Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This one is finished……

When I last left you with the strip quilt, it looked like this……

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As I looked at the photos, I realized that the two corner blocks did not look good because the angles were wrong.  Several people said not to worry about it, but it kept bothering me so I eventually changed it……

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AHHH….much better!!

I couldn’t figure out where to head next with the quilt so took the top to the Charity Bee that I go to on Wednesday morning and we all had a good look at it and everyone started making suggestions.    Most agreed that there should be an accent inner border and then a larger outer border.  Most people were going for a dark brown accept border, but Pat took one look and said “it has to be turquoise”.   So, I took her suggestion  and started playing with turquoise.  

I liked how it looked, but couldn’t figure out what to put on the outside.   I kept coming back to a reddish fabric but couldn’t make myself put it up against the turquoise.   I yelled for Michael to come and he immediately thought that it looked great…..

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Here is the finished top…..

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I wanted to use the rest of the brown fabric on the back but there wasn’t quite enough so I pieced some strips to make an inset…..

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I spent a long time thinking about how to quilt this piece.   I wanted it to be a quick quilting job, but still wanted it to work with the pattern.   For some reason, I just didn’t want to follow the piecing lines, so I finally decided to just use straight parallel lines…..

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I am very happy with this quilt and love the way it softened up after washing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Using the berries…..

After picking the berries on Friday, we decided that it was time to use some of them.   One of my friends had talked about making a Peach/Blackberry cobbler that was wonderful.   Even though I didn’t have her recipe, I did a Google search and came up with one.

It was very interesting because you first melted butter in the bottom of the pan, poured the batter in next and then topped it with the fruit……

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It came out of the oven looking like this…..

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….and tasted wonderful served warm with a bit of ice cream…..

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Speaking of food for the summer, we have continued trying the Indian food that we bought last month.   We made a wonderful Korma Curry using chicken and a simple bottle of sauce……

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….and another rice dish using Basmati and a few Tablespoons of sauce…..

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SOOOOO much fun!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Berry Picking……

It has been so nice this Summer to have time to do things that I have wanted to do but just couldn’t get around to.   One of those things is picking berries at some of the local farms.

On Friday, I traveled to Washington Farms to see what was still available.   The farm is a favorite place for many people, .

with Strawberries in April, Blueberries and Blackberries in the Summer, Pumpkins in the Fall, and a Corn Maze as well.

When I arrived just after they opened, I was one of three cars.  I asked about which berries were available and they told me to go to the Blackberries first as they would only bear a few pickings.

I had a wonderful time walking down the rows of beautiful plants and picking the plump, juicy berries…..

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I loved the colors of the new berries that were just starting to form.  It didn’t take long to have a full gallon…..

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….although I did eat a few along the way.

Next, I moved to the Blueberry bushes…..

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Picking was a bit slower here but I once again enjoyed the colors of the ripening fruit…..

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The results were wonderful……

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The morning was perfect, with clouds overhead and a cool breeze blowing.   I will definitely find time to do this again!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Antiquing we will go…..

Over the last few months, several people have mentioned that I should to “Ian Hendersons Antique Mall”  in Monroe (pronounced MUNroe), Georgia.  So on Friday, I decided to take a field trip.

It is housed in the old Monroe Cotton Mill and has 85,000 square feet of space filled with booths from 700 vendors!!!  This was my first look down ONE of the aisles……

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I was looking for two things….firstly a Wash Stand to put in my guest bathroom and then a long, narrow mirror to put over the Mantel in our Keeping room.  At first it took a lot of time to look thru the booths, but then I got my eye in and was able to move thru the booths fairly quickly.

I found one Wash Stand that I really liked (for only $97), but unfortunately it was already sold……

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The other one that I am still considering is taller and I am afraid that it might dwarf the bathroom, but it certainly was nice…..

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I found lots of other interesting things, including this Elvis lamp…..

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….and this travel trunk……

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There were a few quilts, but not any that were very exciting, however I did enjoy seeing this Wool Penny Rug……

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I will definitely return every few months to see what else they have!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Strip quilt update….

I spent all day Tuesday working on the strip quilt that I showed a few days ago.   I was hoping to get the top finished, but that didn’t happen!!  At the end of the day, it was at this point……

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When I took this photo, I realized that the angle of the two bottom corner blocks is not right so I will probably re-do those.

I had this idea that I was going to try to finish this by Saturday, but finally decided that it would be better for me to do the work that I needed to do first and then be able to enjoy making the quilt.  SO…..here it sits at the moment but I am looking forward to getting back to it.

Finally, here is a better photo of the raffle quilt for the Guild…….

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One of our members has agreed to quilt it and another one approached me at the meeting on Tuesday night and said that she would bind it….YEAH!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

When you are married to a scientist…..

 

…..you find notes like this on your door…….

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Then, of course we have to take it out of the truck and take photos of it’s gorgeous colors and patterns……

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Michael’s first words were “I think that this would make a gorgeous quilt!!”.

Early in our marriage we owned two pocket mice named Popcorn and Fizzle (reflective of their personalities) and a Kangaroo Rat named Dippy (from the genus Dipodomys). 

This is not a photo of Dippy, but will give you an idea what he looked like……

 

Our animal collection was rather tame compared to one set of friends who had a Mongoose, a Blue-Tongued Skink, a Flying Squirrel and a Rhinoceros Viper!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Catching up…..

Wow…cant believe that it has been 10 days since I have posted.  Time to catch you all up with what has been going on here.

First of all, I finished the quilt top for the guild raffle quilt.   The photo isn’t the best, but you can get the idea…..

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At the last Charity Bee meeting, we auditioned a bunch of different inner borders and decided that the lighter Turquoise was the best.   We have a darker one for the binding.

The next project was to get the rest of the blocks ready for the quilt that Mom and I are working on together.  She is enjoying doing the hand applique, so I have been madly trying to get more ready to send to her.  

On the Fourth of July, son Brian and D-I-L Amber spent the day with us so I enlisted Amber to help with picking fabrics…..

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On Saturday, I finished fusing all of the other blocks and have now sent another set off to Mom.

The pattern that I was using had some funky birds included in the blocks and I wasn’t that excited about them so I decided instead to leave off the birds and just make the blocks different sizes……

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Should be fun when it comes time to put the quilt together!!

 

Finally, I have a good friend who is having a BIG birthday and I decided that I want to make her a lap quilt…..by next Saturday!!   So far, so good……

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