Curious Simon trying to figure out what on earth this strange concoction is. He did NOT get a lick of it--the flash startled him and I moved the cup out of nose range!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The last of the ties has been taken apart, but I did want to share this one. It's one of my favorites, and this and Mickey Mouse are presenting a bit of a problem. You see, I need to make 7 quilts, and there is only one of each of them. Plus, they are larger than the block size I was planning to make.
So there's a bit of a dilemma. Not to worry, I'm sure I'll resolve it... sure. No one said the quilts had to be identical!
... go ahead and use the Waterford for every day! This is a nice little viognier from my favorite purveyor of *vin du pays* my good friend Trader Joe! (No, this isn't a two-buck-Chuck, although I've gotten rather fond of Chuck's pinot grigio.)
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This is going to be one of the center blocks of one of the crazy quilts. Yes, my husband actually wore this tie, for several years in fact. It was one of his favorites! I don't think this block w ill need much embellishing!
Monday, January 9, 2012
This is part two of the Route 66 post. Is it cheating to make two posts since I got a little backed up on blogging? I plead computer problems. In fact, there is a new router just waiting for me to install it.
After I do something about the snarly tangle of cords behind the computer. Which gives me an idea for today's post...
Friday, January 6, 2012
After working on this till 1:30 this morning, I've barely made a dent in the basketful of ties! However, I've found that some of them are just not going to work very well--apparently they're rayon and they didn't take well to the laundry process! I may use some of them anyway, just for the color and pattern, but even then they're among the uglier fabrics. Oh well--the ugly patches, or the ones that don't seem to work with their neighbors, are going to be t he prime spots for extra buttons and embroidery!
According to the terms of the challenge, I'm supposed to do a square a month. By my own challenge terms, that means 7 squares a month! Probably pretty doable, as long as "life" doesn't interfere too much! First things first, though. Have to prep the ties, and then cut the squares. Getting closer to doing that, which means I'm definitely going to have to make a decision about size. Leaning towards 8" but also thinking of cutting the squares at 10.5" to allow some leeway in case I decide to add sashing.
Oh well, I did take the process pledge, didn't I? So I'm documenting the process for you while noodling my way through the decisions.
Cats are strange.
This is my post for Jan. 5. Yesterday was a day of computer issues--on both computers! I took this picture just before I went downstairs--was going to make up the bed, but who could disturb this sweet little guy? Not me!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
You really want to click on this picture to see a bigger version! It's a quilted version of one of the old "feather trees" that were so popular many many years ago. This one is decorated with mostly old buttons, including a few (like the blue lovebirds) that I remember from my grandmother's button box.
There's a second one of these trees, which looks nearly identical, but it's done with brighter colors (in the plaid border) and much more contemporary buttons--airplanes, and gummy bears, and the like.
They'll be coming down soon. Not sure what I'll put up in their places, since I don't have many quilts this size. Guess I need to go look around!
Monday, January 2, 2012
...produces dinner. Raviolis with portobello mushroom filling, marinara with meatballs--dinner out of the fridge and freezer. The meatballs and ravioli were frozen, from Trader Joe's, and the marinara--also from TJ's--had been opened to make English-muffin pizzas. I like to simmer the meatballs in the sauce while the pasta is cooking. There's enough left for another meal, too.
Not only did this dinner taste good, but it helped make a little room in the freezer. Currently there is an inordinate amount of turkey broth in the freezer, most of it in smallish single-recipe size containers. I froze the leftover turkey, dressing, and even the mashed potatoes, too. When it's too good to toss, but too much to eat, what else is there to do? If winter ever comes to these parts, there may be some nights when a little soup, or a hot turkey sammich, will make a good meal!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Mmmm! Can you almost smell the luscious aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and pecans topping this decadent pan of baked French toast? Caitlin made this for Christmas breakfast--served it with warm maple syrup that was infused with vanilla bean.