Thursday, July 30, 2015

Enjoying the Back and Forth

Yay!  I was able to carve out a little
more time to head back to the sewing room!
At least there is no monotony around here.

Oh, wait.  
There's never a dull moment
with two furry disasters running amuck.

Aside from their antics, I do enjoy the company.
Chloe loves a warm chair so the very second 
I would hop up to iron, she was right there
to take over my spot.

Smug little kitty; so very full of herself!

I really don't want to be one of those people who 
talks about her cats all the time so on to
yesterday's sewing room adventures.
And a sideways picture that I'm too lazy unmotivated to correct.

Ok, so...
not exactly adventurous.
But, hey, things got sewed up!

The rest is even pretty darned close.
It's all pieced and into strips.

What I forgot, however, was to set aside four
little squares for the border as in its predecessor:

9X11 rows/columns

I'll just figure something else out for the border.
My current quilt is actually a little smaller so I can
(8X10 rows/columns)
just use this as the chance to make up for lost size.
Actually, yeah.  I'm pretty sure that I really meant
 to forget about those squares.  Truly!
(wink, wink)
Or I could leave it smaller, making it 
a nice, big crib quilt?
I'll figure that out tomorrow.

Oh wait--
What's that in the kitchen?

As I said, it's just real back and forth around here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On the Garden Scene

While I've been enjoying a little sewing,
I've had to spend most of my time with these.
Not that I don't enjoy canning, too;
it's just...more difficult, I guess.

Pick a bushel of tomatoes.
Roast a bunch of garlic.

Add in some fresh basil
(which needs picked, cleaned and chopped)

and a few other ingredients from the garden
(like peppers and onions, which also need picked, cleaned and diced)

There are a couple quarts in there.  I'm out of pint jars so I guess 
it's quarts from here on out.

and voila, 30 pints of Italian-style tomatoes.
And it takes all day.  
Especially prepping all those tomatoes.
I may only do one more batch...and then
I'm not real sure what to do with all the tomatoes,
other than to cook with them fresh as much
as I can work them into the menu.

My goal is always to can certain things every other
year--it lessens the yearly load a little. 
Pretty sure I'll have enough Italian tomatoes 
to cover the next two years.
Maybe next year I'll try tomato paste,
though it's always seemed like a whole lot of work
(not to mention heating up the kitchen on hot summer days!)
for such a little output!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Little Steps In Quilting

Well I didn't get as much quilting done as I'd like
but I did make progress.  

For this time of year, that's enough.

And it's a good thing I marked my rows
because this "lay-out" lasted about 2 minutes.

They both had a go at it.

Needless to say, I packed my stuff back up
and moved back to the sewing room.

Which is where I'll be today, too.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I Said I'd Be Quilting So...

What am I up to?
Nothing major; just two simple quilts.

As my sister--who was visiting--and I were
just saying, for those of us who don't quilt
year-round, it's often best to "warm up" before
stepping into anything remotely complicated.
And I still have one foot in the garden these days
so I have to be able to deal with distraction.

The heat is causing most of our blackberries to fizzle, but not these beauties!

Anyhoo, here we go: 
Remember this quilt from a couple of years ago?

Size-wise (lap), it's one of my favs to curl up with
and I thought it'd be a good way to use up
some charm packs I'm wanting to move out.

I'll have more pics soon but I'm going with a white
sashing and some spring-y/summer-y colors.

My sister seemed to be having a good enough time at
the machine and I was enjoying the new height at which
to cut things out so I thought I'd just cut out a second
quilt, using up a pack of fat-quarters in the process.
I'm thinking ahead to the Shop Hop in October.  I have to move out
a substantial amount of fabric before I feel it's okay to buy more!

I'm also making this very easy/simple quilt:

The colors in my fat-quarter pack will not be
as pretty as above, but I'm okay with that. 

Two seconds post-picture-taking, my cat had a grand ol' time tearing through this.
I'm not sure how I feel about the beige/white fabric going with white
sashing but, as I said, these are not special quilts.  If I decide I don't
like it, however, I guess I can look around for a replacement...tho
at a glance, I didn't see anything.  I must be getting stuff used up
better than I thought.

As I said, warming up, and I may not 
even keep either quilt.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Mini, In-Home Vacation?

My husband and I are sort of empty-nesters this week
as both boys will be off to Totus Tuus camp.
It is just. a little. disturbing. to see where I will be
in just a short 4 years but I'll just try to focus on
making some major use of the time.

Early (6:30!) daily Mass and trips to the coffee shop.

This was a day I took one of the boys with me--thus the cinnamon roll.
We perused cookbooks from the library and picked out summer recipes.
I like this picture; it says a lot--to me, at least.

Maybe some walks (weather permitting),
and lots of reading, sewing and cooking.
Maybe a little market/cultural food-shopping.
(Does anyone else do this!?! I could spend a good hour just walking up and
down the aisles of the Asian food market!  They have more than just Asian, btw,
and I like to try to use unusual foods from other cultures.)

Sounds like a vacation to me!

Ah, coffee art.  We taste with the eyes first.

I'm anxoius to see what all I can accomplish.
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