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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

To Do Tuesday 8-16-22

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Last week Bonnie commented about my "squirrel project page". She was referring to the name of the pattern on the piece of paper in my photo, but the phrase got me thinking - what a perfect name, and so I created a project page just for my squirrels! You may access it from the photo above or by clicking the "Squirrel Alert" link in the pages listed right under my blog name. Thank you Bonnie. 😁

Last week's goals were a bust. We had some other activities going on, so when I was in the sewing room, my focus was elsewhere. Squirrels ruled:
1. Sandwich and start quilting The Wedding Quilt
2. Sandwich and start quilting RSS quilt
3. Continue to work on Get On Board With Sewing project
✅4. Give in to the clamoring squirrels and just have fun - Done - I tried a few things and discarded one, but fun was had!



One of my "other activities" last week was baking. My husband and I love sourdough bread, either in a loaf or baguette. I kept a sourdough starter when I catered, back in the late 2000s, so I was familiar with the process. This time I made it easy on myself and purchased a "live starter" from Breadtopia, and it is excellent. All you do is feed it, and it bubbles and smells wonderful.


Then, after baguette inspiration and a recipe referral from Cheree, I made sourdough baguettes, and we are so happy with the results! Crisp crust -✔  Soft interior -✔ Nice tang -✔ Thank you Cheree!

I hope to finally get a few things done this coming week, so these are carry-overs:
1. Sandwich and start quilting The Wedding Quilt
2. Sandwich and start quilting RSS quilt
3. Continue to work on Get On Board With Sewing project

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

To Do Tuesday 8-9-22

Good morning and welcome to To Do Tuesday, where we share events from our week and make plans for the coming week! Join us as by clicking on the link at the end of this post. Need more information? Just click on the busy couple above, and let me know if you have any questions.

My son and family!

Here's a little family update: Today is our second granddaughter's 19th birthday. She's the one on the right, next to my son. They celebrated her birthday early this past weekend at their favorite Mexican restaurant. She is not smiling her usual big smile because her boyfriend of three years broke up with her - by phone - the day before. Her second year in college starts next week. Our grandson (23) next to her has moved to Dallas (one hour from us!) into a condo with two of his friends, and he has a girlfriend who is attending law school in Oklahoma. Granddaughter #1 (21) has moved into an efficiency apartment at college and her junior year classes start next week - can you believe it is that time already! Our DIL is a counselor at a private high school, and our son works from home. They are all planning to visit us at the end of August!

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Beautiful new sourdough starter

In spite of the heat, I baked this past week! I attempted to make my own sourdough starter but it was unsuccessful, so I used the discard to make hamburger buns and some sourdough French bread loaves. I purchased some wonderful live sourdough starter from Breadtopia, and it was ready to go within a day! I can't wait to make "real" sourdough bread.

The cookies are peanut butter (mine with chocolate chips). This (slightly adapted) Jif peanut butter recipe used to be our standard, but I have found a new one we like even better. Here is my version - give it a try if you like soft peanut butter cookies with just a slightly crisp edge:

Big Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
1 stick salted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter (not natural) - I use crunchy
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Extra sugar, for rolling

Whip butter and sugars until fluffy. Add peanut butter, egg, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Whisk together dry ingredients and add to mixture until well blended. Scoop by heaping tablespoonfuls, roll into balls, roll in sugar, and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Very lightly crisscross with fork dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 for 10-14 minutes, depending on how big your scoop is and if you like barely baked or slightly crisp. Let cool on cookie sheet. I always add a few semi-sweet chocolate chips to mine.

Here is my playlist from last week:
✔1. Piece backing, sandwich, and quilt RSS quilt - Partly done - I got it pieced!
❌2. Sandwich The Wedding Quilt - Not done - BUT it is all ready to spread out and sandwich. I put it off because it is big and I have to do it on the floor! 😒
✅3. Work on project for Melva and Brenda's September "Get On Board With Sewing" blog hop - Done and fun!
✅4. On Saturday, help our daughter with a few projects at her house then take her to lunch! (The Littles will be with their Dad) - We ended up staying with The Littles yesterday instead of visiting our daughter Saturday, in order for our her to go to a doctor's appointment yesterday. Lunch will have to wait until the next time The Littles stay with their Dad.

A Christmas squirrel may have entered my sewing room last week . . .

This list should keep me busy for the coming week:
1. Sandwich and start quilting The Wedding Quilt
2. Sandwich and start quilting RSS quilt
3. Continue to work on Get On Board With Sewing project
4. Give in to the clamoring squirrels and just have fun

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

To Do Tuesday 8-2-22

Welcome to To Do Tuesday on this first Tuesday in August! Today is the day we share our "playlists" or goals for the week and report on results of our efforts from the past week. If you are new to this event and would like to participate (and I hope you will!), just click on the couple above for more information.

I saw this on Instagram and thought it was so funny!

Last week's playlist:
✅1. Piece together The Wedding Quilt backing - Done!
✅2. Continue to sew RSS quilt rows together - Done - it's a flimsy! I ordered the perfect backing for it, and it arrived yesterday!
❌3. Make more Indiana Puzzle blocks when fabric arrives - Fabric is here but no progress
✅4. Stay with The Littles while our daughter has her annual physical on Friday - Done and fun!
✅5. If time allows, start on Moda's new Sew-Along - Letters to Santa! - I chose my letters and now need to decide what extra blocks to add

This week's playlist:
1. Piece backing, sandwich, and quilt RSS quilt
2. Sandwich The Wedding Quilt
3. Work on project for Melva and Brenda's September "Get On Board With Sewing" blog hop
4. On Saturday, help our daughter with a few projects at her house then take her to lunch! (The Littles will be with their Dad)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

To Do Tuesday 7-26-22

It's time for another To Do Tuesday, where we gather with friends to share our goals, playlists, finishes, un-finishes, and ongoing projects! Join in the fun by clicking on the link below to add your post. If you need more information, just click on the couple above and read the To Do Tuesday Information page. The linkup opens on Tuesdays at 12:01am and closes on Mondays at 11:59pm.

My New Mexico dream house and the view out the windows

Here it is the last week of July, and it seems like summer will never end. Ours began in May, when we were cheated out of our spring by an early heat wave, and it continues with record-breaking high temperatures day after day. With that in mind, I want to move to the above house in the mountains of Chama, New Mexico! It comes with that spectacular view and is only $1,450,000 - lol, if only we could win the lottery! My kids say I'm crazy, but just think what a great place they would have to visit.😉

Here were my goals for last week, and they were easy to complete!
✅1. Rest and recover - Successful cataract surgery on my right eye, with no shiner this time!
✅2. Do whatever I feel like doing - As I get my energy back, I am sewing the rows for the RSS quilt, I completed as many Indiana Puzzle blocks as possible before I ran out of background fabric, but more is in the mail!

Here is the playlist for the coming week:
1. Piece together The Wedding Quilt backing
2. Continue to sew RSS quilt rows together
3. Make more Indiana Puzzle blocks when fabric arrives
4. Stay with The Littles while our daughter has her annual physical on Friday
5. If time allows, start on Moda's new Sew-Along - Letters to Santa!



I don't know is something has changed on Blogger or in my browser settings, but a few of you are now showing up as "Anonymous" in the comments. I am trying a change in my settings to see if it fixes the issue, but if you notice while you are commenting that you are showing up as "Anonymous", please put your first name in your comment, or the name of your blog, and that way I can respond to you. I think I have all of your email addresses in my database, and I love to respond to your comments by email. 

Another issue is an error on my part. Although I receive email notification of most of your comments, some land in the unpublished Comments section of my Blogger dashboard. I often forget to check my Dashboard, so if I missed responding to one of your comments, I apologize!

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Life, Reading, And Happenings

Our back yard redo is still in progress. That's a firepit under the black cover,
all ready for s'mores if it ever turns cold again!

Between soaring heat, drought, and eye surgeries, this summer has been pretty far down on my list of enjoyable summers. But there have been some perks, such as a new pergola in the back yard and reading! Today I am joining with Kathryn of The Book Date for a linkup called "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" I find Kathryn's blog to be a good source of books I might like to read, and Kathryn offers concise and on-point reviews!

I am currently re-reading Tony Hillerman's series of books featuring Joe Leaphorn, a fictional Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant in Window Rock, Arizona. Along with Leaphorn's murder investigations, Hillerman weaves his respect for Navajo culture in and out of vivid descriptions of Southwest landscapes, a bit of archaeology, and a good mystery. Hillerman shares my love of the mountains, canyons, and mesas of New Mexico and Arizona and makes them a part of the narrative in every chapter!


I am reading the second book of the series, Dance Hall of the Dead. I read most of the series years ago and recently started all over again. My reading is done on my iPad Kindle app in the afternoon with a glass of zinfandel! Although I miss the feel of a book in my hands, the adjustable brightness and font of the iPad makes it much easier for me to read.

Reading the following passage the other day literally gave me goosebumps! It takes place while Leaphorn is surveilling a commune in the cold light of the moon and sees a moving figure, and even Leaphorn "felt the hairs bristling at the back of his neck."

AND IN OTHER NEWS
I am sewing a little bit each day, as my eyes heal and adjust to increased light and clearer vision after cataract surgery! I have 8 rows sewn together, with 7 more to go and should have a finished flimsy this week for the Ruby Star Society Sew-along, and my Indiana Puzzle block pile has stopped growing as I wait for more background fabric to arrive.


During a recent trip to Home Depot, I coveted these plants for next spring!

As you can see from the photo at the top of this post, our back yard is undergoing some changes. We had a pergola installed, and we are in the process of redoing the flower beds behind our house. The plants in the above photo would look great out there!

That's about it for me - what is happening in your world this summer?
I am linking with It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Melva's Sew and Tell
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

To Do Tuesday 7-19-22

Welcome to To Do Tuesday, a linkup for you to keep track of your goals and share with others about projects and happenings in your world this summer! Please click on the couple above if you need more information.

I saw an Instagram reel showing acrylic bins used as fabric storage. I found these 12x6x4 ones on sale at Target and bought a dozen. I filled them with fabric and then that led to this: 🢃


After filling the bins, I decided to organize my messy, cat-pawed stash. There is something so relaxing about organizing fabric, and a new appreciation for my stash is gained in the process - although that did not keep me from ordering more fabric!

Doesn't everyone bake during 100 degree+ heat?
These are the potato crescent rolls I made last week - they were so good. I used this Land O'Lakes recipe and substituted a russet potato for sweet potatoes and left out the spices. This is a dependable recipe that I have used for years at Thanksgiving.

My playlist last week:
✔1. Sew backing for The Wedding Quilt - As Diann wondered, if I thought about it, does it count? I found two yards of fabric in my stash to add to the 4 yards I purchased two weeks ago, so that should be plenty to piece a backing. The solution hit me at 3:30am yesterday when Toby the cat woke me up and I couldn't get back to sleep!
✔2. Finish sewing rows together for RSS (Ruby Star Society) quilt - Although not finished,more rows were sewn together
✅3. Post about Moda Block Head block 16 - Posted here

Tomorrow we have to be at the hospital at 6:30am for cataract surgery for my right eye, while my left eye continues to amaze me with improved vision. So my playlist for the coming week is short:
1. Rest and recover
2. Do whatever I feel like doing

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Indiana Puzzle - A Moda Blockhead Block


Are any of you participating in Moda's Block Head QAL? I signed up to receive the Block Head posts each Wednesday right here. Although I have not joined in the quilt-along, I do love seeing the blocks, and when this one arrived in my mailbox I was drawn to it immediately, as in - I had to make it!

After auditioning several fabrics for the center I decided on this pop of yellow, and I love it!

The block was designed by Tammy Vonderschmitt of Moda Fabrics, and in her post she shows other examples of her "puzzle" block quilts. Indiana Puzzle is basically a fancy Friendship Star, and Tammy added 4-patch blocks instead of HSTs to the corners, which gives the block a "Snails Tails" look. It is ideal for a fussy cut center but I ultimately chose a pop of yellow.  I used the technique in this Instagram reel for the four patches and really enjoyed the process.

Using one color with a light background gives a "spinning" effect, but you can change out colors and values, and achieve a completely different look. You can see an excellent examples of variations on Robin Pickens blog post right here and you may find the pattern for Indiana Puzzle right here.

Here is my mockup of a quilt using this block with sashing and cornerstones

Most of the pieces have been cut and more background fabric has been ordered to make a quilt of these blocks using the mockup I created above. I didn't already have enough quilts to finish so I decided to make one more - lol!

I am linking this post to Melva's Monday Sew & Tell!
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

To Do Tuesday 7-12-22

Good morning and welcome to To Do Tuesday! I hope you will add your post to the linkup below and share with others all your creations - quilts, crafts, photos, books, gardening, travel, cooking or whatever makes you happy!

This past week I spent taking it easy after cataract surgery on my left eye last Wednesday. My eyesight has improved dramatically. Thank you for all your well wishes and encouragement. You were right - it was easy and pain-free. There is bruising beneath my eye (my husband called it a shiner - lol!) from injections for stent placement, so I look worse than I feel! Surgery on the right eye is next week. Now that I know what to expect, I'll be much more relaxed.

Indiana Puzzle - Moda Block Head QAL block 16

I've been in the sewing room but only got a small amount of sewing accomplished because of fatigue, but. I did make a fun block yesterday (above) and plan to post about it later this week.

Here is my playlist for next week:
1. Sew backing for The Wedding Quilt
2. Finish sewing rows together for RSS (Ruby Star Society) quilt
3. Post about Moda Block Head block 16

Now it's your turn - show us your playlists! I have coined playlist instead of goals after reading about Soma's playlists at Ink Torrents. Her blog is truly a joy to read with all the creative joy she exudes. All of you are kind and creative and funny and you inspire me so much every week! And you can call your list any name you choose. 😊

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

To Do Tuesday 7-5-22

Welcome to To Do Tuesday! We are officially mid-way through 2022, and time to start thinking about Christmas. There are many who start "Christmas in July" projects, and this year it sounds pretty good to me. If you are experiencing the kind of heat that we are, you know what I mean!

By this time tomorrow, I will be having my cataract surgery.  I started three sets of eye drops yesterday, and they are the most expensive eye drops I've ever used - lol! I was shocked at first at the $240 tab, then I decided to start thinking of it as part of the surgery, so that made it easier to accept. I will have to have the same prescriptions in two weeks, but my eyes are worth it!

I've started sewing rows together for the Ruby Star Society Sewalong quilt!

Here's how I did last week with my goals:
❌1. Sandwich wedding quilt - Still debating how I will piece the backing
✅2. Cut fabric for RSS Sewalong - :Pieces cut, layout done, sewing commenced!
✅3. Finish second table runner and do a post.- Finished and posted here
❌4. Start catching up with Pieces in the Garden Sewalong blocks - No progress

No goals for this coming week other than to recover and see better so that I can comment on your posts!

I can't wait to see what you have going on this week - please add your post to the linky below, then go visit a few blogs and spread the blog-love. Be sure to check back later in the week for those who post after you. If you have any issues accessing Marsha's Spot, just copy the text below and paste it into your browser:
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Squirrel-Spiration! - Gingham Table Runners


Gingham table runners - what a fun squirrel-spiration project!

  
This is how I feel when I visit Diann's blog!
Visiting Diann's blog is always risky for me, because she has such cute projects. My latest "squrirel-spiration" happened when I saw her gingham table runner. It was so pretty I had to make one too! Diann was originally inspired by Vicki, so this squirrel goes way back.

I had a couple of wine-themed fat quarters I wanted to use for the first runner, and I paired it with some Grunge that has a bit of red-ish textured through it and some Emma Grace fabric I had been hoarding. I thought this runner would work for our entry table, which also serves as a "bar" with our liquor shelf perched above it. My husband made that shelf, and it houses liquors and glasses.

I ordered backing from an online quilt shop thinking it would match the wine fabric.
It isn't a match, but I love the cinnamon-y hue and used it anyway!

For the second runner, I used a pretty black print with a burgundy print, and some old fashioned label squares left over from another project for the light squares. It now resides on our dining room credenza. 

The second runner is backed with a vintage-y looking fabric from my stash. 

I had originally intended to make a new table runner for the dining room table, but I happen to love the one that is on it. It was a consignment shop find, along with the tray and vase and is a perfect setting for my Granny's Carnival glasses.

The pattern is a free tutorial from Accuquilt and is adaptable. I cut my squares at 4 inches for the first runner (using my Accuquilt Go!) and made 5 rows of 15 squares, and at 4-1/2 inches for the second runner, with 3 rows of 13 squares.

Instead of sandwiching with batting, I simply sewed front and back together,
turned inside out, and finished with simple crisscross and straight-line quilting.

Our entry "hall"

Dining room, aka Baker's daytime sleeping place

I cannot take a photo without one of the pets getting involved

Runner #1 - Entry
Finished size: 18" x 53"
Fabrics:
Moda Grunge in Elafin
Emma Grace by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics
Wine Bottle fabric from Joann's Fabrics
Backing - Windham Uncorked in Brick with gold metallic 
Threads:
Superior Threads: 50wt So Fine in #503 Genoa Gray and #421 Marigold

Runner #2 - Dining Room
Finished size: 12" x 52"
Fabrics:
Black print from Quilting Treasures
Red print - Wintertide by Marsha McCloskey for Clothworks
Light prints from scrap bins
Backing - Subtle Charm by RJR Fashion Fabrics
Threads:
Superior Threads: 50wt So Fine in #503 Genoa Gray and 40wt Living Colors #515 Raspberry 

This post is linked with Melva's Sew and Tell!