It all starts this Sunday, so be there! We might have to show up a little late since we're going camping this weekend. Still, I didn't do all that work for nothing. I have to give you a peek.
Before I did that, I was forced into baking a loaf of zucchini bread from my baseball bat zucchini. Even with the bread, I still had enough zucchini left to make up and freeze two 2-cup portions of shredded zucchini. That will make two more loaves sometime this winter when I'm craving zucchini. And here's the thing: Zucchini is fine, but I never crave it. Zucchini bread is my favorite way to prepare it. Just sayin'
The fusing is always the most difficult part of these pawtraits. Once that part is finished. The rest goes pretty quickly. First I used a 60/8 microtex needle and some smoky monofilament thread to top-stitch the edges of all the applique. Then, I switched to regular cotton thread and a top-stitching needle to shade with thread. When it was finished and ready for quilting, it looked like this.
You'll have to wait until the Pets on Quilts show to see the quilting and the back, but I'll give you a little peek at the binding. I used a number of fabrics for the pawtrait, but there were a few I'd set aside that I didn't use. This one isn't a part of the pawtrait, but I liked it for the binding.
After that, I got to work making the most delicious corn chowder I've ever eaten. I saw this recipe online from Bon Appetit. It looked delicious in the picture. The corn is so good right now I knew I had to make it. We'd eaten all the corn from this week's CSA share, but our local vegetable stand had some fresh local corn at four ears for a dollar. So I spent some time on it yesterday afternoon. You first make a broth with the leftover corn cobs and the rind from a wedge of Parmesan cheese. I've been saving my rinds in the freezer. It seems to be the latest thing (to me, at least) to toss those into a soup, and I'm all for that. When it was all said and done, it looked as pretty as Bon Appetit's version.
I only made half the recipe, although I wish I'd done the whole thing. It was that good. The only other change I made was to use a half a jalapeno pepper in place of the Fresno chiles. I've never seen those locally, and so I sliced the jalapeno in half the long way, removed the seeds and ribs, and then minced it up fine. There was virtually no heat, and so if you like it a little spicier, you might want to leave some of the seeds. Another idea would be to substitute some red pepper flakes.
Smitty was acting so strangely yesterday afternoon. He was on his kitty pole, when he stood up suddenly and turned to look at me with eyes as big as saucers. I looked outside, but didn't see anything. Then, he started to head downstairs. The next time I saw him, he was lying in the laundry room window that looks out onto the catio. Whatever it was, he was so spooked, he didn't even want to go out onto the catio. A little later, he was gazing out the living room window that looks to the south. Then, I saw it. Far off in the field beyond the wind turbine was the bobcat. That's the second time we've seen him there in two days. He's hunting squirrels, no doubt.
At least he's predictable, if two days makes a pattern. It'll be interesting to see if he shows up there this afternoon.
For today, I'm behind on housework since I've spent every waking moment for the past several days either sewing or making applesauce. It's a CSA pick-up day, but I'm going to get caught up on housework too. Then, I need to get sleeves sewn onto the two quilts I'm entering into the Northwest Quilting Expo. Also, I need to add labels. I'd already added a label to the Quilting Snowladies, but I didn't include my phone number, and so I'm redoing it. Here's the label for that (with the phone number blocked out):
The snowmen at the top and bottom printed too close to the edge of the fabric, and so I'm going to trim those off and leave just the ones on each side. Here's the label for Seating for Two:
The rain moved in both yesterday and today. It saves me from watering, and it turns a day of gardening into a sewing day. No complaints here.