Ordinarily we walk on Friday mornings, and we will walk rain or shine. Snow, though...snow is a different animal altogether. We wouldn't mind a walk in the snow, but driving in the snow is another matter. There was just a dusting (plus some leftover from Wednesday) when I got up this morning, but it's been snowing pretty much nonstop for hours. Seems like a good day to stay in and sew.
Yesterday I got to work on the Bee Loving quilt. You might remember this as the Bee-utiful Quilt-along that started on the Moda Bake Shop last June. Pamela Morgan designed this adorable quilt, and it proved to be very popular.
If I'm remembering correctly, the blocks were released two per week over the summer, and I managed to keep up through the end. The embroidered blocks have been finished for months, and they've been lounging in the sewing room awaiting their turn to be sewn into a flimsy.
The original quilt was created using a line of fabrics created by Deb Strain, known as "Bee Creative." The quilt-along was so popular that the fabrics sold out nationwide in no time. I ended up purchasing at least one from the line, but then I went in search of alternatives. There were a few in my stash, and then I purchased a couple more online. These are the fabrics I'm using in my quilt.
The one on the left has been in my stash a long time, and I'll use that for the outer border. The bottom fabric will be used for the quilt back. Above that are the fabrics I'll use for the sashing and inner border. Finally at the top is a word fabric I'll use to frame the blocks.
Smitty appurroves. He's pretty easy when it comes to fabric. Lay them on a flat surface, and he will lay on them.
The original quilt had all the blocks framed in a "word" fabric, and so I decided to use this scrap of Lynette Anderson fabric in mine. It's a leftover from many quilts I've made, and I think when this quilt is finished, I'll have used all but about a fat quarter-sized piece. It has the word "bees" in it, and so I figure it works.
Originally, I used it for the backing in A Gardener's Journal.
So yesterday, I managed to get all 20 blocks framed.
Today I'll get to work making the sashings and sewing the blocks together.
Before I go, however, I need to tell you that February 24th has been designated National CSA Day (Community Supported Agriculture). According to Small Farm Central, February 24th is the most popular day of the year to sign up for a CSA share.
If you've been reading long, then you know we love our CSA veggies here at the Three Cats Ranch. A while back, I wrote a blog post about the many good reasons to purchase a CSA share from a local farm. There's a bit of a learning curve when one commits to a full season of vegetables. We've signed up for our third season this year. Since writing that post, I've learned even more about preparing, eating, and preserving the harvest, and now we are eating CSA veggies almost every night, all year long, even well past the end of the season.
Just last night I tried this recipe for Oprah's Kale and Farro Soup. It was so yummy, and the sourdough bread from yesterday was perfect for dunking.
Farro has become my favorite grain. It has the nicest texture. I used to have to go to a specialty market to get it, but now it's available in our local supermarket. The best thing about the soup was it allowed me to use some frozen butternut squash, frozen kale, frozen tomatoes, and homemade veggie stock all from last season's CSA share.
If you're interested in finding a small farm close to you, there are a couple of resources with searchable databases. You can look here at Local Harvest or check this page at the US Department of Agriculture website. You can search at either site using your zip code.
There's just one housekeeping task to take care of today, and that won't take long. Otherwise, it's going to be an NBS day (Nothing But Sewing). Stay warm and dry, my friends. And thank you to all of you who have left