Friday, October 8, 2021

Back at the cabin, sewing with Rainbows!

 My stash here at the cabin is pretty limited but I did leave a bundle of Kim Diehl fabrics here last Summer that peaked my interest and got me sewing. The line of prints is at least 3 or 4 years old.  When I got it I made a few- 6" blocks.  The colors are so pretty I decide to work on more of those. for.   I've managed to make 9 more blocks in the last couple of days.

Here they are on my 'improvised design wall'.   Actually once I covered the entire pillow, it looked pretty cool as a pillow cover.  But I think I'm going to make enough blocks for at least a lap quilt.

The colors look so vibrant together and they play well with a lot of other vintage scraps I have hanging around.  It's been fun to just mix and match and make random blocks!
The weather is cool and we've had a little rain which has been very welcome to us drought ridden Californians.  We've gotten out for a few walks.  Our favorite is 'Spooky Hollow' the path that leads around the end of the cove through a very pretty woodland area.  One of our neighbors always decorates it for the Holidays.  Here are a few pix to get you in the mood for Halloween!

If your wondering about the 'Rainbow', here 'tis!
Our visit has been rewarded with Rain and Rainbows!
Have a Great weekend!
Take care, cw

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Sewing Drought Over!

 I've been going through a Dry spell with my sewing.  I've tried to attribute it to being busy with lots of other stuff.   But I think it really stemmed from all that sewing for the CZU project earlier in the year.   I was just burnt out!   I didn't worry about it toooooo much.  I figured inspiration would come.  But,  I didn't think the dry spell would last all Summer!  Oh well...

In comes my daughter last week with a request for a baby quilt for a friend who's having a baby in November.   Baby quilts are so much fun to make!  That jump started my sewing mojo!  

My approach to baby quilts is generally to make them simple.  No fussy piecing or quilting.  I want them to be used and loved not put in a drawer like an heirloom.   I use lots of cute kid prints and I generally like to use flannel so there nice and soft and cuddly.

You can guess the gender of this child?!
I try not to be gender biased so I try to stick to animal prints etc. but the blue fabrics just kinda come out when I'm thinking about baby boy quilts...
One of my best friend's daughter just had a baby 2 weeks ago.  I'd been meaning to make her baby a quilt all Summer but just could not get it together...
Now it's almost finished!   I'm on a roll...
Happy October!
take care, cw

Monday, September 6, 2021

Tomato Report 2021

 Well, I'm still not sewing much, but as you can see I've been in the garden!

We grew 9 varieties of tomatoes this Summer and we've gotten a pretty good yield from 6 of them!
Here's the breakdown:
SunGlow cherry tomatoes!  Pretty much every bodies favorite cherry tomato around here.  Great flavor, consistent high yield and season long producer!
Carmello,  classic tomato shape, good flavor and producer.
Yellow Brandywine, Big flavorful tomato!  Not always the best producer but this year I harvested at least a dozen of these beauties with a promise of a few more to come!
Stupice,  This is a true Heirloom variety,  there small only a little bigger than a golf ball but they have great flavor and they are prolific!  They are earlier than the Early Girls and keep producing 'til it gets cold in the Fall.  One of my personal all 'round favorites!
Mortgage Lifter (what a funny name)  
these are really big tomatoes the one on the left must weigh more than a pound!  They generally have pretty good shape and flavor and one slice will cover a whole sandwich!
Black Cherry (I put the SunGlow next to it so you can see the size difference).  These are one of my Husband's favorites.  They are much later than the SunGlow so it's nice to have an end-of-season variety like this.  Plus they are excellent for making Cherry Tomato tarts!
It is a great recipe!  And a good way to use up a lot of cherry tomatoes!  
Whatever else we can't eat will be shared with friends or go into the dehydrator.  Nothing will be wasted.
 We are so very fortunate to have space, sun and water to grow these yummy tomatoes!
Happy Labor day
take care, cw