Quilting, Piecing, Garden & Ice Cream!!

Baking/cooking, gardening, Handful of Scraps, Murrieta Stars – Flannel, Postage Stamp Quilt

wow what a busy day yesterday was – I have gotten my 10,000+ steps for 5 days in a row!!  The morning was spent on the garden – just distance shot here – lot’s of work to do still – I did get 6 tomato plants planted last night though so that’s good – mulch moved, cement blocks moved in for another bed – yes cement blocks – I’ll say more about those  when I get done – saw it on pinterest for raised beds.  Wow does that grass need to be cut – I was going to do that yesterday but I barely started when I ran out of gas.  For the life of me I can not get the cap to work with my arthritic fingers/hand and so I leave that to Mike he gets the gas and fills up the mower and I usually take it from there. (yes you have figured it out by now Mike doesn’t do yard work or garden work often – not his thing)


This much of the Postage Stamp final border is done!  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today and Crazy Mom Quilts.


Where I picked up on it last night


A few more of the Murrieta Stars are done 17 of 30


and yes they might look like solids but they are not.  All of the colors are something like this, a plaid of some sort.


I started to cut more hexies for the border of Handful of Scraps while I was taking breaks from outside work.  I only work outside for about 30 minutes at a time then come in and take a break for about 20-30 minutes then go back out again – did that all morning.  I treat the yard and garden as I do quilting – a little bit every day and it gets done.  I can not afford a gardener/landscaper.  The little hexies will go in a scrap quilt, they are all kinds of odds and ends of colors – I started working on tiny hexies some time ago but only work on them once in awhile – no plan for them at this moment.


And dessert!  I made this first thing yesterday morning before I went out to the garden – very fast – homemade ice cream with out a machine!!  I think it took all of 10 minutes to make.

Strawberry-Banana Ice Cream
2 cups chopped strawberries (if large cut each berry into about 8 pieces)
2 bananas – cut in slices
Put the berries and banana’s in a ziplock bag and freeze the day or night before you will use them
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon of Vanilla
Put the whipping cream in your kitchen aide mixer (or what you use) and with the whipping blade let it go until stiff – at the same time this was going  I put the frozen fruit in a food processor and add the vanilla and the milk – pulse until it is all chopped up and fairly smooth – pulse off and on not continuous. When the cream was stiff and the fruit mixture fairly smooth I added the fruit to the cream and stir it all up until well mixed – pour into a bread pan or a container of your choice and cover tightly – put in the freezer and freeze for about 12 hours or so – I did mine by 8:30 in the morning and it was froze good by after supper.   (if you do not have a food processor I do not know if you could do this – I’m not sure if a blender is strong enough, would have to do it in multiple batches I assume.  I saw a recipe kind of like this on facebook I think, but it just had the fruit and a 1/4 cup milk in it – I wanted more of an ice cream mixture so I tried this – it was good.  As it thaws out if you do not eat it quickly it does become a little “slippery” from the bananas not sure what kind of texture you call mashed bananas.


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11 comments… add one
  • Marianne Apr 14, 2017

    What a huge yard you have! No wonder you do your 10,000 steps when you work out there. I’m amazed you have energy to do anything once you come inside. As for ice cream, I have an ice cream maker getting dusty in the basement. I never use it but keep hanging onto it… just in case. Maybe this will be the year. Have a happy Easter!

  • Deb Apr 14, 2017

    Busy lady and all of it looks wonderful! 🙂
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  • maxine lesline Apr 14, 2017

    Nice pic of your garden. A garden writer,Rosalind Peasy, wrote about raising 500 # of food in a 100 sq foot garden.. compost, frequent tweaking..in a Mother Earth News magazine about four years ago. .. weighed everything for accuracy in her article.. but probably casual gardeners raise more than they think as produce is not weighed. Arthritis is a bummer, isn’t it? As Jack Benney once said when receiving an award..”Well, I really don’.t deserve this.. but I have arthritis, and I don’t deserve that either.” Interesting to read about you managing to do so much with a painful thumb… the outside time balanced with the inside time. Smart.

  • Mary Apr 14, 2017

    You definitely accomplished quite a bit yesterday. The Murietta Star quilt is coming together nicely.

  • Pam Marbourg Apr 14, 2017

    I love your postage stamp border. It is a combination of jacobean design and primitive. Very creative and colorful and perfect for the postage stamp quilt. did you design it yourself?

  • Dottie bishaw Apr 14, 2017

    It’s good you take breaks because you certainly accomplished a lot of work yesterday! I should take breaks like you, but when I go out in the yard I tend to be gone for hours as my honey says, lol. Sometimes he comes looking for me, thinking somethings happened to me. I just love to work in my yard I guess, and love it when it’s so beautiful. The Postage Stamp quilt is even more beautiful with your hand quilting, which makes the quilt look simply amazing. Thank you for the recipe, the ice cream looks so good. Love, love your big yard.

  • Sandra B Apr 14, 2017

    Karen, your ice cream sounds delicious! And just the treat for these warmer days….I will have to give it a try…. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    You are getting so close to finishing the quilting on the border for your Postage Stamp quilt!
    Love those Murietta Star blocks! They are going together quickly!

  • Michele Hill Apr 14, 2017

    Your garden is looking lovely Karen…..and that ice-cream….yummo!!
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  • Thimbleanna Apr 14, 2017

    Inquiring minds want to know if you ever sleep!!! Holy Cow – you get so much done. We’re still a month out from planting. Your yard looks so pretty with all the green and your postage stamp quilt is looking great!
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  • QUILTER68 Apr 15, 2017

    Sounds like you are a busy lady. I try to keep up with everything and my sewing but it is sometimes more than I can do!

  • Karen Berrisford Apr 15, 2017

    I absolutely love your postage stamp quilt!!!! I really need to get over my fear of applique , lol

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