12 April 2021

Tuesday To-Do #14: A Top Finish

It was a quiet week around here and most of the
time the weather was not as warm as predicted.
I keep thinking one of these days it'll warm up
for good...maybe???  A Kansas spring can really
drag out.  I know I should not complain because
once the heat hits, I'll wish we had this back.

Sewing-wise, it was a decent week but you know?
About 95% of the time when I look at my list and
back at how the previous week went, I can't help
but wonder where my time went and why did I not
get more done?  In truth, it's very likely technology
is my time-sucker.  Something to work on for sure.

Nine-Patch Hourglass
Finish top, work on borders; piece backing.


By pure coincidence, I had some yardage in this
same fabric line.  It was enough to make a small
inner border but nothing else from the stash was
helpful so I went with more of the background to
get it at least a little bigger and then called it quits.

Fortunately, I had a good backing so that has the
fabric scale tipping a bit more.  I don't want orphan
blocks hanging around so I put most of the extras
on the back as well.  I'm also thinking of making
a small table topper out of what's left....

but this is all there is so I'm not sure it's worth
the effort--no real design there but maybe a
creative border could do something.

I'm still slacking here.  I don't have my table
topper made.  I'm kind of waiting for the perfect
non-windy day to try out some outdoor sewing.
(an idea I picked up last year from a blogger)
Certainly one will happen soon.  Wouldn't a
simple HST project would be perfect for this?

It's going to be very warm this week so I'll
probably just water and watch things grow.
And kill the cabbage moth.

A bit of a joke on the weather.  The forecasted
80's showed up as 40's and then we got back
to the 80's, and now we're in the 60's--I give up.
I still haven't killed the cabbage moth (I'm sure
there's more than one) but I haven't seen
him/them too much.  

The asparagus is kicking in and will be
be on our table daily for about 8 weeks.

The lilacs are blooming!  We missed them
last year due to a late freeze.

And the currants.  No one ever talks about these
but I think they're even better than lilacs.  I have
them lining the entire south side of my garden so
every spring when they bloom the breeze brings
that amazing scent over the entire area.

On to my list for the week.

Nine-Patch Hourglass
Load on long arm & pick panto.

Lattice Quilt -- New project!
My modus operandi is always about pulling from
my stash and lately it has been to pull specifically
from the pre-cut stash.  

Out came my Hedge Rose jelly roll and any
matching fabrics I could find that might get me
to the required "2 jelly rolls" for this next project:

It's a little on long side so if that last row doesn't
happen, I won't mind.  There's a tricksy little way
to put these blocks together that's pretty interesting.
(I don't know how people come up with this stuff!)
I've got a start on it and I think there's a good
chance I can get all the blocks made this week.

Probably not going to happen this week either.

It's early but the one time I'm a gambler is in
the garden.  This week I'm going for all the rest
except for peppers and tomatoes--and I'm
thinking those will be going in next week if I still
 see no sign of freeze.  For now, we're looking at:
zucchini, spaghetti, butternut and yellow
squash; green beans and eggplant and anything
else I'm probably forgetting.  Oh, and more herbs.

Happy quilting!
Linking up to:
Mid-Week Makers


Frédérique said...

Your Nine-Patch Hourglass is beautiful, gorgeous colors. Beautiful garden too ;)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

technology is my time sucker too - I would get done with a lot more if I wasn't on the computer or phone so much - I am holding off on the tomatoes too - I bought them and they are ready to plant but they are on the porch this week and this coming week is cooler than usual and might possible dip into the 30's a couple nights - I will keep them handy to stick in the house if needed.

Linda said...

Your garden plans sound wonderful, and the bushes are so pretty. How do you sew outdoors? Love your Hourglass quilt.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Look at that asparagus! Yummy! Your 9 patch hourglass quilt top looks wonderful, and I love the new quilt, too. I always think you get a lot done each week!

chrisknits said...

Wow, I LOVE the back!!! LOL. Looks like you are getting things done, even with the time waste of technology! I suffer from that malady too. Good luck with the goals for next week, looking forward to the new project. Thanks for linking up!

Rebecca Grace said...

First things first -- I love your 9 Patch hourglass quilt top. It's amazing to me how versatile those 9 patches are, how they can be used to create so many different quilts. Also, your lilacs!!! I tried so hard to have a lilac here in North Carolina, even ordered a variety that is supposed to (barely) be appropriate to our agricultural zone, but the straggly, miserable thing finally LITERALLY keeled over and fell down dead in the yard this winter. I miss the smell of lilacs terribly because we had several huge tree/bushes in our yard in MN that I used to play under when I was little. Well, they seemed huge to me then, maybe they were normal sized and I was just small!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Very pretty 9 Patch quilt - those are some of my favorite colors! The flowers are so pretty - we in South Texas are in a horrible drought and it has already reached a 100! YUK! The cold front is coming, coming, coming, someday . They keep trying to predict rain, but it never gets here. Someday we will have a gully washer! Hugs and keep up with the nice projects!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Such a pretty quilt! Love that pieced back. I've got to check out currents; I love scented plants. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Cheree! Yum to the fresh asparagus. I have it in my garden but there's no sign of it yet. It seems like we ate it at the beginning of June last year which is really late. Maybe there are different varieties? I don't know. Gosh, your lilacs are gorgeous, and I don't think I've ever heard of currants. I wonder if they would grow up here in zone 4/5? I love your fabric pull for Simply Woven. I'm pretty sure I've made that pattern . . . but maybe it was something similar. Have a great week! ~smile~ Roseanne

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