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.

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ICE & a little applique…

Ice can be exquisite if you don’t have to drive in it. I walked on it ( quite carefully ) to get a few photos.

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After the bitter cold temperatures that we’d been having I looked forward to the Saturday forecast of 51 degrees and rain.They neglected to mention that the rain was coming in a different form, and that the 51 degrees was not going to happen until evening! I imagine that they didn’t know that until the last minute, which is usual with weather predictions here.

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The freezing rain was still gently falling as I walked about…

ice-collage

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I am not sure that as humans, that we were really meant to be driving around in cars in an ice storm. I think that we were meant to be home when it happened, when it seems magical…

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But truthfully, knowing that it was going to warm up within 8 hours and all melt away, helped it to seem magical.  Ice storms can be deadly and wreak much havoc upon nature as well as man.

I remember one when the kids were little that pretty much paralyzed our area for days on end. It came after heavy snows and it was around the Christmas holidays …I think that they were out of school for what seemed like ages at the time : )

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As to sewing around here…

I went shopping online prior to Christmas looking for sales. I was not looking for fabric to fall in love with…I needed wide backing, some white fabric, some greens for applique, sewing machine needles; that sort of thing.

I looked on Craftsy and a few other places but Hancocks of Paducah had some amazing sales.  There were year end sales on designer fabrics for 2.99 and 3.99 per yard. * Some restrictions applied..no more, no less, than one yard. 

I placed an order and then 4 or 5 days later inquired if it had shipped yet? They said that they were sorry but the sales response was so strong that they were running behind and would ship on such and such a day ( about a week later than the day that I placed the order ) . In the end, they lagged behind THAT ship date but let me know that they were sorry and were shipping for free.  I mention this because I wasn’t in a hurry for anything and at those prices I could understand the delay if they had such a response.

Here are some greens that I purchased :

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A photo on Saturday afternoon of progress on the Flower Basket Medallion border…not a lot this week but here a little, there a little. The day was so dreary…indoors it was not feasible to get any decent lighting…

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At that point I was in the middle of appliqueing a leaf, had two more to do, and then I need to prep some more.  For Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts I’ll be prepping first :)

Here’s wishing all of us, including our feathered friends, a safe and wonderful holiday week.

Wren at Suet 2

Baking Cookies

And remember, in the end? Christmas for us women always ENDS UP HERE! :)  Photo from a few Christmases ago to remind me of the Magic Versus Reality of Christmas! The magic was when you were a kid. As an adult, now you create the magic for the kids and then do the dishes :)

one more round of dishes

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