(Note: one more dandelion!)
Confession: I bought fabric on Saturday! The LQS had a sale -- and I have a project coming up that requires 1-3/4 to 4-3/4 yards of four fabrics. I can't make it scrappy. I'll have to keep you in suspense.
(Note: one more dandelion!)
Earlier in the week I boiled our Halloween pumpkins (I don't carve them) which yielded four quart bags of puree, one of which was our Thanksgiving pie.
By waiting until Monday to buy a turkey I got a bargain -- I paid $10.14 for a 21-1/2-pounder. The bird was too big for the roaster oven so I had to bake it in the regular oven. That meant I had to improvise for the side dishes -- I braised the Brussels sprouts and I kept the sweet potatoes warm in the roaster. [I adapted this recipe for the sweet potatoes.] I make Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish every year.
# # # # # # In the studio: we watched the documentary Oliver Sacks: His Own Life about the celebrated neurologist and essayist. My husband has read all of his books. (I've read one or two.)
The Civil War Reproduction Stash Reduction Project has resulted in a box of scraps and a box of leftover units. I tackled the scraps -- specifically, the leftover kaleidoscope wedges. The challenge was that the blocks varied from 6.5" to 7". I framed them with 2" strips and trimmed those blocks to 9.5" and (hooray) used up nearly all of the dull gold/brown print. The sashing used up the last of a red-on-red that was a gift from Vic in New Hampshire.
The flimsy is 67 x 67 and used 4-3/4 yards.
I'll put the CW repros to the side for the weekend because Bonnie Hunter has published the first clue for Grassy Creek. HSTs, here I come!
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P.S. The last of the garden tomatoes made it into the salad for our Thanksgiving dinner.
Last evening I finished piecing the sixth installment in the Civil War Reproduction Stash Reduction Project. The pattern is Spice Pantry by Kim Diehl. This is spicy indeed compared to so many CW palettes of butternut, blue, and softened reds and greens. (56 x 62, 4 yards).
I can imagine this design as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge -- one row of each of the monthly colors.
Linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts
Heller Nature Center We're glad we took a detour to check it out! It's part of the Highland Park Park District. (Not shown: the good-sized education building. I can imagine that in normal years there would be field trips and after-school activities.) The cabin was designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen.
Diorama boxes were hung on trees along the trail.
These are the ones I liked best.
Saturday's trek was was at the far southwestern corner of the county, 40 miles from where we live. Grassy Lake is on the Fox River. (There is a Grassy Lake a couple of miles away. It's connected to the river by Flint Creek.) There's a kame (glacial remnant) and the hill is the highest point I've been to in many months.
Until we began our forest preserve exploration I didn't know that ground cherries grew around here. Now I see them again and again. (I'll need to be on the lookout in the spring to see them in bloom.) The silver plant on the right has sprouted new green growth. And that's not the only dandelion I saw along the trail.
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The Civil War Repro Stash Reduction Project continues. On Friday I wrote that I was contemplating how I'd border the nine-patch. Simple slab borders didn't do it.
How about flying geese? Yes! 56 x 64, 4-1.2 yards.
........ and I'm nearly finished with the units for the next CWRSRP project.
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There were so many "ah-ha, so that's why" moments in this book. I highly recommend it.
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I have so many ideas for the CWRSRP (Civil War Reproduction Stash Reduction Project). There are books by Jo Morton, Carol Hopkins, Julie Hendrickson, and Kim Diehl. There's a stack of patterns from magazines.
A Jo Morton design for 6.5" nine-patch stars (brown, gold, and red) was the starting point for this week's project. Hers was a 16-block wall hanging. I kept making blocks!
I was sure I was going to use simple slab borders with the red stripe (left). Then I added nine-patch corners. Then I auditioned two other borders (top and right). And now I'm contemplating something more elaborate.
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Raven Glen was a gem. It's made up of a former campground around a glacial lake plus a former dairy farm. In 1962 and 1963 I went to summer camp on land that is now Rollins Savanna. I've known that for years but this was the first time we've been to the preserve. (I wasn't able to walk far enough to get to where the campgrounds were. I'll need to do more research.) We discovered Lyons Woods during the pandemic shutdown last spring, when Illinois Beach State Park (where I usually walk) was closed. Lyons Woods is just six miles from our house and we've been there a couple of times since. Independence Grove is a big complex with a lake, fishing pier, meeting facility, nature center -- and, today, several *hundred* people out picnicking, bicycling, roller-blading, strolling. I want to return when it's not so busy.
73 x 88, 4-1/2 yards.
I'm working on a new block for the next CWRSRP project. It's a bit trickier and so far I like the results.
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P.S. He surveys the parking lots at each forest preserve while I hike.