Thursday, September 19, 2019

#11 - I Like ...

I like Lorenzo and Lucci rocking in the sunshine
 on my front porch!!  I was delighted to have them 
come for a visit  :)

I like the bread I baked earlier this week!  My sourdough starter has finally slowly reawakened, after its long dormancy while we were away.  Two crusty loaves, and they smelled wonderful! 

I like seeing the sky change from summer to autumn.  Dusk falls earlier, and my morning walk is in semi-darkness.  The moon has been keeping me company in the morning.  Orion will be rising above the horizon and become visible soon, a sure sign of autumn.  The world is settling down for the coming season.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Almost Amish

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Clue #2 of ALMOST AMISH, Lori's mystery sew-along, had been released this morning.  I worked on Clue #1 the other day, so I was ready to proceed.

So far, we've been making small 4-patch blocks with various combos of solid colors.  We've also cut a group of solid black squares.   We still have one more solid color to use -- in my case, the jade green.

I also found the small piece of zigzag print in my stash, and I think will work perfectly for my back.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Starting off small

I was so happy to have an unscheduled day at last -- I got to spend the afternoon in my sewing room today, for the first time in many many many weeks!!!

I have several ongoing projects that need to be restarted, but I decided to get the ball rolling with something small and fun.

Temecula Quilt Company has just introduced an easy sew-along called DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW.   If all goes according to schedule, this will result in a lap-size quilt just in time for the holiday season.  I really enjoyed doing the holiday project Temecula offered last year, SECRET SANTA, so I'm going to putter along on this new one and see how far I get.  We're making red and light churn dashes, lots and lots of 'em!  These are TINY 3" blocks.

For several reasons -- including but not limited to health and travel -- I haven't completed very many quilts this year.  Some of my projects are very-long-term by definition, while others have achieved 'top' status, but have not made it to the finish line.  Time for me to reassess my quilting goals.


Monday, September 16, 2019

Cowboy Beans


4 slices bacon
1 onion, chopped
1 lb. lean ground beef
2x  15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
28 oz. can pork and beans
15 oz. can butter beans
15 oz. can red kidney beans
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring

In a large pot, fry bacon slices until crisp.
Drain and blot crisp bacon on paper towels, and set aside.
Saute chopped onion in bacon drippings remaining in pot until soft.
Add ground beef and cook until browned.
Rinse cooked ground beef with onion in colander to remove excess fat.
Return to pot and add undrained diced tomatoes.
Drain and rinse all beans in colander and add to pot.
Add vinegar, brown sugar, and liquid smoke and combine all.
Simmer until heated through.
Serve with crumbled bacon on top.

About 6 servings


Sunday, September 15, 2019


Barbara Brackman's weekly sew-along

#7 - Harriet's Star
This block is named for Harriet Quimby.

Just some Y seams this time -- not too difficult.  I'm going to cut some circles for the corners this week.  I'll lay them in place to see how they look, and to see if I also want to add sashing.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.  This year, it's tonight!

I was pleased to get the final row of my Harvest Moon quilt assembled in time for tonight's full moon.  It was just a personal goal, but I got it done!  :)  That's A LOT of hand applique! Still borders and quilting/finishing ahead, but I'm very happy to have made it this far in just about a year on this Bucket List project.

Go outside and dance in the moonlight tonight!


Friday, September 13, 2019

Odds and ends

We picked up six weeks worth of mail at the post office: two new books were waiting for me!  I see several projects that I'll consider doing eventually, and meanwhile it's so nice to have my brain tuned back to the quilting channel. 

Lori at Humble Quilts is starting a new little mystery sew-along called ALMOST AMISH.  Her mystery projects are always small and fun, and since I have all the solid fabrics that it needs in my stash, I'll sew along.

The garden is done for the season.  It's been in the 30s overnight, and nothing was watered the whole time we were away, so everything has just faded to brown.  My house plants all look pretty good -- they perked right up with a good drink.  I'm a bit worried about my sourdough starter, though.  It's been dormant for almost two months, and even with a feeding, it seems slow 
to reawaken.