Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mother/Daughter Lone Star Quilt

From 1973 through 1974 my mother cut (with scissors, not a rotary blade) and sewed (by hand, not with her sewing machine) all these diamonds to make a Lone Star quilt to match my pink and red bedroom.  I was 12. 

Her original plan was to piece the large star, then applique it to a large piece of background fabric, but she couldn't figure out how to do it.  So she set the star aside.  A few years ago she found the star, and gave it to me so I could finish the quilt.  This March I pulled it out and got to work.  I decided to square out the star with aqua fabric instead of trying to applique such a large piece.  Then I found one of the original pink fabrics used and cut it to frame the star.  A second blue frame was added to make the quilt large enough for a queen-size bed.  I used a second aqua material as binding, and made the back from a material with a paisley pattern (I love paisley!) in reds, pinks, aquas, and blues. I hand-quilted with red cotton thread.

This quilt was forty years in the making and I'm so happy to have it, and thankful my mother can see the finished product of her hard work.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring quilting

This colorful , "busy" quilt top was given to me by my mother a few years ago.  I washed it, folded it up, put it in a closet and thought I'd finish it eventually.  Last month I pulled it out and had a really good look at it. 

First, I wondered who pieced it.  It was hand-pieced with black thread.  The black thread, the fabric designs, the fabric age, and the fact that I recognized the green fabric as belonging to my grandmother lead us to believe that she pieced this top.  Grandmother didn't do it while Mom was still living at home with her parents, and some of the fabric looks 60's - 70's - ish, so we think she probably did it in the 1970's. 

Then I ironed the top, found a sheet I liked from the thrift store, pinned top, cotton batting, and sheet together, and began quilting.  My local yarn store had a bright orange fabric that I liked so I used it to cut bias strips and make the binding.  It covers my king-size bed, but really would be perfect for a double bed. 

The only remaining task is to stitch a label telling who made it and when.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

3rd Annual Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts

This Friday and Saturday (April 25 - 26) the third annual Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts will be held in Montgomery, AL at the Alabama National Fairgrounds.  This is the first year the event will be all indoors.  I'm going with a friend.  She and I both went the first year and enjoyed it.  Neither of us were able to attend last year, and this year it looks as though it will be bigger and better than ever, with lots to see, do, and buy for fiber enthusiasts and others. More information is available at Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts

Monday, October 14, 2013

Winter Squash Soup

Marley has been asking for winter squash soup - made at home, from fresh squash - not the boxed soup I normally get her when she asks for it.  So today I finally honored her request and the result was quite delicious.

I scoured cookbooks and the internet for recipes that looked good, techniques for simplifying the process, and a list of ingredients that I liked.  By combining some and tweaking others, I came up with this recipe.


1 large butternut squash
1 large acorn squash
1/2 a yellow onion, chopped in small pieces
4 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
32 oz chicken broth
1/2 cup cream
cayenne pepper

Wash both squashes, then with a sharp knife, prick the butternut squash several times.  Place squash in microwave oven and cook for about 4 1/2 minutes.  This softens the tough skin.  Cut both squashes in half lengthwise and scrape out seeds with a spoon. (Seeds may be saved and washed, then roasted for garnish if desired.)

Arrange squash halves on foil-lined baking sheet, cut side up.  Brush each half with 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and black pepper.  Place in 425-degree oven and roast for one hour. 

Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then scrape the cooked squash out of their skins into soup pot.  In small skillet saute the onion in the butter until onion is tender and translucent.  Add skillet contents to soup pot. If desired, mix the squash and onions thoroughly with a mixer or egg beater.  Slowly pour in chicken broth and stir broth and squash together until thoroughly mixed.  Add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and the cream (or Half & Half).  Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally until warmed through.  Eat. 

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Egg cozies

A couple of years ago I saw this cute egg cozy kit from Peace Fleece and teased Penny that she should knit them for the eggs she gets from her chickens.  She laughed and I laughed, but I couldn't get the kit out of my mind.  About a year ago I ordered the kit, started a chicken, then set it down.  Earlier this summer I decided to finish the kit. Soon I will be making soft-boiled eggs for breakfast and you can be sure that those eggs will stay warm in their chicken cozies until we're ready to sit at the table and eat them!

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bountiful boys

Lyle arrived on July 29 weighing a whopping 9lbs. 8oz.  I think at least 6 ounces can be attributed to his hair!  Liam and Lyle are both growing and changing, and we are all loving every minute we get to spend time with either of them. Baby duty couldn't get much better than this!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Baby blankets for Liam

Liam has grandmothers who knit, crochet, and quilt.  He is a well-blanketed baby.

Here he is on the quilt his Gmom, Penny, made for him.

Here he is on the quilt his great-grandmother, Linda, made for him.

And here he is on the blanket I crocheted for him.  Happy baby, thankful family.  God is good!

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A growing baby boy

Liam arrived on June 5 and is growing and thriving.  His mama and daddy are learning and changing  (diapers, habits, their routines, etc.).  All is well and Liam's extended families are besotted with him!

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When you get two knitters together...

...they knit.  Penny and I knit while we waited at the hospital for Liam to be born. 
She worked on a silk shawl, and I worked on a cotton dishcloth.  And before too much time had passed, we had the best little knit-together-by-God-in-his-mother's-womb grandson!

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