Despite the head cold (which, yeah, looks like it'll last the full 7-10 days) I bought the batting today for Fox Face and have basted the layers together & removed extraneous threads (there were LOTS). Tomorrow, assuming I feel OK, I will attempt quilting it all together and finishing it. That would be awesome if I could manage it :D We will see!
I finished one of the Fox Face quilt tops today. (Not the whole quilt, just assembling the top.) That's a good thing. But my back is killing me so I need to stop quilting for the rest of the day, I think.
I should take a picture of my tiny little corner of a card table where I currently do my work.
I think I have all 160 fox faces done. I took pictures but have to upload them. Next is to split them up into 2 quilts and get them organized so I can sew them all together (haha!).
I am attempting Meyer lemon marmalade this weekend. Wish me luck. I might also try Meyer lemon sorbet. As you might have guessed, we harvested our lemons this week. I hate to just make lemon juice out of them all.
I have my lists: "Things I Want To Do" and "Things I Need To Do." There is no overlap.
I have completed 47 fox faces so far out of 160. The good news: More than 25%! The bad news: Over half to go! But more seriously, it's coming along well and I'm enjoying it, which is good because I hate my machine more and more. :/ Only another 6-7 months to get a new one.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IS DONE
I've got Sims 2 now running beautifully on my computer, and fixing the resolution in that older game makes a huge difference in how the camera works, the colors, everything. OTOH I have competent non-playable Sims and I'm trying to run an ISBI. Interesting choice, game!
I made a new alfredo sauce recipe tonight and it turned out fantastic.
1/4 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 clove garlic, crushed & diced/minced
1-1/2 cups Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley or 1 heaping tbsp dried parsley
Melt the butter. Add heavy cream and simmer 5 minutes. Add garlic and cheese and stir to melt. Add parsley. Serve!
Some notes. I think next time I'll add the garlic to the butter; I didn't really sense much garlic, but maybe that's me. The original recipe called for Parmesan but I went with Gruyere and it had a good flavor. I also used dried parsley because this was a bit spur-of-the-moment. I served this over butternut squash ravioli, but you could serve it with any number of things. It's not as thick and gooey as a lot of jarred sauces, but has much more flavor.
(ETA: It doesn't reheat well! Use it all after cooking)
Taking a day off. Every job needs days off to recharge. ;) And there's a good buffer built up, so I can afford it. Also I feel very unmotivated today as far as writing, so I'm focusing on other things like all those fox face fabrics. This is going to make a pair of very scrappy quilts.
I looked at a solid background for the fox face quilts (I want it to be the same for both) and couldn't find anything I liked at the local Joanns. I'm tied to them because I have gift cards I want to use. Finally found one I was okay with (not a fave) but then turned out I couldn't use my coupons on it... so I didn't get anything. Kind of frustrating. Also because I want to get a whole bolt (I need 9-10 yards), since that counts as "one cut" for coupon purposes, I have to find something that's in a big enough bolt. I wonder if I can order in a bolt? Or maybe I'll just keep checking periodically. It's hard for me to wait, because I want to just cut fabric today, heh.
The fox quilts are using up a lot of scraps, which I'm happy about. I'm trying to use up all the little pieces, and save the big ones for future projects. So a lot of leftover jelly roll strips are going to this (most pieces are 2.5" wide), odd bits I've saved, etc. It's nice to kinda clean out the stash this way.