Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Rhododendrons won't grow in southern California....

Well, take a look at this beauty!
I have been babying two Anah Kruschke Rhododendrons for four years. I put one in a big pot and the other in the ground. This one is the one in the ground. No blooms on the potted one. Ramona gets into the 100's in the summer so I positioned them under the eaves of the house and shielded by a tree fern.

This is the first time it has bloomed. Isn't it gorgeous.

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    Mema is probably the most experienced quilter in town. She was the featured artist at the Ramona Quilt Show 2005. She specializes in applique. She also does the bang-up job on quilt bindings. So we worked out a deal over time. She has sewn the binding on 3 or 4 of my quilts and she finally gave me a quilt to do on my longarm. It was for a grandson
    away at college.

    I used a Jody Beamish panto called Paper Chase. The young man is a student at University of Redlands and is on the college baseball team. I thought that a college student is a paper-chaser so it seemed appropo. Plus his name is Chase so that worked out. And Paper Chase works well for a man's quilt.

    I was a bit worried about the applique so I custom quilted around college pennant (SID) and the baseball. I used cardinal red YLI to match the school colors. She was happy with it.

    My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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    I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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    • The Help (Kindle)
    • The Appeal by John Grisham
    • Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    • To Kill a Mockingbird (again) by Harper Lee
    • Bleachers by John Grisham

    This is called Fruit Cocktail

    This is called Fruit Cocktail
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