Binding, Batting, and More

The weather cooled off a bit which made it a pleasure to be in the kitchen for a change. ( It is a small galley kitchen and not air-conditioned. )

Local fruits and vegetables are in the stores and farmer’s markets now, which is wonderful.  Over the weekend I baked a birthday cake for my son, made a huge pot of loaded potato soup to share, made fruit smoothies and a vegetable skillet, and cut up a pineapple and used the skins and core for a tea.

I just discovered that you could do this and not throw all of that out! Simply cut the skins and core from your pineapple up a bit, throw them into a pot and boil for 20-30 minutes. When cool, put them through a colander and then a strainer. Add some honey or sugar, and drink hot as a refreshing tea, or chill for the next day. I had a cup here and it was so good! I filled a pitcher and took the rest down to have a tea party with the grandgirls :) 

I had purchased novelty fabric on clearance a few years ago and made pillowcases for the boys. I used it in one of the Scrappy Granny blocks.

I had not wanted to purchase any fabric for binding and then it dawned on me that I certainly had enough of this …it is machine sewn on and I’ll hand sew it to the back.

I also pieced backing for the 1857 quilt top, and then worked on the batting. I needed three pieces.

Prior to all of this binding and batting sewing, though, I discovered that my machine, which hadn’t been used in ages, was not happy. Lots of cleaning and fooling around with it and feeling frustrated, but in the end we sorted out our relationship and all is well again.

WHEW !:)  What a relief….. Fortunately I had some emotional support : “JUST HANG IN THERE”

I picked my first two tomatoes the other day, and more are ripening. Lavender in a pot is thriving and bees are swarming the Rose of Sharon bush in the back.

They are also in love with the Russian Sage on the side of the house.

When they are busy with the flowers they are no danger to me…I think that they know I mean them no harm and are just appreciating them when I try to get a closeup.

My last post was in regards to the road construction going on here. They don’t work on the weekend, which was a nice break from the dirt and noise. Monday was a rain day…more peace and quiet :)

A few of you commented how close they were to my house. Yes, a very small yard in the front but a nice sized one on the sides and in the back.

Still, the front is happy too : )

Here is wishing you all a wonderful week :)

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Scrappy Granny: Quilting Finished & on to the Binding

I don’t keep good records, so when I finished the quilting on Scrappy Granny on Wednesday, July 19, I went back through the blog to try to figure out when I’d started it.

I saw that I finished “Stars & Spools” mid-April.  There’s no way that I started Granny after that and finished her that fast !  I had to go back through blog posts….

Evidently I let Stars & Spools and its binding sit for awhile, doing other things, and started Scrappy Granny in the winter.

She’s extensively quilted and took me about 6 months or so to finish. ( I am not a fast hand quilter :) 

I am not sure about the binding yet ; ideally I’d just repeat that cheddar that is in the border but I don’t think that I have enough.

At least this part is done :) I have some applique to work on before I get busy on this binding, whatever color it will be.

Are you having a heat wave wherever you are like we are? It has been in the 90’s for days on end.  Here’s a photo to cool you off, from when the family was at the beach last week :)

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