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.
Usually.
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!

But,
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.


Ta-da!
.
(crickets)
.
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.
Hmm...  
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?


Again?!?
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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