Rambling Friday ~ 12 July 2013

Just a few rambles for today. Been insanely busy at work with the new fiscal year, but still was able to take a few days off here and there.

On one of those days off I made SWEET and SAVORY RHUBARB SAUCE that I found on on Mennonite Girls Can Cook’s site. I added a few more cloves of garlic and dried peppers, and I think it could of used a bit more. I used the chicken recipe that they suggested with the recipe, and dinner was wonderful that night! I used a water bath with my batch.

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I had the day after The Fourth off too…and made Beer Mustard. Overnight I soaked brown and yellow mustard seeds in Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale (had a bit of ale left for me!).

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I probably shouldn’t have drank the rest of the ale as I could have made the mustard a bit more “runnier”…I love it though! It has a BITE to it and sorta makes your nose run. I was able to can 3 half-pints with the recipe I used, will have to find the smaller jars to give as gifts and sell at the November craft fair.

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I DID IT!!!!! I paid off my sewing machine on layaway! Yesterday I brought her home with me…but all I had time to do was take her out of the box, look at all the extra feet, and wind one bobbin.

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I LOVE the thread compartment…kitties can’t get to the thread now.

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My first project will be the Labyrinth lap-size quilt top that I’ll make in class this coming Monday. I even have all my fabric cut out for class. 🙂

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Have a great weekend everyone!

11 July 2013 - Reno, Nevada Sunrise

11 July 2013 – Reno, Nevada Sunrise

English Paper Piecing my Grandma’s Flower Garden Quilt – How To

I’ve had a few people asking how I’ve been putting my batik Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt together…so here’s how I’m doing it!

I found a 1″ Hexagon pattern HERE…at moxyideas. I printed them out on card stock that I bought at Office Depot. I gathered a bunch of FQ’s in batiks and cut them into 2.5″ squares.

Take a square of fabric and place one of the hexies onto it. Fold over one corner and start a running stitch.

Keep going around until all sides are tacked down.

Once you get six of the petals finish and one middle, you place right sides together and start whip stitching them along one side.

Open them up and keep whip stitching the petals onto the middle, one side at a time until they are all on.

NOTE: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS open up after you’ve whipped stitched one side to see where next side should go. LOL! Believe me. I’ve got to talking or took my mind off what I was doing and stitched where I shouldn’t have…they look like wee origami. Those little stitches are buggers to get out too. 🙂

Cut the middle hexie’s running stitches out and pop the card stock hexagon out. You can pop the paper out after all sides have been stitched.

Now you can either stitch another layer of color fabric around the flower or, like me, just start adding the white hexagons.

I’m not really sure how I plan on finishing this…I still have a long way to go! 🙂

Portola’s Cabin Fever Quilt Show April 16-17, 2011

Ooooohhhhh…Portola, Ca had a quilt show today (and tomorrow) at the Memorial Hall Building (veteran’s hall).

Annual Quilt Show
Sat. 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sun. 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Lorraine, 530-832-0446
Sponsored by the Cabin Fever Quilters at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall in Portola, CA located on Highway 70. The theme for the show this year is: Spring Romance”. Lunch available. Old & New quilts will be displayed, Opportuinity quilt, country store, vendors, Hoffman Challenge. Door prizes. Donation $5 Saturday: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sunday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Proceeds from the show and ticket sales for the opportunity quilt drawing will help the guild continue with its many community service projects. For additional information call 530-832-0446.

I dropped my husband off at the rail yard (Railroad Museum) and drove around the old part of Portola (over the bridge, south of the river) looking for the show. Stopped off at Homestead Fabrics, asked for directions, and found three VERY PRETTY batiks!

I got the three, from the right, pink, purple, and cream/brown from at Homestead…the brown, on the left, is from the quilt show (me thinks it was from Blue Petunia Gifts).

I didn’t know I could bring in my camera so all the pictures were taken with my blackberry phone.

My two favorites were wall hangings ~ approximately 36″x36″ in size…give or take a few inches. The first is a lighthouse done with Storm at Sea blocks…wee ITTY BITTY blocks! The second…the CUTEST barn with sheep, with columbine flowers and flying geese blocks.

I thought of Shari (Tickled Red) when I saw this wall-hanging…California Surfer Girl.

Here is a wee (36×36) Underground Railroad!

Very pretty 3-D flowers (not really sure how to describe it other than the flowers are dimensional)…one is a crazy quilt.

The rest are just very pretty quilts that caught my eye.