2014
09/20

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Life

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New free quilt pattern and socks

Cindy Carter  in Seattle has posted that she is doing a one day mystery quilt which will be easy.   She is providing a free pattern which you can get here 

Doing more canning than most anything else, I only have a just turned heel to show and am starting the instep on this pair

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2014
09/19

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Foods
quilts

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A Knitters gifts – mittens

Today seemed like a good day to tackle these 6 paper pieced mittens for this  quilt.    Paper piecing is still difficult for me, so they took much longer than I think they should have.   So only 2 of the 6 are finished.

P1020297 blue alpha mitten

P1020294 green mitten

 Then I was back to normal things such as picking raspberries, a trip to the grocery, etc.   I am so happy tomorrow is a rest day.

 

hhu

2014
09/18

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Foods
Garden

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Pillowcases and more canning

I woke up early this morning so was able to come to the sewing room and work on more pillowcases before I needed to make breakfast.   I think there are about 15 here.

P1020292 more pillowcases

I ended up canning another 20 pints of salsa and 4 of string beans (that’s the end of the beans - bushes are pulled out of ground).     There are still probably 10 gallons of tomatoes in the kitchen, most of which can wait until Sunday and those that can’t will get refrigerated.    I only have 15 pint jars left and still have applesauce to make, so I’m thinking another trip to the store to see if they still have them on sale.

I’m guessing that I will need to pick more tomatoes and raspberries tomorrow.     Oh, and I forgot about grapes.   I do have another 2 weeks for those, don’t I?

Someone contacted me about what to do with extra tomatoes.   She said that the food bank doesn’t accept them.    Do any of you know what’s up with that?

2014
09/17

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quilts
Sewing

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September’s Sew Fun Infomercial

Gail had many items to show us today -enough to make it difficult to know where to start.   So we’ll start with the books.   The first was “Adorable Animal Applique”   in which there are absolutely the cutest little animals  in three themes and suggestions as to how to use them.   The themes:  jungle, underwater, and cute monsters.  There were bibs, blankets, bannersP1020282pillowcases, and other items, using raw edge appilique.

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Another book was called “Kimberbell Halloween, which as the name implies was very Halloween oriented with various projects.  These are two wall hangings and a bag.

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From  Smith Street design, there were CDs with applique designs for greeting cards.   Simple and easy to make.

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She brought in some red glasses through which it was interesting to look at fabric.   They turned the colors into darks, medium and light.   Some of them really surprised me.

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Pearly  Gates does good with mylar and this time, they sent samples of leaves and autumn designs.   Both of these were made into quilts.

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I believe this quilt is from “Table Please, part 2″ but may be from above.

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Isn’t’ this a cute Bitty Buddy waste can to take to  class for your trimmings?

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There were other items there without photos, such as a reading light, ruler cutting combo, other patterns, one of which was the BQ series.   I have made and love the first one of this series, though I’m not as impressed with the next three.   But I’m sure others love them.

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Not to leave out clothing here is a Simply Elegant Tee which has several lengths of shirt and of sleeve

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and a Little Something Jacket (with the tee under)

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2014
09/16

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farming
Garden
Life
quilts

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“Tell it to the Stars” quilt top + garden

This is the finished “Tell it to the Stars” quilt top.   It took parts of three days to assemble it, but it turned out to be a nice masculine quilt top.   It has a green edge all around it, which is difficult to see because my quilt wall is a bit small.

 P1020262 tell it to the stars top

And these are the garden boots and shoes I could not get a colored photo to show you yesterday.  I did want you to see how pretty they are BEFORE the mud season.

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So after finishing the quilt top, I went outside to pick food.   Here is the first thing I saw.   Yes, this bantam outwitted us and has two small chicks.

P1020272 bantam with babies

So back to picking veggies.   5 cantaloupes – personal size

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2 gallon bucket of tomatoes

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and more tomatoes

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and a few beets

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two gallons of green beans

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about 2 quarts of raspberries

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and not shown about 40 pounds of apples.    We will pick more in 2 weeks or sooner.  It was a full day.

 

2014
09/15

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Foods
Life
Shopping

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Shoes and canning

I did sew this morning, but nothing really to show yet.

The doctor ordered new shoes, so that was the first order of business when the stores opened.   New Balance, they are.

P1020250 Black walking shoes

Then it was off to the hardware store and Costco.    When I can get the camera to take color again, I’ll show you the new garden boots and shoes.     Costco was more expensive trip.   They have really changed things around since we were there three weeks ago and now near the entrance, have an organic section with many gluten-free selections.   In case you missed them there, they are also in the regular section.   We were like kids in a candy store.

Then home to face a mass of tomatoes.   Fortunately there are still about 5 gallons that are not ripe enough to process.    But I did make and process 22 pints of salsa.   Since we use about a pint a week, I’ll get some more green peppers and onions and do about that many more.   The rest of this years tomatoes will just be sauce and canned as is.  I do write the products and date on the lid so we have some idea of age and product.

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2014
09/14

Category:
gluten-free cookng

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Gluten-free Sept 14

Seahawk’s day – What can I say about meals?

  • Breakfast

  •  peanut butter  n jam toast – one of his favorite meals

  • smoothie with persimmon, kale, banana, blueberries, nuts, Nanogreens and supplements

Lunch:    snacks included mixed nuts and gluten-free crackers provided by the children

Dinner

  • Potato salad

  • milk

  • smoothie with banana, nuts, supplements

 

2014
09/14

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Knitting
Life
quilts

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SEAHAWKS DAY (not winners) and cantaloupe

I didn’t know if  cantaloupe would grow in this area or not, but since the summer was so warm, I thought I’d give it a try.   They were late getting into the ground and didn’t get the fertilizer attention needed, but there are quite a few of these little ones.  I would call them personal size.   This is a teaspoon sitting beside it.  We picked 4 of them today.   Well, picked isn’t the best word, because they had already disengaged from the plant.  We simply picked them up.

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The one we opened today was a bit overripe, but we enjoyed it anyway.   Tomorrow we’ll try another one.

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Seahawk’s day is almost like a national holiday around here this year.   And all because they had a great year last .  We were invited to our oldest son’s new place and I took my knitting.   I am now nearly up to the heel.

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And I had some time this morning to put the quilt blocks in some sort of order.  So here you see a very rough idea of “Tell it to the Stars”

P1020240 tell it to the stars layout

 

2014
09/13

Category:
gluten-free cookng
Life

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Gluten-free Sept 13

This is certainly a learning road that I would not choose to travel if not necessary.

Breakfast:

  • He was delighted to have some bread on which to put his peanut butter and jam

  • Smoothie consisted of 1/3 cup of almonds, banana, Nanogreens, kale, blueberries + supplements

Lunch:

  • potato salad,

  • Amy’s brown rice bowl n vegetable bowl,

  • Amy’s Tamale with roasted vegetables,

  • roasted Broccoli,

  • tossed green salad

  • cantaloupe/strawberry dish for dessert

Supper:

  • Bowl of lentils,

  • repeat of the mornings smoothie,

  • “ice cream” vegan style

 

2014
09/13

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Life

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Relaxing

Today we drove over to a friend’s house to give her some jars of jam for her birthday.   Then we drove into Seattle for a lovely, relaxing. visit with our youngest daughter and her husband.     We had a delightful lunch and then settled on towels beside the lake to visit, relax, and take in some of the last really warm summer rays.  We need enough summer memories to get us through February and March when it seems summer is still a long way off.   The lake has all ready chilled a bit as the weather is changing.