Apple Cores, Pumpkins and Tumblers

apple cores, gardening, Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity"

Yes I took my apple core pieces out yesterday to work on for a little bit and I finished one row and have it attached.  It is stuck to the wall crooked so yes it does look a little lopsided, it really isn’t though.  I have no idea what this well end up as but either a table runner or a topper.  I am linking to Freshly Pieced Modern today and Sew Fresh Quilts.

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I went out to the garden on Monday night to take a photo of the only pumpkin that grew large so far — it really isn’t large, large but bigger than all the tiny ones that keep falling off.  As soon as I took the photo I realized it was too humid and once again needed to wait for the camera to warm up to the outside temps LOL  – has an unusual glow to it doesn’t it.

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After I wiped the lens off I got it clear

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I keep getting some like this little guy too, but they are constantly falling off before they get much larger, I have about 4 or 5 of them right now – I wonder if any well grow?

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While this photo makes my cantaloupe look large it is a very large handful size actually – it is about as big as it is going to get I think – I have 4 of them growing – but how do you know when it is ready to pick? anyone?

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Lots of tomatoes still growing – the bushes are finally getting larger and lots of small tomatoes on them now, now to get them to the ripening stage!

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26 out of 140 lines are now quilted – moving right along – slowly – although yesterday I went a little bit faster but then found my lines weren’t as good – so I think I need to slow it back down – let’s say a finish sometime next week instead of this.  Oh well, once is washed and does it shrinking magic it will be crinkly and look antique and will be perfect.

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To me it is hard to see the lines on the back – maybe easier to see on the front.

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Fabric and quilting

LeMoyne Stars, Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity"

First of all I have to share knowledge of this great sale going on over at Red Rock Threads Harry Glass fabric on sale for $2.95 a yard – that’s right $2.95 close out sale.  This is the place I ordered my stripped fabric for the Granny’s Got Style quilt that I used for the backing.  I loved the fabric – it is soft and quilt fabric quality – they are just getting rid of it.  I placed an order today for 19 yards of fabric – two different kinds one for the backing of the Winter Wonderland and one for the backing of Diamonds are Forever – my hexie quilt.  I ordered 9.5 yards of two different colors – more than enough I’m sure – but always nice to have a little extra for those just in case moments or to add a half yard here or there to the scrap stash.  I am sharing this just to share – I do not have an association with this company, I’m just a satisfied customer of theirs for years now.  They ship fast and do not charge an arm and a leg for shipping.  Mine is $5 for shipping.

This one will be the backing for the winter quilt.

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This shirting for the hexagon quilt –

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Twenty lines out of 140 now sewn on the Tumbling into Insanity quilt – coming along slowly – but I will get done – maybe not until next week – but it will get done LOL.  I am linking to Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday.  I am also linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog.

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The Lemoyne Stars are coming along also. I am about half way done with the 3rd row of stars (out of 9).

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Those were wonderful patterns I showed yesterday weren’t they — they are all out of the same wonderful “Big Book of Scrap Quilts”– everyone seemed to agree they are beautiful quilts.  This book is one of the best books on my quilt book shelves, I have had it for about 10 years and have made 3 or more quilts from it.  The price is not high if you wish to take a look the link above will take you to it.   I will use the Crossroads to Jericho for the Russian bundle of fabric and the Collection for a Cause will be the feathered stars in the Pepper Quilt.  I decided I like the Spiraled Feathered Star pattern so much too that I will use my Inklingo Fancy Dresden Plate collection for hand piecing that one.  I will make a little bit of changes for it – it will be scrappy as the pattern shows but all of the “plates” will not be the same pattern – my Inklingo collection has many choices of how to do the blades and I have the whole collection so I can change it up how I want. This one had been on my Inklingo list for some time and hadn’t gotten around to it.

The apple cores are also Inklingo but that one will be worked on just here and there – I have around 300 pieces or so cut of that and it will end up being a table topper I think.  All of the above quilts I showed the patterns for at yesterday’s post – I doubt I will get a good start on any of them until later in the year as first I want to finish the Winter Wonderland – I think I decided instead of doing log cabin blocks (I have made at least 4 log cabin quilts) I will do simple square within a square instead – lots of variety and maybe only 4 inch blocks – not sure – we will see.  The applique will be worked on here and there – I have not forgotten my two applique quilts I have just lost interest in them right now.

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Quilts and More Quilts

Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity"

Ideas run rampant through my head when I look at fabric bundles.  And while I did get a little more machine quilting done on the Tumblers and some more work on the Stars I thought it was time to do a post about something else or you all well get very tired of me.

I showed two fabric bundles in the last couple of weeks that I intend to use on upcoming projects and was asked by several if I could fan them out so you can see them better – happy to obliged.

This is the bundle that I have had for several years now starring at me – it is called Russian Traditions and I purchased it from Craftsy some time ago – like I say about 2 years ago  – on a very good sale of course. (fat quarters and two panels off to the side)

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This is the pattern I am going to use for that bundle

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And then when I was looking through a book for another pattern to use for another bundle look where the page opened to that I had previously marked –  yes same pattern different name and different colors and that book is 10 years older LOL hmm – I don’t think I can credit Carrie Nelson for this pattern !

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And this is the Collection for the Cause bundle that I got more recently – fat eighth’s.  Not quite the fabric that I normally get but then the bundle above isn’t either – maybe that is why I hadn’t used it yet?

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And here are some patterns that I have been looking at for some time now – like 10 years – (same book) that I had the intention of making and never have – some of these might go well with the fabric above and white back ground or cream.

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or this one.

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This one is in the Di Ford book – Primarily Quilts.

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All of these quilt patterns are ones I am considering – but I do need to finish Winter Wonderland of course too – I have not forgotten it – just a break from it while I finish the machine quilting – then get my binding on the Tumblers and clean off my cutting table – then maybe I can get back to it.  I am lining this embroidery to Super Mom-No Cape today for her embroidery links.

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and the fabric put aside for it –

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So I guess I better get busy this week and finish the machine quilting on the Tumblers so I will have room to work on something else – 10 lines down out of 140 – I only did 10 yesterday – I better do a lot more today!

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More Machine Work

LeMoyne Stars, Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity"

The Tumbling Into Insanity quilt is coming together quickly – I finished all the straight lines going in one direction yesterday and started the tedious part of following the tumblers all the way down the line now.  It isn’t hard – just takes awhile as you follow the outline of the tumblers and then stop at the end of each tumbler with the needle in the down position and turn your quilt slightly and do it again – and again and again.  You need to go slow so you don’t go past your seam line where you turn the quilt slightly.   I believe I have 140 lines to do LOL  — I just started the first one last night and put it aside for more work over the next couple of days.  The straight lines went fast – 7 hours of work – you can really put the pedal to the metal and go fast on those – the Juki is a fast machine – and powerful.  But for this zigzagging through the tumblers now will go much slower.  But at least the lines going in one direction are now done.

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When I was doing the straight lines I took a photo of half of the quilt width stuck in the throat area so you can see how much room it has – plenty!  Linking to Sew Many Ways today.

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Mike took this one of me while I was working – I can see I need to practice sitting up straighter and closer – but at that point I had a lot of quilt piled up in front of me.

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Guiding  it through the machine – did you realize you work steps on your fitbit while machine quilting – I have mine set at a low setting but still it counts up exercise – and you do get exercise even if you are not walking all that pushing (guiding) with your arms and hands count!

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The Lemoyne Stars are coming along too.  I work on it every evening.  I rolled it down Friday evening after I spritzed the blue lines out  (after it dried) and come to the sudden realization that I shouldn’t be spritzing the lines out in this quilt – purple batiks!!  Oh no – LOL – this quilt will be soaking in the machine when it is done with color catchers.  I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching because I know I will be taking time to do some hand quilting today and maybe even get the apple cores out and stitch this morning on the porch – it is so nice out there this morning.

The previous two rows of stars must not have had dark purple in them – I hadn’t noticed but I did notice that these two bled out a little bit – I’m really not all that concerned – I have had bleed in batiks before and it almost always soaks out in the washing machine ok, I will use the catchers and do it several times, lots and lots of water will do the trick.

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My stitches are a bit larger in parts of this quilt as in this area I am going through a seam – that sometimes happens, I just felt like this area needed more quilting as I am only putting a straight line up the center of each point.

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This is where I started last night – still continuing on the 3rd row of 9 stars – the light blue star is the half way row.  I pull the quilt tight at first – mark my lines and then loosen it up to quilt.

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My Netflix series all 7 years of it – The Gilmore Girls which I had never watched is now done and I’m not sure what I will watch next – in the meantime I have started NCIS from the very first show – this is a series I always watch though so I’m not sure if I will all 11 years without a break LOL – I might watch a little and then start something else.

Do any of you read John Sandford’s Prey series?  I didn’t realize it but last year he came out with a new book that he co-authored with a lady named Michele Cook called Uncaged.  I ran across it a couple days ago and got it on my kindle and loved it.  It is aimed at the young adult age group but I really do not know why – yes some of the main characters are older teens but there are adults in it too.  A bit of a different story line then his cops Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers – more sci-fi – anyhow, it really kept me entertained.  This first in the series is $1.99 right now – maybe your library has it if you want to try it out and don’t want to purchase it.

And here is another of his books that I hadn’t heard of “Rhymes with Prey”– this time co-authored with Jeffery Deaver – this one stars Lucas Davenport with Lincoln Rhyme – I have read a lot of Deaver’s books as well and got this one  for 99 cents.

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Same Old Stuff

gardening, LeMoyne Stars, Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity"

Nothing new to report here!  I am machine quilting every day as I want to get this Tumbler quilt done so I can get the sewing room back in order!  And it is getting there  – half of the quilt now has the double lines that you can see here on the back –  I don’t know how much of this I will get done with over the weekend but most likely at least some of it.

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From the front-

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Shifting things around a little bit in the evening to work on the computer and when I get to the far end of the Lemoyne Stars on the quilting frame I will need to move one of the little tables out of way too.  Now you can see why I really need to steadily work on this quilt to get it done!  Four days and six hours of work so far.

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Flowers have grown a little bit outside but most of my bedding plants that are annuals didn’t do too well this year because of too much rain early in the summer.

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And the Roma tomatoes up close to the house are doing pretty well and I can leave them to ripen outside, no bug problem in this area.

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This is Going To Take Awhile

gardening, LeMoyne Stars, Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity"

Machine quilting is a pain in the butt to me LOL – I know you get done a lot faster than hand quilting a large quilt but I can’t sit and quilt for more than 45 minutes or so before I get up and move around.  BUT I must say over all I am very pleased with the quilting and have not run into any problems other than running out of bobbin thread two times without realizing it and zipping through those straight lines only to come to an end of a row and find that half the row was out of thread!  No tension issues as of yet!

Here I am starting my second row of stitches going across the tumblers I have one row all the way throughout the quilt now.  I still plan to turn the quilt and go the opposite way still following the line of the tumblers just as I would if I was hand quilting.  Maybe it is overkill but I want the shape of the tumblers to stand out on the back also and just think it will look nice.  I am linking up to A Quilting Readers Garden today and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I’m also linking to Prairie Sewn Studios and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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The back

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This much done on the stars Wednesday night – I usually end each evening at the quilting frame for awhile.

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I have tomatoes sitting on the counter top trying to ripen inside – the organic spray Neems has not worked so far for getting rid of the little pin worms drilling holes in the tomatoes and rotting from the inside out, so I am picking them as soon as they get big – hope I beat the worms and will just have to do it this way and ripen inside – this problem is only in one bed of the tomatoes and so far has not spread to the other – but that bed the tomato plants are kind of skinny and scrawny and not doing well anyhow.

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Beginning to have too many zucchini and it is going in just about everything that I can add it to – and the cucumbers are beginning to add up too, but not enough to do pickles – well put some in a vinegar solution for refrigerator pickles instead.  I pulled out all the green beans the heat has done them in and not doing well.  I go outside at 7 PM every evening to water all the plants and pick what needs picking and then back to the A/C.    Last night I put oregano in the dehydrator and it will be ready for me to crush and put in a jar in first thing this morning.

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I do believe the heat is to stay now for the rest of the summer and we will just learn to live with it as always!  It is near 80 when we get up in the morning and around 88 to 92 every day up here on our ridge that we live on – down in the valley just 5 minutes drive away though it is near 100 every day.

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