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.)

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