Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 31


Happy Halloween
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I almost missed the last day of Blotoberfest 2010.

Have a safe trick or treat (if you participate).

I crunched some more quilt numbers yesterday - I still have a headache. :o)

New quotes from Jacob - "Enough" & "No TV" :o)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 30


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I went to see the Gorillas at the zoo yesterday....

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bloggers quilt festival

Isotaupe

I had a hard time choosing between this one & another quilt... In the end I chose this one because at the time it represented all of my taupes. I had been collecting & looking at these fabrics for a long time without using them. They were expensive & I was afraid that I would be dissatisfied with the result so I did not make anything with them... Once I got going I was fine & enjoyed making this quilt. I love the way it has high contrast & low contrast blocks & how it allows all of the different colors to play nicely together.

My only gripe is that the long armer fed it onto her machine sideways, so the clam shells look more like fish scales...

Bloggers quilt festival link: here!

(The button is just a picture...)

Blogtoberfest October 29


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Another one from that local quiltshow a couple weeks ago. I guess these are her scrap baskets. Hardee har har!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 28


Bento box fabric
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Damn my memory is for crap.
1. Jackie at Canton Village Quiltworks has a great prince on Kona Solids & She has that accucut machine, so your yardage can come to you in strips...
2. I want Mocha for my Martian quilt & snow (for several things), but when she had a sale they were not to be had...
3. Jackie lets me know that Mocha & Snow are back in stock! YIPPEE! I know why I want Mocha & @ how much, but for the life of me, I can't remember why I want the snow. Let alone how much...
4. Out of nowhere I remember that I want the snow for my Bento Box quilt. But how much, no idea. I do recall that this is my inspiration:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/11712869@N00/1367478520/ (She used blue & green prints from Denyse Schmidt's Katie Jump Rope line of fabric.) I like it so much that I asked if I could copy her! Unfortunately I only have fat quarters & she had to have used half if not whole yards.
5. So I pulled some other fat quarters to go with - including some of the browns from the Katie Jump Rope line. I knew that I added the 2D zoo as well (I searched high & Low for a big piece of that, because I want more of that that the others in the quilt since it bridges the three other colors so nicely.) I even remembered the navy with white dots...
6. I completely forgot about adding the Flea Market Fancy prints... (Nice suprise.)
7. I have no idea where my pattern is, but I have the block figured out... (Just not the yardage needed for the snow.)
8. I spent a god hour last night figuring that out...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 27


kitties in a tree fabrics
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Raise your hand if you did not know that I work on too many projects at once. O.K., now that brings us to this photo. That poor partial bolt of kitties in trees fabric has been planned to be several quilts already (I've owned it since 2007 if not earlier) all of them included the solid-y browns. I am 99% sure that I have settled on the final pattern & it too includes browns - most if not all of these plus several more. More really is more.

The final pattern is Marquee, a pattern by Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr in their book Modern Quilt Workshop (I still highly recommend this one whenever I am asked to recommend a quilt book).

Two different ones on flickr (The second of which made me think to do this with my cat print.)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisecraft/3959889434/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31012421@N08/4901338793/

My back will be scrappy browns including all of my "natural" & brown cat prints.

I am basting hexagons during my lunch hour at work - I can do about 20 in the hour. (I need to start stitching them together - I am running out of papers.)

How do you stitch hexagons together - into flowers? chains? other? (I am leaning towards other - blobs if you will...)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 26


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Let them eat cake! (If you need a cake eating lesson, I know someone who can help...)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 25


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So my family had its first Chuck E. Cheese experience yesterday & lived to tell. My almost 2 year old was invited to a 4 year olds birthday party - there were 8 parties going on simlutaneously in addition to what I assumed to be random, "Let's go to C.E.C. for dinner" groups.

So much to do, yet so little for a toddler. (I completely missed the official toddler zone until I was editing my photographs.) Anyway, my son likes to ride the horses in our yard & the rocking horse in our living room. So I plopped himm on the merry-go-round. He liked it. (He also loved the cup of coins.) But I did not have my camera, so we went back through the crowd & chilled for a minute. He drank his first "fruit punch." I have no idea how much dye & sugar is in that beverage with fruit in its name, but I doubt any in ints content... (I wrongly assumed juice boxes would be provided...)

I then take him to the big race horse - he is freaked out by the prospect, so I bring him back to the merry-go-round for a photo op - still freaked out. Luckily we hear that the pizza is being served. So we go back to eat. He ate almost 3 slices & then a bit of cake. YUMMY. All of the mouse, etc. antics were beyond his understanding - so maybe we can avoid this place in the future?

While the 8 birthday children are taking turns doing the birthday kid stuff & after lunch, I took Jacob back to the merry-go-round - just in case. As you can tell from this photograph he loved it once again! So much so he did not want to leave.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 24


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Another one from the local quilt show. I am not sure if this is a table runner or a wall hanging & I am also not sure that it matters. I only wonder, because I am not a "runner" girl... Meanwhile, I have 12 foot ceilings with a cut out between the living room & kitchen & something like this would look lovely above that cut out.

Also this has a rather late fall/early winter feel to it...

Jacob is going to have his first Chuck E. Cheese experience this afternoon...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 23


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Another one from the quilt show. It is officially fall in the Mid-Atlantic so this tree of life quilt in Autumnal colors is appropriate.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 22


Good Mail Day 1
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Yesterday was a good mail day for me. I traded some fabric for some scraps & I got exactly what I had hoped to get. YAY. Most of these will be in my hexagon quilt. :o)

Good Mail Day 2


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Fodder for my hexagon quilt.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 21


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Another BAQ... I think I like this one better...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Another quilt


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Another quilt from the quilt show. Why? Why not? (I'll post another one or two here today. Becasue I feel like it.)

Blogtoberfest October 20


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I pretty much always like an I SPY quilt... (I really like the solid sashing & border.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 19


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The big helper likes to help with the vacuum. My husbands foot is recoiling the electrical cord, while my son's foot is working on the power. While the vacuum is in action, he plays with the shag to hard wood setting & has fun with the air vent.

On another note, I baked pumpkin cookies last night & my cookie theif helped himself to 1, while saying, "Cookie." - not bad considering the fact that he had the whole cooling rack at his disposal.

Monday, October 18, 2010

quilt from the show


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I have or had that panel... (I hope I still have it, I still want to play with those peekers.)

Blogtoberfest October 18


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Yesterday was sew-n-tell Sunday & this was my contribution.

All-In-One Holiday Bundt Cake
(Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours)
(makes one 9- to 10-inch Bundt cake)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves (optional)
Pinch of salt
1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoon/5 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups canned unsweetened pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 large apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1 cup fresh cranberries, halved or coarsely chopped
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Optional: Maple syrup icing (see recipe below)

To make the cake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 9- to 10-inch (about 12-cup) Bundt pan. Do not place the pan on a baking sheet - you want the oven's heat to come up through the Bundt pan's open core.

Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves (if using) and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside dry ingredients.

Working with a stand mixer (using a paddle attachment, if you have one), beat the butter and both sugars together at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat for 1 minute after each addition; beat in the vanilla.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the pumpkin and apples - don't be concerned if the mixture looks curdled. Still on low speed, add the dry ingredients, mixing only until the flour is just barely incorporated. Working with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the cranberries and pecans.

Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with the spatula. Slide the pan into the oven and bake 60 to 70 minutes at 350F, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding. Cool to room temperature on the rack.

(There was no mention of greasing the pan - I planned on doing it, but forgot since I did not see that instruction. Also mine colled in the pan overnight - I was up baking too late.)

Don't fret cookie monster, I made the pumpkin cookie batter last night & I purchased the missing ingredients for the chocolate cinnamon peanut butter cookies. I just wasn't in the mood to make cookies. I wanted to dump the batter into the pan, bake it & be done...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 17


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You all realize that I only got a snap of this one because of the embroidered kitties, right...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

OOPS


How could I call that other one my favorite when this big ole meower was hanging in the same show...


Don't tell my cats.

Blogtoberfest October 16


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

As mentioned previously, I went to a local quilt show this afternoon. (After & before some major errand running!) This one might have been my favorite.

Can anyone tell what this quilt depicts?

Sorry for the rather horrible photograph, I was playing with a different camera setting...

Friday, October 15, 2010

One last one from the archives


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because I am going to a quilt show tomorrow!

& because this little stinker has taught himself how to slide down the staris. (& fully enjoyed it in case it is not completely obvious.)

"Noooooo."


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Just keeping it balanced & real.

All was not happy


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minutes later, the sheer joy was replaced by this sad face.

happy


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happy


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Mt. Vernon


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At Mt. Vernon they had a lot of these candle lanterns. Many of them were around this fenced off grassy area. Well little man wanted/needed to run around & he ran right into this enclosure. Then he grabbed the lantern & shook it...

The previous shot shows you how giddy he was at the result!

He would run from one to the other with me trying to intercept him. (He even caught onto me following him & did a quick return in the middle trying to out smart the old lady.)

Blogtoberfest October 15


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Looking at the chickens.

Which reminds me, when he is old enough or maybe when he is a teenager, I want to make sure that he can bake a chicken. (& I only learned recently that eggs should be cooked on low heat...)

Seems that Jamie Oliver wants kids to be able to cook real food & I've seen a list or two of stuff that people think that young people should be able to cook.

On my list in no particular order after baked chicken:
Brisket
Greek stuffed tomatoes
macafoney & cheese (uses suash puree & we all love it.)
roasted vegetables
spaghetti sauce
pea soup
crustless quiche/frittata
baked salmon
Stuffed shells

Some of these are just in regular rotation iin out house others are a good technique...

What would be on your list? (If you don't want to answer here or if you want to include links to recipes, write a post that includes a list & let me know when it is posted so I can read it on your blog.)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

yes...


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As in Yes, I am sure that all toddlers do that quick glance to make sure you are following them...

But I am posting to get you ready for a personal challenge.

Which 10 "healthy" recipes would you teach to a child. (Not that Jacob is old enough, but I want to be prepared & I'd love to hear your answers.)

Spaghetti


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Since I can easily spread Mt. Vernon out for a while... (I won't but I can.)
I decided to drop in this "sucking up the spaghetti" shot. I know all kids can & do do this, but POOR Jacob is usually fed other less messy pasta shapes. I know poor kid. & then there is his momma trying like the dickens to get a slurp shot. :o)

Oh the irony.

As you can tell this photo was taken in a sports bar - Hard Times Cafe. They are known for their chili offerings - 4 varieties, we opt for vegeterian.

Anyway I am posting this because somethign happened last night that I thought would "NEVER" happen. We did not have any jarred spaghetti sauce at home. (Yes, we eat the jarred stuff & yes I can make it from scratch - I even had everything on hand last night, but I did not have the time. You see I was making vegeterian chicken parmesan (Morning Star makes a chickpea patty that I like better than any chicken cutlet I've had. & I prefer real cheese to the fake stuff...) I cooked the patties thinking that I would heat up the sauce at the last minute - while the cheese melted... NOPE.

So we had chick pea patties with a rice & vegetable blend & a mineola for dessert.

Blogtoberfest October 14


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In a word: Enthralled!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 13


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This photo shows the grainary that belonged to General George Washington, First President of the United States of America. Out of this photograph to the right is a reproduction of his distillery.

Jacob loved the grainery! We even purchased som stone ground corn meal - albeit, not the actual meal that we saw being ground...

He was such a trooper that day. We started out at Panera for bagels & cream cheese - he sure does love his cream cheese.

Then we spent several hours at Mt. Vernon. During which time, he at quite a few of the snacks that I packed for him. I did not pack a lunch because I assumed that we would be eating lunch - not ideal, but no major "i'm hungry" melt-downs either. We then went out for dinner, the restaurant opened at 5:30 - I think we got our food at about 7. We did get hot rolls fairly quickly & the manager scrounged up a peeled & sliced apple for Jacob. He again was quite the trooper. (Yay)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 12


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Dang it, I think my original post disappeared...

Yes, that is my old clamshell MAC. I keep it for movie watching when we lose electricity.

Since he likes to help & I was trying to read e-mail, I pulled it out for him so that he could push those buttons.

Then I turned it on which created a noise - he then kept pushing the power button until he found the Caps Lock button that had the more immediate response of lighting up!

I am not sure how often we are going to feed this monkey!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 11


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

First, Happy Columbus Day. To celebrate, we are going to Mt. Vernon with my MIL who is in town for the day (They were in Annapolis for a boat show yesterday).

The photo is of my son kissing the cat. I am having a hard time capturing this scene. She only likes me, she tolerates everyone else. So she was not cooperating or happy. I was holding the cat & trying to take a picture with my hand over my head. I am actually quite surprised "I" can tell what is going on in this photo.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

blogtoberfest October 10


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Happy 10/10/10!
Yesterday Jacob & I went to the Pumpkin Festival at Butler's Orchard in Maryland. We rode the hay ride to the pumpkin field. All was not fun & games. The hay got stuck in Jacob's socks & the pumpkin patch had vines that tripped him... There were some fun times too - at the games section! He loved the ball toss & the rubbery ducky races. There was even a tunnel that he had fun walking through.

I could not get a repeat photo of him at the "How tall are you?" sign - it was too close to the hand washing station & My little OCD boy loves to wash his hands. (He also likes to pick up trash - so it balances out.)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 9


Munki Martians, FMF & friends!
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I know I have shown this group (well most of it) before, but here it is again. I have removed some & added others... Always fiddling.

Because, I cut some of the red for the hexagon quilt & I have decided that I will be using Kona Mocha (need to get that down in print) for the sashing of the eventual blocks.

I am also writing this now, because I am ready to start to cut for the blocks so that I can use some (all) of these fabrics in my hexagon quilt.

3 more prints have been added to the greens since this photo was taken. I really am a "more is more" gal. & Love the scrappy. For those of you keeping score out there - no cats in this quilt. (I may have to find some for the back!)

Friday, October 08, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 8

Hexagon 1
Hexagon 3
Hexagon 2

If you had all of those & others that are somewhat similar, would you add these:
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Am I over thinking this considering that at the end of the day there will be about 1400 pieces in this quilt?

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Blogtoberfect October 7


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Once upon a time ago, I lived in a studio apartment that rivaled many closets in size. I used to trim blocks while sitting in my bed.

June Taylor cut & press 2 - was & still is my friend.

I kept a grocery store bag next to me to collect the trimmings. My cat liked to sit in that bag. He apparently misses that arrangement, I snapped this shot on Monday. (He stayed there for at least an hour, probably closer to two hours.)

I cut some more fabric for my hexagon quilt last night. & I pulled some of my more favorite prints from the doubles/tripples/quadruples pile & added them to the primary pile. We'll see how & if I use the remains of the d/t/q pile.

Considering on the conservative side, I need close to 1400 hexagons for a queen sized quilt, I may be using all of them anyway...

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 6


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1. PB&J is good - even on pumpernickel (Or was it Pastrami - both were well received.)
2. Yes, that is a potato chip - everything in moderation.
3. Why, yes, you do see brown strips cut for a quilt project that is not a hexagon quilt. (I can't help myself.) Yes, I cut at the dining room table. Yes, Best Press is on my hutch/china cabinet/break front - I have no idea what that piece of furniture is called...

& for the main reason for this post. Yesterday Ledo's Pizza, a local chain, turned 55. So they offered individual cheese pizzas for 55 cents. After picking up my child at day care & my husband from the subway, we went to get gas & some pizza. That location had sold out. At this point, I realized that Plan B - Baking Salmon would take "too" long & decided to check out the other Ledo's near us. The line at that location was unbelieveable (1 pizza per person, not family & I guess that each person had to be there.) as in those lines at Disneyland can not compare!

Back-up to the drive between Ledo's where the mommy, trying to get her son to quit sucking his thumb innocently asks, "Do you want pizza?" to which she hears, "Pizza" in response. So we were kind of stuck with pizza & it was late.

Instead of waiting the estimated hour & a half for Ledo's pizza, we went to Subway & got one of their pizzas. I half heartedly thought about going to Little Caesars where they have $5 cheese pizzas, but it was late & the shorty who was still saying, "Pizza" needed a bath & to get to bed...

Lesson learned, don't suggest Pizza without being able to follow through. (Hey he at the Subway pizza, before a starving meltdown, so all was not lost.)

The fact that he screamed through most of his bath is another story all together...

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 5


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So I have been working on my hexagons.
Here is the progression in 50+/- steps...
1. Purchase hexagon papers (1.5 inch) several packages.
1a. Put them all into one ziploc retaining one set of instructions.
1b. Think about hole punching them all twice.
2. Think about the project.
2a. Will I persevere through the basting?
2b. Will I persever through the whipstitching?
3. Think about what kind of fabrics to use.
4. Think about it some more.
5. Look at inspiration photos.
6. Study design options. Think about the required fabric amounts for each/most.
6a. eliminate traditional GFG
6b. eliminate limited pallette
6c. eliminate 6 of the same in use in 1 quilt
7. Think about the "how to" options.
7a. baste through the paper?
7b. How did that gal do it on flickr?
7c. Do I have to trim the fabric into a hexagon?
8. Remember the Japanese whipstitching together method.
9. Think about the quilting.
10. Think abou the eventual size. (Queen/King - of course)
11. Decide on "mosaic" almost charm, but not quite.
11a. How many pieces is too many?
11b. will it matter that there are a lot of singles?
12. Dive through fabric scraps & think about which ones to use & which ones not to use.
13. Decide which is the smallest size scrap that can be used easily. (3.5 inch square)
14. Beg/Barter/Swap for more fabrics - "More is more!" (Yes, I am accepting donations.)
15. Remember that you'd rather have one bit of _________ that have to purchase a FQ.
16. "Do I have enough Polka Dots?" "Maybe."
17. Cut a pile of 3.5 inch squares.
17a. Sort into primary pile.
17b. Sort into double/triple/quadruple pile.
17c. remove some from 17b.
18. Look at yardage/fqs that still need to be trimmed of a 3.5 inch strip.
19. Generate new scrap pile.
19a. Go through & decide which can be donated/given away.
20. Trim selvages in case someone is still collecting them.
21. Trim the extreme trimmings into pet bed scrap bag.
22. Pile extra charm pack charms into "give away" pile.
23. Add to the 2.5 inch squares bag.
24. Add to the 3.5 inch novelties bag.
25. Rummage through "WIP" "KITS" & "UFO's" for fabrics that can be acquired/traded for the benefit of this project.
26. Think about whether or not the Liberties "go" with the other fabrics.
27. Ditto 26., just substitute Wm. Morris.
28. Scour the cat and novelties pile of fabric for suitable additions.
29. Make a "to go" bag.
29a. Find the bag - debate is it too big? Verify that it has a zipper.
29b. Get ziploc for the primary pile of charms.
29c. Grab the hexagon papers.
29d. Buy a hole punch.
29e. Grab your hand sewing box.
29f. Find your pins.
29g."Where the heck are my pins?"
29h. "Don't have more pins?"
29i. "Oh Heck, I need to get to Sears." (Good thing I live fairly close.)
30. Drop your car off with the mechanic.
30a. Go to the food court.
31. Start punching holes. (Luckily it came out of the packaging nicely.)
32. Pin the hexagon to fabric.
33. Run out of pins.
33a. Decide to buy more pins.
33b. Think about buying more papers.
34. Start to baste the hexagons around the paper like that gal on flickr.
35. Talk to the mechanic (Thankful not a major expense)
36. Put everything back in the bag.
36a. Decide to grab one more ziploc - to have the pinned bits separate from the non-pinned charms.
37. Buy a soda.
38. Think about whether or not this is a good to go (as in will I bother with it again) project.
39. Pull everything out & start punching more holes, & pinning more hexagons to the charms.
40. Now that the Mall is open (not just the Auto center & food court) bag everything up & wander back to the Auto center, by way of the restroom which is after the boys clothes, choose two super cute long sleeved t-shirts.
41. Collect the car. (Give a guy a Jump - even though the weather was yucky.)
42. Photograph the evidence!
Skip through errands & land at the LQS
43. Decide not to buy a charm pack for this project - YAY!
44. Buy pins & 1 more hexagon papers pack. (I am not sure how many I need... heck, I am not sure how many I have.)
45. At home roughly try to figure out the number of hexagons needed for this project.
45a. "How big is a queen sized quilt?"
45b. "I'm glad my hexagons are big-ish."
46. Think about punching more holes.
47. Think about cutting more charms.
47a. Decided not to include the Liberties or Wm. Morris prints.
48. Think about culling the duplicate pile.
48a. culled some, need to/might cull some more.
49 grab that extra ziploc & separate the pinned from the yet to be pinned.
50. remove big scissors, the tiny ones are enough for the thread snipping.
51. Ignore the fact that the hand sewing box was located near the quilt that still needs to be bound...

Some of this is still on the "To Do" list. Which is quite different from the thinking about list.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 4


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Recently (yesterday?) I changed the quilt that hangs behind my couch. This is my second of 2 cat charm quilts. I don't recall how many there are in this one though it is composed of 6x6 blocks & then I though the resulting setting triangles were too big (& I had more cat prints) so I put 9-patches into the setting triangles. The corner triangles were too big IMHO as well, so I put 4 patches in those corners. The quilt is generous queen if not king size. (We have 12 foot ceilings & the rod is about 120 inches wide. Each charm is about 4 inches square...)

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 3


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Nothing to do with this photo, but we are going to have ribeye steaks for dinner. Now we "never" have steak - I have "never" been satisfied with how it came out. So we treat it as a super special out to eat once a year treat....

How do you cook steak?

We plan on using a disposable 1 use cheap-o grill - no lid, no way to regulate heat as I said, cheap-o. So cheap that I will
be very happy if I can also cook a salmon filet after the steaks are done.

If it matters the temps. are in the low 60's & it is a bit windy.

Back to the original question, how do you cook a steak? Marinade?

BTW about the photo - my son playing with my coffee pot at work. (I had to unplug it, he pushed the on button & boy can that sucker get hot!) I am just happy that he did not grab the boxes of tea & fling them around. :o)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Blogtoberfest October 2


FMF minus the greens.
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Part of what I have "pledged" to do in October is to use some of my Flea Market Fancy, by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit Fabrics collection. So I have inventoried what I own. (In flickr I have annotated what I am will to swap from this collection for other fabrics that I want... Namely the "green seeds.")

Friday, October 01, 2010

Blogtoberfest - Oct. 1


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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Without having gone to read the officialness of blogtoberfest, fo rme the goal will be to blog every day - hopefully something that I did or that happened that day - or the night before...

My son at daycare in the big baby room. He gets there before there are enough toddlers to open the toddler room. My husband does the drop off & I have heard tales about the woe involved with the drop off. You see, he knows that this is the baby room & that he should be in toddlerville.

In toddlerville, they do not use high chairs, they have toddler sized tables & chairs that are too damn cute for words. The one that we got at ikea is too tall incomparison, but we need ours to last as our some grows - at daycare they need them to last for several crops of toddlers. :o)

Yes, this very same boy climbs on those tables - very bad. Luckily he is not a table climber at home, but he can hoist himself up onto the couch... :o)