Sunday, June 28, 2009
WHY? I am almost to 3000 visitors on my blog!
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This contest ends on Thursday, July 16th at 5pm central time. Good luck to all!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I'll take lots of pictures to post here. I know you all will want to see what kind of things we create.
And then we plan on spending an extra day at Galveston. We have not been down that way since the hurricane last year, so I will be looking to see how many of our favorite spots are still there. Of course I will have to take a dip in the gulf to cool off... I feel so like a kid again when I go in the water there.
So now for some R&R, good classes, great food, and new friends!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
That is why I am so glad quilting is an INSIDE activity. DH spends a lot of time outside because he WANTS to. And I spend a lot of time inside because... well, because I WANT to! HAHA! When winter comes I remind myself that I am thankful God planted me in the South because I just can't stand the cold weather. So now that summer is here I have to keep reminding myself that same thing. Bloom where you are planted!!
Today will be very busy... a customer quilt to get done, and I MUST deal with some fresh veggies that are on a fast decline. We will have Zucchini Rice Italian Casserole for supper with a side-dish of fresh cream-style corn. I usually leave it on the cob because it is so much easier, but this is the last of our corn so we will enjoy it the old-fashioned way. My grandmother always made the BEST cream-style corn slow cooked in a large skillet with lots of butter and black pepper. YUM! I will try to recreate it today.
Have a blessed day in whatever YOU are doing today, and BE a blessing to someone, too.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
This project will sit next to my chair, and when I sit to watch TV I will work on hand-sewing those intersections. Once that is done the rest of the sewing goes very quickly. I also have a trip to Houston planned in another week... there will be some hand-sewing time.
So the report is pitiful, but the plan of action should get me moving forward on this dreaded project. No need in showing a picture of 2 measley rows sewn together, but when (if?) I ever get the whole thing together there WILL be a giant picture posted here!!!
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Chomp, chomp, chomp!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Gonna' Have To Do It Day... I'm GHTD the putting together of the Glorified 9-Patch Quilt rows. What a BUGGER that has turned out to be! I am really dreading it, but I am taking it to our guild Quilt 'Till You Wilt tomorrow, and hopefully I can have this done before I wilt! I have decided the only way to get this together is to hand-piece each intersection and then the in-between areas by machine. I have several people bringing quilts to me tomorrow to be quilted, so a good bit of my time will be spent taking in quilts.
And you are probably thinking, "Will she ever hush complaining about that quilt?"
I know... I ASKED for this... I thought it would be neat to do a pieced-curves quilt. And it does look wonderful in the 30s repro prints. Now that I am almost through with this I noticed that Quiltmaker Magazine has a pattern that is a very similar type of curved piecing with an extra square sewn in that terrible intersection, which eliminates all 12 pieces of fabric from needing to join at that one intersection... slick idea! Wish I had seen it earlier... I might could have done some altering to my pattern and solved a problem.
Anyway... hopefully tomorrow afternoon this bugger will be history, and I can move on to some fun project (like the Swanky jelly roll quilt I am planning for retreat). I am determined that I WILL have this done before I go to quilt retreat in Texas in mid-July. I do NOT want to haul this with me. Ironically, I started this G9P project at retreat last summer, so the piecing has taken a full year.
I know for a FACT that I do NOT plan on doing any more large quilts with curved piecing that comes together in the corners!!!!!!!!!!! Small ones, maybe, but no more large ones. (That means I will nix the idea of the Wheel of Mystery quilt that a friend did!).
I'll give a full report when I get home tomorrow, and I'm hoping the report will say, "DONE!"
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I made a double batch of regular jam, a double batch of Splenda jam, a double batch of regular blueberry orange marmalade, and a double batch of Splenda marmalade. I've think I will have everyone covered with all of that!
For the jam I just used the recipe in the Sure Jel box. For the marmalade, the recipe follows. I was going to take a picture, but you know how I am about the camera, and besides, this dark purple stuff in the pot or in jars just would not show up very well. So here's the marmalade recipe.
BLUEBERRY ORANGE MARMALADE
1 1/2 med. or large oranges (I use large ones... I LOVE oranges)
1 cup of water
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups crushed blueberries
5 cups sugar (or Splenda)
1 box fruit pectin (If using Splenda be sure to get the pectin labeled "No Sugar" pectin!)
1/2 teaspoon butter or margarine to prevent foaming
Peel the oranges; remove white pith from the rind and finely chop rind. Chop orange pulp and set aside. Place rind in a large pot with water and baking soda; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Be sure to NOT let this boil dry!
Add chopped orange pulp, crushed berries, butter and pectin. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, stirring very frequently. Add sugar; return to a rolling boil stirring constantly; continue boiling for 1 minute.
Remove from heat; pour into sterile jars, seal, and invert for 5 minutes. Turn right side up and let cool completely. Yield about 6 pints.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I really DID quilt today... actually I got 2 quilts quilted today. One was another American Hero quilt that will be sent to Washington State. The other was an OSU (Ok. State U.) quilt for a customer... really cute design. I worked VERY hard today so that tomorrow I could have some time off...
And then Paula called. It seems she had some frozen blueberries that were no longer frozen and didn't I want them, and if I don't take them they will just get thrown out, etc. (Can you say GUILT TRIP? Not that she intended it that way, but I just can't stand to think of ANYTHING going to waste!) We are not talking regular size packages here... we are talking HUMONGOUS!! And there are THREE of them. So guess what I'm doing tomorrow on my day "off"... HAHAHA!!! Is there any such thing??
Yep... blueberry jam for starters, and maybe some blueberry marmalade (this stuff is absolutely YUM!). So dig out the jars, lids, and rings, the sugar and pectin. HERE WE GO AGAIN!
I'll post recipes tomorrow... HMMM.... I guess I need to change this to "the Ponderings and Postings of a Quiltaholic AND RECIPE CLUB!"
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
It is JUST beginning so there is only one post, but I am hoping to post almost every day with some type of short entry.
Check it out and let me know what you think!!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I so admire those that shoot photos and right away load them onto the computer. There they sit, ready for blog inspiration to hit, the click of a mouse button, and then they are added to a post.
Not me... I just can't operate that way. Probably because my camera is STILL filled with about 300 pictures from Alaska. I have already loaded them onto the computer but I don't want to delete them until I have time make a CD of the photos and be sure everything is safe and secure.
So then I take blog photos, and when I load them on my computer it takes longer, yada, yada, yada... You really don't want to hear all my excuses, do you? The facts are that I just LOVE WRITING, but DON'T like dealing with the photos.
Never fear... my blog will not become photo-less. That would be pretty boring! But this thought of writing without being expected to include photos has me thinking about possibly starting another blog (Like I really NEED to try and keep up with 2 of them???). The 2nd blog would mostly be posts without pictures, spur of the moment things. I'm thinking that a "thankfulness" blog would be neat... a space I could do a quick journal entry at the end of the day listing what has blessed me that day. I would really enjoy that and would not have the "dealing with the camera" dread hanging over my head.
I'll have to ponder that idea some more... after I finish the quilt I am working on, do housework because company is coming this weekend for a family reunion (Under pressure I can clean like the "white tornado"...remember the old Mr. Clean commercials?), figure out supper for tonight, etc.
Time for a second blog? Of COURSE I have time... it just means the pile of housework will be deeper the next time we have company coming. No biggie.... TURN THAT WHITE TORNADO LOOSE!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I've anxiously been waiting for the IMQA Quilt Calendars to arrive. I had been watching the mailbox closely before we left on our trip... no calendars. But guess what was waiting on me when we got home.
Even DS was impressed with his mom's appearance on the calendar, and impressing him is hard to do! He gladly took one home with him, and he is the one that says, "I don't know why all these women pay you to do quilts for them when they can just go to Wal Mart and buy a blanket!" (Note to self... leave ALL good quilts to DD in the will... Just kidding!)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
No time to post photos today, but hopefully I have some really AWESOME photos of animals, glaciers, and many other things. The scenery was magnificent! Alaska is such a rugged yet beautiful and serene place (most of it... the towns are CRAZY with activity with the invasion of 3-4 cruise ships/day.). We had a wonderful trip in all aspects. This was my first time to fly and I really did enjoy it, but not something I would want to do very often.
I guess I'm still just an RV kinda' person... give me my own bed, surrounded by my own things, tooling along where we can stop on a whim, and not be at the mercy of restaraunts for food... that's my idea of a great trip!
So... what did I buy? A visit to 2 quilt shops in Skagway added some "Northern Lights" looking fabric to my stash (3 different color-ways!). I also found a great sale on some really neat moose, bear, and tree batiks, so those were added, as well as a really neat gray-sky background fabric that goes well with it all. Not sure exactly how I will make it, but this will be a trip-memory wall quilt. I took photos of a neat looking mariner's compass design on the carpet in the ship... so that might be an idea for the pattern... we will see. I also found some really neat antler buttons at a market in Anchorage. These will also be used on the memory quilt.
This week we are back to reality... housework, laundry, quilts pouring in the door, and vegetables from the garden to be dealt with. Today I have canned 9 pints of squash pickle relish. It is really intended for yellow squash, but we have so many zucchini right now I used about half squash and half zucchini in it. YUM! It is one of my most-favorite things we can. I'll try to get some pictures and post a recipe later this week.
Now back to work... church tonight so I will have to hurry and get supper fixed and see what else I can accomplish by 6pm.