September, Stash-Busting & Some Tuesday To-Do's

September, how I love thee,
let me count the ways!

It's finally pumpkin time!
I welcomed September by picking just a few--a little green,
yes, but you never know when the squirrels or mice
will find them so it's a good idea to start grabbing early.
They'll finish ripening just fine.
Let the porch decorating and pumpkin baking begin!

How did everyone do this past week?
I'm pretty happy with my productivity!  Here's
what I got done:

1) Finish [Squirrel in] The Secret Garden
(I should make up my mind about that name!)

I finally decided to order more coordinating fabric
for the outer border but I first squeezed in a small
yellow one.  Pardon the late-evening-lighting pic:

So you can get a better idea of how it looks, I tossed it
on our bed in the daylight--no "staging", just a quick pic.

After deliberating too long, I thought there was no way
I'd get this thing finished by Tuesday especially waiting on
 fabric to arrive in the mail but the Etsy shop owner shipped
it immediately and it arrived in two days--from New York!
I actually had this completed by Sunday and went on to
make up the backing and cut out the batting.  This
one is 100% ready to quilt. 

I also started piecing together tiny HSTs from the trimmings
from this quilt.  I have 165+ made but even more to go.
All will need to be trimmed down to 1 1/2 inches.
What will I make with these?
No idea but it'll be cool.
Maybe a pillow (or three?) to go with the quilt.

2) Make Garlic Knot Blocks

Can you believe it?  I finished all 120 blocks!
And did some decent stash busting!

3) Get one of my tops loaded and begin quilting
I didn't get this done but I did make the backing and cut out
the batting for the West Point quilt after I did the same for the
Secret Garden so I now have 3 quilts completely prepped.
That's a lot of "boring part of quilting" to get done so I
think it more than makes up for my not getting #3 done.
I think I'll get one loaded and begin quilting today.

4) Garden work
Picked some pumpkins.
Harvested more herbs (chives, thyme).
Pruned roses; dried petals for chicken mix.
Picked tomatoes; continued to prune.

Made 10 bags "chili starter" from tomatoes, onions
and Anaheim green chilis and poblano peppers.
These are so easy and handy!
I figure if I'm going to freeze peppers, why not save some
steps and freeze them how I'm going to use them?  A bonus
is that I can just pulse them in the blender with the tomatoes.
No chopping needed.

I'm in a bit of a hurry today so here are my
to-do's for next week:

1) Quilt one, or more, of the 3 finished tops.

2) Sew garlic knot blocks together.
Also, choose borders and come up with a name.

3) Garden work
Roast and freeze peppers
Prune, can tomatoes

4) Enjoy September!!!

5) Just maybe:  choose and start a new quilt

A little stash-busting note:
I emptied two bolts of fabric (about 14 yards) this week in
making the backings.  I moved out some smaller pieces that
have been hanging out in my cabinet for too long so I'm
feeling really good about the stash-busting progress so far.
Just a month to go before shop hop so I'm off to put
the pedal to the metal carpet.

Happy Quilting!

Linking up to:


Joyful Quilter said…
Wow! The Secret Garden quilt is big! Didn't realize how big until I saw it on your bed with the pillow tuck. So pretty! The Garlic Knot is right up my alley - love it. I've seen a few recently and I really want to make one. Can't wait to see how you finish it. As always you've been a busy girl!
Debbie said…
Love the finishes....the garlic knots were together fast! You are moving so fast thru that stash you will need a buying trip!
Gretchen Weaver said…
Love your secret garden, so pretty!
chrisknits said…
Yay for finishes, even if they're just the flimsy kind! Good luck emptying some more stash for the ramp up to shopping!
grammajudyb said…
The Garlic Knot quilt is so cool! I like the consistent background fabric.
Making backings are not my favorite part either. But I need to add it to a list, one of these days!
Secret Garden is gorgeous! I love the border fabric - so nice to have a bigger area to show it off in. I love the photo of your pumpkins - I love fall, too!
piecefulwendy said…
Nothing motivates a quilter to downsize her stash more than an upcoming shop hop, am I right? Gotta make room on those shelves! You made great progress this week. The Secret Squirrel in the Garden (see what I did there?) is very pretty - it glows, just a bit, I think. I love where you are going with the garlic knots too! We are definitely in September weather here; I'll be pulling out my sweaters soon, and will have to give up my Birkies for my tennies.
Home Sewn By Us said…
Hi Cheree! Secret Garden looks fabulous on your bed. I never would have thought it was that big - no frame of reference. I do like that yellow border after the dark one - they both work together so nicely and pull those color pops out of the blocks. WOW - Garlic Knot blocks really came together quickly! Great job on your list this week. And using up 14 yards of fabric from stash has to make you feel great. Just in time for the shop hop! Thanks so much for linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne
You've been busy! I want some of that chili!