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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

WIP Wednesday - Climbing to Heaven

I am making 2 Jacob's Ladder Quilts. This quilt block has been on my bucket list since I first saw it. I am not sure why, but I think I have a thing for 9 block variations.
One in green.
One in pink.

Sisters, my cousins, so the same quilt, different colour ways. And one for the mom. A quilt kit I had ordered from Sew Lux. And then promptly forgot about in a flurry of Christmas sewing. I had an aha moment when I found the half made quilt. Perfect for my Aunt! Different pattern same material.
Coordination, planned and serendipitous! Sometimes I amaze myself.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Friday Finish - Love

I love patchwork squares. A lot! I love the cutting and the sewing. I love baby blankets, small and delicate. I love making them and I love giving them.
To be able to do something that gives so much pleasure, it is a blessing.
Ah, life! Isn't it grand.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Saturday Dirt

The peas are up and blossoming. We have had 3 peas each! My vision of filling the freezer may not come to fruition this year. We are planting more peas!
 The potatoes however we may be eating forever. Good thing I love potatoes! Small hill of potatoes, they are flowering. I have heard you can gently reach in and grab a couple of potatoes, I am going to try it. There are 19 more plants to play with.
And my large compost bin of potatoes! Can hardly wait to see if this really works.
I now have huge plans of turning the entire backyard into a garden!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

WIP Wednesday - A finish!

It is done! I woke up on Tuesday morning and thought "Oh No! My nephews birthday is July 2nd. I must get his quilt in the mail." I mean really, it only needed the binding tacked down. Finished before work and in the mail Tuesday afternoon.

Binding - love striped binding
Favourite go to quilting with walking foot

Love it! Connecting with The Needle and Thread Network.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

WIP Wednesday - May Bee Block

They are done! and almost on time! how fabulous is that!
We used the tutorial from Quilting is more Fun than Housework.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Saturday dirt

So this week I am very excited. I purchased 2 mint plants. One is garden mint and the other is grapefruit mint. They smell like heaven! As I was digging a hole in my plot I was politely told that I may not plant mint loose in the garden. Sigh. I now have a very tiny pot that has my 2 mints in them. 
I also planted 2 rows of bush snap peas. Can hardly wait for them to come up.
 I switched plots with a neighbour and she had 2 kinds of chard, a radicchio and a green plant that over wintered. Not sure what the green plant is but my daughter said it was the best greens ever! Super exciting!
 I have been reading up on sustainable living and adapting in place. Love the concepts. The current book is “Making Home” by Sharon Astyk. It really speaks to me. I am going to try to live with less of a footprint.

I have been making steel cut oats in my pressure cooker every morning. I put them in the pot at night, set the timer and voila, fabulous oatmeal ready first thing in the morning.  I use oats, water, almond milk, raisons and, of course, cinnamon. Love my cinnamon!  This has got to be one of the most cost efficient breakfasts out there. I purchased a 1 kg bag (2.2 pounds) for $6.00. I looked on line and that is 8 cups. For a breakfast of 4 that is $.75 or $.19 cents each. I am not counting the milk, nuts, cinnamon  and raisons I put on them but still super economical. Anyone have anything inexpensive they eat for breakfast? Please let me know and I can add it to the breakfast line up for a change.