Saturday, October 18, 2014

Food Porn

Today Hubby and I made a trip to Disneyland,  specifically to try this seasonal dessert. It's a fresh-baked deep-dish Snickerdoodle cookie topped with 3 scoops of pumpkin ice cream all drizzled with a warm caramel topping. We finished every delicious morsel.

Friday, October 17, 2014

About a year ago, I picked up this really great chalkboard at a local consignment shop. I scour Pintrest for ideas, drawings and quotes. I try to change it up at least once a month.  Here's what landed today -

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nine patches and snowballs on the design floor.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Earlier today I was having a 'text chat' with a friend about weekend events. Chat soon turned to 'what are you up to today? '  LAUNDRY.  I try always to wash on Mondays just like Grandma's dish towels told me to. My friend says she knows a little song about wash day Mondays. Whatever it takes to get the chore done, right?
She also noted that when she feels put upon shuffling loads, folding,  putting away, and *gasp* even ironing, she will remind herself of the many women around the world who haul water or even haul the laundry to the water. She's right! We have it pretty good with clean water and modern equipment.
I was thinking about all of this as I was running the vacuum cleaner.  Not sweeping with a broom or lugging carpets outside to beat the dust out of them. Just rolling around the floors in my daily dance letting the machine suck the dust, dirt, crumbs, dog hair and threads right up off the floor.
As I write this, I am taking my domestic skills to the very limit. Our weather has cooled sufficiently that I am running the self-cleaning cycle on the oven. Excuse me while I dab my glistening brow.
And what shall I do for the next four hours? In between folding loads of laundry,  I'm going to do a little embroidery. I'm working on a Christmas gift exchange piece.  I dare not show more right now because it's a secret.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lest I leave you with the thought I'm only working on UFO'S.  This is the current project in my Wednesday night on-going quilt class. It's called Wishing Stars by Barn Dog Quilts. I've had the pattern for years ... making it a UFO of sorts.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Yesterday for the very first time in my life,  I cooked a turkey that was not a holiday meal. It felt a little uncomfortable because it was 'just' a turkey - no stuffing, no mashed potatoes and gravy, no cranberry sauce, no green beans, no rolls, etc.
There was a nice salad, some butternut squash and that delicious turkey for dinner. The carcass is simmering away in the crockpot becoming delicious rich broth for soups. Dinner tonight will be the leftover squash casserole.  And joy of joys - today's lunch is my all-time favorite turkey sandwich!
I must do this more often.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

And now for a gratuitous Larkin picture. She refused to look at me/the camera because she was staring down the snack jar in an effort to 'will it' to release its bounty to her.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Another long-term project recently landed in the finished column.  I began working on A Penny Saved in October 2007. In various fits and starts, I completed the top in fall of 2011. After getting started on the quilting,  it got shoved to the side for reasons I no longer recall.
Sometime in August I pulled it out and got to work. In just one afternoon,  I had the quilting done.  On to the binding and in a blink of an eye - it was on the bed.
I have loved everything about this quilt from the beginning,  the pattern, my fabric selection,  the primitive running stitch appliqué I chose to do. At last it can love the completed quilt!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

When I said 'I sewed until the quilt was big enough' - I was also sewing until 'I used it up.'
The only leftover that went to my stash was the Kona snow, the rest is in that little basket. The purple minkie is the back.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Wish Quilt

At the end of August, I was asked to make a quilt for  Hubby's cousin. She had just been diagnosed with leukemia and faced a 28 - day hospital stay for an aggressive round of chemo.
Of course,  I said yes. And got straight to work (after a quick trip to the quilt shop.)
Favorite colors are purple,  orange and lime green. I chose 1/4 yard cuts of 4 purples, 4 greens, and a half yard of orange and some Kona snow. I decided to make Carpenter's Star as the center then just started adding various borders until I achieved a size that seemed good.
I started the quilt on a Saturday afternoon,  put the last stitch in the following Wednesday, ran it through the laundry,  and delivered it to the hospital on her first day of chemo the next Saturday.
She loves it!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

And now for a look back. Back to earlier in summer when I wasn't in a blogging state of mind, but I was finding my way back to quilting.
These two quilts were made for the newest members of our extended family. Hubby's cousin had a new baby boy. As I was finishing up his quilt, it came to mind that the little fella has a tween-age sister who is also new to our family.  I just couldn't send that baby quilt until I got a quilt made for her, too.
The newest members of our family are now snuggled in quilted hugs from me.

Friday, October 03, 2014

I am endlessly fascinated with the backs of quilts. When I was a little girl, I loved to pull one over my head. With light shining through, the seams looked like the leaded lines in stained glass. (Okay, I confess I still do this today.)
Today I cannot stop looking at the back of the hexagon star quilt. Heaven knows I've looked at the front for a REALLY long time. I am again fascinated, this time with the little diamond shapes that appeared after the fabrics and batting shrank up in the wash.
I quilted straight lines down the center of each row of hexagons. How that turned into little diamonds will keep me looking at both sides of the quilt for a long time to come.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hexagon Stars - by the numbers:
First fabric cut - January ?, 2006
Last stitch  - October 1, 2014
Finished size - 49" X 56"
Hexagon size - 1/2"
Number of hexagons - 5,291 (give or take)
Pieced & quilted by hand (though I used the machine to assemble back)
Traveled to four countries,  numerous states, lived at four different addresses, has worn hair from three dogs.
I don't know if this quilt was a labor of love so much as a labor of desire. I saw a photo in a quilt documentation book and fell in love. No information other than finished quilt dimensions were available.  I just took a leap and started stitching.
Along the way I determined this quilt would never be finished if I attempted to make it bed-sized. So I regrouped, put this aside and got to work on a different design that would. Still this quilt never left my mind and I continued to dabble with it every now and again.
Each stitch, though not perfect,  is placed with earnestness. Today I certainly call myself a quilter!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

It was an almost 9 year long journey,  but here is THE last stitch.