UFO Challenge #4

#4? These won’t be in order! I’ve joined a UFO Challenge with my local quilt store, which is perfect since my new year’s resolution was to complete my UFO’s in 2017 😀

I submitted 6 UFO’s that I will complete in 6 months. Every completion guarantees one entry into the prize drawing. The grand prize winner get’s 50% of total registration fees in the form of a gift card and there are also 2nd and 3rd prize winners. But best of all, you get your projects completed! What makes this fun and challenging is waiting for the number to be drawn. Whichever number the shop draws, is the number of the challenge I will work on. April is #4 and #4 on my list is to complete my quilted potholders.

Last year, I had a sew day with my mom, aunt, and grandmother. We all split a jelly roll to make 4 potholders each, but we each only completed a single potholder that day. The pile of potholder fronts and backs and a pile of insul-bright have been sitting in my sewing room for an entire year. This was definitely one of the easier projects on my UFO list.

UFO 4 quilted potholders

Last weekend I joined my mom at her local quilt shop for a sit and sew and I completed the 3 remaining potholders. Added a little twill loop to the corner for hanging and voila!

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My little potholders are hanging above the stove, ready for action 🙂 Looking forward to May’s UFO Challenge…wish me luck!

Swaddle Blanket

Since I’ve been in the garden I haven’t had much time for sewing. With a co-workers approaching baby shower, I decided to make a swaddle blanket. I’ve always wanted to sew with gauze and have seen tutorials on double gauze swaddle blankets. The gauze I purchased came with self binding instructions, but this tutorial by Purl Soho gives you the same steps I followed to make my swaddle blanket.

I trimmed the edges to make the blanket even, but most tutorials will have you square the fabric for easy swaddling. Since I only trimmed, my blanket was rectangular in shape and slightly larger than most. You can easily fold it smaller and still swaddle baby or use the larger gauzy blanket as a nursing cover, stroller cover, tummy time blanket, and more! Such a perfect blanket for a summer time baby. Gauze is light, soft, and breathable. The double rolled hem was a breeze and the finished blanket was quick and simple to make.

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Rolled up and finished with a burlap bow ❤

Fabric: Hedgerow Bouquet in Cream by Riley Blake Designs

Raised Beds – Spring 2017

A little late in the game, we continued our Spring gardening in the back yard where we have raised vegetable beds. Our favorite local nursery had a limited selection when we visited and while I did find some great plants, I was sad to return home with no jalapeno plants.

My first step was to remove the old dead plants and roots from the garden bed. I used a pitchfork to discover all the old roots from previous seasons, whoops… At least I know the plants are enjoying life and spreading their roots 🙂 Second step was to add new compost and amended garden soil. Mixed the old with the new and evened out the soil for new plantings.

I totally failed and my first round of seed planting this past fall. I don’t think I watered enough or kept a close eye on the growth. Luckily, I spotted these three surviving sprouts:

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They were in the ground for quite some time…not sure if they were edible, but they smelled great! I still have plenty of seeds and I may try again. Seeing the largest of the carrots above was a great feeling! In fact, I may need to invest in some jalapeno seeds…since I’m having no luck finding transplants.

In this small bed, I still have some Brussel Sprout plants and Cilantro that are in their final weeks. I made some room for my new transplants, Lemongrass and Green Beans.

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The Lemongrass might get big, so I planted in the back. We recently bought some dried lemongrass for tea and I would like to dry my own or steep it fresh. This is also my first time growing green beans! We planted two of them…I’m not sure how many green beans they will produce or how often, but I enjoy learning which plants work for us so we can continue planting them. Other perennial herbs that continue to flourish in this bed is Oregano and Chocolate Mint. The Parsley is huge, but I think also in it’s last weeks.

In the larger raised bed I planted cauliflower, eggplant, tomato, and herbs. I’m wondering if Cauliflower is a cold/Fall plant. The tag mentioned something about it’s tolerance of cold weather…so just in case, I planted in a spot that gets a little more shade than the rest. Eggplants worked so well for us last year that we bought two varieties: Fairy Tale and Patio Baby. Patio Baby will be little eggplants; I can’t wait to see the cuteness! Last year we grew cherry tomatoes, this year we’re growing regular sized green tomatoes called Green Zebra. Finally, I grabbed two varieties of basil. Don’t you just love the smell of basil?! I also have perennial herbs oregano and thyme growing in this bed and they continue to do well. The chives I planted last year are still growing, but I noticed have no taste! It’s very strange and not worth having, but I don’t have the heart to pull them out. I have another set of chives that taste great and are currently in bloom.

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Garlic continues to grow at the foot of the garden bed. They were planted in October of last year and will be ready for harvest this summer. This much garlic will last me a year!

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Blooming Chives

I look forward to sharing with you some harvesting updates!