I had all good intentions of getting some sewing done this past weekend, but you know what happens sometimes to best laid plans. Friday was spent entirely on Shop Hop, visiting four stores over 90 miles apart, plus lunch with a group from our guild. The promised rainy day on Saturday canceled a car club drive, and I thought maybe I’d be able to spend some time on a new project. But as that day progressed, I got busy cleaning the house, and it just got away from me. I did a deeper clean than my usual, and it took most of the day. It is great to have a sparkling clean house, but I was too tired to start something later in the day. Add to that a meeting of the Chookshed Stitchers, my blogger buddies from all over the world who meet on Zoom from time to time, and I got nothing done. But, back to Shop Hop, I was pretty good, only picking up 3/4 yard total in the form of 3 fat quarters that were gifts from the stores for being in a group. Our leader made us little yellow ribbon bows with thread spools to wear showing we were all part of a group. The two solid color pieces on the upper left here are wool, and I’m not adding those to my Stashbusters count of quilting fabrics. Wool is a whole other stash, LOL, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
The only thing I did manage to accomplish was to add a batting layer to my cardboard display board for a class I am teaching on Thursday. I’ll be in Landrum to speak to their guild with my Scrap Dancing program, then teach my To The Nines quilt pattern.
In the garden, my tomatoes are coming along.
The squashes are running over the edge of the planter.
It looks like I’ll have some little grape tomatoes soon.
I think this is a spaghetti squash, but it might be a pumpkin. I hope it gets ripe this year. The one like it last year never did ripen.
Lots of basil is growing between the tomatoes and squashes.
On the circle, the hostas are still blooming more than a week after they began.
On the veranda, my toad lilies have put out long fronds which should be covered in blooms in September.
I am hoping that this heartleaf brunnera will bloom this year. Last year it bloomed in May, but this year so far it hasn’t bloomed at all.
I’m not happy with the torenias I put in the hanging baskets. One has died, and the rest had one round of blooms and it looks like they are done. I’m going to get some petunias to replace them, at least I know they will grow well and the hummingbirds like them. I have seen just one hummingbird this year, but since my good camera died, I didn’t get a photo of it. But Oliver was looking particularly cute with paws folded, patiently waiting for someone to notice and perhaps offer a peanut butter treat.
Back in the sewing room, I have pulled the quilts I plan to enter in the Mountain State Fair, and hung them on pant hangers in the laundry room. This will keep them from creasing while they wait for the turn in day in September. I’m also starting to think about what recipes to enter, and whether or not I have any crafts for this year. Reading the catalog, I was surprised and pleased to see that a papercrafting category has been added! So, I need to do a bit of stamping this summer.
What is happening in your garden and sewing room?
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