Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tomato Season

With a capital 'T'.

This is the second year I've made tomato sauce. This time I didn't skin the fruit or simmer it for long hours on the stove, watching it and stirring it at regular intervals. I chopped 20 lb of tomatoes and put them in a large crock pot with chopped onion, celery and crushed herbs and simmered it for 12 hours. Then I pureed it right in the crock pot with an immersion blender. Wow, was that easy compared to last year!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Birthday Bouquet

The bouquet came from my brother. I LOVE how well it coordinates with my September wall hanging.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Homemade V-8 Juice

I've waited all season for these beefsteak tomatoes. We've been enjoying them in ones and twos for a few weeks now, but I finally got a good harvest this weekend, almost 20 lbs. I also harvested parsley and chard for the V-8.

Includes: tomatoes*, beets, carrots*, chard*, parsley*, onions*, celery*, and garlic*. * Organic or homegrown.

It took some doing, but I decided that was because I had a relatively low-powered Waring Juicer. If I do it again next year, I'll need a better juicer.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Thimbleberry Creek Walk

DS1 and family came to visit this weekend and we had a pleasant walk in the redwoods along Thimbleberry Creek.

The wind up.

The follow through.

More rocks please, Grandpa.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pear Season

My community has a Fruit Group which allows me to buy unsprayed fruit by the box for 10% over cost. I ordered Bartletts.

 I also made pear crisp and pear sauce. The crisp didn't stay around very long.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Color Work Charting

Recently a knitting friend wanted to de-stash some yarn. I'd seen the color combination and offered to adopt it. She was thrilled.

I didn't know what I wanted it for, but something would come to mind. I just found the combination so lively.

A couple weeks later I found this Fair Isle pattern for a baby hat and an idea began to percolate.

I played around with the colors in a graphics program and came up with two possibilities.

I don't know that it'll actually get made, but I loved the flow of creativity.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Stars of Valor

I just looked at my notes and found that I drafted this QoV in February. I had asked myself not to start it until a few others got finished.

One of the things blogging does for me, similar to writing a journal, is show me my own life patterns. I can hear myself saying in an earlier post that I rarely make a pattern more than once. Well... my blog shows me I've made two other Star Struck quilts. I love it. Fun, easy and so visually pleasing.

It was easy to name it, even before the first dozen blocks were finished. A Quilt of Valor made in the Star Struck pattern = Stars of Valor. Some quilts seem to name themselves.

Once all the light and dark strips are sewn together, you cut them into rectangles, add a light and contrast square to each corner and then cut them on the diagonal. I like to line up 6 or 7 at a time and zip through them.

Left-handed cuts

Four sub-units make the block. I thought this was the easiest, least complicated piece-work on the planet. But when I wasn't thinking, I sewed four sub-units angled left instead of angled right. That created a star that spins counter-clockwise instead of clockwise. Huh.

This method also produces lots of bonus triangles, which I'll use in the border.

I was able to find just the right border and backing fabric at a little quilt store north of us. The rest is just straight sewing.