Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Step 1. Melt some butter in the microwave. Toss walnuts seeds in the butter, scoop out with slotted spoon then toss the pumpkin seeds in the butter. Roast walnuts and pumpkin seeds in 450 degree oven for 5-7 minutes. I drizzled some honey on the walnuts and added some bacon crumbs to the pumpkin seeds, then popped it back in the oven for another couple of minutes. Set aside.
Step 2. While the toasting was happening I halved and pitted a peacherine (something I had never heard of before), a red pear and and an avocado. I sliced the avocado and slivered some fresh ginger and put the pieces in the cavity of the fruit. I drizzled some onion flavored olive oil which was spicy hot on the fruit. I filled the cavity with some goat cheese and sprinkled it with thyme. Pop the cheese filled fruit in the oven for 20 minutes.
Step 3. While the fruit was baking I put some baby romaine in a bowl, added some chopped green pepper, small cauliflower pieces, dried cherry infused cranberries, chopped celery, chopped honey walnuts, and bacon crumbed pumpkin seeds. I drizzled some honey ginger flavored balsamic vinegar over the lot and tossed.
Step 4. The fruit had a couple more minutes to go. When I looked in the fridge, there were some hard boiled eggs. I decided to make a deviled egg. I halved the egg and to the smashed yolk I added some of those bacon crumbs, a smidgen of honey mustard, and some of that honey-ginger balsamic. It looked a little dry so i added a little sweet relish and filled the eggs.
Step 5. I divided the tossed greens in 2 dishes topped them with the fruit from the oven, the sliced avocado. and the deviled egg. I topped the cheese with whole walnuts that I had set aside.
To me the red pear was better than the peacherine. With the random slivers of ginger, you sometimes tasted the ginger and sometimes not. I quite liked that all bites were not the same. It was a good lunch. Everything was done in less than a half and hour.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Gyleen Fitzgerald's pattern that I created as a part of the Bricks, Cobblestone and Pebbles QAL. This makes a square quilt. I plan to extend it somehow to a rectangle. This was built from my scrap box so I have plenty of other squares. I just need to wait for a design idea to hit me over the head.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Oh, no no no!! Looks like I do not have enough thread to make my OMG. I have ordered some more, but it is doubtful that it will arrive in time to meet my goal. I have one more long side plus a corner left to stitch. I think I will work the corners into the center of the last side. I can at least start working on the binding whilst I wait for my thread to arrive.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
25% of the Big Stitch is done. I like how the grey looks on the back as well as the front. Neutral colors are your friend. It is very hot outside. Quilting today is a WARM prospect, but I am continuing and looking forward to the temperature falling when the sun goes down. I like both sides of this quilt equally well. Even though both sides could be used face up, I do not consider this truly a two sided quilt. In order for it to be a true two sided quilt, I think the quilting has to be related to both sides.... otherwise any quilt is a two sided quilt.
Monday, July 4, 2016
I forgot to show another piece of essential equipment: the top of the lobster pot.
And then I scored the quilt with my hera marker. Back to Big Stitching. Maybe this will speed up when I get the hang of it.
Friday, July 1, 2016
I have finished quilting over the Vanish Lite around the little grey squares. Using the roller foot allows one to take advantage of the feed dogs while quilting to achieve stitching that is quite even. I chose to set my stitch length to 3. I also decided to use the Fantastico #5001 knowing that I would see the gold show up on the top. Here is my stitching so far. My July OMG goal will be to finish quilting this quilt. I have the embellishment of the swirls and the big stitch quilting in the borders yet to go. I do not have my hoop with me at the moment. Oops. I hope I have enough Fantastico left to accomplish this goal. Otherwise It will be another month that I did not meet my goal. I am a Superior Thread Club member so I get free shipping as long as it comes with my club order. If I need more, it will have to wait until my club order arrives. I may not get it in time to meet my goal. DUN..dun...DUN..dun..DUN..dun...Oh the suspense. Back to my bobbin quilting. I need to figure out whether I want to mark my embellishments or if I will free motion....Hmmmm....The great lesson of this quilt is to learn that Quilt as Desired is so much fun!!!
I think this 12 wt Sew Sassy really puffed up nicely. I think I still have space to embellish around this.
Here is the first embellished motif. I stitched using my leather roller foot after I marked with my Bohin pencil with a white lead using Kurumi to trace around. I like the result so I will continue this process. If I run out of the gold Fantastico, maybe I will just switch to a red one.