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What Am I Working On???


1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go



6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3



9.    Colorations

10.  Chicago Ornament



David's Favorite Time

It's David's favorite time of the year.  His day lilies are starting to bloom.

 This is one of his favorites, unless he's standing in front of this one

 It really is a beautiful apricot color.  This is one of my favorites because it smells good.


 The coneflowers are quite bright.

Here is one of the few lilies

that got missed by the mice.  Those little pistols decimated the lily beds this winter.  Might be time think about a barn cat.


Square in a Square

It's been quite a while since I posted about this blanket.


I only work on it on Tuesday mornings at knitting group.

A close up of the knitting.  Blocking should help this a lot.  The pattern is Reversible Afghan from Dovetail Designs.  


Mountains Table Runner

Here's a little side project I had going while I was working on the Krazy Batik quilt.  It looks like mountains to me.


This is the Table Treasure Table Runner by Swirly Girl Designs.  I won a kit from Daffodil Quilts at one of my Stonehouse Quilt Guild meetings.  Thanks Jane for providing this lovely prize.  I didn't realize quite how perfect the colors were

until I put it on the table and looked up.

I don't think I could have planned that.  The painting is by David Clayton, my brother-in-law.  


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.

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.