Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan Claire. This is day one hundred and seventy-two of that project.

This quilt block shows three large juniper hedges in a row against a blue background. Each hedge has a tight spiral of green stitching to indicate the texture. The hedges themselves are made up of rectangular green fabric, with a small brown trunk at the bottom.

Hedges are a beautiful way to separate or screen one area from another. So much more organic and soft in appearance than a fence.

Most hedges however are far from soft. Juniper is one evergreen that can be sculpted into a desired height and shape and they are quite “pokey”. They have to be monitored and maintained regularly to stay “in shape”.

This hedge screens an old residence set back from the road. It is one of the large brick farmhouses originally built a hundred years ago.

At the time it was surrounded by a large kitchen garden and a carriage house and landscaped grounds. The fields were even further behind the house.

It was here before the town grew up around it. The garden remains but the carriage house is now a guest house.

Some of the farmland remains in farming and you will see some of that later on.

A great great granddaughter of the original owners lives here with her family. It’s extremely unusual for a residence to remain in one family for so long so this one is truly unique.