Archive for August, 2007
The QOV quilt is now finished and ready to send away. I was matched up with a great longarm quilter who was really close by and she did a fantastic job. Thanks Cathy! The binding and label are done and I’ll be able to get it into the mail tomorrow. The destination will be a VA hospital in Wilmington, DE. Here’s a look before it goes to its new home.
When we had one child we called him “That Boy.” As in… “That Boy is awake”… (usually said waaay too early in the morning) or “That Boy needs new shoes”.
Now we have two boys. We call them “The Big Boy” and “The Small Boy” (or sometimes “The Little Boy”). They’re pretty easy to tell apart that way. Mind you, we mean them no disrespect. They do have fine names, if I may say so. But sometimes it’s so right to say, “That small boy is biting me again.” The words just sound better coming out of your mouth and we don’t have to worry about name dyslexia… (whoeveryouare, get over here).
Gotta love those boys.
I hate to say it but I think Alton Brown has done me wrong. It sounds wrong even saying that because I love Alton Brown. Truly, I do. (No really, I’m absolutely serious). Anyway, we’ve always got a few episodes of Good Eats on TiVO and I sat down to Dr. Strangeloaf the other night. Thought I could pick up a few tips for the sourdough. It’s been a little dense lately. Look what happened!
Like a popover gone wrong. It stuck coming out of one pan and I could barely get the overhang out of the other. Truthfully, it’s not all Alton’s fault. It’s not like I followed his recipe to the letter (or at all really). Just took a few hints for rising and kneading. It looked like all would be well. It had a great first rise. It was the second that was too vigorous and went poof, deflated over the sides.
On the plus side, I’m really excited that I finally got a wooden bowl for rising the dough. I picked that one up from here. And last but not least, it’s a good thing most mistakes are edible. The texture is pretty good actually. Good Eats everybody!
but not without making it into one more Etsy Treasury….
now excuse me while I sink back into oblivion.
Well imagine my surprise. I was chosen for three Etsy Treasuries in the last week. Yikes! I don’t know if it’s some kind of crazy moon cycle or the fact that my food themed items lend themselves quite well to cute collections. The latter for sure. A Treasury is a themed collection of twelve items created by buyers and sellers that are showcased for a couple of days. You never know if you’ve been chosen unless you look. My black coffee print was chosen for a breakfast theme, apple pie cards for the pie theme and the lollipop journal for, you guessed it, a lollipop theme. It’s fun. It’s flattering. Yay me! (Secretly doing a happy dance.) Please bear with the following blatant display of self-promotion. Thanks for reading.
I went to the Lowell Quilt Festival this past weekend and was totally overwhelmed. It was the first quilt show that I had ever been to and didn’t really know what to expect. My rookie mistake was that I started in the venue that had most of the vendors and given my fabric addiction, I started to hyperventilate a bit right off the bat. I made my way over to some display quilts to try to catch my breath. Then I saw my quilt teacher who is the outreach director for the New England Quilt Museum. Because I didn’t have a lot of time, she suggested I make my way over to the Auditorium where the juried show was.
Wow, was I ever blown away. Traditional, non-traditional. Machine quilted, hand quilted. So much work, creativity and skill. I’ve never been one to focus on the “quilting” of quilts. I’m more of an “I like to play with the pretty fabric” kind of girl. But even quilts and styles that don’t necessarily resonate with me, I began to appreciate for their workmanship. In addition to the wall quilts, was a display from the Journal Quilt Project. I found these small gems really inspiring. It was a real creative kickstart to see so many different techniques and ways to use fabric. I went to the lobby to buy the book and they had sold the last one. Ahhh. Have to keep looking.
I’m really excited about the quilt I’m working on now though I can’t post any pictures yet because it’s a gift and therefore a surprise. Hope to post that one someday soon. Well, since I feel like this post needs some eye candy, here’s a fairly recent quilt I made for my older son, the animal lover.