Fair Enough

You probably thought I'd be working on those hanging sleeves through the night before they were to be delivered to the fair, didn't you? Well, I'm happy to say that both are finished now. I was happy to have enough fabric from both quilts to use their own fabrics for their hanging sleeves. I could have used muslin, but I kind of like the sleeves to match somehow. The shoe fabric was all gone for Snips and Snails, but I still had the green stripe used for the snake and the binding.

If I'd been thinking, I might have matched up those stripes with the stripes on the binding, but then...I didn't want to start any fires on such a hot day. The label is stitched on too.

The only thing left on this one is to write a little card with the story of this quilt. We have the option of submitting a 4 x 6 index card to be hung with the quilt so that folks know of any special meaning behind it. I'll do one for this quilt.

Smitty had some thoughts about it.

Purrhaps you could explain how this sleeve enhances the life of me, your little cat.

I didn't notice his dirty feet until I took this image off the camera. Somebody's been digging for gophers.

Also yesterday, I got the label sewn on Gingerbread Square.

The sleeve was pinned and I was about a quarter of the way with the sewing when I quit for the day.

The rest was finished this morning. We are limited to two quilt entries this year.

There was some fun stuff in yesterday's mail. It was probably a mistake to follow the blog for the Sketchbook Project. They send some interesting little stories about sketchbooks that have already been submitted. They also send advertisements for products one might purchase. This little pencil pouch, for example.

My "One Word Wonders" project requires some additional supplies beyond the sketchbook. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've already purchased a little mini photo printer so I can print photos while we're traveling. Also, I'll need some sort of writing implement. I haven't decided yet what kind of pen or pencil to use. Perhaps some of you have suggestions for something that will not smear or fade, but has a fairly sharp point. Also, I'll need adhesive squares to affix my photos to the pages of the sketchbook. Finally, I've purchased a roll of postcard stamps so that I can mail picture postcards to friends and family made from my own photos. As long as I'm printing pictures, I figure I might as well print postcards while I'm at it.

So, you can see there's quite a lot of foofaraw involved in engaging in this project. I decided the pencil pouch was a good way to keep it all in one spot. Obviously, I seriously needed this, as I'm sure anyone can understand.

Also, I added one more embroidery project to my travel take-along list. I figure I'll finished Wine Country and/or the Bag Ladies eventually, and then where will I be? Clearly, one can't be too careful about packing along enough projects to work on. What this really means is that I had a brain fart and remembered one from Crabbapple Hill that I wanted to do when it was still a BOM. This is the Snow Globes quilt.

The BOM didn't appeal to me, and so I didn't purchase it that way. Instead, I decided to wait until the whole thing was published, and then I completely forgot about it. Until a few days ago when I remembered it and snapped it up along with its floss packet. The floss is very pretty and includes variegated colors as well as some different colors of sparkly metallic floss.

And so you can see that my life depended on having this too. I'd noticed my pulse becoming faint and that, occasionally, I was breaking out in a cold sweat. All better now...and having the heat wave pass on hasn't hurt either.

Speaking of the heat wave...I read about us in the Washington Post. Impressive, eh? You can read it at that link I've given you. The article mostly focuses on our neighbors to the north in Seattle, and honestly, who cares about them? We here in Portland were undoubtedly far more miserable. After all, we live here, not there. Heat in Seattle? That's a whole state away! We didn't feel a thing of Seattle's heat. Portland heat, on the other hand...well, it was just plain murder. 

It was nice today, however. Erik, Mae and I headed off to the Beaverton Farmer's Market where I scored a box of peaches. Aren't these pretty?

These will be on tomorrow's agenda. The plan is to make some Spicy Peach Barbecue Sauce. The Sweet Cherry Barbecue Sauce I made a while back is so delicious that now I'm itching to try it with peaches. There is absolutely no reason why I need both, but there you go.

Also, I'm going to make some Peach & Brandy Sauce, which I'm told is good over vanilla ice cream, on pound cake, or basted on pork tenderloin. These are both new recipes to me, and so I can't vouch for them. You know I'll get back to you though, so stay tuned. No doubt, there will still be peaches, and so we might sway from our diet discipline long enough for some peach cobbler or peach crisp. And if there are still peaches leftover...then maybe some peach jam or something. The mind reels at the possibilities.

Cat Patches

Edited to say I forgot to choose a winner for the Bag Ladies Stitch-Along. I've spun Mr. Random and come up with:


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12 comments from clever and witty friends:

Dorothy Finley said...

Fabulous looking peaches, and yummy sounding ideas for using them

CJ Smith said...

If you should run out of projects while trekking around the countryside, you could (Heaven forbid!) break down and purchase a project from a local purveyor of threads and fabrics. Nah, never mind. It just wouldn't be all that much fun. Hehehe!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congrats on getting those sleeves and labels done ahead of schedule. I'm not a fan of peaches (shoot me) - it's a texture thing more than flavor. How long are your planning on traveling? You have a lot of projects packing for the trip.

gpc said...

Thoughts of peaches and brandy have me swooning . . .

Kate said...

You've spent your time well this weekend. Congrats on getting the sleeves all done. I like your new embroidery project.

claudia said...

Hey! Hey! Hey! I felt every degree of the heat by Seattle and let me tell you...it was every bit as miserable as the heat in Portland! :)
Actually, I am two hours or so west of Seattle and I think I may have melted just a tad. I think we may be getting back to A.B. Normal. Except the smoke. It's still here, I hear until the weekend is over. I will be happy to breath again!
Of course you needed the pencil pouch. How else are you supposed to keep it all together? I feel ya on that one!
Peaches...YUM! I can't get enough right now! Well, any summer fruit, really!

CathieJ said...

I love your quilt labels. How in the world to you make them? I am looking forward to watching your work on the Snow Globe quilt.

Beth said...

Those tennis shoes for the back of Snips and Snails are just perfect. (When I was typing "tennis shoes" I could hear my dad saying "tennies". I think that is one of those regional things--tennies or sneakers, where were you raised? West Coasters here!) Anyway, just popping in to sayL this quilt just keeps adding reasons to love it. Does this blog have a Viewers Choice Award category? :) Or must I wait until I'm voting in Portland?

suzanprincess said...

Those pretty peaches have me thinking of fruit sauce, way less sweet than jam, which I use on pancakes/waffles, yogurt, cottage cheese, or ice cream, and sometimes just by a spoonful or two for a snack! Per cup of fruit add 2 tablespoons sugar and a pinch of salt, cook with just enough water to bring to a boil. (I do on stovetop; used microwave at first but direct heat is faster, easier and tastes fresher.) Stir 2-3 teaspoons cornstarch (per cup of fruit) into enough water (optional, fresh lemon juice too) to make a slurry, stir into boiling fruit and return to boil. (Adjust sugar and cornstarch to taste and desired thickness of sauce, depending on tartness and juiciness of fruit.)
Bottle immediately in clean, sealable jars and refrigerate when cooled. It keeps in the fridge for weeks. I've used most fruits with excellent results, though I found blueberry using storebought fruit to be rather blah.

piecefulwendy said...

So with your sketchbook photos, will you write on the photo? (I'm thinking about pens, here) Glad you have the sleeves on the two quilts, I think that is a tedious job. A local restaurant here has a Grilled Peach Salad -- grilled peaces (obviously), grilled chicken breast, feta cheese, candied pecans, and a tangy dressing over dark greens. Yum!

quiltzyx said...

I just read/watched a video about peeling peaches without a knife the other day. http://blog.kingarthurflour.com/2013/07/20/how-to-peel-a-peach-perfectly-without-a-knife/ This even tells how to get the pit out easily.

I still haven't decided what I want to do with my Sketchbook project. I saw that pencil pouch, but resisted it!

Brown Family said...

Great news that the quilts are ready to deliver! Pigma Micron Pens are great. I have used them on fabric and paper, but not photos and they came in many colors! THe snow globe quilt is interesting.

I am sating a bowl of fresh Peaches and cream as I reply.