4/3/13

Wonderful Wednesday


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It's the best kind of day for me.  It's a stay-at-home day, and it's the first chance I've had in quite some time to really immerse myself in sewing.  Wahoo!  

Yesterday I finished all of the top-stitching on the Line Dancing quilt, and I was able to start on the embellishing.  I stitched window panes for the windows on the two houses.



Wonky.  This designer is all about the wonk.

Then I made a drawstring on the shorts using Knit Cro-Sheen crochet thread.  I tried to tie it in a tiny bow, but that didn't work out.  A knot will have to do.


Then I stitched a little lace onto one of the brassieres and gave it a little bead right in the center.  One of the things I like about my new sewing machine is that I can change both the width and the length of my fancy stitches without distorting them.  I can distort them if I want, but I can also keep them looking pretty much like their default version.  The sewing machine can stitch a full 9mm in width, and so I have quite a bit of play to work with.  For a standard stitch, I thought this got the point across.  I'm experimenting with other stitches too.


That's as far as I got with that yesterday.  This morning I went out to the greenhouse and gave the tomato starts some attention.  Honestly, they are not looking good at all.


They don't look any worse since moving them to the greenhouse, and in fact, the basil is starting to look a little better.  Those are the ones lowest in the image above.  

The tomato starts began turning yellow a couple of weeks ago.  Although I've been watering them with instant plant food, they haven't perked up at all.  This morning I added some granular fertilizer to their little pots.  Hopefully, they will green up and start growing again.

Also, I repotted and staked the tallest among them and gave them some fertilizer as well.  They have all new soil now too, and so that should help perk them up.


And the dill never did very well inside the house.  Here's what's left of it now.  Pretty pathetic.  Possibly it feels it deserves more than in-the-house horticulture.  Perhaps it only feels outstanding if it is outside.  So...out with these scrawny little things.  I started over with them.


New seeds, new soil, granular fertilizer and spiffy (if dirty) bright new pots.  Maybe these perky colors will be more to their liking.


Also, I planted the first round of lettuce.  For lettuce, I use these pots that are intended to be for window boxes.  This will be my third year growing lettuce in the greenhouse, and these have worked great.  I can fit five heads in each pot, which is plenty of lettuce for the two of us.  Once these get going pretty well, I'll plant another five heads in each of the two pots I have left.  This year I'm planting Red Sails red leaf lettuce.  I've been growing that one for years, and it is a really nice red leaf lettuce that we both love.  Also, I planted a Butter Crunch butterhead lettuce.  I've always planted Esmerelda in the past, but that seed is no longer available.  That's a shame because it always did very well for us.  Hopefully, this new one will do well too.


Lettuce seeds are only barely covered with dirt.  To keep them wet while they germinate, I cover the pots with plastic wrap.  Then the moisture collects on the plastic wrap and drips back onto the soil, keeping them wet without me worrying.  The garden stakes under the plastic wrap keep the moisture-laden wrap from falling back into the soil.  This method has worked well for me in the past, and so I'll just keep it up.


And as a person who thrives on instant gratification, I'm always disappointed when I post these pictures of my newly planted "crops" and notice that nothing has sprouted yet.  I suppose it takes a little longer than a few seconds, but I'm not happy about it.

So now, I'm going to take off my wet clothes (because a day of potting is not complete until one has sprayed oneself with one's hose) and take a shower to rinse off the potting soil.  Then, I'm hitting the sewing room.  I'm hoping to get up a good head of steam on the Line Dancing quilt.  

I hope your day is going well.  Anything fun planned at your end?

13 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

The Line Dance is coming along nicely. Oh, playing in dirt - can't wait! BUT we are still having winter here - cold, blowing, snow - yuck@@@@

Leisa B said...

I love the Line Dance--the detail work is so fun in a project like that! Your hothouse work reminds me to get planting--we use the window box planters for herbs, and the basil particularly thrives in it :-)

LynCC said...

Love those details! The knot is absolutely fine, and the brassiere is wonderful. : )

Sheila said...

Love all of the embellishing that you are doing on your "Line Dancing" quilt. Can't wait to see your greenhouse come June/July :) Spent the afternoon in my sewing room, which always means a great day!

Cath said...

You are certainly persistent with those tomatoes....surely that will pay off eventually. I love the details on your line dance quilt...very cute.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Lynne said...

Love all the embellishing on Line Dance.

I am having a day at home. I was supposed to go out for the quilting group but I feel so blah! My babies left yesterday! *big sigh*

Kate said...

Fun embellishments on Line Dance, it's such a cute project.

Good luck with your growing garden.

Sherry said...

The Line Dance is sooo cute and it looks like you are anxious for planting

Teresa in Music City said...

Way to go on your Laundry quilt! You always amaze me with your talent in the perfect embellishments. Glad to see you are really enjoying your new machine! I sewed on my new-to-me Bernina today in class and really enjoyed it. Your poor little plants look sad! Could it be they have heard that spring has been delayed and they are depressed? I know I am!!!

Brown Family said...

THe line dance is looking good. SO is the garden. I just bought a quilt frame and quilt motion for my Bernina 830. we have spent all week trying to get it set up so I have not done any sewing. I will set up my 200 tomorrow and work on some project. Not sure what, yet!

Nan

Lyndsey said...

Love the embellishments on the Line Dance quilt. I'm sure your little tomatoes will perk up soon.

Vickie said...

That is the cutest quilt Barbara! All the embellishments put it over the top cute!

Jacque said...

"Anything fun planned at your end?"
Hmmmm....I am just hoping to snatch a couple of minutes at my machine! Haha! I'm going through withdrawal! I'm seeing pink sewing machines marching up the walls! Help! :D