I was sitting in my sewing room the other day, and looked out my window and was struck at how pretty the clouds looked in the sky. I was also admiring the two American Flags that were waving proudly from their poles in my neighbors yards.
Last weekend while at the market, my husband announced that he wanted to make some oatmeal raisin cookies. I snickered, thinking that was really code for, "maybe if she hears me say this, she will make me some oatmeal cookies." But no, we got home, and he set to work on his cookies. He printed off a recipe from the web, and he proceeded to make cookies. Now, mind you, in the nearly 37 years that we have been married, he has cooked exactly....well.....never. He will bbq. He will microwave hot dogs, but cook....NO! He has made bread with me, but he does not cook. Or bake. At least til now.
And they were really very good. So good in fact, that they were gone in no time at all. He mentioned last night that he was planning to make more this weekend!
We have been picking our fruit constantly. I juice as much of the oranges as I can and freeze it for when our trees are bare of fruit. And I have been juicing the lemons and pouring into ice cube trays, and then popping the cubes into freezer bags. I like having a good supply for when there are no lemons on the trees.
We invite our family and friends to come and pick to their hearts content. There is far more than we could ever consume ourselves. We did have them picked commercially one year, but I hated that the trees were bare and void of that beautiful color in the matter of one day! And it isn't that lucrative anyway.
Last week I took a quilt class at my LQS and had the best time. I haven't taken a class in years. I took a Twisted Heart class. With this method, you sew your 5 inch squares into a pleasing pattern, mixing lights, darks and neutrals. In this case, we were making a heart, so the pattern calls for you sew the squares into a heart shape using a guide to go by. Then, you cut it to smithereens and make something totally different. A twisted version of the heart. It is a bit tricky. I sat there in the class with 5 other experienced quilters. We were all a bit perplexed. I got half of it done, and had cut the squares for the following row, by the time the day and class had ended. I was feeling somewhat confident. And then it happened. I made a boo boo. The teacher had left, and a few of us were staying a little longer finishing up. I couldn't make heads or tails out of what I had done, so I wrapped it up, and decided I would figure it out at home. So off I went, and when I got home, I dumped all of the things in my sewing room, and didn't touch it again for a week! Uh oh.....
I had completed the entire right side of the heart. But I knew I had made a big mistake, and it was going to be close to impossible to fix. When I finally got it all out and began to look at what I had done, I realized that the best way to go would be to sew the row together and make sure that the next row didn't have any cutting errors. So, I have 4 blocks that are wrong. Big time wrong. Sticks out like a sore thumb, wrong. I could either put it in a bag and forget about it, or keep going, and quilt it, and use it, covering up the area where the wrong blocks were. I did love the fabrics I used. I planned on making mine using colors of my house, rather than have yet another Valentine quilt or table topper.
So I pressed on. And learned a lot by doing so. The method I thought I didn't like, I wound up liking a lot. I plan to do another one using this method! The photo below is zeroed in on where the 4 blocks that made wrong are.
EEK!! I cringe when I see that! Oh well. Such is life. And life isn't perfect. I finished the heart, and then added the inner borders and outer borders, and cornerstone blocks. And lo and behold, I really loved it!
What I wish I had done, even though it would have been the wrong placement, is put that bottom block with the one red tip pointing down, in symmetrical opposition of the one just to the right of it. And least it would have drawn less attention to the error. But I didn't. And I am not going to rip it now. I hung it on my clothes line to take a photo.
I cannot for the life of me, remember who the fabric designer was, or what the name of the line was. But it is beautiful fabric. Rich tones, with colors I love. Pretty, earthy colors. The color of the borders don't show just right here. I will go ahead and machine quilt it this weekend, and I think I will be happy that I finished it regardless of the errors!
Now let's go thrifting! I had to go to the mill today to get chicken feed, so I stopped at a thrift I like. It had a big sign in the window saying everything was 50% off. I like that!
I found these deep barn red curtain panels with grommeted tops. They are the eclipse kind that are so pricey! I have red panels in my family room now, but they didn't have the grommets on the top. I got these for 3, yes 3 dollars a panel. 4 panels total! They looked to be brand new.
I washed them on gentle cycle, with warm water, even though the tags said dry clean only. I'm a rebel like that! I hung them up and love them. But we will need to lower the rod an inch or so. Greg will be thrilled! NOT! Actually, I want to put a different rod up. This one is too small.
While still in textiles, I found this pretty Dutch Tulip quilt. And the colors are so happy. There were no tears, and very little sign of wear. Only one small discoloration on the white part, but it came out sparkling clean in the wash.
Now if that doesn't scream Spring, I don't know what does! The fabric is the same on both sides. It is trimmed in a primary red ruffle.
I immediately thought of having a picnic on it!! Hold onto your hats for the price. It was marked 7 dollars, so I got if for 3.50!
I found a fun flannel print King sized flat sheet.
It is all washed and Downy fresh now. So soft! It will more than likely become the backing to a quilt.
In housewares, I found these darling little melamine heart shaped bowls.
And the apple green woven placemats, were 50 cents for three. I couldn't find a fourth. Darn.
They all still had their tags on them. The cashier had them folded in half to put them in my bag, but they steamed out nicely. I have placed them on my covered patio, and they look so pretty and Spring(y)!
I saw this chunky, heavy pottery mug, with the red pickets and had to have it, even though we need another coffee mug like a hole in the head! I love this type with the large handles, and heavy pottery. Your coffee stays so nice and hot!
I am always on the lookout for anything that is sewing related. The more vintage, the better. I spotted this football shape with SINGER on the front. I loved the retro green color. But when I opened it up, I had no idea what it was, or how it was used. But for 2.50, I knew it had to be mine.
Inside, it held an odd looking contraption, and 5 metal cams.
I found this unusual lamp with the wicker base. This is not the lamp shade that was on it. I need to find one that will go with it. I needed a little lamp on Greg's side of the sofa.
I pruned Daddy's Roses today too. Aren't they gorgeous?
Have a great weekend. What are all of you doing for Valentine's Day? Probably an early movie for us, and a quiet dinner at home. It's gonna be hot all weekend. There is sure to be some yard work involved too.