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Monday, April 13, 2015

Memories from the quilt show!

Our weekend quilt show was a big success! It started with a great article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette!

This article brought in many quilt lovers, including my dear friend from many years, (and owner of several of my quilts), Sally! We had a great visit and lunch surrounded by beautiful quilts and talented quilters!

The photo from the article shows the winning quilt, "Best in Show", in bright pastel lollipop trees, is from a pattern and fabrics from the Glorious Color website. Nora executed it beautifully!

 

Another quilt they offer was interpreted into our viewer's choice! "Pande" from the "Pandamonium" appliqué pattern, below. This is the pattern photo, not the one from our show....I don't take many photos!

Very colorful quilts, these!

On a quieter note, but with fabulous quilting, is this "Convergence" quilt! Photo shows maker of the quilt top, Sheila and the long-arm quilter Sonja!

[I didn't photograph mine, or any (these photos are borrowed from Facebook!), because I have posted all of my quilts here already! I hade 5 quilts hanging.]

I did some shopping, getting fun fabrics with monster trucks,airplanes, traffic signs, guinea hens! One must support the vendors!

I have already made 2 toddler T-shirt dresses from the fun fabric!

I used some rick rack from Mom's stash....3 yards (package) of cotton no-iron rick rack was 25 cents! Today we pay 10 times that much for 2.5 yards of polyester rick rack. That was1969!

 

 

And near the end of the show there was a drawing for the winner of the donation quilt....a sampler quilt with blocks made by many guild members.

 

The name drawn was on a ticket I had sold....to Alex MacDonald who had worked with me at Hancock's!

He was happy to have won the quilt, which I left at Hancock's break room for him to find!

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Still going strong on the quilt vibe, I am working again on my flower garden quilt, and piecing hexagons!

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Final review of the quilts I had in the show...above, pieced with selvedges and strings, " Pink Lemonade".

"Scrappy Mountain Majesty"

Time span quilt with blocks made by my grandmother, appliqued by my mother and quilted by me!

" Chinese coins" a Strippy quilt of Riley Blake fabric.

And "Vintage Spin" from a pattern which you can find I the book, "Adding Layers" by Kathy Doughy.

 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Matcha again....a magic matcha custard cake---gluten free too

This is a cake sort of like the impossible pie idea. It makes 3 layers when baked. A soft crust on the bottom, a custard like middle layer and a foamy soufflé like top layer.

I found the recipe which I had to try...from Yummly via Little Accidents in the Kitchen blog. It was her photo, above which made me want to make this....but as I had been making greener mug cakes, I used a little more matcha maybe....3tsp.= 1 tbsp. is how I measured the matcha powder.

 

I used coconut and almond milk for the 2 cups of milk in the recipe. AND I used gluten free flour, part of which was almond flour and part coconut flour.

Real butter and good eggs....a little honey for part of the sugar which is called for.

Making it was not hard, the directions are good. One ends up with a butter, egg, flour and matcha batter in one bowl and and stiff egg whites in the other.

Then fold in the egg whites...help, I need larger bowls at this point...but I managed.

 

Then there was more batter than seemed right for the size pan she called for. So I baked a wee pan on the side rather than overfill my 8x11 pan. 45 minutes at 325 (I upped the degrees a tiny bit too..). And "Voila"...it was ready

This photo is after it cools and collapses down a bit like a soufflé ....I accidentally touched that one spot on the top...very soft and spongy.

It cut easily and came out of the pan nicely too. The cake is pleasant, vanilla and matcha green tea, not overly sweet!

 

Monday, April 06, 2015

More sewing in process. Easter memories.

Working on two flower girl dresses for a May wedding....this is the pattern.

Learning to gather and sew tulle...this little red clips help! I'll make the skirts while awaiting the peach brocade bodice fabric to get here.

We had 2 friends come for Easter dinner....here is the table being pulled together with new table runner and napkins as well as a spring wreath.

The grandkids weren't here, but 3 of them had a great time with an egg hunt.....girls wearing the dresses I sewed and sent last week!

 

 

 

 

Love these little ones! And all grandkids...including this track star...

And this little one on the way...

Who will soon make this guy a "big brother"!

"look Mom, a flower!" Even though dandelions are a "weed", you have to love that beautiful yellow!

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My own version of a field of flowers, this quilt which I am basting today. I will be hand quilting it soon.

The circles are made from 36, ten degree wedges! It was fun it make!

 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Yellow and gray, black and white and orange too....milkweed and daffodils!

It is still March, a month which always makes me love yellow! This crib quilt was strongly influenced by one I saw on Pinterest.....
 
 
 
It also picks up all the colors of our daffodils, right outside the door!
 
 
 
So, no wonder, with these colors and images in my subconscious, I fell in love with this Abstract Expressionist painting at Crystal Bridges this week!
 

"Milkweed" by Lee Krasner, 1955.


 

My friend Sandra met me there and we toured the "Van Gogh to Rothko" exhibit. Before we left, Sandra took my photo near the painting. The scale is larger than you might think!I look at this painting and at photos of milkweed (also known as butterfly weed because monarch butterflies hatch out on it and feed on it as caterpillars!)...... The seed pod stage of the plant definitely relates to the paintng!

[I think this caterpillar would blend into my quilt design very well!]

 

Lee Krasner was a woman artist, brilliant in her own right and a great mentor for her husband, Jackson Pollock.

 
 
An early self-portrait, 1929.
 
With her husband...
 

 

Another later self-portrait.

 

An abstract painting/collage by Krasner....similar to the one I saw.

 
 
There is a recent biography of Lee which has good reviews!

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One more yellow image for March.....love this quote!

 

 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring break then and now! Making plans...

Years ago, my daughter's first spring break....we drove north of Little Rock to see the daffodils at Wye Mountain. These were planted years ago and have naturalized, spreading more every year! I did an earlier post about this in March of 2008.... In case you remember! LOL!


This year, she is far away and planning her own Spring Break trip with her 4 children, hubby and nanny!
No, they aren't coming here, but to Virginia to visit godparents! A good thing!

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The warmer and longer spring days led Mr. P and me to make a trip to nearby Eureka Springs on Saturday....hope to have more photos (of daffodils and old barns) to post soon, but for now, I'll just show my choice of shoes for the day.
My red and purple Mary Janes! Ever the child at heart, I love these (and my red cowgirl boots too!)





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Further plans for this week include a trip to a newly opened local tea shoppe! I hope to enlist some friends and maybe some of their grandchildren to come too...



I will try the matcha.....and perhaps bring some home, as I have been seeing recipes for coconut ice cream with matcha, gluten free mug cakes with matcha....!!!



 Matcha mug cake recipe is HERE! [Photo from A Calculated Whisk]

Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves from Japan. It has 10x the antioxidants of most tea!

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W are trying something new in the laundry....instead of detergent.


This laundry ball goes inthe wash with the clothes....and supposedly make the water molecules so efficient that suds are no longer needed. My first load is in the dryer...have my fingers crossed!

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I am now crocheting a striped blanket. I had all this yarn left from a granny square delight last year!



This is easier than all those granny squares! And no joining together to finish!


More needlework...
I recently picked up this "Lorna Doone" quilt ( from a kit using Kaffe Fassett fabrics,,,except for my own choice of border and binding!) from long arm quilter Sonja Koch.




Now I am sewing on the binding! A colorful batik which should wear well. (Not sure I really like batiks with patterns like this....so much like tie-dye! but it works here!) Below, you can see the floral striped backing too.


Here is a photo of a kindred spirit....I just love this! Her life may be hard, but she escapes into beauty!
gotta love those chickens too!


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