I saw this on pinterest and added it to my page . I think it would be pretty for a Christmas decoration using white and red tulips in one clear bowl or wide vase for something very different than the usual poinsettia or flowers normally used at Christmas time. But I am wondering how far in advance should I put the bulbs in water for the roots to form and the flowers to develop? Directions are with the photo on my pinterest page. I got red and white bulbs today – now when to do it! I’m thinking two months in advance – what do you all think? The bulb is actually sitting just above the water level. I read one place that if you want fresh bulb flowers all winter to plant 8 to 10 weeks apart so that is why I was thinking two months in advance – maybe second or third week of October?
The garden is just about gone – just the tomatoes still going strong! A couple cucumbers here and there and 2 eggplants. Oh and the mint of course and herbs. The mint is doing ok but hasn’t taken off and gone wild like so many told me. I love herbal mint ice tea – the plants are not keeping up with me.
Tomato plants gone wild! 3 plants – I had 4 foot cages around them which they out grew months ago. It was getting very hard to see if I had tomatoes and were they were. After seeing the snake last month crawl in there I needed to see before I reached in!! It has been so wet and much cooler than a normal summer for us – they are growing like weeds – it is so nice to not have a drought this year or extreme heat.
With Mikes help sawhorses went on each end and we slid 2 boards in to hold the plants up off the ground. I draped the tomatoes over the boards while Mike pushed them through. And you can tell from these two photos that they continue to grow – up and down! I only have green tomatoes right now. I have gotten a bit of fresh tomato sauce out of the tomatoes though this past month. I have about 2 to 3 dozen green tomatoes growing right now – the longest my tomatoes have ever gone in the summer – usually burnt up by now from the hot sun. I think next time I grow tomatoes I will be getting (or making) 8 foot cages instead to contain them a little bit.
The herbs – like I say I keep cutting the mint and it is not growing fast enough – I had hoped to dry a lot but the pint jars are still only half full as I keep cutting and not giving it a chance to grow enough to dry.
The darn watermelons do not want to grow – this is as large as they have gotten – this is the biggest out of 5 on this plant – I will let them keep going.
Two eggplant – I’m not sure how much bigger they are supposed to get – what is a good way to cook them – I have never experimented with them much – I hear you should slice thinly and sprinkle with salt and let it soak for about 30 minutes rinse them good and then use them – but how – what is a good recipe! This has been an experiment planting them – Mike says he won’t eat them, he has tried eggplant once I think – I guess he remembered it well?
The last stretch of POTC – I just turned my row and now have to stitch all the way to the end – about 3 hours of work at least – maybe 4 – I will work more on it today – it sounds like we might have a rainy day so might be home a bit.
Sunday night the quilting advanced on the Red and Green. I will be moving over into the big block now and have to mark the whole thing before I get to the quilting in that area – it will take a little time.
Love Entwined will wait until POTC is finished – I am getting so close I just need to concentrate on that one for my hand work right now and then get back to the LE and the quilt in the hoop – and I haven’t forgotten that the Uncommon Common Bride needs an applique border and the Diamonds are Forever needs many more hexies – I will get back to them before you know it!
Yesterday was a busy day – and I didn’t spend it all reading blogs – so glad to hear that a lot of you are as addicted as I am to reading blogs in the morning! I did get my fabric strips cut for the border on the Patchwork of the Crosses – but not sewn – that will probably wait until Monday at least before I get to it. The sewing room is beginning to be a bit of a mess again – I will need to do some clean up soon.
The quilting on the Red and Green continues – yes those white chalk lines on the narrow sashing are a bit uneven – I fix them as I sew – just something to guide.
Just got started on this one.
My Japanese Taupe’s all lined up along with a bag of what might be used in Love Entwined.
The compass is now appliqued in place and the triangles are just sitting there – I hope to get to them this week – I need to glue baste and then applique before moving to the next step.
A very pretty Walking Stick that I moved to the tree – it wanted to make it’s home on the deck but I didn’t want it crawling by me and it kept going back to the table.
And here is a baby Walking Stick all green in color that was in the garden while I was watering it yesterday morning. Right next to the reddish leave on the ground – this stick was only about 2 inches long the other one was about 5 inches or so.
Does anyone know what kind of plant this is? I dug it up in an area that I had spread a packet of wildflower seeds last year – it grew this year – I thought it would have pretty flowers on it but just tiny little things that never seem to open.
a close up
We are off to pick up our grandson at the airport this afternoon. Utah is 13 now and flying in on a direct flight. We are sharing him with his father’s family who live a little more than two hours away from us so I will be busy off and on and don’t know if I will be blogging every day for the next 10 days or so– most days I will I’m sure even if it is just to post a quick photo. We have him for the weekend then his uncle & family has him for the work week coming up and then we get him again Saturday through Tuesday. So like I say some day’s I will be busy and some not – there will be days that no sewing gets done!
Patchwork of the Crosses is coming along nicely – I am almost done with the fourth straight edge border – more to come. This much left to do of the aqua pieced colors. Bet you are all getting as tired of this quilt as I am! not
This much quilting done on Sunday night on the Red and Green.
I have the tiny circles all glue basted down for the center of Love Entwined – applique these down and then get to Part II. Messed up my blue pen circle so when I get done with the applique I need to gently wet it down completely and let it dry then redraw – this circle needs to be appliqued to the center of a 32 inch square – the middle of the quilt.
Last week or so I won this set of templates from Meredith at Pomegranate and Chintz in Australia. They arrived in the mail today – thanks Meredith. She had seen the design on Tim’s page – Tim Latimer-Quilts etc. and asked if she could use them to design a set of templates and this is the result. Tim’s link will show you the quilt. I had watched Tim’s progress with this quilt so it is nice to get the templates I especially like the little holes drilled at the seam points – makes it so nice for hand piecing!
The sunflowers are looking really ratty looking right now and tipping over left and right. Still some good ones in here but I decided today to cut some of them off – the ones that are laying down or almost laying down.
And I hung them upside down in the workshop to dry out – now lets see what happens – I will let you know in a couple weeks what happens.
I think I have enough to keep me busy this week – what about you?
I finished sewing all the borders on to the Uncommon, Common Bride and have the design wall put away once again. Now on to figuring out what applique to put on the wide white border. I will show it again when I know what I am doing and have pieces glue basted in place.
I had mentioned the other day that I had a problem with final measurements and had to do some adjusting to have the borders fit right. I wasn’t thinking for length and the borders were too long I miscalculated!! – by a half of a section for the blocks. I had awhile back purchased Judy Laquidara’s book “Pieced Quilts and Borders” and she had solutions for this. Add more borders!
So that is what I did – same color fabric – the borders are just different widths. It might look odd at first or maybe it will just look planned? Any way it looks better than chopping the bottom “jewel” block in half on the bottom of each side of the quilt which is what I would have had to do if I didn’t add the width to those borders. So the moral of the story – don’t be afraid to change the width’s of your borders – do it the way you want to do it. (and check your measurements )
This is what it will look like on the table if I do indeed use it for a quilted table cloth as I had mentioned.
More dried herbs for herbal tea in the winter time (hope to have it fresh until then) This one is peppermint.
And this one is chocolate mint. I will keep adding to the jars until they are full and maybe even be able to start second jars. I will wait before I dry the sweet mint and the rosemary as those plants have remained smaller and haven’t grown as much.
Love Entwined has come out with Part II of the instructions. Esther is keeping the part 1 free for a little longer so if you want to join in and collect the pattern no matter if you want to start now or later with the quilt you can still hurry on over and join up. The patterns are available through her yahoo group only. The link is on the side bar (pink hearts with the words Love Entwined). I have actually not even finished part one yet! I have been so busy on other things – I have 32 tiny circles to applique around the mariners compass before I move on to part 2. I do not know the price on the patterns once they are not free.
I discovered yesterday that I have lost the charger for my camera battery – I am wondering if it is still in the motel room in Oklahoma! I know I brought it with me then but I do not remember using it! We were only there 2 days and although I took a bit of photos I don’t think I took enough to have changed the battery out. I have two batteries and normally when I take one out I immediately put it in the charger and then back with the camera bag – darn! I have searched all the bags we had with us and the car – no luck so we ordered another one on Amazon – now of course in two months the old one might show up isn’t that the way it always goes – I really don’t remember using it while we were there. But where else could it be.
I decided to get the dehydrator out today and start drying herbs. I am getting enough that even using fresh I have too much. Oregano is going right now. I decided to just do one kind at a time so the flavors/scents won’t mix. Of course after it dries it will look like I have about 2 tablespoons I bet! That is ok, I will do it again next month. Next up is the chocolate mint I think – big plant!
I was busy off and on yesterday making the half square triangles for my border for the Uncommon Bride, back to work on it today! I need a lot of them.
More ready to cut.
Floral Fantasy – 3 leaves left to appliqué and this one will be done.
The tallest sunflower opened nice.
Bee’s have been around this is one on one of the other big flowers.