Another quilt DONE! Again, the week went so smoothly, that I was able to out do my To-Do List. The Papa Ray quilt has been mailed (not in the original plans, but sometimes life happens), the TOPS quilt has been labeled, washed and photographed, and as I type this, the Cowboy quilt has been washed and photo shoot done. We walked up the lane in our little neighborhood to a semi-abandoned corral area. A storm is moving in, so it was a little windy, but I have a few shots I am pleased with.
❧ This means that I will be returning to my brother's Brand Quilt. I have a loose plan on how to quilt it... remember, he doesn't want it to be heavily quilted, so I will outline the brands and then do some stitch in the ditch around the squares and then maybe some sort of echo "frame" around the brands. So, in all reality, despite the large size of 90 inches square, it shouldn't take too long.
One of the things that has helped me find so much time in the studio is the fact that I replenished my supply of No Guilt::Go Quilt crockpot freezer meals. One new recipe I have added to our favorites is Dijon Chicken... It is quick and easy to make, even without the use of a crockpot. (I think the oven is set to 350 degrees) It is so easy to prep for the crockpot and it cooks up just fine. Note: You can chicken breasts or tenders as well. And, I skip the rosemary, just because I don't have fresh on hand. Serve over a bed of rice along with a side of your favorite vegetables... I like roasted asparagus and tomatoes seasoned with just a touch of salt, pepper and garlic and dinner is ready. YUM!
❧ Sashing strips, corner stones and borders for the Santa Fe Trail sew along quilt! I am anxious to get it done and get some photos at a nearby wagon tracks location while the grass is still green and there is a chance of having some wild flowers in the area.
Block #3 of the sew along will be released on Thursday... Here's a sneak peek of the memoir shared.
"I remember so clearly the beauty of the earth, and how, as we bore westward, the deer and the antelope bounded away from us. There were miles and miles of buffalo grass, blue lagoons and blood-red sunsets and, once in a while, a little sod house on the lonely prairie - home of some hunter or trapper.
Minute impressions flash before me; the sun-bonneted women, the woolen-trousered men, little mother in her flounced gingham, brother Will walking in long strides by our driver, voices of the lonely and homeless singing around blazing campfires."
I will continue on with the Shutterfly book of my Pieces From The Past sew along letters and stories. :)
Maybe I will have another Friday Finish this week! But I suppose I should get going. Time to do a quick swipe over the furniture with a rag and run the vacuum and so that I can get that Brand quilt sandwiched. Sometimes you just have to break the rules. 😜
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