1. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, if you celebrate Thanksgiving. For the rest of you I hope that you had a wonderful day as well.
2. Thanks for all of the help regarding my chocolate pie - and follow-up questions.
It turned out great... Turns out I did not have as much chocolate on hand as I thought, so I went to the store & purchased what was called for... :o)
3. My turkey could not have been better! I used the America's Test Kitcken method (only I added Rosemary & Sage to the mix...) & it worked brilliantly!
4. My gravy was o.k. - my GF liked it a lot more than me & since she was my guest, that really is all that matters, right?
5. My timing still leaves a lot to be desired... I either think things will take less or more time that they do... I use a thermometer to guage the doneness of my meats, so I had to call my GF to see if she could arrive earlier :o) Luckily, the other stuff was on the plain & quick to prepare side... :o) (I baked my pies on Wednesday.)
Also on Wednesday, I cut & started to piece a quilt top... :o) I wanted a "tah-dah" moment on Friday when my GF & I planned to return to the quilt shop.
6. After the meal... We waited a bit to eat the pies - aka played with fabric while my husband watched the football game... We rearranged blocks - Who knew 15 blocks would be so hard to arrange? I finished piecing the top... it is long and narrow :o(
I had previously pulled fabrics for quilts that I want to make from a new book:
(lots of fun projects)
I plan to do this quilt:
In these fabrics:
(I will add a lavendar solid also from my stash!)
7. later that evening, I worked on some other quilty things - like adding borders and piecing backs for a few things that have been lingering....
8. So we drive "all the way to Virginia." (Some people make a very big deal out of crossing the Potomac - I'm just saying...) to the quilt shop on Black Friday - the biggest retail shopping day of the year... to find the shop closed. :o( & to think, even Rhapsody wanted to go
So we went to a shop that my GF wanted to check out closer to me - Penzys - a spice shop & the quilt shop, that is probably the closest to me. They had fat quarters on sale for $1.25 each. (I was SOOOOO good! I got a few for some very specific projects. Nothing to stash enhance.) I also got a couple cuts for binding - if the fabrics in your quilt are matchy-matchy - they your binding should match too. (Justifying - maybe.) After my GF dropped me off, I worked on more "quilt chores."
9. On Saturday, we decided to drive "all the way to Virginia" again... We called first this time & made sure that we talked to a real live person, not just an answering machine that would lead you to believe that they were open every day... I got some fabric for a border & binding - for the "tah dah" quilt that ended up long & narrow without a border.
(yes, that is the same photo - it is still long & narrow.)
I did not get my "tah dah" moment, the owner was too busy - she had to call someone in to help - she did not think they they would be busy - it was busier on Saturday morning than it had been on Quilter's Quest while I was there... (Again this is a matchy-matchy quilt, so the border needed to match & 36 inches is not wide enough, so the extra 20 inches in border will help a lot. Luckily it is a big print so that it won't look too funny, Right?)
10. quilty accomplishments over the long weekend:
cut & pieced 15 blocks
pieced a quilt top from blocks that have been done for a while
added a border to 1 top, pieced the back for that top
pieced a back for two other tops
found the top & back that I want to send out for quilting
Purchased binding fabric for 2 tops
Purchased border & binding fabric for another top
drove "all the way to Virginia" twice.
What did you do? Did you catch the stashbusting in this post? I actually did a whole lot of work from my stash, like piecing backs & adding borders! (& some planning too.)
Back to the food, I almost forgot, that last night I finally got to the carcass & made turkey soup. (I will use the broth as the base for mushroom soup tonight.) & my husband made turkey salad. I even got to freeze a turkey breast. :o)