No problem, I thought. I'll just wait and see what block comes out on Wednesday, and then figure out what to do from there. Well, Pat Sloan did me no favors with the choice of her Gramma Anna's Basket block. How could I possibly use the fabric with so many little half square triangles?
After giving it some thought, I figured out that I could increase the size of the basket applique template by 25%, and then fit the middle image from the fabric onto the basket applique. It all worked out perfectly. I've included the image from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that took place August 28, 1963. That was the day Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. "Free at Last" were words from a spiritual and the last spoken words of the speech.
From there, I could sew together the rest of the Gramma Anna's basket block. Of course, I had a lot of help from my four-legged friend. He's been outside a few times since the snow melted away, but he's still bored with our winter weather. He's waiting for the Summer Solstice to arrive.
When the block was all sewn together, it looked like this:
Also this morning, I moved onto Day Two of the Artisan Whole Grain Sourdough bread I'm making. When I left it yesterday, I'd just mixed up the starter, some whole wheat flour and some water. Then it was left to sit for 12 hours.
Mine sat a little longer than 12 hours. When I checked it this morning, it looked like this:
This morning, I added rye flour, bread flour, and spelt flour, along with some salt and more water. Then I mixed it up and hand kneaded it for about 6 minutes. It seemed smooth and glossy enough to me, and so I put it back in its bowl, sprayed it with a little oil, and then put it in the refrigerator.
Now it will sit for 24 hours. Tomorrow, I'll shape it into a boule and then give it another 5 hours of rise (or however long it takes). Then it will be ready for baking. My understanding is that these long periods of proofing give the yeast time to extract as much flavor from the protein in the flour as possible, making for a better-tasting bread. Of course, everything I'm doing at this point is strictly experimental. I never know what I'm going to end up with.
So that's my day so far. After this, I'll get back to work quilting Stars and Stripes. Here's where I left off.
It's my fondest desire to finish the quilting before day's end tomorrow.