Tuesday, August 19, 2014

rick rack

Made with rectangles cut 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches.
As I took pictures I saw two blocks are flipped and need to be picked out and re-oriented (they aren't seen in the pictures).
Faculty week begins so my summer of sewing comes to a halt.
I do have LOTS of binding ahead and will have plenty to show over the next few months.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Block Party 2014

A lovely day where we celebrate our neighbors.
Our block of LeClaire has one of the longest running block parties in Chicago--this was our 57th.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

broccoli and pasta

This is a dish of Andy's mother. He tried to describe it for many years but I could never get it right. My last visit with her I asked her to make it as I watched.

I made this in a large sauce pan on the stove.
You don't drain the pasta--the water is totally absorbed.

Saute in olive oil:
One onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced or a teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 pound (1/2 box) acini di pepe #20
Add to pan and brown slightly.

Add 1 quart water and bring to boil

Add one head of broccoli chopped pretty small, stems and head both
Don't stir yet--put lid on and let pasta cook while steaming the broccoli

After about 5 minutes stir, you may need to add more water to prevent scorching

Put lid on again--the broccoli needs to get pretty soft but not soggy
Cook until done.
Stir often, add water if needed.

Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan  cheese--use shaved if you can get it
Salt and pepper as needed

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lady Godiva

Working on the binding of Eve's graduation quilt (Chinese Coins).
For my whole childhood this Lady Godiva fabric was in my mother's stash. We were so fascinated by this lovely woman and the clothes worn by the court. Mom would always laugh when we showed it to her.

The selvage of the fabric said "Banned in Boston".
I thought it was time to use this piece and combined it with other storybook type light fabrics for the back. Eve's graduating from Wellesley just outside Boston sealed the deal.

From my mom:
I remember getting that piece when I saw it on a 'remnant pile' at a store. It may have been Penney's in Sioux Falls. I am sure it is more than 50 years old. I always loved the feel of the softness of the fabric, it was like a batiste. Often thought of making a pillow case of it, but never did."


Sunday, July 20, 2014

visiting a quilt

A group of friends gathered this week at one's Lake Michigan house. An added delight was getting to visit one of my quilts.

Made in 2005 from a design by Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville, for a fundraiser to help those affected by Katrina; Kathy and her husband got the quilt. 
It was nice to see it again.

Friday, July 18, 2014

size determined by running out of fabric

I like how this turned out and wanted to make it bigger, maybe even twice as big, but I ran out of the blue/green solid. And, contrary to my previous post, it is not Kona Celadon.
Maybe Moda Bella Caribbean?
Well, I'm out and decided to finish it up at this size.
I think I need to buy a bolt of a solid fabric I love and make a bigger one.

The 2 inch scrap box looks like it can yield at least 10 more quilts.

 My favorite piece--the 1 is One duckling swimming in a dish from the Tasha Tudor book.