Sunday, May 26, 2013

Spring Day

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This rose grows beside the back door, in an unruly and leggy shrub that threatens to swallow the sidewalk.  It is copious with thorns like needles.  You need a suit of armor to prune it, but I pruned it, hard, and it came back the next year meaner than ever, taller and leggier than before.  I’m a little afraid of it.  But oh my, those blooms smell divine.  They have the scent that other flowers wish they had.  This thing never lets me forget that it is a rose.  In two weeks, these blooms will be full of amorous and starving Japanese beetles and by then my attention will be on the peonies anyway, but right now, today, I can’t walk past this deadly thing, in spite of its clawing branches, without giving it a good hearty sniff. 

I’ve got a new quilt in the works now, too.  These brisk spring sunshine-y days are perfect for quilts.  A quilt is kind of a warm weather thing to me, I don’t know, I just want to spread one on the grass underneath the fireworks. 

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17 comments:

  1. Another quilt? You amaze me especially after I learned this weekend that I can not sew a straight line. Enjoy your weekend.
    Meredith

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  2. Looks like it will be a perfect quilt for sitting out on the grass on a sunny summer day. :)

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  3. It looks like a rugosa rose. Those things are tough as nails. I had a white one, which I loved, but I have a small yard and at the time three small boys. Not a good combination- dagger thorns and boys. It had to go. Now I'm thinking of planting a Therese Bugnet. It's a rugosa, but nearly thornless. I've been much inspired by your crochet and quilting posts. You surely have a knack for combining colors.
    Dee/NY

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  4. Yes I think it is rosa rugosa - otherwise known as the dog rose. I have a hedge of them outside the back fence and you're right - the smell is divine! Mine are nowhere near flowering yet but when they do I'll be braving the thorns for a little posy too x Jane

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  5. i wonder why that beautiful rose needs so many thorns to survive? i am in love with your yellow and white quilt already, it's going to be so pretty! i just finished a very unsummery sweater, but out at the islands we live near, it can be very cold and windy all year! i am thinking how useful and lovely a quilt would be too now... :)

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  6. Lovely post.. so refreshing! I could feel the rose's fragrance.. no kidding!
    the quilt seems like a fun idea :) may be I shall finally try sewing, as you inspire me :)
    Have a wonderful day!

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  7. That sounds interesting... Can't wait to see the results.
    I love beautiful roses that smells wonderful... There is nothing that reminds me more of spring and summer.

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  8. Hi There,Ha-Ha!!!You're so funny!!!Never heard of anyone in fear of their rose bush!!!I must admit...that is a really HUGE bloom!!!Seems as though this is a really thorny issue for you!!!Have a great week!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  9. The design of your quilt looks beautiful! It screams summer to me :) I think quilts are an all-year round kinda thing, for when it's cold you can snuggle up under one and when it's warm you can indeed use them for those long summer evenings in the grass :)

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  10. hi kristen,
    i have been working my way thru your blog and i am convinced now that we were separated at birth(i, however, would not be using the size "A" dress form, ahem...). so i'm making the pale colors quilt, we both have the green singer sewing machine, we both like the monkees(but, then, who doesn't?). then i see you've made the dottie angel patchwork-looking crocheted blanket, me too, and the crochet edged pillowcases, me too. so, you might say "well, we just follow the same blogs". "true", i'd say. but, then i read about lu. i , too, had a sweet little chicken named lou-lou who turned out to be LOU! ok? i'm kind of scared to keep reading!!! :) lovin' it!

    jen

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  11. Nothing says Spring like a daffodil yellow quilt. We must be on the same page, because I have one started too!
    Cheers
    Lynne

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  12. Is this an old-fashioned kind of rose? I have two roses. One is about 2 inches high now that a rabbit ate it (it's a miniature rose, but I don't think it's supposed to be THAT miniature), and the other is about 2 feet high. The 2' high rose has thorns, and I don't know about you, but as soon as I get pricked by a thorn I get SO ANGRY and feel like I could turn into the Incredible Hulk! It feels like a personal attack on me ... I would feel this way if my lovely dog viciously bit me on purpose. I'm not sure this angry attacking rose will be worth the trouble so I've put a cage around it for now. Good luck with your rose ... and I guess we'll see the finished results of your summery quilt next week? Wendy :)

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  13. I'm with you on quilts on the lawn! I take one of the many here with us every time we go to the park. (There simply aren't enough benches and I have more than enough quilts.) My daughter loves being able to plop down on one of her "night-nights" to take a breather before jumping back into the playground action.

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  14. That's going to be gorgeous. Perfect colours for summers reading under a tree. :)

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  15. Our roses arent yet ready to come out for a while yet, although the buds are getting bigger.Everything seems behind this year.Your rose is a gorgeous colour!
    Love the new quilt design, there's something special about simple designs with white, they always look so stunning.Enjoy the making!
    Gill xx

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  16. Really lovely quilt pattern!

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