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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Say it with Flowers

Today is my day to show you my creation. This is somethings that I started a few years ago and didn't get very far when I thought it was way to much work. So it was put away and every once in a while I would take a block out and finish it. So when this hop came along I thought this would be the chance to take it out and finish it.

I want to thank Madame Sam at Sew we Quilt and Carol at Just let me Quilt. They put so much work into this for us to enjoy.

So for my piece. I just love this piece and I think it will go to my youngest grand daughter who is seven for Christmas. She saw it and loved it because it was pink.





I am machine quilting this and it is coming along nicely. I am covering it with hearts. There are thirty blocks and I hand appliqued them all as I started this before I got my new sewing machine. It is not 100% done yet but most of it is. Between working on this and my flower beds I have been busy.






I should of taken picture of how bad these looked before I took at them. I pulled my shoulder out last spring and spent time at the chiropractor did half of the front bed and had to go back to the chiropractor and decided it was to expensive to do this so they didn't get touched last year and what a mess. I got into my husbands gravel pile and redid all the walk ways as the weeds even over took them. I picked up 45 more bags of soil today and if it doesn't rain hope to get them on tomorrow.

Now if you have made it this far I usually have a give away. Well I can't change my pattern so I decided that I would send someone the magazine of this quilt and two fat quarters to some lucky person. There is lots of fun things to do in this magazine and I am sure someone would really enjoy it. Just leave me a comment leaving me with an idea on a certain flower that you like to add to your flower beds that is easy to maintain as I am away a lot during the summer. I love flowers that bloom more in the fall as that is when I am home more. Oh the give away.


So I hope you enjoyed my posting and good luck with the give away. I will mail anywhere. So I hope you will visit everyone in the hop and are enjoying it as much as I am. 

Look who's showing their flowers today:

The whole blog hop schedule can be found HERE.





150 comments:

  1. Your quilt is very pretty - the quilting makes it really pop! Nice choice of colors also :) For fall blooming flowers, I chose New England Asters when I lived in Maine. They are a perennial and are quite tall. They were always a nice way to end the summer.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the advice on the flowers. I am writing them all down then will go to the flower shop and see what I can come up with.

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  2. I love your quilt. Very pretty - I love Purple Coneflower - they need almost no care and come back bigger and better every year. Thank you at the chance for the giveaway! Enjoy the hop! jan

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    1. Thanks and I will try the flower shop to see if I can fine that flower.

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  3. Your quilt is just beautiful !!!! And I really enjoyed the photos :) And a Giveaway - so wonderful !!! Thank you

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I am glad that the quilt is almost a complete.

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  4. Beautiful quilt!!!! What a lucky granddaughter. Gosh,I'm not really good with flowers (I used to be, don't know what happened)...but growing up my Mom always had lots and lots of marigolds...they always seemed to thrive no matter what.

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    1. I am the same way. I love the flowers but not good at what works the best. A friend of mine mentioned marigolds.

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  5. Lovely quilt and very lucky Granddaughter! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. The quilt is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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  7. The quilt is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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  8. Beautiful appliqué. My granddaughters like pink too. I have a happy herb garden but I'm not very good with flowers.I have a couple of sunflowers growing under the birdfeeder and a bird of paradise that is out of control. And since I live in southern California I have no idea what blooms in autumn. Sorry I'm no help.

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    1. Maybe that is what I should start growing Herbs. But know less about them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. What a lovely quilt! And your flower beds are gorgeous also...so much work but so worth it! I live in the desert now but when I lived in Oregon most of the flowers I planted bloomed in spring and summer. I usually planted Kale plants for color in the fall and winter. I don't know where you live but it is absolutely beautiful there!

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    1. Thanks, these beds were made six years ago when both of my sons got married. Then the photografer used the wild fields to take his pictures. I do love the beds when they look their best. I do like kale and always think about them in the fall and forget about them in spring. Thanks for reminding me.

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  10. Your quit us gorgeous !!!! Well worth the work !!
    As is your garden...i know how mch work that... My back achefor you just looking at the oictures..LOL
    My favorite flower in my garden is the butterfly tree ( actually it is a shrub) .or the Anemone ...these flower beautiful in the falll

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    1. My mother was going to buy me a butterfly bush for my birthday. I must remind her. Thanks for stoppin by.

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  11. OMGosh this is a beautiful quilt...I love it and your granddaughter will too..I have a 4 yr old granddaughter that loves pink also. I love stargazer lilies but for the fall hmmm. I plant Mandiville in the spring and it blooms thru the fall or Shock Roses are bloomers thru to the cooler weather and very easy to take care...hope this helps..

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    1. Starglazer lilies sound so pretty. I must look for them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Gorgeous quilt and thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. What a wonderful quilt. Please call me in! What a chance to sew this quilt.
    Bea

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  14. What an absolutely beautiful quilt and flower bed. I wish I could tell you what flowers to use, but my flower garden is a disaster. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Glad I have got pass that disaster, for this year anyway.

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  15. Love your quilt! Beautiful!
    I am afraid I have no flower advice for you.
    Thanks for offering the chance to win.
    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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  16. What a great quilt. So pretty your flowers are.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Frederika

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and good luck on the draw.

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  17. Gorgeous quilt, your granddaughter is a lucky girl. We would have heathers here for colour, but I don't know if they would work for you.

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    1. Will check that out. It sounds pretty.

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  18. Grat job ! Thanks for sharing !

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  19. Your grand daughter will be so happy to receive such a wonderful quilt.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop

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  20. This is a beautiful quilt!! I love the colors:)

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  21. Thank you for sharing pics of your flowers! Sorry about your grandmother... so tough. Our thoughts are with you lady! Beautiful quilt. I'm just learning how to do this whole process and as my mother-in-law says it's a bug ya catch and am glad we do! :0)

    darlene
    kittyklaws13411@yahoo.com

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  22. Lovely quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. Beautiful quilt and your grandaughter will love,it. Thanks for the chance.

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  24. I am no expert on flowers...petunias do well where I live

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    1. I like petunias but they need to be dead headed and where I am away a lot they don't work well here. I love the wavey petunias and have had them before. Maybe I will try them again.

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  25. Lovely flowers - all of them! Your garden is beautiful and I know that little granddaughter will be delighted with your quilt. Thanks for sharing today (don't enter me in the giveaway; I already have too much fabric!)

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    1. Well thanks for leaving a commemt and thanks for the nice words.

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  26. Such a lovely quilt. I am like Susan above. I don't grow many flowers, not enough sun in my yard. Impatiens and vinca do well for me being shade lovers.

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    1. Impatiens do well in my garden so maybe I should get some of them again.

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  27. I love your quilt, so pretty! As for flower recommendations, you can't go wrong with zinnias and the hummingbirds love them!!

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    1. I will look for them. Thanks for the advice.

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  28. How beautiful Marla...and I love your photos...your backdrop of your garden makes it every sooooo dainty..

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    1. Thanks they are startiing to look great. Thanks for stopping by.

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  29. a pink quilt with hearts quilted on it is perfect for a girl your granddaughter's age. She will be a happy girl I'm sure !

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    1. I am pretty sure she will love it. It is nice practise for me and she will not notice my flaws.

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  30. Everything looks great marla! You did well on your quilt and the gardens have come together nicely

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  31. Great flower quilt for your granddaughter! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. What a lucky Grand daughter. Your quilt is lovely. And so are your flower beds. Both take a lot of work and love.

    I like Bachelor Buttons. They come back every year and spread.

    Thanks for a chance at your drawing
    Jacqueline

    Jleibfried@aol.com

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  33. What a beautiful quilt! I love applique and pink too so that one caught me eye. Well I don't know what flowers grow well where you live, but here in the high desert I love echinacea/coneflowers, false sunflowers too as they grow wild and don't need much water.

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  34. I love your quilt, your flower garden is looking good too. I love hollyhocks but I'm not sure they would grow well where you are.

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    1. I tried hollyhocks and didn't have much luck. I think I plabted them in the shade and they didn't get enough sun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  35. The flowers and pink fabric are just beautiful in your quilt! Your granddaughter is a lucky girl and will love to wrap up in that quilt I'm sure. Your yard is so lovely! I don't have any flowers beds, but if I did I'd fill them with tulips. Thanks for hopping wit us. :O)

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    1. Thanks. It was a long time getting done and I am happy to have it almost finished. Tulips are a beautiful sprin flower and if you can see the one bed has the last of them.

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  36. Love the quilt - lucky grandaughter. And congrats for being featured for today!

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  37. Beautiful quilt! Beautiful garden too. I don't have much of a garden yet, so far I've only planted strawberries. I'd love to have apple trees someday too.

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    1. I actually planted a few strawberries in one of my beds. They came free one day I was at the flower shop and I couldn't throw them away. They are in blossom now.

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  38. Maria, your quilt is so beautiful. Could you give me the name of the magazine and the date published? I would love to find this pattern, and I may not win. LOL I love the beautiful hearts that you quilted. Your granddaughter will feel so much love snuggling under this gorgeous quilt. Your flowers are beautiful, too!

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    1. The magazine is called Quilt Fresh Flower Designs. Issue April/May 2009 #99.
      It was a lot of work but am happy with the out come.

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  39. Love the quilt. It is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing and for the opportunity on your draw.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  40. Beautiful quilt. Congrats on being one of the chosen.
    I love fairy roses when I livin Chicago. Don't see them in Houston. Now I have Forever roses. The fairy roses bloomed til the first snowfall in Chicago. The Forever rose blooms all year in Hoston.

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    1. Thanks I was surprised. My wild roses does nice but I have trouble growing other roses. I love them but they need lots of work I think.

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  41. Fabulous quilt - and garden too!
    Geum are pretty reliable here in the UK with me!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Not sure if we have Geum here but they sound pretty.

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  42. Beautiful quilt. Congrats on being one of the chosen.
    I love fairy roses when I livin Chicago. Don't see them in Houston. Now I have Forever roses. The fairy roses bloomed til the first snowfall in Chicago. The Forever rose blooms all year in Hoston.

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    1. I just googled fairy roses and they are beautiful I will have to look for those. Thanks for stopping by.

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  43. gorgeous quilt. I'd love to add bleeding hearts to my flower bed.

    thanks for the chance to win your giveaway

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  44. I like your quilt. Your Granddaughter will have a warm Christmas.For a flower to see this late summer, how about the Naked Ladies? I don't know their true name, maybe surprise lily? They put forth their green broad leaf, then a couple of months later, up pops an orange lily with 2-4 blooms on the plant.

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  45. Oh dear marla, I am not a garden girl at all. But my two favs - roses and sweet peas. Would love to win. Love your quilt.

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  46. Love your quilt it is so pretty. I love roses and they seem to take care of themselves, just needing dead heading to keep the flowering.

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    1. I have good luck with the wild roses but the other ones need more care and with being away so much they don't get the care. A friend of mine mother used to put sea weed around them before winter and she had the most beautiful roses. She won a lot of awards with her roses. Thanks for stopping by.

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  47. Congrats on placing! Lovely quilt and garden!

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  48. Your quilt is just gorgeous and your quilting is beautifully done! You truly deserve a prize!!
    Greetings from Switzerland

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    1. Greetings from Hopewell Cape NB. It is so nice of you to stop by. It would be nice to get a prize, I hope. Good luck on the draw.

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  49. Marla- Your quilt is gorgeous and the pictures of your gardens/flowers are fantastic. I am jealous of anyone who can garden as I am "garden challenged." In addition, my allergies keep me inside most of the year (weeds, trees & grass pollen), so I have to admire the outside from afar. From California, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mine are not as bad as they used to be. I think I have grown out of it. I only had one flair up this spring and took some algery pills and fixed. It usually effects my eyes. Glad you could stop by.

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  50. I know nothing about gardening, or next to nothing. I do well to recognizing what a certain flower might be. I'll say zinnias because I had a row of those when I was a kid and my dad often plants a row of them along the driveway at their present home. THX for the giveaway offer.

    Love your daisy quilt and like your grand, love the pink. ( Lots of pink in my bedroom) You are doing such a great job on the quilting as well Do you have much more to do on it? Binding definitely.

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    1. I am terrible with the names of plants. Just a few I reconize. A friend was over today and I have three spots that are weeds but they sure look like plants.I will leave them for a while just to make sure.
      I am quite happy with this quilt and it was a lot of work. Glad it is almosat done.

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  51. I live in the deep south and daylillies are the easiest flower to grow around here.
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. I have a few lilies thst are yellow that bloom all summer. Thanks for stopping by.

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  52. Hi Marla, beautiful quilt, all that hand work is lovely. Your garden beds are also looking beautiful. excellent job on both.

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    1. My mother said it was to rain today so I got up early to work in the garden. I started at 8:30 and it didn't start raining until noon. Now my arms feel like they want to fall off. I head to PEI tomorrow so I can rest them for a while. Thanks for stopping by.

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  53. I agree, daylillies are easy. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  54. A very cozy quilt, beautiful colours and flowers!

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  55. Your quilt and your flower beds are beautiful! Your granddaughter will be so thrilled to get it!
    Around here, zinnias are about the easiest flower to grow. They come up wild from seed and can withstand the hot sun. I'm not sure where you live, but they may not be best for your area.

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    1. That seems to be a popular one. I will have to look for it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  56. Your granddaughter is a lucky girl,as this is a beautiful quilt! Thank you for also sharing your flower beds with us :) My flower of choice is Sunflowers.

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    1. I tried sunflowers one year and didn't have much luck. Thanks for stopping by.

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  57. HI! LIKE YOUR BEAUTIFUL QUILT!
    TRY ZINNA'S THEY'RE PRETTY HARDY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  58. Love the quilt!
    I live in the middle of Texas and Hydrangeas and Mexican poppies do well:)

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  59. That is a lovely quilt, I love my roses, they bloom in the spring and then again in fall, I don't have a green thumb at all and they still flower beautifully, I also have daylillies that bloom pretty long from now till the end of summer and once again I don't touch them.

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    1. It must be to damp here because roses don't last well. The wild roses bloom quite well. Thanks for stopping by.

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  60. Your quilt is fab! I lvoe Hydrangeas. They come back every year and look gorgeous!

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    1. My Hydrangeas have lots of buds. My sister n law has lots of these and the deer ate every bud. She was pretty disappointed. Thanks for stopping by.

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  61. Your quilt is so beautiful - soft and dreamy colors. I loved it!

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  62. Oh who springy looking is this. I just love it!

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  63. Beautiful quilt, really matching your garden as well:-)

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  64. I love black eye susans. They are pretty carefree and gorgeous and leave a lovely looking seed pod tha tlooks nice for fall and winter for the birdies to eat. Love your quilt absolutely beautiful. Your grandaughter should love it.

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    1. I just planted a couple of those today. A friend had dug them up for me. I hope they grow. They look pretty hardy. Thanks for stopping by.

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  65. Just found your blog on the hop and love how you write and what you post... would love to see some more on your quilting ... will look in your archives :) Thanks for a chance to win some luscious fabric and a pattern mag too! Kathi

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    1. Thanks. It has been pretty near a year since I started blogging and I just love it. It is part of my day now and I would miss it if I couldn't see what everyone is working on.

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  66. I love your Sweet Pink Daisies! What a wonderful quilt, thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  67. What a charming quilt. I really love it. Thanks for sharing.
    cheers
    maggie

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  68. I love violets. I like that they are low and I don't have to worry about them falling over or cutting them off.

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    1. A very nice flower. They grow wild here and usually all over the lawn. Very pretty. Thankls for stopping by.

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  69. A favorite flower of mine is gaillardia. They are heat and drought tolerant. Your quilt is lovely. Beautiful applique work.

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    1. I just googled them and they are very pretty. Love the colours. Thanks for stopping by.

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  70. very lovely work. Love the pic of your flowers! I love tulips :)

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    1. The last of my tulips are pretty near gone. Just have one bunch left. Thanks for stopping by.

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  71. Love your quilt!!! Awesome job!!!

    I really don't have a very green thumb! lol (your flower beds are amazing!!) I love Mums in the fall....coneflowers, and even low growing Alyssium (spelling) continue to grow thru Fall. Hope you share Fall pictures too! :)

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    1. I planted three mums last summer and I didn't think they were doing very well all summer and then early fall came and didn't they come to life and they were beautiful. Thanks for stopping by.

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  72. Your quilt is gorgeous and your granddaughter is very lucky to be the recipient . I think marigolds are easy flowers to maintain , they take care of themselves and add lots of color.

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    1. I have had marigolds before and they do do well. I am lucky I don't have to buy to many this year. I might try a few. Thanks for stopping by.

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  73. I love your quilt! Very feminine. Your gardens are great just the way they are.

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  74. I really enjoyed seeing your flowers. The quilt is amazing. Beautiful colors and so well photographed. Thanks for sharing.

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  75. Gorgeous quilt, and love your yard. Beautiful.

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  76. Marla, I love that quilt! COngratulations on your being picked on Madame Samm's selections. You are so great at all you do!

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    1. Thanks and I am excited that I was picked. Thanks for stopping by.

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  77. Your quilt is beautiful! I have a granddaughter who is turning six this year and she would also love it. I'm a big fan of pansies in the fall, they love cool weather

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  78. Your quilt is beautiful. and your flower beds look really nice. I can only plant flowers in containers as the animals in the neighborhood eat them all. I love the everblooming begonias. They last until the frost. They are so ruffly and come in many colors.

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  79. Beautiful quilt! Thank you for sharing. One of my favorite perennials are African Daisies. They come in a variety of bright colors and bloom mid summer to fall. They reportedly do not like too much frost but I have had them return successfully in Zone 5/6. I first planted them many years ago as a border to a veggie garden without knowing they were perennials and was happily surprised. This was in an open area on a hill, too. Since then I have grown them in sunny sheltered areas. Your garden looks lovely ...:) Pat

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  80. Your quilt is so pretty! What a wonderful gift for anyone who loves pink!

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  81. I love pink and I love your quilt! Your little one will really enjoy that quilt once you get it finished. Thanks for the chance to win your fun giveaway!

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  82. Well, I don't have a yard (yet) so i have no idea what flower to plant for fall time! Ahh! Maybe some succulents for summer?

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  83. Your quilt is so pretty. Have you thought about planting chrysanthemums? I think of them as autumn flowers. Thank you for a sweet giveaway too.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  84. How beautiful. I just love the fabric you chose for it.

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  85. That quilt is so beautiful, I love pink also! I like to have lilies in my garden!
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  86. Beautiful quilt! Very girly. :)
    You're garden could use some perennials like phlox paniculata. They bloom in late summer and autumn.

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  87. Your quilt is so beautiful, so great that youfinished it for this hop.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Bente

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  88. You did a beautiful job with your quilt! I think Petunias are great hangers on, as well as marigolds...they take a beating from me as far as watering goes and still seem to hang in there. Your garden is huge! I can see you have lots of fun out there as well!

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  89. You just can't go wrong with a Dresden Plate!! Love your flowers too.

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  91. Your quilt is very pretty! Since the hydrangea I planted last year got pulled up, I think I'll be planting another hydrangea. :-)

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  92. I love your quilt. The pastel colors are just beautiful. I am green with envy over your garden. I live in AZ. where it is HOT and flowers don't last very long. Thank you for sharing.

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  93. I love your quilt. Unfortunately, I don't have a green thumb, so I am not going to recommened(sp) any flowers. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  94. Colchicum are very lovely and come in pink and white varieties. They are easy to care for and bloom in the fall. Very lovely quilt. I love the flower center for each block.

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