Scrap bin project: Using a long-skinny piece of red plaid from a border - so far I have made these blocks. That tiny block is going to become a pin-cushion. I am really proud of myself because I used a fabric that I considered very ugly for the star block below - and as I thought - it blends in with the rest of the blocks even though it is a bit darker than the other background fabrics and a much bigger print. The block itself was fiddly and had way too many pieces for such a simple block - there are easier ways to go about making this block. But it is done - and looks pretty nice in my block collection.
Don't be afraid to use your "ugly" fabrics! And the block used up a fair bit of that fabric, phew. I bought this piece of fabric over the internet and it just wasn't what I thought. But I am starting to use it (1 yard cut, sigh), so progress. I will work it in with another few blocks for this collection and when the blocks are turned into a quilt and all quilted up pretty - I won't even believe I ever thought the fabric was ugly in the first place! Go ahead - you can do it too - use your uglies!
Cooking: I made this very simple lentil soup yesterday and my husband loved it. Easy! 1 can of lentils, 1 can stewed tomatoes, 1 sauteed onion (at the end of sauting add 2 tsp curry, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt), 2 carrots, finely chopped and cooked, 1/2 box of chopped spinach and a little more than 1/2 liter of water with vegetable bouillon in it. So very good! Oh - and I added the left-over ziti in the fridge - when I make any kind of pasta I always make an extra 2 portions for another meal. Yes, I use seperate pans for sauteeing the onions and cooking the carrots while everything else is warming up in the stew pot, but I find it quicker that way. Just my weird way of cooking - but if I start the carrots 1st and then the onions - while those 2 things are going I can start the rest of the soup and it all gets done at the same time. Parm. cheese on top when served.
Thread: I have new thread! Lots of it!!! Yes, it is 100% polyester, but I don't really care. I use 100% poly all the time for piecing - just can't set my press all the way hot because it might melt the thread (hasn't happened yet though). I am happy with my new thread - it should last me awhile. It was on sale 1 day only at the grocery store for 4 Euros. Usually I pay 3 Euros for 1 spool of 1000 meters, so this was a really good price. So - off I went on that day to the grocery store (via walking and tram) with my trusty back-pack - got a few groceries and 1 pack of thread. I came home and DH asked why I didn't get 2 packs. I think 1 pack will last me just fine and by the time I use this thread up - it probably will be on sale again. So, I got 1 pack. I was down to 1/2 a spool of thread in gray and maybe 1/4 a spool in white so the timing was perfect! And - I am very lucky to have a nice, old sewing machine that is not one bit picky about what kind of thread I use. Yeah! There are advantages to having an old machine - some of those newer machines are very finiky about what thread you use.
Photos from today: My son with one of his very favorite playmates! I love how this photo turned out because that black dog is very hard to photograph!
The days and weeks just seem to be flying by! I have a running list of things that I want to blog about, but time's up for tonight - bedtime kisses time and all - so it will have to keep. Thanks for visiting and all your nice comments! Until I sign on again...