If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Yarn Along, Beens to Long




I haven't done much knitting these past couple of months other than trying to work on the "2 at a time Toe up magic loop socks". I had worked on them while in Colorado last month but I haven't picked up my needles since then. Right now I'm at the heel point of the socks. 


It's not that they are hard or anything it's just that I just haven't been spending the time knitting like I should.
I need to complete these so I can start on my daughters socks.
 Found this nifty orange and black dyed yarn at a yarn shop in Tulsa and a bonus is that they are from a local company here in Oklahoma


For ones who do not know the school colors of orange and black, is OSU. That is where my youngest daughter attended college and graduated from. 




And for the reading portion of this post I am currently listening to Of Mice and Men. 

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I am joining a reading group this month and this was one of the books required to have read. 

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The other is Harper Lee's new book Go Set a Watchmen
I had really enjoyed reading Go Set a Watchmen. I can understand why others were somewhat upset with how the character Atticus was portrayed.  So differently than he was in To Kill a Mockingbird. But if you were to take it into perspective of the time and age of Atticus and location.... I think you could understand some of what Harper Lee was trying to get across to her readers. 
It should be a good discussion at the book club.

Till next time 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Oh so close

You know that saying "close but no cigar." Well that is what I can say about my red string quilt. The strip sets I had made wasn't  enough,  even thou I did end with parts left. 


But they were not the  6" strips which I am 12 inches short of completing one X block.


Just need  2 sections like this to make the block.


  That's one block short of finishing all of the blocks for the top. 


Now I don't have all the blocks up in the picture showing my design, it's due to the limited space on the wall.
 It's 2 rows short.


My plan for today is to assemble all the blocks after the additional strip set for the piece needed to finish the X block. I think I'll gonna go head and make a larger strip set to cut that down for the border.
Before sewing the rows together, I need to position the X's a certain way. Looking at whats up now I can tell they are not. It needs to look like chain links.



Besides working on the string quilt yesterday I was able to can 5 quarts of lime pickles
I need to make some zucchini salsa also but I'm not sure if it will today.  I'm just not in the mood to can another day
Thank goodness my livelihood isn't depended upon what I get canned.

Looks like our first day of September is going to be more like a day in August. It's going to be very warm and humid



I didn't get any hand quilting done yesterday or the day before but  hope to be able to sit and relax and do a little bit today.

Till next time

Monday, August 31, 2015

What's Up

Up on the design wall this fine Monday morning, is what I had been working on for the past few days and that was making the strip sets for the Red String Quilt.



They're not cut to the size needed for the blocks yet but even though, I'm not sure if I have enough made to finish the top. I know I don't have enough to do the border. 



Now the border in the book it's just a plain background fabric border but I thought about using a small string strip in between two background strips
And I'm also making mine a little larger than the one in the book I'm going to do it in a square 96" x 96"

That being said that will probably keep me busy all day. If I get bored or I do for some reason actually finished putting what I have prepped together, I need to work on October the Farmer's Wife blocks.

And also the Lime Pickles will be ready to can this afternoon or evening so I'll be needing to do that later today.
Now I want to tell you about my latest zucchini recipe. Ann over at fret not yourself had sent me a recipe for a dessert zucchini pie 



So yesterday afternoon I made zucchini pie I did alter a few things from her recipe based on time and like.


And you can see in her recipe you soak the zucchini slices coated in sugar overnight. Well I did not read my directions prior to wanting to make it, so I ended up doing it like some had mentioned on the Internet.
Which is to boil for just a few to get them softened somewhat not too soft, you still want them semi firm but not hard
 I did change a little from hers, two things.......
 recipe called for quite a bit of flour at the thickening I change that to less flour and added cream of tarter.


The other thing was her recipe called for a tablespoon of nutmeg and  I put close to a teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg in mine and personally I even thought that with too much, so I think I might cut it down to a half a teaspoon next time.
With all that said, it was amazing. You would not know it was zucchini. You would have thought it was an apple pie.
Now I did use the 1 1/2 cup of sugar but I used Truvia baking blend which is half Stevia  and half sugar. You know I think it could of even used a little bit more sweetener
But I think the next when I make this I will do a crumb topping on it. I like a crumb topping on my Apple pie and that might bring the sweetness level up and might not necessarily need that but if I was to make a 2 crust pie again I think I might.
So here is Ann's recipe and in red are the changes I made and again it's up to you what you want to do if you'd like all of that nutmeg




1.5 c. sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 Tsp.
1/4 c. butter, softened & cut into small pieces
1/4 c. chopped pecans
1 lemon, juiced & zested
2.25 lbs unpeeled zucchini, about 4 medium
3/4 c. flour 1/4 c
add 1 1/2 Tbsp cream of tartar
unbaked pastry for a 2 crust, 10” pie 

In a large bowl, mix together first 6 ingredients. 
Peel, remove seeds and cut zucchini lengthwise into quarters. Then cut crosswise into slices as thin as possible. Add zucchini to sugar mixture mixing thoroughly. Refrigerate, covered, overnight to allow liquid to collect from zucchini.
Bring mixture to room temperature and gradually add flour, mixing lightly but thoroughly. 
Line a 10” pan with 2” sides with pastry. Add zucchini mixture. Place pastry on top, too. Seal edges. Cut vents into pastry. 
Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour or until crust is golden brown & zucchini has reached desired tenderness.
Serve warm with cheese or cold with ice cream or whipped cream.



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Just Like a Turtle

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That has been me today. 
And you know what, I loved it and did manage to accomplish so much more than I really planned on.

The list for To do's was....


  Read a little

Start another batch of Lime Pickles

Put binding on one of the flying geese lap quilts



This is the first of the two that I have been working on. 




I used the scraps I had leftover from the geese for the binding. 





And I was very lucky cause I had just enough to be able to bind the both, in fact I had less than 12" left.
It is so nice to get these done and in plenty of time for Christmas. But if you were to look it up it's only 116 days (from today).




The last thing was to make something new with zucchini's.

I'm doing that now, making a dessert pie but won't know how it turned out till later and I'll share that tomorrow.

Write my Mom

My mother lives in Kenai, Alaska and I try to keep her up to date on how her middle daughter is doing. It's been around 10 years since I have been able to get up there so keeping in touch is so important to me.

Till next time
Linking up to Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Sunday Stitching

Friday, August 28, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Quilts

Yeah, it's Friday. I get excited over Friday whether I have something to do on the weekend or not. Just an old habit from working. 
Amy at Love Made My Home has not been posting Five on Fridays this whole month of August cause she taken the month off. She'll start back up next Friday but I still want to go ahead and post my Five for Friday
My five pics will be the five rainbow scrap quilts that I am making in regard to so scrappy RSC 15 challenge

I have 2 of the 5 sets caught up with all the colors for year. 
Being that this month was indigo and here are my indigo blocks


Some how I miss counted how many blocks to make, need 2 more.



But then the other 3 sets, I still have to catch up on May and June the baby blue and the bright green. 


1. Is the spool blocks. These are made from small pieces of scrap from trimming up my bigger scrap. I just couldn't throw them away, had to make something from them. Which those small slivers were perfect to make little spools. Now this one won't be a very big,  it will be more of a wall hanging size.



2. I'm not sure of the name of this block because I first saw this as part of show and tell at a guild meeting. This one still needs the baby blue and bright green blocks. 



3. These are the curvy log cabin blocks, this one also still needs the baby blue and bright green blocks. The yellow ones I'm not sure about. They don't read a circle like the others. Could remake or not use them in the top. 



4. This one is made out of 30's reproduction fabric to correlate with ours 30's club. We all show are RSC 15 blocks during our meeting. And when we meet next month I'll take pictures of everyone's blocks again and show them here.
I have all the colors done on this one


5. And a simple 9 patch where I use this method 

So there are Five on Friday

I want to add a link to an earlier post where I gave name of patterns or links to ones, like the spools. Go Here

till next time


Thursday, August 27, 2015

What's my Next Decision

While in a stupor yesterday and doing some quilting while watching some Masterpiece Theater, I was thinking more about how I wanted to do the border of the 30's sampler



Like I mentioned yesterday I have been basically quilting a quarter inch outline stitch, or in the ditch 




and sometime just a barely outline stitch around the applique. 



Thinking about the border which is not that wide, it's a 5" border that is basically a straight design. I have  rectangle patches of the print fabric with a strip of the background fabric on each side. 
So I was considering.... 




OK if I'm just going to go with what I've done with the rest of the quilt and do an outline stitch but do I do it only on the border fabric.... 




or do I do it on the printed fabric.




  And I have even considered doing it on both but in reality it's not needed to keep the batting secure and that would be more for an aesthetic look. 




Then I thought OK how much more time do I want to spend on this one. 
If I just do an outline stitch on either just the print or just the background, I would be done sooner than if I was to do both.

 Thinking some more about the design and what I wanted to do on the border, I don't think I want anything with curves. I don't have that design in the quilt and I just don't feel it would serve any purpose to change it on the border.



 The quilt top itself is very busy and my thoughts have been simplicity in the quilting so far and I'm thinking I should keep that thought of simplicity in the border.

Till next time

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