Friday, July 17, 2015

A Finish!

Not much has been going on around here as far as machine sewing is concerned.  But when I was cleaning up last week I found this little quilt.  I don't think I meant to make it this small.  I was probably going to put some more rail fence blocks onto it.  But when I looked at it, it spoke to me and asked me to leave it this size and just finish it. Good idea!  So that is what I did. There is just a little bit of hand sewing on the back still to do because I put a sleeve on it.  It measures about 21 by 21 inches.  But it's a finish!  Doing the happy dance!  It is so important to me to have completed something.  It makes me want to continue on with other projects.  I think my mojo is starting to come back.  Hurray!

Since I have gotten in the habit of showing you some of the flowers in my garden, I thought I would continue this and show you a couple of my Oriental Lilies.

I have several white ones.  I love these because they seem to light up dark corners in my flower beds.

This is only a small part of a huge patch of lilies.  I love the colour on these.  The individual plants are about 4 feet tall.  That may be because we had so much rain this year.

Now back to sewing curtains.  I just have a couple of seams to finish off and the first set will be done. My son will be doing the happy dance too.

I think it is appropriate for me to be happy dancing and whooping it up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict this week.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Day Lilies, a Flimsy and a Zucchini Recipe

Several people asked me for the Zucchini Pineapple Loaf recipe.  So I will add it to the bottome of this post.  But first I want to show you my scrappy flimsy.  I started this a couple of years ago, but put it away when my machine started to give me problems.  I sewed a couple more rows and now I think I have had enough of this one.  I am calling it finished.

This quilt top reminds me of the Day Lilies I have blooming in my garden at the moment.  I love these.

This is a gorgeous peach coloured one.

Another peach coloured one, except this one has a dark centre.

A double peach lily.

A yellow day lily.

I have more, but I will save them for another day.

Now for the Pineapple Zucchini Loaf recipe.  This is from a "Company's Coming" book by Jean Pare called "Muffins and More".  It is my favourite book by her.

Zucchini Pineapple Loaf

2               eggs
1/2 cup     cooking oil
1 cup        sugar
1 cup        unpeeled, shredded zucchini
1/2 cup     crushed pineapple, drained
1 tsp         vanilla

2 cups       all purpose flour
1 tsp          baking soda
1/2 tsp       baking powder
1/2 tsp       salt
3/4 tsp       cinnamon
1/4 tsp       nutmeg
1/2 cup      chopped nuts  (I have used 1 cup raisins instead of nuts and it turned out great)


Beat eggs, oil and sugar.  Sir in zucchini, pineapple and vanilla.

Measure remaining ingredients in another bowl.  Stir.

Pour all at once into batter.  Stir to moisten.  Pour into greased loaf pan 9x5x3 inches.  I use a bunt pan sprayed with PAM.  Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 1 hour.  Test to see if it is done.  A toothpick will come out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Turn loaf out to cool on a rack. This is delicious if cut into slices and spread with butter.  Yield 1 loaf.

I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Zucchini Love

I was cruising around blogland this morning and I saw a delicious lemon zucchini loaf on Em's blog. Since I have a lot of zucchinis in my garden right now, I decided to bake one.

I got all of my ingredients together.  And I was off!

The lemon loaf never made it to the photo shoot.  So much was eaten that it looked a mess.  But it was truly delicious!  I had more zucchinis, so I baked another loaf - a pineapple zucchini loaf.

This one I am going to put into the freezer and save it for the weekend.

Friday, July 03, 2015

More Red Hexies and a Trip to the Beach

I worked on a few more red hexie flowers.  I thought I had made at least ten, but now I can't find them all.  So here are eight of them.

There are not many red flowers in my garden at the moment.  But there are lots of sour cherries.

Yesterday we went to the beach.  William had a terrific time.  He crawled after dogs.  Tried to eat rocks.  Played by the water and had lots of swing time.  We brought our lunch and really enjoyed ourselves.

Talking to some of the day campers.  William certainly attracts a lot of friends.

He loves the dogs!  This one was just too cute to let it get away.  So he chased it.  With his mother is close pursuit.

He loved the swings.  So did his Mom.
Edit:  I found the other red hexies.  I had made 11 of them.

Hope you have a great weekend.  And a terrific 4th of July to my American friends.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A Special Hexie Flower for Today

Happy Canada Day

Our country is 148 years old today.  So here is a special hexie flower just for you, Canada!  

Happy Birthday!

Linking to the Needle and Thread Network.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Some of This and Some of That

We've had lots of rain and my garden is doing great!  My sewing... not so much.  But I did get a flimsy finished.  It's going to be a picnic quilt.  I used lots of scraps.  This was my 'get myself going each day' project..  My DD asked me to make a picnic quilt for a friend of hers.  There was to be no expense involved, just lots of scraps from my stash.  I was only too glad to oblige.  It will measre about 56 by 56.  Now to get it quilted!

I think this quilt has a sort of orange feel.  I guess it's that cheddar sashing.  So here is an orange plant that is blooming in my solarium right now.  I got a small piece of this from a quilty friend.  It's a Clivia.  I have never had a plant like this before and I was thrilled when she gave me a piece.  The flowers are a lovely orange colour.

And now another thing that has taken me away from my sewing machine.  My DD went strawberry picking and we made 3 batches of strawberry jam or about 28 half pint jars.  It is delicious!  We couldn't keep William out of the action.  Here he is testing out the canning pot for size.  Yup, it fits!

I also made 4 more hexie flowers for the red quilt.  I'll show you when I get them sewn on.  We have a busy week ahead.  Lots of end of the school year things to tidy up for DD.  That means I'll get to babysit William.  Yay!  I love doing that.

Friday, June 12, 2015

A Soggy Day

We have had a lot of rain this month.  More than we had in April and May.  But my plants love it. Here is a hanging basket that I bought for next to nothing.  Lots of red here too.

I have been busy making more red hexie flowers.  Here they are in the garden, between bursts of rain, Guess there will be time for more sewing today.

I discovered another red flower in my solarium.  It's an Amaryllis  that was hiding in a corner.  It was with some others that were dormant.  I didn't think they would flower until the fall, but here it is.  In all it's red glory.

Hope you all have a great weekend!