Beth Markel

What the heck?!

Posted on August 6, 2012 by Beth Markel

Like most of us, I don’t do just one thing at a time…writing a blog while both the washer and dryer are running, for example.  Quilting while the dishwasher is doing it’s magic…sorting socks and folding the laundry while watching the news.  In addition to quilter, I’m also an avid gardener, and have been for a long time, but this morning when I watered my tomatoes I encountered something new!  If anyone knows what this creature is, could you shoot me an email?  It’s hard to get an idea of size in photos sometimes, but they are about the size, width and length of my index finger…yikes!



So, regarding the whole quilting thing, I’ve been very busy doing line study #11, another restructuring piece.  This is just an update, but I like where it’s going.  Unlike the last large and busy restructuring piece, I’m doing this in panels small enough to quilt on my Bernina 330, then using the quilt-as-you-go technique.  The hardest part of a restructured piece is getting together a “block” (for me that’s about a 16” square) that I really like, then begin slicing it into strips.  It’s the only way to make a piece frenzied, but I know quilters who think it is be PAST CRAZY to slice up an existing block to restructure it. I’ll keep you posted.

Line Study #11                          Line Study #11


 Happy sewing, all-




Wild Child on August 7, 2012

Hey Sistah! Don't know what sort of creeping creature that is but, it sure has some interesting textures and lines.... Maybe it's just a creative opp. Glad you are staying focused-ish!

Rosie Parton (Abbey) on August 23, 2012

I don't know if anyone has responded to your question about this ugly green “caterpillar” or not but I am here to tell you that what you have is a tomato worm. The tomato (hornworm) is the larvae of the Hawk Moth while the tobacco hornworm is the larvae of the Sphinx Moth. Both of the moths are large, grayish insects having a wing span of 4 to 5 inches. Typically the tobacco hornworm lives in the Southern states while the tomato hornworm prefers the north. If you only have a few tomato plants, then checking them and removing these ugly creatures every morning and evening will probably do the job. However, if your tomato plants are numerous than hand picking the tomato worms is not a feasible idea. If you till the soil that will destroy the pupae that are laid in the winter months. Bacillus thuringiensis can be sprayed on the plants. This insecticide attacks the digestive system of some insects but is not harmful to humans so using it on tomatoes is safe. Dusting tomato plants with red pepper will help to deter the tomato worms (ah yes and make it ready for Salsa). A mixture of liquid ivory soap, water and vegetable oil may also work to keep tomato worms from wanting to munch on the plants sprayed with such. Good luck girlfriend! <

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