tomatoes!

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.

giant star in progress

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.

giant star in progress

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.

My stitching is getting better, I think. This air-fade pen fades a little too quickly though!

blues and yellows

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!

2 Responses to “Summer Daze”

  1. Donna

    Love the grays, too. Also, could you add an RSS feed to your new site, I read your blog on bloglines and it won’t pick up your page.

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