22 October 2020

What I'm Liking This Thursday (3)

I'm writing this on a lovely misty fall morning.
Who doesn't like those?

I'm going to kick this list off with roses.
I especially like yellow ones.
And peach ones.
(I didn't get a pic of those.)

They can be counted on to bring color to any garden
throughout the warm months but it's time to cut them
back and give them a much-deserved break.

I like bringing the last roses in and putting them all over
the house.  I don't always take the time to do this the
rest of the growing season--but I should.
Take time to stop and pick the roses!

I like cooking with herbs so this is what happens
when that freeze threatens--and this isn't even all
of them!  I love fall and winter but I always miss
my herbs.  I don't grow them indoors--absence
makes the heart grow fonder, you know.

I like getting the chicken coop all cleaned up for winter.
The chickens get some of the herbs by their window
and all through the coop.  These are beneficial
for their sensitive lungs.

I like getting ready for winter!
Off goes the patio furniture and up comes a nice
supply of firewood and kindling, all just outside of
my sewing room window.  A huge order of firewood
is being delivered this weekend.
My lemongrass plants have been trimmed, dug
up and potted, waiting for hubs to bring them in.

I like my brahma hen...even if she
was supposed to be a huge fluffy rooster.
Look at those feathery legs!

Show off!

I like watching these trees in our back yard turn.
Over 120+ years my family has been here, this land
has seen multiple farm houses so from a landscaper's
viewpoint, trees aren't always in the most
"aesthetically pleasing" spots--but I don't mind.
These are kind of scrappy trees but I just love
this little corner of the yard every fall.  We had to
remove some to put in the pool and that added
to the odd layout but we're slowly adding more.
Soon, I'll make my yearly visit to the nursery
to see what end of the year deals I can get.

I like smoking the last of the peppers.  After
removing every single seed, I smoke them
till crispy/charred and then crush into spices.
(The food processor works great here.)

This year it's poblanos, Anaheim chilis and,
of course, chipotle from the red jalapenos. 
I like cooking with these flavors.

I like making naan.  Some are for dinner tonight.
The rest are going into the freezer for pizzas
on those nights when I run out of time to
make dinner...or don't want to.

I don't like the way the new version of blogger
messes with my font.
(Sorry, had to slip that one in there!)

I have no pics from the sewing room this week.
It's currently undergoing some construction and
everything is sitting in our sunroom.

Chloe's "likes" for the day:
~ my fabric no matter where it is ~
~ the chaos of moving things around ~
~ catnip ~

Happy quilting!
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20 October 2020

Tuesday To-Do and a New Pumpkin Record!

 It has been a wonderful week for to-do'ing,
just not for the to-do's on my list.

I'm not even going to look at the list; 
the entire thing is postponed till next week.

Other than working on sewing blocks into rows,
it's been pretty quiet in the sewing room.
However, something BIG and noisy is happening
in there tomorrow.  I'm excited...I think...I hope...
Okay, I have mixed feelings but the decision has
been made so there's no turning back.
It means another couple days of no sewing but I
should be on a roll <wink> after that.  Next week,
along with some actual got-dones and to-do's, I'll
explain and have pics to share.  Meanwhile,
I apologize for the minimal quilty content today.

Hubs and I took a quick 4-day vacay to our fav
B&B to just enjoy some peace and quiet,
and having no obligations!  We did a little
shopping, a lot of dining and daily reading
on our cottage's deck the rest of the time.

I shared some of this last Thursday but in an
effort to throw in something quilty, here's a pic
of my hubs actually in a quilt shop.  This rarely
happens, mainly because I never ask him, but
this time he volunteered.  I guess it's no big deal
with a phone in hand but still, I appreciated it.

Btw, I got 1.5 yds of this and I'm searching for just
the right thing(s) to make with it for Thanksgiving.

I picked up a little something else for my sewing
room at Wilson & Wilson Folk Art Shop.
I've visited that shop so many times but have never
splurged for a pic; just calendars and note cards.

This year's calendar was all set to be printed but covid
hit so, for the first time, the artist had none for sale.
(She joked how weird it was to actually buy a
calendar for the shop's use.)
I guess it was a sign. 
Btw, the artist does not quilt but told me she
really enjoys painting all of the fun patterns.

Back home, we spent the rest of hubs' vacation
working outside.

With so many trees and gardens, keeping up can
be a real battle but catching up in the fall is a joy,
especially when the weather is perfect.

Hubs tackled a huge brush pile, burning some
but turning most of it into kindling.

This stack doubles as a windbreak for the chickens.

I spent a solid 5 hours wielding an electric hedge
trimmer with ladder, buggy and rake in tow.  
I'm not done but getting more than half out of
the way leaves me very happy.

Decks were also cleaned and patio furniture was
replaced with firewood and baskets of kindling;
more firewood has been ordered.
Bring on the cold!

One last batch of mincemeat made and maybe the 
last of the tomatoes canned--I still have lots on the
counter but I'd like to just cook with them instead.
It'll be down to 30 degrees later this week so
all herbs and veggies have to come in.  

I can only freeze so many peppers.  Years ago,
I started smoking them and found this process can
make some of the greatest smoky spices.

Every single seed must be removed before smoking
or you'll have a heat that will completely overpower
any flavor.

I got over 2 cups of spice just from the poblanos.
I have a mountain of other peppers to deal with
 but at least they're all safely inside.

My fall clean-up list is also a mountain
(2 pages, typed) but if I tackle a little at a time,
maybe come spring...I'm kidding.  I'm actually
shooting for early November.  And some of those
things are more wishes than reality but we'll just see.
(Yes, I type my to-do lists but I'm not super-organized.
Typing is faster and much neater than my handwriting.)

It really hasn't been so bad not being in the sewing
room.  Yard work leaves my arms and hands too sore
and shaky to do any sewing anyway.  I do have a
massage scheduled in a couple weeks--hallelujah!
(Hopefully most of that list will be completed by then.)

Remember the old pumpkin record of 56.4lbs?
Well this guy beat it!  58 pounds!
(No, these aren't pie-worthy but I have plenty
of little ones that I've been slowly baking up
and getting into the freezer.)

The first one of the year, the 48.6-pounder, is the
dark one in the back; the lightest orange one may
have gotten bigger but with the upcoming freeze,
he wouldn't have gotten the chance.

So how about that for my big to-do of the week?
Set a new pumpkin record for my garden--DONE!

There are still a couple months left to 2020.
Maybe I can set a quilt record, too?

Next week I'll bring back my list.

Happy quilting, and fall cleaning!
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15 October 2020

I Like Thursday (#2 For Me)

I like being home, especially these days,
but who doesn't like a good road trip??

Mostly I'm all "There's nothing like staying home for
true comfort" Jane-Austen-style but I still like to 
get out every so often to get away from all those
daily obligations, among other reasons.
Road trips are great for getting back in touch with
my lone hand-quilting project that gets ignored 99%
of the time.  Maybe this will be the year I finally
finish this thing?  

I like listening to books while I sew, and on
road trips.  Last week I shared

We made that visit to Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown on our last
trip up to West Point.  Neither of us had ever read the
Legend of Sleepy Hollow so, with Halloween around the
corner and with us being on a road trip, it seemed a
perfect time to slip in that short story.
(I finished The Grand Sophy, btw.)

I (we) like Chiefs football.
Not just because they're the latest Super Bowl
winners but because we've always been fans.
So after our story, I pulled up the game for hubs to
listen to (he was driving), and found myself actually
watching it.  Not sewing, not cleaning, not baking or
any other multitasking activity while the game is on.
Just watching the game.
(This was mostly an "un-plugged" vacation but
this was an exception--besides, we hadn't 
reached our destination yet.)

I like reading outside--another thing I don't take the
time to do at home.  Happily, I got lots in this week!
Anyone picking up a theme here?
As I sat there with my book, it really struck me how
many enjoyable things I can easily do at home...
but don't.  

I like zooming in on what God, through nature,
did with this bark.

I like persistence.  Look at this little thing.
There he is, a lone sign of the summer that was,
 among all the fall leaves.  I found out later from
the B&B owners that the deer have eaten
everything this year but oh no, not this guy.

I like visiting quilt shops on vacation.
This time, hubs actually came in with me!
I really didn't need a thing but it was vacation
and sometimes it's nice to see something you
made with a certain fabric and think,
"Oh yeah, I got that at Quilter's Cottage..." etc.
I was hoping to find some of Fig Tree's
"All Hallows Eve" line but I was unlucky there.

I like Thanksgiving, these colors, happy gatherings
 and feeling blessed and thankful so, after
admiring this one in several of the shops on the hop,
I didn't need to think twice about getting some here. 
What can I do with it for the upcoming holiday?

I've always kinda liked folk art. 
Whenever we're in the area, I have to visit
 Wilson & Wilson Folk Art because so much
of what the mother-daughter team creates
has quilts in it.  

In the past, I've picked up notecards and calendars
but this time I actually got a framed canvas for my
sewing room.  It's similar to the one above;
I'll share a pic of mine in my Tuesday To-Do
post next week when I have it hung up.

I like bed and breakfasts.

This particular one has this dining area
that I always think would make a great quilt
retreat room, sewing room, long arm room...
You get the idea.

I like to be up early.
The early bird gets the coffee.

I love to cook but I also like a break from it.
Not worrying about meals (and dishes) is
a great bonus on vacation, right?
You'd think over 4 days, I'd get some good
foodie pics but I didn't take a single one.
Me!  A huge foodie pic taker!
Maybe this is a good thing however.
I think it means I was really unplugging.

And when the fun is all over,
I still like to be home.

And of all the views in the world, this one
is so often the most welcome.

After a short break, it's time to get back to fall
clean-up.  It's work, but enjoyable work.  I like it
most when the weather cooperates.
Jacket weather, leaves all around, coffee in hand.
Who wouldn't like working out in that?

Happy quilting--in your home!

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13 October 2020

Tuesday To-Do's: September Glow & Vintage Quilt Sale

A happy fall Tuesday to everyone.

1) Finish September Glow blocks
The blocks are all done but what to do next?

I need to mess with the layout just a bit here and
there--but we all know that once we mess with a
block here and there, a domino effect will begin
and I'll likely pull them all down and start over.
So maybe I just leave it and start putting together.

2) Make WP table runner

Super slow going here.

3) Start on Hocus Pocus?

I was hoping to pull from my stash but I just
don't have much in these colors anymore so I
might do a little shopping.  I'll be by a quilt
shop in the near future so that's on my list.

With all the shop hop pics last week, I didn't get
to the next day's vintage quilt/linens sale
(Mennonite Relief Fund benefit)
so grab a coffee and have a look/read:

Remember that the day before I was on the road
for the hop at sun-up and arrived back home
at sun-down.  I was back on the road the next day,
watching the sun come up through my windshield
as I headed out to do some quilty shopping.
(A quilter could get used to this.)

The sale didn't begin till 9am so I had planned ahead
to make a stop into a local coffee shop on Main Street
in Newton.  I like to support local places and I thought
it would be good to get a little posting done on the hop.
(That was a LOT of pics and info to write about!)

First off, I should warn you:  I'm a complete novice
at this sort of thing.   Oh me of little experience!
If the line out front of the door 10 mins till opening
didn't give me a heads-up, the fact that everyone was
carrying their own bags (that's "bags" plural) sent off
a little warning bell in my head that perhaps I was
not quite prepared for what was ahead.  Blast!

The doors were opened and the frenzy began!
I'm not much of a crowds person so I worked my
way to were the crowds weren't; later I realized
I missed seeing the old quilts and quilt tops by
doing this but, outside of missing out on taking
pictures of them (most were gone by the time I 
worked my way over there), I didn't mind at all
because I'd stumbled on the notions table.

Now, what have we here?
The exact two rulers I have wanted but 
because I didn't really need them, I hadn't yet
bought them.  First, a 12.5" square Omnigrid in new
condition for a mere $5!  And then, a 4x14" Omnigrid
ruler for $4, also in what I thought was new condition
but later I did find a tiny crack in the lower corner
with tape over it but I can totally live with that--it's
on the left side even.

This table made me wish I took the time to do
hand-quilting.  Truly, I love it but I'd never get
anything made that way so I didn't get any.

Trims, batting, sewing boxes...

Threads, embroidery floss and strings of all kinds;
tables of quilt books (fairly recent) and magazines.

Here's where you're all going to think I'm crazy.
Just look at all the fabric!  And did I scour through it??

Now, hindsight is 20/20 so I'm really kicking myself.
I did glance at some of the tables (much more
than pictured) and picked up a couple small bags
of coordinating fabrics.  After I got home I really
looked at them and it's great fabric.
Notable labels on the selvages, including
some Jo Morton fabrics--some of my favs!
<kick, kick, kick>

By the time I got over to the embroidered linens and
such, they, too, were a little picked over.

I missed the scoop; I make a lousy reporter, I guess.

I stumbled across a flour sack from War Eagle Mill.
War Eagle is now known for hosting one
of the largest craft shows:  acres of vendors deep in the
countryside of Arkansas in the fall when the trees are
turning.  Add in the mill and its buildings along with river
and bridge...!  Even if you're not too into craft shows,
it's worth visiting at least once.  We found ourselves in the
area years ago and decided to see what this War Eagle
was that everyone was talking about.  Hubs is a very
anti-craft show man but he liked it enough to take me
two years later!  SO, of course I bought this flour sack
to go with the memories I already had.
A kind quilter next to me said she puts flour sacks on
the back of her mini-quilts--an interesting idea.

I had some good bargains and decided to check out.
What I didn't realize was that, due to Covid, they were
only allowing a certain number of people in at a time
so that when I put my things in my car and made to
come back in to really look through that fabric, I found
that there was a line of people waiting to get in.  And
it was not moving.  By my estimation it could've been
30 mins, maybe more, so I decided to leave.
<kick, kick, kick>

Do you know what's worse?  I found out a little later
that I just missed my brother and his wife by maybe
just a few minutes!  How fun it would have been to 
run into them and shop together!
<kick, kick, kick>

And after I had such very little luck on the shop hop
the day before!  Here was my chance to stock up on
the blues and reds like I'd planned, and perhaps
antique/reproduction 1800's fabrics, too!
I can only hope that such a sale occurs every year.
I just need to find out how to get on the email list,
or however else one keeps up on it.

Above is part of my haul.  The little cutting mat was
only $1 and is in centimeters--Euro?  Canadian?
(Why we can't get with the metric program here in
the US, I'll never know!)
It's perfect for travel, or in front of the tv, etc.

My sad, disappointingly small fabric haul.

Can anyone help me with these?  They were in
a bag so I didn't notice how glossy they were--are
they machine embroidery thread then?  I am
unfamiliar with the brand but they look new.
 I also picked up some pins, needles, Gutterman thread,
a small scissors--all things I could use just a little more of.
(I'm also wishing I'd picked up more of this stuff as
it was all very reasonable--$.50 to $1 or $2/bag.

The flour sack has some staining--do I leave it
or try to get it out?  What is that product that is
said to be so good at stains like this?

I apologize to my quilty friends for my lame
shopping skillz and promise to do better next time
when I will be one of those experienced shoppers
carrying a few of my own bags.
(Please, please let there be a next time!)
I did some research and discovered the sale
raised $20,000 for the relief fund--FYI.

I'm still picking and canning tomatoes but I admit
that I kind of wish a freeze would just end it all.
Blast my practical nature -- I can't find it in me to
just throw them out while God is seeing fit to bless
us with so many. Someday I will be very grateful.
I'm just not feeling it right now.  

My mom used to make mincemeat to make use of
any green tomatoes left before the first freeze and
 I've always wanted to try canning it.   I loved mincemeat
pie when I was very young but I haven't had it since.
Hubs, who has never had it before, is now also fan so it
looks like I'll be canning a little more when the blessed
freeze decides to finally hit and end my garden work.
I'm curious if anyone else has memories of mincemeat
or even still makes it today; if so, do you use green
tomatoes?  (I know there are various recipes out there.)
We'd never get a whole pie eaten so I'm thinking
of trying it as a filler in cinnamon rolls. 

So, onto next week:

1) Sew together September Glow blocks 

2) Finish table runner

3) More canning/gardening
(tomatoes, mincemeat, peppers)

Happy quilting!

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