Summer in the PNW

Summer in the PNW

Still alive and well in the PNW. I remain masked at the store, which wigs me out a little bit here and there. The sun is out and summer is being really summery, which is always good. I transplanted, fed and watered the little rose I almost killed two years ago and apparently we’ve now made up.

And Ella is posing with more flowers.

The veggies are coming along. I’ve picked five zucchinis and one tomato with lots more coming on. Just so you know, this is what a tomato is supposed to look like on the inside.

There’s also been raspberry jam and raspberry vinegar.

The Cinderella Pumpkin plant is really going to town. We already have three little pumpkins and about 30 flowers. I also have about a seven-foot volunteer sweet pea. It smells absolutely heavenly and I’m so glad it made it.

There has also been quilting. I finally finished a Halloween project I started a couple of years ago. In 2018, I pieced it and last year I started to quilt it. Now the quilting is done and I finished binding it on Friday. And yes, I might have gotten a bit carried away as it’s enormous. It should keep me pretty cozy this fall.

And there’s the Block of the Month from Sew Creative in Ashland, Oregon. I’m only about a month behind, so I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.

It’s called “Flower Power” and has been quite the adventure. I’m on month eight of a twelve month project, so the end is in sight. I’ve never finished such a large wool project and I think it’s going to weigh a ton.

So when I was feeling overwhelmed with big projects, I made these:

I love watermelon fabrics and these bags were great for some little pieces I had. Over the last few years, I’ve bought zipper rolls in several colors. No waste as I cut just what I need and can put different colored pulls on.

These were a different pattern and I used a lot of what’s left of my Debbie Mumm Fall and Halloween fabrics. If ever a collection needed to be reprinted, it’s this. The prints are just so charming and fun. And curiously full of red haired witches!

I really don’t want this year to be the complete waste it’s trying to be. So more UFO’s will get finished and a couple of new techniques will be tried. Concentrating on making each day having some good things. Like chocolate zucchini bread and browned butter chocolate chip cookies. At least the taste buds are happy. And of course, I’m always happy in the quilt studio.

Enjoy the summer and happy quilting!

Candy

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