Name them one by one” (as this traditional hymn admonishes) ………….yes! It really isn’t sufficient to give thanks for all the huge “lumps” of blessings we’ve been given but to take the moments to retrieve and name each one, perhaps recalling a bit of life ‘happening’ that surrounds each. I am so thankful for each of you, dear reader, who have brightened my days, encouraged, inspired and critiqued this journey! Although this day is an “official USA” observance, I pray that it’s a nudge for all to reflect on the challenges and blessings that have brought us all to this moment. Whatever this day is for you, please know, I am giving thanks for you all!!!!!! And may I leave you with this simple little thought………………
I have a couple of “oldies but goodies” ideas from past posts. First, a pumpkin idea that only requires ONE stitched straight seam!! Yup…..1!!………..
Just ‘click’ on the above photo to go to the complete tutorial. Number two is a fowl feathered friend from not so long ago. For the tutorial/pattern, again, ‘click’ on the photo to go to the appropriate post.
Activity in the “secret” stitchin’ workshop continues……. Till next we meet, don’t forget to stop and smell….the coffee!!!!!!!!!
A little Monday laundry (the “norm”?) and adding the wonderful aroma of bread baking to our home….sourdough craisin pecan bread……I wish I could share with y’all…………… These are baked (one loaf at a time) in a covered cast iron Dutch oven so that the crust is that gorgeous brown crustiness. The recipe for the bread may be found in this post….with this modification…..in place of that water measurement, I use 3/4 cup sourdough starter and 3/4 cup warm water. The rest of the ingredients remain the same. For the cast iron method: Preheat the oven AND the Dutch oven & cover together to 450F (use the rack placed in the lower 1/3 of the oven). Shape the dough into 2 loaves (forming tight balls as described here) and allow to rise on floured cloths in a banneton or bowl til double. I preheat the oven/cast iron for 30 minutes, spray it lightly with oil and sprinkle cornmeal in the bottom of the pan. Flip the risen dough ball (yup!) into the hot pan, make several knife slashes in the loaf top, put the cover on and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for 10-15 minutes more to achieve a nice crust. I did the first loaf while the 2nd continued to rise on the counter then repeated the baking process for that loaf. Any covered cloche will work for this method.
Now….back to stitching……………..
Although, I’m aware that every day is a Friday…….in the life of a retiree!!!!
Last Saturday kicked off the local (upcoming) Holiday Season with the annual Holiday Craft Event held at the high school. A dreary November morning greeted all (with freezing drizzle and parts of the nearby interstate highway shut down because of ice and multiple mishaps). This event served to buoy the spirits of many, as I observed the number of cars already parked…… and indoors, the bustling energy was definitely felt……….. My purchases were meager & few…..a dozen molasses cookies did find their way my direction!!!! The perfect accompaniment with a cup of hot coffee!
But….this is Monday and I’m spending it with “friends”: Ms Sweetie, my fave rulers and a sweet vintage piece……. the “Line Tamer” and Handi Quilter’s “Versa Tool” are the perfect duo to finish up this little piece………
How’s your Monday/week shaping up?? The calendar is full here but there’s always time for stitching!!!! Til we meet again……..hugs and blessings…….
Was spent in attendance at a most amazing program put on by the local elementary school children. It was 1.5 hours of watching a young generation give honor to those who have given so much so that this program could be presented! The town’s Legion group presented the Nation’s “colors”, following flags (carried by students) presented for each of the states……. What followed was a skit that was a virtual tour of the important Washington, DC, sites that commemorate US military events beginning with WWI. Everyone in attendance learned so much with each vignette. …….. The local quilt group, “Bent Needle Quilters”, presented quilts to several of the veterans…………. There are 7 WWII veterans living in our town and 4 of them were present and were recognized….and applauded. There were tears in many eyes. After the program there was a “photo op” with the 5th/6th graders and all the veterans in the audience. A very special moment! Did I mention that it was a packed house??? Well, more chairs were hastily secured and set up!!! This is one special community! Everyone was invited to the high school for a wonderful soup lunch…served by those students. Very special.
Before we left town, we stopped by the Veteran’s Memorial in the city park……. My DH was in the Navy……….
Individual bricks, inscribed by caring sponsors.
May we never forget…………..
To give you the ‘rest of the story’/’big picture’ (actually, it’s a little picture) from Tuesday’s mug-rug post. You can read about this one’s beginnings here. And the completed cutie……a backing view..…. and a formal/front view……….. Happy weekend to you all. A local craft event happens tomorrow and that occurrence really kicks off our holiday season!!!!
It is that time of year, after all! I think (blog) posting is hard at this time of year!!!! Never know who’s lookin’ this way!!! LOL! What do you think??
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Yup….it’s “that” time of year. You know…..when projects take on an air of secrecy til THE day is upon us. “They” say ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. I’m not sure that that many words are appropriate in this case, but here’s the little peek…………. It’s just in its infancy but will come together in a short time. I so love moose!!!!! Has your secret sewing begun??????
When faced with a quilt binding, all nicely pieced and pressed, in a heap on the floor, my mind wonders how am I going to apply it to the quilt edge without the binding twisting and kinking into an unmanageable knotted mess! Yes, I’ve heard that a swimming pool foam “noodle” piece works. Just wrap your length of binding around it and………………..hmmmmm, still a twisting possibility there, Another idea is to very loosely place the binding strip into a large paper bag, or basket, and place it on the floor next to you. Well, I have tried that with marginal success.
Today…..a new thought struck me..how ‘bout if I place the binding heap on the floor (to my right) and take the free end up and around the thread “tree” on my Juki…..hmmmm…… Wow! Now, this worked slick!!! Any twisting was between the floor and my machine and it just “naturally” was perfect as I pulled the needed slack towards me to stitch!!!! I’ve noticed that it’s always the “little” things that bring the most satisfaction….how ‘bout you????
Just thought I would share a “success” story! Have an awesome rest-of-the-weekend!!! Hugs………
And, with this post, I will begin to bring you up to date with what’s been going on. I will share my yesterday to start.
I’ve been stitching on a very nice client/friend’s quilt (on Ms. Sweetie/Sweet 16) and it has gone beautifully. I’m doing a stitching motif inspired by Angela Walters (video on her blog “Quilting is My Therapy”)……. The stitching patterns reminds me of a chrysanthemum…..kinda….definitely a flower.
A little break for a quick short rural story………….
Today there are snow showers….ugh. The soybeans in our field were harvested just in time (last eve)………. Believe me when I say that that combine is definitely “overkill” for that little 2+ acre field (we rent it out!).
Back to quilting…………..
To finish the above quilt, I switched from Ms. Sweetie to Ms. Juki (who had been quietly waiting since her 2-day demo marathon at the beginning of this month) to stitch some binding strips. Whoa…………….I couldn’t get the feed dogs to come up!!!!!! This had been somewhat of a recurring problem for the last year and I’ve been able to manually click them up but no such luck this time……so I did what I knew I must and (after unplugging all power sources!!!) took the machine (sorta) apart!!!! Okay, I was not sure how things were supposed to work but I knew how I thought it should…ha! Well, to shorten this saga, I called my trusty, wonderful Juki dealer—Ed Raichert Inc. Industrial Sewing Equipment—and was put through to Thomas, a very patient and clearly adept technician, who talked me through the fix-it process. As we spoke on the phone, he was sending me photos of how the feed dog part was supposed to work and how I could go about freeing it. A couple of his photos……. and…done!!! Ms. Juki never worked better!!!
And the binding task was continued…..Thank you so much, Thomas, our talk time was a treasure and I learned so much with your generous help!
More very soon. Now, back to happily stitching…………………..
Yes……mostly this little corner is quilting related but……life is really crazy busy and diverse at the moment, so I will share some uber joyful family news…….GS #2 “popped the question” to longtime girlfriend this past weekend in a classic storybook fashion……. The photo is not staged and, yes, that is the actual moment, with ring/box in hand and down on one knee, he asked her the sweet question. GS is a true romantic and friends with camera obliged. The place was Grand Dad’s Bluff in La Crosse (WI).
A “catch-up” post is long overdue and will be along shortly………hugs to all…..
Actually, any day a cheesecake enters my life, is a special day! This time, it’s a recipe from the “This Old Gal” blog that is one of many great hot weather recipes because they utilize the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. Yes…..for this cheesecake, no oven is turned on to heat up a summertime kitchen….gotta love that. The New York Cheesecake recipe was followed (for the 7” pan) with these slight modifications: in place of the heavy cream addition, I added 3 tablespoons of Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream (yum!) and 3 tablespoons French Vanilla Creamer. I used the zest of 2 limes only rather than the 2 types of zest in the original recipe. I, also, used Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream topping Resting for an hour….still very hot! And after 24 hours in the frig. Now, since it’s only 9:15 in the morning, I will take a bit of a break til I slice this beauty after lunch..significant pause……………..while we’re waiting, you might find this no-bake version interesting. It uses sweetened condensed milk like most Key Lime pie recipes.
I’m back with the honest assessment of this version……AWESOME!!!!!!! I highly recommend this recipe, and any variations you can come up with!!! Wonder what I should have for supper tonight??!!!!!! hehehehe…….
That seems to be how my days are, right now. A somewhat disconnected grouping of activities, all,needing immediate attention. First off……a quick recap of last Monday eve’s quilt gathering…..
Carol had just completed a t-shirt top for a gal and had this piece left as an “orphan” block…..bonus for the recipient for sure!
These next photos are Joan’s “quilt rescues” that will be added to her enormous collection of vintage quilts. This one, found at the Salvation Army by her hubbs, was in amazing condition!!!!! But wait….there’s more……………….
Yup, she did very well and is the reason I don’t find this type of treasure when I go to these spots!!!!! Next, I share a couple of travel pillows I covered for a (quickly) upcoming Amtrak vaca that DH & I will be taking……… And, sandwiched in amongst all, is the beginnings of the upcoming holiday’s secret stitchings…..
Lastly…..a little marking “hint” that I often use, when needing registration markings on darker fabric…….. You are seeing correctly. Plain blackboard chalk leaves absolutely no residue and is able to be sharpened nicely in a small handheld pencil sharpener. The markings seem to hold just fine even though I’m not quilting on a frame-mounted longarm machine.
Remember: to enlarge any photo, just ‘click’ on it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing a moment with me. Please, do come again!