As we work our way toward August, I'm
feeling driven to finish all of my open projects
to be ready for some [guilt-free] fall fun. The
continues to be such a helpful motivator.
If you haven't joined in yet, well, there's no
better time than the present! It's easy:
you make a list, you do the things
and then share the things you did.
Checking in from last week:
West Point Quilt
Work on blocks
11 blocks completed (& 2 not-so-completed)
I want to try an Irish chain block in the
alternates but this depends on the stash.
Finish quilting Cinnamon Latte
well but I struggled some at the beginning of most of
the rows, which of course is right on the dark rust
border where it shows the most. I guess binding
might smooth the look over, and then there is always
the likelihood that all will "come out in the wash".
Load up #2 (unnamed)
Still working on a coffee-proverbs kind of name.
Looks a lot like café au lait to me but I don't want
to ignore the quote. Think think think.
How cool would it be to do an entire collection of
quilts named after all the yummy latte drinks? These
would be calorie-free, too--though sadly, minus the
caffeine...which I'm in dire need of at the moment.
Continue with carrots; weeding
A general garden update:
Eggplant seems to take forever to produce around
here. For the first ratatouille this year I gave up
and bought one <gasp!>; for the second, I just left
it out completely <bigger gasp!> but now it looks
like I can get back to being legit.
Among the peppers the green chilies, poblanos,
Italian sweets, jalapenos and some bells have kicked
in but in small quantities--so far. By fall, I'll have
more than I need so I can be patient. I'm still
getting lots of yellow squash, zucchini, green onion
and tomatoes. With enough cucumbers to feed an
army, I thought I'd try green chilies in some
"spicy refrigerator pickles" (to date, jalapenos are
our fave) but the chickens are still the biggest
consumers of cukes around here.
With another inch of rain over the weekend
the pumpkins and gourds are all doing very well.
I'm going all-out-fall our front porch this year.
The pumpkins and gourds are always the main decor
so I really worry that they'll succumb to the wrath of
the squash bugs. Just yesterday, I bagged 100's of tiny
squash bugs and eggs from the squash section.
Would I have to go buy those ladybugs after all?
And then I stumbled upon this happy sight while weeding.
Yes that's a bindweed but it's covered in ladybugs
who just hatched so he gets to live a little bit longer.
Bastille Day Foodie Pics
Appetizer: Apricot Brie
(Hubs with the oysters back there; I've never
seen the big deal about them personally.)
Blessedly unsweetened and very yummy but
I've been regretting not getting that lemon torte.
Looking to next week and beyond:
West Point Quilt
Start on chain blocks
Cinnamon Latte: Bind and mail off.
Poz #2: Work on quilting (same design as C.L.)
Pull remaining carrots; keep up weed patrol
Decide on Teeny Tiny Quilt Club
Never mind that I really should be finishing my
Farmer's Wife Quilt. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be
joining in this one by Pam Buda because I just want
to do something for FUN.
(Anyone else suffering mid-summer mojo issues?!?)
I do not have much luck with putting mini's up for
art but if I can get a nice pull of fabrics that would
work in our living room, this will be green-lighted.