Sunday, January 27, 2013

You cut a hole WHERE??

The plan for yesterday was to get the Flower Pot quilting finished.  I was in a bit of a hurry because a couple of the fabrics had bled a little bit when I sprayed the top with water to see how the quilting looked without the blue lines. So, I wanted to get it finished quickly and get it in to soak.

I was going along well with just two straight lines in the border to finish it off.  I had the brainstorm of using a strip of masking tape to mark the lines so that I could sew along the edge…..

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So, as I was quilting the last line I realized that the tape was causing a small pucker in the top.  Well, I couldn’t let there be a pucker, so I grabbed my seam ripper to slice the masking tape…..and then it happened…..

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NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

I looked at it for a while and decided to try to patch it and quilt over it……

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Nope…that looks terrible.

Instead I spent the next two hours  taking out three lines of quilting (about 30 inches worth), piecing together bits of the border fabric to make a strip long enough and re-inserting the border.

Finally…..it was finished!!!

I drew a bath of warm water, added some Synthrapol and a few color catcher sheets and pitched the quilt in.  The water turned a light purple but the color catchers did their job and the color didn’t migrate to other areas of the quilt.  After a short soak, I drained the water and started over again with cool water. 

The quilt was moved to the washer for a spin cycle and then into the dryer for a bit to remove more of the water.

Then it was back upstairs where I moved some furniture in the guest sitting room and was able to lay out the quilt to finish drying.  It is so nice to have a bit of room for this!!!

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All that is left is to square it up, add the binding, sleeve and label.

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Cant wait to have it finished!!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The making of a Curry….


When my husband, Michael, was working in Glasgow in December he found a night to attend a cooking class.  Since Indian Curry is a specialty in the UK, he expected to come back with great ideas for cooking Curry…..he was not disappointed.

Last weekend he ran to a local specialty market and came home with all of the ingredients, including Cardamom seeds, Cumin seeds, Star Anise, Garam Masala, Ginger, peppers, Stick Cinnamon and lots of goodies…..

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First step was to grind all of the spices using the Granite Mortar and Pestle that we brought back from Australia……DSC07932

Aren’t these beautiful…..and aromatic…..

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The vegetables were chopped……DSC07943

Spices added……

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…..and blended into a wonderful curry paste…..

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The curry was heated, chicken added and then cooked….DSC07953

After cooking, the garnish made of Coconut milk, tomatoes and onions was added…

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The finished curry was magnificent…..

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The Basmati Rice was cooked with Cardamom pods, Star Anise and Stick Cinnamon…..

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The resulting meal was terrific……DSC07961

….so, are you hungry yet?????

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

“Where’s your parrot?”

Today I saw the Doctor and was told that I can start getting rid  of the final crutch…..

 

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Hooray for that!!!!

BUT, Michael and I have had a lot of fun with the fact that I have been clumping around on crutches because every time he would hear me he would ask “where is your parrot”, referencing one of our favorite scenes from the old Pink Panther movies….

 

Much elbow pumping would follow and one of us would yell “Thar she blows”!!

It is always helpful to have a good laugh!!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mary Ellen’s Treasure

One of our guild members, Mary Ellen, has recently been having fun playing with all of the stitches on her sewing machine and the results have been phenomenal.

At our November meeting, Mary Ellen showed this wonderful piece during  our “Show and Tell” time……

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She has done an amazing job trying out different stitches……DSC07918

 

….and couching down threads of all types…..DSC07919

 

I particularly like the work that she has done with this funky “ladder” stitch….DSC07916

BUT, the most amazing thing about this quilt is that she chose to give it to ME.  She said that I had liked it so much that I really needed to own it!!!!

I have hung it in my office so that I can enjoy it at all times during the day.

Thank you Mary Ellen!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Non-organic quilting

This afternoon I hobbled upstairs to start quilting on the blocks of the Flower Pot Quilt.  As I looked at them and thought about it, I decided to do non-organic quilting in the blocks so am working with straight lines that will hopefully look like they are behind the fancy flowers…..

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So far so good……

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I’ve Been Quilting!!!

On Thursday,  I was able to get rid of one of my crutches which made it MUCH easier to climb the stairs to my studio.  So, I have been spending a few hours each day working on the quilting for the Flower Pot Quilt.

I was very unsure about how I was going to quilt this piece and still am not sure about the blocks, but had a good idea about the border.  When we were talking about it, my friend Deb had commented that she was looking forward to seeing some “organic” designs in the quilting.   So I chanted the word “organic” and off I went…..

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I am working the borders in a mixture of echo quilting and other “organic”  shapes…..

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The only problem was that, after quilting one border, I ran out of thread on the spool……

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This morning I made a quick trip to the shop and now have plenty of thread to do the job. 

As of this evening, all of the borders are finished and I am trying to get some idea of what to do inside the blocks.

If nothing else, it has been great to be upstairs again!!!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

I got this!!!!

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Last Thursday I had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee to repair a tear in the meniscus and also clean out some tissue damaged from arthritis. 

My recovery has been easy as I have had little pain and, because I can use this leg for up to 50% weight bearing, the crutches have been a breeze.

My husband has been a sweetie, taking  care of the cooking and cleaning responsibilities.  He says that the hardest thing for him is watching me do things that he could be doing for me, but I am hard headed and want to do everything that I possibly can.

I start Physical Therapy in the morning which should be an interesting experience!!!!

Thanks for all of your thoughts and comments….it has been great to hear from you!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013, here I come…..

 

thYes, it is time to look to the upcoming year…..it should be an interesting one!!!

I will begin the year by having surgery on my knee this Thursday so that I will hopefully be able to easily climb the stairs to my studio!!!  My sweet husband has already agreed to bring my quilting tables downstairs for a few weeks until I get off of crutches.  Since it is my left knee, I am anticipating being able to continue quilting on the Flower Pot quilt.

I am excited about working thru this year’s Income Tax Season, especially getting to work in my new office…..now if Congress would just decide exactly what will be taxed, and how much tax will be levied!!!!

I am looking forward to our local guild quilt show the first weekend in March.  If you are in the area, be sure to visit!!!

At this point, we don’t have any overseas trips planned for the upcoming year, however we are looking forward to a trip to Chicago to visit our daughter and I may accompany Michael on a trip to Wyoming next December.

Basically, I hope to spend the year enjoying family, friends and the joy of creating!!

I wish the same for you and your family…….

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