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4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go

 

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6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3

 

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Monday
Mar222010

Too Early

I have lived here long enough to know that anything I plant now is going to get frozen.  I was just telling a friend that Frost Free Day is in May. 

But maybe the pansies will be o.k.,  look at these faces.  What happy little plants they are.  How could I possibly resist?

And doesn't that lettuce look yummy.   I could just pick it and eat it now.  Perhaps I should have gone to the grocery store instead of the garden center.  The lettuce will definately get frozen.  Maybe a container on the porch where it's a little warmer.  Ummm, yes, those are chives there too.  I can put them in the pot with the lettuce.  I'll just bring it inside if I need to.

I don't want to hear "You should have known better" when you catch me whining about my frozen, wilted lettuce in a couple of weeks.  By the way, the plants are from Kale's Garden Center.   Of course, most of the plants in my yard are from Kale's.

Wednesday
Mar172010

Quilt Fest

I went to New Jersey Quilt Fest with my friend Kim. I was a little skeptical because she has a short break in her job from about 10:30 to 1:30.  Not much time to see a quilt show and grab something for lunch.   Why did I worry (if you know me well, you know I worry about everything)?  I met her at her work, we jetted off to the sandwich shop, picked up our lunch and off to the show.  By noon, I had seen about 2/3 of the show and vendors.  We ate our lunch and finished off the show, leaving enough time to get Kim back to work.  We saw Betty going in as we were going out. 

I remembered two of the quilts from the Houston Show.  If I acted like a reporter and took notes, I would be able to mention the titles, but that's a little too nerdy even for me.  Maybe I'll get over it.  I was a little disappointed though,  I really expected more quilts.

I did have to stop and take a picture of this one.  I loved it.

This is called "Crazy Sheep" by Debra Konchinsky.  I hope I spelled her name right, I copied the show form, but when I looked her up on the web I also found Debora.  It also won a blue ribbon but I can't remember for what.   There's that lack of notes again.

If it's not obvious, here is a close up of one of the sheep.

Here's another one standing in the garden.

This is another quilt that just made me smile, especially with the gray rainy weather we've been having.

This is "Simply Strawberries" by B.J. Titus.  

The vendors at the show were great.  The arrangement was good, they weren't crammed into too small of a space.  I found some hand dyed silk ribbon and thread and a small bottle of paint in case I want to actually try painting on fabric.  Not brave enough yet, but now I'm prepared.  We met a lady from Nokesville selling jewelry.  It was so funny because we were just there delivering Cheryl's quilt.  There was also a booth with felted wool.  It was very tempting.  The colors were beautiful, but I managed to resist.

Friday
Mar052010

Snow

My witch hazel has been blooming since early February.  I was starting to think that spring was on the way when this happened a couple of weeks ago.

 

It looks just like one of those post card pictures, doesn't it?  Then, it turned into this.

 

I quit taking pictures after this one because I didn't want to go outside again.  There was a lot of snow.  It was over the tops of my boots.  I was so happy I didn't have to go anywhere.  Snow is much better when you can stay home. 

 

It's almost all melted away again and I'm back to thinking spring might be coming.  Wait, did I just say that.  I was going to go out and take a picture of crocus popping out of the ground or something like that this morning.  You know, something Springy.  Notice the lack of a picture below.  That's because there are little flakes floating out of the sky again.

 

 

 

Friday
Feb262010

Granny's Quilt

I received this quilt top from my Granny.  She told me I could have it if I would finish it, so I better get to work.  It was made for her as a wedding gift in Humphrey, MO in 1935.  At least that's the date and location on most of the blocks.  Each block was hand embroidered and then sashed together with a yellow fabric.  I have yet to find any blocks that are the same size and the sashing was quite wonky.  I picked it all apart and I'm adding a blue border around each block.  Then I will trim them all to the same size.  I didn't want to cut the original blocks at all. 

I also need to do a bit of research, because some of the blocks say Humphreys and others say Humphrey.  I know it's hard to see, but the embroidery work is really beautiful.  I have no idea how I am going to do the quilting, but I will have quite a bit of time to think about it while I prepare the blocks.  Definitely quilted by hand and something that doesn't interfere with the embroideries.  Stay tuned for more blocks as I get them sashed.

Tuesday
Feb232010

Home Cooking

I just finished reading "Home Cooking" by Laurie Colwin.  Although it sounds like a cookbook and there are recipes in the book, it is not really a cookbook.  Each chapter is an essay about an experience or memory of cooking.  She has definite food opinions and writes about both the good and the bad, which I found quite refreshing.   I really enjoyed reading this book and definitely recommend reading it if you enjoy cooking. 

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin

 

 

 

 

 

The next book on my list is "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" by Diana Gabaldon from her "Outlander" series.  It's a monster with 978 pages.  I've read all the other books in the series, so I have to read this one too.   Can't leave Claire and Jamie just hanging.