Cold and dreary

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As luck would have it, we choose to hit up the farmer’s market on the grey and rainy weekend day.  Friday was gorgeous, so was Sunday, but Saturday was a lime green rainboot day.  It was also a perfect day to try out this pumpkin spice white hot chocolate recipe I just read about.  A lot of my friends go gaga over pumpkin spice lattes, and I keep trying them thinking I will love them (I generally like my coffee froufy), but I just don’t.  But I keep trying and I had everything on hand (except whipped cream, this day really makes me reconsider my general stance of cans of whipped cream that last for months in the fridge; because whipped cream really would have been quite nice and I’ve yet to get a good whip on a couple tablespoons of heavy whipped cream).

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The white chocolate is already melting in the milk, I was halfway through the process when I thought this would make a good Saturday Photo subject. Remembering my attempt at homemade pumpkin spice lattes, I only used about half the pumpkin called for (about 2 tablespoons per mug instead of 1/4 cup) and felt it was a good amount.

November 7, 2010. Tags: , , . Cooking. 1 comment.

Finally Finished, the Hello Kitty Quilt

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I spent last Saturday after quilting with friends from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. I’m so thankful this was organized, it was just the right push for me to finish this quilt. Remember the quilt (no, this quilt isn’t particularly modern at all – but that’s okay). I was so sure I was going to finish before the baby was born, in April 2009. Hah. It is a good thing I made something bigger than a standard baby quilt. Around 48″ x 48″ it isn’t quite full-sized lap-quilt but I’m sure it will still be cozy or a great blanket to spread out for playtime. Or a very pink fort.

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The problem, I learned, with letting a quilt languish once you’ve made that quilt sandwich: creases. Mine creased so badly I had to redo the quilt sandwich (twice, after I foolishly tried to redo half of it at time — nope, I had to totally pull that sucker apart and put it back together). The good news, I guess, is that my spray basting lasted way longer than the two months promised by the bottle.

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I actually quilting the main section a few weeks ago (at a PMQG open sew evening), but then I was stumped by the border. I had a bunch of ideas for dense quilting, but didn’t think that it would look right with the sparse, squiggly lines over the patchwork. Finally I settled on simple lines and got to it. I managed to hide all my threads, finish the quilting, cut the excess fabric and batting away and make my binding during the all-day-sew event. When I got home I went right to sewing on the binding and then over the course of a few tv shows and one movie I hand-stitched the binding to the back.

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Done. I think. I haven’t sent it off yet because I want to wash it first, oh yes, and label it. And I’m a little worried the quilting is too sparse. What do you think?

October 30, 2010. Tags: , , . quilting. 1 comment.

Precious Saturdays

This was a few weeks ago, and one of those days that makes me feel so lucky. It was unseasonably warm and sunny so we hightailed it to the park for the afternoon, blanket, book, yarn and dog in tow.

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Doggie enjoying a stick
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crochet project in progress
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portable back-rest

October 23, 2010. Tags: . Thoughts. Leave a comment.