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I grew Luffa Gourds in the garden this year.  I finally got around to picking them.  I was surprised with how many gourds I harvested.  They’re a tropical plant and they grew very, very slowly until late July when they really took off.  Now, I just need to figure out how to harvest the centers and what I need to do to prep them for use.

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Ahh, seed catalogs on a quilt! Two of my favorite things!

Garden planning has begun!  Even though its all in my head, seeing as there are inches of snow out there.  I think I’m going to run out of yard before I run out of enthusiasm for the weird, random stuff I want to grow.  Luffa gourds, anyone?  Also, quinoa is supposed to do well around here…

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

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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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.

…berry picking (and canning of those berries) is in full swing.  although, i’m wondering if the recent and much needed rain managed to knock all of the ripe ones down

…canned 14 quarts of peaches over the weekend

…weeding the garden…constantly

…swimming in the river and watching the boys add water park features.  yesterday, diving board.  next up, rope swing.  i’ve also heard talk of a slide

…laundry…constantly

…giving up on a clean-ish house and deciding to embrace the indoor/outdoor living we are doing right now.  which includes sleeping outside then inside then back outside, cooking dinners outside and hopefully setting up some sort of makeshift canning kitchen on the back porch

…thinking i really need to set up a clothesline

…wishing i actually remembered to take pictures

…not much sewing at all.  although i did cry ‘uncle’ one unbelievably hot day in June and sew a quilt top together while sitting directly in front of the a/c.

…enjoying the easy, schedule free days of summer

…looking forward to starting to harvest food from the garden.  we’ve been getting peas, broccoli, squash and zucchini.  i’m ready for beans and tomatoes, though

not much quilting going on these days, being summer and all.

be prepared for some random garden updates.  i’m trying to keep track of when i do things and what i get out of the garden this year and this seems like a nice place to do that.  especially since it automatically dates every entry and i tend to forget that when I write notes on random pieces of paper.

65 tomato plants (roma, big month, beefsteak, amish paste, mortgage lifter, pink ponderosa)

57 pepper plants (hungarian hot wax, white habanero, california wonder, mini red bell, orange bell)

6 broccoli

6 cabbage

peas (alaska, sugar snap)

only beans and flowers left to plant

i hope they do well this year

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