Friday, September 11, 2020

The Quilt Math Quilt

 While the Orphanage Quilt is at the machine quilter, I've been working on the Quilt Math Quilt. I named it this because of the math struggles I had while putting the orphan blocks together. I measured incorrectly, forgot to add the 1/4 inch seam allowances into spacer blocks, and just made simple errors. I think I had to rip out the blocks three times! I just couldn't ignore the mismatched seams.

I still have a collection of out of print Jo Morton fabrics and I used them for sashing, borders, and the cornerstones. So now the top is finished, the backing is pieced, and its all ready to be delivered to the machine quilter. This should be the last of the donated orphan blocks! 

The past two weeks has been a race to see how much I could get done outside in the heat and humidity before our temperatures dropped 30 degrees and it began to rain. It was really dry here so the slow gentle rain has been welcome!

First some planting and then mulch happened to make ...

... my rain garden! 

There is a swale in our back yard which drains standing water away when we receive large amounts of rain in too short of a period of time. We've landscaped it to make a rain garden. I've planted mostly native plants which can tolerate the standing water for a few days. There are still a few blank areas where I plan to transplant plants to in the spring.

 After four days of cool cloudy weather, I'm ready for some sunshine! These pictures of my flowers were taken last week. Summer will soon be over and I'm not sure I'm ready for that.


Until next time, Mayleen


The Civil War Quilter said...

Very nice garden solution!

Sandy said...

I love how you combined all those various orphan blocks and put them together, medallion style. My favorite is the crazy one second down on the left. Fun! I’ve never heard of a rain garden. Maybe I should plant one. We need rain, desperately!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

There is so much planning and measuring on the orphan block quilts.

Gentle rain is always welcome. Our area has the same for the last 7 days and I'm really enjoying the cool down.