Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Big Day

Way back when, I'd say a month ago when blueberry season started here (a little later than the norm). I managed to pick, oh, no, picked up, a five pound box of the morsels. As of this week, I hadn't touched them. I decided to make blueberry muffins for my company for the next two weekends. I googled the best blueberry muffins ever and the recipe that came out of that google search

landed me these thirty hideous muffins and cut my blueberry stash down by 5 cups.  They all went in the trash.  It was like that wonderful recipe you asked your sister in law for and you know damn well that she left some ingredient out that was pivotal to creating perfection.  That must be the case in these less than edible creations.  They say you eat with your eyes first, and it wasn't happening in this case.  They even made the muffin papers look demented!!  Even the garbage was reluctant to accept them!!!


I started over and made what I have made for many years; blueberry crumble bread.  I say stick with  what you know.

I am taking off shortly with the family to go to the first ever trip to Muskegon, Michigan.  I will share it all with you tomorrow.  It is a short 2 hours and 6 minutes away.  G supposedly made reservations for hotel rooms but they are nowhere to be found and therefore, at this late notice, we will be coming home after that event.  That would get me home in time for Beat Bobby Flay.  Thank goodness for Michigan being on Eastern time!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

So Little Time

Today is a finish up day. I will complete the challenge quilt's facing and sleeve today. It will debut at the next Modern Quilt Guild I will be attending in Florida. It is to be a solid colored quilt of 25" on any side or smaller and it is to be based on a traditional block, but with a contemporary twist.

I also have to do a challenge with two fat quarters of Michael Miller fabric that I evidently signed up for for Modern. I have to have that done too, by September something. I will finish my bead work this weekend.

I have a quilt on the long arm that I almost got through the quilting without a hitch.  Almost.  Now I am spacing the ripping out of the error over a few days until my sis Mike comes tomorrow and helps me fix the mess.

I am assembling stuff to take to Florida.

I head to the Muskegon Museum of Modern Art tomorrow with my sister and my daughter and son in law, and of course G. We are to have lunch at a culinary school. I remember back when I did culinary school and the last class before graduation was working the lunch (and Saturday night) restaurant. It was tons of fun and I hope to get some fond remembrances from it.   Then there is a private showing of the show for the artists (41 in all but I have no idea how many will be attending; they are from all over). At four we will be in the classroom to sign books until the show opening at 5:30.

My quilting gang is coming on Friday for the weekend. Busy Busy!!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Aerial View

Once I decided to embrace the somewhat tedious job of beading, I got into it. I tried to think like my dear friend JeanAnn and enjoy the process. What made it more doable was when I figured out to section it off.


Instead of having a boundless amount to tackle, I now have little sections that I can do in small increments and it feels like more is accomplished.  I'm pretty sure I can finish this by the end of the week.  That sounds much better than a month's worth of time.  I would have torn out my hair.  This section is close to six inches by eight so it's a big amount of space to fill.  Baby steps.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rolling Around

I decided to get off my rump yesterday after the kids left and make some food.  I first went to the store and got some wonton wrappers to finish up making the cheeseburger little egg rolls I made for the kids
visiting friends.  Those are finished and frozen already.  And I am way too lazy to go into the garage and into the freezer to photograph them.  You can visualize them.

After finishing them, I decided on a version of Valerie Bertinelli's southwestern egg rolls.  I used the usual ingredients and added ground beef (for G) and black olives (for me).

As is usual, I made way too much filling.  I finished off
48 big egg rolls and will probably do another 30 as wonton size.

The egg rolls took a half a cup of filling.

I covered them with beaten egg so that with baking them rather than frying them,


they would and did come out of the oven with a wonderful color.  And they were num!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

More Adult Toys

It was a pretty exciting day yesterday. Lots going on plus the long awaited delivery of the paddle boards came.

When they say drop ship, they mean it.  This is the kids on the driveway!

I had no idea they were so big.  From afar they don't look as large.

The craftsmanship was beautiful with the top side of the fiberglass inlaid with lovely wood.

We got an aqua one and a yellow one.  The kids were on them much of the afternoon.  It appears to be great core workout.  I was gonna do it today but the lake is not cooperating and the waves are way to high to stand up on anything.  I think I will have the quilters bring their water apparel so they can try out the boards.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Various Projects Ongoing

I started a challenge piece that I am doing for the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild. I have it pieced and am in the process of quilting it. It is to join others at the viewing at our September Modern meeting. I will not show it until then. I plan on wrapping the quilting and facing up this weekend.   The kids will be here with friends but they are coming up for some social functions and I happily supply the hotel where they can stay, close to the happenings.

While watching the Olympics at night I have picked up 'Daisy Stripper' for a couple hours each night for the last three days. It is slow going but it is also fun.


My plan is to finish the green part this weekend and then spend the next month, at my leisure, doing the yellow part. I think I will section it off and try and do one section a day. This would have been a lot easier if it was small and not quilted and heavy to hold and balance. I should have figured out the center when it was just that, a center!

Don't forget to go and see 'Circular Abstractions' at the Muskegon Museum of Art starting Thursday of next week.  It will be there for three months and then travel to other venues throughout the next couple years.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gotta Get Out There

Why I took pictures of this, I have no idea. But I did,  I saw someone trying this darling dress on at Zara last weekend.  She must have been shorter than me because I felt like when I put it on, it definitely needed capris under it.  My friends said it was fine that way it was and my sis said I should add something onto it.


I went to the store and bought some denim.  I decided it needed pre washing and so I did that and along with it I pre washed the 'dress'.  It came out as a top, not resembling a dress at all.

After adding four inches of contrasting denim onto the bottom, I was as happy as a pig in slop.

I am off to golf in the Summer Celebration where 9 and 18 hole ladies have breakfast, golf and lunch together.  There is a lot of thunder going on so my hopeful guess is that it is gonna be cancelled; except for the food, of course.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Planting My Seeds

Now I can safely say I am over the top. I have decided to BEAD the center of Daisy Stripper. Yes, that is what I am doing. I just decided to go for it. I hemmed and hawed about what to do. I have already done circles and chicken scratch (on the Andy Warhol centers) and I can't do buttons because Kathy is doing buttons and I would have considered pompoms except I thought that may be a bit crafty so I said to myself, Tommy, go for it, even though I know nothing about beading except for what my BFF Robbie taught me in making rings. Here goes


I bought green and yellow 10/0 seed beads do fill in the respective parts of the center.

Here is about a half hour of work.  I will fill in the holes as I go and I see three right now.  I know I will get better at the beading as I put in the time.  I am stoked about making this rash decision.  Yeah!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Flight Delight

It just occurred to me that I didn't blog this morning.  I was so busy making lists of meals coming up that it just flew out of my head.

I finally finished the Flight quilt.  I put it on the long arm to do and it took me a while to decide what design to sew on it.

I finally settled on this geometric over all pattern.

It really turned out perfect and although I took pictures and sent them to Mike at work for her to
verify I was doing it right, I still managed to do the figuring working just fine.

Here is the quilt finished and bound,   I love the batik fabric so much that I ordered more for something else.  It is called Flight Delight.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Art Is Everywhere

I thought I would share some of the lobby art at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago where we stayed for our girls trip.  Now, mind you, this is just art in the lobby; Chicago is filled to the brim with delightful art everywhere.


This tack art is probably 10 feet wide.  It consists of paint and

pencils with erasers.  How clever is that?


How about this 'map'?  From a little bit away the white fringe looks a bit like popcorn but when you get closer you see plastic

people walking.  Again, who thinks of this stuff?

This is the other side of the entrance wall.  It is crazy art and when you really look, almost half of the
painting is done on the spine of books.  Take a good look.  Amazing.


At the end of the hall there is no problem deciding which way you need to go to the ladies restroom and the mens.  I actually stood inside of one of these (can't remember which one) but my sister REFUSED to take my picture.  She is out of the will.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Girls Trip

We had a great girls weekend.  Rain was threatened but it only came slightly and did not in anyway make the trip less than perfect.  We checked into our hotel and Jayne and Martha checked out the bed's comfort.

Then we lunched at McCormick and Shmidt and met up with our tour guide.  The tour didn't turn out so well but that was probably a good thing.

We went to a rooftop bar.  Martha was wondering all around the place;

She was especially interested in the view and the foliage.

She checked out the chefs at Bandera and

couldn't decide between red and white wine.

She's always been shy about being in a picture.  She was trying to knock me down and make me look like a spas!  Silly girl!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

The cording was almost finished yesterday on the Daisy Stripper.  It is a very tedious job and it makes me a bit nervous when I start the job; so much so that I can't even listen to my iPod!  Am I getting old?

This is as far as I got last night.  All the petals are outlined with black cording and I only have to finish the last three vertical stripes of yellow (I started it but got tired) orange and red.  It went together pretty fast.  I will finish it up this week.

I put off starting it because I wanted to wait and get the cording foot that I ordered on line.


This is it and it worked as promised but I couldn't see through it to see where I was sewing so it did me no good.  What a waste of $40!


I went back to the see through foot that I have always used in the past.

My sister and I are taking the train into the city for a girls sleepover.  We have things planned but weather might be our enemy so we may have to go to a museum, acquariam, art institute, or bar to wait out the rain.  Oh, and that would be such a nuisance!  Girls just wanna have fun, even if we have a walker to contend with!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Something New

I golfed this morning and it was very hot and humid.  There was a bit of a breeze so that was helpful on getting through the nine holes.  My threesome was the first one done!

Every single day this man goes up and down the lake walking his wife or significant other up and down the lake in a blow up boat.  It never varies.  She should get a little exercise too.

Wow, two of the new recliners are red and I mean red!  I didn't think they were that bright in the sample.

The eggplant colored couch is exactly the same one we had for ten years only that color was terra cotta.  I am loving the eggplant.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Waiting Game

It's a pretty exciting day for me today. First off, I have already done my weekly grocery shopping this morning. I have to stick to the home front this afternoon due to a partial furniture delivery. The couch and two of the four recliners are coming. We have been couch less for four days and it's pretty funny to watch Bella trying to get her head around the fact that her nightly 108" of lounge is no longer there.

I also realized that I am at the stage in the Happily Scrappily piecing (Bonnie Hunter) that I copied the idea from my gal pal Peggy, last time she came for a weekend visit. Unfortunately, I neglected to copy


the directions of how to put the blocks together so I will not start that until I get the directions in the mail.

Another partially finished project is waiting for a cording foot for the machine.  Another project is waiting for fabric to be delivered for a border and backing.  I need to start something new while I wait.
I have a challenge to make before the September meeting of Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild so I guess I will start that today.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016


Wow! I am daily surprised at how beautiful the sunsets are here, if the weather is good.


Just about every day G calls to me (me being in the studio slaving away) and tells me to take a picture
of the sunset.  He pretty much always says, 'this is the best I have ever seen.

And they are exquisite but the pictures of them don't hold a candle to the real thing.

I don't care what anybody says, these sunsets on Lake Michigan can hold their own to Key West, except for the plentiful margaritas.

Monday, August 08, 2016

A Paint Job

This was the original photograph of a gerber daisy.  It try and

duplicate the stuff under the petals, I painted it on

using a stencil I cut out of plastic with a exacto knife.


It is rare that I hold onto anything like this as a month has gone by since I finished the quilt but for some reason it was pinned to one of my design walls.


So I took advantage of still having it and used many colors of paint to add it to the Daisy Stripping.  It will now go on a hiatus while I am waiting for the cording foot for my sewing machine.  It's time to tackle a Modern Quilt Guild Challenge that is due in September.  Onward and upward!!!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

The Stripper

The quilting is done on the Daisy Stripping.  Yeah, that it's name.

Here is a close up of the quilting but it is not trimmed of threads yet.

I haven't decided what to do in the center yet.  I am planning on putting black cord around all the
parts to highlight them; especially the yellow which kinda melds into the background.  I ordered a cording foot for my machine so I am not doing that time consuming job until I receive the foot.


I haven't decided on what to do with the bottom part yet either.  I feel grand that so much is done.
I love it when I have a very productive week.