Monday, September 2, 2013

49 blocks and cactus babies.....

I made the last 5 blocks that were cut and then started making the duplicate blocks (for the second quilt).












I put the blocks up on the design wall but will still add one or two more rows in length.  Right now it would finish at 56" square.  I probably will use a few of the duplicate blocks in this because I want to make the other one a square wallhanging that won't need as many blocks.
I have been sticking the pieces that sometimes get knocked off the large cactus plants into some Miracle Gro soil and they are growing!  This one shot the 2 pieces off the top first and now has a new branch started off the bottom section.
These are both 4" pots and I was too lazy to go out and get another pot and ended up sticking 3 in this pot.  All three have new growth and I have no idea which plant they fell off of so this might be 3 different colors in one pot.  I have started rooting coleus cuttings and when I plant some of them I may divide these into separate pots.


Today is my oldest granddaughter's 26th birthday and she is pregnant with my first great-grandchild due in January.

21 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

Looks like your starts are doing well. We have some sedum we are rooting for more plants for next year. News of a baby is fun. Your blocks are coming together well. Don't labor to hard today. Chris

Beth said...

I do like the African Quilt!!! It will look great when its done. I am just happy to have houseplants again... but I am not going over board. We will be moving again, and moving plants is a pain!!!

Susan said...

I have some cactus rooting in water right now! One is off a plant that belonged to my grandma...no telling how old that plant is! She had it as far back as I can remember.

Val Capsticks said...

I love the look of this! It really catches my eye every time I see one of your posts.

Gene Black said...

The cactus starts look great. I am sure they will do well.

I Love the African quilt.

Congrats on your first "great"

Needled Mom said...

Happy birthday to your granddaughter. It will be so exciting to have a new little one come January.

Different colored cactus would be so exciting in one pot.

Your blocks look terrific.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

A great-grandchild! How exciting, Wanda!!

Vicky F said...

Hi Wanda,
Love the African-themed blocks. Very striking!

Did you say (in the past) that you kept the coleus cuttings in water over the winter? I'm going to try over-wintering some coleus this year.

Sue said...

Congratulations on all counts!!

christijowinter933@yahoo.com said...

Congratulations on becoming a Great Grandma! I feel so blessed that my Great Grandma was a part of my childhood. Am sure your great grandchild will feel the same.

Just now catching up on your last few posts. I'm in the St. Louis area and noticed WAY fewer Japanese beetles, too (thank goodness!). Am wondering if it has to do with our very wet spring. Or perhaps last year's drought.

KatieQ said...

The African quilt looks wonderful. It's amazing how the humble 9 patch can make such fabulous quilts by changing the fabrics.
I never thought of rooting the stems that fall of my Christmas cactus. Thanks for sharing.
Happy birthday to your granddaughter and congratulations on the new baby.

Maureen said...

Congratulations Wanda on being a Great-Grandma-in-waiting! How exciting for you.

Annie said...

Cactus babies are SO exciting. I love baby plants.

MamaT said...

I'm loving the 16 patches! They're so vibrant! Congratulations on the great grand baby! I just got my first granddaughter. Such a blessing!

Sheila said...

Your quilt is coming along beautifully. The new little cacti, too.
A new baby on the way! Congratulations : )

suemac said...

Congrats on the upcoming great grandchild. Blocks are looking good.

Teri said...

A "black-eyed susan" quilt for your garden series?

Brown Family said...

Congratulations on the future great grand baby!

Sharon said...

Wow, loving this new block and how the prints just pop against the black. You surely do have a green thumb, I love when you do garden posts. Thanks for sharing with us.

Mary said...

I have somehow managed to keep my first and only Christmas cactus alive, but I've not tried rooting the branches that fall off. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I sure hope it blooms this winter.

Anonymous said...

Your quilt looks like it will be a fun one to own. Loving all the colors!
Congrats on the great grandbaby!:)
So Miracle Grow is the secret. I was just sticking mine in regular potting soil. Thanks for the tip!
Happy quilting!

Kay in Kansas