Friday, June 8, 2018

A little help from a notion ...!

Have you noticed that Blogger is no longer sending out e-mail notifications for comments posted on your blog? I researched the issue and according to my findings "Google is aware and working on it". OK, I sure hope they resolve the issue soon!

I want to share with you this notion that I found helpful when working with the BOM Peace & Unity. It is called Alphabetties by It's Sew Emma.


At times, especially when it comes to a block of the month, there are numerous pieces for the block construction that are labeled either numerically or alphabetically, sometimes both! This was the case with the Peace & Unity BOM and I found the Alphabetties quite useful.


I will admit that I do not use them often, but when I do, I'm glad I have them. There were lots of pieces to this 12 month program and the Alphabetties kept me organized.

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

We have a pieced top .... !

I've been plugging away at Peace and Unity and brought it from this ...


To this ....


And ... now the borders are sewn on and it is loaded on Penelope ready to be machine quilted!


I've been subbing pretty much full time for the past couple of weeks so I haven't had any time to tackle it, but it's on the "to do" list! ;)

What's up with you?

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Monday, June 4, 2018

My baby is now legal ...!

My baby turns 21 today!

OMG, where has the time gone? They grow up so quickly!

Happy Birthday Pumpkin!


Cheers!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A basket case ...!

I have laid the machine appliqueing of baskets aside for a bit before I, myself, turn into a basket case!


In the meantime, I picked up a BOM I started back in January 2014. The quilt is called Civil War: Peace and Unity designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith; the last in a series of quilts commemorating the 150th anniversary of the civil war.

Although I had all the 20 (yea you read right) Court House Step blocks done, I sort of put it away not even planning on completing it. I gave up on this quilt!


But, I kept it all in a plastic bin, sort of "in waiting." I even thought of just piecing the court house step blocks into a small quilt top and call it a done deal!

It wasn't until the Shoppe Troll, aka Nancy, completed her quilt and I was reminded how gorgeous it was. Then, I fell in love with the quilt all over again, vowing to complete the top ... some day!

Well, "some day" came and I pulled it out and started working away on the twelve (12) different blocks. Voila! The pile of blocks!


Guess what I'm working on today!


Thanks for stopping by little corner in cyberspace!

Wishing you a wonderful day! Cheers!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's day .... !

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's day celebration.  My little Pumpkin came up from College for a weekend visit.

We took off early for Montreal so that we'd have time to visit my family neighbourhoods. It was fun showing Pumpkin where her grand mother and grand father grew up. After the grand parents childhood days, we headed off to where I spent most of my childhood.

I grew up in the outskirt of the city and Parc des Hirondelles was my backyard.


It was nostalgic! So much has changed since my childhood years!

Afterwards, we headed off to my mothers to celebrate the day with the rest of my family!

Pumpkin left Monday morning. She will be working most of the summer at the college. Life sure changes as your kids get older. It's all good!

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Admiring Mother Nature

This morning I had a meeting to attend. On my way back, I decided to admire the beauty of Mother nature.

I just had to stop and take photographs of Lake Champlain. It was so surreal!


It was just so beautiful with the mist ....


So mystical ... magical ...


The photographs were taken with my Iphone, no filters.

As I drove home, it dawned on me that I "should" keep my Nikon D7000 (professional) in the trunk of my car for such occasions. I am passionate about photography, and do enjoy it!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

In the mean time ... !

I've been substituting for our local schools district. I'm sure you will be happy to know that, after an intensive mandatory investigation, not only am I NOT a criminal, I am NOT some sort of predator/offender! I am positive that you now feel much more comfortable following my blog! lol

So far, I have filled in for a 4th grade class, a librarian at a high school/middle school, and substituted for 6th, 7th and 8 grade class, teaching socials studies and geography!

Today, I substituted for a teacher who taught a rambunctious and loud/talkative first grade class.

What a day!

I feel better already!


Cheers!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Plugging away ....!

I'm going back and forth between machine appliqueing baskets and working on the Beauty All Around BOM.

I now have Block 4 ...


And ... Block 5 completed ...


Catch you all later! Cheers!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Eggplant Parmesan ...!

I love eggplant parmesan! But not cooked the traditional Italian way.  Most restaurants cook it in lots of olive oil and the eggplant acts as a sponge soaking the oil up .... yuk!  I like to bake mine and it comes out nice and crispy on the outside!

Baked Eggplant - The ingredients

1/4 cup plain bread crumbs (you can use Italian seasoned)
1/4 cup freshly grated pamigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons parsley flakes

1/4 cup skim milk (you can use cream)
1 egg beaten

1 Eggplant - Sliced 1/4 inch thick.



Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.


Beat the egg and milk/cream together in another bowl.


I tend to prick my eggplant slices before I dip them in the egg and milk bowl.


Dip

Coat


Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  I just love King Arthur Flour pre cut half sheets parchment paper!


Bake at 350F for approximately 40 minutes. In 20 minutes, turn the slices over and place back in the oven for another 20 minutes or until done. I use the bake feature on my oven, as I find that convection does not brown as well.


They are now ready to enjoy!

They freeze very well. I tend to buy a large eggplant, and place the left over in a container and pop them in the freezer. It truly makes sense to make a large batch. 

As for the left over bread coating ... I bag it and place it in the freezer for the next batch.


Time for dinner ... Enjoy!


Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

On the hand work trail ...!

I'm still plugging away at the Trick or Treat basket quilt by Blackbird Designs. As much as I enjoy machine appliqueing, it gets a bit monotonous to be doing the same thing over and over again, interspersed with thread changes to match the basket.  Yawn!

We are presently experiencing a weather surprise!


Not sure how much we are expecting, but it "should" be all gone by tomorrow ... we are expecting rain!

On another note, my left forearm is doing much better, so I can actually do some hand work!

In between baskets, I'm working on the Beauty All Around BOM that I started back in ... OMG, I never wrote it down! Thank goodness for blogging! I blogged about it on January 11, 2015.

This is the second UFO that wasn't written down!!!! Another added to the UFO list of 2015. Oh well!

I saw the quilt at the 2014 Fall Internal Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. It was a wool BOM offered by Fibre Junction in January 2015.


I do have all the sashing done except, don't ask me why, one block! I will always remember what Professors Ladd once said, "Carole, somethings just cannot be explained!" That's one of those "things".


And ... I worked on Block 2


And ... Block 3


A nice break from machine applique!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!
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