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Sun Gold

First handful of pick-your-own, warm-from-the-sun-on-field cherry tomatoes of the year.

sun gold fresh organic cherry tomatoes

Sun golds – perfectly named.

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Free to a good home

I went through my stash and pulled out a bunch of fabric to donate (and to make room for pretty new fabric). Some of it’s just not my taste, some of it’s cotton-poly blends that I don’t want to mix with my quilting cottons, some I just want off my shelves and onto something more useful.

pile of folded fabric to donate

But it turns out the local chapter of Project Linus where I hoped to send it, is full of knitters and crocheters not quilters,  and can’t put this to use. I could make it into quilts for them, and I have a couple, but I’m not going to actually use up all of it that way anytime soon.

So, anyone have a good place to donate fabric? (Including your own guild, non-profit group etc. if you’ll use it for a good cause — I’m not part of one)  I’d like it to go someplace that will use it as fabric, not just to send it to the thrift store to be sold. There are a couple more yards that I was on the fence about that I’ll throw in for a good cause, maybe some thread too.

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Almost done, I’m down to handstitching the binding on this quilt.

hand stitching binding on pink and orange quilt

The quilting took a little longer than I planned.  My problem with straightling quilting is that it seems so simple compared to free motion quilting, that I say things like “I want someting simple to complement the pattern – just straight quilting around the edge of each diamond — actually I’ll put a couple of lines, like 3 or 4 of them – close together, on both the inside and outside of the seam” and not think about how much quilting time and how many pivots of the quilt I’m taking on during a heat wave.

detail - strightline quilting on striped back and polka dot pink orange quilt binding

But I love how the quilting came out : 2-4 (it varies) lines of quilting on each side of the seams, at varying widths. Enough variation to feel fresh and fun, but simple enough to reflect the classic block and clean lines.

Oh, and I found perfectly coordinated pink and orange stripes for the backing (with a bit of patchwork) and dots for the binding .

work in progress pink and orange half square triangle modern quilt


More once it’s done!

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Ahead of the game this month (or at least reasonably on track) Susan asked for square-in-square blocks and sent fabric with a great graphic print and some solid/nearly solids in charcoal, turquoise and a warm ivory. I added some greens and came out with two blocks with very different feels .

Modern Patchwork Block aqua/turquoise, green, charcoal and ivory with fussy cut peacock feather

My favorite of the two

modern patchwork quilt block: wonky square in square

In need of a good pressing...

These were fun, I really love the make it up as you go construction of this “pattern”  — and cool pool-water turquoise is just the color to be working with this time of year.

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My bee blocks for June were done ages ago, but life slipped away from me and I was late getting them photographed and mailed. *sigh*

Green and tan string pieced quilt block for "Fresh Modern Bee 2"

But, they’ve arrived at their new home, and I’m finally getting the pictures up.  But, this month I’m going to be better. July blocks are done, photographed (and on the blog tomorrow) and will be in the mail this week.


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High falutin’ supplies

I wear gloves not just for free motion quilting, but, for some straight line quilting too, if I’m going to be turning it alot.

But mine aren’t from the quilt shop. I get these gardening gloves from a discount store for a few dollars. They’ve got this strange, grip-y texture designed for weeding, but that works great for quilting too.

And, they come in pretty colors. I just bought these new ones — one pair to use, one pair for spare — since the stickiness on the fingers of my last pair finally wore out.

So, anyone else have unusual crafting supplies?

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When I went to Vermont, I planned a whole weekend full of quilts, then found myself in my hotel room at the end of the first day without a project to work on. Ackk! How had I forgotten that?  Plenty of fabric, but nothing to sew with, maddening.

t project: blue, green, aqua square/rectangle on neutral background

A quick trip to a fortunately close Michael’s for needles and  scissors, and I was in business with a simple appliqué patchwork of some of the fabrics I had bought. (In, of course, my favorite green and blue)

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Pincushion

Why is everything cuter when it’s smaller?

I made this little Nicey Jane pincushion, and I think I’d like it any size, but this one is about 2 inches square (that button is 1/4 inch across) and somehow that just makes it so much sweeter

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CSA: “Green” garlic

My farm calls it green garlic, but really it has such a lovely rose color.

macro still life green garlic bulb from csa

I love garlic — much of my cooking starts with a splash of olive oil and a garlic clove (or two, or three….)  — so discovering local garlic was a treat. Like alot of vegetables, I think this has more flavor that the stuff in the grocery store  that’s spent who knows how long in a shipping container in transit (Conventional garlic in your neighborhood supermarket apparently comes mostly from China so it’s got alot of miles to travel)

three cloves of fresh local green garlic

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Work in progress

This picture is actually out of date, I’m in the process of quilting it, but, well here’s what it looked like pre-basting.

This one’s a custom order , but I think I’m going to have to work with these pink-oranges some more.  :)

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