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
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!!
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.
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?
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?
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.
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!!