Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A bit of sewing...

I've been doing a bit more sewing lately. It is so nice to do something! 

I finished the top of the third I Spy Quilt that I started 4 years ago. I'll machine quilt it one day soon and it will be done.

I made these blocks

and then I decided I would put them together with blocks that make an Irish chain. So I made these.

But when I put them together, I decided I didn't like it. I wanted the colors in the pinwheels to pop.

So I guess I have 2 more quilts started instead of just one! Oh well~

I spent time this afternoon working on the black and white quilt that I started in January. 

I still have a ways to go. I think it will be a while before it is done.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A little update and a couple of quilts

Today I had a very rude awakening as to how much rehabilitation is left. I know the doctor said a year. I know it has been only 13 weeks. I know I've made a lot of progress. Well today, during physical therapy, I found out there is still a very long way to go. Somehow, knowing how good I am doing, I thought I was much closer to the end. So tonight a big attitude adjustment is under way! I see the surgeon in two weeks and hope to get some of my restrictions lifted or at least loosened.

On another note, I have finished two baby quilts. They are very soft - the back is Minkee. The front is different textures including plain cotton, flannel, and Minkee. These are for two little boys - one is expected in September and the other in November. Their parents don't read this blog (at least I don't think so!) so I decided to post pictures.

The quilts are similar but not identical.

Think I will go sew. Touching fabric is always good therapy!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Loving Farmers' Markets

I love Farmers' Markets. I could go everyday! 
We went to the market in Elizabeth on Friday night - our first real market this year.  
My favorite vendors are John and Sara - before I retired, I taught with John. 
We also bought produce from a gardener here in town Saturday.

So last night I cooked! Cooking is something new in my recovery. 
Ray grilled burgers (beef from John and Sara). 
I fixed red potatoes (from John and Sara), green beens (from John and Sara), yellow beens (from market) and sweet corn (from John and Sara). 
Of course, I forgot to take pictures - I was so excited to be fixing an almost whole meal! Anyway, the Illinois Farm Bureau posted a recipe on Facebook yesterday for bacon wrapped green bean bundles 
This is the recipe photo. You might want to try them - really good!

Tonight I cooked again! Ray grilled pork chops (from John and Sarah) - wonderful!

I fixed green beens (from John and Sara) using a recipe I got from Lori - wonderful!

And sweet corn - yes, already. It was from John and Sara! Wonderful!

Also a little zucchini from John and Sara. Very good!

We had a little bread from some wonderful baker at the market. 
We ate over half of it before tonight!

As if that wasn't enough, we had fresh raspberries for dessert (from a local gardener) - wonderful!

And we just had to add a little cool whip!

I just love going to the Farmers' Market and then eating the bounty!

Friday, July 8, 2011

A real Friday Finish!

I think this is the first finish of something started AFTER surgery. It's finally getting a little easier to sew!

I decided that I needed a small break from working on baby quilts so I decided to make a bag. The material is left from one of Ivy's quilts seen here. When I made her quilt, I cut the selvage edges off of each piece of fabric and kept them. I have seen things made with the selvages but have never tried it.

Here are some of the selvages:

the inside pocket of the bag (not made from selvage edges):

and the bag:

all in 1930's fabric. 

Now the problem, well not a big problem... I'm not crazy about 30's fabrics so what should I do with this bag????


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