Sunday, November 23, 2014

Home Made Bread

It has been quite a while since I have made bread so I decided I’d try again.

Somehow when I was baking it the smell must have carried over to Bird Island on Lake Weir.

Within 5 minutes after it was done I had company!



They enjoyed the hot bread with butter and some jelly.


Our beverages of choice vary. Drew and I usually are Coca Cola drinkers and Andy’s beverage is normally Vernor’s Gingerale.

Tonight he decided to indulge in a bottle of wine!

In reality the only thing left in the bottle is the little bit you can see in his glass leftover from cooking dinner a few night’s ago.

One of their goals in life is to never have a normal picture taken of them!

He did have a Vernors while he worked after dinner until I spilled it all over the lanai floor.


While finishing up the last few bites of the heel of the bread I think Andy was searching for a way for me to stream the Packer game tomorrow.


After dinner they finished putting the last of my new lanai furniture together. There were 3 chairs left to do.



Andy did the construction with Drew’s help when necessary.


Drew also did all the unpacking, took all the protective covering off the pieces and took the boxes out to the garage. He also unwrapped all the cushions.

I feel very fortunate to have such helpful young friends.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Our Line Challenge


Beth Shutty’s quilt featured curved lines both in the motif and in her appropriate background quilting.


Gloria Meachem’s quilt was inspired by a piece of fabric.Her lines are obvious in both the design and the quilting. It is interesting that both Beth and Gloria’s quilts radiate from an off center central point but are totally different in their design and execution.


This is the other quilt Gloria made for our challenge. It tells us so much more about lines with her descriptions and illustrations. Gloria is one of our members who has mastered her sewing machine embroidery and so much more.


Judy Devaney created this with personal heirloom laces.What a great way to preserve the handwork and the memories it evokes.  It you knew Judy you would recognize this as her work as these colors are spot on for her.

She also was the hostess for our challenge tea. It was lovely.


Gladys Tice also used curved lines to emphasize and feature the print she chose to use. The colors also are pulled from the print.

Her workmanship was impeccable …not an easy thing to do with those narrow insets of color.


This beautiful sunset landscape uses both curve and straight lines in the piecing and quilting. The quilting is so appropriate to the design and does an excellent job of emphasizing the different parts of the quilt.


In case you forgot my quilt posted earlier on this blog, here is one part of it.

I have yet to get a good photo of the entire piece. I used a piece of fabric I had dyed several times as the background and created the lines with satin stitching using a color run over the surface.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Scrappy Socks


I just finished another pair of socks. I decided it might be fun to use some of the leftovers from other pairs of socks.

I don’t make my legs of my socks as long as most people do so I always have a lot left.

I completely used up the leftovers from 4 pair and started on the 5th with the blue.

I am not really excited about them as I thought I would be.

I have enough sock yarn for maybe 20 or more pair so why am I using leftovers? Beats me!

I am going to see if I can come up with some other way to use leftover sock yarns.

I’m ready to knit another pair that is ALL one color!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

More Pole Rolling Progress


I have spent some time rolling more fabric on these poles.

Some of the poles are full and ready to be dyed.

Others could be dyed now, but I might as well fill the poles with a little more fabric!

I won’t be dyeing for a few more days as our temperatures have dropped and I do my dyeing in the garage.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rolling Poles For Arashi Shibori

I roll a few poles as time permits and when I have either used all my poles or feel like I really need to see what is going to happen to these fabrics I do the dyeing.
Sometimes I spend a few weeks rolling poles and then immerse them in the vats of dye all in one day.
These don’t look like much right now. I am currently working with fabrics that have either been painted or dyed previously at least one time. I know all of these need at least one more layer of color.  Most of these are cotton but there are also some silks.
I put several fabrics on a pole if I know they will go into the same color dye pot.
It’s always fun to see the results.
I also expect I’ll be doing some ice dyeing soon.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fast Forward Friday

Yesterday I posted a picture on Facebook for Throw Back Thursday thinking it was my grandson Nicholas.

In reality it was his younger brother Jared. This is not the first time I have confused pictures of those two.

This is the picture I posted.

He was about 2 or 3 and the boys loved catching frogs at Eagle River.


In this picture he is 16 years old. He was the Dancing Ghost in the Adams Family play their high school put on a week ago.

I’m sure you can tell he is the one in white.

Acting is one of his favorite activities. He has attended an acting workshop put on my the Chanhassen Dinner Theater for the last few years.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Chasing Rainbows–Close-ups


On my post yesterday it was hard to see the entire image clearly and you couldn’t see the detail.

I took some more pictures with better lighting conditions to share with you today.




I hope you can see the satin stitching clearly and also follow how the colors progress the length of the quilt.

You should also be able to see the patterns in the underlying fabric more clearly.

I did turn these so you are seeing them sideways!