Not A Whole Lot Done

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), gardening, Postage Stamp Quilt

I know I say that sometimes and you guys say– oh no you got a lot done – trust me – I didn’t get a lot done.  I was very tired.  I have not slept well lately and it was catching up on me.  I sat around and read a bit, ran into town and got a big crochet needle to use instead of the circular knitting needles.  Just could not get the hang of that one and will crochet this sweater shrug instead.

I did get the Postage Stamp quilt washed and semi-dried – it is draped over the chairs from last night and I will toss it in the dryer for about 15 minutes to fluff it up and then on to the bed it goes – after I take some photos.  But rain again today – maybe tomorrow – when will it be dry to take some photos outside – maybe Monday? (I am not in the Arkansas flood area)  For those that were concerned of me washing the quilt as the applique is 100% felted wool – some thought that it might fray or fall apart – I got in touch with several places that make the hand dye wool that I was using and they reassured me that the felted process is really good and that it can be washed.   None of the colors bled.  The book that I developed the applique idea from said they washed quilts with the wool in it and never had a problem.  I trusted them and I washed on cold water, dried on low for 30 minutes – it was still quite damp when I took it out of the dryer and it is fine.


This mini basket is pinned for applique and I hope I got to work on it last night!


The crochet has started – I will show more of it later if it is turning out LOL- getting used to this very large crochet hook takes some getting used to – I have only ever used a narrow one.  Linking to Sew Fresh Quilts, and Quilt Fabrication and Jo’s Country Junction.


the apple tree problem has been solved it is cedar apple rust:

Cedar-Apple Rust
Yellow spots (mine look more orange) on both the leaves and the fruits of apple trees are characteristic of cedar-apple rust. Over the course of the growing season, these upper-leaf yellow spots often develop a red border, become larger and spread to the bottom of the leaf. The spots also develop tube-shaped growths that curl back over onto the leaves. The disease gets its name because of its lifespan, which begins as a fungus on cedar and juniper trees before jumping over to apple trees. Damage to apple trees can include spoiled apples, lower yield and decreased fruit size. Untreated cases can eventually cause the trees to stop producing.
Treating Rust
Removing nearby cedars and junipers you think are infected is a good first step to eradicating cedar-apple rust. Look for gall growths on junipers and cedars, sometimes called “cedar apples.” Fungicidal sprays specifically targeted to cedar-apple rust are best applied on apple trees when they begin to blossom. If you plant new apple trees, choose rust-resistant types, such as “Cortland,” “Baldwin,” “Empire,” “Jersey-Mac,” “Red Delicious” and “McIntosh.”

I have a lot of cedar trees which one or more is the problem I don’t know – I guess I will have to wander around the yard and see if I can find any of these gall growths that it says to find.  It might be too late to treat the tree this year as it say best to do when they blossom but I think I will go ahead and treat anyhow on the weekend.
I checked there are no bugs and no powdery mildew.








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8 comments… add one
  • Marianne May 3, 2017

    If it’s been as gloomy during the days as it has been here, I don’t blame you for feeling tired. We have had some rain, but mostly the sky is just dark gray for about the last week. It just makes me feel sluggish during the day, and I’ve been curled up in a chair reading a lot, too. Everything is greening up outside, though, so when the sun eventually comes out it will be nice. Maybe next week???
    I agree about the wool applique – the colors shouldn’t run. The person I buy what little I use hand dyes a lot of them and says she rinses multiple times to make sure it doesn’t run. Your postage stamp quilt will really brighten up a bedroom!

  • Judy Zoll May 3, 2017

    How is the sewing room remodel going? We’ve remodeled before and I know how things don’t always go as planned and how one thing leads to another! Nice finish on your postage stamp quilt. I read your blog daily and it keeps me motivated. I am working on getting some of my kits and cut out projects finished before I will allow myself to purchase another. So far I have held strong but it s only May.

  • maxine lesline May 3, 2017

    Good thing to listen to your body and rest and long as it isn’t a gloomy Russian book. Apple trees and rose bushes are alike in that both have a long list of diseases.. and I am not one to use poisons. Thank goodness there are new cultivars of apple trees. Names of apple varieties.. Cortland, Baldwin, etc .. are interesting.. every day my snack is an organic (!) apple, and Cabot white cheddar cheese. The pics of your dining (aka sewing room) are great… all the stuff to look at….right next to the coffee pot.

  • Roseanne May 3, 2017

    Hi, it sounds like you have gotten a lot accomplished to me! When your body says it needs extra sleep (or just plain sleep at all) you have to listen to it! ~smile~
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  • Dottie bishaw May 3, 2017

    Postage Stamp looks so beautiful, I love looking at it. Its such a happy and bright looking quilt. Congratulations on your finish. I hope you start sleeping better soon. Yay for another mini basket, love those little baskets. Why do you pin them rather than glue baste? I like to glue baste because there is less chance of my thread catching on the pins. I hope your beautiful apple tree will heal after you spray it.

  • Susan May 3, 2017

    So glad to hear that the wool applique washed up fine. Sounds like you treated it just right – certainly wouldn’t want to ruin that beautiful quilt! Thank you for sharing on Midweek Makers

  • Sandra B May 3, 2017

    Looking forward to seeing Postage Stamp on the bed after it has completely dried….I really enjoyed following along on the journey of this quilt, from the very first block, all the way until now….thanks for sharing, Karen!
    Hope you will soon get back to sleeping better….when I don’t sleep well, it takes me a couple of days to get back to normal….
    We are having some delightful weather in Virginia…highs in mid seventies, with no humidity!! Perfect!! We are predicted to have this weather for the next several days…hope the prediction is right!

  • maggie May 3, 2017

    congratulations on the postage stamp quilt- It looks wonderful.
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