Purple Star Pattern, Plants and Pumpkins

by CountryThreads on September 8, 2017

For those of you wondering about what star pattern I used, here are my measurements.  You can take it from here and when you’re finished, send me a picture.  Yes, Connie and I can sew quite fast – we learned from necessity years ago.


I always think it’s sad to move the plants back inside to wait out the winter.


Each plant is washed and all debris removed from leaves and dirt and then I spray for bugs before the plant comes inside.  This is what I spray them with – any brand will do.


Here is a succulent that has flourished outside this summer but many leaves get knocked off whenever a cat, dog or goat runs into it.


Here are the leaves that have fallen on the ground.  Look carefully – they’re already growing!


See the little cluster of leaves at the end?  Lay these leaves on top of the soil in a pot, don’t water them and watch what happens.


I’ll show this pot to you again in a couple weeks.

Replacing all the succulents and cacti outside will be pumpkins from the garden.  Here was our most recent peak at the vines.


Yes, these are the same vines that were shredded and flattened by the hailstorm in July – what a lovely surprise Reed and I had when we began to snoop around the pumpkin patch.


Look at this beautiful “cheese wheel” pumpkin!


And this poor guy grew into the fence!

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Pam September 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Awesome pictures. Looks lovely there!

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Linda Huyser September 8, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Thanks for the pattern! and your pictures look awesome! Are you going to have some kind of a fall sale?

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CountryThreads September 8, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Linda – no sale here.

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Susie September 8, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Oh I love the pumpkins!

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Jeanine September 8, 2017 at 1:44 pm

It is so lush and green at your house. Here in Oskaloosa, everything is brown. Our garden didn’t produce very well because it was so dry. I always enjoy your pictures and blog entries. Thanks for sharing. Love the quilt, too.

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Susan Sundermeyer September 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Dearly love the flowering succulent! I will have to keep an eye out for one of those at some the nurseries around here. I am going to try making a star block. Your quilt is so pretty.

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Cindie - WI September 8, 2017 at 1:46 pm

You are amazing to me. I have so many unfinished kits and you make a whole quilt in 2 days. Wonderwoman for sure!
Love the guards when they are made into bird houses.
Have an amazing weekend.

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Sharlyn Dixon September 8, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Can’t wait to see your pot of leaves…..thanks for the measurement for the star…

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Launa September 8, 2017 at 2:53 pm

You have a real green thumb, Mary. Now you need homes for the little growing succulent leaves.
Pumpkins certainly look healthy. Are you going to dry the gourds for carving? Have seen some very beautiful creative ones.
Hopefully the smoke from fires will blow back to Montana later today.

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Jo September 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm

How beautiful. I will take a pix of the succulents to my local nursery to see if I can get one. I hope they will grow here. I just finished quilting 15 tops for a local charity. Now its time for me!
Thanks for those glorious pictures.

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Mary Etherington September 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm

Jo – I can’t imagine quilting all those tops! I’ve been following your progress on your blog -‘wonderful work. I admire you for doing it!

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Judy Linn September 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm

This is SO ahhhhhmazing to see all these pumpkins after seeing the ruined vines!!!! Um, there is such a deep spiritual lesson there! God is MORE THAN FAITHFUL!!!

HUGS,
from Texas – I am in DFW area so all is well here. The heat finally broke and it is gloriously cool!

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Anna M September 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm

All of your plants look amazing! Love the quilt, too. Thanks for the measurements. Don’t your cats bother with the house plants?

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Mary Etherington September 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Anna – the cats do not bother the houseplants for some reason. If I have fresh flowers on the table, however, they chew them and tip over the vase – every time!

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helen September 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Thank you so much for the pattern.
P.S. Reed is such a cute boy and a nice companion. Take care

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Katie September 8, 2017 at 4:04 pm

The pumpkins are Beautiful…love PUMPKINS
Katie in AZ.

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Janie September 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Beautiful pumpkins..do you fertilize them?

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Mary Etherington September 8, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Janie -no fertilizer necessary just black Iowa soil

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Diane September 8, 2017 at 7:29 pm

I love seeing the pumpkins. Isn’t it wonderful how nature takes a bad situation and works it into a better outcome? I am anxious to see your bowl of leaves.

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Betty Klosterman September 8, 2017 at 7:52 pm

Really like your star quilt and will have to get busy and make a couple. I like the scrappy flavor.
Your pumpkin patch is beautiful. This is why I’m never in a hurry to throw out plants that have been “destroyed” by hail or wind. You just never know what can happen with them. And your succulent. That is how God made them. They root where ever they land. Just look at a pine tree on a hill. All the little trees are growing down the hill where the pine cones landed.
I especially love your directions. My mind works just the way you draw up the patterns. It gets boggled down with written directions on what to cut out of this fabric, etc and how to sew them. Your way is just perfect.

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Ann Roth September 8, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Love the pictures!!!!!
Getting ready for Hurricane Irma here in NC!!!!! Pray for Florida. Thanks,

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Rebecca H September 8, 2017 at 10:18 pm

My Christmas cactus is blooming, crazy thing. Love all your plants, thanks for showing us.
Wow what great pumpkins too, even after your storm.

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Kathy Hanson September 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm

So enjoy your pictures and your blog! Thank you for the measurements for the quilt – it is such a beautiful one. Amazing plants and garden, you are amazing!

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sandy September 9, 2017 at 7:19 am

Love the pumpkins!

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Agatha September 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

Love seeing all your plants plus you are so knowledgeable. I put my succulents out and they get sunburned on their leaves. Do you leave those or do you take them off. Are they getting too much direct sunlight. I don’t have much shade. Thank you for sharing.

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Mary Etherington September 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Succulents don’t do well in harsh direct sunlight – you’re right, the leaves do burn. They like bright indirect light – under a porch roof or a tree is best.

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Ann Barlament September 9, 2017 at 11:07 am

What an amazing succulent to have so many flowers!!! How interesting how the leaves restart themselves. Wonderful field of pumpkins and I’m guessing the one clinging to the fence will be left for animal consumption?

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Mary Etherington September 9, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Ann – you’re right – some bird or deer can eat that pumpkin in the fence.

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Minnie Homans September 9, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Love your pumpkins. They are beautiful!!

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Sharon B. September 10, 2017 at 7:44 am

Look at those beautiful pumpkins! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing how that succulent regrows too! Aside from seeing all the lovely quilts you make…I also very much enjoy the animals and gardening as well! Thanks for taking the time to share with us!

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Claudia Voorhees September 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

the pumpkins did very well .

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Felicia Hamlin September 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Those pumpkins are remarkable! To think that they survived that beating. Love all the colors and shapes. Talking about remarkable, that succulent is amazing and to think that each leaf will grow into another plant. I would like to know the name of the plant. The quilt is so pretty, you have an uncanny eye for color. Have a nice day!

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Daffycat September 11, 2017 at 9:22 am

I once brought wasps in the house with a Boston fern. I learned my lesson about spraying first!

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Linda September 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Your yard and pumpkins are just lovely…..When I put pumpkins around outside, the squirrels eat them to pieces.. nothing I spray on them seems to help either….what do you do that you can put them out????

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CountryThreads September 11, 2017 at 7:15 pm

Linda – do you have a dog? That’s what I do and we have walnut trees and cornfields. They’re not hungry enough to bother with the pumpkins.

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Becky from IA September 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for the pattern update…..
I do this with my house plants also….they just love being outside in the summer!

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Kristin Stonham September 17, 2017 at 12:20 am

Thank you for the star pattern! It’s lovely yet so easy I’ve found time to make a pair of stars a day. It’s going to be a perfect Christmas gift for my niece. ^_^

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CountryThreads September 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm

Kristin – so glad you’re making stars!

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