We are still sheltering in place here in Northern California. All this time at home finds me knee deep in sewing projects, UFO’s and cooking in the kitchen – all the things!
I wanted something easy and fun to do in my sewing room, so I decided to catch up with the Silver Linings Free Sew Along with Jacquelynne Steves. You can still sign up for this one and it’s perfect for beginners. This will be a small project that includes twelve 6″ blocks with optional embroidery squares to add in. The first three blocks have been released and I finished them in a few hours. I’m using my stash of Tamara Kate fabric from Michael Miller.
I just completed an embroidery project that kept my hands busy while watching TV in the evenings. This turned out so cute; I love anything with dandelions. This is a free pattern available at All People Quilt.
I’m working on a video for my Versatile Face Mask pattern. This is proving to be a very time consuming project as I have very limited skill or knowledge of video editing. I spent one day on filming and now it’s day six of editing. Ugh.
I have so many UFO’s to pick from, it’s hard to decide where to start. I was inspired by my sister, Cindy, when she showed up with her Splendid Sampler quilt top ready for quilting. It’s such a beautiful collection of blocks all made from her scraps.
So… I had to dig out my blocks and see what I could make of it. I didn’t get very far; I just laid them all out and took a picture! Now they’re back in the box waiting for the next time I visit. My blocks include just as many from the Patchsmith’s Sampler Blocks as the Splendid Sampler Blocks, and they’re a very bright collection of both.
Now into the kitchen we go. I have been experimenting with homemade granola recipes and I’ve come up with one that I LOVE. It’s my version of one that my daughter picked up at the Farmer’s Market. It’s loaded with pecans, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds and coconut with maple syrup to sweet it up. I also added sunflower seeds thanks to an idea I got from my friend, Linda H. who shared her granola recipe with me. I would be happy to make a blog post with my maple pecan granola recipe if anyone is interested. I eat it almost every morning for breakfast on top of greek yogurt and fruit.
It’s berry season here, and over the holiday weekend I had an excess of ripe strawberries and blackberries that needed to be used. I made triple berry jam with the addition of raspberries, and since I was in “jam mode”, I made apricot jam from last summer’s frozen apricots. We are flush with jam once again! I always end up sending jars of it to my grandchildren in Texas. They keep me in business!
Speaking of grandchildren… my oldest granddaughter, Amelia, just graduated from preschool! She had a virtual graduation ceremony which could only take place at home and in her pajamas, of course. I made her a card this morning and sent it off in the mail with a little gift (and some jam).
We just celebrated Memorial Day weekend in the US, and it was super quiet and relaxing. I spread out my favorite red, white and blue quilt on the front lawn and had a cocktail there with Mr. Crafty Quilter. Cooper never misses an opportunity for a quilt photo. I made that quilt in…. I don’t know because there’s no quilt label (shame on me). But I think it was in 2010. It was in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, and the pattern is now available for purchase here. My stars are all a little different from the original pattern, but it’s a beautiful quilt and one of my favorites for picnics.
I also had my Star Spangled Heart wall hangings out on the porch table. This pattern is available in my Etsy shop here.
That’s a taste of what’s been cooking at my house. I hope you’re all staying safe and positive. This has been a long 2-3 months for everyone, and I know there’s real hardship and struggle out there. Try to find the silver linings, there are many. And keep a sense of humor…