Wow! I don’t know about your part of the country, but it has been roasting here! The heat index has been well over 100 for the entire week and there isn’t much of a break expected any time soon.
Good time to stay indoors and quilt.
Too bad I haven’t been able to……
The Hunter’s father and step-mother have been out of town for 9 days and I was asked to water their garden while they were gone. I said yup, then found out when I went over there to see what they wanted me to do, they had just planted a bunch of nursery stock and I needed to water every day! So I spent an hour and a half to two hours a day, in the heat, watering at their place. Plus they had cutworms chewing on their tomatoes (bad enough that I picked and killed six off one branch of a plant the first day I watered!) and a major infestation of squash bugs that decimated their four squash plants – this resulted in me taking my Sevin over and spraying the squash and the tomatoes on my next visit. It helped….didn’t save the squash, but I haven’t seen another worm on the tomato plants. Fortunately, they are home now.
My garden hasn’t been watered nearly as much….and I have been spraying my pumpkins and melons for squash bugs here also. I don’t have them nearly as bad as the in-laws, and hope I don’t!
I was able to can 8 pints of salsa and 7 quarts of tomatoes in the last two days. I had to do something or I would have had to toss all my tomatoes. I would love to show you all pictures of my efforts, but The Hunter has my camera off on a fishing trip with Big Brother.
All this is to say, between gardens, canning salsa and tomatoes, and VBS, I haven’t gotten much quilting done at all.
Last week’s goals
- Finish embroidered customer quilt – only sashing and borders left to do
- Finish trimming the trapunto batting – more cut out, but not finished
- Civil War Tribute blocks – NADA
- Play with more designs on the applique wall hanging – NADA
I did get the binding on one side of my Jeremiah 29:11 quilt, but have about half of the hand sewing left to do to secure it. I hope to get it done this week…we will see!
I also designed my first pantograph. I had a customer ask for stars and swirls on her quilt. I am too much of a perfectionist to like my freehand stars….they go beyond the funky look, and this is not really a funky quilt… 🙂 …so I designed my own pantograph called Swirls and Stars. I will be quilting it later today, so I will let you know how it goes…I might wish I had not made it so dense.
This week’s goals
- Finish Swirls and Stars quilt
- Finish embroidered quilt
- Finish trimming the trapunto batting on my wholecloth
- Finish the Jeremiah quilt binding
I think I will stop here. I still have the rest of VBS this week and have to take the kids shopping for a few school items such as tennis shoes and shorts some time before school starts. I haven’t even made it to the fair yet to see my quilt hanging – it has just been too hot to take the kids.
Tell me what you have been up to this week… I so need the encouragement that someone is getting something done!
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I will check in with you later today but I still can’t comment on Blogger blogs using my WordPress account. I have to use my Google account. Apparently I am not the only one as numerous folks reported it on the same day I started having trouble. When I asked how to solve the problem, the only reply I got was to change my blog over to Blogger! Obviously, that wasn’t very helpful.