Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wild Wineberries

I have wild wineberries in my yard.  They are BEAUTIFUL!

They are scratchy!

They are plentiful:

They are delicious!

I picked a bunch the other day and decided to make sorbet. 

I started with sugar syrup (1 c water + 1 c sugar):

and a quart of wineberries:

I pureed them:

Strained them:

and processed the entire mess through the sorbet maker.  I wasn't thrilled with the consistency.  It's kind of icy.  

Not willing to waste good berry ice, I decided to scrape some frozen berry into the bottom of a glass:

Fill the glass with sparkling water:

Stir, and enjoy a fresh wineberry soda. 


So what will I do with the rest of the berries in my yard?  

I will eat these:

With a tablespoon or two of this over top:

I love summer food!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Secret Sewing and a Consolation Photo

I was hard at work in the studio today, but I can't show the quilt yet. These are the colors I'm using:


I can show you a block that I pieced as a leader/ender today, though:

I dug into my pile of strings to make this. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but it was fun!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Cuties" at the Quilt Basket

The Quilt Basket in Pawling, NY is introducing "Cutie" packs of fabric. 

This one is following me home. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 76

I had fun seeing friends at Quilt Odyssey today!

I had fun eating this yummy orange sorbetto after dinner: 

I had fun imagining the cause of these stains on my hotel room carpet:

I had fun using a hotel towel instead of a yoga mat. 

The friendly folks at The Quilt Basket drove me to this show so I packed lighter than usual and left my mat at home. 

I had a fun day!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 75

The Quilt Basket has the entire line of American Made Brand fabrics.  50 solids for 50 states.  The cotton is grown in the US, the fabric is made in the US, and it's $6 a yard.  What's not to love???  When I couldn't decide how many yards of a particular color to get, I will confess to buying the bolt.  Once I make the quilts, I will quilt the quilts on my American-made quilting machine -- Handi Quilter!!!

I spent my day at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA working in the Quilt Basket booth.  I cut fabric and spread Handi Quilter love.  Doesn't that sound like the recipe for a perfect day?

After work, I had a ginormous burger.  Mmmmmmmmmmm.  The size of the burger should have clued me in to the size of the dessert:

This was a half-baked chocolate chip cookie sundae. These desserts were the size of our heads!!!  After the waitress put our desserts on the table, this happened:

Her:  "Can I get you anything else?"
Us:  (crickets)

We were speechless, staring at these huge desserts.  My oh my was it delicious!

I am back at the hotel now and it is time to do battle with the bedside lights.

It's a nice light, bright enough to bind a quilt.  Good thing, too, since I have to bind a quilt and ship off to a magazine on Monday morning.  Bright is a good thing, but "on" is really important, too.  Have you ever needed instruction to turn on the light?


Me neither, but there's a first time for everything.

Silly me, I thought that finding this switch would take care of the problem:


The issue is with the plug.  This light is plugged into this outlet:

This outlet is run controlled by this light switch:

Can't see the light switch?  It's over here:

No, really.  Look closely:

It is no problem at all to turn on the light switch when I get into the hotel room, then cross the living room and get into bed.  That works.  I could even use the switch on the light to turn the light off.  The problem is that the light switch is a timer and shuts the light off every 30 minutes.  Am I the only person who sits in bed binding a quilt for longer than 30 minutes?  How about reading?

So, every 30 minutes throughout the evening, I get out of bed to stumble across the room in the dark and turn the light back on.

I would really love to give some helpful hints to whomever thought that this was a good idea.

I think that the half-baked cookie was the perfect antidote to the half-baked light switch design.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 74

Blogged from my iPhone:

Having a big room is nice.  Having internet would be nicer. The hotel's wireless is giving me mixed messages:


Bang. Head. Here. 

Thankfully I have chocolate cake left over from dinner:

That will make me forget my internet woes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- Night 73

I am tucked in my hotel room, getting ready to watch an awful movie and work on a quilt binding, but wanted to show you my first impression of my hotel room:

Any 6 or 8 people care to join me in my hotel room?  Because I have definitely lived in smaller apartments.

Will I see you at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA tomorrow?  I'm at booth 804.  Stop by and say "Hi!"

Friday, July 18, 2014

I'm Rich!

I belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  We get our "share" of the produce on Fridays.

Here is some of today's bounty:

To prepare for tonight's feast, I baked bread this morning:

Mmmmmm, fresh bread!

To start cooking dinner, I cut up my garlic scapes:

and made pesto.  Mmmmmmmmmm, pesto!

Tonight's feast:

Salad with fresh butter lettuce and fresh carrots, fresh bread with green garlic pesto, and farfalle with oil, garlic, red sauce, and Parmesan.

I love this part of summer!

London Memories

One of the fun things I'm doing in 2014 is filming quilting YouTube videos of Pat Sloan's Globetrotting block of the month.  Each month, the block is based on a different city.  In May, Pat designed a block called "London."

I just taught quilting in Birmingham, England and spent a few vacation days in London when I was done.  I though it would be fun to bring my London block with me.

My London block visited 221B Baker Street:

Benedict Cumberbatch thought it was lovely!

My London block needed to call home while we were in London:

I also took my block to:

I didn't get a photo of my quilt block crossing the road, though, because I would have died.  I am used to traffic on the right side of the road and they drive on the wrong side of the road in England.  That's hard enough, but... Abbey Road is CRAZY!  It is a crosswalk at a three-way intersection.  There is not an official stop light/walk light.  Pedestrians must rely on the good graces of the drivers.

I managed to cross the road once without getting killed and didn't want to push my luck trying it a second time with a quilt block in hand.  I will do a lot for this quilting blog, but playing Human Frogger goes too far!

The one photo:

A little cropping goes a long way!

Other than nearly being flattened on Abbey Road, my London Block and I both enjoyed our trip to London very much!

Are you making the Globetrotting quilt?  Have you been to any of the cities with your blocks?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- Night 72

This post is late.  Tuesday night the hotel wi-fi in my hotel didn't work.  Wednesday night after overseas travel, "I" didn't work and passed out before I could blog.

I woke up in London on my last day in the UK.  I spent the morning/early afternoon at the British Museum.  I could have spent a week there!

Mosaics galore:

Proof that I "invented" ribbon candy as a quilting design:

After I checked out of my hotel in London, I noticed this beautiful walkway on my way to the train:

Future quilt alert?

I traveled back to Birmingham to an airport hotel and found the




Did you notice the fire extinguisher halfway down the hall on the left?  Here it is with the second half of the hallway:

At the end of the hallway, I turned and found...

another hallway:

My husband and I kept making references to "The Shining" movie.  We didn't notice any small children riding tricycles in the hotel, so that was a relief.

We had a fabulous dinner our last night in Birmingham.

I tried the treacle tart with sticky pudding:

Sound quite English, doesn't it?  It was delicious.

My husband had a sampler:

I may have sampled/stolen the Turkish Delight on the top left of his plate.

Farewell, UK.  I will definitely miss you.  I hope to see you again soon!