Monday, May 20, 2019

Design Wall Monday - May 20, 2019

I am feeling much better this week, thanks for all your well wishes.  That cold really knocked me out, so I haven't made much progress in quilting.  However, I did make some progress on the tiny pink hsts doll quilt.  Here is my progress so far (two columns of broken dishes sewed together with sashing and one almost ready to attach to them):  

I envision having five columns of broken dishes, (alternating the plaid, small check, plaid, small check, plaid) and with the stripes of sashing between each column and on each side - there will be a total of six of the fussy-cut pink sashings.  So I am about half finished.

Spring rain has really brought things to life here in Michigan.  Outside my sewing room window there are lots of beautiful ferns to look at.  Every year, I watch how fast they grow in the spring.  Here is a picture taken yesterday:

They are commonly called "Interrupted Fern" and you can see how the inner fern fronds grow naturally at the start of a stalk, then change to tighter, smaller ones, then change back to the natural looking ones.  The "interrupted" part will later be the spore bearing fertile leaflets.  Here is a picture from the internet that shows what the ferns will look like later this summer, with the fertile brown spore covered parts:

These ferns, Osmunda claytoniana, form a lovely tall vase shape and grow to about four feet tall.  The internet tells me that paleontological evidence indicates this fern has remained unchanged, even at the level of fossilized nuclei and chromosomes, for at least 180 million years.  They have been native to Michigan long before I was born......and will be here long after I'm gone.  The best part is they require no care from me and look so calm and peaceful outside the quilting room window.  I am blessed by them.

What are you working on this week?  We have had beautiful pictures posted last week, that kept me entertained as I lay in bed with my Kleenex box and cough drops.  Thank you all for keeping me entertained!  Looking forward to seeing what you are going to post today.  Please refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post, and thanks for joining in!

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