Friday, July 18, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
But didn't I just *do* a blue HST project with the pieced pyramids for StarStruck? I must be a glutton for punishment... Or just really like the mindlessness of piecing HST. :cD
But it can't communicate the bliss of eating homemade pie with ice cream. Yum!
In your favorite mixing bowl blend or sift dry ingredients. With pastry tool, cut in shortening until mixture resembles small crumbs. Toss lightly as you add tablespoons of cold water one at a time until you get a dough that will hold together but is not too sticky. Use your hands to form into two balls. Let rest five minutes while you get out the rolling pin, pie plate and pastry cloth.
Roll out the crust for the lattice. Use a knife to cut crust into 1/2" strips. Lay strips over crust, weaving them over and under to create lattice. Sprinkle lighting with white sugar.
Note from Connie;
What a fabulous surprise! I took a break from doing some free motion quilting on my Grandaughter's quilt and opened your blog to find this post. I immediately went and made a quicky version with jar lids and grippy stuff. Wow - what a differece! My jar lids were a little too tall and would hit the screw on the needle bar when I got to close, so I just used the cut out grippy stuff and it still worked great. No more pulling off those hot gloves! Thanks, you made my day!
The thread snips are there to help with size perspective. - Pastels are not usually my favorite but this feels so fun and light for summer sewing.
I've been fit to be tied because my machine won't sew over patchwork that has more than four layers without either chewing the edge or 'jogging' around the intersection. Maddening! Adella my featherweight does the job like a dream, so I *knew* there had to be a solution. I drove the hour and half to my dealer and the showroom machine didn't do it. So after much talking about needle size and downward pressure on the pressure foot they told me to bring it in. "Maybe there's an adjustment we can make, we'll see..."
The price of gas being what it is, it costs $55.00 to drive to the dealer. I told DH what I needed and how I thought it might be done and away we went.
Friday, July 04, 2008
The Quilters. I’ve seen that play three times and read the book just as many. Below is one of my favorite excerpts.
"My daddy was a Baptist preacher. I reckon you can tell that by how ornery I am. We didn’t have much luxury. I can say. But I remember the funniest day one time when I was still a young girl.
Mama was goin’ to help me start my quilts for my hope chest. She had got that old scrap bag out. We spread ‘em all out on the bed and tried to kinda put the colors together. But the scrap bag was really low. We sure hadn’t got anything new in a long time and it seemed at that time everybody in the church was usin’ all their own scarps and none had come our way.
Mama said, “Come on into town with me Saturday and we’ll just pick up a few pieces of brighter calico to spruce ‘em up a bit.”
Well come Saturday, true to her word, we went to town with Papa. Soon as he tied up the team he went over to the feed store and we went to the dry goods. We had picked three pieces of remnant blue and was just fingering some red calico. We was jest plannin’ on enough for the middle squares from that.
Just then Papa come in behind us and I guess he saw us lookin’. He just walked right past us like he wasn’t with us, right up to the clerk and said, “How much cloth is on that bolt?”
The clerk said, “Twenty yards.”
Papa never looked around. He just said, “I’ll take it all.”
He picked up that whole bolt of red calico and carried it to the wagon. Mama and me just laughed to beat the band. Twenty yards of red. Can you imagine?
A Baptist preacher, jest like any other man, likes that red. We had red for a long, long time."
~ The Quilters, Women and Domestic Art, an Oral History
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
"They're terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future."
~ Dread Pirate Roberts, Princess Bride
Mendocino County Stats:
Incident Size: 37,800 Acres
On the ground support 1,515
40% contained11 injuried
Residences Threatened: 900
Residences Destroyed: 2
Commercial Property Threatened: 1
Number of Active Fires: 40, down from 123
We're fighting a war of sorts, just against fire not a human enemy. I'm grateful to CDF (California Dept of Fire) and all the crews that are out there fighting for us.