Saturday, December 10, 2016

When Life Gives You Yummy Lemons...



Yesterday I sewed not a single stitch. I got out of the house for a bit a visiting with a good friend. What fun! I needed some girl talk time! She has a Meyer lemon tree in her yard and got a fantastic crop this year. Look at the size of those lemons! She was so sweet to send me home with a few.

I spent the evening on Pinterest figuring out what I will do with these golden treasures. Of course I found oodles of dessert recipes. Well, that stinks, because we are not eating desserts these days. I did find an interesting recipe for preserved lemons - you can add them to salad dressing, fish dishes, chicken dishes - all kinds of dishes. And they keep for a year in the refrigerator. 

I also came across a recipe for homemade Limoncello - a favorite drink of mine. I'm not drinking at the moment (on my no no list, along with desserts). But it will keep well, also. Two great uses for lemons when you're not eating desserts.

She so inspired me - I really want a Meyer lemon tree! 



It's finally cold way down here in the South. It went down to the 20's last night. Hubby is wearing his Alaska socks, a gift from Daughter 2's honeymoon. Cooper is his foot rest. 

Poor Cooper. He spent two hours playing with his 'brother' Scout yesterday. They played SO hard. When he came home, Cooper got on his bed and never got up. We just thought he was tired, but discovered last night he could barely walk. We think he pulled a muscle in his hip area. 

We babied him and let him sleep in our bedroom on his bed in the corner of the room. This morning he's getting around much better. 

Today I'm going to finish basting Allietare! And maybe stitch some hexies. And maybe work on a Farmer's Daughter block. 

Have a fun day!








Friday, December 9, 2016

More Baskets!


Ahh, yes. The baskets are making progress! Seven handles I completed yesterday! But don't think that I'll be ready to sew them together when all the handles have been appliquéd. I have some Winding Ways blocks that I might put with them - so lots of planning yet to be done!


I finished basting these pieces and began the process of stitching them together. This is the arrangement I had planned for these babies to make a star from the large hexie unit.


But after playing with the threesome a bit more I found I like this arrangement. Isn't it fun??!!!

In case you are wondering...I'm using the ladder stitch to stitch the curves - it works so well!

I did run out and buy more safety pins late yesterday. I hope to find a small chunk of time to finish the basting and get my dining room table back again. Then Allietare's quilting can begin on Monday.

Today is set for hexies!!!! (Of course I've been working on them every evening already!)

I've had a couple of requests for my bread recipe: find it HERE. I substitute assorted seeds and chopped nuts for the walnuts.

Have a great Friday!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Basting!



And so...basting happened. But it is not finished. Love my Allietare top! My dining room table is working great for basting. And I have my choice of 8 chairs in which to sit while basting. I can move from chair to chair to chair to chair! 



And why was the basting not finished? My pine straw basket full of brass safety pins is now empty. Must buy more tomorrow. Until then the dining room table will be covered with a quilt. Not a bad thing, I think.


And while I was basting...not a creature was stirring. Cooper wrapped himself in a quilt on the floor.


 Mickey (can you see his nose?) took over Cooper's bed with another quilt.


And I made bread yesterday - here are my three loaves of dough ready for their final rise. We've been out of bread for two days. I broke down and bought a loaf. It was the closest thing to my homemade oatmeal wheat seeded version that I could find and it was $5.00! Oh my! So expensive! And it wasn't nearly as good.  I put the remainder of the store bought loaf in the freezer, just in case of emergency, but this morning we get to have the yummy homemade bread with our eggs for breakfast.

This morning I need to run out and buy safety pins. And my basket UFO is up on the schedule. I'm so glad that all my projects are inching forward! 

Best to you all today!








Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tri-Recs, and Dresdens, and Hexies! Oh My!


 Yesterday was so very productive! I sewed together the Tri-Recs for Clue 2 for En Provence. This didn't take long since the pieces were already cut. And YAY! They turned out the same size as the four patches!


Then I cut out the background squares for Gardenvale - this didn't take long either. And then (you know I had to!) I grabbed one of the sets of dresden pieces and put it together. LOVE IT! Eventually I'll machine appliqué these to the background squares and then machine appliqué a circle to the middle. But first...27 more dresden plates to make!


And last night....more basting of these little beauties! Getting there!


Last night's dinner: roasted vegetables with a sprinkling of blue cheese crumbles and quinoa. Can you tell we've been eating healthy lately? 

Because Hubby is still unable to play golf due to the load of stitches in his forehead (skin cancer surgery) we've been watching LOTS of Netflix. We completely finished Doctor Foster - really enjoyed it! We're on the last season of Foyle's War - still good, but we liked the earlier seasons better. Still enjoying Call the Midwife and Doc Martin! 

Today on the schedule is En Provence, but I've already done that. Since I'm caught up I plan to baste Allietare. Then it will be ready to start machine quilting when Monday rolls around. Sounds like a plan!

I'm taking a day off from swimming - I'm happy if I swim laps four days per week. But we do hope to take Cooper on a long walk later today. 

Hope you have a productive day!!!





Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Replacement Hexies


So you may remember that during yesterday's blog post I talked myself out of the mushy looking hexies I'd made for the next round of my latest Curved Hexagon quilt. Later in the day I pulled out my box of fabric and decided on this. More contrast is better, I think. And how did I make this curve? Certainly not with the Curved Hexagon ruler. Hmmm...I may have a new trick up my sleeve...

I cut out 18 (the proper number this time!), fussing cutting the one with black background. I have lots more basting to do, but I know it will be worth it in the end.

I had planned to stitch together the En Provence Clue 2 blocks, but I did not. I did buy batting for quilting Allietare though. So that's something?

Today on the schedule is Gardenvale. I hope to cut out all the background pieces. And then I'll be ready to start sewing on this quilt!

Can you tell I'm becoming a bit obsessed with the new hexie quilt? I seem to work on it every evening, leaving my other hand stitching projects in the dust. That's the way it is with hexies. They grab you and suck you in. You can't think about anything else. Addiction, that's what it is! I want to move this quilt forward!

I think the rain has finally stopped here...leaving everything damp and gray. Maybe we'll get in a hike later in the day. Cooper would certainly enjoy that. But first...off to the pool!

Have a grateful day!

Monday, December 5, 2016

More Curved Hexies Basted


 

I finished basting and stitching together the 12 hexies I'd cut. But, this math geek made an error in her calculations. I need 18! Not 12! And so today I'll find some time to cut a bit more fabric for the remaining 6.

That's all I did yesterday. I had a headache all day long - I think it was brought on by the rain. That's okay - we really needed the rain. I switched my tea for coffee this morning to battle the headache and I'm already feeling better. MUST go swimming this morning! (I skipped yesterday...)

I find it difficult to hand stitch with a headache. Do you? Oops - I see I have one hexie turned wrong in the picture - I'll fix it before I stitch them together. Did you notice it?

The more I look at the photo above, the less I like the new hexies. From a distance they turn into mush. I think I'll remake them with different fabrics. These hexies will be save for another part of the quilt. Oh well...


Because of my headache, I took a nice nap yesterday (that's my excuse, anyway!). This was my wakeup call while on the sofa. "Mom, get up! I'm hungry!" Okay, Cooper.

I may run out for batting this morning after I swim. And then I'll stitch my En Provence pieces together. 

Have a happy Monday!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Farmer's Daughter and Prep Work


I ended up cutting out all the pieces for Clue 2 in the Bonnie Hunter mystery. I'll be ready to sew when it comes up on my schedule this week! Do you notice something interesting about the magenta pieces?

Remember, I'm using my stash of 2 1/2 inch strips to make this quilt. The clue called for strips cut at 3 1/2 inches. I'm making my units even bigger. What to do?!!!

I sewed two magenta strips together! See that seam? It worked fine and I 'made do.' 

Making this unit bigger was more of a challenge - I'm increasing my measurements by 25%. That made the strip measurement 4.375 or 4 3/8 - a bit of a challenge to cut. Let's hope this all fits together okay!


I finished another Farmer's Daughter block, also. This makes 6 blocks completed. Last night I cut out another one.

I may need to switch my schedule around a bit this week. Tomorrow I'm supposed to machine quilt. But the next quilt up for that is Allietare and I don't have any batting. I think I'll swap out my En Provence. Then I'll run out for some batting and be ready to baste Allietare on Wednesday. Sounds like a plan! Still not sure what I'll work on today though. I do have lots of choices though!

Have a fine day!