The January project for My Lucky Quilting Club is finished!
It was a lesson for me in multiple things. The January MLQC lesson was in making and using bias tape. That was a good lesson. Not only did I learn about the process, I learned about the different tools and which brand I like better. I also learned how to stretch the tape, just a bit, to apply it neatly and without too many puckers on the curves.
So, as noted in previous posts, I decided to make a table runner, rather than the 9-block top suggested. Since I am a fairly new quilter, I decided to also try the quilt-as-you-go process. I really enjoyed quilting the individual blocks. I decided to stay with a modern theme and follow the random lines of the tape. Now, joining the squares should be pretty easy. I must need more practice on this. However, by the fourth joint, I did not have to pull any stitches out! Yay!!!
I felt the greys needed some color, so I chose the modern print with blue and green. It does add some pop to it, but do you think it is too much? I am basically happy with the way the runner turned out. It does not match our décor well, but will remain at our house. I am not that happy with the joining of the squares to put it in my Etsy Shop!
I still think the name “Chaos” fits well. What do you think? I have a tough hide and can take (and would appreciate) your input!
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is one of my favorite inspirational quotes. It is fitting in so many different circumstances, not only in the context that Dr. King used it. I believe the crux of the quote is that we are all responsible for the well-being of others, and when we strive for this, we improve our own lives in the process.
Dr. King could have remained silent. He could have quietly gone about his life and still made an impact as a pastor, father of four, and husband. He could have died an old man. But he had to do more. During his short life, Dr. King made a lasting impression that continues to impact our nation and world today. He was a proponent of peace, love, and equality — something that, unfortunately…
Have you looked at the ingredients and calories in the granola you find in the grocery store? Even the selections in the healthy section are full of sugar. We are trying to limit gluten, sugar and fat, so I began looking for a low-sugar, low-fat, gluten-free granola recipe. Funny! The calories were still pretty much sky-high! I persisted and found Joy the Baker and decided to try her recipe (you will want to look…her pictures are so pretty!) I made half a recipe first, just to try it…by now we have made the full recipe twice. My husband even made it once!
The dry ingredients
I forgot to take a picture of the liquid ingredients, but it is basically oil (calls for coconut), honey and a nut butter.
Mixing it up
Remember your mom making meatloaf…using her hands? Maybe you still make it this way. I really don’t like to get my hands in there, but it really works great for this mixture!
Ready to bake
I linked to the recipe above, but here is a picture of my copy….showing some notes to our taste.
Baking the granola requires a few times stirring for even browning. I notice a variation depending on the pan used and how deep the cereal is in that pan. This time I did a taste test to see if it is better a bit more brown. My husband preferred the lighter color.
I think I like the darker one.
There are so many variables you can use for this recipe:
Different oils – coconut is more sweet; less is more, if you like it without clumps
Different nut butters – what does your family like? Peanut? Almond? Cashew?
More or less sweetener – Honey? Maple syrup? Brown sugar? How about some coconut?
Nuts about nuts? Try walnuts or pecans.
Want a little spice? How about some cinnamon?
Have fun with this one. Try it a different way each batch! It is filling, nutritious and better than all those you find on the shelf in the market…well, we think so! And another good thing….no preservatives! It doesn’t last that long anyway!
Oh, why not try it for some dessert ideas too? On top of baked fruits? Or just a handful for a quick bite of energy?
Let us know how you made it and any tweaks or ideas you can share!
Day two of the bathroom remodel is completed. It was a day of much cleanup, as was needed if you saw the first post after the demo!
The hope is always for smooth sailing. Well, today Joe (our grand contractor) discovered the tub has some quality issues. It is very thin in places, so we have called for a fix to this problem. Hoping it won’t delay the project too much! The supplier has responded quickly with an assurance that it will get fixed quickly. Fingers crossed!
Oh, and then an email from the counter-top folks means we may be changing course on that selection. When the quote gets more than doubled, you have to look at that!
Beyond that, the tub deck framing is completed. Next step…plumber in on Wednesday.
We moved into our new home in July, 2015 and are feeling pretty well settled. We did know from the beginning that we would be remodeling our master bathroom though. It really isn’t a bad bathroom, just not great for us:
The first thing we knew we didn’t like was the shower:
It is just too small…because of that seat built into the molded shower insert. You can see that there is barely room to turn around in there.
We also wanted a new tub. We like long soaks together and this tub just didn’t fit. Also, don’t like the white-ish tile on the vanity top and tub deck.
Sooooo, here we go!
Prep….our contractor is meticulous, which we appreciate:
(yes, that is the new tub sitting in the bedroom right now)
Beginning the demolition:
End of day one:
Needless to say, we will not be sleeping in that bedroom or using that bathroom for a few weeks. Luckily, we have a guest bedroom and bathroom that we have moved into. Sorry folks, ‘Club Web’ is temporarily closed for visiting!
Lesson One is all about bias tape; making it, applying it creatively, and making quilt blocks.
This is a progress report:
I am using grays…a darker solid for the squares and a light gray solid along with two prints for the tape.
As you can see, I am experimenting with two sizes of bias tape. Note: There are multiple bias folding tools out there. My limited experience says get the Clover brand (at JoAnn’s in the quilting department). The other brand I tried did not fold as tightly and was therefore harder to use. However, don’t think that the Clover brand is all honey (sweet)! It is tricky and folding the seams is especially tricky! I really like the look of the narrow (1/4″) tape, but the seams are a bear, if not impossible, as shown above, to fold. I think the next step, sewing them, will be equally difficult.
The MLQC goes all year and if you like quilting and think you might want to learn some techniques, check it out. (Link above) It is not a block-of-the-month club. It does give you a chance to learn from well-known quilters for a fraction of the usual price. It is only $5 per month or $50 per year.
If you join, share what you are doing! We would love to see! Tag your post MLQC so we can follow!
We spend a lot of energy in January reflecting on the previous year and looking forward to the new one. I am not a big believer in resolutions, more in aspirations. That said, I do have some thoughts about this blogging process and how it has evolved for me.
I surpassed the one-year of blogging mark with what I might call less than stellar stats, according to my year in review. However, I am not unhappy with any of those numbers. I find it interesting that my blog is just like the name implies, all over the board in subject matter…or Facetfully.
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.
There were 313 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 650 MB. That’s about 6 pictures per week.
Interesting that the busiest day was the day of one of my awards. One thing I may do is make this blog award-free…they are very nice, but very time-consuming, if done properly!
The awards I have received:
It would be easy to think I need to focus more, but here’s the thing, I really enjoy my life and all the different facets of it, so why change it? If you are reading this, your blog may be about some specific thing…your health, crafting, travel, poetry…the list is endless. Maybe you manage multiple blogs by category. I can’t seem to find the time to blog regularly, much less manage multiple sites, nor do I want to.
My blogging patterns…not so compelling:
15 June – 23 June
My most-read blogs:
A poem about Sisters and funny to me is one about Bras.
Readers visited from 70 countries, that seems amazing (and points out that many countries teach English, but that is another subject!)
I think my blog is simply for me and those who might want to read it. It is a minimal documentary of my life or feelings on any given day. If you follow along, great… and thanks! If not, I am okay with that. Maybe I will redesign the whole thing, who knows, but for now I am happy with what it is!
I really enjoy reading the blogs that I follow. I do, however, find it is another “time buster”. I don’t want to say “time waster” because you are all writing things I find interesting, or I would not be reading. So, I am planning to shift my reading/following plans this year. I will read the posts of those that I religiously follow and will be more selective on others. I will be scrolling through the subjects of the emails. It is certainly not a snub…just a way to try to manage my time and get a bit more done.
Why do you blog and do you have any plans for 2016 and your blogging habits? Here’s to a great 2016, in blogging and otherwise! May all you hope for come your way, and may what you have be enough!