It's like winter finally decided to take up residence in Southern Colorado! It started snowing on Friday afternoon... it snowed overnight, we had at least 10 inches says Dave, but I think more like 12"... and a truck with a flatbed trailer full of three vehicles stuck on the road just below our driveway. You can read all the details of that adventure in this week's Sew & Tell edition.
Ladders and Steppingstones has been quilted with some simple quilting outlining the steppingstones, free-motion feathers in the wider, outside ladders and vines and leaves in the narrow ladders.
I am thrilled with the finished look of it! It ended up with much more red than I typically use in a quilt, but I still adore it. It is a perfect lap sized quilt and is ready to get loved on and used at a new home.
Trying to get the quilt in place without having a lot of footprints in the snow around the quilt can be a little challenging... and required a few carefully placed (and lucky) tosses...
Here are a few more shots of the quilt in the wild. 😍❄
Ladders & Steppingstones is a bright and cheerful quilt for a cold and snowy week... We have had snow flurries several days this week and I have been busy in the kitchen. I tend to prepare meals using the oven more in the winter. And I have been doing my fair share of that while making breads and muffins. I like the extra warmth that the oven use offers.
But I think I have finally figured out how to use the instapot that I have had for more than one year. It doubles as a slow cooker too. Bonus!
I have actually decided that I like it. It has a stainless-steel pot, rather than a ceramic crock, allowing me to place my frozen No Guilt::Go Quilt crockpot meals in without the worry that I will crack the pot. Dare I say that I am even considering giving up my traditional slow cooker???
Brown rice, beans, hard-cooked eggs, stocks and soups are among the most popular items I cook in it. With the soups, if not using made-ahead freezer meals, I can sauté onions and garlic and chicken pieces and then add in the remaining ingredients.... reducing the number of pans that are required. WIN!
For the stocks/broths, I have a container that lives in the freezer to collect vegetable peels and any cut-offs from potatoes, carrots, celery or onions. These get added to a chicken or turkey carcass or beef soup bones. Nothing goes to waste! I do, after all, loves scraps. 😉
What's the weather like in your area?
What's your favorite meal to prepare in the oven?
I love a roasted chicken with baked potatoes... leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you!
Stay warm and keep piecing!
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