No quilting so far this week – but some knitting

I finished off the sock I was working on – another pair mated up.  Then right away I started on the mate to finish off another pair that was started so I wouldn’t be tempted to dig into some new hank of yarn and create another lonely single sock.  So I’m working on the heel of the current one.

The pepper plant I let go to red – well they are really red now and nearly ready for picking.  A few days more and I should be able to pick them all and they will be done.  And I’m swimming in tomatoes.  All those romas I thought would get ripe – well they finally did and nearly alll at once.  But they are so good.  I may freeze a few containers of them to use in casseroles, etc. just so I don’t have to eat them at every meal.. but I’m not complaining. They taste so much better than store bought!

Pictures of finished socks still need to be taken! and I have to figure out what I want to finish /start? for Socktoberfest!

Saturday progress

Amid several interruptions – a bit of laundry, cleaning out the fridge, going out for lunch, and stopping at the grocery store, I did manage to get a start on one of the projects on the design wall.  It took forever to get Baxter squared up properly – he just wasn’t cooperating – but finally did it, added a skinny red border and now I’m on to a pieced border with offset squares.  Here’s what I’ve got so far.

1005130021  The top and bottom border will be the same but I’m playing with EQ trying to figure out how I want the borders to look.  The “snow” and the “sky” definitely blend a bit too much in this one but he was too cute not to finish.

 

 

 

 

And look… more goodies from the garden pots.  I left one pepper plant go and haven’t picked them and they are now turning into lovely red peppers – nearly ripe enough to pick.

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Quilting up a Storm

It’s been another busy weekend of quilting.  I got started Friday and several more projects are out of the UFO bins and finished and others are nearing completion.

Here’s two that are now done.  I can’t take credit for the humming bird block – it’s been lingering in the swap bin for years and was a block I received from someone else but it turned out as a very cute wallhanging.  The bear block was an extra sample block I had made for a Nifty Fifty swap so was a lone orphan in the stash  and is now a finished project.

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Then there were the mitten swap blocks.  I pulled out the machine button hole stitched ones and set them together.  Here’s the top.  I played with different meanders when quilting the background of the  mittens to try out some different things and now just have the binding to sew down which is on tonight’s agenda.

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Today was also spent gazing at quilt eye candy at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo. Lots of lovely quilts and lots of lovely vendors!  My stashbusting efforts took kind of a hit but not too bad considering I only bought fat quarters.  Some to finish a project and some for an upcoming project I’ve started collecting them for which needs to be done before February – a quilt for an auction fund raiser.  Also a new little LED light that hooks to the sewing machine which is bendable so can adjust to just the right spot to shed more light when machine quilting so I’m anxious to give it a try.  An oh yes, a little kit for a pillow – the top is hand embroidered and colored with crayons and has a cute scruffy dog on it that was just too cute to pass up.  I keep thinking it’s Sunday since I took Friday off but no… one more day to sew! 🙂  And look bounty from the garden just picked too!

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Design Wall Monday

What’s on the design wall — well the blocks for these were on the wall last week and are now tops. 
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The two wineglass wallhangings were made for a swap at a quilt retreat in Texas a couple years ago and the Moon Over the Mountain block was also from a swap and is the most favorite out of all the ones I made – I love that background fabric – so I’m going to make a single little wallhanging out of that one.  The border fabric/alternate blocks in the wineglass wallhangings has all kinds of wine implements on it – openers, corkscrews, corks. etc.  Look for the wine glass EQ file to show up in the freebie downloads when I get a chance to load it.  It’s a paperpieced pattern.

 
Now on the design wall are these blocks.  
1004090002   It’s just a strippy pattern I found in a quilt magazine I wanted to try – really quick and easy.  The original pattern had strips of varying sizes but I had a jelly roll which worked out perfect for it.  Needs sashing between those rows yet and thena couple borders added.  Hmm.  My electrical outlets are not at the top of the wall – I just noticed the photo is upside down.   Oh well – doesn’t matter for the design.
 
 
 
And the big news – I finally got to pick some ripe tomatoes tonight!
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Yellow pear tomatoes and one biggie. A few need to sit in the bowl a day or so and ripen just a bit more but  the yellow ones are calling out to be put in a salad with mozarella and the big one is just calling out for a BLT I think … wonder if there’s any bacon in the freezer!
 

Pickin Time

The garden pots are coming along nicely.  This week I picked these:
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They don’t look very big in the photo but that’s one whopping large basket I’ve got them in.  They’re all about 4-5″ long so very nice sized.  In addition to these I previously picked two that I gave to a friend that stopped by and two others I ate.  I think the lighter green ones are from the “yellow” bell pepper plant so I’m going to let the rest of the ones still on that plant go to see if they ripen to yellow.    But those pepper plants are still loaded with more than a dozen additional peppers and still blossoming.
My tomatoe plants are loaded but the weather just hasn’t been hot enough to ripen them quickly.  Finally this weekend I saw this:
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Yes, those are yellow pear tomatoes finally starting to turn yellow.  I should be able to pick a couple for my dinner tomorrow night I think.
On the quilting front –  Stashbusting report – I’ve used about 5 yds this week for a quilt back but need to officially add it to my report yet and no new fabric.  Plus I’ve got a project I’ve been working on this weekend but will wait until the top is finished to tally that one.
I was greatly dismayed tho – I sewed the quilt backing for a lap quilt, pieced to sections of batting to use up some leftovers, and was ready to layer everything and discovered when I looked at the machine I do my machine quilting on that I must have knocked it against something when I put it in the closet because I had broken the walking foot.  It was hooked onto the machine but the plastic where it screws on was snapped right off.  I must have hit the edge of the fabric shelf I think.  Well no machine quilting for me this weekend.  I need to make a stop for a new foot one day this week.   Couldn’t really decide what to work on after that but finally pulled out a jelly roll grouping and have been making blocks with that from a magazine pattern I wanted to try.   The blocks are all done – very quick and easy.  But it’s  just been a lazy weekend and I just can’t get too enthused over anything so think I’ll go sit on the patio , have a cup of coffee, and try to figure out what kind of border I’m going to put on this project once I get the blocks all sashed.

Socks – their lonely “single” life

Yes, there are lonely socks at my house, they are single and looking for a mate.  They need to find a dating service for socks  – or they need me to stop trying out all the new lovely yarns and actually make them a mate!!  Here they are – aren’t they pretty.

1003290002   The dark one on the bottom just needs it’s toe woven together and it will be finished too.  But I have vowed I will finish their mates – well may not all of them – but a few of them before trying out any new yarn… well I’ll finish at least one of them… before trying out any new yarn.  I really like the way the ones with the all ribbed tops fit tho they look a bit odd when they are finished but that ribbing is very stretchy.

But yes I shall make them some mates so they don’t have to be lonely forever.  However, there is this…..

 

 

1003290006 Yes, it’s new sock yarn!  A dear friend who knows of my fairly recent fetish with making socks gave it to me for my birthday last week.  It’s such pretty shades of green – one of my favorite colors – and she wasn’t sure how much I needed so got two skeins which is enough for two pairs of socks.  I know she’d dearly love hand knit socks so she may get a pair for christmas made from this yarn.  Will power – I shall not break open the wrapper on this yarn until at least one sock above has a mate!  Maybe……

 

 

On the gardening front – in my little patio garden – look at the shiny green peppers peaking out from under these leaves. 

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There’s at least six of them peaking out and several more that are hidden among the leaves on these two plants alone.  I’ll have to give them a drink and see if there’s any ready for harvesting.

 

Here’s the rest of my little garden.

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It’s a bit hard to make out the plants form all the weeks and grass growing on the other side behind them but they are doing well with lots of tomatoes hanging on the vines too.  I had to get creative and pull the hanging basket crooks to put in behind them to tie the tomatoes to so they don’t fall over from the weight of the tomatoes at the ends of some of the vines.  I’m anxiously awaiting some ripe tomatoes!

The Garden

Dang someone (critter) has been eating on one of my tomatoes. I am not amused.  Knocked it right off the vine.  More peppers should be ready by the weekend and I’ll be chopping them up and freezing them.  Now if my tomatoes would just start turning red or yellow or whatever color they are supposed to be – ripe – yes that’s what I need.   I’ve got the feeling they will all be ripe at the same time and I won’t want to eat another tomato for a good long time but I’ll risk it.

Another sock has been finished — well I still have to weave the toe shut.  Hmm… I got some lovely new sock yarn from a friend… no, I shall work on one of the mates to the other single lonely socks I have finished and NOT start another new one.

More progress

It’s been a busy week so I haven’t been on the computer but tonight I finally had time to get a little sewing done and got another round of blocks added to the top I have been working on.  I had to turn it sideways on the design wall so I had room to work.  Here it is with it’s latest addition.
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I’m hoping to get the whole top together this weekend but we’ll see.
In the meantime, I started another sock – no I didn’t stick to my resolve to make the mates to the other two single socks I’ve got.  I had a lovely new yarn I wanted to try.  But I’ll start on one of the mates this weekend on the extra set of needles so can leave one in my bag to work on while going to and from work, and the other I’ll work on at home.
Here’s the latest one I’m working on with ribbed top – I just love the colors in it- it’s Mini Mochi color 103  – and with the merino wool in it, is lovely and soft.
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It’s been raining off and on for days – but my little garden pots are doing well.  There’s a least 15 little bell peppers now and I keep finding a few more baby tomatoes have sprouted every day. I’m anxiously awaiting the first ripe ones.

Garden – near disaster!

The garden pots are looking great.  However I came home tonight and my giant tomato pot had tipped over!  It had been sitting on top of two big landscape square logs but it was really windy and the wind must have caught it.  Luckily when I tipped it back up (and set it on level ground instead of the logs) it appears it’s no worse for the tumble.  It’s got one lonely little tomatoe on it so fawr.  The yellow pear as several clusters of them now growing and  one pepper plant in particular is loaded with tiny little bell peppers.    Obviously they are not as protected from the wind as I thought they were down below the hill here and they’re a bit top heavy since the plants are so tall.  Oops  – actually there is one little broken branch on one of tomatoes that took the fall I notice now but not the main stalk so that’s a good thing.  I got a delivery today from a coworker of fresh raspberries and lettuce out of their garden which look really good so think there will be some berries for dinner tonight.
No sewing progress the past couple of nights since I’ve been busy with other things but the latest sock I’m knitting I’ve just rounded the heel  so have made it past the half way mark! LOL  It’s lime green, shades of blue and if I remember right a little gray mixed in.  Yes, everyone is going to have very bright socks!

Heat and Humidity

It’s been a week of hot and very humid weather which is finally letting up a bit.  But one good thing about it, I think my tomatoes and peppers are growing several inches each night in this weather.  Both have started blossoming  – so far so good – and my pot grown veggie plants look much healthier than those growing in the apartment garden plot which were planted at the same time – so maybe it’s to my advantage they forgot to make me a garden space. 

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This weekend there’s a birthday party for my OLDER brother — much OLDER since he’s now 50! 🙂  And my parents are making the visiting rounds in Wisconsin and Iowa having tried to escape the Arizona heat.  So there will be a gathering of most of the family – with the exception of my younger brother and his family who couldn’t come back from Georgia rigth now.

Now see this pile of quilts – well actually lap quilts and wallhangings of various sizes and shapes – little do they (the family) know it but we’re going to have the great quilt giveaway tomorrow.  This is only a portion of what was hanging finished in the closet.  How many quilts and wallhangings does one quilter need to keep!  So I figure we’ll put everyone’s name in a hat, and whoever’s name we draw, gets to choose first which, if any, quilt they want.  Now don’t you wish you were going to be at this gathering!  But first I have to go check the stack (see below) again to make sure I haven’t included any in there that I truly want to keep.  I think there’s about 15-17 different projects in that stack.

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