OMG: Flower Basket Medallion Border Finish

Early in the month I had posted for my One Monthly Goal ( OMG )  that I would like to get at least 1/3  – 1/2 way through this border. At the beginning I had the basket and stems sewn down.

I am happy to report that I managed to finish the second border section for my Flower Basket Medallion project.

As a reference, here is the first border that I finished up at the end of December.

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These are to go around a center that is from a Kim McClean design, though the borders are my own.

This center was finished up in early December.

These two finished borders will go along the sides. As to what I will do for the top and bottom I am not sure yet. I’d like them to be similar but a bit different.

As to 17 in 2017 this month ( I actually had 20 on my list ) along with working on this border,  I appliqued another airship propeller block and some little baskets in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month, finished tying and binding the Gradient quilt, and progressed a bit futher on my current quilt in the hoop. The Gradient quilt has gone home with my youngest son.

Linking up with  Elm Street Quilts for OMG and with Pomegranate & Chintz for 17 in 2017 and Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching     Also sharing at : Freemotion by the River / Sew Fresh Quilts / Esther’s Quilt Blog 

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Naan Bread, Cabbage Indian Style, Yard Work, Kids & Reading

I made Naan Bread recently, using the recipe that I found HERE.   ( there is a printout version there as well. )

Note : I did not knead in any garlic, nor did I grill it, but just used my skillet, and I only used 4 cups of flour versus the 4 1/2 ( you can always add more if needed. )  

It was a very easy dough to work with and rather than having to knead for 6 minutes it was more like half of that time. I used bread flour.

This was my first time…a few were too thick, the dogs enjoyed two burnt ones, and the rest were wonderful. I kept a few here and took the remainder down the street where my son said that they were perfect and to make more soon.

I haven’t posted about using Indian spices in cooking since I wrote ages ago about using them in the summer and making Tandoori Chicken.  I’ve used them off and on since then when I roast vegetables in the oven.

Recently I was in the mood for Cabbage & Noodles or Cabbage & Potatoes ( a skillet dinner that I typically just use cabbage, onions and olive oil to prepare ) and I thought why not try that with some Indian spices as well? I used mustard seed, cumin, chili power, tumeric and garam masala in addition to the cabbage, onions and garlic. I added boiled potatoes and a few cut up cherry tomatoes and it was a great success, and nice to have something different. Having used an entire head of cabbage, about 2/3 of this went down to the kids along with the Naan bread.

Half of mine was gone before I remembered to take a quick photo :

For days on end now, the weather has been more like April or May than February. I headed out to the yard. The privet bush got a drastic trimming ( a vine with poisonous berries landed there a year or two ago). I started on the snowball bush as well. ( a wild grapevine landed there ). Thank you, birds, for dropping all of this crap on my bushes! :)

This is all done manually with a hand held trimmer. I stopped when it felt as if my hands were going to cramp up if I did not. What is here in the yard will go into two garbage cans for pickup week after week for several weeks and then I’ll tackle the snowball bush again.

Meanwhile I have started reading this book…amazing! :)  Equally amazing is that I took the photo out on the porch, where I was reading it, during a 66 degree day, in February.

Last but not least, I showed a photo of the girls ( wrestling ) in a prior post.  The family photo of all four of the youngest grands was made available online recently. The photographer does such lovely work!

Today, Friday, is to be our warmest yet….in the 70’s. I can’t recall a February like this! Over the weekend we will have a cooldown and be a bit more ‘normal’ here in southwestern PA.

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