Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ohio Collection Blocks and Flowers

Here are this week's group of my Ohio Collection blocks.  I figure I am about 2/3 of the way finished with the blocks that I have planned for this quilt.  The problem is that I really don't have enough blocks yet to sew a section together.

This block is called Ohio Rose and measures 18".

Birds in the Air - 12".

Oak Leaf and Reel is also 12". This isn't my favorite block.  If this one doesn't fit in the quilt, I'll add it to my bag of orphan blocks.  

We were away on vacation last week, and I've spent this week catching up on things and trying to get back into some sort of routine.  I started off the second night home by opening the sliding door out onto the screened porch to make sure the screen was latched.  That set off the alarm, woke everyone up, and the alarm company called and said they had a sensor reading that the patio door was open.  There's nothing that gets your heart pumping quite like the sound of that alarm when you think you are being so quiet.

I bought a few flowers to plant in my containers and have been doing that this week.  Here is the view on the way to my front door.  

Everything except the pot on the step in the photo above is a perennial and had been planted last year.  These are Knockout Roses.  

I found something on Pinterest that said to plant something thrilling, filling and spilling when planting a container.  The thrilling (supposed to be something tall) is the spike plant, filling is different values of pink geraniums, and the spilling is the vine.  It's early so time will tell.

Here are more geraniums on the deck in back.

Some coleus in the shade of the screened porch.  I need to get busy and make some things for the porch.  I have a few ideas.

I've been spending some time sitting on the porch glue basting  hexagons.  I'll save those for another post.

I hope you are finding some time to do a bit of stitching today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  


  1. Why don't you like the Oak Leaf and Reel? I was thinking it is such a handsome block.
    Perennials are my best friend. I love that they keep coming back. I like that--thrill, fill, and spill.
    Lovely plants. I could use your help in the garden. : )

  2. Everything looks so beautiful! From your blocks to your flowers!

  3. The blocks are smashing and the planting looks great too. I could so live with that screened orch outlook!! I use trailing geraniums a lot over here in UK, can you get them there? Not perennial of course though some of mine have survived last years relatively mild winter by being situated close to the building and out of direct cold winds. Coleus leaves are always a joy to see with their colour combinations!

  4. I like a lot the Oak Leaf and Reel block!
    but, well, that's so personal and only you know what your project is or will be
    with these beautiful blocks! Looking forward to see them all together!
    The flowers are beautiful, too, and it's motivating me to finally start with mine...!
    And, oh, boy, what an adventure with the alarm! Poor LuAnn!
    Best wishes!

  5. I'm with the others - I think the oak leaf and reel is beautiful and can't imagine not including it in the quilt!

  6. Beautiful blocks. Can't wait to see all of them together. Hugs

  7. I like all your blocks for the Ohio quilt. I got to the point on the quilt that I decided to concentrate on blocks for one area of the quilt so I could start sewing a section together instead of going in order in the book. I found the Oak Leaf and Reel block time consuming for stitching when i did not think it would be. Looking forward to seeing more of your blocks.

    I do not have a green thumb. Your flowers in the containers look very pretty.

  8. Your flowers are all so pretty, inspire me to get going on my garden beds which are sadly neglected.

  9. Oh, I love your oak leaf and reel block--very nice! I hope you decide to keep it in the quilt. Your plantings are looking lovely!

  10. pretty flowers! I found lots of great container inspiration on Pinterest this year. Your Ohio blocks look great.

  11. Hi LuAnn! I love all your plants. I like the thrilling filling and spilling analogy. I might just remember that! Containers are so rewarding. I do enjoy them. Love your quilty blocks!


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