Hopscotch Top Done

gardening, quilts

That’s right yesterday we decided to take a day off of work outside and relax – to me that meant getting this top done.  After getting the last two rows on it that I had been working on I decided after measuring it and checking to see what size batting that I had that Hopscotch would be just a little smaller than originally planned – after all if I’m going to machine quilt straight lines on this  with my Juki I need a spot on the carpet large enough pin baste – yes I pin baste on the floor – I have heard all about the other ways to do it but I just don’t have space for long pieces of wood or tables long enough to work on – I don’t mind doing it on the carpet – I just lay out and stretch my out my back on it when I need to.  As it is this is still a very large quilt – just not quite as wide as I intended – it measures 88.5 x 102 – I had intended it to be closer to 100 wide.  But this will fit the camper bed just fine as is.  I have a queen size batting that is only 90 x 108 (I normally get king size batting’s 120×120 and trim)so I will still need to add a little bit of scrap batting’s to one side of it to make sure there is plenty of room for quilting.   I will be linking to My Quilt Infatuation as soon as I get up – Kelly has posted a photo of Hopscotch – thank you Kelly

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And because I had two long rows of bricks left over all ready sewn in units I continued to use them and made a baby quilt (or table topper) also!  Baby Hopscotch 40 x 44 inches!  Such a great use of scraps and it all went together really easily!!

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After most of the vegetables got done the flowers down in the garden were blooming really well.  I had tomatoes in the bed with the marigolds and the flowers didn’t do well until the tomatoes came out of the garden – they were just shading them way too much.  I have zinnias in the other bed and although you can’t see them in the shade of those tall plants are purple coneflowers from seed that will be transplanted in the spring to other areas of the property.  They are rather small right now.

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I have a plant that popped up in my flower bed a couple months back that I didn’t plant – I have no idea what it is and where it came from – it is a succulent of some type from the way it looks.  It is growing a short way from a plant that I had bought that had been in a hanging basket that I transplanted to the garden – it is possible that a root had been in it that angled on over under ground and came up next to it – that is the only explanation I have – but what is it?

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the leafs

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the stem – no flowers – does anyone recognize this plant?  I’m wondering if I should leave it in the garden – well it take over, well it winter, will it be back in the spring and flower? Any info on this plant appreciated.  Should I dig it up and try to winter it in the house?

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The Monkey Grass is flowering – that is the plain name for it I do not know the biological name.  It gets flowers at this time of year and then closer to fall it has little berries were the flowers are now.

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And even though it was hot I did spend some time out on the porch – it was another lower humidity day although up to 88 degrees – back to the shovel, rocks and dirt today – I already have dug out close to 200+ bulbs out of this area that we are working on!!

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10 comments… add one
  • Kathy ... aka Nana Aug 25, 2016

    I used to know the name of the monkey grass, but I am drawing a blank right now. Ours is blooming now, as well.

    It got into the mid 90s yesterday and will again today. Hard to believe that it’s hotter here than where you are.

    It will be interesting to know what that plant is.
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  • Gretchen Aug 25, 2016

    Your plant looks like purslane to me. It is edible in salads but I’ve never made anything with it. I consider it a weed. It is hard to eradicate once it is established. You need to dig the whole plant out by the roots. Don’t pull it apart, it can reroot from any part of the plant. If you like it though, treat it as a bedding plant.

    Your Hopscotch quilt is beautiful; she’s bright and cheery. She’ll look lovely in your camper. Are you going on a trip again this fall? Have a nice day! Blessings, Gretchen
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  • Marianne Aug 25, 2016

    It looks like purslane to me, too, a rather obnoxious and vigorous weed.

    Love the hopscotch quilts! Congratulations for finishing. I’ll be curious to see how you quilt both of them.

  • Deb Aug 25, 2016

    Wow congrats on Hopscotch which went so quickly ! I have some succulent that shows up in spots too, over the last few years. The birds have gifted me with more weeds and invasive vines that I ever thought possible in the last decade!

    Your flowers are lovely ! 🙂
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  • Liz Aug 25, 2016

    Love the finished hopscotches quilts. And the piggy made another appearance smile. It the little things that make me smile.
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  • Carla Dean Aug 25, 2016

    Monkey grass is lariope? I think?

    I love the Hopscotch top, all those colors!!! And I’m going to have to start watching for that pig now too. Or is it a Razorback???

  • Belarmina Antuña Aug 25, 2016

    karen precioso tu edredon
    la planta parece una Portulaca – flor de seda
    (veremos )

  • Patricia Aug 25, 2016

    Your colors are fabulous! I really need to make a quilt like yours – a brick quilt I believe it’s called? Bonus quilts are the best! I hope you have a wonderful trip!
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  • Mary Ann Aug 26, 2016

    Love your hopscotch quilts. This one is on my long bucket list for the winter.

    I agree that the plant is probably purslane. It is very, very invasive. I pull it up by the bucket fulls and get rid of it. Someone told me it was edible but wasn’t something I was going to eat. LOL

  • Kate Aug 26, 2016

    Hopscotch turned out beautifully. And so did it’s little brother.
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