Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy 2009!

Hello to a new year! I hope this will be a happy year for everyone.

I'm going to show you the last of my Christmas projects. Above is a wallhanging I made for my daughter and her husband. As I mentioned in my last post, she loves owls. I found this photo-transferred panel at a quilt show last year.

This was not been an easy project, despite it's seemingly easy style. I didn't know when I bought this that it's one of those rubbery transfers. . . it was encased in plastic when I bought it. (I didn't enjoy that little surprise.) I tried to machine quilt through that transfer last year, when I started this project. My Bernina did not like that transfer. No matter what I did, the stitches got smaller and smaller. So, I stopped and took out the quilting I'd done in the center. It took both me and my DH, whose got more patience for that sort of thing than I do, about 2 hours to get all those tiny stitches out! Then, I didn't know quite what to do. So it hung in the closet for a year!
I finally came to the conclusion that this is just a wallhanging and won't get much wear or even washing. So, I didn't quilt the center. I just quilted in-the-ditch around the center, then meandered in the borders. Done! I'm relieved that it's done. Don't know why I didn't come to that conclusion sooner. I keep forgetting that I've banned the Quilt Police from my studio!

These are the pillowcases that I made for my daughter and her husband. Bet you can't guess which one is for which person!

And, last but not least, here is the pillowcase I made for my DH. He got to pick out his own fabrics after helping me pick out all the other pillowcase fabrics so patiently! Besides, in spite of 30+ years of marriage, I'm not entirely certain what he'd like to live with in the way of pillowcases. So, he picked this beautiful batik!

Here is the finished "yellow" page from my color book. I sewed on the buttons, and then took off the buttons. Then I sewed them on again with a darker thread, so that the extra touches I did when sewing on the buttons actually show. And I substituted the spiral for one of the buttons - I like it a lot better. What do you think? I totally didn't see that it echoes the design on that fabric until I had it all sewn on - happy serendipity!

I'm really happy with the way this page came out.

Next I did the white page. It reminds me of pinafores and eyelet curtains, and it even reminds me of the snow we've had lately. This one was really fast and easy. . .my favorite kind of project.

I may add one more button on the right-hand side after I get the pages sewn together. I'm afraid if I do it now, I won't be able to sew past the button.
I've been having fun with these 'Color' pages, and they're going pretty well, and quickly. It's a great way to start the year.
We woke up to another 6 inches of snow yesterday morning. It was heavy and wet - great for snowballs. And the trees were all covered in snow - even the bare branches. It looked like a Christmas card everywhere I looked! Beautiful!
Awhile back, Berta tagged me with a meme. It's a list of foods and I'm supposed to turn the items I've eaten bold and have some friends do the same. So I'm now tagging Belinda at Brown Dirt Cottage and Julie at Through the Barn Door! Have fun!

Foods I’ve Eaten:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile or Alligator
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (Cranberry – yum!)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries (picked them myself in Georgia!)
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka + Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. ratatouille
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash (in the Alps!)
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
I’ve also had crepes from a street vendor in Paris, and bratwurst from street vendors in both Germany and Luxembourg. All were absolutely heavenly! Yuuuummmm!
I'm a picky eater, so I was surprised to see how many thing on this list I've actually eaten. Living in Europe for 3 years helped, and also living in California - there's so many people and restaurants from different cultures there that it's easy to find "exotic" foods. However, there are lots of things on the list that I have No Idea what the heck they are!


  1. Love your color book! Since we have no snow in Ohio I now know where all the snow is. Stay warm.

  2. Uh..WOW Sharon....Thanks...i guess!...How in the world did you get that list onto your blog....what a list..LOL......there are some things on there maybe I don't want ya'll to know I've eaten or drank!!!...LOL
    Love the pillowcases!


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