Saturday, October 31, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
I'm continuing to make progress on the All Around The Town quilt top. I've got the sun and all the sunbeams pined and ready to sew down. I had to make some alterations because 16 years ago (when I first started this project) I trimmed my first block (the whale block) too small. So I had to cut the block opposite it longer.
I appliqued the longer block but it wasn't lying flat so I need to fix that. A little more unpicking. . .
I appliqued all 12 stars. It was a little tricky because I had a big surface to wrestle with in order to stitch them down. The quilt top measures about 50" square so far. There are two borders.
The stars haven't been pressed in these pictures. I was in a hurry.
I'm making progress on the Christmas quilt I started this week. (Sorry, no pictures.) I've been color testing all the red fabrics and have a lot I can't use. One piece still kept darkly staining the 'Color Catcher' after 3 washings. I finally gave up on that one. It was a piece of quilting fabric by SSI. Most of the poor fabric has been the red with white pindots. I've chosen to work on the Santa Block first and almost have his lo-o-o-ong hat finished.
And we got a hard freeze two night ago. Snow is expected in the mountains tonight. In order for the dahlia blossoms to survive the low temps, my husband brought them in. They make a lovely fall bouquet. We've never grown dahlias before. They appear to make a long lasting cut flower, so many times the other blooms I bring in only last a day.
Hope you're able to sew today and most importantly, I hope you can hug someone.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
I woke up this morning with a mission. I decided to find all my stashes of Christmas fabric and compile them, pre-shrink them, press them, and get them in an organized container.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Still working on All Around Town by Sue Garman. It needs to be pressed but it gives an idea of what it will look like. The next block has a blue house with 13 windows (those windows - sigh), with a flag on top of the roof.
I going to have to change those trees at the top left that look like hearts - too weird.
My SIL, who decorates for Halloween big time, gave me this little witch. She is fully articulated and is only about 2" tall. Too cute.
I made a baked chocolate cream pie last week. The above picture shows how it came out of the oven - ha! The picture below is after about 15 minutes. The filling has chopped pecans in it and I expected it to be more like a brownie in a pie crust but it was smooth and silky like a pudding filling. So delicious!
I made a batch of Chili Sauce this week. It took all day to boil down and then I found out it was to salty. It's going to take a while to use it. When will I ever learn. . . (isn't that a song?)
And just for a bit of nostalgia, here is picture of my younger brother and his friend selling punch in the 1960's. Notice the deluxe stand with all it's crepe paper. The crepe paper was wrapped around the cardboard and then decorated with twisted streamers and fringe. And 2 cents - what a bargain.
My brother is the one in the front with the cheesy grin.
Enjoy your day,
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