Archive for February, 2009

Just a little bit more

It turns out that pneumonia can really slow you down. I’ve been crazy tired. I’ve managed a few minutes here and there to make another mega-block (four blocks sewn together) for the Urban Couture quilt. The new one is on the left. It should be easy sewing from here on out, assuming I get well soon (fingers crossed).



February 27, 2009 at 11:54 am 2 comments

A Sign of Spring?


Please say it’s so. We got our first chicken egg from last summers chicks.¬† It’s smallish but lovely. We kept only 6 hens for ourselves but do to unfortunate circumstances, only two remain – Sunshine and Olive. I’m so proud of whoever laid that egg. My mother-in-law (who has a flock of chickens that have been laying since last summer) said her chickens would laugh at this feeble attempt. I beg to differ.

Anyway, it’s that awful February thing where everyone is sick for weeks at a time. It’s been my turn for the last week. I’ve been so under the weather that I haven’t even wanted to sew (gasp!). With my oh-so-attractive hacking cough accompanied by shortness of breath, if I could find an iron lung in the attic, I’d jump in. I just want this to be over.


The little bit of progress I have made is on the Urban Couture quilt. I have all the half-square triangles sewn and in different states of development. Some still have the paper, some have been pressed with dog-ears, some pressed and clipped. All the strips have been cut so real block construction can begin.

Any day now.

February 19, 2009 at 9:28 pm 1 comment

Weekend Productivity

Since Valentine’s Day is later this week, I’ll have to lead with the chocolate… souffl√©, that is. I made this Saturday night for some friends we had over for dinner. It is quite nearly perfection.



It’s everything you want in a heavenly chocolate dessert. It’s dense yet light. It’s creamy but has body. It’s ridiculously chocolate-y but not too sweet. I used two-thirds bittersweet chocolate and the rest semi-sweet. For the six eggs, I used three of our largest duck eggs. It came out of the oven about 10pm or I might have gotten a photo before consumption. I recommend a dollop of lightly sweetened cream or a scoop of good vanilla ice cream to melt lovingly over the top. It’s going to take an amazing amount of self-restraint to not eat this for lunch. Anyway, I highly recommend you make this for any Valentine that enjoys loves adores worships chocolate.


Next, I made myself this bag. I’m too impatient to search for a pattern that has everything I want, so I engineered this one myself. I knew the size I wanted and a few details and I just gave it a whirl. I should have made a muslin version to test everything out but did I mention I’m impatient? I had some extra home dec weight yardage and I decided to go for it. It’s not my favorite fabric so if it didn’t turn out I wouldn’t be too sad, but if it did, it would be servicable. It’s really not all that bad. A few finish things can be addressed. I haven’t decided on a closure yet, button or magnetic clasp. The strap is too wide and some interfacing would give it more body. But overall, not bad. The last bag I made was supposed to be a spring/summer bag to be followed by a fall/winter bag. My two season bag has lasted two years. It’s just starting to show some wear and I needed a replacement. I have some other fabric I like that I’ll try to perfect this with.

February 9, 2009 at 11:11 am 1 comment

Wonky Blue and Green


Here are some Project Improv squares for the blue/green colorway. One is quite log cabin-ish and the other is really wonky. I did the more traditional version because, honestly, I’ve never made a log cabin block. I’ve done lots of courthouse steps but not the classic log cabin. These blocks are really fun and addictive to make. I see a scrap quilt coming on.

February 4, 2009 at 10:36 am 2 comments

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