Saturday, July 2, 2011

That Summer Thing...

I thought I'd better post something so you know I haven't fallen off the face of the earth!  It's that summer thing...know what I'm talking about? Warm, sunny days that hit you almost like a tranquilizer!  The urge to be productive is nearly non-existent in favor of an iced tea in the shade and a good quilting magazine!  OK - I haven't gone quite that far yet....but soon!
I've worked on a few projects in my studio - a lot of prep work for another stitchery quilt, a bit of fabric sorting for a bed quilt, and some other little things.  The star above will be the first of 80 that I need to make for the bed quilt.  I'm using my vast collection of shirting's and my ever-growing assortment of Civil War fabrics.  No two stars will be the same.  I used Monique Dillard's "Fit To Be Geese" ruler on this star.  If you don't have one - they are awesome!  In fact, Monique has several rulers that will make your quilting so much easier.  She is starting a blog book tour on Monday, July 4th to introduce her newest ruler, the "Fit To Be Quarter" ruler!  Be sure to visit her blog on Monday for lots of fun and giveaways!
This wonderful scissor fob came from my new friend Julie over at Me and My Stitches!  Isn't it just me?  Julie is a very talented jewelry and quilt pattern designer and a really nice person! 
I made this peach cobbler today - does it ever look good!
Some of you asked for updates as Mr. Squash refinishes his library table.  All is going well.  Here he was stripping the top.  Underneath the old varnish is some gorgeous oak!
Here he is today working on the sides.  He wants you to know that he's smiling under the mask. It will probably take him most of the summer to complete the project and I'll keep you posted with updates from time to time.
It's almost picking time for a few things in the garden!  Check out this celery!  I still can't believe I can actually grow it myself!  It's one of the few things I never considered planting!
This is a yellow bell pepper.  Both the yellow and orange bell peppers have lots of fruit on them, but it will be a while until they are ripe enough to pick.  I can't wait to saute them on the grill with some Walla Walla sweet onions and garlic from the garden!
There is a little zucchini attached to that flower!  It should be big enough for a loaf of zucchini bread tomorrow - LOL!
Look!  A real tomato!  This is an heirloom beefsteak.  We have 12 tomato plants all together - we might just have to set up a small farm stand out front later this summer!

There is fishing on the horizon - I hope to have a report from the river soon!


Jackie said...

Looks like you've been up to lots of fun stuff! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your civil war star quilt. I just purchased a couple of those same fabrics today.

Stephanie said...

What time are you serving cobbler? I'll be right over. Your bed quilt is going to be gorgeous. I really like your block. Looks like your garden is doing better than the Ohio farmers! Looking forward to Mr. Squashes end result.

Libby said...

Thanks for the garden tour . . . I'm looking forward to next year for sure! This year I will make do with citrus, those peaches (cobbler coming my way, too *s*, my window basil plant. High hopes for that volunteer tomato)
I always plant a beefsteak tomato plant in honor of Hubby's paternal grandfather. I can always hear his voice in my head when I think of his tomato garden.
Enjoy every bit of your gardening time!

*karendianne. said...

I gotta tell ya… these summer posts are just a lot of fun, fun, fun! Fantastic photos (well, as good as they can be without inclusion of Sophie!) :P

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

That start quilt is going to be something else!

Mr. Squash seems like a real handyman. And your garden is looking so pretty!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I bought one of Monique's rulers last year, and since our move I've not been able to find it :-( The garden looks great!

AnnieO said...

The block looks wonderful! Is this the entire colorway of the new project?

Beautiful scissor fob. Lucky you.

Mr. Squash looks happy, even with the mask on :)

Candace the Farmer...has a nice ring to it.

ferne said...

Your summer is looking and sounding a lot like mine. House and garden projects, my job and a little tiny bit of quilting in between. When it is light until 9 I hate to come inside. Love that scissor bob, it really is you!

Mary said...

You're quiltin', cookin' and gardenin'. You really can do it all!

Me and My Stitches said...

Glad you like your pumpkin scissor fob! Your garden looks wonderful and Mr Squash is doing a fine job on your refinishing project!

Ulla said...

The star block is pretty, and your scissor fob pumpkin is amazing work. The garden pictures aare great - you can make tomato soup for the freezer when you get all those tomatoes. Mr. S. has found a beautiful surface under the varnish, good luck for him for the work.

Prims and Annies said...

Hi...just found your blog..we live in South GA and our garden will be over in a couple of weeks. I have an awesome recipe for stuffed zucchini on my blog...I make lots of zucchini bread and put in freezer...tastes good on those cold winter days with a good cup of coffee. I found a recipe for orange zucchini bread that uses chocolate is to die for.
Have a great week

Prims and Annies said...

I do not have the link for the orange zucchini bread but it is easy to find on the web.

Linda said...

I don't know where to begin...first, I totally understand about the summer thing. If I'm not quilting, I'm outdoors with the girls. Second, love the scissors fab and the peach cobbler. Wish I could have a bite! :-) Your garden looks amazing!!!! That celery is fabulous! I've never grown celery. Think I'll need to try it next year. Table is coming along beautifully. Looks like Mr. Squash is a pro!! :-) Happy 4th to you both!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

The pics are so cute. That fob is amazing. Teeny tiny.

Houseelf said...

Hia Candace I'm back! Lovely flying geese. It will look gorgeous en-masse. Wow what a lot in your garden. If you are anything like my husband there will be all sorts of swaps with friends and neighbours. His home made beer gets turned into tomatos and crackers. All we need is a cheese maker and I'd be sorted. LOL

Carrie P. said...

Love that scissor fob.
Celery! wow,I am going to try some one day.
I had a volunteer plant come up from my mulch pile. I replanted in a better space and it is an acorn squash. So excited to see it.

pratima said...

Great start on your star quilt, Candace! Shirtings and civil war prints are looking beautiful together! Yum! That cobbler is too tempting!! Looking forward to Mr.squash's beautiful oak table :-)
Seems like harvest time is here... Enjoy the goodies :)

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