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What Am I Working On???

       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

 

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Monday
Aug162010

Books I've Read

 

The last time  I posted about a book was on Feb 23.  I don't want to seem illiterate so I'd better catch up on the books I've read lately.  I've finished reading

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon


I really enjoy this series, but it is a project.  This book had around 950 pages.  I think most of the other books are about that long as well.  It gets Claire and Jamie to the start of the Revolutionary War with a few other adventures along the way.  I also thought it was the last one in the series.  But no, there seems to be one more so I've got it downloaded to my Kindle.  I need to finish a couple of other books before I start it.    

 

 

On my last trip to Idaho and back I polished off

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

I felt like this was almost a "beach read".   I liked his first book quite a bit, the second one was fine, and this one was fairly predictable.

 

 

 

 

And I also read

Stone Cold (Camel Club, #3)Stone Cold by David Baldacci


I really liked this book a lot.  It kept my mind off being wedged between two large men on the flight home.  It is one of the "Camel Club" series.  In fact, with the way the book ended, it might be the last one.  I will definitely read more of his books.  Come to think of it, I already am.  Definitely an author to keep track of if you are into spies, murder, saving the world, and personal justice.

 

 

The last thing I finished was

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

A Twi mom,   what can I say.  And yes, I read all of them.

 

 

 

 

I'm currently reading The Book of Air and Shadows and another David Baldacci book on the Kindle. I started  it on our trip to Florida.  I guess I'll finish it when I go to Idaho again at the end of the week.  I don't usually read two books at once, but I like to read from my stash of actual books when I'm at home and when I travel, it is the Kindle or nothing. 

Tuesday
Aug032010

Hens & Chicks Update

Here are a few more blocks on my Hens and Chicks quilt.  It may seem like I have stopped working on this quilt, but I keep stitching away.

This fabric is really more pink than the picture shows.

 

Last Monday I threw one block away.  That really doesn't sound like progress but I couldn't get anything to fit together properly.  After a couple of tries, it seemed best to just start over.  You would think that I could make a block with no problem by now.  I have actually finished 16 of these blocks correctly.  I just haven't got them posted yet.  

Wednesday
Jul282010

Cucumbers

Are cucumbers in season at your house?  Especially those little Kirby cucumbers that are good for making pickles.  Well, they are good for making this too.

It's a little salad for those people that are "lettuce challenged".  That would not be me, but certain members of my family are.  It's really easy to make and keeps for a few days if you make a big batch.  I love them as a snack. 

This is just a guideline sort of recipe.  You will have to taste it and tweak as you see fit.  Thinly slice some Kirby or English cucumbers.  Sprinkle them liberally with salt and let them stand in a colander for a few hours.  I give them a quick stir as I pass through the kitchen.  This pulls some of the water out of the cucumbers.   After the cucumbers look wilted, rinse the salt off and pat them dry.  Put them in a serving bowl and mix in a clove of minced garlic.  You may need more if you have a lot of cucumbers.  Use discretion here.  In another bowl, mix a little sesame oil, white vinegar (I like 3 spoons of vinegar to 1 spoon of sesame oil), and a spoonful of sugar.  Taste and adjust to your liking.  If you want some bite, add a few red pepper flakes.  Pour over cucumbers and chill.  For a little more crunch, add a few sesame seeds.

I could almost give up potato chips if I had these around all the time.

Wednesday
Jul212010

A Finished Object

I actually finished a project.  Darn, not one on my top ten list, but a finished project is still a finished project.  My quilt guild participated in the Quilts for Kids program.  Most of these quilts go to Children's Hospitals and are then given to sick children. 

 

It was  finished in May.  I used bits of fabric that I had on hand left over from another project.  I practiced feather quilting in the purple blocks.  You can't really see the quilting, but since I was just learning to make freehand feathers, I didn't really want the quilting to stand out all that much.  I am actually very pleased at how they turned out and I will be quilting more feathers in the future.  They are not as hard as they look.   Thank you Sharon Schamber!!!  I've been taking her online classes.

I'm spending most of my time these days working on Secret Project 1 and Secret Project 2.  I might finish Secret Project 1 in a couple of weeks.  I could probably talk about them as I don't think the recipients read this blog, but you never know. 

 

 

Wednesday
Jul072010

Santa Fe

I can't believe that a whole month has gone by and I haven't posted a word about our trip to Santa Fe.  We went over Memorial Day, for Pete's Sake!  It was just a quick trip, too quick I think. 

We flew to Albuquerque  on Thursday and met our friends John and Cheryl.  The first order of business was lunch and we had really tasty New Mexican food.  You must decide if you are a Red Chile Sauce or a Green Chile Sauce person because they sauce a lot of things.  I'm really not ready to commit yet, I need more tasting time.  We stayed with our friend Evelyn and her mother in Los Alamos so we began heading in that direction.  You could see the mountains from everywhere.  Fabulous.  I think I am a person that likes to be able to see the mountains.  We stopped at the Pueblo San Ildefonso and saw some of the pottery.   They have a very unique style and the pottery is all black.  We had a delicious dinner and visit, then off to bed. 

Evelyn took us to Banderlier National Monument on Friday.  We took the 1 1/2 mile hike and saw the ruins of the kivas, homes, and the rock paintings.  

These are some of the homes that were carved into the rocks.  Lunch included french fries with a green chile sauce.  I told you they sauced a lot of things.  We stopped at the San Ildefonso Pueblo again on the way home and this time, we were able to wander around and visit the museum.  We watched as one woman worked on preparing one of her pots for firing. 

Our next day was spent in Santa Fe.  The first stop there was the Santa Fe Quilting shop.  Now that was a fun place.  David and John might have been a little bored, but Cheryl and Evelyn both quilt too, so I was able to take my time and look at everything.  We went to the downtown area next and wandered to lunch.  I finally decided on the piece of pottery that I wanted.  It was made by a Santa Clara potter but in the black style. 

Lunch was a famous Green Chile Cheeseburger (there's that green sauce again).  There are websites devoted to the hunt for the perfect Green Chile Cheeseburger.  Who knew?  Mine was quite tasty and I found some packets of green chile sauce to bring home.  I haven't tried it yet, we've been grilling pizzas instead of hamburgers.   We spent the afternoon wandering around downtown seeing the local art works.  The rugs were incredible. 

Our last day was spent driving to the Taos Pueblo.  A really fascinating place.  These homes have been lived in for over 1,000 years and they are still being lived in today.  We took a tour of the village and sampled fruit pies fresh out of the ovens.   There is a crystal clear stream running through the center of the pueblo and it is surrounded by mountains.

 

Lunch was blue corn cheese enchiladas, this time with red chile sauce.  We stopped in the city of Taos and wandered there for a while.  I found a new travel purse and we stopped at a yarn shop.  The shop keeper was not a knitter, but she had worked as a designer before and knew a lot about how to make things fit properly.  It would have been a fun place to take a class or two.  They dye most of their yarns and so, I have enough to make some fingerless gloves.   

We had to leave on Monday, but I will definitely go back.