First the outing & the first confession. The Quilting Pirate & I went to a quilter's yard sale. Not together, but we were both there when the storage lockers opened. (I hope she blogs this, then it won't be so much of an outing & she took photos...) This lady had a "problem" of the bolts variety, as in she bought bolts of fabric & had more that a stores worth in her storage lockers (yes plural) she had seven total, 2 were opened up to the quilting public. What was on the bolts was offered up for sale - $3 per yard. (Some was good quality nice stuff others not so much - the lighting was pretty awful, but when you were shopping by looking for "X" brand on the bolt core, that helped a lot. It was a good thing that Toni was there - she was able to help me decide the needed lengths of a couple pieces. Some gals were there buying for charity, which is nice to hear.
I got a series of Stripes for the handkerchief corners quilt that is on the cover of Kaffe Fassett's Passionate Patchwork. I can not work it out in my head how that block works - my husband is going to get the book through inter-library loan. :o)
I also got the only cat print that she had - it is a border stripe - with only 2 repeats at the 2 selvedges, the rest is a floral. I was so not buying that a retail prices - you need so many yards for a border where there are only 2 repeats...
(I got a few other pieces as well...)
Which brings me to a confession # 2 which happens to be part of the weekend round up.
In the stewdio/nursery, I have 2 Ikea book cases - they were along one wall. I wanted them to be on the corner - freeing up some wall space for the 3 drawer dresser & mirror. Done - thanks Mr. Calico Cat. I also wanted to get 2 bags of scraps out of bags & into bins - done! While doing that I found some 30's scraps - so I thimbled them & added them to the other 30's thimbles (my purchase from the quilt show last weekend.) I them divided them into 3 piles, 1 for me, one for my swap partner, & 1 that is a bunch of duplicates - but enough for a doll quilt.
The confession - I haven't touched my sewing machine in a long time... (I unplugged it when we had some dicey weather - it is still unplugged...)
More weekend round up - I finally got a new iron & a new quilting magazine!
From the CSA we got: beets, potatoes, cherries, tomato, zuchini, yellow squash, kale, & spring onions. (now to figure out how to cook beets & kale - not necessarily together.)
I baked chocolate banana bread & learned something new about Mr. Calico Cat. He was brought up to believe that when the yellow skins on the bananas got brown spots that they were bad & it was time to throw them out. (These were a bit early for mashing into a bread... As in PERFECT for eating!) (If you want the recipe - leave me a comment & a way to contact you - I have it in an e-mail that I can forward.)
I learned a new way to cook a chicken on a crock pot - super easy!
take 1 whole chicken - rinse & dry it, separate the skin from the bird & season on the meat & skin with your favorite seasoning blend - I used one from Penzey's - Northwoods Fire seasoning. peel an onion & stick it in the cavity whole. Place the bird breast side down in the crock pot, cover it, cook it on high for @6 hours - I went longer & it fell off the bone! (or on low for longer).
No fuss, no muss, & super tasty. (I used the leftovers to make pulled chicken BBQ sandwiches - heated the chicken in a pot with BBQ sauce - another easy peasy meal.)
I exercized in the pool on Saturday & Sunday - part of my build up endurance for delivery plan...
I cleaned out my closet & donated a ton of clothing to charity. (The closet still needs work.)
At 17 weeks of prenancy - I got sick yet again... & I am waiting for the second trimester energy surge.