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1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

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3.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

4.  Lone Starburst

5.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

 

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6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

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Wednesday
Jun072017

The Help

From the Goodreads website:  "Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't."
 
Finally, I have gotten around to reading this book and it was great.  Apparently, I like to age my books like I age my quilts.
Thursday
Jun012017

Mozzarella Cheese

We had our cooking day and the topic was mozzarella cheese.  One gallon of milk per batch.  We used the recipe from "One Hour Cheese" by Claudia Lucero.

 Turning into curds and whey on top of the stove.

 We've scooped out the curds and given them a couple of kneads.  There's a little more whey to drain off.

 It really felt like shaping bread dough at this point and made the cutest little mozzarella balls.

 

Opps, where's the picture.  Oh, there is no picture,  I ate mine.

We had two batches turn out perfectly and two batches that were more ricotta cheese like.  I'm pretty sure we were too excited and impatient and didn't let those batches cook long enough.  In our defense, it was so much fun to watch and we are new at this.  

I made my ricotta into a delicious dinner.

 Toast, ricotta, olive oil and herbs.  I remembered to take a picture in the nick of time.  

Monday
May292017

Colorations Again

I've been stitching.  I've completed the weaving areas (orange and purple sections)  

 and started stitching the center.  The weaving was fun, but did require some concentration.  I'm glad I waited until I was home to do it instead of starting it during the last hour of the last day of classes.  This is a class by Orna Willis called Colorations.

Tuesday
May232017

Purple May

Look what the birds planted for us!  A beautiful purple columbine smack dab in the middle of a patch of day lilies.  

 The iris are blooming

 and so are the salvia

and for another shade of purple we have clematis climbing on the post.

 I wonder if I have too much purple.  Nah, there's never enough purple. 

Wednesday
May172017

Qiviut Cowl

I suspect watching progress on this cowl is going to be a lot like watching paint dry.

 

The yarn is so fine and the beads are fiddly and I knit very slowly.  But, it's pretty and ohhh soooo soft.