was perfect - a ride with a lover in the springtime is the best.

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  27. Oh Kim I can almost hear the excitement in your voice as you see spring arriving all around you. We have had a couple leaves on some trees down the road turn yellow and fall but not much signs in the middle of the country of Autumn yet, but the temps are starting to cool down a bit so I know it is coming :)It is wonderful to see the changes in each season, and I hope you enjoyed your day out celebrating your hubby and enjoying all the signs of spring. So exciting you are getting close to having your quilt done, so much love and time has gone into that quilt. It is fun to create with friends but it is also fun to just sit and talk and enjoy each others company, so glad you can have a touch of that :)
    Wishing you a fabulous week ahead!

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  28. Everything is looking very pretty & flowery & spring like in your neck of the woods today Kim. Such pretty photos - I just adore the daffy's & their sweet happy faces. I hope you have a wonderful drive & outing together dear Kim. Happy spring like week my friend xxx

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  29. Hi Kim
    Hope you had wonderful day. Weather here has been cloudy for ages but now we have some lovely sunny days. Love spring flowers and the spring flower backing fabric you have. Look forward to seeing your quilt and jacket, looks complicated. Have a great week.
    Best wishes Kay c Xx

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    1. Hello lovely Kay, We had a lovely day, thank you. The backing is a pretty fabric; a perfect find for my flower garden quilt. The jacket isn't really complicated once you work the pattern out, but you do have to concentrate. Hope have a great week, too. Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy a lot more sunny days before it begins to get chilly there. Kim Xx

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  30. Thanks, Kim. Thanks to your photos and your blog, I can see Australia. Nice blanket. Have a nice day.

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    1. Svetlana, it is always a lovely day when I can beam happy snaps up to you of the beauty of Australia. Isn't blogging a wonderful thing? We can visit each other from the comfort of our sofas and enjoy each other's homes. May you enjoy a beautiful day. Kim Xx

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  31. What loveliness you share, Kim, with stitching, knitting and flowers. How beautiful your quilt is and those daffodils and primroses. I hope your hubby had a nice Father’s Day dancing with you and sipping some coffee! Happy Spring! 💐

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  32. Oh, how I love coming here for that wonderful splash of colour! All those blues and yellows again, how nice :-) I can't wait to see your quilt finished!
    Enjoy your spring, I am exited for you :-), here we have been lucky enough to have a mini heat wave for the past week, so more time spent outside, although the garden is slowly getting ready for shutdown, still some colour around.x

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  33. It makes me happy with all that yellow that jumps out. So wonderful to see your quilts and your knits.
    We stil have a few hot days here, a late summmer.
    Nice to see you again, hugs! 🤗

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    1. Yellow daffodils are such happy flowers, aren't they?? Enjoy those last few days of summer; Indian summers are always wonderful. 'Tis lovely to see you again, too, lovely Loes♡ Kim Xx

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  34. Hope you had a lovely day out with hubby and a beautiful spring day. I'm quite happy that we are going the other way - heading into autumn - its' been a long hot summer. But I wouldn't mind an afternoon of tea and knitting with you! I wouldn't even mind a few boo-boos.
    Amalia
    xo

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  35. Beautiful photos, Kim! If I were surrounded with this beauty nature lavishly offers, I would not have anything done as well :)
    Enjoy your spring! We are gearing up for autumn.

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  36. Wonderful quilt! I love your hydrangea quilt, it's truely like a field of flowers. Pretty cable knitting too, it's going to be a warm, cozy and lovely jacket!

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  37. So many beautiful flowers blooming for spring's beautiful days.
    I love primroses and the daffodils are so bright, cherry and lovely.
    I love the colour of your sweater. And your quilt looks so pretty!
    Happy Spring, Kim.

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  38. Kim - I know how happy you are in spring and summer, so it delights me to see the daffodils and to hear about all the other spring beauties that are emerging. Enjoy, my friend!!!

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