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       Quilts

1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go

 

        Knitting

6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3

 

         Needlepoint

9.    Colorations

10.  Chicago Ornament

 

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Saturday
May222010

Granny's Quilt

I have a couple more blocks done on my Granny's Quilt.  The hand work on these blocks is just amazing.  These pink flowers are made with tiny blanket stitches.  I am so impressed by the stitching.  The bird on this block is the same design as the one on the first block that I posted.  I never noticed until I hung them up on the wall and they are side by side.   It's pretty obvious, especially when you see the names, Ev Crump and Freida Crump.

Here is another block that I got sashed.

I wonder what else I will discover?

Monday
May102010

Herb Kuku

You might be wondering what in the world is a herb kuku.  In my quest for delicious things to eat, I found this Persian gem in "New Food of Life" by Najmieh Batmanglij.  You start by chopping these:

That's coriander, dill, parsley, green onions, and garlic.   Then you mix them with eggs and spices (I left some out because I didn't have them or even know what they are for that matter) and bake in a hot pan.   It is a perfect dish for a spring brunch or maybe in the afternoon when you need a little pick me up.  Perhaps as a dinner with a some warm bread and a salad. 

 

It's not too eggy and you don't have to make a pie crust like a quiche.  Very quick and simple.  And all those herbs have to be good for you. 

I am not putting the recipe here because I don't have permission to reprint it.   Just get a copy of the book.  The photos are beautiful.  There's more than just the recipes too.  The bits of Persian stories and calligraphies scattered throughout the pages are the best parts of the book.    Stay tuned, it's grilling season and the kebab recipes are coming up.

Thursday
May062010

Happy Birthday

It's another Happy Birthday Day.   Today's birthday is for the love of my life, my husband David.   Can't wait for you to get home.

Friday
Apr302010

Granny's Quilt

Another block on  Granny's Quilt is all sashed up.

If you look closely by the lily, you can see some of the design from the feed sack that was not completely bleached out.  When you see the block in person, the colors are still bright and clear. The writing fades in and out because Mrs. Traak used a variegated thread that goes from red to pink.  I hope that's right.  It could also be Mrs. Troak or Mrs. Trook, but really, they look more like a's than o's.  It's a little hard to read embroidery writing.  I will have to weave in a few tails, but that is a very simple matter. 

The quilting is worrying me.  It needs to be quilted, but I want the embroidery to be the focal point.  I am pinning the blocks up on the wall so I see them all the time.  They are always in the back of my mind.   The standard grid is an option if I can't come up with anything else.  Hopefully an inspiration will strike sooner rather than later.  Then the brain cells can move on to something else.

Thursday
Apr222010

A Finished Project

Here is a finished project.  I actually finished it before I made the project list so I don't get to check one off, but finished is finished after all.  I'm not sure why I didn't blog about it right away. 

 

I started this quilt ages ago when we spent the summer in Washington D.C.  It is all hand pieced and hand quilted.   The binding was a little troublesome.   Fortunately, I basted it on wrong the first try.  The key word here is basted so it was easy to take out and redo.  I also tried sewing the binding over a strand of yarn to fill it out a bit more.  I read about that technique on Sandra Leichner's website and it worked especially well with all the curves and points.

 

I used a heavy silk thread that I got in Houston one year to quilt the centers.  It's a very light lavender color that you can't see very well in the picture.  I still wonder if it needs more quilting around the center, but there is this time/projects equation and I don't think I have enough time to finish everything I want to do as it is.