Working On Border

Handful of Scraps, Retro Air Ship Propeller's

The border work for the Retro Air Ship Propeller quilt is moving along but it finished off a little wavy so I’m going to go back in on Monday – taking a break – and take in a couple seams here and there to try to tame that waviness down.  The top and bottom of the quilt measure an inch more than the center – it would be ok to just leave as is but I’m not in a rush and the way the border is made it is fairly easy to just go in and re do about 4 to 6 seams taking in a 1/8 to 1/4 inch here and there to make the measurements the same.    When I tame the waviness – yes I know I do not have to do that but on this one I wanted to – I will add another red border.  I don’t have a lot left though and I think I will be lucky to get a 3 inch border finished on it – that will make the quilt about 98 or 99 inches square which will work out ok.  The binding then would be a neutral color.


I have gotten more hexies basted and I think in between normal weekend stuff I will be working on Handful of Scraps – the lower corner will be the section to work.  I have all the pieces picked out and the photo taken with the Ipad now I just need to sit back and look for something on Netflex or Amazon Prime to watch and get busy!


A little bit of shopping today for herbs for the garden – rosemary, sweet mint, spearmint, peppermint, two basils, sage and sweet marjoram (I have not grown this one before).  The mints will go in pots and the rest in the garden.  Not sure if these will get planted today – rain yesterday continued part of the night and I’m not sure just how wet the garden is – might be too muddy I will check it out later – rain off and on all week the forecast says so would like to get these in the ground or potted.


Craftsy is having a supply sale – today March 24th through March 26th midnight.

Deals on all kits & supplies!
Quilting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Sewing Fabric and Kits: Up to 70% off
Knitting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Crochet Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Cake Decorating Supplies: Up to 40% off


A new design called “Boundless Dutch Garden just in time for spring is on sale at this link.  Have you seen this one – pretty blues and yellows.

Boundless Dutch Garden Precut Fabric


Propellers and Tulips

gardening, Retro Air Ship Propeller's

Two borders have been added to the Propellers – what I thought was going to be a cloudy plain day turned into a sunshine filled 78 degree day – I was cutting grass and mulching the last of the fall leaves that I dragged out of a flower bed.  Watered the lettuce and dumped a bunch of used coffee grounds in what will be the tomato bed.  It was a pretty day!  Plenty more tulips to show today as well.  First the Propellers border.  I didn’t feel like dragging the coffee table out of the way and laying this nice and neat on the living room floor instead I moved the ironing board out of the way and laid it on the kitchen floor that leads to the dining room – tight fit I thought I would be able to lay it flat – didn’t happen!    Going across it is now 95 inches wide – the top and bottom border or sides which ever way you want to call it will have the propeller corner stones added and possibly will work on it today? Not sure – after that I will measure the red fabric and see what I have left and decide if it will be enough for another border and binding or just a border – If it is just enough for one more border so be it and I will use neutrals for a binding.  Or maybe the last border should be little squares of various colors used from the quilt – or alternate red and neutral squares and then a final red binding – I will think about it when I get this border finished.  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.


The tulips – at first I didn’t think most of the tulips were coming up then as they have been opening I remembered that I had planted them in about 5 clumps of about 8-10  bulbs in each area – and they are all different kinds and colors.


I thought I had a better photo of this little white with the pink tints on the edges but it is a little blurry


And this white tulip looks like a peony to me – are there “peony tulips”?


A view from above – looks a little sparse but I replanted this bed last year so it will take a little bit to see what pops up, I have forgotten what is in here .  It had been overrun with a ground cover and so I pulled most of that out and put in a different part of the yard.  I will not be surprised if some of it comes back in.  I have a circle of Crinum Lilies on the outer edges – they get really big and full in the early part of summer.


Craftsy is having a supply sale – today March 24th through March 26th midnight.

 Deals on all kits & supplies!
Quilting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Sewing Fabric and Kits: Up to 70% off
Knitting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Crochet Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Cake Decorating Supplies: Up to 40% off


A new design called “Boundless Dutch Garden just in time for spring is on sale at this link.  Have you seen this one – pretty blues and yellows.

Boundless Dutch Garden Precut Fabric



Handful of Scraps, Postage Stamp Quilt

In order to do the border how I want to do I had to make one more propeller block.  This was not hard to do as I had it so down pat that I got one done in no time at all.  When I got done with the propeller block I cut the rest of the pieces that I need for the “piano key” borders – I hope I cut enough.  The stack of fabric on the corner of the table were neutrals that I thought I might need but didn’t – back on the shelf they went.  I did use up quite a few pieces of fat quarters in this quilt and my neutrals are low – I will have to restock them over the next couple months I think.  I use them so much in this scrappy fashion – I have no light gray prints or almost solid pieces left of that color group.  I do still have a lot of cream/white prints that are in the project box for the scrappy baskets though.  When I get this project done I will probably get the baskets back out to work on.  Besides the Scrappy Basket quilt I think the only other one now in progress is Handful of Scraps – no I take that back I started the wool applique Midnight Garden – I have only made one of those blocks – that and the baskets will be good for working on at the porch this summer – pinned or glue basted in place and they will not fly away in the breeze.  Small they will not be draped all over me either.  I do have one quilt top waiting in line for hand quilting and the Propellers will be hand quilted as well.


The lower left corner is now stitched in place and ready to work on the next corner – I have to check and see if I have enough neutrals basted now or if I must do that first – I think I cut out way too many neutrals the last time I cut.  If I have a lot left over I might put one more row all the way around the outside edges – it won’t disrupt any pattern as I wasn’t following the applique in the pattern.  It has taken a long time to get this hexie quilt to this point!!  It will be a year in May that the first hexie was thread basted.


Nothing else for today – I didn’t sleep well Tuesday night and wasn’t very energetic yesterday and it was early to bed for me last night – I sure hope I slept better!! (I write my post the evening before they are posted scheduling for early morning so I don’t know if I slept well lol)


Honey Oatmeal Almond Bread


Enough of you said you wanted the bread recipe from the photo I posted this morning so here it is.  This recipe is from one that I made changes to found on Pinterest.  The original did not have almond flour in it or almond milk.  I use these ingredients for the added calcium in the diet.  If you do not wish to – use milk of your choice it should have no difference to the loaf.  If you wish to replace the almond flour you could probably use wheat or white – the amount of liquid might need to be changed.

Honey Oatmeal Almond Bread

2 cups white flour or bread flour (1-2 more cups for kneading)
1/2 cups oats
1 cup almond flour (I use almond flour – I do not grind the almonds myself – almond flour can be found in the baking isle in small bags)
1 package dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt

Mix the above ingredients together in your large mixing bowl.

In a large measuring cup  mix together:
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter

Heat the liquids in the microwave for about 1 minute – the butter will soften, do not let it get too hot – should not be above 110 degrees  Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Add a little flour 1/2 cup at a time until a good ball is made, either continue to knead with your mixer for 5 to 10 minutes or turn onto a flour covered countertop and knead – add flour if you need to.  I think I added about 1 1/2 cups above the initial 2 cups at the top of the recipe.  Place in a greased bowl out of drafts and cover with a towel.  let the dough double in size – depending on the warmth of your kitchen 1 to 2 hours.  Then punch down and turn a couple times and shape into a loaf the style you want.  I used a round clay bowl and did a couple gentle slashes across the top.  Let rise again for about 30 to 45 minutes.  Heat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 35-45 minutes.  I am assuming most of you have made bread and can adjust the times and ingredients as they will work for you and your oven.  This made a large circular loaf – if you use a regular bread pan you will need to decide if this makes one or two loafs.




A Sewing Day

Handful of Scraps, Postage Stamp Quilt, Retro Air Ship Propeller's

A lot got done yesterday.  It was a nice day again but I felt like sewing and making bread.  I started to work on the Propeller border but soon moved on to the bread and the pieces are still on the table where I left them – maybe cutting more today.  Here is where I left the look yesterday – I will make one more propeller block for the corners – seeing as I had three extra I thought I would use them in the border.  I didn’t feel like moving things out of the way so this is just roughly laid out on the floor to get an idea of what I was doing.


I finished the 2nd from the bottom row on this side of the row on Monday night and will continue to work little by little getting the Postage Stamp quilt done.


From the hoop over needs to be done on this row – getting closer to the end.  Linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts , Jo’s Country Junction and Quilt Fabrication today and My Quilt Infatuation.


Lower left section ready to attach to the body of Handful of Scraps – I have been working on this area for several days – didn’t happen over night.


The bread – recipe tomorrow if anyone is interested?  Honey Oatmeal Almond Bread. (not chopped nuts but almond flour for part of it)



First Day of Spring–Felt Like Summer

gardening, Handful of Scraps, Postage Stamp Quilt

Really people it felt like the first day of summer today not spring.  I do not ever remember having this warm of a day for the first day of Spring – 84.9 degrees – where the heck did that come from – and today as well.  I actually had to turn the A/C on in the middle of the afternoon and shut the windows – unbelievable. So did I get any sewing done!  Not much – I was outside.

Last December I bought a mixed bag of tulip bulbs – I believe this one is called a “parrot tulip” I could be wrong.  I well have 3 clumps of  these and one of another color – it isn’t open yet so I’m not sure – looks like it will be white but what will the second color be? (not shown in this photo)


A lot of clean up of the flower beds has been done the past week – I have one area of leaves pulled out from the beds that I need to mulch but after that I am done with clean up and on to planting the garden in another couple weeks – one can never tell with this crazy weather – our last chance of frost is not until the middle of April at least and I am not planting my tomatoes until closer to that.  We do not have grass that grows decently and would need to lay sod – this used to be a pine forest – I don’t mind it so we let it go like is – we do get a bit of weed/grass that grows and the area has a lot of wild violets that grow – they have just started so I will be seeing a  lot of green shortly.  This photo taken at 6:30 about last night.  The leaves on the trees are all beginning to bud out so it will look really full in another week or two – and I noticed last evening that it looks like I might get some blossoms on my 3 year apple tree that still looks like an extra large twig!!  well it is over 6 feet tall, but very thin still.


I have been bringing the tomato plants outside daytime so they can start to get used to the difference – hardening them up as they say, I started these from seed so pretty small still.


Yesterday this is all the sewing I got done with LOL  When I got started with this quilt I was going to try to count hexies as you can see on the print out – I gave up, I should have enlarged it more – It made me dizzy LOL – do I really care how many?– no


Worked on this section of the Postage Quilt on Sunday night.  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog.


I do not often buy fancy bakeware but there was something about this shortbread pan (can also be used for scones)  that drew me to it and finally after looking at it for the last six months in the King Arthur Baking Catalog I caved in and bought it and a round bread bowl.  I figured that after six months I really wanted them both and to dive in and get them.  Now of course do I try them out on this day when it is to get above 80 degrees again – you bet!!