Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Yep, even the binding is on. I cheated on the label- just wrote on the backing- sweated I'd spell something wrong... but figured I could always just cover it up with a real label in just such an emergency. Turned out fine, though. I went ahead and washed it for him so it'll be ready to go! Hope everyone has a great weekend! See ya on Monday!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
- 2 cups water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1 egg, 2 t. salt.
- stir together and add 2 t. yeast and slowly add enough flour to make a soft, slightly sticky dough.
- Knead for 8 minutes and round up in an oiled bowl.
- Rise and punch down.
- Rise again.
- Shape into rolls. (We roll ours in butter- I told you they weren't healthy!)
- Bake at 375* for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Our HUGE amount of rolls was made from 12 cups of water- so if you multiply this recipe by 6, you should have enough rolls for a very, very hungry family or a rural county.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I had an easy time finding what I was looking for at the fabric store, yesterday. I don't know why that is, but when I decide to make a soldier quilt, things fall into place very easily. No dithering on whether this is the right shade or if I have enough contrast, too feminine, too masculine, too stupid... nope. It all just works out very smoothly.
I am supposed to be working on a secret project- and you should see the distress I am in over a stupid little three-color combination! Now, true, it is for someone else that I don't know all that well. Then it has to suit her and not me... and trying to think like someone else... well, it can be a trial, that's all. And I get all overwhelmed at the LQS and pick something out that might not even work at all. See? It's a problem. My friend Sandy says you should just do what you like and hope they're not picky... I suppose I see her point. I'm trying for the middle ground- something I like but think she will, too. Maybe it's all too much thinking!
The soldier's quilt is going along smoothly. I bought all my fabric, yesterday morning. I found three out of the five I needed at Hobby Lobby and bought the last fabric and the backing at Joann's. So there shouldn't be anything to keep me from finishing it, except pure orneriness. And that should be sufficiently squelched as it's all for a good cause.
The three youngest children decided they wouldn't mind hanging out with me and I enjoyed their company. Makes me feel very young when I have my youngest children out with me! I took them for a quick lunch before heading home. There was a baby in a carseat who was jabbering really loudly- you know how 6 month olds are- they are just discovering their vocal chords. Abe couldn't see the baby, but he could hear her. Next thing I know, he is hollering as loudly as he can, "Is that baby alright?!!!!" We all busted out laughing! I guess he was worried. He got an invitation to check on her, himself. Then he settled down to eating his taco.
I had the quilt cut out in 15 minutes- I love my quick-cut ruler! And I had all my blocks sewn up in about 2 hours and now all I have to do is join them together! woohoo! A very easy pattern. Better get to it. I have a day wide-open, as violin lessons were postponed until tomorrow. Jacob had some help slamming his finger in the van door- hoping another day of resting it will help with the soreness. Have a great day!
Monday, May 19, 2008
John decided to make a thank you pillow for his Aunt Isobel. He had a blast once he understood the concept of wonky! He made all the letters, and sewed them together and I just set them in the green fabric and doodled up the pillow with some quilting. It is so cute! She's gonna love it. I have decided that I might make some for my couch- I rarely have throw pillows on the couch, because it just becomes part of the daily chore to pick up the pillows from the floor. What is so hard about keeping the pillows on the couch, I ask? But I made this little pillow cover removeable and so it washes up nice- we prewashed Aunt Isobel's- like that wrinkle-dy look. So... What shall I write on my pillows? I think it would be cute to write out all the little things that we say a 1,000 times a day. Like, "Talk Sweet" "Be Nice" "Love You" and "You're A Buggerhead"- what you think that one isn't quite right? Well, we'll see... Maybe one should say, "Please don't throw me on the floor."
I'm off to the fabric store, today. I have an urgent soldier's quilt to make. You guys know I usually take months to finish a soldiers quilt, but I am determined to getterdone, this week! He is already "overthere" and while the temps are over 100, he says he gets cold at night- can't have that, now can we? I have decided on the coffee time quilt that my Mom made in green- only I'll being doing it in red, white, and blue- hopefully. We'll see what Hobby Lobby has to offer. Hope everyone has a great week with sewing fit into their plans!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
picture by Evabeth, age 9
Friday, May 16, 2008
There's a perfectly good explanation for that. Well, I did go to a quilt shop and it was packed full of lovely fabrics, but I am having to get to work on a secret project so... no "show and tell" on that score. Sandy and I did get a little quilty-type stuff done... I showed her how to make crumb blocks- she loved that! I cut out ten more blocks for my feed sack quilt- which Sandy sweetly provided. We looked at some fabrics and patterns... and then I noticed all these doilies lying around.
She had a washer full of them! I lamented that I would never be able to do such a thing as crochet anything with a pattern, because I can't make sense of the patterns! At which point, she dragged out an old magazine and showed me these English charts for crocheting doilies. Have you seen these? It's like following a detailed picture. Very cool and even I seem to be able to do it. Well, then she grabbed a roll of string and a tiny hook and showed me how to make these adorable coasters. I think my sister needs a set of them- the white is right up her alley! I had a blast making it- didn't take very long at all! The hardest part was learning to hold the thread and the hook like someone else, but I was determined- I don't think I ever learned the correct way of doing that, and since she is such a fast crocheter... I felt it was worth the effort to do it her way. A better teacher I've never had- you know how some people can't describe what they do? She didn't have that problem and she really didn't make me feel like a total clutz with that itty bitty hook- which I was, but she was sweet to not say so! I made a good start at her house, but once I got home and scrounged up my applique glasses- things slipped into place so much easier- amazing what being able to see that tiny little hook can do for ya! And after I get done with the coasters, I'm going to try my hand at a bigger doily. Dh's mother has boxes of really cool variegated threads, which she doesn't use anymore. Now if I can only find them in that storage bin of a house! Am I going to give up quilting for crocheting doilies? Nah, but it is a lot of fun and it will be nice to have something to tote along in my purse. But now I think I need a bigger purse...
It's also the time of year that the green houses open their doors and show off what they have been working on since Xmas! I love walking through them! The smell and all that sweet oxygen they give off! This market had three large ones and I found this tiny white flower that had to come home with me! I can resist anything but a tiny white flower.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Nines' break from reality...
Usually that term contains the word "psychotic," but I don't think there's any need to get nasty here, do you?
Most of you know that I don't "do" tedious. I once said that to a friend, and she laughed in my face and said, "Oh no, you just cut fabric up into little pieces and then sew them all back together. Not a bit tedious." Ok, maybe she has a point. But there's tedious and there's tedious. If one of my necklaces get tangled- it hangs on a hook until one of the kids takes mercy on me and untangles it. I just don't have the patience to sit there and figure it all out. yuck.
And I don't cut out tiny little pieces of fabric and then sew them all back together... until last weekend. I told you it was a break from reality. Everyone needs a break now and then. Darcie's fabrics were just so yummy, I wanted to nibble on them all day, I suppose. And that's what I did. (Finding a thimble took longer than making one of these tiny blocks! My fingertips are so callused, no thimble required!) And the little 9-patch blocks were made from leftovers from the churndash blocks- waste not, want not!
It all started with this dream... if I cut 1" strips, and 2" squares... a churn-dash block would come from it. And it did. Do you quilt in your sleep? I don't think it would be unusual if that's what you spend a good deal of time doing/thinking about. Seems reasonable. When I can't figure out the diminsions of something, I sleep on it. Come morning, the solution is there- in all it's minutest detail. Then I have to run really fast to the quilting room and start cutting and sewing- or else, well, you know how dreams can be- easily forgotten. I do my best thinking in my sleep- that's what I say when I need a nap!
Unfortunately, I didn't dream about buying a new spool of thread... I had about 10 inches to spare! Shew, that was a close one. If I'd been thinking clearly last week, I would have gotten online and ordered me some while I was holding the couch down with this cold... but thinking clearly while your head weighs five pounds more than usual... didn't happen. I got four new spools for Mother's Day.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
That play on words would be a lot more fun if it weren't so true. So true. I've been feeling crummy..crumby...crumbly... The cold has moved from a contant drip to a constant cough. Just a little niggle of a cough, so I'm thankful. I'm half-deaf due to the congestion in my head, but who's to say that's a bad thing in a house full of hootin' and hollerin' kids? Just moving slow and not taking on any challenging projects. I'm in a zone with the crumbs.
For those of you that visit my blog and are not quilty- gasp- I know, my quilty friends, hard to believe that one can maintain a relationship without the fanaticism that is the quilty in me, but I love them in spite of their lack of addiction to quilting- and they are ever supportive of my co-dependency. Crumbs are the little bits and pieces of fabric that I trim off and toss into a basket... then a tub and when that overflows, another tub. You get the picture. Lots of bits. I usually use these little pieces when I am making postcards- it takes so little to cover a 4x6" card, in numerous ways, that even the smallest piece can be used. Unfortunately, it would take me ten years to use all of those tiny pieces up in postcards- it just is not ideal for stash-busting. So I am stitching them all together into crumb blocks. Just slapping all kinds of fabrics together until I have something big enough to cut a little 4" square from. Some blocks have as many as 20 fabrics and some only 2. It goes really fast, even between nose-blowing and trying to cough up a lung. Aren't they adorable?
I don't know what I'll be doing with them... Bonnie http://quiltville.com/ sews hers together- four patches per block. Which makes sense because they are so small. I have also seen them with tiny sashing- which does not sound like anything I'd be interested in!! Just noodling has created 69 blocks in the past couple days- two more tubs of crumbs to go. No hurry. They'll keep.
I have to run into Indy, today. My first day out, all week. Eva has an appointment with her neurologist at Riley Children's Hospital. Just routine and we feel like things are going great for her, so- no stress. Hope everyone has a fun sewing day.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Ds Joe(18y) took this photo of John, last night. He said, "Now he's really under the weather!" Too funny. And what a cool picture! We had a gorgeous day, yesterday. Warm and sunny. Perfect. And then, come evening, a storm blew in and this rainbow showed up. Just thought you all would enjoy it.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Sarah and I stopped in at an antique shop the last time she was in town, two years ago- wow, how time flies. As usual, we were looking for quilty things. I found this quilt top and thought, "Hey, the price is right!" It was $3.50. I added the outer borders from my vintage stash- used every single inch I had. I think the vintage fab came from more of Sarah's grandma's closets. Those were some cool closets... I wish I'd had some interesting pink in my stash, but sorry, no dice. I think this quilt is what the magazines refer to as "naive." I haven't got a problem with naive. Kinda like it actually. What makes it naive? Well, there are rules- just general guidelines, to my way of thinking. Things that folks have learned look good to most people. Just a couple in particular that might apply to this quilt:
- The sashing should frame the entire top- not just end on the inside of the blocks, at the end of each row. In this case...it doesn't bother me.
- If you're a beginner quilter, ya might want to consider cornerstones. It might seem more difficult, but it really will help to line up all that sashing so that your rows are straight in both directions- tilt your head and take a gander at the close-up. Most horizontal blocks are almost one inch off the straight line. Still, doesn't bother me.
- Dimension is important- if your quilt is four feet wide, it should probably be less than 8 feet long. But maybe a tall, skinny person will find it a perfect fit!
And yet... you know me, don't you? I couldn't care less about rules when I just like something. And I liked this quilt from the moment I saw it. Some of it's good qualities are:
- The colors are very cheerful and mid-century modern. Love that.
- That brown- who would have thought to put it with that pink and blue combo? But I just fell in love with the quilter when I saw how carefully she cut the brown half-square triangles right on the same line of flowers. Isn't that too sweet? And no easy feat in the days before rotary cutting! It's one of those imitation colonial designs that's just funky and fun.
- It was $3.50!! The border fabric that I added was free- as was the pink sheet my Aunt June gave me that I backed it with. I might have paid $5 for the batting and I have a quilt for under $10. And doesn't it look charming on a bed?
So... I think even Sarah will agree. It's really not bad at all.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Most of you know that my husband works for Habitat for Humanity and he manages a store that sells used and discarded home-improvement items- like kitchen sinks and cabinets- all perfectly good, just needing a new home. He even sells toilets- and they can't sell old toilets as toilets- 'cause they aren't water-conservation approved. So they are sold as "flower pots with bowls." I have been trying my best to finaggle a green one- really cool art-deco design to it- for my flower garden. Honest, it would look super-nifty with some vinca overhanging the bowl and lots of dianthus and alysum... he's not buying it either. sigh. But I figure my yard is a mess, anyway- what difference would a toilet make?? Hey, I already have a bathroom sink! Been trying to get that thing off to the rehab store for a while, now. Maybe he'll trade me. If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em.
This sweet little block has been salvaged from the rubbish bin. I found it at the Chicago quilt show, a couple years ago. One of the vendors had a tub full of old orphan blocks. I picked out this one and two maple leaf ones- for about $2 each. They were very cool, but I'm thinkin' probably no one has a call for a purple house... whatcha know?! My friend Audrey and her husband just bought an old house- their first, and guess what color their toilet, sinks and tub are??? Yep, just that same shade of purple. Maybe it's lilac. Anyway, they plan on keeping the old- 'cause it works just fine and the tiles in there match exactly... yeah, I wish I had that purple toilet in my yard! Busted! But anyway, I added a little border of Auntie grace repro and even hand-quilted it. Well, it was just such a small project and I couldn't imagine machine quilting it! I used Dream Angel batting in it and so it was a breeze- not too boring, but I shouldn't think that I'll being doing that again, any time soon. So somebody made a littlehouse block back in 1930 and now it's hanging on somebody's wall. Ain't that cool?