Monday, July 30, 2012

Quick Strippie Quilt on the Wall

It was time for an easy summer quilt and I found the perfect pattern, thanks to Miss Carol from Sweet Peas and Possum, on called the Quick Strippie Quilt.  Be sure to look at all the variations of this pattern on her site.  It makes a great child's quilt too.  This was by far my quickest quilt yet.   I added some side borders to make it a little wider.  The finished size is about 44 X 60.

 The material was purchased a few years ago at the Vermont Quilt Festival and had no idea what I was ever going to do with it, but loved the different quilts displayed on the fence with the old houses in the background.   The line of fabric is Diane Phalen for Elizabeth's Studio and the yellow print was a coordinating fabric.  The darker blue was from my stash and will also be the binding color after I find a suitable backing.  This one is a keeper.
Happy summer quilting to all!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Science Center Adventure

Today was a super special day because I spent time with both of my lovely granddaughters at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland.  My son Adam was our chauffeur and he put up with all things "girls" for the day - all pink, all the time.

Ahh, the wonders of science!

Toria and Zoe are cousins but act like they are sisters!
Toria and Zoe in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 
Toria gave a two thumbs up for the Goodtime III 

We closed down the Science Center and then Adam took us to his favorite Chinese Restaurant - the food was excellent!   After dinner, we visited the unusual China Town (mall) Store.  The girls loved it and found the best fans ever - pink and blingy.

My Mysterious Granddaughters!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Refrigerator Dill Pickles - Easy and Delicious

Yea!  Sweet corn is back in season for northern Ohio and we found some, in the back of Earl's truck, at the Haymaker Farmer's Market in Kent.  It has been so dry, actually a drought, and farmers are very worried about crops.  Fortunately, the corn is surviving so far.  Zoe, my granddaughter, helped peel the ears for lunch . . . she is such a good little helper!

We enjoyed a porch-nic (picnic on the porch) with lots of corn and a healthy whole grain pizza.

This looks good to me!

Refrigerator Dill Pickles - Recipe below

I used the cucumbers from the market to make three quarts of dill pickles.  I like this recipe because you don't cook the pickles, just the brine, so they are good and crisp.  Of course, if you use fresh picked cucumbers or pickles it is even better.  NOTE:  If you have never made pickles, don't use aluminum pans, stainless steel is best.  If you don't have jars, you can put them in any glass or stainless steel container.

The down side of refrigerator pickles is that you have to eat them within three to four weeks.  That is not a problem at my house since I give a jar to each of my pickle-loving sons and they are gone in a flash.  
I didn't have pepper, so only used dill, garlic and about a TBS pickling spice in each jar.

All done!  The pickles will change colors and look green in a couple of days.  It's best to wait a few days to eat them.

Dill Pickles for the Fridge
4 cups water
3 cups white vinegar
2/3  cup white sugar (scant 1/2 cup better)  You can adjust the sugar for sweetness
4 Tablespoons pickling salt
Garlic, 1 Tablespoon pickling spice, slice of hot or medium hot pepper and dill in each jar

Fill each clean jar with sliced/speared cucumbers, dill, garlic, pepper (optional) and pickling spice.  Pour boiling brine in jar to cover.  Leave 1 inch head space.  Put on lids.  Let cool and then store in refrigerator.
No need to sterilize lids or jars since these pickles are refrigerated.

Makes 3 quarts of pickles with a little brine left over.  Easy Breezy!

One Fine Square!

I almost forgot that this is a quilting blog . . . So here is Miss Carol from Sweet Peas and Possum with her newest, dilly-dally, influenced project . . . She says, "Thanks Mrs. Dilly Dally!"  
Thursday Sit and Sew with Miss Carol

Monday, July 9, 2012

Quilt Delivery Day

My grandson Nick and his Walk in the Woods Quilt

 The quilts I have been working on this spring have been delivered.  In my former posts you saw this quilt top hanging on the clothesline and in the post about my first attempt at using a long-arm quilter - "Driving a Long-arm."  It is true that every quilt has a little story behind it.  This kit was purchased at the Vermont Quilt Show and finished two years later.  Nick likes the outdoors and fishing, so the bears, moose, fish and trees in the quilt were perfect.  Also, he did find his name that I wrote in the quilt with the long-arm and then lost

The prayer quilt was knotted and then delivered to my friend Cheryl who is currently fighting cancer.  Good timing since she will be starting a new round of chemo soon.  She is sad and upset because she does not want to lose her hair again.  She is a fighter though and prayers will help.  Please say a prayer for Cheryl.

May God heal your body and soul.
May your pain cease,
May your strength increase,
May your fears be released,
May blessings, love, and joy surround you.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Thursdays with Miss Carol

Every Thursday since school has been out for the summer, I head down south near Newcomerstown, to quilt at Miss Carol's studio.  Miss Carol is the blogger and quilter from Sweet Peas and Possum.  This day has become the highlight of the week for me as we quilt and gab (my favorite thing after quilting) all day.  Oh, yea, and "eat."  The time goes by faster than a jelly role race.  Carol is so kind to offer her quilting space and good company for the day.  We in turn offer her our problems and errors in quilting.  She patiently helps us figure out what to do next with our projects.  What would we do without her!
Miss Carol's studio - my Thursday home.
The cornfield across from the studio.  

Miss Carol by her zig zag

Little Barb and her zig zag

Gina's zig zag

A show and tell from Miss Carol.   I love the watercolor look of this log cabin

Miss Carol was showing us some of her scrappy quilts that she has made from her stash.  So colorful and interesting to see.  It makes me think of a kaleidoscope or modern art.  
Mama Barb and her fall zig zag 

Enjoy the 4th - America's Birthday!