Thursday, July 6, 2017

Many things........

Yesterday I wanted to get back to cutting my Kaffe fabrics in 2.5" squares.  I had 45 more fabrics already pressed and cut into strips ready to cut so I got that accomplished.  Then I decided I needed to lay out one stack in color order so I can tell when I'm ready to do a colorwash with them.  The two rows on the right in the bottom tray are multicolor, no specific color could be determined.
When I finished that I decided I needed to look for backing for this top.  I found one that I have 6 yard of and it is hanging over the arm of the chair.  Then I took the top off the double design wall so I can start using it again.
My unfinished projects have been nagging me so I pulled this one out.  I had stacked the rows when they were on a single wall for several months.  I started piecing the blocks in August last year and played around with a design for them.  I think I need to make some more blocks to make it one row wider and maybe one row longer.  I'll start cutting them today out of some newer Marcia Derse fabric that I have purchased since last August.
Yesterday morning I noticed I had two tomatoes starting to turn red.  I decided I would leave them until later in the afternoon and then pick them before the critters come and take one bite out of them.  You notice there is only one here....yes, by the time I went back out to pick them there was a big bite out of the other one.  I'm pretty sure it is the squirrels that do it but overnight it could be opossums or raccoons.  I have lots of green tomatoes out there right now so I'll be keeping a good eye out for any change of color and let them ripen on the windowsill inside.

18 comments:

Hedy Hahn said...

Your backing fabric looks perfect for your quilt. I have also been trying to finish some UFO's and start new ones too. Isn't there something you can put over the tomatoes to protect them ? Obviously I don't grow veggies.

Quiltdivajulie said...

My WIP s and UFOs are annoying me, too. Time for me to re-asess and prioritize. Your top looks so good in the photo today.

patty a. said...

You have been busy! That backing looks perfect. I like those UFO blocks especially since they are different sizes.

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

I usually get bugs at my tomatoes if I leave them out too long but one day I found something had eaten half of a tomato and left the other half on the vine. I try to pick when they are orange too - I have not had good luck with my vegetables again this year and ready to pull out my cucumber and melon plants as nothing is there - plenty of blossoms but nothing every forms and I do have bees around - and whoever just gets one zucchini! usually you have so many you have to give them away - right now I have one zucchini growing and that is it

Gene Black said...

We did a container garden on the deck with tomatoes in one bucket. Our culprit was a squirrel taking bites from the tomatoes.

JustGail said...

@Karen - you might have plenty of blossoms, but do you have plenty of female blossoms?

I too have started picking before fully red. I've also tried picking the pecked tomatoes and hoping they ripen before they attract gnats and rot, but have had not much success with that. It's such a disappointment to reach for that nice ripe tomato on the vine and grab YUCK!

Heidi said...

Do you have a machine that cuts your squares? If so, what do you use? They are always so perfect. Love your sharing of your amazing gifts.

Rosemary Rivas said...

I have an apple tree that the squirrels love. In order to dissuade the critters from eating the apples, I put out peanuts on the fence. They like the nuts better than the apples. I don't know if my idea will help you, but I thought I'd mention it.

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

That backing fabric IS perfect! Altogether very pretty quilt. I like where the drunkard's path is heading, too. I am so glad you still have things to say after ten years, because I enjoy seeing and reading what you're doing!

Goofin' Off Around the Block said...

The backing fabric looks perfect for the project. Sorry about the bite out of your tomato. I hope the critter enjoyed it since you couldn't. --Andrea

Mystic Quilter said...

A great photo of your Kaffe top up on the wall and lucky you had the yardage needed for the backing fabric. Fresh tomatoes from the garden - mouthwatering!

Anonymous said...

Love your work! Where do you find Marsha D fabrics?

Quilt Inspiration said...

HI Wanda, your quilts are stunning ! They look absolutely fabulous, and we love the backing fabric you selected. You always create such gorgeous show-stoppers. Thanks always for your lovely blog. We really enjoy reading about all your wonderful projects. Blessings, from Marina and Daryl Lynn :-)

Needled Mom said...

I LOVE those circles. Just beautiful.

Last year we lost every tomato to raccoons. It was beyond frustrating.

piecefulwendy said...

Wanda, your quilts are so lovely. I so enjoy seeing how you put them together (and how quickly). Until I began reading your blog, I didn't even know about Marcia Derse fabric; I'd love to know where you find it.

Charlotta said...

Lots of excitement, but I'm particularly happy to see the Marcia Derse quilt back; it's one of my favorites!

Shasta Matova said...

That backing fabric will look great on that quilt! I really like the colors on your circle quilt.

Robin Klein said...

Love all your hard work. You must be quilting day and night. Can you tell me,on your Kaffee quilt, how large are your blocks and what is the finished sizes? It is just so beautiful!
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