Tomatoes are happening, finally. I find container gardening pretty challenging – the critters getting in, having to water constantly, having to keep adding nutrients. I think it’s finally paying off though! There have been cherry tomatoes to eat for a little while, and yesterday we harvested about 1kg (2.2 lb) of larger tomatoes. The yellowy ones are White Queen, which I think will be most of the harvest, and the little one in front is a Purple Calabash that managed to survive a flea beetle infestation. The plants seem to be coming back from that, so hopefully there will be a few more. Unfortunately, the summer squashes have powdery mildew and I’ve lost some of the fruit already. I cut off the worst leaves and sprayed baking soda solution on the plants, so we’ll see if that helps at all. I was really looking forward to garden zucchini, seriously.
I started a new quilt! Okay, two. This top came together really quickly, despite the fact that I still haven’t repaired the sewing machine – I’m still sewing by hand, but I think I’m getting a bit better and quicker at it. I loved these neutral Daiwabo fabrics from the workroom, and was itching to make something on a bigger scale than the chevrons. The squares started out at 15″, cut from fat quarters, and the star is about 54″ square.
While waiting for batting, I decided that I don’t want this quilt to be a square after all – I want it longer so it can go on the bed (or couch). So I started piecing up some scrappy stuff to add to the top and bottom, as well as some sashing on the sides.
The second quilt I’ve started is mostly using the Comma jelly roll that I got in St Jacobs, though I took out the coral and melon strips. It’s going to be a simple random strip quilt with some blues and yellows added in from my limited stash.
Watching: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II is in the queue for today – I’m working through the movies for the first time, so I anticipate tears!
Reading: Rage by Jonathan Kellerman (random crime novel), City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (part of The Mortal Instruments series, which I don’t love, but I rarely quit books).
Eating: Summer bounty, of course! And these delicious peanut butter oat cookies. Warning, use a smaller scoop or they’ll be HUGE!