Sunday, June 30, 2013

It's hot!

During the 8 years previous to moving here, we lived in Maui and Camarillo, California. Places where the temperature swing was about 10-15 degrees one way or another.  I have to admit, I had become a bit of a weather brat...quite spoiled.
Last winter in Smithfield the low for the season was minus 20 degrees.

Two months ago, this was the weather as I was driving home.
Today the high hit 100.  That is a 120 degree swing folks! How's that for an adjustment?

One good thing about the record heat is that I've been spending a lot of time indoors.  As a result, I've gotten quite a bit done.  I'm excited to finish quilting Lisa's quilt.  It's my first "commissioned" quilt and I wanted it to be perfect.

I attempted to quilt it in a way that would compliment the beautiful embroidery work. It's more subtle on the front.

You can see it a little better from the back, although the plaid disguises it a bit.  If you click on the photos, you can better see it close up.  

I've also started canning again.  Just simple things to start with, a bit of pickling and some fruit vinegars, but I'm really enjoying it.  

I've also started a new page here on the blog.  You can see the new tab at the top of this page.  

One of my favorite things to do is to study the scriptures.  I try to study and write in my scripture journals for at least a half hour every day.  Lately, I've been studying the different names and titles of Jesus Christ.  This has been such an enriching experience for me, I decided I wanted to share it.  Every week or so, I will update the page with a new name/title and what I found.  I hope it inspires you to do your own study.
FYI, I found a study journal here

Well, I hope you can all keep cool during this heat wave and if I don't talk to you before then...
Have a great 4th of July!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fun and games

It's finished!  I started this quilt back in November but with the move and all, I have only just gotten it finished.
Actually, I'm making an excuse. I basted/pinned this quilt before we had even packed.  I could have finished it weeks ago if I had wanted.  Truthfully, I've simply been terrified.
You see, I love the colors and design of this quilt so much, I've been afraid to start quilting it for fear I would ruin it. I thought such a special quilt top required mind blowing free motion work.  Work that is far above my skill level.  So, I just kept stalling.   Finally, Kade asked me when I was going to get to it and I admitted to him I was afraid.  He gave me some good advice and told me I was over-thinking it. He told me to just do what I know and it would look wonderful.

So, I went with a simple meander stitch and, what do you know?  He was right.  It does look good.  I'm very happy.

I think the back is pretty amazing as well.  

Of course, this is the real reason Kade wanted me to get it finished.  Yep, he's always been my blanket baby.

In other news, my little quilt group and I had quite an adventure this week as we participated in the Wasatch Front Shop Hop.  We visited 13 quilt shops in one day starting down in Springville and ending up back here in Logan.  The theme was board games and anyone who really knows me knows that theme is right up my alley. 
Some of the shops did more than others.  Here are my favorites:

Corn Wagon Quilt Shop in Springville.  Their game was Monopoly.  They had a giant game board on the floor and even a jailer sentencing unsuspecting shoppers to the hoscow until they had added some stitches to their charity quilt.  Fun!

Quilts, Etc in Sandy had Where's Waldo. After finding all the Waldo's hidden around the shop, you got to go eat at the pizzeria they had set up in the back of the shop.  Yum!

Pine Needles in Gardner's Village was decked out for Twister.  Right foot blue, left hand green!

Elaine's quilt shop in Highland truly did justice to my favorite modern games, Ticket to Ride. Check out the ticket quilt in the background.

 And, Quilter's Haven in Bountiful tickled me with their send up of my very favorite vintage game, Mystery Date.  Every 15 minutes shoppers had to stand on a numbered square and if their number was called they got to open the door and pick a mystery prize.  Just like in the game, it was a gamble whether or not you got a good prize or a dud. So, cute!

My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe in Logan did a delightful job with Candyland.  They even had Queen Frostine inside giving away sweet treats made from fat quarters.

It was a fun day, well worth the 12 hours of driving from shop to shop and back home again.
'Bye for now.

P.S.  Here's a peek at what I'm working on now.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Signs of summer

We decided to spend the Memorial Day Weekend on a family camping trip.  Now, I can't remember the last time I actually went camping but hey, I'm game.

Sleeping in the tent was actually quite comfy.

Even though it dropped down into the upper 30's at night, the gear Damen equipped us with kept us warm and toasty.  As you can see, I was all smiles in my mummy bag.

We feasted on breakfast burritos in the morning and burgers and brats for dinner.

Of course, the icing on the cake was hanging out with Mason again.  He got his cast off just in time for the trip. Yay!

The only downside of the entire trip was the nasty latrine.  Let's just say I held it...alot.  

It was a great weekend.  I loved it.  The dandelions were blooming all around the campground.  I usually blow on them and send my wishes out into the universe. 

 But, I guess I don't really need to to that any more.  All my wishes were granted 5 months ago.

On the homemaking front, I got some fun gifts for Mother's Day. 
First, I got a Nutrimill Grain Mill.  
Since I started eating clean, whole grains have become a huge factor in my daily diet.  With the mill, I can grind my own.  The nutritional value of fresh ground flour is so much better than what you purchase from the grocery store.  

I was able to grind this whole wheat...

into this finely ground, pastry grade flour in less than 3 minutes! 

Then, I put the fresh flour into gift #2, my new Bosch mixer!  

I made these delicious currant/cinnamon loaves and rolls in under an hour.  Yummy!  Yep, I'm pretty sure I'll never buy store bought flour or bread again.
If you want the bread recipe just let me know and I will post it. 

And finally, I finished Jodi's quilt.  

The dogwood quilting turned out great. I'm very happy with it.

The back makes me happy, too.  

I pieced the binding to match the fabric in the quilt.  I hope she likes it.  

So, on to the next.  Here's a peak at what I'm quilting now.  This baby has been pinned since November.  I should have it done by the end of the week.  Stay tuned for the big reveal!