Sunday, April 29, 2012

Some quilt tops

I have been blogging the last couple of times about the greenhouse business, just because it is what I was doing the last couple of weeks, but I also have a few pictures on my computer from quilt tops that I've made.  I am finding it hard to finish my quilts with the alterations business I have besides the greenhouse business, and I am just waiting on a time that I can pull them out of my cupboards and finish some of them.  I am working presently on a little Christmas table runner that was completely handsewn, and am now in the process of handquilting.  I don't have any pics from that, but will correct that soon.  Here are a couple of the tops that are begging to be finished.  Might have to take some lessons in machine quilting, or long arm quilting at a local quilting store, just to get them done. 

This is my double wedding ring done during a quilting course.  Didn't realize that the light to dark in the circles would turn out this way till after I took a picture and someone who saw it mentioned the side effect of the loops crossing thru. But it has a nice effect, don't you think?

Also made during a course.  Just couldn't resist this pattern once I saw it in the store.  Done in various shaded of yellow, with accents of blue.

The Hunter star.  Am doing this one in two colours only, and I don't even have the blocks totally sewn together yet.

This is the biggest one that I have finished at least the top from.  Once I started working on the colours, I didn't like the background pink, but I persevered.

These are some of the tops that beg my attention after reading all the blogs over the last couple of months.  One of these days I can make my UFO's into quilts. 

A friend and I spend all of Saturday at a show in Toronto. (The Creativ Festival)  We had a blast going thru and seeing all that is out there.  We even sat in on some seminars, and learned lots of different techniques, and ideas.  Hopefully we can take the time to go again in the fall, when they're having another show.  I of course forgot my camera, and wished I brought it to take some pics to show you.  But all in all it was a fun day.   

Thanks for visiting, and happy reading!

Maria K

Saturday, April 21, 2012

As promised: Eye candy

Here are some of the pictures I took of the flowers I was cleaning the other day.

Some of the full of colour baskets

And some more colours

These are all on empty pots on the floor, and watered with a spaghetti system
Some more hanging up in a different greenhouse

Close up of some of the flowers.  Don't you just love the 'pearl' in the middle?

Another colour
These little starts looked like rosebuds opening to me
Doesn't this look like a rosebud?!

The plant after I was done cleaning it
The plant 2 or 3 days after cleaning
The plant about a week after cleaning. All the flowers and buds are back!

This job took me 2 weeks to complete!  By the time I reached the last row, there were so many more flowers and buds on there, that it took me longer to clean a plant every day!  But now we're just going to let them grow, and will sell them in a couple of weeks.  Here's to hoping to good weather coming up in May!

Happy sewing!  (I've been doing alterations this week, and have no pictures to show for that), and happy reading!

Maria K

Sunday, April 15, 2012


The other day I was working in the greenhouse and I had a not so fun job to do.  Try picking up a beautiful basket full of flowers, and having to take them plus upcoming buds out.  Actually it's not such a bad job:  The plant will grow bigger and will get more flowers in a couple of days.  Our season to sell here in Ontario, Canada is basically beginning of May till mid June.  That is when we close up again for another year.  I was picking away those buds and flowers and thought I needed my camera to take some close ups of them.  Will do that tomorrow.  But some of those buds looked like rosebuds.  Really pretty to see on the plant.  The plants I was cleaning up was a Sunshine Impatiens.  It's a fairly hardy plant.  Probably perfect for me too.  I always tell people that I can kill plants faster than my husband can grow them.   And it's actually true.  I totally forget to water my plants.  Sometimes for months on end, and then I have the task of throwing plants out.  But these Sunshine Impatiens when they are dry and then watered again, will come back.  Most of the time looking just as good as the day before.  I will try to put quite a few pics of them on the blog tomorrow night, as I really like those flowers.  Did you know that if you take the blooms of any flower that you plant in your garden, those flowers will establish roots first again before flowering?  It's true.  But not a lot of people want to plant flowers and then have no colour in their gardens.  I come originally from Holland, and it's a fairly common practice there to sell plants without flowers.  If we try that here, we won't get any sales! 
A smaller basket, not yet ready to sell
A basket ready to sell
Aren't these beauties?  I love walking in the greenhouses at this time of the year and see the progress made on a weekly basis.  More colour, more varieties ready to sell, and bigger plants.  Not many people can have this around them on a daily basis!  While it does get hectic, and not much of my sewing gets done, it's a time when the whole family pitches in and does the work with us.  We are tired of the long hours at the end of the spring season, but it is our bread and butter.

Hope to post some more pics tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!

Maria K