Thursday, July 30, 2020

DWR progress

I had another good day quilting on the DWR quilt. I got two centers quilted. So currently I have 10 more centers to quilt and 14 more melons. The last day of August is 32 days away. With only 24 elements to quilt, I should make my self imposed deadline easily. I do still need to make a label for the quilt.

I went outside to give the plants a drink since it got up to 89 yesterday. In the side garden, I tied up the squash plants and took a picture of the zucchini growing. Since I tied up the plant the zucchini is no long sitting in the dirt.

I am taking a day a vacation tomorrow so we will catch up on Monday! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Progress on the DWR and squash

I got two more melons quilted yesterday. So I am now down to 14 melons and 12 centers left to quilt in 34 days which would be the end of August. Slowly, but surely I am getting this done.

I took my trash bin to the curb for pickup today and noticed that the humidity had dropped. Yeah! Since it wasn't muggy (which makes me want to run back into the A/C!)I went to the back and looked to see how my squash plants were doing. I found a zucchini! It was just the right size for picking and it will end up in my next batch of stir fry. I looked at another plant and there was another one about 4" long. Last year I think I only got one zucchini so I already have doubled my yield! The plants look healthy and I owe that to working organic lime in the soil when I planted them. Last year at this time the leaves had a whiteish/grayish film on them I think from the soil being to acid.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

DWR quilt progress and cooking

I got one melon quilted yesterday on the DWR quilt. So now I have 16 melons and 12 centers to get done in the next 35 days to meet my self-imposed deadline of having this quilt finished by the end of August.

I spent most of my evening cooking so I would have something from breakfast and lunches. I made kind of a stir fry with the yellow squash from my deck garden and cooked it with organic broccoli and cauliflower, kale and bok choy leaves from my deck garden, and organic noodles. I threw in some garlic powder, paprika, salt, a little olive oil and butter, and finished it with soy sauce. I had some for breakfast this morning and it is really good! I should have cooked a piece of salmon to toss in. I sure hope I get another squash soon.

While I was making the stir fry, in the oven was a blueberry crumble. I had the A/C on full blast but I was still sweating. The oven sure heats up the kitchen and boiling water to cook the noodles added to the humidity!

Yesterday at work I cleaned the upper cabinets in my cubical. The stuff was left by previous inhabitants of this cubical. Here is the before and after
I ended up with 7 bags of trash.
A bunch of 3 ring binders that can be reused and binder clips that I tossed in the office supply drawer
I did find some quadrille pads, note pads and cards, and post it notes buried in that mess. I will put those to good use.
and there was a book that I want to read, since I am Irish, and a tin that can be reused for a gift card.

I don't know how long I will be occupying this cubical. It all depends if the company gets another project that they can put me on, but at least the cubical will be ready for the next occupant and in the meantime I have someplace to put my stuff.

We got a half inch of rain yesterday so I didn't have to water last evening. There was a tree that fell across one of the streets I take on my way to work. The wind was blowing hard at times when the storm came thru. I had to make a detour around the block. Let's see if it is gone by the time I go back thru that area to the house. This is the cloud that rolled by my office window yesterday afternoon. No rain from that cloud.

Monday, July 27, 2020

6th, 7th, and 8th finish for 2020 and DWR progress


Friday I started quilting on the three baby quilt tops I had made. I finished up quilting the third one on Saturday morning and then got them all bound.
The two with the blue squares finished 40 1/4" x 48". The blue and yellow squares were cut from my scraps and no, it made no difference in the amount in my scrap bins! LOL!! I quilted one of them with yellow thread and the other with white.

I pin basted the marron top and finished it. It turned out 40 3/4" x 49 1/2" I quilted it with a golden tan color thread.

I now have a stash of 10 boy quilts and one girl quilt.

I am going to have to get some girl quilts made. I have the leftover strips from making the 16 patch quilts which I will pair with a solid pink.

I will have to buy more pink fabric because I don't have enough for 16 patch blocks and for binding. At least know what color to buy since last year when I bought a bunch of solid Kona fabrics I cut a little sample of each color then taped and labeled them in a notebook. I have four pages of color samples.

I made nice progress on the DWR quilt too.  Monday I had 15 more centers to quilt and now I have 12 to quilt, which means I am 70% done quilting the centers.  For the melons, last Monday I had 25 left to quilt and now I have 17 left to quilt, which means I am 82% done quilting the melons.  My goal is to finish this quilt by the end of August. I have 36 days in which to quilt 29 melons and centers.  Looks like I am going to make my self-imposed deadline!
I am a bit wiped out still today from mowing and trimming Saturday evening.  The heat and humidity were awful and it just took the life out of me.  I didn't feel all that great on Sunday and I still feel the effects today a bit.  One more day and I should be good.  I watered my plants after I got done mowing; they really needed a drink.  The darn chipmunks had dug up two of my liriope again.  I stuck them back in the ground and gave them a big drink of water so hopefully they survive.   

Thursday, July 23, 2020

DWR quilt, minion on a bike, and scrap wood

I got three more melons quilted on the DWR quilt. I forgot to take a picture of the third one.

At work a couple of us got together and had a discussion about minions and all the little minion figures that the one fellow had. He got many of them in those Kinder eggs. He had a bunch of eggs and another woman and I got to open one to get the minion toy. I got a photographer and she got one riding a bike wearing a beret. She traded with me since I am such a huge TDF nut. Here is my little fellow who now sits on my window ledge at work.

Last evening my neighbor called me and asked it I had any scrap wood 4" wide by 1/2" deep and 42" long. He is finishing up installing his new kitchen and needed the wood for something he was doing. I went out to the garage and low and behold I had two pieces that were the right width and long enough, but they were only 1/4" thick. He came over and said he would just layer the two pieces to get the 1/2" depth. So now there are two less pieces of scrap wood in my garage! LOL!! This is the fellow that helped me clear the bushes in my backyard. If he needs to borrow a tool or some other construction item, he calls me. I have only once not had what he needed which was a butane torch.

I am taking vacation tomorrow so it's another 3 day weekend. I would like to get at least one baby quilt quilted. I do need to mow and go thru all the flower beds and check for weeds. It is going to be hot and I would guess humid so the mowing might have to be done in stages. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Progress report

I got two melons quilted yesterday. 22 more to quilt.

I also managed to get the 16 patch baby quilt top sewn together.

I didn't want to spend time last evening watering the plants. I was banking on the forecast delivering some much needed rain and it has already today! There is a chance of rain all day today so I am hoping more will fall at my house.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

DWR, squash, and new fabric

I had been thinking about how long have I had the DWR quilt. I searched my blog and found the first time I had posted about it was November 3, 2015. I think I had it a few months already though. Yes, it is time to get it done and returned to the owner.

I met my goal and got one melon done yesterday.

The 16 patch baby quilt is almost sewn together. I got four rows done last night. I plan on finishing the other two tonight.

I found a picture of the quilt that I had on my phone that was my inspiration. Unfortunately I don't have any information about this quilt.

I went ahead and picked my yellow squash. It is about 9 1/2" long and will be cut up tonight, cooked, and go into a stir fry dish with some soft noodles and broccoli. There was another squash on the plant, but it was shriveling up so I cut it off. I sure hope I get more than one squash off this plant! LOL!!

I have been trying not to buy any fabric, but I couldn't resist these cute dotted fabrics. It was only 5 dollars a yard and I didn't pay any tax or shipping so it was a really good deal. They will be added to the group of fabrics I have been gathering for baby quilts.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Update on the DWR quilt and 16 patch blocks

Last Monday I had 37 melons to quilt. I now have 25 left to quilt which makes me 73% done quilting the melons. For the centers, last Monday I had 18 to quilt and now I have 15 left to quilt which means I am 62% done with the melons. I have 43 days until my goal date of getting this quilt finished. With 40 elements, that is a melon or a center, left to quilt I now only have to quilt one element at day and I will meet my goal. I took the safety pins out of the quilt and thread basted what I have left to quilt. I definitely do not follow the standard procedures for quilting a quilt!

I spent Saturday basting and then would take breaks from that to sew together the rest of the 16 patch blocks I had ready. I sewed together 73 blocks. Here they are pressed.

I decided I was going to make a twin sized quilt so here are the blocks laid out on the design wall

I had enough blocks to make a baby quilt

I had three blocks left over which I will put in another baby quilt. I still have the strips that were not the full width of the fabric to sew together into blocks so these will be added to those three blocks.

We had a heck of a storm yesterday late afternoon on Sunday. The wind was blowing the rain so hard it look like a hurricane! I had to pick up the trash bins this morning that got blown over. I am glad they were empty. At least I didn't have to go out and water.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

More progress on the DWR quilt

Progress yesterday was getting two more melons quilted. That would make six quilted in the last three days so I think I have 31 more to go.

I took Wanda's advice and fertilized my squash to see if that would help my problem of them not maturing. The fruit would form, but then the blossom end would start to shrivel and the squash would not get any bigger. Here is a picture of one that did that.

There are two more on the plant I am not sure if they are going to grow or not. The plant seems healthy so I have no idea what it's problem is.

I do have one nice size squash that is growing! It was hard to get a picture of it buried under those leaves.

I am taking a day of vacation tomorrow so that means another 3 day weekend - yeah! The forecast is calling for hot and humid weather so I won't be doing much outside. It will probably be another 3 days of working on the DWR quilt and sewing more of the 16 patch blocks together. Less time at work right now is better since we have had our second covid case. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

DWR progress and garden

I managed to get three melons quilted yesterday.

I thought my posts must be boring knowing that it will be about the DWR quilt. I mean I have another 5 - 6 weeks of posting about it. I do appreciate the comments and the encouragement you all have been giving me as I slowly make progress on this project. Elle you are a no-reply blogger, but I appreciate your supportive words.

I needed to water the plants last night. The coneflowers have taken off and look so pretty.

The marigolds that were from seed are growing nicely

and I even have a few flowers on this daylily plant. The deer came by one night and ate most of the flower buds, but they missed a few which I get to enjoy.