I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Roasted Radishes and Other March Projects

Hi! I suppose I should tell you all about the roasted radishes first? I mentioned them last week, and was so intrigued! I had to try.
The verdict is: ''interesting''.
They are pretty and pink, they are pleasant, and as my dad always said when we'd be ooohing and aaaahing over the first artichokes of spring---"Anything is delicious if you put enough lemon butter on it." 

The roasted radishes are translucent and bland, rather like  peeled over-steamed zucchini? On the other hand, the roasted parsnips were delicious, almost caramelized and quite tasty, think plantains. Verdict? Radishes are best crisp and cold with a smidge of salt, maybe some goat cheese to go with.

Oh no! I lost the photos of one of my big quilting accomplishments! I finished piecing [not quilted!] Dotty 365. She went together so easily and well. It was very fun.

Here I am auditioning borders. I used the black and white Pencils, as originally planned.

Even my daughter said Dotty is cool! She enjoyed finding her birthday circle and other dates like 4th of July and Mo's adoption day. The backing will be a very large scale text print. I love everything about Dotty, really was a great project.

Then I also finished When the Wild Geese Fly. [top only, not quilted]

Just as planned I sat there on a few rainy days and sewed the 147+ Wild Geese spacer blocks.

This is a new to me method. It makes four Geese at a time with almost no mental effort. If you pay even a smidge of attention you can sew many chained together, it was wonderful! Addicting!

But then.
To put the top together. Never in all my sewing years have a seen a commercial pattern so badly planned--or  maybe just unplanned.

Nothing went together entirely, it was exhausting. The good news was, the parts mostly did fit, in their jigsaw puzzle kind of way.

Here I'm again auditioning inner borders but in the end I went with scrappy plaid borders, no inner border.

The Basket will be embroidered with  my name.

Date on top of Cottage roof. My good friend L does my necessary embroidery for me because I hate doing embroidery and she is so good at it.

The original pattern quilt was very brown. I'm pleased with my orange and blues instead.

Where Wild Geese Fly
book cover but not quilt
You can see the original colors though here.

I enjoyed this project so much--- especially the searches for and utilization of the needed plaid shirts, and the no pressure, no deadline, no race to the finish-ness of it---everything except the final assembling, which , though annoying and odd, wasn't as bad as designs that don't fit together.

So okay. Another top done.

I ordered a brown and blue flannel plaid for its backing. If I decide I don 't like it, I'll go with my first, too $$$ choice Fireflies in Mason jars, navy flannel. here

Dear Stella Nocturnal Dreams Flannel Mason Jars Navy

Both will go to my quilter in a few months.
I did not get anywhere with Westering Women! The Corn and Beans block has me stalled. And Monday when I saw my Pineapples, for Fall Festival, online I realized they are crooked. A redo may be in order! The pattern also has crooked pineapples, so I'll draft my own pattern and sew one up, see if it's an improvement or not. I also made my swap doll quilt but I will wait to show it to you til the swap reveal day, I think. Fingers crossed! Hope its recipient is pleased...



gone to the beach

PS We has heavy rain and fog today again, couldn't even see the beach from the house. Mo wanted to stay in bed all day.

But poor baby had a  spa date in the groomer van. He loves the groomer because she gives him wonderfully disgusting chicken jerky as a reward.
Clearing skies at sunset.........


  1. You have made wonderfully amazing progress with your quilt tops! Dotty is so bright and cheerful, and I really love the blues and oranges in the Wild Geese top! No Westering Women progress on this front either. They are just going to have to simmer a few more months!

  2. That quilt is to die for! The saturation of colors and especially the variety of blues is amazing! I imagine your skies to have this many variety of colors through the year.
    Your dotty project is so cool! Love the border fabric. I think keeping them in order was the only way to have this quilt make sense.Have a lovely weekend.

  3. First of all, I love the Pug Patch in the one photo! So life-like! LOL! The mason jar fabric is so pretty. Never seen anything like it. The quilts are great - ya done good! Applause! Applause!

  4. I'm looking forward to seeing Dotty all finished and quilted! LOL, I kind of think there needs to be a pocket on the back to keep your diary of it in...would be fun.

    I have to say I like the Wild Geese quilt a lot better now that I can see it all together, in the colors you chose. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think even the geese have grown on me...especially in the black and blue. I kind of think the turkey should have been a goose, hahaha, but it's just beautiful all together. The puzzle-pieces putting it together would have made me nuts! I'm looking forward to seeing which backing it will get, and the finished quilt, too.

    I can't believe all the quilts you've made in the past year or two, even with all the pain you've been in!

    Haha, I can completely identify with Mo - we had rain for several days in a row and I DID stay in bed most of one day. The sun is out today, though.

    Thanks so much for sharing all your exploits, it's so fun to see what you're doing!

    1. Thanks , Mel! Yes after Dotty is quilted I ll add a little pocket on the back for the diary. I also made a label that briefly explains the 365 Project.
      Glad the Geese are growing on you !

  5. I just love your dotty quilt. It looks great! I can't get over what a project it was to undertake. And so many memories. That is the part I love about it. Have a great weekend! :) Kit

  6. Another fun post. It's amazing how many beautiful quilts you made. And dotty turned out so cute.

    And I need a nap.

    Thanks again for sharing and congratulations on your beautiful quilts.


  7. Yes! Everything tastes better with lemon butter on it! :-) Absolutely love your version of Where the Geese Fly! I was always a kit buyer, until I started seeing same patterns done in "other" colorways.... now I enjoy using the fabric I have on hand (but, still enjoy a good kit or BOM once in awhile too) :-)

  8. I love your Wild Geese quilt--so fun! The colors are great! That flannel fabric is adorable--make me wish I had a quilt that needed it for a backing too! I think I will pass on the cooked radishes--lol!

  9. Ok, raw radishes it is! Lemon and butter would fix most anything ;)

    It's so nice to see dotty. I miss seeing those cute dots while you were compiling them. Looks very cute. I like Mel's idea of a pocket to hold the diary.

    Yes, I am in agreement with Mo, if it's rainy, and foggy, there's nothing better than being able to laze the day away.


    1. Hi Kel! Yes see above response to Mel, a pocket will be added to hold the diary of the Dotty year.

      No rads but try the lemon butter parsnaips? Maybe with little red potoatoes quarterd, and the lemon butter. Nice change from the usual garlic olive roasting method....



    2. Yay on the pocket :)

      I forgot to comment on the firefly Mason jar flannel...soooo very cute!

  10. Dotty is looking fantastic. I always like the sewing together bit, it means a finish and then I can get to something else. The Wild Geese quilt is great too. Love it in the blue. It's cold and wet here today. I have an inner and outer sawtooth border to make by paper piecing so I'm going to spend the day sewing. Yesterday was sunny and 24C and I visited a new patchwork shop about an hour away. They were all bright and light and modern fabrics, like most of the patchwork shops now. It looks like my local shop with repros is closing August at the end of her lease. I'll miss the 16 of us getting together on a Friday to sew. Nobody has a place big enough to keep it going.


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