Friday, August 28, 2015

A goulash kind of day

Goulash - an eclectic and uncoordinated mixture of something.

It is time for garden goulash.  It's a dish my mother-in-law made every summer.  It starts out with too many tomatoes from the garden simmered with hamburger, onions, green peppers, chilies, green beans, corn cut off the cob, sliced zucchini, and any other vegetable that might be over producing in your garden.  Spice it up with chili powder, smoked paprika, basil, garlic powder (salt & pepper) etc. etc. and serve it over fluffy rice.

I make it about 3 times a summer when the produce is piling up on my counter and I'm looking for something easy that lasts a few meals.

I'm trying to catch up on my labeling.  I made four labels today.

One for the Thomas Ross Quilt made 3 or 4 years ago.

One for the Blue and White Crown of Thorns quilt finished earlier in the spring.

One for the Hallawe'en 1904 quilt that I call "Adams Elementary Halloween Festival".  I will add the label as soon as I finish the binding.

And one for the scrap quilt called "Sunny Lanes" in the 1st Nickel book that also will be put on as soon as the binding is finished.

I'm in a bit of a bind (pun intended).  I can't get to my cutting mat to trim the Halloween and Scrap quilt so I can sew the binding on.  My sewing studio is cluttered with boxes and bow tie blocks

and all kinds of stuff that can't be put somewhere else  -  yet.    I am soooooooooooooo looking forward to the clean-out either tomorrow or Monday when my temporary house guests move into their new home.  They received the key today and are over there cleaning up and making ready for the furniture.

I am so itchy to just bulldoze all the excess out and just start with a sewing station and ironing board.  That sounds so cleansing somehow.

My house-guests have been fun to have around and they are more than welcome to stay if I could only get my space back but alas, I've had to move the 27 quilt tops hanging in the closet, clean out the whole double dresser of extra fabric and projects that overflowed from my sewing studio, remove the under the bed boxes full of fabric and projects, and even take my quilt frames upstairs.  We're crowded everywhere and it makes me unable to relax.

My youngest son's wedding was last Saturday.  It was absolutely lovely, the weather,

Even the sunrise was glorious~
 the events, the food and of course, the couple.

DD#1 crocheted this couple for display at the brunch.  Too cute!

DD#2 with her 2 yr. old monkey on her back

We're ready to start!!!

This was our sunrise earlier in the week with the smoke from the northwest filtering down all the way to Utah.  The air was pretty thick at times but nothing like those in the fire zones are still suffering through.  Hope we hear some good news about those fires soon.

Hope you're not too hot, not spending a lot of time peeling tomatoes like I am, and able to get to your sewing space.

I envy you~

Thursday, August 20, 2015

quilting on hold

Isn't life curious?  We're in the middle (well, close to the end) of wedding preparations and I'm not getting in much stitching time.  Usually when I can't get to the physical act of sitting before my sewing machine or quilt frames I compensate by shopping.  Looking at all the fabric and carrying a bag out of the quilt shop satisfies my need somehow - it's like planning a whole new project.

But, I'm restraining myself this time.  I have not been to a quilt store and I have not made any quilty purchases online.  It does help that I won a give-away at Pam Buda's blog and am expecting a squishy bag of fabric scraps in the mail.  The suspense is part of the fun - don't you think?

I'm doing a "Big Stitch" on my Sunny Lanes quilt at top and above.  The stitches are turning out to be pretty BIG.  I can't seem to find a middle ground between the tiny stitches for regular hand quilting and these huge stitches.  This quilt is a utility quilt so it doesn't need fine stitching and it is quilting up very fast.  (Another plus)

We have our oldest son and family living with us for 1 more week and then the wedding will be over so I'll be able to feel the creative juices flowing if I can just be patient.

I have sneaked down to the sewing room a few times to make a little progress on the bowtie quilt.  I'm not even sure how many squares I have, how big it will be, and what to use for the alternate squares.  Time enough for that next week.

 It's starting to feel like autumn in the mornings.  I've have this little pattern sitting where I can see it often.  Isn't it cute how faux stitches on the black fabric have been used.  Love that stripe.  This is from a previous Quiltmania magazine, probably last fall (2014).

I keep wondering why I am keeping these spools.  As I finish one up I just drop it in this jar.  Makes no sense whatsoever.  Any suggestions or does anyone out there need some spools?

The smokey skies from the fires in the NW

We went to the Draper Temple on Sunday.  The sun was shining brightly but my camera let me take a picture facing directly into it.  Camera's are amazing.  The sunlight was shining through the stained glass windows on the west to the windows on the east.  It looks like a flame inside.

See you next week with needle and thread.

Monday, August 10, 2015


Making good progress on my Halloween quilt.  I am stitching with 12 wt. Aurifil in orange and black using a big stitch.  It looks like the drawings I see on calendars and puzzles etc.  I really like the homey effect it gives.

This is my secret rose after a rainstorm.  Sweet spicey gentle beauty.

I made 8 ties for my son's upcoming wedding reception. Satin is no fun to sew on and they need a good pressing.  Glad to make a contribution - glad to have them done.

We're getting a new back door.  No this picture isn't sideways.  It's the door on it's side.  I look forward to having direct sunlight in my kitchen but I don't look forward to the installation; open doors, banging about, unhappy husband.  You get the picture.

I've been craving Magic Cookie Bars.  I made them this afternoon combining 2 different recipes.  Here is the original one.  Pretty tasty and well worth my time.

I bottled tomatoes this afternoon and was waiting for the cookie bars  to bake while I was timing the tomatoes in the boiling water bath.  The kitchen was rather warm because I've noticed if I turn on the cooler it takes longer for the water to boil and stay at the right temperature.

Our garden is doing unusual things this year.  Some things are great but many are not.  The hibiscus at the bottom of the back porch stairs is one of the good things.  It is tall and prolific.

Nothing beats a waving flag this time of year.  My husband plays in a small band and they are still participating in  parades each weekend.  It's a patriotic time of year.

I'll end with another view of my Halloween quilt.  It's going to look great on my October bed.

I need to make my dress for my son's wedding.  I'll have to take a picture of how it turns out.  It is a mottled crepe in the color of the year, Marsala.

Anxious to get back to my quilting studio/sewing room.  I have a top all but finished and would love to start something new using some browns and madders.  I want to try to express the complexity of my life right now.  Lots of things going on................. (at least for the next 2 wks.)

Friday, July 31, 2015

summer's whirlwind

I haven't posted for almost a month.  It's SUMMER you know.

We had a bumper crop of raspberries and they are trying to produce AGAIN.  I'm doing peaches, sewing 8 ties for the wedding reception in 3 wks., and getting the house ready for a temporary move-in.

My siblings and I went through our bachelor uncle's things.  He passed away last summer  and we've finally got around to it.  That's where all the milk glass came from.  It's been distributed so I've got my hutch back.  Still need to go through albums and make some sense of all the boxes of pictures, certificates, deeds, and letters.

I manage to squeeze in some time at the quilt frame each morning and that feels good.  Eventually I'll have something to show.

Wildflowers from Yellowstone

I have all the blocks done for Farm Girl Vintage but ONE.  I decided it needed a pie block and so the design process has set me back.  I'm going to save the sheep block for another quilt I've wanted to make since early in the century.  I've got darling red, green, and blue sheep fabric that's calling to be created and the sheep block is just the ticket.

I've also been saving all the waste triangles and have made two cute blocks from the bigger ones.  I think I'll put the smaller ones in as my cornerstones when I add the sashing and put it all together.  But, that means that I have to trim them down to 1 1/2" square and so it will take some extra time which I don't have right now.

Here is the happy couple wading in Yellowstone last month. I think we're at the fire hole river or something like that.

I went to my quilt group last night.  We were taught some new tricks for applique.  I think I've got it down but there is always something new to learn like finger pressing the pieces before putting them on the background.  It's such a simple thing but it makes a difference.

Happy Quilting (if you have time) or maybe simply Happy Summer.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Off topic post - milk glass

Joanie and Randy~
These are the pieces that are left excluding the cat dish, it has been spoken for.  If you would like me to reserve something for you let me know.  There are two small cruets.

Aunt Robin/Mom

Saturday, July 4, 2015

When I think of summer. . .

There is a block coming up in the Farm Girl Vintage SAL that is a cute little teapot.  Well, I'm not much into teapots but I'm way into watermelon so I made a watermelon block instead.  It goes great  with the rest of the country blocks.

There was a bit too much white space so I used some of the myriad of waste triangles I've been cutting off from the other blocks, trimmed them down to 1 1/2", and sewed them in two banner-like rows to celebrate the 4th.  I think it turned out great!

That's what I think of when I think of summer; vacations, holidays, fireworks, lots of company, and watermelon (yummy summer fruit basically).

Today we celebrate the freedom of our nation - the United States of America.  Everyone struggles to be free, everyone.

  I'm grateful to those who have sacrificed so much for me and my family so we can enjoy that freedom.

Wave a flag today, enjoy some watermelon.  It goes together - I promise.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer is here!!!

Here is my progress on the Farm Girl Vintage quilt by Lori Holt.  I wanted to make a red, white, and blue sparkler block so I made the peas and carrots block look patriotic.

I had all kinds of trouble with the pear block.  I put the white on the wrong corners of the green for leaves so I had to switch the two pears to get the leaves at the correct angle.  The instructions were okay.  I just wasn't paying attention.

I finished my Ohio Star flag and have it hung for the 4th.  I constructed the top years ago and got it basted in January. I have been quilting it at my leisure.  It's only my 2nd finish of the year.  I am so slow.

We went to Yellowstone National Park last week with my cousins.  This is a picture of Old Faithful erupting.  It was hot hot that day.

My son ordered this for dinner.  He gobbled it right down.

I was able to get a great shot of this dragonfly while we were picnicking by the side of the river.

There weren't many animal sightings but we did have a moose cross the road one car in front of us on our way to picnic.  We weren't even in the park yet.

Hope you're doing something fun.