Yeah for alliterations!  And gardening and canning!  Photographic evidence:

beans

35 quarts of beans from a friend’s garden.  I’m sure I’ll have more canned up soon.  I picked a bag full last night from my garden and more are on the way.

peaches

14 quarts of peaches.  I’ll have to come up with a good peach pie recipe for this winter.  Also, there are 14 jelly jars of the best raspberry jam ever..but you’ll have to take my word for it since I don’t have a picture.

garden

The garden harvest from the other night.  Took me about 5 minutes to find all this goodness and I’m sure I missed some squash and cucumbers.  But only two zucchini…thank goodness.  Not sure what I’m going to do with the pounds and pounds of zucchini I’m about to get.  I tried to dehydrate some, but that experiment went south fast and did not turn out like I had hoped.

And now, the inspiration for the title of this post:

seahorse1

My name is Sam, I did sew a seahorse, but not by the seashore, unfortunately.

seahorse

This guy measures about 10″ x 10″ or so.  It went pretty fast.  Took me about 2 hours to trace and then free motion quilt the seahorse and another hour to attempt the pebble/bubble background quilting and binding.  I was having some serious thread tension issues including lots and lots of breaking and lots of huge rat nests on the back and skipped stitches.  Not sure what the exact problem was, but I’m pretty sure my machine was not happy with the variegated thread.  It’s a heavier weight than I usually like to use, but it was all I had on hand and I’m nothing if not impatient.  It’s also quite a few years old…so those two issues might have contributed.  Once I switched threads for the background, it was a dream to quilt.

It was really fun and quick to make this mini quilt.  And talk about instant gratification!  The boys even said they thought it was cool!  Usually I’m lucky if I get them to even acknowledge something quilt related.  I think I’ll be making more mini quilts in the future.  Hopefully, my free motion skills will improve and future seahorses won’t look so drunk.

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