If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Monday, August 31, 2015

What's Up

Up on the design wall this fine Monday morning, is what I had been working on for the past few days and that was making the strip sets for the Red String Quilt.

They're not cut to the size needed for the blocks yet but even though, I'm not sure if I have enough made to finish the top. I know I don't have enough to do the border. 

Now the border in the book it's just a plain background fabric border but I thought about using a small string strip in between two background strips
And I'm also making mine a little larger than the one in the book I'm going to do it in a square 96" x 96"

That being said that will probably keep me busy all day. If I get bored or I do for some reason actually finished putting what I have prepped together, I need to work on October the Farmer's Wife blocks.

And also the Lime Pickles will be ready to can this afternoon or evening so I'll be needing to do that later today.
Now I want to tell you about my latest zucchini recipe. Ann over at fret not yourself had sent me a recipe for a dessert zucchini pie 

So yesterday afternoon I made zucchini pie I did alter a few things from her recipe based on time and like.

And you can see in her recipe you soak the zucchini slices coated in sugar overnight. Well I did not read my directions prior to wanting to make it, so I ended up doing it like some had mentioned on the Internet.
Which is to boil for just a few to get them softened somewhat not too soft, you still want them semi firm but not hard
 I did change a little from hers, two things.......
 recipe called for quite a bit of flour at the thickening I change that to less flour and added cream of tarter.

The other thing was her recipe called for a tablespoon of nutmeg and  I put close to a teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg in mine and personally I even thought that with too much, so I think I might cut it down to a half a teaspoon next time.
With all that said, it was amazing. You would not know it was zucchini. You would have thought it was an apple pie.
Now I did use the 1 1/2 cup of sugar but I used Truvia baking blend which is half Stevia  and half sugar. You know I think it could of even used a little bit more sweetener
But I think the next when I make this I will do a crumb topping on it. I like a crumb topping on my Apple pie and that might bring the sweetness level up and might not necessarily need that but if I was to make a 2 crust pie again I think I might.
So here is Ann's recipe and in red are the changes I made and again it's up to you what you want to do if you'd like all of that nutmeg

1.5 c. sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 Tsp.
1/4 c. butter, softened & cut into small pieces
1/4 c. chopped pecans
1 lemon, juiced & zested
2.25 lbs unpeeled zucchini, about 4 medium
3/4 c. flour 1/4 c
add 1 1/2 Tbsp cream of tartar
unbaked pastry for a 2 crust, 10” pie 

In a large bowl, mix together first 6 ingredients. 
Peel, remove seeds and cut zucchini lengthwise into quarters. Then cut crosswise into slices as thin as possible. Add zucchini to sugar mixture mixing thoroughly. Refrigerate, covered, overnight to allow liquid to collect from zucchini.
Bring mixture to room temperature and gradually add flour, mixing lightly but thoroughly. 
Line a 10” pan with 2” sides with pastry. Add zucchini mixture. Place pastry on top, too. Seal edges. Cut vents into pastry. 
Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour or until crust is golden brown & zucchini has reached desired tenderness.
Serve warm with cheese or cold with ice cream or whipped cream.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Just Like a Turtle

IImage result for slow and steady steady and slow that's the way i always go cartoon

That has been me today. 
And you know what, I loved it and did manage to accomplish so much more than I really planned on.

The list for To do's was....

  Read a little

Start another batch of Lime Pickles

Put binding on one of the flying geese lap quilts

This is the first of the two that I have been working on. 

I used the scraps I had leftover from the geese for the binding. 

And I was very lucky cause I had just enough to be able to bind the both, in fact I had less than 12" left.
It is so nice to get these done and in plenty of time for Christmas. But if you were to look it up it's only 116 days (from today).

The last thing was to make something new with zucchini's.

I'm doing that now, making a dessert pie but won't know how it turned out till later and I'll share that tomorrow.

Write my Mom

My mother lives in Kenai, Alaska and I try to keep her up to date on how her middle daughter is doing. It's been around 10 years since I have been able to get up there so keeping in touch is so important to me.

Till next time
This is one of my 2015 Finish-Along
and here is my list

Linking up to Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Sunday Stitching

Friday, August 28, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Quilts

Yeah, it's Friday. I get excited over Friday whether I have something to do on the weekend or not. Just an old habit from working. 
Amy at Love Made My Home has not been posting Five on Fridays this whole month of August cause she taken the month off. She'll start back up next Friday but I still want to go ahead and post my Five for Friday
My five pics will be the five rainbow scrap quilts that I am making in regard to so scrappy RSC 15 challenge

I have 2 of the 5 sets caught up with all the colors for year. 
Being that this month was indigo and here are my indigo blocks

Some how I miss counted how many blocks to make, need 2 more.

But then the other 3 sets, I still have to catch up on May and June the baby blue and the bright green. 

1. Is the spool blocks. These are made from small pieces of scrap from trimming up my bigger scrap. I just couldn't throw them away, had to make something from them. Which those small slivers were perfect to make little spools. Now this one won't be a very big,  it will be more of a wall hanging size.

2. I'm not sure of the name of this block because I first saw this as part of show and tell at a guild meeting. This one still needs the baby blue and bright green blocks. 

3. These are the curvy log cabin blocks, this one also still needs the baby blue and bright green blocks. The yellow ones I'm not sure about. They don't read a circle like the others. Could remake or not use them in the top. 

4. This one is made out of 30's reproduction fabric to correlate with ours 30's club. We all show are RSC 15 blocks during our meeting. And when we meet next month I'll take pictures of everyone's blocks again and show them here.
I have all the colors done on this one

5. And a simple 9 patch where I use this method 

So there are Five on Friday

I want to add a link to an earlier post where I gave name of patterns or links to ones, like the spools. Go Here

till next time

Thursday, August 27, 2015

What's my Next Decision

While in a stupor yesterday and doing some quilting while watching some Masterpiece Theater, I was thinking more about how I wanted to do the border of the 30's sampler

Like I mentioned yesterday I have been basically quilting a quarter inch outline stitch, or in the ditch 

and sometime just a barely outline stitch around the applique. 

Thinking about the border which is not that wide, it's a 5" border that is basically a straight design. I have  rectangle patches of the print fabric with a strip of the background fabric on each side. 
So I was considering.... 

OK if I'm just going to go with what I've done with the rest of the quilt and do an outline stitch but do I do it only on the border fabric.... 

or do I do it on the printed fabric.

  And I have even considered doing it on both but in reality it's not needed to keep the batting secure and that would be more for an aesthetic look. 

Then I thought OK how much more time do I want to spend on this one. 
If I just do an outline stitch on either just the print or just the background, I would be done sooner than if I was to do both.

 Thinking some more about the design and what I wanted to do on the border, I don't think I want anything with curves. I don't have that design in the quilt and I just don't feel it would serve any purpose to change it on the border.

 The quilt top itself is very busy and my thoughts have been simplicity in the quilting so far and I'm thinking I should keep that thought of simplicity in the border.

Till next time

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dazed and confused

Today I am what you would say out of it. Yesterday afternoon I had 2 cups of caffeinated coffee (I normally don't do) which kept me up till 2 AM.
I get up at six with "The Man of the Place" every morning and like any other morning, was up at six this morning.
I need more than four hours of sleep. Without my normal amount of sleep, which is like seven hours, I just feel so out of it.
 Passed on any heavy gardening this morning.
  watered the seeds planted, water the potted plants on the porch, fed the birds and deadheaded some of my perennial. 

Added to that a day of mindless sewing.
Started a few spool block and worked on some strips sets

 Quilting on the 30's sampler some, I'm down to what I would call the last row.

But I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do with the border. I've done mainly outline or in the ditch. I would love to get this one done within the next month or two. I'm such a slow quarter I can't get myself a time frame
And while quilting on my 30 sampler  got to thinking that this wasn't the only quilt I had started or was waiting to be quilted that's prepped already.

Then have my dancing kitty quilt already in a standing hoop, ready to be quilted

Then have a flannel and wool embroidered lap quilt, again ready to be quilted. If you take note, the date, made this 2008. That's only what seven years ago

Then I'm pretty much on the homestretch of my blue Rocky Road quilt.

 It is a challenge for me because my normal stitches are smaller than the one I was using or trying on this quilt and it's taking me longer to just do a bigger stitch. 

Go figure that out.   
You would think it be quicker. 

And then there's the 30's row quilt, 

wanting to quilt in some clouds and grass in the row of houses. then that one will be done
So when I think about it, I could have three quilts finished in a short amount of time comparable to starting a whole big one...., if I would just get to it.  

till next time

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

High hopes

I love mornings, I look at it like a new start. Which it is, of course. But I just love that feeling.
I'm all for new chances. 
Anyway, I have walked out of the house with my new prescription glasses on. I'm still getting used to walking with them on, seeing how they are trifocals and I'm not used to that. In the past I would you use readers to do my sewing and reading and the rest of the time go without any type of glasses but now that I have cataracts that are forming and starting to affect my vision. I need glasses all the time now. But still after a month of having them I still don't like walking with them on, especially going downstairs.. I feel like I'm going to trip and fall. So while walking, I put them on top of my head and  enjoy my morning walk slightly blurry, but all the same wonderful
My morning walk give me a chance to put my day in perspective
While having my morning cup of coffee before my walk I usually make my thing to do list.
And then while walking I kind of put in order the thing to do on my list... how I want to approach my day.
And in most cases I have more things on my list then I can accomplish in one day, but at least I won't forget about them tomorrow.

After my walk I went out to the garden weeded another bed and dug up some more potatoes and planted some pea seeds which I hadn't been able to accomplish prior to this. I wasn't sure if right now would be a good time. A little risky but I'll give it a try. So far I have lettuce, beets, cabbage, three kinds of summer squash, radishes and collard greens planted. I still need to get the carrots.
After a showered it's on with the rest of my day as usual. I'll go  sew some then do a little cleaning, go back and sew some more, clean some more... you get the idea. 

My goal for today is to work on the strip sets for the red string quilt and work some on the indigo curvy log cabin blocks.

Last night after dinner while watching TV, I was able to get a little hand quilting in, and this is the section I'm working on now.

till next time

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