Saturday, May 23, 2015

Junk Basket

Now that I have a nice new table runner on my end table, I needed to keep my junk from spreading all over it.  I saw this cute little fabric basket some months ago.  Perfect for containing my hand stitching supplies next to the couch.  Woo hoo!  A sewing project to try out and something useful at the end.  Love that.

I dug through my scrap 2" squares twice before I found a combination I liked.  But once I picked my squares, I whipped up the whole basket after dinner one night.  It was a quick, easy project and I'm pleased with the result.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I haven't made biscotti in ages.  I can tell, because I've never blogged the recipe nor posted pictures.

The recipe I have is oddly written.  It starts with a base dough, then add-ins and flavors to taste.  Our favorite combo has almonds, craisins and orange zest.  Good stuff. 

It had been so long since I made these, ended up grabbing a cup of almonds, and added a mix of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.  It wasn't until I had already added the spices that I found my container of orange zest and recalled our favorite combo.  Oh, well.  I'll have to make that for my next batch.

Most of my recipes have notes scribbled in the margins.  At one point I was making this recipe often enough that I kept all the notes in my head.  Hmm... doesn't work so well after a long hiatus.  Something in my gut told me to use room temperature eggs, but I have no idea if that made a difference.  I did recall how sticky and gooey the dough is to handle.  I had to flour my hands and work quickly before my fingers were fully glued to the dough.  As I wrestled with it, I vaguely remember chilling the dough a bit so it was easier to handle.  Oh, well.  It still worked fine.  I need to do this a few more times and update my notes.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Preseason Husks

Reject pile for the compost and a pile of clean husks and silks.
The grocery store has had corn the last couple of weeks.  No husking bucket, though.  However, as I walked by I saw a guy picking over several ears of corn.  So I figured - what would it hurt to ask?  I told him, if he wanted to husk the corn now, I'd be more than happy to take the husks; it would make two guinea pigs very happy.  He was amused.  And accommodating.  Look what I brought home!

Once I got home, I trimmed the husks down to the clean inside leaves.  I also clipped off the dried brown ends of the silks.  Good stuff, ready to eat!  I won't bother shredding and drying this bunch - it's small enough they'll probably eat it all this week.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hand Me Downs - Blogger's Quilt Festival

I'm entering Hand Me Downs as my second entry in this spring's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It was really difficult to choose a category - small?  scrappy?  original design?  I ended up picking home machine quilted.

The story of this quilt really begins with a pair of quilts named Something Old, Something New and Something Borrowed, Something (Aqua) Blue that I made as a wedding gift (you can read about them here).  When I finished them, I still had a lot of the donated dress material left over.  I created this quilt for the bride's mother.  I saw a tile pattern (which I would reference if I could ever find it again!) on the internet.  The blocks were simply pieced from squares and rectangles, which I thought would work well with the scrap material I had left.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Split Rails Table Runner - Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's time for the spring Blogger's Quilt Festival!  And for once, I'm entering a brand new completed quilt that hasn't been previously posted.  Woot!

I bought way more fabric than I needed when I made placemats for my sister's family.  I had a few different patterns that I liked before I settled on the Coming Home pattern.  One of my favorite runner-ups was a split rail design.  I thought it would be pretty with these colors.  So when the placemats were done, I made a table runner for myself.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It's Warm

Just look at those feet sticking out.

The weather has warmed up quite a bit from an unseasonably cool spring.  The result?  Very blobby pigs.  Cannoli, of course, got spooked by the camera and darted into the corner.  But Boadicea was too warm to be bothered.

I guess it's time to find the ice packs to make sure I have chillin' pigs as the summer approaches.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Quilt Sew Easy Tool

I keep my sewing stuff in an old dresser.  The top drawer had warped and I pulled it out to fix it last month.  Amazing what you can find when you clean out a drawer!  People have given me a variety of sewing paraphernalia over the years.  At some point I received a Quilt Sew Easy Machine Quilting Tool.  I wasn't freemotion quilting at the time, so it got buried in the drawer as something I could use at some future date.  Then I totally forgot about it.  Well, now I can use it!  I decided to give it a whirl as I quilted my table runner.

It worked pretty well.  I'd forget to move it from time to time - being so focused on the quilting, I'd wonder why I couldn't move the quilt to discover the edge of it was against the presser foot.  Duh.  I had an easier time moving the quilt overall, which was nice.  At this point, I just need more practice, both with this thing and the quilting overall.