As with the other blocks, the stitching is mostly on the seamlines, and in the colors of the central needlepoint panel. I want a lot of the black to show and the surrounding blocks to complement, not compete with the needlepoint.
The block (above) had a large green piece which I felt was too strong, so I covered it with a black venise lace motif (available in my Etsy shop, by the way) and enhanced it with stitching. Below is the fourth block in place. Everything is just pinned.
I may end up switching blocks one and two. But until all of them are done, I will wait. I am not even sewing any blocks to each other yet. And I am thinking that once the blocks are done, I may want to add some further stitching and bits of that aqua blue here and there. Possibilities!!
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This year I have so much to do in the garden. But now that I am retired, I can work early in the mornings for a couple hours, which I enjoy. I tend to overdo things if I am not careful, and my back can always be counted on to let me know when that happens. So, I am pacing myself and tackling one area at a time.
One of my goals this year is to simplify things, and see if I can reduce the amount of overall maintenance. I will always plant my front step flower pots (scheduled for this week) and tend to my roses; that is sheer joy. But weeding and removing grass is killing me. So this year, I am on the attack, with chemicals (Preen among them). I have tried for years to avoid chemicals, plant groundcovers, and use other strategies. But no more. Weedkillers are my new best friends. Along with weed cloth and rocks.
Here is a before and after of one area.
|Before: Weed City|
|After: Clean, neat and pruned. This bush will be overflowing with roses by the end of the month!|
Below is my snowball bush; an unruly monster on the east side yard. I will prune it, like last year, after it blooms. And that lavender is going bye-bye later this week. Then everything will be hoe-d nicely.
Below is part of the west side yard, where I will plant lilies, irises and campanula. I have to wait for July to divide those, so for now I am hauling in more soil, mulching and treating it.
These irises on the side yard are about to bloom, so watch for more pictures soon!
Well, that’s all for now. I was going to show you some more problem areas and tell you my plans, but DH is pretending he is dying of hunger, LOL. Backyard pix next time. Maybe I will have some progress photos on some of my other areas, too.
Tonight my plans are to piece a Snowball (4” round) and another project which I will share later in the week.