Friday, July 31, 2009

Borders and Butterflies

Oh, what a week it has been. One multiple day parrot visit to the vets that cost more than a new sewing machine. I'll be paying for that stay for a while. I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend of creativity!!

Breast Cancer Quilt Borders

I determined what I want the borders to my Breast Cancer Quilts to be. I am going to use corner squares using the extra light and dark pink blocks I have. I'll have dark block corner squares and then I'm going to applique hearts on them. It's probably going to take me two weekends just to finish the 16 applique heart squares I need to complete. Here's the EQ6 layout of how I imagine it will look.

I had honestly forgotten what border fabric I had picked out and was happy to see the outer border fabric has free flowing hearts in it!. It's been so long since I looked at the fabric purchased. I knew the backing fabric had a patchwork feel to it will all kinds of Breast Center blocks. Here's a repeat of the borders and background fabric chosen.

Butterfly Season

Last year, hubby and I raised our first Monarch Butterfly. Why??? Just something I always wanted to do since I love butterflies. We successfully raised I think 5 of them. So in preparation for this year, hubby planted more milkweed. Until it blooms, to me, it looked like a huge weed that I wanted cut down!! Luckily they are way in the back by the border trees of the property. Our two milkweed plants are over 5' high each. They needed to be tied since they tipped over in a storm. They finally bloomed last week so at least they look a little better. Here's a close up of the bloom and one of our "tree" plants.

We have been waiting patiently for the monarchs to come but have not seen any for a while until last week finally! Sure enough, today we checked the leaves and here is our first teeny tiny monarch egg. It's about the size of a pin head. We brought it in and place it in our tiny crate awaiting the emergence of the caterpillar. We'll keep you posted along the way.

Monarch Egg

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