Thursday, December 30, 2010
What can be more cozy than a kitty by the fireplace? Nothing, I think. Big kitty George has now taken to going to the fireplace, sitting there, and hollering until we turn it on... geesh, if there's anything else we can do for you, your highness, just ring the bell! George is a happy camper these days - he is on a 'weight gain' prescription from the vet - he was sick and lost weight, so now he gets all his favorite foods until he gets back his 'fightin weight'.
I have sooo enjoyed this week of vacation... lots of time to just 'do stuff' - like finishing this little bright and cheerful charity quilt, which was started as part of a nine-patch tribute to a quilter who passed away... and it is now finished and ready to donate..
We have a dear friend coming tomorrow for New Year's Eve - we are going to see the musical parody "Beach Blanket Babylon" in San Francisco.. I saw it several years ago and it is hilarious... can't wait!..
...........and I am serving Bonnie Hunter's potato soup !
I do hope everyone has a safe and pleasant NYE - and a fabulous 2011...
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
It's late, and I stayed up late, and ended up sewing and reading blogs (surprise, surprise) when I heard my kitty growling and hissing at the glass doors ... I suspected a neighbor's cat might have wondered by and stopped to look in... But then I saw this face outside on the porch :
Well - my visitor was huge - and was standing up to be more threatening to my kitty... thankfully lots of glass separated the two...
Now to the "good grief" part... that picture above isn't really the same raccoon - instead, its a photo I took off the web - I searched for "raccoon pictures"... unbelievably that led me to a British news story from 2009 about a man who tried to rape a racoon - and the racoon bit the man's male part completely off!
............................ I really didn't want to read that story, or think about that poor man - or that even poorer racoon!... I just wanted a simple picture..
If I go to sleep now, I wonder what kind of weird dreams I will have??
Better go sew some more as an antidote..
Kate (in the wee small hours of the morning)
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Marjorie write that she would use the fabric to make a shirt for her DH who rides a "skull
DH laughed in delight when he read your post, Marjorie... and asked if you would trade the Harley for the fabric!
probably not, huh?
please send me your mailing address to send the fabric! I can't get the link to your email to work, so am posting here as well as on your blog...
Thanks to all who entered - DH and I had a blast reading all the posts and imagining all the different projects you all proposed!
Happy New Year, everyone..
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Well - it's a great story (sorry, no pictures)
Today, DH offered to mail the two boxes I mentioned in my last two posts on his lunch hour. So I packed them up, and he went by the post office at noon.
OH MY - but I forgot today is the VERY BUSIEST day for the post service of all the year - oh guilt, guilt, guilt - I should have done it myself...
So - he is there, standing in line, waiting, waiting, waiting...
And a conversation begins between him and some ladies in line:
"oh, what are you mailing"
DH: oh, these boxes have quilts in them...
"ooh, are they Christmas presents?"
DH: well, sort of - they are quilts for charities... "
" what kind of charities are they going to?"
DH: well, one box is going to NYC for families that have been homeless and now have new places to call home...
"OH, THAT'S SO WONDERFUL - WE DON'T WANT YOU TO STAND IN LINE. PLEASE GO TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE AND MAIL YOUR BOX"
ok, so that last part isn't exactly accurate... but the sentiment was the same.
..................... what a wonderful world we live in.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I met Wanda online, about a month or so ago. She posted on the Yahoo! Online Groups called Heartstrings... a group that makes string charity quilts.
Wanda's first post puzzled us all. It was confused - the words all seemed to be in the wrong order , and I couldn't understand what she was trying to say. Every few days she would post again, and gradually, we began to understand that Wanda wanted fabric. She was trying to let us know that if we had scraps, or extra strings, that she would like to have them.
We learned from her posts that she had had a stroke, and she told us that although she could not communicate clearly, she could still sew.
From her first note, she made me think - about how tough it would be to lose the ability to communicate clearly - and how unbearable it might be to lose my creative outlet in fabric and quilting.
I'm not the only online group member who has sent fabric to Wanda..
Wanda, this box is for you - enjoy. And thank you for reminding me how much I love the look, feel, and smell of fabric.
In closing, here's a sweet photo of my macho kitty, George... also known as George Rottweiler... he looks pretty passive here, doesn't he? He dearly loves to use yarn as a pillow...
I wish for you each that you have all the fabric you can use, and a ball of yarn for a pillow.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
DH and I just got back from a shopping foray in the pouring rain - spent all of $20. The economy won't get better on that, now will it? I will try again another day... I'm sure I can find more to purchase.
Here are two quilts I am mailing out on Monday - they are going to New York City as part of the Bumble Beans initiative to provide 200 quilts to families who are now returning to housing... what a wonderful home for a few quilts!
The lovely string quilt on the left is a Bonnie Hunter pattern from quiltville.com... thanks, Bonnie!
And, a small present for all of my friends in cold places, looking out the window at snow and ice... here's what my patio looks like... (although it is raining this weekend).
Yes, this is Northern California - but the temps are in the 50s most days, and my petunias are just blooming like little champions...
Wishing everyone a great week preparing for the holiday.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Well, let's see... I guess hundreds of people are doing the Bonnie Hunter mystery, which uses up 60 pages from your old phone book as a foundation for the 60 string blocks...
So - imagine how much lighter the world will be!!! (I know, they just end up torn up in the trash - same difference... so - let's see what we can think of to use torn up telephone pages:
What have YOU been up to this weekend???
Kate in rainy California
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Thank goodness no rule against quilting.
Plenty of turkey left for sandwiches.
I can't wait...........
And I put DH to work arranging some "I Spy" blocks for a charity quilt! He is enjoying doing this (wonder if he wants to cut some strips?)
.............more pajama day to come!
6:30 pm. PAJAMA DAY NEARS AN END
The quilt DH arranged and selected the border for is a completed flimsy now - this will go to the Bumble Beans Quilt Gathering when it is sandwiched and quilted..
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving !!!!
I must confess to being a lover of the giblets - the parts thrown away by so many cooks (boohoo).
I love the giblets so much that even though I bought a prepared dinner, I picked up some giblets to cook on the side, and thy are now in the slow-cooker... along with several lovely turkey necks... another favorite part!
And then, for some strange reason, I decided to research giblets – I am, after all, a professor! Here are a few interesting things I discovered:
The word "giblets" comes from Middle English, and originally meant a "game stew".
Giblets are described as the "edible offal" of a poultry carcass - - eeeew that sounds awful.
Now, a special word about that gizzard – the gizzard is the grinder for a bird, who has no teeth. When I was a child, we slaughtered our own chickens, and cleaning the gizzard was a mystery – you cut it open, and in there were stones, trash, all sorts of stuff the bird had picked up! The stones and sand help grind up the food... an amazing little body part.
The giblets in that little bag probably came from a DIFFERENT turkey... makes me think about some medieval torture – having the innards put in another body!
The color of the liver is influenced by what the bird last ate.Green livers are filled with bile, and are usually discarded in production at the slaughter plant.
"wog" means "without giblets" in the turkey trade!
If you accidentally leave them in the bag and cook the turkey – it's ok, they just need some salt!!
Happy Day - Kate
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I've been reading lots of blogs about pre-Turkey prep: some people are brining their turkey; some are making pies; some are making cornbread for stuffing (doesn't she know Pepridge Farm sells that stuff in bags?) Seriously - I have great respect for all those dedicated and inspired chefs;; BUT
here's my True Confession:
What I did today to prepare for Thanksgiving:
Picked out some new batiks at the LQS;
Bought some thread and some sharp new needles;
Got three movies;
Oh - and called Boston Market and ordered DINNER FOR SIX with turkey, veggies, dressing, and PIE!!!
So - I wish all of you gifted cooks a wonderful meal...
.................i'll be sewing most of the day - I'll post some photos of my accomplishments!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I've been away for a bit, visitingwith some family at a lovely lake house in North Carolina - it was gorgeous - crisp, fall temperatures, beautiful yellow and red leaves. We ate, we drank, and we watched one of the young ones perform in a play - great fun!
So now it's great to be home - and I have SOOOO many quilty projects that I hardly know what todo... let's see.............
I need to blanket stitch down the binding on this little cute cheater-panel charity quilt - love the trucks - -
And this one is in the process of being machine quilted - and I'm doing feathers for the first time:
And then - I started the new Bonnie Hunter mystery - this is half the pieces to complete Clue #1 - actually went pretty quickly: