Have you noticed that when the fireworks are done,
everyone seems to go into "summer's over" mode?
Even though we're only 3 weeks into summer.
I'm not denying that that I have fall on the brain as
much--well, more really--than the next person but
while I'm thinking, I still want to be soaking up the sun.
Why? Because when fall arrives, I want to be ready.
need want lots of time to plan and play around so
I've been working on a post with my fall thoughts.
Stay tuned for that one...
For now, let's link up to Chris Knits and
Monday Making and talk about those to-do's.
Positivity #1/Cinnamon Latte
Load and begin quilting
Done. Quilting has commenced!
This design is one I haven't done before but it
only took a pass or two to feel comfortable.
It's certain to become a "regular".
Add border(s)? and make backing
I decided to add borders and now the top,
backing and batting are completely ready.
West Point Quilt
This might be a shocker but yes--progress.
I made the final decisions for my second quilt and
a game plan to efficiently make more at any time.
Choosing one block that works with my 3-inch
fussy-cut logo was key. I can use this one block
for an entire quilt, or use variations of this block.
This mix-and-match game means any
leftovers (blocks or pieces) from one quilt
will be a head-start on the next quilt.
If you're noting my fussy-cut logo isn't perfectly
straight, well they're not printed straight. I even
have to chuck a few per row.
I still get a lot out of it but at $25/yd, I don't feel
liking wasting much. If a few are slightly off,
so be it! With that small of a block,
I am hopeful it won't really show.
Keep eye on pests; pull more carrots
This time of year the focus is on fitting what we can
into the meals and on preserving the rest in the
most convenient manner for its uses.
The largest carrots are cut into chunks and frozen
10-12 per package for a [killer] beef stew recipe.
Their remaining ends and the other carrots are
diced and measured out for other recipes. I also
make up some carrot-onion mixes for the pot pies,
onion-pepper mixes for Philly cheesesteaks
(sandwiches or bowls), carrot-onion-garlic mixes
for Turkey Day stock and so on. All are welcome
on winter days spent in the sewing room.
Bastille Day is tomorrow! Typically I find a nice
French dish to try my hand at but hubs is taking
me here for some French dining instead. Though
I haven't found their version of L'Entrecôte Sauce
to be legit, I'm still a fan of the place. I know I
should give it another try but it's now been about
10 years since I had it in Paris. I'd like to say I
could still pick it out but I'm no longer sure.
(Pretty sure that's grounds for another visit.)
I may make up something yummy and
French this weekend....like crêpes.
Next week's to-do's
West Point Quilt
Work on blocks
Finish quilting Cinnamon Latte
Load up #2 (unnamed)
Continue with carrots; weeding