1. Quilt, bind and label "Peace on Earth"
2. Finish quilting, bind and label "Pink and Brown Four-Patch"
3. Finish weekly Farmer's Wife blocks
4. Baste small quilts for hand quilting
5. Complete "Sunflowers and Scarecrowns" quilt top
6. Complete two rows of "Civil War Diary"
7. Finish one pair of socks
8. Spin one skein if yarn
CURRENT LEADER-ENDER PROJECT
Split Nine Patch Camping Quilt (2013)
WORKS IN SLOW PROGRESS (WISP'S)
1. Civil War Diary Quilt (2008)
2. Afternoon Delight (2013)
3. 30's Basket blocks (2013)
4. Mid-century Album (2007)
5. Civil War Applique (2008)
6. Civil War Love Letters (2008)
7. Girl Gang Feathered Star Quilt(2003)
8. Sweet Memories (2013)
9. Turn of the Century Revisited (2013)
10. Farmer's Wife in 30's fabrics
1. Cabin in the Pines (2013)
2. Posies and Points (2006)
3. It's a Wonderful Life (2005)
4. Jan Patek Mystery Sampler (2005)
5. Primitive Primer (2004)
6. Liberty Garden (2003)
7. Holiday Inn (2008)
8. Dulcinea (2013)
9. Summer in a Basket (2013)
10. Frosty and Friends (2013)
11. Where Liberty Dwells (2013)
12. Jack at the Gate (2013)
13. Dash of Spring (2013)
14. Love Is!(2009)
15. Donder and Blitzen(2013)
16. Sunflowers and Scarecrow (2013)
FLIMSIES BASTED FOR QUILTING
1. The Gentle Art (2013)
2. Contrary Wife (2013)
3. Blue and White Pinwheel Table Topper (2013)
4. Peace on Earth (2009)
5. Pink and Brown Four Patch (2013)
6. Butterscotch Stars (2013)
QUILTS FINISHED THIS YEAR (2013)
1. Emily's Quilt (2013)
2. Emma's Quilt (2002)
3. Gaggle of Geese (2001)
4. Oriental Feathered Star (1994)
5. Pink and Green Feathered Star (1995)
6. Friendship Garden (2004)
7. Hat Trick (2013)
8. Bunny Hop (2009)
9. Peter Cottontail (2013)
10. Five Hearts (2013)
11. Plaid Stretched Stars (2009)
12. Flag and Chickens (2009)
13. Dance of Angels (2009)
HAVEN'T STARTED YETS (HSY'S)
2. Anniversary Stars
3. Autumn Leaves
4. Birthday Rose
5. Brian's Quilt
6. Buds in a Basket
7. Chicken Little
8. Christmas Goose
9. Cottage Rose
10. Double Sawtooth Star
11. Elegant Garden
13. Flower Pots
14. Hearts, Flowers and Chocolate
15. Hippity Hop Penny Rug
16. Ho Ho Ho Penny Rug
17. Ho Ho Ho Santa Penny Rug
19. Journey of a Quilter
20. Let It Snow Penny Rug
21. Liberty Eagle
22. New Century Garden
23. New England Sampler
24. November's Song
25. Pineapple Tidbits
26. Plaid Flowers
27. Prairie Star
28. Rainy's Quilt
29. Samples of the Past
30. Scrappy Baskets
31. Spiced Pumpkin
32. Spring Blooms
33. Star Party
34. Sweet and Sassy Sunflowers and Scarecrows
35. Triple Four Patch
36. Warm Hearts Christmas Quilt
37. Wild Goose Chase
38. Window Box Quilt
40. Winter Folk Sampler
41. Winter Wonderland
42. Rotherfield Greys
43. Flower Box
44. Celebrate January
45. Celebrate February
46. Celebrate March
47. Celebrate April
48. Celebrate May
49. Celebrate June
50. Celebrate July
51. Celebrate August
52. Celebrate September
53. Celebrate October
54. Celebrate November
55. Celebrate December
56. Dresden Turkeys
57. Jan Patek Mystery Quilt 2010
58. Twirly Balls and Pinwheels
We had a Weber kettle years ago. Loved that barbecue! I even did a few Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys in it. When it wore out we replaced it with a gas grill. We bought a $199 "special" that I thought would be so much better than the Weber.
It wasn't. It cooked hot dogs and hamburgers OK, but I gave up on anything else. Cooking with indirect heat was a joke - things too close to the fire burned and things too far away weren't cooked. I gave up. We didn't use it at all the last two summers.
I missed cooking outside and eating wonderful barbecue. I told Fred last fall that I wanted a new grill this spring when our income tax refund arrived. We got a HUGE surprise when we learned that a considerably bigger refund was coming than we expected (hence the new things in the kitchen too).
I did my research at the library, online and at quite a few different stores. I was determined to get a good barbecue this time. And this is the result. I especially love the color! I'm very eager to give it a
One thing leads to another I guess. I borrowed the neighbor's power washer to clean the concrete slab out back that was supposed to be a patio. What a difference! The slippery moss that loves to grow on the covered north side of the house in our wet climate is gone. Once that was done the grill moved into place.
I decided to try growing herbs in pots this summer as I've started using fresh herbs a lot in my cooking. Figured I'd add strawberries and tomatoes while I was at it. The pots look so pretty all lined up in a row - tarragon, marjoram, flat leaf parsley, thyme, dill, rosemary, sage, mint and chives. I still need to get one more pot for mint - can't forget mint for summer drinks! The bigger pot in the corner holds a grape tomato plant, and the strawberries are in a hanging basket. I can hardly wait to start harvesting!
When I stood in the door and surveyed my handiwork I figured something was missing. We've never had room for a patio set, but I figured I could fit in a bistro table and chairs. So back to the stores I went - looking and looking for something that would work that didn't cost a fortune. I'm thrilled with the result. It's going to be so nice sitting out here for brunch or a casual dinner.
I have hanging baskets of shade loving fuchsias and impatiens. Since I don't do ladders they are waiting for Fred to hang this weekend. Now we are all set for summer!
It's been WAY too long since I've written a post. Time has been flying by, and I've been as busy as one can possibly be, but I've done no quilting for almost a couple weeks. And when I'm not quilting I'm not thinking about blogging.
I started writing a post, which immediately became lengthy and wordy - you know me, when I tell a story it seems like it takes me forever. I figured no one would take the time to read it all, so I erased it. I'll just let a few words and lots of pictures tell the story.
I've refound my love of cooking, thanks to being on Weight Watchers and actually reading their cookbooks. So I reorganized my kitchen. It was organized fairly well before, but now it's still way better than it used to be.
The first picture shows a car full of stuff to take to Goodwill. There are still more things in the back seat. Clearing out things I've not used in years, things that are worn out, things no longer needed, and things that I'm replacing because they are flimsy and of poor quality.
I also took two large boxes of cookbooks I cleared off my shelves to the library for the book sale.
Staples for baking in the first cupboard to the left of the refrigerator.
More baking staples, plus plastic storage boxes for various cookie cutters, tart pans, and more. A Cuisinart Griddler is on the right of the bottom turntable - replaces and electric grill and an electric griddle.
Baking pans, bowls and liquid measuring cups to the left of the staple cupboard. Gone are all the duplicate pie, bread and cake pans. New little pans - 6" cake pans, pie plates and mini bunt pans are ready for me to start "baking for two".
Now I actually have counter space in this area to work on.
The cupboards for dishes and glassware have also been reorganized. Now that I've shrunk a couple inches it's much harder for me to reach that top shelf.
I can actually reach my pitchers and iced drink glasses now without a step stool! (Gotta love that Crystal Lite in so many different flavors!) I don't show them in a picture, but suffice it to say they are no longer above the refrigerator.
The other turntable - just below the dish cupboards, now holds cereal - much better than on the other side of the room where they were.
The bottom shelf has bins for potatoes, root vegetables and more. Cleaning out the pantry allowed me to move all the pasta from here into the pantry. Much better!
I've not shown pictures of everything, but you get the idea. It's much more pleasant to work here now. I can't wait to bake something! I think the first thing will be cookies for Fred - something that I won't find too tempting to resist! Since this burst of organizing energy I've been spending a lot of time reading cookbooks, marking recipes for trial (what did we do before Post-Its?), and watching Barefoot Contessa and America's Test Kitchens/Cooks Country. And after years of being bored out of my mind when cooking I'm enjoying it again.
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Projects Finished in 2013
January - Hand in cast, Emily's quilt top
February - Heirloom Stitches quilt top, "Cabin in the Pines" quilt top, 31 applique blocks prepared for the "Civil War Applique" quilt, "Five Hearts" and "Peter Cottontail" finished tops, dressed a doll, cleaned out a bookcase. Holiday Inn quilt top
March - Friendship Garden, Pink and Green Feathered Star, Gaggle of Geese, and Asian Star quilts are finished. Finished two knitted hats and a pair of socks for me.
April - Fabric reorganized, quilt backing fabric made, singles spun, four little quilt tops finished, socks finished, Emily's quilt finished, UFO (Emma's Quitl) finished
May - Hand quilted and bound "Hat Trick", basted 14 little quilts for hand quilting, finished two little quilts, socks finished, Gentle Art pieced, 45 shoo fly blocks pieced, 22 basket blocks pieced, several Civil War Diary blocks pieced
June - 52 shoo fly blocks, Dulcinea quilt top, two rows of Civil War Diary completed, 9-patch 30's swap blocks completed, five small quilts quilted, some applique preparation completed
July - Many scraps cut into triangles and squares, applique preparation, 3 quilt tops finished