Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Best of Both Worlds

Never in my wildest dream did I ever think I could enjoy two of the things I hold so dear...spending time on the patio in the fresh air and sewing on quilts!

Last Sunday I had the banquet table put up on the patio so I could get my daughter's quilt basted. After finishing the layering and basting I realized the afternoon was still young and wondered if I could actually start on the quilting? No, I didn't want to go inside...could I? Out comes the sewing machine and all the supplies I needed and off I went. I completed 3 of 16 blocks, but am well on my way. I was/am so excited to get it this far (it's late, what a suprise!).

I love the varigated thread I chose, it's quite thick but thankfully it plays well with my bobbin thread. I'm stitching in the ditch around each wild block, then will do cross hatch from the first border out thru the second border.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

First of the Season

Can you smell them?

The house definately smells delicious while the berries are drying in the dehydrater!

We bought these on Saturday afternoon, at the first roadside stand I've seen this season. I hope to do about four more flats. It yielded two sandwich size baggies jammed full of dried strawberries. They will be awesome in our morning hot cereal.

I have a blast with the dehydrater. I've done beef jerky and fruit leather...not to mention bushels of apples. I couldn't ever keep up with the apples with the kids around. Big or little, they'd keep taste testing!

If you've tried the dehydrater, bring on the recipes!