Sunday, November 4, 2007

What Did you Do with Your Extra Hour Today?

I started a table runner to go with my purple glasses. I am beginning to visualize a purple/green tablescape in my near future.

I've had one of those weekends where I happily reveled in domesticity. I left my home only once to go to my Mom's for a few hours. I seem to need a weekend like this at least once every six weeks.

Saturday I baked two apple pies with a combination of Ida Red, Fuji and Gala apples.

I recently saw a recipe using Grand Mariner (orange flavored liqueur), so I decided to toss this little bottle in. (To be perfectly honest I can't even taste it in the pie, so it would probably have been enjoyed more had I saved it for a Margarita)

Speaking of Margaritas...whenever I made one, I squeezed a fresh lime for each drink. I just couldn't waste the wonderful lime zest, so I tossed the squeezed out halves in a plastic bag and froze them.

Now whenever I need a little citrus zest, I just grab a frozen lime half. Orange zest would have been best (to go with the Gr. Mariner), but I didn't have an orange.

The pie turned out pretty tasty even though nobody would know it had the liqueur in it. DH really seemed to like it.

I was up very early Saturday working on the rose quilt.

In my haste to finish it, I left out one piece in the last border and had to spend about an hour picking it out.

But after about three hours of work, I had it done. It fits perfectly on my bed with the borders hanging down at exactly the planned spot. I love it when something actually works as planned!
I think I began piecing this on September 3, so it took exactly two months. It feels good to be done (they get hard to work with when they get so big!).

Now I must decide which one of my seven completed quilt tops will be this year's winter hand quilting project.


  1. This quilt top is so beautiful I can't stand it.

    Good for you! You rock.

  2. Priscilla, Welcome and thank you very much.

  3. Impressive. I have a friend who quilts, but I have not tried it, yet. I am excited about your table runner. looks like a fun project, too.

  4. I would love to learn how to machine quilt, maybe sfter the holidays and start with a pillow top!
    hmmm....wish I had a piece of that pie now.....!

  5. Congrats on a fast finish! It turned out beautifully.
    Oh the Grand Mariner is good with chocolate. I worked at a little gourmet shop before I was married and they made a killer cake.
    I love apple pies too and have a recipe pulled from BH&G-a deep dish one. Yum!

  6. Muum, it's a wonderful hobby (obession?). You should try by starting with something small, like a pillow.

    Suzy, I have never found a way to use my simple old machine to quilt anything larger than a table runner. A pillow top would indeed by a good starter project.

    Dianne, thank you. I do feel like it was a fast finish, but then I worked on it almost every day.

  7. Don't you just love that feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment when you finish a project like this? Your quilt turned out beautifully!
    I also choose hand quilting, as I find it relaxing, but I haven't made a full size quilt for a few years now....just a few baby quilts which I usually machine quilt... for strength and longevity.

  8. It's a work of art, Zoey, you should be very proud. We are!


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