Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Wow - thank you for all the wonderful comments on the last post. You all just make me *smile* Now I need a little help! Can anyone identify this vegetable? It is the what is growing on plants that were purported to be zucchini. This does not look at all like what I expected. I had plans for summer dinners with steamed zucchini, salads with fresh zucchini, loaf after loaf of zucchini bread in my freezer for holiday gift giving . . . then my very healthy looking plants produced THIS. This is the largest I have let it grow - about softball size but there is an abundance of golf ball to tennis ball sizes on the plant now. Should I harvest? Can I use it the same as zucchini? Oh, I am puzzled.
**Update** Armed with some fresh ideas for names and searches, I re-Googled and came up with this piece of squash info. Maybe it is some new zucchini/acorn hybrid - a zucorn, if you will. I'm going to go make a test loaf of bread. Stay tuned.
Here is the baby quilt that I worked on over the weekend. Last stitch went into the binding just before bed last night and it's freshly out of the dryer now. It is going to one of Hubby's co-workers. I knew I wanted to make her a quilt and thought I had plenty of time - at least until next month. On Friday, Hubby announced that she is going out on maternity leave at the end of this week. YIKES!
We made a quick trip to the quilt shop Saturday morning to pick fabrics. It's hard to see in the photo, but the small squares have blue and creamy tan-yellow dots. To me very reminiscent of a 50's fabric. It doesn't scream baby - but that's okay with me. It's 60" square - a great size to put on the floor for 'tummy time' and will last all the way through the napping years.

33 comments:

atet said...

I THINK the veggie you have there is actually a squash. I know I've seen something like it around these parts in the fall. You know. With pumpkins and things. But what do I know? I live in a townhouse and others do my yardwork.

The baby quilt is lovely! I love the scalloped edge. I really do need to try one of those!

dot said...

I think it is an acorn squash. The baby quilt is wonderful. The colors are great, not your run on the mill colors. She will love the quilt.

Ms. Jan said...

What a lovely quilt!

Knot Garden said...

Beautiful baby quilt, love that puckered quilted look you get with washing it.

The Calico Cat said...

That is a squash - looks like it is from the Acorn Squash family...

FYI My gf just got her first garen tomatoe - so it myst be time the tomato pie recipe, no?

Linda said...

Libby your quilt is stunning. Did you quilt it yourself on your home machine? Your veggie is the colour of a zucchini but has the shape of an acorn squash (which in Aussie we call pumpkins) just to confuse you....lol... What does it look like cut?

Carole said...

You know, the same thing happened to us last year. What we bought was a zucchini and what we got, who knows. It was some type of small pumpkin/squash that was yellowish. So we used them as fall decorations. My Mother in law still has one that's still looks great! Sometime I wonder if it's not the result of genetic manipulation! Your quilt is beautiful. Love the scallop border. Thanks for sharing!

Wendy said...

You could take it to the local farmer's market and they might have some suggestions. They could also tell you how to cook it.
Another quilt, it's fantastic, the baby will enjoy for many years.

Beth said...

I was curious about your squash there and did a search for zucchini and found some interesting pictures. If you google "courgette" I think you'll see your squash. It must be another type of zucchini. Oh, and I love that baby quilt. I hear there is going to be a baby boy in our family come December, that would be perfect colors.
Beth
http://bethknits.blogspot.com/

Screen Door said...

Love the baby quilt... It'll last longer than the baby stage...

Judith said...

The quilt is just beautifull.

Hedgehog said...

Love your quilt - especially the scalloped edges. Sorry I can't help with the squash.

Pieces From Me said...

You read my post on my green thumb so you know I can't help you on the veggie. From what everyone else says, they are pretty certain it is a squash. The baby quilt is stunning!!! I keep coming to your blog to look at the whole cloth you have on your header!!! Don't you just love handquilting?

Lisa D. said...

Beautiful baby quilt! I love that! This is the second one I've seen you do recently with a scalloped edge. Do you draw your own scallops or have a tool that you use?

Carol said...

You are amazing...you just bought the fabric Saturday...today is Wednesday and the quilt is pieced, quilted, bound, washed and dryed with a scalloped edge. It is wonderful! The squash is very interesting...can't wait to hear how it tastes. You may be on to something new.

Dawn said...

It is some kind of squash. A squash for sure it is.

I LOVE the baby quilt! It is wonderful! I love the colors and just he simple design!

Susie said...

A zucorn? Well it does look just like the two of those combined. It will be interesting to see what the taste is like. We bought two six packs of lemon cucumbers, but we have something rather strange coming from those also!
xo

McIrish Annie said...

definitely a squash of some sort. looks like an acorn squash but not dark green. looks like you got a mutant veggie on your hands..

Guðrún said...

Your baby quilt is beautiful. I agree it doesn´t have to scream baby. But wow it only took you a couple of days to make it. You are amazing.

meggie said...

Wow a beautiful quilt!
Dont know what the vegie is, but I think it looks lovely, & am sure it will taste delish!

Journeying said...

It's possible that your zucchini was pollinated by something else - we once had what we dubbed a "squamkin" because we had what was definitely a yellow squash plant pollinated from a pumpkin nearby....the fruits were kind of cute and very interesting, but not at all edible either as squash or pumpkins - so you might want to taste-test before going to the time and expense of actually baking anything with it.
I've got to come back and look at your quilts some more - at a quick glance they look very interesting! (just discovered your blog today) And I love your idea of handwork in the shade with a cold glass of lemonade handy. I love doing stitchery. If you find any variegated perle, let me know where you found it, please!

paula, the quilter said...

I know nothing about squash except how to eat them *grin*. Love the baby quilt. Lucky DH's coworker's baby (now that is a mouthful?).

Judy said...

I vote for the name "weirdo thingy"! Not at all like the regular zuchinni I see in the store, but then I don't know the exact correct name for that variety either.

The baby quilt turned out perfect!

Linda said...

Beautiful quilt! And so quickly done!
The squash looks like those I see from time to time in the grocery here in Calif. I have not tried them, but I'm fairly certain they are a "fancy" acorn squash. Often times, when I have tried the "new" looking squash, they taste just like the old familiar one--at a higher price. :-)

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Love the baby quilt!

I think I am actually going to get to post this comment!

Quilt Memories said...

Looks like an acorn squash to me, try frying some in slices. You will probably like that, we do. I don't cook very much anymore, but when i used to, about twice a summer i would fry a big bunch. My family would stand by me while I was frying them and eat them as soon as they hit the plate.They were a big hit around here.
love the baby quilt. Especially the scalloped edge.

Finn said...

Hi Libby, I think you are setting a world record for new quilts shown! Love them all...*VBS* Glad you gave that pattern a third try..unique fabric choice, but turned out lovely.
The stitching in the shade sounds perfect...look for me about 1..*VBS*
Great new baby quilt..and so fast! Yikes! You must be one very organized sewer to produce such qqick results. Have fun finding out what your veggie is. Hugs, Finn

Della said...

I am amazed at how fast you can put a quilt together. Do you sleep at all? I've been quilting a twin quilt for two weeks and not even to the binding. How do you do it dear? It really is a beautiful. The last "baby" quilt I made was red, tan and black...exactly what the mama-to-be asked for. And I am still quilting it too. Have a good one Libby.

anne bebbington said...

Gorgeous quilt - the scalloped border lifts it from lovely to superb!

Quilt Mommy said...

Hehehe - not that you need another comment, lol* since you've had 26 before mine, but I'd still like to ooh and aahhh over the baby quilt! Lol* I have no idea what your veggie is there, but I adore the quilt! I love that it doesn't "scream" baby, it's classic and timeless and will be treasured in years to come. :)

Jane Ann said...

I think you should name that quilt "Lightning!" Absolutely beautiful--everything about it: the colors and fabrics, the simple design (you simple girl, you), the scalloped border, and the quilting. I'd love to know what batting you used because despite all the heavy quilting it still looks very soft.

Shelina said...

Wow Libby, you made this quilt so quickly! It is gorgeous. I wouldn't mind owning a quilt like that myself.

Patti said...

I've seen squash like that around here in the grocery stores around Halloween-Thanksgiving time. They call it something like "miscellaneous squash". I think it's sold more for decoration than eating. I do know that squash and pumpkins can cross pollinate and mutate very easily, so I'm guessing that's what this is. If the bread is good - which apparently it is - that's all that matters, right?