July has arrived in New England with some really nice summer temperatures. The tomato plants are huge, there are several small tomatoes set on, the spring lettuce is almost done, the raspberries are just starting, and the lavender and hosta are beautiful.
I’ve been working on a couple of Master Gardener projects, and doing daily maintenance work here. I also went to a very interesting wicking class at the farm of a fellow Master Gardener. If you are interested in wicking, you can read the post here. If you have questions, let me know.
In between gardening adventures, I finished my small barn quilt that I attempted after my class with Nancy Morgan. What did I learn? It takes a lot of focused effort, requires logical steps, ability to sew straight over previous stitches, artistic talent, and a machine that has feet that are easily exchanged.
Changing thread depending upon whether you were sewing on the back or the front and taking feet on and off for straight stitching or free motion quilting was a constant challenge, requiring thinking ahead, and was fairly time consuming. But, it’s okay, because I did finish it, and it turned out okay. Will I try another one – maybe so I can apply what I learned from this one.
Bottom line – whatever Nancy Morgan charges for her amazing fabric creations is worth every penny.
I started the machine quilting but didn’t like the way it looked so spent an hour ripping it out, and now I’m back to square one literally. I need to find some inspiration for the quilting piece.
We have a week of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 80’s. It’s summer, and it is a beautiful thing.
I’ll put in some weeding and watering time this morning and then head to the sewing machine this afternoon.
Just for chuckles I’ll share how many acorn seedlings I’ve pulled out of the beds as of last week – 557. So, when I don’t comment on photos of squirrels, don’t take it personally. 🙂