Friday, February 27, 2015

Day Retreat: Day Three

Another good day at the retreat. I made a bunch more Tahoe blocks. I think my total at the retreat so far is 40, plus I had made 20 others on a previous day... my numbers might be off, but they are super quick and easy to make, so my number estimate is close.

I'm in the process of making my own Totem Pole, of sorts. [I hope that's not disrespectful.] These are blocks I am making for M. of Sunshine. She sent me the flowery pinkish fabric and will makes quilts out of the blocks I (and others) return to her. I am displaying them on this column as I get them made. I made eight so far, have two more cut out and ready to start tomorrow, and will get another one or two from the fabric I have left.

I have more sewing to look forward to tomorrow!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Day Retreat: Day Two

[If you are here to read my Friday book review, I apologize.. I once again do not have one. I'm making slow progress through my fat book and have not yet completed it.]

Still having fun at my Day retreat. I was tired today so worked a little slowly, but still got some things done.

These are blocks made by my cousin and her friend. They shared fabrics:
Here's our working space. Nice, n'est-ce pas?
I made a couple more little zipper bags. The red one is for my mom for her birthday, so I used birthday fabric inside hers.

I also made "Tahoe Blocks" for Sunshine... and I worked on a large quilt that is still in progress, hence no pictures of that project.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day Retreat: Day One

I am attending a Days quilting retreat. There is a shop that has a nice sewing space in the upstairs, above the store. We are there sewing while the shop is open. When the shop closes, we go home and sleep in our own beds. It is quite nice! The space is great for sewing, and it's helpful to have a shop right there for the things we forgot (or forgot we "needed.") We get 15% off while we're at the retreat.

This is some of what I finished today:

two community service guild projects, tops only -- I assembled one and added borders to another.

a tote bag and a small zipper bag -- and Cousin B. finished a tote bag, also. We're the Bag Ladies.

I also made some blocks for Sunshine, but forgot to take a picture.

Tomorrow - back to more sewing! I'm liking this version of a retreat. I feel like a kid going to Day Camp. Nighty-night!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

How to Make Spaghetti Out of Nothing

I was craving spaghetti - one of my favorite comfort foods. I had planned to make it for a few days and finally got my chance. Browned some ground beef along with onion. Decided to go the easy/lazy route and use a jar of spaghetti sauce. Oops.. none on the shelf. That's OK. I can make it from tomato sauce and other such ingredients, the way my mother taught me. Well, look at that, we had no tomato sauce at all!

Hmmm... now what? I REALLY wanted some spaghetti. Oh, I found a jar of picante sauce. I decided to use that. But.. that's a little weird. What else? I still was hoping to find a can of tomato sauce - no such luck. So I did have one large can of diced tomatoes. I dumped in some of the tomatoes and the juice from that can.

Then I added a few spices to try to convince it that it really was spaghetti sauce.

For spaghetti, I used another pasta: penne pasta which I love.

I thought we had run out of parmesan cheese (not the real stuff but the powder stuff from a jar, the lazy route again)... but it was my lucky day! We had a new jar.

It was quite delicious, actually. There were no leftovers!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Books: Trying to Finish

I'm reading a long book, and it's taking a long time. Sorry... I'm not ready for a book review this week. Thanks for checking!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Two More Bags

I should say that I was inspired to start making these bags by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts; but finding my zippers also was a key part of the equation. :-)

Two more bags. I might claim the bigger one for storing my camera.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Found My Zippers!

About a year ago, I ordered 50 zippers from somewhere online. They were super cheap at that quantity. Then I misplaced them after using maybe one or two of them. I found them recently (carefully tucked away in an organized fashion -- no wonder they were lost!). I immediately got busy using them.

Here are two little bags I made using 2.5-inch squares. I used the same backing fabric on them, but different lining fabrics.

Then I made a long, skinny one. Can you guess what it is made for??

Did you guess this.....

... recorder? How wise you are! Yes, this is my soprano recorder. I even sewed the little spit-cleaner-outer into the bag so I won't lose it. (I also own an alto recorder, but it doesn't yet have a fancy, quilted bag to sleep in.)

Here's a quilt top I made for Quilts Beyond Borders, and then two Lotto blocks for Sunshine.