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77 for a high temperature yesterday in the middle of July – rarely seen here in Arkansas and we might actually get down to 58 last night! Talk about nice.  It was all about wandering around the yard and windows open while doing some sewing as well.

This is my big acorn squash plant that has taken over one of my log planters.  We always had acorn squash planted in Wisconsin where I grew up but I never tried it here in Arkansas – and where hardly anything in my garden has grown well this summer these plants have just taken off and I have about 8+ squash growing on them.  Now well they be ready for picking before we leave? That remains the question – I have two that are very green but I am not sure when they are considered ready!

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Here is the oldest and greenest of the squash – do I have to wait for them to fall off or just twist them off – I need to google and find out!

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Here is another – these are about the size of a man’s hand I guess – about what you see in the store.

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Between too much rain and forgetting to water in between I guess the flowers are not doing too badly.

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The roses have not been real prolific this summer but enough to be pretty.

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The poor looking apple tree with the leaves and branches nibbled down from the deer – I wonder if it will look any better after it stays protected for awhile.  Looks kind of poor now.

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Lilies all over the place like usual.

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I did get some more 16 patch blocks done, 3 more blocks and I think this well be about 48” x 48” I might do about 2 more rows in length and it will be a good baby size.  I had to get into my box of white scraps and cut more 2.5 inch squares I had run out of them.  Linking to Lee’s Freshly Pieced Modern today and Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social.

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Two hours of quilting on Monday night had me just about finishing a row on Insanity Revisited so I could roll it down – I will have finished the row last night and roll it down this morning I’m sure.

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And a little more on the last of the long rows of Diamonds Are Forever– It has been suggested to take the last bits along to finish on the road and attach it to the main body of the quilt when I get back – I might just do that – depends on how much is left to do.

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Another nice day today and I have the whole day to fill in – I was supposed to have an eye doctor appointment this afternoon and they cancelled on me yesterday afternoon like they have done several times in the past,  now I have to wait until just a couple days before we leave when I’m super busy – I hate it when that happens.

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Yesterday I decided it was time to buckle down and cut all the sheets of fabric that I needed for the plain tumblers for Tumbling Into Insanity.   I had been doing just a little at a time but I needed to know for sure how much fabric I had so I knew if I could make it the big queen size I wanted to.  I had plenty!  I have all cut (I believe) that I need and I have just about a whole 3 yards left on the bolt – that surprised me because I thought I started with 5 yards wrapped around that cardboard bolt but I got to thinking about it and I think it was probably 10 yards instead as I’m pretty sure if I have figured my numbers right it has taken about 6 yards to do the plain color tumblers – when you think of layout and although there is little waste 5 to 6 yards is probably right.  Linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching

Here is my stack of 8.5 x 11 inch fabric stacked up ready for pressing onto freezer paper and printing.

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I got about 20 sheets printed yesterday and cut apart.  I use about 4 pieces of freeze paper at a time and reuse and reuse until the fabric doesn’t stick anymore – 20 sheets of fabric later and those 4 pieces are still good to go for some more printing.

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1,000 each of plain and print tumblers – only 458 each left to do! Oops just realized I didn’t take a photo after I had cut another 100 of the plain – make that 1,100 plain already cut!  Almost done – it only takes hours of prep when you are making a big queen size and want them all cut before you start – otherwise of course you could do these a little at a time.

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Flowers from the front area by the driveway.  We are reaching the time of summer when it starts to really heat up and dry up – I wonder for this year – we are heading into a week of mid to high 90′s – yuck!! the flowers will start to dry up soon.  But they have been looking pretty longer than normal so that is great.

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This is becoming very over grown and this fall I will need to get busy as soon as we get home from our trip and start digging and dividing bulbs and plants.  And to think I never planted these orange flowers – a bulb washed in and multiplied! this will be the second time I need to divide them and spread them out around the yard.

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I don’t know the name of this lily but it sure is pretty – I only have a couple bulbs of this one but got about 5 or 6 flowers this year from it.

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I really and truly didn’t do much yesterday.  I am totally hooked on a series of  books that I have been rereading and realized that I had missed one in the series – purchased it and read the whole darn thing leaving very little time for quilting yesterday.  The series of books I am reading are by Karin Slaughter and I’ve been reading from the first in the series all the way through to her newer books which still intermingle with the first people in her books although the people change a little from here to there, there are always some of the same people in them.  I wanted to reread all of the books before I read the newest book even though the newest book is independent off all the rest – I just wanted to reread them, some it had been such awhile since I had read them that I had forgotten things.  Are you like that with books? Reread or read once and never again?  I have certain authors that I just love the books so much that I have reread numerous times.  If you have never read Karin Slaughter start with the Grant County books and then go to the Will Trent books– reading in order helps as the characters grow and change a bit.  Reading out of order will only make you want to go find the first book and read in order!

I did get a hundred more of the print tumblers cut out bringing me to a total of 700 prints and 700 solids – I started more of the solids and have little over 60 of them and need to print more – I stack them in hundreds so I don’t loose track.  Linking to Connie at Freemotion by the River today – and it looks like she is in the flood zone for the Mississippi River in Iowa so keep her in your thoughts – they are filling sandbags.  I am also linking to Lily’s Quilts

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The garden is producing a little bit and here are some roma tomatoes and a couple cherry tomatoes – they were hanging pretty close to the ground and I didn’t want the bugs to get them so I picked and let them finish ripening on the windowsill for a couple days.

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The tiger lilies are opening up – I have a lot of them and they are beginning to grow in numerous places around the yard.  To bad the flowers always face down – I don’t find that good for a cut flower.

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The Cranium Lily’s are blossoming too and they are not a cut flower either.

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Any how maybe I will get some quilt work done today?  We will see! Can you believe it is July 1st already – the months just fly by at times.

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I made great progress on Diamonds are Forever yesterday – Melanie came over for the evening for supper and we are watching an old (1978) tv mini series Centennial that I have on DVD that she wanted to watch again – hadn’t watched it since she was in high school or so – yes – the series is old.  While we were watching tv she was stitching – forgot to take a photo of her progress we are doing this every Sunday evening until we are done which should be just about the time we start to travel – it was a long one! so I will take a photo next week of her stitching- and I was sewing the row onto the Diamonds and I got it all on and started the next row.  This newest row that you see barely started on the top is the 11th row – 13 rows across and then I start to shorten the rows and the sides of the quilt will be formed.  The long rows really do get attached quickly – attaching that row took about 2 hours.  I have really gotten into the hexies lately and would like to see this one get done – although I know once I have the diamonds all attached I need to think about a border and that might take another year to get done if I decide to continue on with the hexies.  I have linked to Judy at Patchwork Times today for Design Wall Monday

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Progress on Insanity Revisited from Saturday night – I didn’t work on it Sunday.

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Some blocks have a lot more quilting on them then others – depends on what the style of the block is.

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This is the area that I want to make raised beds for vegetables/flowers next spring – the sun is good here almost all day although there are trees to the left they do not shade this area the whole day.

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The Roma Tomatoes have gotten larger on this plant but are not turning red still.  I do have some cherry tomatoes beginning to ripen though.

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This is how pitiful my tomato plants look this year – not nice and full like last year – too much rain for a good part of last month I think did it and this was taken at middle of the morning and still in the shade.

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The purple coneflowers are looking good though and the lilies they are growing intermingled with will be blooming soon.

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HELPFUL SUMMER TIME HINT:  when you get itching bug bites clean off with alcohol and then rub in a tiny dab of toothpaste! yes that is right toothpaste – I believe any kind will do – I read this on line and tried it on a tick bite which we all in the south anyhow know can drive you crazy with the itch – it worked – I cleaned off the area several times a day and reapplied the toothpaste and it worked – I did this for several days and today – no itch.  EDITED:  6/24 well it worked on the tick bite but not so much for some other bites I had since yesterday!

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I don’t know how many of you know about Red Rock Threads – on line thread company – last year they added fabric to their store but now have all of it on sale – I do believe they are closing the fabric out – check the left side bar on the link and you will see clearance fabric – I get no compensation – just wanted to let you all know – fabric prices being what they are we can all use a deal right!  They do not have a lot of volume but I got a big piece for myself – 9 yards to use for the back of Granny’s Got Style later this year – I love this playful looking stripe!  It is a Henry Glass line and at only $3.95 a yard it was a steal.  I ordered it on Friday and it arrived yesterday – I get almost all of my thread from them and they are very fast and always reliable – if shipping cost is less than what is quoted on their site they reimburse – if they do not have all of what you want they call to check with you before shipping the order.  And talking of sales don’t forget to check out Craftsy, now and then they run sales without telling the affiliates  so I don’t always know in advance but I think some classes are on sale again – don’t know about the supplies but I’m keeping my mind open to ordering a rotating cutting mat that I saw – their price is a lot lower than Hobby Lobby for the same thing – I think it is cheaper at Craftsy even if I use the 40% off HL.  I am linking to Connies’ Linky Tuesday and to Esther’s WOW Wednesday.

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I have the rest of the blocks all ready to finish for the quilt that I am calling “Stairs Through the Stars” – finish these 14 blocks today and then I can start to put the rows together.  Once the rows are together I will decide on the border.

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Insanity Revisited – work on Sunday night, I think I am averaging about 2 blocks most but not all nights:

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This lovely box held chocolate chip cookies that Melanie made for her dad for father’s day – would you believe he ate them already! (well with a little help from me Winking smile I’m keeping the box – it is way too pretty to toss and he has no use for it – now what can I put in it – it is in the sewing room and it will probably stay there – I think a fabric collection will probably go in it Smile

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Flowers from around the yard:

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These hydrangeas make up just about all the blossoms on this pitiful bush this year – hopefully next year they will be back to normal!  Mike and I have been married 42 years today! Where do the years fly off to – it seems like it was just yesterday  – bell bottom jeans, mini dresses, long hair parted in the middle – no wedding photos – we ran off to the court house and got hitched all by ourselves 19 & 20 years old – and now – 61 & 62 :)  we are aging quite well I think!

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Hopefully this long wet spell is just about behind us now –  the forecast says we will have a dry day tomorrow!  We have standing water and do not need anymore for a couple weeks – the farmers need the fields to dry out!

One of the wettest parts of my yard!  Won’t be able to cut grass in that section nor walk in it for awhile.  At least it is not in front of the house.

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These Roma tomatoes are growing though Smile the tomatoes are in a raised bed so they seem to be doing ok but they need some sunshine.

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and some cherry tomatoes as well.  I have lost one of the Roma tomato plants and still have 1 of them doing well (above) 2 cherry tomato plants and two big boys – not doing so well right now.

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My log planters are doing well, but I can’t walk over to see them right now – too wet – maybe in a couple days.  Can’t see it but there is standing water going over to them.

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a little more work done on this quilt top yesterday – I haven’t decided on a name – and I also do not know if it will grow to twin size or couch size – depends on what is available in the stash in these color variations.  The other top will wait until this one is done – not enough space on the design wall to do two of them at one time.

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Work on Insanity Revisited got me this far on Sunday night – now to get this corner finished.  I sent for a set of arthritis compression gloves – they go up to the first knuckle on the fingers – trying them out to see if they do any good and if I can get used to them.  They are tight enough but wearing them takes a little getting used to – like anything new on a hand they feel strange at first.  I am normally wearing them now for quilting and sometimes typing.  I’ve got skinny hands so I got the size small.  I think I will wear them a lot in cold weather for typing as my hands get very stiff then and I might find I get very used to them.  They came in a pair for quilting though I am just using the one for the right hand.

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Flower beds are getting totally overgrown and I haven’t been able to work in them.  This one needs to be totally dug up this fall and bulbs broken up and generally the whole area needs to be re-done to give plants some much needed space.

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I am linking up to Connie at Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday and Esther’s WOW Wednesdays

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