Piecing, EPP and Baking

Baking/cooking, Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Handful of Scraps

yesterday was a relaxing day compared to the day before.  I was actually quite tired most of the day due to allergy medication  – hay fever season is hitting me already and it is not even “high” yet.  I managed to get the mistake row ripped apart for the Fall Harvest quilt and pressed – and even sewed back together again the right way.  I am now half way done piecing the blocks and rows together.  Don’t forget it will change in appearance when I get the squares on the ends cut down into the setting triangles – rough measurement is around 62 inches I think.  I will work on this top for the rest of the week I’m sure until I am done and then look at fabric and figure out how I will finish the borders and what size.  I am linking to Jo’s Country Junction also linking to Midweek Makers #86 where Susan has shown my Primary Colors quilt from last week.  Linking to My Quilt Infatuation also.

Fall Harvest

It was actually much less humid yesterday and I was able to sit out on the porch for awhile and enjoy stitching some hexies and finish sewing the third row to the bottom of Handful of Scraps – now I need to baste more hexies before I start the sides.  I might be basting hexies outside this week – the weatherman actually said it might get in the 50’s Thursday night – that will feel good with windows open a little bit at night it will warm up day times of course but will be nice to have windows open for a couple days.

Handful of Scraps

I plan on making apple butter in the crockpot and saw a recipe that said any fruit could be made into a fruit butter in the crockpot so I wanted to see how Strawberry/Rhubarb Butter would turn out in the crockpot and see how much it would actually make once all the evaporation of the extra juices got out – it has worked so well with the tomato sauce.  So first thing in the morning I got the crockpot back out and tried it.  I had a bag of frozen strawberries and a bag of frozen rhubarb (I had picked it up before Jessica brought more from WI) the bags I used were the 12 oz size.  It turned out really well but didn’t make a lot – maybe one pint with a little extra left over.  I decided to use the majority of it with strawberry/rhubarb crisp bars.  The recipe which I changed up slightly said it was for a 9×9 inch pan – the crust was a little too thick and I wonder if it could have spread out enough in a 9 x 13 inch pan instead.

Strawberry/Rhubarb Butter

1 bag (12 oz) frozen strawberries (fresh if you have them but I’m not sure how much 2 cups?
1 bag (12 oz) frozen rhubarb (est. 2 cups?)
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla

Cook on high for about 4 hours stir occasionally.  After four hours stir again and crack the lid for about 4 more hours or until it achieves the thickness that you want.  I think it would make about 1 1/2 pints but I didn’t put it in jars so not sure.  I would either use within a month – freeze or can the usual way.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp (the crisp part of recipe link here)

1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup melted margarine or butter
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix the crisp ingredients together until crumble add the melted margarine/butter and vanilla, continue to mix crumbly mixture.

Place 2/3’s of crumbs on the bottom of a greased pan or line with parchment paper.  press down firmly.  Using the above strawberry/rhubarb mix cover the crust with as much of the fruit mixture as you want – I used a little more than half of the mixture from the above recipe – about 1 1/2 cups I think – I didn’t measure it.  Then scatter the leftover crumbs over the top and press down slightly.  As I say this made a full 9×9 pan and I might try it in a rectangular pan next time – might need to use all of the fruit mixture but then the crust wouldn’t be as thick.  Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

strawberry rhubarb crisp

strawberry rhubarb crisp

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A Very Busy Day

Baking/cooking, Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), gardening, Handful of Scraps

How I got done with everything I wanted to do yesterday is beyond me – although I did skip exercising and that was ok because I got in 8,000+ steps anyhow.  I did keep grabbing my eclipse glasses and would go in and out getting a view of its progress.  We didn’t get the full eclipse but enough to satisfy me.  Besides canning, sewing, a run to Wal-Mart for more jars & a new toaster, I also got the grass cut in the evening and more walls varnished in the sewing room – wow I’m tired too just thinking of it – and I had to run out to Mike’s work to pick him up because the truck wouldn’t start!!  Which means I am without a car for a couple days I guess unless I play chauffeur and drive him back and forth so I have some wheels.

On Sunday night I got work done on the Handful of Scraps but didn’t get any of it done on Monday.  Working on the 3rd row before I get started on the sides but I will need to baste more hexies before I get started on that.

handful of scraps

The Morning Glories continue to open and close very quickly – barely open 12 hours I think.

morning glories

More Marinara Sauce made.

marinara sauce

Six racks of Oregano drying – when these racks are first loaded it looked like too much on them so a lot of drying was going on here the past 6 hours.

oregano

And some sewing was happening with the scrappy baskets – Fall Harvest quilt – all the side blocks will be cut down to half square triangle – I find it easier to just cut square and trim them later – the left side is the side with sewing going on – the longest strip was a big accident  – I turned the pile of blocks by accident and all the baskets were sewn on upside down or sideways – something – because no matter if I turned it or what it wasn’t going to work so some ripping is going on.  The first five rows are sewed together the next two the rows are ready to sew to those five and I will continuing taking the long row apart today and hopefully get it back together again at some point!  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today.

Fall Havest

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Tea Dying

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets)

Today’s photo after tea dye on the right – yesterdays on the left.  I moved two baskets since then – they were so light they blended in and I really do not want to make more – I moved them to corners.  I do not have the blocks that I took out in the same order and that helps a bit too. The tea dye didn’t get the blocks as dark as I had hoped but a little darker.

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I don’t think the light colored blocks that showed up so much on yesterdays post stand out near as much and that was the main aim.  I have not started to sew anything together yet but really don’t want to waste a lot more time on arrangement.  I don’t find those blocks near the distraction as they were on the previous post.

Can you see the difference in color for this light color block? the one on the underside is the tea dyed block.  I brewed 10 tea bags in a gallon of water for about 10 minutes then soaked the squares in it for 30 minutes.  Rinsed in cold water two times and laid flat to dry.

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And the other one – this one didn’t take the dye hardly at all.  The tea dyed is on the top.

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So I think I am going with this.  After moving a few more pieces around I feel almost dizzy playing with it if you know what I mean – like after awhile  you just feel like you will mess it up if you keep playing with it!!  Now if there is anything that really stands out to you and you think should be moved let me know today – I will probably start to sew the rows on Tuesday.

Right now I have been thinking of how to finish this all off in the end.  I will add the half square triangles and the corners of course.  Then I will look and see what I have in brown or a dark reddish color and add a narrow sashing all around.  Then possible patchwork (more 4 patches?) in the beige’s for a wide border – or a collection of pieces from the beige’s in rectangle sizes I did this in another quilt and it worked well –  all around with possibly a applique pattern in the final border.   For applique I am thinking a brown vine twisting all around with a little bit of fall leaves scattered and maybe some small pumpkins in the corners – not bright orange but more of a brownish/orange – and call the quilt Fall Harvest – the baskets make me think of collecting vegetables from the garden and adding pumpkins would tie in.  I am linking up to MCM#85 Cooking Up Quilts today and Love, Laugh, Quilt .

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Thanks to all that ordered from the Craftsy sale from my links – I appreciate it.

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Design Wall Up

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Handful of Scraps, quilts

The portable design wall that is – I wanted to get the baskets up to see what I had and if more needed to be made.  I thought I was happy with the scrappy patchwork but I am not happy with the light squares that are in most of them.  It was one of those things that look ok until you take a photo and look at it on the computer screen.  I don’t like the design the white squares create next to the baskets.

scrappy baskets

But I am not going to rip them apart –  instead I am going to make a strong tea bath for them and dye all of the four patches – all of the four patches that have a light square or two in them I mean (which is most of them) – will come down off the wall and go in a strong tea dye.  That will make them at least a medium color beige and won’t change the color of the others all that much.  Then rinse, dry and press and back up to the wall they will go.   This will not change the pattern I have on the wall – just the color.  Have you ever done a tea dye before?  How do you do yours?  I make mine with about a gallon of steaming hot water and 6 -8 tea bags . I experiment with it until it looks dark enough –black tea – hate it to drink but Mike likes it so there is usually a box hanging around the pantry.  I drink green tea or herbals.

Two rows of hexies are just about added to the bottom of the hexie quilt – one more row to do before I start the sides.  Besides the tea dye I will work on hexies today for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy.  (I will link to her blog as soon as I get up in the morning, I write the night before and schedule) Also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework .

handful of scraps

I have been asked what other quilts are in the works – I know I haven’t show some in awhile.  So here is my list of my 4 WIP – (works in progress – they are not UFO’s because I know what they are I just haven’t worked on some of them in awhile lol) – and this is it – no others started or waiting in line other than the two I am working — on the baskets and the hexies.  None hanging in the closet or stashed away in boxes besides these.  I do have 5 tops waiting in line to be quilted though.

Melanie’s Bird Brain quilt – I need to get back to work on this one soon – it is intended to be a couch size quilt and I only have about 7 blocks done so need to get busy.

bird brain

Midnight Garden – a wool applique project – a wall hanging size.  9 blocks – one finished a second started and it has sat in the box for near a year now!

midnight garden

Love Entwined – now this one I suppose technically could be called a UFO as it has been untouched for several years – but I do intend to the finish the center block – but when – started this about June 2013.  Seriously a long time ago I started this quilt with good intentions and really like it and then after I started it I just lost interest in it which surprised me.  Like I say I do want to finish the center to make a wall hanging out of it at least or maybe make this a center of a medallion quilt – but most likely  it will be a wall hanging.

love entwined

Granny’s Gone Crazy – 1/2 inch hexies – will probably be a table topper – doubtful it well grow too much more.

granny's gone crazy

Of course I have about 3 more quilts in my head that I want to get started on  – one I got the pattern for last week, another I have the pattern for but waiting for a new fabric line to come out in the fall and I’m actually buying some when it is not on sale – unbelievable but true.  And I say 3 because I know there is another in my mind some place that I just can’t think of at the moment.

Craftsy Sale – Maker’s Black Friday – get all your supplies & classes that you need to make Holiday Gifts – final day – ends at midnight.

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Stain Glass Stars and 4-Patches

Baking/cooking, Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), quilts

The Stain Glass Stars wall hanging is finished – quilting took 10 days and the applique took 3 days I think – not bad for a little wall hanging made of left over blocks.  I put half square triangles in each corner for hanging.  Right now it is hanging the long skinny way – I might be moving this to the sewing room eventually and hang it the opposite way then – we will see.

stain glass stars

I got a lot of four patches cut out yesterday in the early afternoon then sat down to the machine for about an hour and started to chain piece – these are for the little baskets – I think this quilt will still end up about 80 inch square but not really sure – well be playing it by ear and getting out my portable design wall to start playing with placement and see how many more blocks need to be made.

four patches

More work was done on the hexies but I forgot to take a photo – I have one row ready to add on to the body – show it tomorrow maybe.  And more tomatoes were picked and more sauce made – 4 more pints – that makes 18 pints.

Marinara Sauce

Craftsy Sale this weekend – Maker’s Black Friday – get all your supplies & classes that you need to make Holiday Gifts – goes through the 20th Sunday at midnight.

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Stain Glass Stars

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), quilts

Yesterday I got the wall hanging squared up, binding cut, machine stitched and started the hand stitching.    The light in the dining room is not a true color bulb I just realized that when this showed up so yellow – not so true!

stain glass stars

This fabric is the tail end of a bolt of fabric that I bought years ago to be used as the background fabric of a quilt called Twisted Stars.  Not much left as you can see – but some to still put back on the shelf.

binding

One corner done.

binding

I put folded squares in the corners for hanging – I will get a wooden dowel to fit. I put them in all four corners so that If I want to hang it long skinny I can or if I want it wide and skinny I can!

binding

Another quilt that I got out to look at was the Scrappy Baskets.  The pattern calls for 300 baskets – I know I am tiring of this quilt already, it really isn’t “me” to begin with so I gave it some thought yesterday and I am going away from the design.  Now in the pattern there are some 4 patch blocks – just a few here and there so that is where I got the idea from – I thought why not alternate the baskets with 4 patch blocks, it will get done faster and I have plenty of the neutrals.  I had two baskets cut and ready for applique so I finished those last night and then got started cutting some squares today for the patches.  I laid some on the floor to get a feel for it.  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.

scrappy baskets

I think it will work out ok – I don’t know if I will still need to do more baskets to get a finish out of this one and I don’t know if it will finish queen size – but that is ok.  It will be done and one more out of the project boxes so I can make more!  This is not the finished layout- just scattered to get a general impression of what it would finish like.

scrappy baskets

 Craftsy Sale this weekend – Maker’s Black Friday – get all your supplies & classes that you need to make Holiday Gifts – starts today the 18th goes through the 20th Sunday at midnight.

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