Thursday, July 28, 2016

Election Year

It seems that everywhere I go, someone wants to talk politics.  I do not want to talk politics.  This is not a political blog and I won't let it turn into one.

Today on my lunch hour I stopped at this little antique store before I went back to work.  The gal usually has a few sewing machines there and I like to take a peak and see if she has anything new in.  When I was done looking and was about to walk out the door, the gal starts talking about the election.  She was talking in code, because she doesn't know my political bend, saying things about one candidate being better than the other but not naming names.  Long and short of it, I can't even go into the antique store without someone talking politics.

Customers try and bring up politics to me at work.  I don't want to hear it.

Try turning on the television.  The commercials are all candidates slinging mud at each others.

During the last political season I even went so far as to disconnect our house phone.  No more lan line.  Too many calls from politicians.

Okay, there was my rant for the day.

Third Pair

Here's the third pair of pajama pants I made.

I think the pattern is pretty close to how I want them to fit.  May be a few little tucks here and there, but for the most part, they are the best pair so far.  I know the fit in the waist and hips is the best with this pair.

I just love this fabric I used on them.

Little hound dogs and ducks!  I had several yards of this fabric in my stash, and I kept waiting to use it for a backing or something.  I just couldn't seem to part with it....  Well now I have p.j. pants made out of it and I am very pleased!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Press And Snip

My half square triangle blocks are getting pressed and their little dog ears snipped!  Going to be all ready to move forward with making the Christmas quilt.

I did find two squares that were too small on one side and 8 squares that had the material sewn on the wrong side.  Not too big a deal.

Why do chocolate covered raisins taste so good?  mmmm  I picked some up at the store a few days ago and have been munching them at my desk.  Sooooo gooood.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


My half square triangle blocks are almost all de-papered.  They took a long time to cut apart and are taking a while to pull the paper off of.  Next step will be to press and cut off the dog ears, then they will be ready to go into the blocks.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up

It was very hot outside over the weekend.  Hot and humid with heat indexes around 108 degrees F.  Yuck.  Yuck.  Yuck.

We finally decided to switch from satelite to cable.  Saturday morning the cable guys came and installed it.  Took them over 4 hours, but they really did a fantastic job, paying attention to every detail and not leaving until everything was perfect.  This is the way it should be, but these days, it rarely happens.  I really hope their customer service is just as good now that we have them.

We also switched our internet provider to the cable agency.  These decisions were not made lightly.  We had satelite for over 12 years!

Since there wasn't much I could do while the cable install was going on, I went upstairs to sew.  I made a pair of night pants, start to finish, sewed a set of bags to be filled, and cut pieces for my Christmas quilt.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

More Jammies

My second pair of night pants.

Still working on getting the fit right.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Hot And Humid

Our weather has been hot and humid this week.  So much so that I don't feel much like sewing when I get home from work. It just takes the a/c unit upstairs too long to cool it off for the hour or so I will be spending in the sewing room.

I really should set something up downstairs, in the basement, by Gemma.  I could easily set up a sewing space down there, and in fact have a domestic machine in a desk already in place.  The main reason I don't sew down there is very silly.  I just don't like to be in the basement alone for long periods of time!  Now isn't that just the stupidest thing you ever heard?  I mean, come on, I'm a grown woman and I am a little afraid of my own basement!  Totally stupid.

I also have all my sewing supplies and fabrics on the second floor, so unless I have everything done except the sewing itself, I would still need to spend time upstairs or haul everything two floors down.

Then there is the sewing machine I have on the first floor.  This is a pretty good alternative, but again, I have to haul things down from upstairs.  Not quite as bad as going two flights, though.

Anyway, I will figure it all out, I'm sure, but tonight I really want to get some sewing done, so as soon as I get home, I plan to go up and turn that a/c on so it's not unbearably hot up there.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wrap Up

I made stir fry with pork, rice, and veggies for dinner.  Instead of eating it plain, I turned mine into lettuce wraps.  Wow, was it good!  Even brought some for lunch today.  Yum, yum, yum!

The sample block I showed in the previous post is for the possible Christmas Quilt I'm thinking of making.  Well, it's past the 'thinking' stage, I am going to make it.  I have been cutting pieces for it.  The half square triangle blocks on the corners are going to be made by sewing on triangle paper I made myself.

Half square triangles are a pain, to me at least.  If I have a lot to make, I want to find the easiest way possible to make them.  My method is to create a master on graph paper by drawing the squares, then the diagonals, and then the quarter inch from the diagonal line.  For these particular triangles, I was able to fit four squares, enough to make 8 blocks, of 3-1/2" unfinished half square triangles.

This means I will need a piece of each of the two fabrics approximately 9 inches square.  A little less works, but I say 9 to be safe.  For this particular project, I am using the same background and scraps of reds and greens for the half square triangle blocks.  I also need a 14" x 2" strip for the other pieces of the block, but if that has to be a different color, that's okay.  It is a scrappy quilt!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sample Block

Just a quick post to share a sample block.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

I posted pics of the cobbler I made yesterday and thought someone might like the recipe.  I found it online and I believe credit goes to Betty Crocker.  I am putting the recipe up in it's original form, which is how I made it last night, however, next time I would cut the sugar to about 3/4 cup.  Even with the blackberries being a bit tart, for my taste, there didn't need to be as much sugar.  One other note, I think it is important to use real butter in the batter.  The butter was the star flavor of the batter.

Blackberry Cobbler

2-1/2 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine blackberries and sugar.  Allow to stand for about 20 minutes until a syrup has formed.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir in melted butter and milk.  Spread batter in ungreased 8" x 8" baking pan. Top with berry mixture.

Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until golden and bubbly.  Serve warm with ice cream if desired.

Or eat directly out of the pan with a spoon.....  hahaha