Friday, April 26, 2013

I just think my husband is so amazing.
He definitely has a green thumb or two.
These are the carrots that were planted last spring.  He dug up some in the fall and has been digging them up all winter for our use.
These are the last ones and they are amazingly fresh and tasty.

I bought this book recently.  It has tantalizing pictures of both the savory and the sweet pies.
I used a recipe that called for butter AND lard in the crust.

It was a meat pie made from the leftover beef roast and "Man!" was it yummy.
I cooked the roast in the crockpot with Hidden Valley powdered salad dressing mix and 2 pkgs. of brown gravy mix.  I also added about 1 cup of water.
After we ate the roast for two meals, I cooked some potatoes and some of those lovely carrots and put it into the already thick gravy and meat.

The crust was a little tricky and I had to add much more than the 3 TBS. of ice water it called for.  In fact, I probably used more like 1/2 cup.  I think it was my compacted flour and the dry day.  It turned out nice and flakey. 
The crust recipe has you cut out little decorations and then paint everything with an egg wash.
I love how the egg wash browned up and it makes the crust have this crispy coating that is nice on the tongue.
Not a very "quilty" post but my tummy isn't complaining.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Kathie at Inspired by Antique Quilts asked that we show the basket quilts we have made.  So I decided to post a few here.

This was a BOM at Thimbles and Threads in Draper,Utah.  I completed it in 2004.  I used the Gingham Rose line by 3 Sisters.  Do you remember that one? 

This is just a top and it is from a pattern by Fig Tree.

This was also a BOM.  It was the Mystery BOM from Fat Quarter Shop one year.  I loved making this quilt.  It had big blocks of color in the finishing instructions but I decided to make more churn dashes and flags.  I really like how it tuned out.
I don't normally dress in my son's Hawaiian shirts - it was Halloween and I was supposed to be a tourist.  Where's my camera?

The center of this quilt is from the Women of Grace and Charm book by Blackbird Designs.

And this is my latest basket quilt top.  One would think I've had enough of making baskets but I'd still like to make a cake stand quilt with reproductions.
Off to deep clean my kitchen.
I know, I know, you're jealous!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

All Righty then. . .

It took me all day but I finished the 2nd
Grandmother's Choice/ Civil War
quilt top today.

It doesn't go so well with the purple carpeting but I wanted to get an idea of how it fits on a bed.
It's a shame that I can't  show off the border fabric better.  Maybe I'll have to post just a picture of it alone.
I need to replace the arrow block in the other version I made. 
That will have to happen another day, I already spent too much time unpicking for one day.
I don't know why but I kept putting things in the wrong place or
twisting them upside down. 
My seam-ripper and I have become BFF.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Don't you love peripheral vision?

I finally got all the sashing sewn on the scrappy version of my GC/CW quilt tops.  I figured it out and with this setting it's like sewing on the sashing three times instead of one.

I think the blue really brings it all together.  If I had it to do over I would probably sew that arrow in some other fabric but it's done and I'm not going to unpick anything.

As I was sewing the rows together I noticed that my scissors (which I keep in front of my machine at all times) were slowing slipping of the table.  Without a thought I unpinned the butted seam I was sewing over, put the pin in my magnetic holder, and caught the scissors without taking my eyes off the needle or letting up on the foot pedal.

I didn't really think about it till it was over but I must depend on my peripheral vision a lot.  Our body is a magical thing don't you think?


Friday, April 12, 2013

Which way to go. . .

I'm auditioning sashing fabric. 
I want to use something I already have on hand.
I'm leaning toward the blue fabric.  It seems to calm everything down and that is the preferred effect.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Blocks are done

 I'm exhausted!
I finished the blocks for my Grandmother's Choice/Civil War quilts.
The blocks aren't in the order to sew -  they were just pinned to my design wall as I finished them.  I need to make eight 4 in. blocks to go on either side of the center and then I have a gorgeous floral border to sew on.
This is the scrappy version.  It also is not necessarily in the order I will be sewing it.  Unlike the other one, I'm going to do some sashing on this one.  I think it needs a common color fabric to calm it all down.
But I'll worry about that tomorrow when I have more energy.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


 This is a block for the Grandmother's Choice I am doing in a scrappy version.
I am calling this quilt "Oyez" because the quilt is to commemorate my Grandmother getting the vote.
I've mentioned before that she was on two census' in 1920
because she stayed behind in Indiana till election day in November.
And then went by train to the wilds of Montana to be married and was counted again there.
OYEZ is pronounced "o-yay" or "o-yez" or "o-yes." It is used three times in succession to introduce the opening of a court of law. The origin of the word Oyez is Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, hear ye, imperative plural of oyer, to hear. from Latin audire

The significance of the bell is that she remained very active in politics
and was a polling judge for years.
She used to go out in the middle of the street and ring the bell pictured above and say;
"Oyez, Oyez, the polls are open".
And then in the evening she would go out again
and ring her bell to announce that the polls had closed.

A few years ago my siblings and I went to visit her two remaining children.  They shared with us some of the family heirlooms and collectibles.  Above is one of the great-aunt's quilts.  I have her name written down somewhere.  It is one of the Lamb sisters, I think.
This quilt was made by Great Great Aunt Mollie Davidson (not one of the Lamb sisters)

This is a utility crazy quilt with the stitches done by machine.

This is Aunt Jesse's doll.  It is only 12" tall. but it is completely dressed in her original outfit.

This is my grandfather's baby bonnet.  He was born in the 1890"s.

And this belongs to Aunt Ann.  It looks well loved, doesn't it?

I need to write the "Oyez" story down for my kids and keep it alive.