“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.”

~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's Time For Dinner Now Let's Go Eat!

Now mama's in the kitchen
And she's been there all day
And I know she's cooking something good
So let's bow our heads and pray
And he sang

To the Lord let praises be
It's time for dinner now let's go eat
We've got some beans and some good cornbread
Now listen to what the preacher said
He said to the Lord let praised be
It's time for dinner now let's go eat!

Amen, Brother!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Big Red

This is one red quilt! I threw caution to the wind and just went for it. These 15" log cabin blocks are made from Valori Wells' Olive Rose line. I have seen many wonderful quilts blending red and turquoise, so I decided to combine the red, turquoise and brown pallets and see what happens. The back is pieced with 3 smaller log cabin blocks. As mentioned in an earlier post I LOVE log cabin blocks and one reason is this awesome tutorial by John at Quilt Dad. He knows his stuff! This is my third completed quilt and I am no longer intimidated by making bias tape or the binding process itself. Eventually I will need to tackle free motion quilting but for Big Red I just quilted in straight (kinda) lines. The binding is a snappy cocoa polka dot! Love it! I think I know a spicy little lady that will love this quilt, too...no peeking till Christmas!

"Red is the ultimate cure for sadness" - Bill Blass

Friday, November 13, 2009

Piping...Been There, Done That...

Oy Vey, such a meshuggeneh! Yes, I can act a little crazy sometimes, like when I'm trying to add piping to my pillow. I thought it would be a lovely accent to give it that "extra somethin' special". This pillow was made from one of my County Fair log cabin blocks. I used a khaki cotton to frame the block and also for the back. I added a strip of fabric along the edge of the opening and used the same fabric for the piping. What a brilliant idea! I wanted to showcase the shape of the block and give the whole pillow a simple, vintage look. I had no idea I would encounter "piping issues". It was getting late, I was getting cranky, I had a deadline (Friday Sew & Tell). I was not going to let the piping win this fight. When it was over I stood back and looked at my pillow and became verklempt. It looked pretty good. The piping wasn't perfect but it was acceptable. Maybe piping can be my friend after all. Maybe I'll play with it again sometime. Maybe I'll add it to my next pillow, even if it IS a pain in the tokhes.

"If things are not as you wish, wish them as they are." Yiddish proverb

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mama Roux's BLT

My, oh my! What a fabulous sandwich this is! Quick, easy and fairly healthy. I created this last night when I really did not feel like cooking a meal but wanted something comforting. This sandwich calls for Turkey Bacon, which is all we eat. It's just as flavorful and much better for you than regular bacon. Unless compared side by side you cannot tell the difference. The real defining element to this fabulous sandwich is the bread. I wanted something hearty and chewy. I chose LaBrea Rosemary & Olive Oil Sourdough, usually available in most grocery stores. The rosemary gives a deep, earthy flavor while the olive oil offers a mellow sweetness. Any high end, herb flavored sourdough will work. I also jazzed it up a bit by using a salad mix with radicchio, purchased in a bag from Trader Joe's. I'm telling you, each of these ingredients on their own are delicious, but put them all together and something magical happens. Once you take a bite you just might shed a tear, I know my husband did! Enjoy!

Mama Roux's BLT

1 package turkey bacon
1 round of sourdough bread with rosemary & olive oil
1 ripe avocado
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
salad mix with radicchio and baby lettuces
freshly ground pepper

Cook bacon until crispy. Slice bread into 3/4" slices. Place on a sheet pan and toast under broiler until just crispy on each side. Mash avocado and season with salt and pepper. Assemble sandwiches by spreading a good amount of mayonnaise on each slice of toast. Spread one side of sandwich with 1-2 Tbsp mashed avocado, then add 5 slices of bacon, 2-3 slices of tomato and a good handful of salad mix. Cover with second slice of toast and press to keep sandwich together. Slice in half and place on a plate. Eat this wonderful thing on the couch while snuggling under a quilt with someone you love. A crackling fire is recommended but optional. Makes 3 yummy sandwiches.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sew and Tell Friday: Cool Little Totes!

I also made a Log Cabin Block!

A few weeks ago I ordered a good assortment of Denyse Schmidt's County Fair. I was not quite sure what I would do with all of that canvas but I just had to have it. She uses such simple, classic designs and soothing colors for her fabrics. I love tote bags so I thought I'd try to create one from a pattern. Now, I have not followed a pattern since 8th grade sewing class, something like 34 years ago! So, on a quiet Saturday afternoon, alone with my pile of fabric, I dove into the simplest pattern I could find. It looked pretty easy, how hard could it be? Well, about 4 hours later after a lot of head scratching, re-reading the instructions about 5 or 6 times and ripping out several seams I had this cute little lined tote bag! I ran upstairs to show my accomplishment to my husband, expecting him to be as excited as I was. He wasn't. Baseball was on, but that was ok. I ran back downstairs and made another one from different fabric. That one took me much less time as I was able to wrap my head around the whole concept. And then I made one more. After all, Baseball was on and that was ok!

"There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other." - Eric Hoffer

Cool tune: Fuoco Fatuo - Nicola Conte & Koop, Jet Sounds Revisited