Sunday, September 21, 2008

Quilts and Tomatoes

Finally, two-thirds done with the jewel box quilt. Here it is hanging on the fence. I had to work at the library today (Sunday) so didn't get home to take a picture of it until right at sunset:


And I was just recently asked about my tomatoes. Still producing away, and in fact, doing better now than they were during the hot part of the summer. This is the Goliath plant. I won't buy Goliath next year. The tomatoes are nice and big and pretty, but they just don't have that good homegrown flavor that the better boy and cherry tomatoes do. Even the birds don't like the Goliath as much.

Not sure if the CD ornaments you see there have done anything to deter the birds at all, but once I took the scissors to them and cut one side to fit it on the tomato cage, I might as well leave them on there, hmm?


Here's the Better Boy plant, the tomatoes grow all lopsided, split on the top, but mmm, when I can beat the birds to them, the taste is superb. With the quilt on the fence as background, you don't see the tomatoes quite as well, so I added the red arrows, pointing at the tomatoes. :)

The Cherry tomato bush is still producing too, I'm not getting the numbers I did earlier, but 4 or 5 ripe ones a week is still great for snacking or a salad.

11 comments:

Vicki W said...

Oh wow, your quilt is looking great! We used to use the CDs in the tomato garden. Eventually Chris decided that putting mesh around the plants worked best. The CDs kept getting hung up. When they moved in the breeze they worked great but once they wrapped themselves around something the birds just ignored them. Our big problem now is groundhogs and they don't care one bit about a CD!

Helen in the UK said...

That jewel box looks more and more stunning every time you show the next stage. I'm sure it will be worth every stitch when you see it finished :)

Tropical Screamer said...

Oh, the Jewel Box is beautiful.

Thank you for the idea of using DVDs to dress up tomatoes. I just put some cherry tomato seeds in a pot.

One cherry tomato will make me happy. :)

All the best and thank you for sharing pics of your beautiful quilt.

Best regards,
Darilyn

Lindsay Jean said...

Wow! That Jewel Box is a force to be reckoned with! I especially like it as a backdrop for the tomato shot...

Lisa said...

Beautiful quilt!

Morah said...

Love the jewel box. Can't even imaging the number of 5" sq that go into it! It is going to be lovely!

julieQ said...

It is so pretty! It will be a big quilt, right? Looks king size to me! Your tomato plants look so healthy and vibrant.

Mary said...

Gorgeous! and huge! How big will it be when finished?

Gail said...

Your jewel box quilt is beautiful, I love the design and colors, it sparkles like a jewel.
Our tomatoes are going good now that the weather has cooled as well. Sure a nice fall treat.

Lynn E said...

Wow is all I can say about your jewel box . Are all the fabrics used only once or just not next to each other.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Nothing like home grown tomatoes. Your Jewel Box quilt is spectacular!

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