My quilting and family life journal

Galaxy far far away

this weekend winter just seems to hang on and on. Today we had snow, rain, then sleet, then freezing rain. So I did what any good procrastinator would do and that was to spend the day working on a sewing project instead of other things requiring attention. The attention to my sewing machine this evening allowed me to finish the Galaxy Far Far Away top. All of the paper pieced blocks were created from free patterns found on the internet. Please let me know if you would like the links to the patterns.

2015galaxey far far away quilt

All of the paper pieced blocks in this top started out as a quilt as you go project but after quilting a row of blocks I lost interest in the process and turned the remaining units into this top. I come up with a quilting design for the top, but we will see if my machine techniques will live up to my ideas….

Tomorrow is promising to be another overcast wet day so I will see what new projects I can start or possibly pick up a UFO and bring it closer to completion.

I was hoping to have my Women’s Rights needlepoint piece completed for International Women’s Day but didn’t fell a bit short. Since today is the day of celebration and the theme this year is “Make it Happen” I thought I would share my progress to date.

women's rights needlepointI have about 10 more words to stitch on the piece and three borders to complete. Hopefully the piece will be finished by the end of spring. … Do something nice for the women in your life today.

Apple Cinnamon Buns

What a glorious Saturday! The sun is out  and temperatures are rising. We picked up our new puppy last night, so needless to say we were up at the crack of dawn with Luna (the new puppy). She is a 6 week old rescue that is cute as can be and full or energy.  Unfortunately, she has never been in a crate before  and this was her first night away from her litter mates. Needless to say we have a good deal of training to do to get her use to new surroundings and gaining a comfort level with her kennel.

Ginger sizing up Luna this morning

Ginger sizing up Luna this morning

Luna's first nap of the morning in front of the kitchen heater

Luna’s first nap of the morning in front of the kitchen heater

Since I was up before 5am I decided to make some apple cinnamon buns as a treat. This sweet roll allowed me to use some of the apples we canned last season and added a nice aroma to the house.

imageApple Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup plant based milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 5 apples, peeled, cored ans diced ( I used apples canned from last season)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Directions

  1. Mix yeast, water, honey, oil and egg.
  2. Stir in half the flour until smooth.
  3. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead for five minutes.
  5. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise until double (about an hour).
  6. While dough is rising make the filling. Saute apples in the butter and brown sugar until slightly caramelized. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg and cool the mixture.
  7. When the dough has risen, roll out on a floured board until it is about 16 x 24 inches.
  8. Spread apple mixture over dough, spreading to the edges.
  9. Roll the dough into a log and cut into 12 pieces.
  10. Place the rolls cut side up into a prepared jelly roll pan.  This will be a bit messy and some of the filling will fall out. Just spoon the extra filling on top of the rolls.
  11. Allow the rolls to rise for 45 – 60 minutes or until they have doubled.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 -22 minutes.

tray of apple cinnamon rollsBased on recipe found at homejoys.blogspot.com

After almost two years of searching off and on I finally found the fabrics that will work with a large needlepoint piece that took a few years to complete.

Needlepoint quilt center

The he piece will be incorporated into a large wall quilt that will fit nicely into a center hall or long wall. Unfortunately, the pice has hung so long that I have to size it again. 😞

Birthday Weekend

This past weekend we celebrated my honey’s birthday.

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We started the celebration early by attending the Vermont Flow Show on Friday where we got a small taste of spring and attended a wonderful workshop on growing and cultivating  herbal medicine bushes.

imageThe session was extremely informative and the presenter Julie Mitchell was very knowledgeable and sharing. I wish we could have attended some of the other workshops, but we needed to attend to a few other things on the birthday wish list.

Saturday we went to look at puppies and run a few errands. We spent the evening curled up together under quilts on the couch watching old movies — what a great way to spend an evening.

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imageSunday was spent with our respective books in each other company enjoying the wood stove heat. I also spent a bit of time making the requested birthday dinner: beefless stew, fougasse stuffed with chopped olives and lots of fresh herbs and ended the meal with a Greek yogurt cheesecake topped with strawberries (this time of year I had to use some frozen strawberries I had in the freezer from last season).

cheesecake

… What an enjoyable chore-free weekend.

Putting the Scraps to Work

My fabric scrap draws were so full that I either had to start new draws, throw some fabric out or put it to use. Additional draws are not an option and I could never throw perfectly good fabric away, so I started making hexies out of the bit and pieces. So far I have made about 1,500 and have about twice as many more to make before the scraps are under control.

it is really interesting to see how my taste in fabrics and colors has changed over time, and how the quality of fabrics have changed over the years.

Hexies units

Moving right along…

This weekend we are scheduled to get another 6-8 inches of snow, so I’ve had some time to finish the center unit to my English paper piecing project (264 – 1 inch diamonds and equilateral triangles). I was even able to start some of the stars and hexies for the next layer of the top.

floating blocks english paper piecing projectI truly love hand piecing projects, even though that take a long time to complete (it will take me 6-9 months to finish this top). Fortunately, I will have several hours next week to work on start pieces as we dive to and from the Vermont Flower Show.  I am really looking forward to the touch of spring the show will provide and the workshops and seminars we can attend at the event.

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