June 1 was Global and National Running Day.  I decided it would be appropriate for me to participate in a “Fun Run”…that is, heading to my sewing room to make the easiest, fastest fun runner.  I had just small cuts of samples of the Cotton+Steel cotton/linen blend canvas and used them to make two runners.  On both, the smallest piece available determined the width of the runner.  I cut random widths and played with the placement using the same print at the each end of the runner.  Somehow, it just seemed more balanced that way…you know, a beginning and a end.  I had a binding prepared and not used from years ago in my binding scrap basket that turned out to be perfect for the long narrow runner.  The other runner sports a scrap binding, always a favorite for me.  The long narrow runner found its home at my daughter’s cabin on the white harvest table.  It is pretty cute there.IMG_1841

IMG_1842The second runner found its home at my house….often on the kitchen island or the dining room table.  I even use it now and then on the back of the couch just to add some touch of color that we can see from the dining room and the kitchen.IMG_1849

2016-07-01 09.13.03My Garden this Week  This is my favorite daylily…Rosy Return.  If I deadhead faithfully it will bloom throughout the summer.

2016-07-01 08.00.14Some of my hydrangeas have started blooming.  They really help brighten up large spaces in the garden and their blooms last all the way into the fall, changing their colors as the season progresses.

2016-06-28 19.05.44These Annabelle’s are pretty glorious and I love them grouped with Sun King peeking out just behind.  The contrast is stunning, especially in the morning sun.2016-06-28 19.07.552016-06-28 19.05.57

This variety (Kyushu) has an airy bloom that will turn rusty/pink later in the summer and even a deeper hue in the fall.  It is about 8 feet tall and a visual anchor in my back garden.  The other varieties of Hydrangeas bloom later in the season.  It is always a good plan to have blooming times staggered throughout the summer.  There is always something to look forward to each week.2016-06-28 19.13.58

This is one of my favorite combinations…no blooms but great leaf color and shape contrast (Tiger’s Eye Sumac and Britt Marie Ligularia).  Mixing plants is much like coordinating fabrics for a project…a blend of different sizes of prints and print images is the most pleasing.

We are having company at the cabin this weekend and into next week, so it is off to the kitchen to get things going.  My niece and her family from CO are coming and we are all very excited to see them and spend time with them at what she remembers as her grandparent’s cabin.  The weather forecast is good so all should have fun in the water, in the boat and on shore with a cold drink and plenty of good food.

4 Comments on FUN RUN (NERS)

  1. Cindy Ferland
    July 6, 2016 at 6:39 am (4 years ago)

    I love your table runners and am astounded by your garden. Hard to grow much here in the desert in El Paso.

    • thimbleberries
      July 6, 2016 at 8:18 am (4 years ago)

      Our summer growing season is our reward for our winters, I guess. We sure make the most of spring, summer and fall.

  2. Kathy
    July 3, 2016 at 9:58 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Lynette, I love this post and especially how you “ran” to your sewing room! That made me laugh. I love both runners, love the fabrics you used, love how Kerry ended up with one of them. Which by the way looks lovely on her tangle. (My second daughter’s name is also Kerry). I like to put table runners on the backs of my rocking chairs. They fit perfectly there and it adds a pop of color like you said. I’m going to have to make a couple of these myself, the fabrics you chose is perfect.

    I enjoyed seeing your flowers and shrubs, they are so pretty. Here in CT, our hydrangeas are not even budding yet, just leaves. But the orange day lilies that grow wild on the side of the road are in bloom.

    I always get excited believe it or not, when I check my mail and see a new post from Thimbleberries! Enjoy your time this week with your guest, it sounds like a lot of fun!

    • thimbleberries
      July 3, 2016 at 7:56 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Kathy…sounds like we have a lot in common. Nice to hear you love the blog.


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