This quilt and I.
Good morning on a rare Saturday visit! Yesterday we had such a cold rainy winter-y day, a perfect day to get back to big sewing projects that had been set aside for the summer[s].
The weather was truly odd and dismal, 50 and relentless rain, though no wind, so okay. I looked at the Weather Bug historic temperatures and last year these days of October 15, 16, 17, the record temps were as high as 90*! [I don't remember that?!]. Anyway, Mo balked at walkies, and free time reared its ugly head.
I dug out Silent Night, set aside two years ago, still trying to comprehend how to do the borders part way so I can prep the appliques for deck sewing.
Good thing I made detailed notes before this work stoppage, back in 2018, as at that time I expected to finish it the following winter. But life intervenes, as well we know.
I know I need 11 more stars...
You may recall I want the essentially indigo and white quilt to be a Christmas/ early winter quilt that I can actually use in my bedroom.
The coming week is expected to be gorgeous! Hand work prep is a must do.
With some sadness I skipped, for now, Lori of Humble Quilts doll quilt Fall sewalong, though the project is darling and humble and authentic. I just cannot do the competitive sewing, some people had the doll quilt completed and hand quilted by the day after the final clue. Not for me, makes me feel so stressed and useless [tho I admire their focus and ability, of course]. But Lori is fast to move on and now she is doing a challenge, to use an antique orphan quilt block in a quilt. Any quilt, any size. Must be done by Thanksgiving. Maybe my Shirley's Christmas rescue could count? Lori C. says the project is wonderful now that she has quilted it. [color me excited].
But I have had this block up on my wall for years, is it a maybe?
Or this wonderful cheddar thing, with the accompanying hsts? Hmmm.?
Not sure I will do anything but it is fun to think about. Any suggestions?
I redid some of my home decor. I felt it was a bit over the top for this quiet year of no visitors, no celebrations, no fun, that we're still experiencing due to the virus. And there is no reason, once you seasonally decorate, that you can't redo and tweak things til it fits your moods.
I was especially worried about the big bowl with bittersweet and candle. There is no reason to think the jar candle would somehow ignite the garland but better to be very safe with candles. I'll add a pumpkin colored or indigo runner there instead maybe, as now it looks a bit pathetic.
I simplified the bench and probably will remove the large antique Star remnant too.
Because of winds from H. Delta I had to bring in all my shell chains. Again. Maybe store them for the winter?
My "this is too much" feeling was fueled by some other blogs---some of which do very restrained NO Pumpkins types of minimalist Fall decor! No orange! No Halloween?
Fine Farmhouse on FB : https://www.facebook.com/AFineFarmhouse
and the always softly beautiful Vibeke blog:
Make a cup of tea and have a look? I am sorry for the clunky links, Blogger is not allowing link uploads for me.
Friday dinner was a treat: artisanal mushroom ravioli tossed with a light but rich sauce of egg, cream [diluted fat-free Half and Half], parm, tarragon, lots of black pepper; bacon, a few tiny tomatoes for color, mushrooms and garlic, sauteed separately and tossed in at the final moment. The hot rav is returned to the cooking pot and the eggy cream sauce is heated gently to thicken and coat the ravioli. This is a variation of classic Pasta Carbonara. I use juice of a ripe lemon instead of wine.
Basic Pasta Carbonara https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/simple-carbonara None of the online recipes are as I make mine; let me know in comments if you want me to type up more exact LizzyVersion.
Served with a large arugula, walnut and feta salad; raspberry balsamic dressing, from Trader Joe, I think.
Off to the beach, will there be treasures? Pumpkin Patch visit next week, be sure to come along. See ya!
Have a good weekend!
gone to the beach....