I have been busy! I am getting my energy back more and more every day. Feels good to be productive again.
I think I will start with cooking. I cooked a turkey breast one day last week, and we had two nights of delicious hot turkey sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy. A few sandwiches for lunch. And then with what was left, I made a turkey pot pie. So easy....I just use the ready made dough, and a frozen bag (or 2 in my case) of veggies, 1-2 baked potatoes, and either a couple of packets of gravy mix, or box gravy. (Trader Joes makes a really good boxed gravy) I usually make this using a deep dish pie plate, but I couldn't find the one I wanted to use to save my life, so I used a 9x13, which I wound up liking so much better for this. Cuts out much easier!! So line the bottom of dish with one of the packets of dough. Let it get to room temp before rolling to size.
I took the remaining carcass of the turkey and made 4 quarts of broth.
So about 3 dinners, a few cold sandwiches, and all of that broth, yielded from one 5 pound turkey breast. By the way, I like the Jennie O frozen turkey breast in a bag. So easy to cook, no mess, and a winner every time! I buy mine at Walmart.
I also made a big batch of granola. Greg eats this nearly every day. I love mine on yogurt.
Now let's sew. I had purchased this set of patterns for 12 months of seasonal wall hanging quilts, probably 10 years ago. I made the first three for the season we were in, and then never made another one. Every year I say I am going to finish them, and never have. This is the year. So with only a few days left in January, I made this wall hanging.
In my haste to finish it and get it hung, I inadvertently left off the snowflakes that go above and below the word January. Oopsie. I did an all over loops and swirls to machine quilt it using my Singer One. Since I was in a big hurry, I did not do any button hole stitching on the applique pieces, like I had done on all of the others. It looks just fine to me with out, considering this only hangs for a few weeks a year, I just didn't do it.
I also cheated on the tabs with which the wall hanging is hung to the foundation quilt. On the foundation quilt, there are three large buttons. Each wall hanging has fabric tabs sewn to the quilt to attach it to the buttons. Hence the name of the pattern, "Button Ups" However, I had an idea that would work and allow for a quicker finish. I sewed three black elastic hair ties to the back of the quilt where the tabs would go, and this worked perfectly.
In this room, I also have a large quilt on the wall that I did several years ago. It is a Cheri Payne (Saffiote) pattern. I cut this quilt out 12 years ago, just before my Dad got sick. During this time, I lost my Dad. I also lost my quilting mojo for a couple of years, and couldn't even touch it. Then, one day, I just decided it had to be finished. I am so glad I did.
I love the sunflower border with it's meandering vines all the way around the quilt.
The other day I set out to give my sewing room a good cleaning, and put away the fabrics I had been using during my Christmas sewing. This led to a complete overhaul of everything! I wound up doing a reorganization of my fabric using the KonMari method. Everything is folded and stood up so that each piece can be easily identified without pulling anything out of the pile!
I have the February Button Up all cut out, and partially appliqued. Hopefully I will get to display that one for the whole LEAP month!
Over the weekend we did a lot of picking in the grove.
I was at Target the other day and found this darling little red cake plate for 5 dollars. I looked at the price, and said this can't be? But it was!
Well, that's about it from here in my neck of the woods. I am going to go have lunch with my Mommy today. A little shopping afterwards maybe.
I leave you with this sentiment. It is on a cotton flour sack tea towel that I bought at Walmart.