Sunday, February 21, 2016

Crazy Bright

Would you believe I just wrote a whole post, went back to make a slight correction and the whole thing just disappeared?  I'm bad enough at posting anyway and then the whole thing just goes POOF???

OK, so I don't post much, but I have been sewing. The tops for the twins' quilts are done. I knew I didn't have any piece of fabric big enough for backs so was going to have to piece or order some. In the end I dug around in the basement for some of my leftover fat quarters from my fabric dying and selling days.  They've been "mellowing" for quite a few years now and it's time to use them up. Here's one result:

Bright! It looks a little strange because the pieces are all overlapped for lack of space. They are all 16 1/2" squares.

The other backing (that I didn't think to get a picture of) is in shades of blue, aqua and lighter blue-greens.

This plan made quite a dent in the "pretty" leftovers, but there are still a bunch of strange greens and dark teals. Those are the result of trying to match a batch of really pretty warm mossy & limey greens  I dyed. I kept samples of each, but neglected to write down exactly which colors and brands of dye I used (you know, I would REMEMBER!)  Yeah, right!  All those strange colors are the result of several attempts to match the desired colors. Never happened!  I have some ideas though and may try again after ordering the colors I THINK I need.

Here's a clue:  Write it down!!!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sewing Mojo Returning

After a month or so of hardly thinking about sewing just before and after Christmas, a little of the sewing mojo is coming back. The twin grandchildren got twin beds that NEED quilts!  I had a bunch of string blocks in 30s reproductions made up so put them together for granddaughter's just needs the borders put on.

I usually stall out on borders so started gathering up fabrics and cutting pieces for grandson's quilt. I've seen it called a Zipper quilt or a Stacked quilt. It's just 6 1/2" X 3 1/2" rectangles and 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" pieces sewed together and then flip flopped and sewed into vertical rows put together with a strip of background material between the rows. Easy. I've gotten this far...

The pieces are all brights with some animal prints since he loves animals. He especially loves cows...; why cows I have no idea....but search as I might I couldn't find any cow print. Not even enough for just a couple of rectangle pieces. I know I had some...maybe just a fat quarter...and it's all used up.  I think I'll get some yardage of a cow fabric I saw online and put it on the back just to make him happy.

Today I think I might make Snickerdoodles. I've been craving them for weeks, but resisted. I actually started making them on Wednesday....had the shortening and butter measured out into the bowl....when I remembered to check if I had Cream of Tartar. The recipe calls for 2 teaspoons & I found I didn't have anywhere near that on hand and I was still snowed in so couldn't just make a quick trip to the store for more. So the bowl with the shortening in it has been sitting in the fridge and I still have my craving for Snickerdoodles...time to just DO IT!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lazy Day

Today was just a sort of lazy day watching the snow come down and blow around. About the only things I accomplished were making a pot of chili and getting a load of dishes run through the dishwasher. Kept coming back to the computer to track the storm and see everyone's blizzard pictures on Facebook. Here's a couple of little cuties enjoying their first really big snow.

Schools around here have already called another snow day for tomorrow. I'm sure the kids are thrilled and the teachers don't mind either. We had dentist appointments scheduled for tomorrow, but they've been rescheduled for next month. It just seemed better to stay off the roads & let the crews do their job.


It's hard to tell how much we've had...the wind keeps moving it around. I've heard 10+ so far. Roads in the county have been declared impassable. Even if we could get out there's nowhere to go...NE Nebraska is pretty much totally closed down.