Busy Day

gardening, LeMoyne Stars – Star Garden, Mini Tumblers – “Tumbling Into Insanity”, Winter Wonderland

Yesterday for a change I got a little bit done!  I got back to Winter Wonderland, I figured out my problems and got the sashing strips on to make it a good rectangle of an even number size so I could make 6.5 inch blocks to start putting around it.  I decided to stay with square in a square blocks – super easy to make.  I will be mixing the colors up more than what I show here the colors in this bundle is red/white print/beige prints.  I decided to use the jelly roll first – less cutting.  Just a start – I will need to lower the embroidery center down a little bit as there will be at least two or three rows on top and bottom.  I’m really not sure what the size of this quilt will be – it might end up queen size.  The main problem I have with this quilt right now looking at it on the wall is the center is too light compared to the rest – I  have to really mix in a lot of lot of light color blocks in the patchwork to even it out.  I have never made one like this before so maybe it will grow on me.  I might applique a very thin strip around the outside edge of the embroidery blocks as well in a dark red.  I might show that tomorrow and just pin in place.  I am linking to Super Mom – No  Cape for embroidery project and to Esther’s Quilt Blog.  Tune in tomorrow as there will be more updates on the look of this quilt!


I got this much binding done on one side of the Tumbling Into Insanity quilt – almost done with this side!  I just need to find something interesting to watch on tv for this week and sit and stitch.  I am linking up to JulieKQuilts: binding blitz for my binding.


Almost done with this row on Lemoyne Stars,  the last row of the stars is at the top of the frame I think, I will find out for sure when I roll in down in a couple days – the border should be right up there as I turn it.


I am getting very tired of watering my garden and last night I decided to dig up my sweet potatoes as I figured they most likely hadn’t been doing well as nothing else had been!  this is what I got out of 8 plants – not much!  only one giant size and most of the rest fairly small.  I also picked 3 tomatoes that I will leave to ripen a couple more days before I use them and there was one more tiny melon that had fallen off of it’s stem – these are so little it is pitiful-I have two more and I doubt they well even get this big – I was tempted to pull them up but left them for this week and I bet they will fall off by next week end and give me a morsel of cantaloupe to enjoy.


A better way to judge the size of the melon – the tomato is just an ordinary size – so you can see that melon is pretty small!


If the cucumbers do not produce much more they are getting torn out also, the pumpkins have two still turning orange so I will leave them be – the carrots are in the ground but I only have less than a dozen going and of course the tomatoes – at least some are turning orange now, but there sure are a lot of green ones going.  Oh well better luck next year right!

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17 comments… add one
  • Kristie Aug 3, 2015

    I love those blocks on your Winter Wonderland. Some of my garden is starting to dry up too. My cabbage is shot…I will not be getting anything from that at all.
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  • Deb Aug 3, 2015

    Winter Wonderland is going to be fun to watch…as in what you end up doing.

    I picked the last of my cukes the other day and took a bag to the grandkid tribe down the road. The vines were crisping up and cukes turning yellow in the heat even though I was watering every day. My green beans are done as well though I’ll plant more later I think.

  • Kate Aug 3, 2015

    Hello Karen! Haven’t said hello for a while, but I read all your posts. You think you’ve been lazy, but compared to the work I’m not getting done, you’ve been very busy! All your quilts are coming along so well, the winter wonderland one is especially pretty. I just wanted to mention in case it’s helpful – I watched a regular gardening programme here in the UK this last week and there was a feature on melons. He grows some outside, some in hot beds (raised beds like yours but with glass lids that he lowers if it’s cold) and some in a greenhouse. When the melon plants start to ramble everywhere he cuts the long trails off, and at the same time he decides on which melons look strongest, and then snips all the others off. This concentrates the growth into the few melons growing on each plant so they get bigger. If the tiny melons don’t get thinned out so there are just a few left on per plant, then all the melons will remain small. This might also be why some of the melons or flowers dropped off anyway – the plant will shed a few if there is too much work for it to do! This can apply to pumpkins too.
    Sorry this is long, hope it’s helpful.

  • Kathy Aug 3, 2015

    You’re down to the last row of stars on your Lemoyne Stars? Wow, you’ve been making good progress. Lousy year for gardens here in SW Illinois. Too much rain in May and June.
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  • CathieJ Aug 3, 2015

    Maybe you need to add a darker solid border before the square in squares. Your quilt is really pretty though.
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  • swooze Aug 3, 2015

    I have the short end of the binding done on mine. I noticed tension issues and was having to resew the binding to the quilt by hand. The lighting was terrible too. I put it away until I could just sew around again on the machine and then have better light for the handwork,

  • glen in louisiana Aug 3, 2015

    Oh, but the cantaloupes are so sweet when they are home grown! I sure do miss my garden!
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  • Thimbleanna Aug 3, 2015

    Your Winter Wonderland is looking Wonderful! And sorry about your garden — my pitiful little effort is much the same this year — plants, but not much on them!

  • Vicki W Aug 3, 2015

    I can’t believe how quickly the Lemoyne Star is coming along! You made great progress on all fronts.
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  • Kaholly Aug 3, 2015

    Oh, yes, that’s going to work. A smashing to frame in that embroidery work will bring it up to the perfect size for adding your squares!
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  • Carla Aug 3, 2015

    I thought you were going to add log cabin blocks as a border? I think they would allow you to bring in more fabrics and get the look you want.
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  • Susan Aug 3, 2015

    I think a narrow (1-1.5″) red strip around the stitchery, before you do the blocks would be good for evening out the lights, but then won’t the red blocks blend into it? What about a light-medium brown that would bridge from the lighter to the darker fabrics? Or audition a black there. Might work. =) Not that you asked for advice. Love your garden produce!
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  • Mary Ann Aug 3, 2015

    Ms Karen
    I wish I could get done what you do. My best days are less than your bad days. Wish I could send you some rain too. Florida is drowning. My grandkids live in Tampa and they got 10 inches today. We’ve had about 4-5 inches.

  • Sandra Visser Aug 5, 2015

    I think I have the Winter Wonderland pattern somewhere. Love what you are doing with it.
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  • SuperMomNoCape! Aug 6, 2015

    I checked out your updated posts on Winter Wonderland and adding the red strips makes a huge difference to the overall look of the quilt. They really make the individual blocks stand out now.

    As far as your garden goes… I think it might just be a bad year for gardeners all round. I’m not new to gardening by any means but our plot over at the community garden is pitiful to say the least. I have some hope that the potatoes might yield reasonably well… but the peas that did come up never grew bigger than about 6 inches, the swiss chard which in past gardens in other locations, I’ve had extra to give away barely grew at all. And my dill planted back in early May, is barely 10 inches tall. I won’t go on to list the rest but they aren’t doing well either. If I was new to gardening it would be enough to make me give up… but as you say… there’s always next year!

    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Stitchery Link Party and for the link back. Aloha hugs.
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  • Esther Aug 6, 2015

    What beautiful progress you’ve made!

  • Sylvia Aug 7, 2015

    Love your projects, they are beautiful and you are quiet a busy bee.
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