Friday, April 29, 2016

fiber Friday

Another Friday - another opportunity to #loveyourstash.  I know that there are a few quilters embarking on a quilt along.  I am going to resist the temptation to join in by pulling out another Jan Patek quilt.  As you can see, this was a BOM about 5 years ago.  I have 5 blocks completed, this double block about half done, and another block that is basted.  Seems like a great place to begin.  I thought it would be fun to have a project that I can show here. 
The weekend is just around the corner.  Not sure what the weather will be but I am hoping for a slightly longer run to offset the time I plan to sit on the couch stitching these blocks.
Happy Friday!

Monday, April 25, 2016

for the love of coconut

Do you use coconut oil?  Do you like coconut?  I love coconut so I am happy to add it to my smoothies and use coconut oil for my cooking.  Recently, I heard a podcast about the health benefits of coconut oil for people with Alzheimer's disease.  I had these two types of coconut oil in my pantry so I have begun to add them to may coffee and smoothies.  If you want to learn more, visit Dr. Newport's website or look for her book, The Coconut Oil and Low Carb Solution for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other diseases.  I actually found it at my library.  In addition to some very interesting work and research, there are some yummy recipes to try. 
Happy Monday!  Eat well this week.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

fly away little quilt

I gave this little quilt a quick bath and dry to fluff it up a bit yesterday.  I am always so nervous when I am making a quilt for someone else, especially someone I don't know yet.  I stitched on the label last night and will get it in the mail this afternoon.  I hope the trip across the country doesn't take too long.  I have seen some of the other little quilts pop up on Lori's blog.  A very fun swap!
Now, I think I need to turn my attention to the stack of circles sitting by my chair.  There are at least 30 of them, cut, basted, and ready to stitch.  And then I will decide if I will continue with that project.  I do love the circles but I don't get to sew every day so I am always behind with these daily projects.

Be sure to visit Kathy and her slowstitching tribe!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fibery Friday

Happy Friday!  I had to remind myself numerous times yesterday that it was Thursday, not Friday.  Too many meetings and things switched around making it hard to keep track of the days!  We have had some lovely weather and lots of opportunities to be outside.
Yesterday I received my Wooly Wounds.  I am very excited to use these threads in m wool applique.
Last night, Lori posted a photo from a talk she was attending with Gwen Marston.  On her blog this morning, Lori has asked if we ever took a class with Gwen.  I took a class at Quilting by the Sea - years ago - could be 15, could be 20.  She taught us to make blocks by sewing and cutting instead of measuring out templates.  She also had us use preprinted fabrics to create a theme.  I have another one that is quite wonky but for this morning, I thought I would include my little santa quilt.  Not too wonky, I had to feel my way to that liberated style.  I will look for the other quilt and try to show it soon. 
Lori also mentioned that Gwen is going to stop teaching after this year.  I remember how encouraging and affirming Gwen was in that class - especially important as she was encouraging us to toss out the templates and stop focuing on the precision.  It was an eye opener for me.  I am so happy to have had that chance. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Kitchen Mondays

One of the bingo boxes for our Wellness Bingo game is to try a new to you vegetable.  I am running out of new veggies but then I saw this at my local market.  It is a Romanesco and is a cross between cauliflower and broccoli.  I admit that I have passed it by a number of times but after conquering my fear of cauliflower, I decided to try it.  I used a bit of coconut oil and sea salt and roasted it in the oven. The edges got nice and crispy and it was lovely.  I would highly recommend this one.
We have been having some beautiful weather and I am thinking about my garden.  I need to get to the garden store for some seeds and seedling but out last frost date isn't until mid-May so I will try to hold off.  I think kale, lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, some herbs, and squash.  Do you garden?  I love using fresh produce.
Enjoy your Monday.