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

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.



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!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Reading break ...!

Vicki from Colorways by Vicki Welsh had blogged about an audio book she found interesting, Spaceman by Mike Massimino.

Some may or may not know this, but I'm a big space history buff. I just love reading about the space program, mainly during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo era.

I thought perhaps it would be good for me to pick up Mike Massimino's book and expand my knowledge to the shuttle era. I'm certainly interested in the Hubble Telescope, which he serviced.

I wasn't disappointed! What a great book. I can certainly see a difference in writing style between this era of astronauts and those of the 1960's.

Massimino made it real. He was candid and honest about his experience, the mistakes he's made. He wasn't afraid to tell it like it was for him, how he worked through some issues to become a better human and in turn a better astronaut. There's a human element that I hadn't read in other biographies (Deke Slayton, Alan Sheppard).

I highly recommend this biography. A lot of what he writes about is applicable to everyone, and not just those seeking a career in space travel!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Focus baby, focus ...!

Well, despite Stella's demands, I've completed hand stitching the binding on the Scrappy Trail quilt.

I love, love, love that binding fabric. The fabric is from Sew Cherry 2 by Lori Holt! It is so perfect for binding.

My next UFO project is called Trick or Treat and is from the book When the Cold Wind Blows by Barb Adams & Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs. The project was started back in May 2010. I know this for a fact because I blogged about it. Certainly NOT because it was listed on my Project 2010 sheet! Oops! Thank goodness for project bins and blogging!

I organized what was in the bin, put on a documentary and busied myself with turning some edges in.

So far, I have 155 basket ready to be machine appliqued.

I need 291 basket blocks! I better get quilting!

I sense that this will not me a quick quilt to get done. But ... it will be stunning when it is pieced and machine quilted.

So, what are you up to these days? What project are you working on?

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

In the meantime ...!

Thank you to all those who offered their opinion on the completion of Pick a Peck of Pretty Patches quilt.

As I think about my options, I continued working on hand stitching the binding on Wish Upon a Star.

It is now fully completed! Yeah!

As for my next quilting UFO, I was looking at my 2017 project list and couldn't believe how little quilting I did. Despite the few numbers of projects started, there were not many completed.

I usually average 29 projects a year. In 2017, I started nine (9), which is unusual and ... to have so many unfinished! Not a good statistic! Oh well!

Moving forward, I decided to pick up Scrappy Trails a pattern from Lori Holt, which is published in her Scrappy Project Planner. 

I started this quilt back in March, 2017. The blocks were all done, it was just a matter of piecing the quilt top. Ta dah!

It is such a happy quilt! It has since been machine quilted and I'm presently working on hand stitching the binding ... A task that is now becoming challenging!

Oh well! Challenges are good ... sometimes! ;)

Thanks for stopping by my littler corner in cyberspace! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Monday, April 2, 2018

The mistaken quilt UFO ...

I originally blogged about this quilt back in February 2007 when I first joined Stashbusters and it is still not completed!

Here is the original photo of the quilt top. Our handsome model is the late Mr. Bud.

The quilt pattern is called Pick A Peck of Pretty Patches and is from McCall"s Quilting magazine October 1999 issue. This quilt was started sometime in 2002 and completed in 2003.

The main reason why it has not been fully completed is that I have more than half of the main blocks hand quilted.

Sadly, this was at a time when my knowledge on batting was none existent. I used Warm & Natural! Now, don't get me wrong, I do like Warm & Natural but NOT for hand quilting. Today, I would choose differently!

The issue is: How do I complete this project without doing a lot of hand quilting?

I am thinking of just loading the quilt on Penelope (my longarm) and cross hatching the nine patches using the white squares. This would stabilize the smaller rectangles in between the nine patch blocks. Hum ... what would I do in the larger rectangles?

As for the main blocks, I guess I could bite the bullet and just continue with the hand quilting. I certainly do not want to tear out the stitches! For the record, I did consider it and decided it was insane ... that's a lot of hand work! Besides, I'd like to give historians something to debate! ;)

What are your thoughts on how I should complete the quilt top? Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by and assisting me with the custom machine quilting on this quilt top!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Play date with Penelope ... !

I sure have been focused as of late. As a result, Penelope and I have enjoyed lots of bonding time.

Today I booked a play date with Penelope to get this last quilt machine quilted. Put on some music and started groovin' stitching!

Given that there is a lot of negative space on the quilt, I chose the panto Nouveau Scallop by Hermoine Agee.

This is definitely NOT an easy/mindless panto to stitch out. I do like how it turned out on the quilt.

I brought the quilt top up to the stage of having the binding machine stitched and then called it a night!

Now I'm ready to put on a documentary and get that binding hand stitched!

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace!  Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I'm on a roll ...!

On the last post, I made a mistake on the project I choose. I did not pick a project from 2007 but more from 2009. I will blog about the 2007 project on another post.

The pattern is from the 1998 Quilt Sampler magazine and is called Wish Upon a Star by A Stitch in Time, WI quilt shop. I actually started this quilt top in February 2009. As you saw from the prior post, all that was pieced were the blocks.

So, I got busy and started piecing the top!

Given that this is my quilt, I decided that I was going to do it differently than from what the original pattern instruction. Checked my stash and found this amazing 1930's reproduction fabric that would work perfectly with the quilt top.

For those of you that are curious as to what the original quilt looked like, here is a picture of the picture! lol

So now the quilt is ready for a play date with Penelope!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

I guess I like the block ....!

I finished hand stitched the binding on the Stardust quilt! Time to pick up a new UFO project!

It seemed like a good idea to peruse the UFO Quilt Projects - up to 2007 list. Thanks to Stashbuster, that's the year I began to keep an inventory of the quilting projects I started.

I decided to tackle project #16 - 1930 Reproduction Quilt (McCall's Pattern - Oct 99) started in 2002. Yea, that's the one. Let's get that baby completed. Open the plastic bin and ....

Gosh, I guess I like that block in reproduction fabrics! lol Luckily, it's a different layout!

What are you working on?

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Penny for your thought ... !

I've been doing a lot of hand work as of late. All of the projects I started this year, and completed I might add, have been hand work.

As a matter of fact, I've completed a new penny rug!

I just love how it turned out. So bright and cheerful! The pattern is called Petals for Penny by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. BTW, I have one kit for sale, if anyone is interested, drop me an e-mail.

Would you be surprised if I told you that with all the hand work I have been doing my left forearm and wrist is hurting me? Yeah, I bummin'!

So, I thought I would pick up my sock knitting again. It is a different movement, it should be good!

Nope, it hurts just as much. So, it's time for me to take a break from hand work. Luckily, I am still able to hand stitch a quilt binding without pain.

I guess I will be concentrating on machine piecing quilt tops from my UFO pile, which I have lots, as I allow my left hand to rest.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

We interrupt the hand stitching binding episode .....

To bring you the latest development on cat privileges ...

Hum .... Stella jumps on my lap right when I was about to turn a binding corner and proceeds to make herself comfortable.

I tried nudging her a bit to see if she would jump off, only to be given the look!

STOP everything and give in to my demands!

After some petting she is nice and snuggled in a quilt!

It always amazes me how a cat can fit on/in such a confined space! Between the queen size quilt and the cat, there wasn't much room available on my lap. Yet, she managed to not only get herself comfortable but bring my stitching rhythm to a grinding halt and get me to scratch her favourite spots!

I wish I had that much power. Not sure how it would look if I jumped on a person's lap and demanded attention! ROFLOL

Phew ... She's had enough and jumped off .... back to your regular schedule hand stitching program...

I'm on a roll ... !

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day! I "should" have gone for that power walk last night but ... I was focused!

Besides, with all the dancing jammin' I did, I'm sure I can call it exercising! lol

After I finished machine quilting the top, I felt compelled to get the quilt ready for its last step ... sew the binding on so that it would be ready for me to hand stitch today.

Now I'm all set to watch a documentary while I hand stitched the binding.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day! Cheers!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring is here .... I think!

Today is an absolutely gorgeous day! Sunny and in the 30F (-1C) and NO wind! It's been such a windy winter that I sort of neglected my power walking routine! No fun exercising on a windy day ... trust me!

Today was actually warm enough, if you were dressed appropriately, to sit out in the sun and take in some vitamin D ... and a bit of positive energy.

After a boost of sun rays, I felt energized and booked a date with Penelope (my APQS Millennium longarm)!

Revved her up, put on some jammin' music and grooved to the rhythm of the Bubble pantograph!

What are you up to today?

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace. Catch you all later!

Monday, March 19, 2018

And the winner is ... !

I don't know about where you life, but here in the way Northeast NY I can see Canada from my house, it has been bone chilly! We went from spring is just around the corner weather to ... Brrrr! What a shock it was! Mother nature is such a tease! Anyway, I've been concentrating more on keeping warm than anything else!

Yesterday, Sunday, I decided that I needed to fully complete a quilt top that has been hanging off my design wall for the past couple of weeks. I had been working on it a bit at a time and brought it to ... pieced center.

The pattern is called Stardust by Sandy Klop of American Jane Patterns. I used a layer cake from her fabric line Bread 'n Butter.

The goal was ... completely finish the quilt top by putting on the last three borders. Voila!

Today, my plan is to piece the backing and schedule a date with Penelope (my longarm) so I can bring this UFO to a done deal!

As for the winner, congratulations goes to Swooze of Swooze's Quilts and Tall Tales. Kindly send me an e-mail with you snail mail address and I'll get the kit out to you.

Thank you everyone for participating in my 11 years of blogging celebrations.

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Rewarding myself ... !

A girl can only work so long on quilting UFOs without going through some form of withdrawal! Seriously, I've been so good at completing projects, even those I started in 2018. To reward myself, I went shopping on the Primitive Gatherings website.

If you love wool, Primitive Gatherings website is a dangerous place to browse. I fell in love with quite a few wool kits but had to limit myself. I decided on a table topper from Lisa Bongean's latest book Christmas Gatherings.

There are lots of lovely projects in that book. Although I do have a small wool stash, I don't have a lot of interesting backgrounds and besides, the kit was perfect!

The kit I chose is for the pattern called Holiday Table Mat

I just love how it turned out! Another wonderful addition to my holiday decor!

If you haven't heard, I am doing a give away in honour of eleven (11) years of blogging. You can check out the post here. You have until March 13 to put your name in for the draw.

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Blog land and we have a finish ....!

The other day I was going through some old blogging posts, looking at comments and clicking on the individual's profile, wanting to see what they have been up to! Many were individuals I "used to follow," who inspired me to create. I was shocked to see how many had abandoned blogging. That explains why my feed has so little post for me to read!

I like blogging, it's a great way to catch up with friends on a sleepless night, find some inspiration for that new project. 

I'm sure Instagram has something to do with it. It's a lot quicker to take a photo with your smart phone, write a little blurb and post it on a social media site than to write a lengthy post! Oh well, I like blogging!

By the way, Donna at chookyblue reminded me that I have been blogging for over 11 years. We both started around the same time. Wow! Hard to believe that it's been that long already. So, time for a give away! Read on!

On the quilting front, I finished another UFO that was just sitting there, on the back of a chair with other UFOS, patiently waiting ....

This little hand embroidery quilt comes from the back of that chair! lol 

The pattern is called Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Buttermilk Basin, started in 2010. I stitched one of these for a swap I participated back in 2010. I liked it so much that I wanted one for myself. Unlike most of my hand embroidery UFOs whereby the squares are stitched, this one was layered and ready to be machine quilted!

Onward to the give away. Leave me a comment by March 13, 2018 and you will be eligible to win the following kit!

The kit includes all the fabric and wool to make this cute wall hanging.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy quilting! Cheers!
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