Thursday, May 28, 2009

It's that time of year again in my neck of the woods - May Gray/June Gloom season. Some folks really suffer during this time. I feel a little sorry for tourists who have come to the coast in search of 'fun in the sun' all the Chamber of Commerce brochures tout. But I was born under a fog bank and it doesn't much get to me. The heavy mist and lack of hot, scorching sun are good for the garden and it really feels like soup weather.
I started yesterday by making broth from the Beer Butt Chicken carcass Hubby barbecued earlier in the week.
This morning I strained out all the bones and used up vegetables, added chicken and new veggies and let it simmer all day long. Then I got to work on a new rye bread recipe. It sure does smell wonderful in here.
I've been chatting with Carole about homemade pastas recently and decided that some nice egg noodles would be just the right touch for the chicken soup. I think I won't need to cook again for a couple of days.
That will leave more time for quilting. I haven't been able to put the hexagons down lately. In addition to the star project, I'm also keeping up with the larger diamond project.
There are 16 complete diamonds. My goal is 100 - I'm nearly to 20%!
I also pulled out the scrap bag and made my selections for the next block in The Garden Club project.
I won't be working on it until this time next week, but having that stack of fabric on the cubby table keeps the anticipation high. My plan is to work through the book in order and the coming chapter is not my favorite block. I'm hoping my little mind game works.

29 comments:

Bunny said...

Soup sounds yummy and the rye bread too. Hope you enjoyed it. I love your hexagons they are all wonderful.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Those fabrics for the Garden Club Quilt look so nice together! I am excited to see how it goes together for you :o) Your soup and bread sounds SOOO good! I always get hungry reading your blog, lol.

Yvonne said...

Supper looks yummy and your diamonds are looking great. Love the fabric choices for the next block. :)

KC Quilter said...

Those diamonds are looking fabulous!!! And, gosh, I have had that Garden Club Quilt book for ages. It will be fun to watch yours come together. Maybe someday I'll get around to making it too LOL!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love your diamonds! Little hexagons are on my ever-growing to do list.

Stephanie D. said...

I keep sniffing, but the scent of the chicken and rye bread just isn't wafting quite this far. Maybe you could turn on the fan?

The diamonds are looking good!

Lindah said...

"heavy mist and lack of hot scorching sun" --sounds good to me! It is not even June yet and I'm ready for summer to be over up here at the north end of the Sacto Valley. Maybe I need to come down and check out the real estate situation in your area! :-)
Seriously, I can almost smell the aromas coming from your kitchen.
The fabric stack is beautiful. Have fun playing with them.

Darlene said...

I continue to be in awe! :-)

Kim said...

I made rye bread and veggie soup last weekend! Yum! You chicken soup pot looks delicious. I need to look at the next block that you need to make for the Garden Club quilt - your fabric choice looks good. Enjoy the weekend.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Oh Libby...I just miss San D! It is supper hot & humid here (and I don't do HUMID)! However, I could go for some of your yummy soup!

Love your hexagons!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Loved the link to Memorial day... my DH put out flags every Memorial day in Arlington Cemetery when he was stationed there. I remember and so appreciate all vets have done for us and our country. I love the fabrics. Maybe that is the trick to getting so much finished... keep the fabrics out and visible. THe soup and bread sound divine!

Catherine said...

Fresh made rye bread must smell absolutely delicious! Love your hexagon diamonds!

Stina said...

Mmmm..that look really yummy!!! :o))
And progress on your hexagon quilt... congratulations... and all set up and ready to go for the next block in the Garden quilt... way to go.. I hope I can pull out some fabrics today and have with me at my sewingweekend!!! ;o)

anne bebbington said...

As an old friend of mine always said (originally about eating up the veggies to get to the dessert) you have to have the yeuch to get the yum - just think of that while you grit your teeth on this block you're not enamoured with - then the nicer ones will seem like a real treat to do

loulee said...

No Scorching sunshine here either.
Your hexagons look great.

Kathie said...

bread looks yummy!
oh those blocks are just my colors! so fall looking.
hmmm is the chair next?
Kathie

Carol said...

Yummy soup...oh and rye bread just sounds wonderful. Love that stack of fabric. Isn't it fun how we make our heads think we really want to do something. I play that game often with myself. LOL!

Sweet P said...

We're in the middle of May gloom here too. It's rained for three days and it's going to keep raining over the weekend. Your soup sounds yummy! Hav fun with your stitching.

Judy said...

I wish I liked cooking as much as you do, but then I'd eat all that stuff and weigh even more than I already DO! I'll enjoy yours from afar I guess. The hexagons are coming right along!!

Candace said...

Now that has got to be a fantastic soup, Libby! Mr. Squash would love the rye bread - and I love those hexagons!
Cheers!

MARCIE said...

LOVE those hexagons! Your food always looks to tempting.

Angela said...

What size are your hex's? Please and thank you.

Lea said...

It's perfect weather for a good soup, isn't it?? Yum!
I guess I need to make some soup maybe... tomorrow.:-D

Love your hexagons and your choice of fabric for the Garden club is absolutely my taste! YumYum!! :-)

Dixie said...

Ah, egg noodles. One of my earliest memories was of grandma making them from her mother's recipe and laying them out on the table to dry. I'll have to make them this winter! Your hexagons are coming along nicely and love the colors you chose for your next Garden Club block. (I found the book on Ebay and its on the way - yippee!)

Guðrún said...

Your hexagons are so great. Look forward to see your next part of the quilt.

Betweens said...

I'm coming over for dinner.. I love homemade soups and breads and pastas.. love your hex's as well..

Lynda said...

Well done with the hexagons! I don't want to be a killjoy, but I always find the first half of a project goes much faster than the second! Good luck with this one!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Looks so yummy Libby - I think I can smell the bread over here, LOL. Love the hexagons - way cool.

Hugs - karen

Mountain Home Quilts said...

the food looks yummy but those quilt blocks look even better! fabulous job!