Baby Quilt Progress & Small Slice of Life

At the end of 2017 I knew that I wouldn’t start any new projects.  I’d made progress on my 17 in 2017 list ( which was actually 2o) and I was not going to add on to that in the upcoming  year.

Here I am in the middle of January on my 3rd or 4th new one! :)   Here is some progress on the baby quilt… I remember my grandson Brent always going for the bright reds, blues and yellows when he was a baby so this one, for dear friends of our family, is as bright as I can come up with :)  I have the center and first border done thus far.

I threw the quilt out into the snow for a natural lighting shot but took some closeups of the simple shapes that I am appliqueing.

If you are a regular reader here, you might recall that my youngest sons’ dog Koopa loves to jump. I do not know why pits love this but they do.  Here he’s hitting the stump of a branch that he finally nailed / knocked down in the fall. It is a good 8 feet off the ground :

Once he’s gotten some of that energy out of his system?  He’s mellow and cuddly and ready to watch a kids’ show on Amazon with Aiselyn, cuddled up under Scrappy Granny :)

Meanwhile the local grocery store occasionally has special bargains in a 2-day sale. I ventured out in our what-now-feels-like-balmy-weather-since-it-went-to 28 degrees today.. and tomorrow there will be a shoulder roast in the crockpot and the following day a turkey breast.  Some will be eaten and some will be frozen for future use.

The turkey leftovers can be used in recipes such as  Winter Fare:  Chicken / Turkey and Biscuits

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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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