Saturday, April 23, 2016

Living the Dream!

There is nothing like a fine Spring day to remind us of just how blessed we are to have made it through another winter.

I was so happy to wander about my yard enjoying the daffodils. I couldn't even bring myself to give Miss Emma Lynne a righteously deserved scolding for her having dug a brand new hole in the lawn of her dogyard.

Recently a dear friend gave me a recipe that made me laugh for the name of it is "Crack Green Beans." Thank you, Marge!
Felix made it up and it was as delicious as can be! Here is a picture showing that we just snipped the bacon onto the top and then let it bake to cook it with the green beans and the "Crack"sauce.

Crack Green Beans

4 cans of cut Green Beans (or frozen or fresh)

12 slices of Bacon cut up

2/3rds of a Cup of Brown Sugar (or all Splenda with some molasses)

1/4 Cup of Butter

2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce

2 Teaspoons of Garlic Powder or Granulated Garlic

 Put the drained beans into a 9x12 baking dish and cover with the bacon pieces.  Mix the remaining ingredients (the "crack sauce") and pour over the beans and bacon. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes at 350, toss and serve.

In the meantime, in addition to plugging away on hand hemming my bindings on two quilts, I've also picked up where I'd left off with my low volume neutral strings piecing. This week, I got another ten blocks done, and I also cut and ironed more foundations from pre-washed muslin.

My stack of these is now up to 70 blocks all pressed, starched, and trimmed, then counted and pinned into sets of 10. Wheeee, only 11 to go to make my 81 blocks!!!

Over at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop at 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire, the Friday Quilters gathered for some fun. Eleanor was making rows from her blocks, look!

The foam-tipped stick is perfect for pushing a block into position whenever your arms cannot reach it.

I thought that these were "Surprise Pinwheels" from Missouri Star Quilt Company, so I am providing that
But now I'm not sure which pattern it is! This is her block: It sure is pretty!

-Later. I have discovered that Eleanor's block is the Disappearing Pinwheels #5 from Missouri Star Quilt Company and here is the Link.

 Maureen was doing a great job of stitching and pressing her blocks, too!

Look at all the ones that she has done already! Good job! This is the Double Square Star. Link.

The whites are actually a white on white, but they look solid in the photos.

Beverly was back from her Canadian visit to her grandchildren and was sewing up a big bunch of those cool microwaveable bowl potholders.

Aren't they colorful in this pretty patchwork?

She's also making these blocks, too. So sophisticated!

Then "Little Claire" showed us her progress with chevrons. Wow, that's really Spring colors!

As for me, I had a ball sewing Mile-A-Minute Log Cabin blocks and was only disappointed to discover that my dang bobbin had run out, LOL!

Quick! More chocolate! I got the bobbin refilled and was soon off and running again!

Linking up to So Scrappy, Link.
Also linking up to Love Laugh Quilt, Link.
And Oh Scrap! Link.
And Em's Scrapbag. Link.

Happy Quilting!


gayle said...

Bacon, you say? I'll have to try those beans...
Lots of quilty fun to look at! And that stick looks really handy.
I'm glad you had that chocolate to console you after the bobbinless sewing!

Janet O. said...

Those beans sound wicked, Vic!
What a clever tool to move the quilt blocks around. Much less stress on shoulders and back than stretching and reaching.
You do have a good time with all of your quilting buddies--so many fun projects to see and chocolate to chomp! : )

judyquilts said...

Loving those string blocks! I'll be interested to see what you are going to do with them.

Margie Crewse said...

Just recently found your blog and am enjoying it. I'm a fairly silent person but I HAVE to ask if you know the name of the block that Maureen is working on in the picture? I'm a scrap quilter and I think I would really like to try this one. Thanks and I will be learking in the background.

cityquilter grace said...

chocolate as gasoline for your engine? sounds good to me! lovely string blocks....

beth s said...

So many FUN projects here! I want to go SEW!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Lots of fun projects here to drool over; thanks for sharing them, Vic! I am especially enamoured with Eleanor's blocks, I've got to check out that link. It's all fun and games until the bobbin runs out, right? Ha! Enjoy SPRING; it will come to stay before too long. ;)

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