Wednesday, July 01, 2009

This is just the beginning.
This year I planted four tomato plants in the spring. After the lousy harvest from last year, I was determined to make a change for the better this year. My plan is working. Each one of the plants has now surpassed the 5 foot mark with one now over six. Once commenter described them not as plants, but as trees. I cannot disagree. Not only are the plants tall, they are thick with vines that are heavy with fruit. Since I won't be canning this year, I'll be making friends (or enemies, as the case may be) by handing out tomatoes to every stranger I meet.
Not to be outdone are the squash plants.Look at that big guy on the left. A testament to the fact that you should NEVER turn your back on a zucchini plant. I'm out there daily looking for things to pick. That one must have been hiding under a big leaf every time I went out the door. Apparently zucchinis are tricksters.
I'm finding a little more time to stitch each day.
Yesterday I added five more diamonds to my pile. Another evening or so of that I'll be back to stitching rows. A couple of months back I would have never dreamed that I would be getting this close to completing the top. Now like a horse headed to the barn door, I can hardly wait.

29 comments:

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

The diamonds are beautiful! Those are MY kinda diamonds, lol. And yum for the tomatoes. Our harvest doesn't start until mid August around here. Looking forward to it now!

Lisa said...

Your tomatoes look yummy!

GARI said...

Please feel free to drop by my place with some tomatoes. And you could do a couple of diamonds for me, too. lol

paula, the quilter said...

I wish I was your neighbor. My tomato plants are just now getting started. I'll probably have 'maters in September. *sigh* Lovely diamonds.

Quilter Kathy said...

Wow! Your garden should have a big sign that says "Go big or go home"!!
So glad you have time and enjoy at the end of the day to enjoy a little hand stitching!

Barbara said...

I want your garden!!!! I picked my first tomatoe today and I didn't share it with anyone....but now I want more!!! Enjoy while you can.....and keep on stitching, the quilt is going to be awesome.
Hugs, Barb

Kathie said...

nothing like fresh tomatoes...bet people will be happy to take them off your hands,
you can always bring a bag full to the quilt shop , the ladies would love it
Kathie

loulee said...

Your vegges and your diamonds are both looking beautiful. I wish I lived nearby.

sewprimitive karen said...

Wonderful produce. You can make those hexagon diamonds so quickly!

Carol said...

Your crop is just amazing! Your diamonds are zooming along. I'm cheering you on!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Yum, nothing like veggies straight outta the garden. I had to laugh about turning your back on a zucchini. I don't think Libby ever turns her back on anything! Well done on those itty bitty diamonds, that's my kinda gem right there!

Cathi said...

So what did you do different this year that made them look like they were from a Jack in the Beanstalk tale?

Janet said...

I can almost taste those tomatoes, homegrown tastes so different to supermarket ones. Love the hexagons, you're going so well on them.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

It is amazing how squash can grow so fast in one day. We are going to lose everything in our garden I am pretty sure to too much wet. It just can't seem to stop raining. I want to assure you that this is unprecedented here and summer is usually wonderful so bring some of that California sunshine here please!

Quilt Hollow said...

YUMMO! You've made me hungry now that I've spotted some fantastic produce! Then...I have guilt...should be quilting...your nearly finished with those diamonds! APPLAUSE

The Calico Cat said...

Zucchini bread or tomato pie?

KC Quilter said...

Now I am positively GREEN! With envy, that is. Our tomatoes are at least a week or two away from harvest--whine, whine, whine. Oh, well, I can still dream about those first BLTs!

The Quilt Buddy said...

I wish I was still there because I love to make home-made salsa! My DH and I eat it like crazy over the summer. Yummmmm

Love the diamonds and can't want to see the completed row!

Karen said...

I am happy for you that your gardening efforts are paying off this year. The tomatoes look yummy. I do like tomatoes fresh from the garden.
I am going to be very envious when you get your hexagon quilt are pieced together!

Gwendie said...

The diamonds are really pretty!

As soon as I opened your blog and saw the tomatoes, without even thinking, I said, 'Oh yum!" Out loud. At work! Luckily, the boss is out. My tomatoes are still in their pots. I hope I'm not too late.

Sharon said...

You go, girl. I can't wait to see the diamonds and stars all put together!

Nancy Anne said...

I'm telling you - cucumbers do the same thing as the zucchinis so look very carefully under their leaves, too!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh there is nothing I love more than good tomatoes. If only you were driving through and could drop some off!

Judy said...

My father loved to can...one year he tried the best tomato juice recipe with great success and we had the best stuff for a while. Can you freeze some of the stewed tomatoes? Wait, nope they couldn't make the trip unless you hired a frozen truck. Scratch that!

Stephanie D. said...

Wait! What was the plan?? Because it apparently worked and I want to STEAL your plan!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I love your hexagon project!

Julia said...

I had a yummy ham and cheese sandwich for lunch the other day, with lettuce from my garden! Thanks for inspiring me to plant it this year. It was absolutely delicious!

Lea said...

I need to use your method for my tomato plant, it's getting too taller!*LOL*

Love your hexagon diamonds, I love all fabrics that you used for them!!

Happy 4th of July!

Guðrún said...

I am getting excited to see the result of your sewing.