Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Beautiful Embroidery and Never Too Old For A Little Excitement

Machine Embroidery was used to make the beautiful bird & butterfly blocks.

Quilting in the outer border doesn't really show on the busy fabric.  Everything else was s.i.d., with Egg & Dart in the blue border, then a motif in all the geese units.

Background x-hatching took f.o.r.e.v.e.r.
The embroidered blocks were quilted first by the quilt maker, then they were sashed and appliqued to the background.  I did not quilt inside them at all, except for the s.i.d. on both sides of the sashing.

It turns out that even at the ripe old age of 60 I can still find things that excite me.  Today, for example, I washed a load of laundry.  It was two hours later when I went downstairs to get the wet items out of the washer and hang them outside on the solar dryer.  Oh, you should have heard the piercing scream when the *!*!!$#! centipede surprised me.   8O
I friggin' HATE those things.  But, I can assume now that my heart is in good shape.


Picked this week:  6
Picked YTD:    39

A friend of mine from Manitoulin Island emailed me today to report that a zucchini is going for $3 up there.  If I were selling mine I would have enough $$ to pay for the shoes that I ordered online last weekend.  ha ha ha...

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bright! Stripey! and Cheap Entertainment/Red Hats/Zucchini Report

If this doesn't keep her warm and cozy this winter I don't know what will.

Oh, I just love these colours!

Great pattern - lots of movement.

I could get myself in all kinds of trouble now.  The new DSW has opened in Ancaster.  I stopped in after our Red Hat Pot Luck/Pool Party, where we got into complex discussions about things like folding & rolling your underwear.  Which I actually DID when I got home.   :-)

I made up for the shoe purchase by getting free entertainment.  Waterdown hosted a brand new festival this past weekend artsfest.ca, so Teresa and I went to see Ashley MacIsaac , the fiddler.  Whew, he put on a GREAT performance.

And, of course I have free food to go along with the free entertainment...
Picked this week:  8
Picked YTD: 33

Monday, August 15, 2016

Saving a Relic, Zucchini Report & Recipe

Who can explain why we decide to "love" something?  The owner of this old coverlet doesn't know why she felt the need to save it, but save it we have.

It was originally hand quilted without batting, making it a summer coverlet.  It was still lovely though, and very contemporary (think Modern, Solid Fabrics, Geometric).  The original coverlet was left untouched. We added a thin batting of 100% cotton and a white muslin backing.  Then I did s.i.d.  Period.

Here's a shot of the new back.  The original Baptist Fan quilting is still evident on the front.  Yay...save!

OK.  Here's this week's report, and another recipe recommendation:

Picked this week:  7
Picked YTD:           25

The recipe I tried last night comes from EarthboundFarm.com .  The only extra it needed was Parmesan cheese.  Really, you can never have too much Parmesan cheese. :-)  Click for the link:
Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes, Zucchini and Basil

Monday, August 8, 2016

Pink & Brown 9-Patch, An Outing Recommendation, and Zucchini Report with Recipe

There is something about pink & brown that reminds me of my childhood.  That must have been a popular colour combination in the sixties.

All of the piecing was s.i.d., then a motif was added to the setting squares.

Mmmm, love the back.

If you enjoy ART QUILTS you should take a drive to the Stratford Perth Museum and visit the SAQA exhibit.  Wonderful quilts!  The exhibit is on until Sept. 5th, and the museum is open seven days a week.

Picked this week:  6
Picked YTD:        18

If you assume that a zucchini would cost one dollar in the grocery store, my savings are starting to add up.

I am leaving this morning for Grand Bend for the annual BEACH DAY with my longarm girls, and taking the following cake with me.  DH and I sampled it last night and it is delicious!!  He really liked it in spite of the zucchini.  Ha ha ha... :-)

Here is the LINK with all the nutrition information, or I have printed the recipe below without the advertisements.  You're welcome.


·         Portion size12 servings

Chocolate Sauce:

•           1 cup butter softened
•           1 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
•           3 egg
•           3/4 cups milk
•           3/4 cups vegetable oil
•           2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•           1 tablespoon baking powder
•           3/4 teaspoons each baking soda and salt
•           3/4 cups cocoa powder
•           2 1/2 cups grated zucchini (peel on)
•           1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
•           170 g bittersweet chocolate (about 6 oz) chopped
•           1/3 cup whipping cream 35%
•           2 tablespoons corn syrup

Cake: In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until combined. Beat in milk and oil.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; sift in cocoa powder.

Stir flour mixture into butter mixture just until combined. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips. Scrape into greased and floured 10-cup (2.5 L) Bundt pan, smoothing top.

Bake in 325F (160C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 1 1/4 hours. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto rack set over sheet of parchment paper; remove pan. Let cool completely.(Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap and store for up to 2 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)

Chocolate Sauce:
 While cake is cooling, in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of gently simmering (not boiling) water, heat together chocolate, cream and corn syrup, stirring, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.

Let cool until lukewarm and sauce runs slowly off back of spoon, about 15 minutes. Spoon or spread over top of cake.