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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Funny, ha, ha!

Do you need a laugh today?


I stumbled across this adorable collection of illustrations a father created of his toddler's sayings. Oh my gosh, I forget how funny little kids are.

FRANK OCKENFELS 3/AMC
Sorry to see Mad Men end. Being in the ad biz myself, I enjoyed seeing how advertising was done mid-century. It's still exactly the same. Ha!  This finale recap is hilarious. It was written by someone who had never seen the show. Warning: SPOILER ALERT.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Beach Bumming

We had a fun sewing day at Cocoa Beach Saturday. My guild buddy has a gorgeous place on the beach. It's paradise. I wish I could win the lottery. A beach house would be high on the shopping list. Being at the beach is so relaxing. I love everything about it. Maybe I should actually play the lottery.

We sewed in the rec room. Break time was a stroll on the nearly deserted beach. The water was a little too cool for a dip, but the weather was exquisite. We finally had a perfect spring day. April has been a steamy scorcher. It was like we went straight to summer. This weekend was cooler.


Alejandrina made a huge spread of gourmet goodies. She has the largest collection of cookbooks I've ever seen. I could spend weeks browsing through her cookbooks. I love how they're all on a wall in her kitchen. Lunch was falafel with tahini sauce, meatballs with tzatziki, chicken salad, roasted vegetables with vinaigrette and a spinach and cheese strata. Oh my word! Everything was so good.

I chose an easier project as we get talking and anything complicated gets messed up quickly. I've made this jelly roll quilt before and I remember it being fun and easy. And I loved the results. I think it's the only pattern I've ever duplicated. It was a last minute decision as I threw my stuff into the bag before leaving.

The fabric line is "Ashton Road" by Valori Wells. Jelly rolls are fun sometimes. Not a lot of thinking since it all kinds of goes together. I made 20 of these strip sets.

Then sub cut them today into 3.5" sections. Here they are all stacked up and ready to be paired into blocks. That will have to wait until my next sewing session. This laundry ain't doing itself.

Someone was no help. Note fabric scraps on carpet. How did those get way over there? I can't disturb Mr. Bones with the vacuum cleaner, so they stay. Well that's my story and I'm sticking with it. Have a great week.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Grrr...

I made vanilla wafer banana pudding over the weekend. Apparently, no one here likes this dessert. Who knew? I hope I can find someone to eat this thing.

I love my new herb keepers. My parsley lasts so much longer and now I don't find slimy bundles of rotten parsley in the crisper. Now I need a cucumber keeper.

This challenge fabric from the Modern Quilt Guild has stumped me. I love it, but I couldn't figure out what to make with it. Part of the challenge was to try something new.

So I played with gentle curves, slice 'n dice, etc. Yuck. Poop. Not happy.

Then I hacked it up. This is me trying something new! Hacking up something I've sewn. Fabric waste city, but whatevs.

Dresden plate with a fussy cut center. I like it! I'm appliqueing it onto a big piece of white and plan to quilt it to within an inch of its life.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Stash #90

Oh hey! That was a quick April! May Day is Friday. Need to break out the May pole. Ha!

I've been busy with my first Corporate 5K. I only did it for work. Peer pressure. It was kind of fun. I liked watching the people. I think 18,000 people showed up for it. I'm no athlete, although I did bike 5.5 miles this morning with the Inspector. All this extra calorie burning means I can eat more, right? Isn't that why you exercise?

I tried this honey buttermilk bread. The recipe said to put a pinch of ginger into the yeast mixure. Boy, did it make the yeast bloom. Wow.

Here they are at the second rise. These babies rose like crazy. Tall bread!

Here they are all baked off. It was a good recipe and solved our out of bread problem.

A guild mate was collecting tulip blocks for twin girls. I'm not sure I like the purple one, but maybe she will. They were fun to make, so there's that.

The Inspector stopped by the seafood shop Friday and bought gigantic shrimp from Argentina and a huge filet of mahi mahi. I used some of the shrimp and fish to make ceviche. I could eat ceviche every day. Inspector Gadget had leftover a ceviche, hard boiled egg and mayo sandwich this morning. He's odd.

Here's the stash part, finally. Kaffe Fassett's 2015 collective. Swoon. I just bought them to pet them. I love his use of color. There are some fish in this collective. And his signature big blossoms. So pretty.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Solids






I'm stuck on solids at the moment. Simple sewing that soothes my soul. Happy weekend!

Linking with Made by You Monday over at Skip To My Lou.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday Stash #89 - The Easter Edition

Happy Easter! You eating ham yet? Me neither, but it's in the cards. Did you have a nice April Fool's Day? Did you get pranked? Did you prank someone? I always enjoy the holiday. I made these signs for the front and back doors at work. I fooled a few people. It made them cranky, but I think they were cranky anyway.

I made this ad for Tony Roma's Facebook page. No one inquired about purchase.

Paper pieced bunny Peeps. I LOVE having an automatic thread cutter for paper piecing. It makes production go much quicker.

I made this little quilt top based on a favorite T-shirt by Patchwork Threads. The squares are 3".

A new pimento cheese recipe. It's yum and involves roasting red peppers and pickle juice. Delicious.

No neon orange here. They must add food coloring to store pimento cheese.

Here's the recipe from The Roosevelt restaurant in Richmond, VA.

Pimento Cheese
2 cups Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Red Peppers, fresh, roasted, minced
2 Tablespoons Pickle juice
1 Tablespoon Hot sauce
1 Teaspoon Mustard, grainy

Stir all ingredients together and refrigerate until needed.

Not sure if I showed these fabrics before. The MQG Riley Blake Designs Challenge. The challenge is to make something quilted that you've never done before.

April's Canton Village Quilt Works Kona solids were shades of grey. Very pretty. I was plumb out of grey solids.
Here's the stack of Kona solids so far. I wonder what color comes next?

I worked on these Easter-ey colored blocks over the weekend. I'm using reproduction fabrics that I've had in my stash for years. This is a variation on the Single Wedding Ring block and it's fun to put together.

I'm off to sew until I have to cook. Quiet Easter this year. Everyone is cruising, vacationing, working. I like quiet especially when it involves sewing and ham. Have a great week!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Stash #88

Gifted fabric is the best! Judy knew I'd love these fun bugs.

Alejandrina gave me a favorite in orange.

My cabbage for St. Patrick's Day didn't turn out great, so I turned it into soup. The soup is really good. I've always liked cabbage soup.


I took a workshop on paper piecing spirals. The technique was new to me. Lots of fun.

Anyone watching "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix? I just started it this morning and it's made me laugh out loud several times. I'm on a "House of Cards" break. It's hard to keep up with those plots while I'm sewing. I may or may not be up to the 9th episode. *cough*
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