Weekend Roundup ~ 22 September 2014

Depending on which ever way the wind blows, our days here in the Truckee Meadows either start off looking like this:

Morning smoke from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, CA.

Morning smoke from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, CA.

Or, yesterday’s sunrise pre-settling of smoke:

Canada geese flying by Sunday morning ~ 21 Sept 2014

Canada geese flying by Sunday morning ~ 21 Sept 2014

As of this morning, the King fire has burnt 87,592 acres and is only 18% contained. Come on Mom Nature! Bring them some rain already!

Friday I took 4 hours of annual leave and stopped off for some canning jars as I had mustard seeds soaking in some Sierra Nevada 2014 Beer Camp West Coast Double IPA.

I adapted a recipe I saw using Guinness Stout:

In a glass bowl add the following: 1 cup yellow mustard seed, .5 cup of brown mustard seed, 12 oz IPA or dark beer, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 2-3 tsp of sea or kosher salt, 1 tsp coarse ground pepper, 1/4 tsp each of cloves, nutmeg and allspice. You can add turmeric for yellow coloring, but I didn’t use it. Let it sit on the counter, covered, for two days. I stirred it before going to work and then when I got home. Plop it all into a blender or food processor and grind away until you get it how you like it…I added a bit more beer to get it the thickness I liked. Pour into your canning jars and hot bath process for 10 minutes. Being at a higher altitude I processed mine for 20 minutes total.

Beer Mustard in the making.

Beer Mustard in the making.

10 4-oz jars of Sierra Nevada Beer Mustard.

10 4-oz jars of Sierra Nevada Beer Mustard.

I also stopped off at the Sparks Windy Moon Quilts shop to buy a yard of white on white fabric to start a wall hanging quilt. While there I bought the September’s Fat 8th to make a Building Blocks To The Moon in support of ovarian cancer research.

You donate $1 and then you receive a Fat 8th of focus fabric (September’s is a multi-colored Autumn leaf fabric). You then make a 12.5″ block using the fabric, a selected colored fabric by the store (brick red this time) and any fabrics from your stash. Turn in the block by noon of the last day of the month. Both stores are participating in the challenge…anyone who made a block will have their names entered into a drawing where one of us will end up with all the blocks.

I had saved a Mini Medallion tutorial and thought the center block of that would make a great block for that fabric.

My entry to Building Blocks To The Moon…September 2014.

My entry to Building Blocks To The Moon…September 2014.

After finishing up the challenge block, I got my Kate Spain’s Solstice layer cake out and Lori Holt’s tutorial for a Scrappy Cross Roads Block.

Then on Saturday morning, after shooshing my husband out the door for his half day of overtime, brewing a cup of chai latte, I settled in with my pretty winter Solstice fabric. I have four blocks all sewn together, now will put a border or two on it.

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Winter Solstice Cross Roads

Winter Solstice Cross Roads

Sneak peak at an upcoming post ~

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Batik Labyrinth Quilt Top ~ all finished!

I had a furlough day on July 15th and took a class from Sherry, at Windy Moon Quilts, on The Labyrinth. HERE is the pattern…Sherry adapted it to a lap quilt size.

I finished it on Friday ~

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Just have to sandwich, quilt, and bind it now. 🙂

Windy Moon Quilt Shop’s Tent Sale Buys ~ 2010

Just wanted to share what I bought at Windy Moon’s Tent Sale this morning. 🙂

I picked up backings for two quilt tops:

My Water/Ocean quilt…I bought more of the batik that I made one the borders with:


For my Spring Window quilt, more of Lila Tueller’s Eden (LOVE LOVE LOVE that fabric line!!!!)


A bag loaded with fat quarters, 1/2 yard, 14″x14″ squares of 1930 Reproduction fabrics!

And last, but not least, a few bunch of 1/2 yards of Sandy Gervais’ Fresh Squeezed by Moda:

I finished my Ocean Quilt Top – HST Quilt

I took a half day off work yesterday. Had to be home for a repairman to fix a cracked window, and after he left…I grabbed my quilt top and headed over to WINDY MOON to find some fabric for the borders. The ladies there are always willing to help find the perfect fabric. 🙂

Then they asked if I was going to have one of the longarm quilters there quilt it for me…told them I don’t have that type of money. BUT! I do have a Janome 1600P-DB that my inlaws gave me for Christmas that I have not used yet. So I will bring it in for Donna to go over with me the basics of FMQ.

They were getting busy in the shop, so I headed on home to my wee sewing space and started in on finishing my quilt. We moved to a smaller house/duplex in July, so I do not have a dedicated sewing room anymore. I have my sewing machine set up in the corner of our guest room; my fabric hutch is also in there; I put nails up on the closet to hook the design wall up; ironing board goes down and back up…but then I have to go down the hall, through the kitchen, down the stairs into the basement to my cutting table! Let me tell you…I get my excerise in when making a quilt. Up and Down, Up and Down…Up and half way Down, back Up (forgot the rotary!), back down.

My first quilt I ever made is on the bed…the last quilt I’m making on the wall. 🙂

Next ~ will have to figure out what I want to do for the backing. Just one fabric or mix of all? Not sure yet.

So…Ummmm…there I was at Windy Moon Quilts

And…ahhh…I was in the back of the shop trying to find the Janome 1600P machine so I could ask a question on how to thread it (it was a Christmas gift that my in-laws picked out for me…bless my BIL’s heart, he tried his best!) and, well…instead, I saw my dearly beloved MC6500P, RIP, while petting and tearing up over it…a very coooool looking Janome, called the Threadbanger TB30, a flashy piece of machinery with a big ole star slapped onto it was trying to get my attention.

I found out that Windy Moon Quilts did not carry the 1600P so I couldn’t ask to test drive it and figure out how it worked. While being comforted by two of the ladies about my MC6500P, the Threadbanger kept jumping up at me like Horseshack on Welcome Back, Kotter. I snuck a peek at the price tag….$629….and told it to “stop flagging me down, you’re too expensive for me right now.”

“Ooh-ooh-ooooh! Buuut wait! See my star?! I’m on SALE! 40% OFF!”

Goodness gracious! You should have seen my VISA card, the one that I have way back behind other cards so I don’t use it very often, fly out of it’s hiding place and swish itself through the quilt shop’s credit card swiping machine! I’ve never seen it fly so fast before! The next thing I saw was that flashy Threadbanger running out the door with my car keys and had itself inside and safely buckled in before I knew what was happening.

So…does anyone want to buy a brand new Janome 1600P for $500????

Weekend Rambles…

Just some rambles of things I did and saw over the long holiday weekend (that included a state furlough day).

First off…even though I have yet to organize my sewing room, I went to Windy Moon Quilts to pet some fabric and left with some fat quarters and a jelly roll in Moda’s Au*then*tic fabric line designed by Sweetwater. It’s really cute. I NEED to go back and get more or the newsprint fat quarters. 🙂

Lookie who I spotted in my back yard! A Rufus-sided Towhee! I just love them…so far in my new yard I’ve had quail, doves, sparrows, finches, robins, towhees, mockingbird, and juncos.

I have a new edition to my Irish Belleek collection…a harp! It has the Third Green (or Sixth) Mark and dates from 1965-1981. So pretty!

Yesterday’s sunrise from my kitchen window…

Lucy and Leo snuggling down.