randoms & a bit of quilting / applique & you can’t make this sh** UP!

WINTER : Food, Doldrums and Weather :

Most winters I buy a few tomatoes and they have no taste whatsoever and I wonder why it is that I wasted my money.  Then the grape tomatoes started appearing in the stores, and they were a bit tastier. Last year my grocery store started getting these in off and on.

They are the closest thing to a real tomato that I have found yet. They are not cheap….I pay 3.99 when I can find them in the store, but they are worth it for a tomato lover. They are much larger than cherry tomatoes so one of them sliced up works on a sandwich or for a single serving salad.

If you see them in your store and have not tried them, I think that you will be pleased. They are from Mexico.

Having the winter doldrums one day I fried up a batch of zucchini just like in the summer…

It’s not the weather so much as the lack of light in the winter…but on February 1st, someone posted a meme on Facebook from our local weather guy stating that we’d be getting 1 hour + 8 minutes of extra light this month, which was a cheerful thought :)   Here’s a throwback photo of February light streaming in from a few years ago. I was working on my snowball quilt and rag rug on the loom that year:

On the 6th of February we had mild weather. It went up to around 55 degrees. The twins and I walked their dog Merle after school while Javis and Brent took off ahead of us on their bikes. It did not last..rain moved in and then colder temperatures followed, but it was a nice reprieve. This winter has had more rain than snow…not a typical winter here.

Quilting / Applique since the beginning of the month : 

As to recent sewing projects, I had put aside the Gradient Quilt tying project for awhile. I pulled it back out, finished the tying, removed all of the pins, and trimmed it up prior to binding.

As to applique, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month is Teal/ Seafoam Green/ Aquamarine…whatever we have in the way of those shades.

I appliqued three Little Baskets and am in the process of working on an Airship Propeller block in that shade as well.

Everything is sewn down aside from the caps on the propellers. I can work on those for Slow Sunday Stitching and perhaps continue on with the applique for this 2nd Flower Basket Medallion border.

I had set a One Monthly Goal to get 1/3 or 1/2 of that border done. I’ve met that goal already and I am not sure if I’ll continue on with the border and finish it or just put it aside to work on other things. I’d like to keep my focus more on hand quilting for the remainder of the month.

I have around 5 or 6 blocks done in Scrappy Granny ( meaning blocks, outlining and sashing around them ) and have started on this blue one…

Meanwhile, I have never been very political. Nor did I ever intend for this blog to be so. But I do want to mention that while I do not know the equivalent of this saying in other countries, we have one here and it is “You cannot make this sh** UP!”  meaning something so crazy or ludicrous…that it is hard to believe.

Every morning since Trump was elected, when I click on the news, I find something to remind me of that statement. Today it was Trump, holding the highest office in the land, tweeting against a store who had dropped his daughters apparel line.

Thank goodness that I am a quilter and can work it out of my system with some hand quilting or applique time.

You might also enjoy : A finished quilt : Snowball  or Making Delicious Pickles with Little Kids  or Family Tree Research Post #3 : Sex and Stinky Cheese

Sharing at So Scrappy / Kathy’s Quilts / Savvy Southern Style


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36 Responses to randoms & a bit of quilting / applique & you can’t make this sh** UP!

  1. Karen says:

    I hear you Deb – I barely even want to watch the news or read it – when will he stop with the twitter and grow up and be presidential – I have a feeling this well be a long four years which I really and truly hope do not turn into 8 years.
    Your quilting is lovely!! I have not touched my baskets in awhile I really want to make progress on the hexies and the stars and have two tops done – I wonder if I can stick with it and maybe just work on the wool applique a little in between – I hate to leave quilts linger but I really did start working on too many once again. Got up to 71 today but it is dropping off fast and will be back to a couple cooler days – and then warmer!

  2. Deb says:

    Love campari tomatoes – always got those in the winter when I was up north. Pretty projects and glad you enjoyed that short winter warm up. We had our 3 days of cool and back to the 80’s. Strange weather. We just tend to watch the weather then turn the tv off =(.

  3. Lorrie says:

    I’m finding grape tomatoes, grown here in BC (in greenhouses) quite tasty. Certainly better than the cardboard tasting regular tomatoes we get at this time of year.
    Your quilting projects are varied and plentiful! You manage to do so much.

  4. Eileen says:

    Hello Deb, I love tomatoes and will look for these Campari tomatoes in our store. Your quilting projects are all beautiful. Trump’s tweets will be in history books, amazing right. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  5. Joyce says:

    In the past, no matter the political party, I could always tell my children and grandchildren that the president is a good man. A God fearing, family man. A patriotic American who is to be respected for the office. It is sad that this is no longer the case. What a challenge to young parents to teach that racism, personal insults, and impulsive behavior is NOT the way to be presidential.

  6. Margie Miller says:

    Trump is such a bad role model. I feel his behavior will influence those that have voted with their emotions instead of their brains. This will be a very long four years that I hope will not turn into eight. I have to avoid the news anymore. He is such a egomaniac!

  7. MARY WENDLAND says:

    Deb, I have been following your blog for awhile and usually don’t comment but I had to let you know you are not alone with your feelings on our government affairs. It’s a mockery of the presidency and the cabinet. I now want to try the Campari tomatoes. I’ve seen them in the stores. Most store bought tomatoes are just watery. I admire your quilting. Mary in Az.

  8. Chris K in Wisconsin says:

    Every summer as I taste those fresh from the sunshine and right off the vine tomatoes and I dread the idea of the plastic play food they sell in the winter. I will definitely give those Campari’s a try when I find some! A BLT with a REAL tomato would be a joy!
    Sadly, I find no joy in the real world with that man attempting to “lead” ?????? a nation. It is a travesty. I agree with what Joyce said above. Even when I was NOT a fan of someone in the office, I always knew that they took the job seriously and loved this country. If it isn’t gilded in gold and he doesn’t own it, he doesn’t care. I’m sure every country with a Trump hotel in it is breathing easy. He will never bother them. It is the saddest time in our history that I could ever had “nightmared”,,,,, because no one ever would have dreamed about this.

  9. Val Reynolds says:

    I have been noticing the increase in light both in the am and pm….and can’t believe how much better I fee; too!!!! I usually like Roma Tomatos. I didn’t realize you worked on a loom!!! Very fun fact to learn:) And well, you know I always enjoy seeing your hand stitiching. :) :)

  10. I’ll have to check out those tomatoes. I always tend to think those tiny ones are kind of worthless because I don’t like them in salads. And what else can you do with them?

  11. Robin says:

    I do love grape tomatoes, even stuffed into a sandwich. Seeing your hand quilting always makes me feel so peaceful.

  12. Kaja says:

    I agree, there is little more disappointing than a totally tasteless tomato. I mostly just don’t eat them in the winter, and grow my own in the summer, but it looks like you have found a better option.

  13. You wouldn’t believe the number of ladies who bring their sewing machines on their winter sojourn and keep quilting away. A couple of ladies, one being 91, even go to quilting classes. :-) I haven’t bought any tomatoes in a while but a friend bought a Sumo orange the other day for $4 for one. :-) Politics? My number one wish would be that no president ever tweets again.

  14. Good for you on your lovely quilting and applique! I just love it. I’m with you – the worst part of winter is the lack of daylight. And oddly enough, Mr. was quoting the increased daylight minutes just yesterday. I’ll admit that I’m grateful for every single added minute of daylight. We had such a long stretch of dark and then of gray days, so things are looking up. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Glad you liked my kitty pics. They’re so much fun! xo

  15. Melanie says:

    I don’t like ANY supermarket tomatoes – so I wait for summer fresh ones. But yes, I have seen the campari tomatoes in the stores. My hubby loves tomatoes on his salads, so I buy him the organic grape ones. I’ve seen some of Trump’s ludicrous tweets, including the one you mentioned. Absolutely pitiful that this is coming from the man who is in charge of our country. Scary stuff.

  16. It’s a sad day for me when tomatoes are no longer in season. The little ones are a reasonable substitute but still not good in my book.

    You know how I feel about the Donald. Don’t get me started!

  17. Nell says:

    Beautiful hand quilting. You have so many varied projects on the go your hands are never idle. Don’t let the political situation get you down. Some days it just doesn’t pay to turn on the news.

  18. Marly says:

    Good luck with the hand stitching. I find it always goes better when there are more daylight hours. Come to think of it, everything goes better when there is more light and sunshine. Perhaps you should hold elections in April or May, when people are in a happier frame of mind, instead of November.

  19. Mari says:

    Love the little baskets on the coral color background! And I will eat grape tomatoes like candy. I always wait for the ones from the farmers because there is no supermarket tomato that tastes decent any more. I’ll look for the campari ones. As for winter, I’m ready to drive home in the daylight again. Getting home in the dark is downright depressing!

  20. That is also one thing I do like about February, the light coming back! Enjoy your stitching; it is a good respite from the constant barrage of politics these days. I read the article Julie linked – it’s a good one!

  21. I love all your quilting and sharing of your life. But I am disappointed that you did start to make it political. Granted I do not l like his tweeting…but there’s a rare parent who doesn’t jump to defend their child and he is not different. He is bombarded with hate from very side. I like what he is doing for our country…and never on my blog complained about the last one on my blog nor will I for either.

  22. Oh Deb. yes. I have to do what I can which is nothing creative some days. My creativity was effected by the T.P. ing of the white house. ewwww.
    It should be illegal to bully citizens for personal gain as a president. A republican (is he?) who is against business to make a profit? No surprise each day, but a shock every day. Negative role model. Thanks for saying that, I feel less alone.

  23. Claudia W says:

    I quit watching the news in the morning. Not a good way to start my days off. (I have the TV tuned to Animal Planet or Food Network so when I turn it on I see good food or puppies and kittens.) I do watch it at noon, so by the time I go to bed, it’s out of my mind. We do have to know what is going on, sticking our heads in the sand doesn’t help the country!
    I’m loving having like minded friends online to turn to, to see wonderful stitches and colors and hearing great ideas and tips.
    Your projects are looking great!

  24. gayle says:

    You are so right. I can’t bear to watch broadcast news, but I’m also afraid not to. Thank goodness for newspapers.
    Love all your projects, and if I can’t bear to wait until summer for tomatoes, I’ll hunt up those camparis!

  25. Angie says:

    Fried zucchini in the middle of winter sounds lovely! All of your aqua projects look great; I’ve been trying to come up with a way to incorporate some kind of applique into my monthly projects. Not sure what it will be, but you’ve inspired me to keep looking. I appreciate your comments about the political climate; it’s nice to know I’m not alone. The link from Julie was great!

  26. Gail says:

    Aqua is a beautiful colour to brighten the dull winter days we have been having lately. I am also noticing the longer days and can’t wait for daylight savings time again! The grape tomatoes I buy at our local farmers market are wonderful …the store bought ones this time of the year pale in comparison. Keep stitching…

  27. Your baskets are adorable!
    And so lovely to see Scrappy Granny getting some stitches!

  28. Kate says:

    It’s nice to walk out into the parking light with the sun beginning to set, and it’s not fully dark. Enjoy the increasing light. Happy stitching this week.

  29. Chantal says:

    Teal, Aqua, Seafoam, whatever you call it, it is still a nice color to have in a quilt. I am starting to have more and more in my stash as I love the sparkling effect it has. Your little baskets are the perfect example. Don’t they look bright and fresh? Love it. ;^)

  30. I’m so with you!! Gives new meaning to quilt it out, doesn’t it?

  31. Debby Ray says:

    It seems many folks are having strange weather this winter. We had 80 degrees on Sunday…a record breaker. I don’t like it warm when it’s supposed to be cold. I hope we get a few more snow flakes before the “real” spring comes! Happy Valentine’s Day!♥

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