This and That
It has been a busy few weeks and though I emailed the winners of my giveaway I didn't get a blog post up recognizing them as I had planned. Let me correct that oversight now.
Vicki of Vicki's Crafts and Quilting won a copy of Wandering Geese
Karen of KaHolly won a copy of Autumn Moons
Ariane of Ariane Quilts won a copy of Snow Dreams
Elively won a copy of Quilter's Scrapbook
So, what have I been up to? There has been baking. Here's the fruitcake fruit mixture bubbling on the stove, defying gravity, apparently. Gotta love those sideways loading pictures.
I tried not making fruitcake last year and there were sad faces. Yes, some people do like fruitcake! Or maybe just this particular recipe. In any case, those family members that requested it are getting some in their Christmas parcels this year. My brother gets cookies too - though if I don't get them packaged and mailed soon there won't be any left to send in time for Christmas arrival!
There has been a bit of sewing. I'm late to the party but I am finally making some of the microwaveable bowl cozies that became very popular a few years ago.
My daughter tried the first one out in the microwave to heat up her lunch today, and it worked like a charm. If you do make some, remember to use only 100% cotton materials, and only use them to reheat foods for a short amount of time. Cotton will heat up in the microwave, and it will ignite if you leave it in long enough to get hot enough. Heating up a bowl of soup or leftovers for a couple of minutes seems to work fine - but as with all cooking, don't leave it unattended!
There has also been work at the quilt shop, tweaking my Tic Tac Who? pattern to address suggestions by my kind, capable and very appreciated pattern testers, pondering a Block of the Month program using my snowflake blocks (stay tuned!)...and other stuff but I won't bore you with a whole list! Just busy.
In between things, I have been working away cutting all the pieces for my daughter's Chic Country quilt. It's slow going. I got most of the squares and rectangles cut out, then decided to tweak things just a bit so needed to figure out how that affected my part counts. I got that sorted out and moved on to cutting the curved pieces out of all the squares and rectangles. I think I'm about half done.
I'm hoping she won't have moved on to new favourite colours before this quilt is finished. We picked out these fabrics last February! Did I mention I plan to make this my next hand quilting project? There is probably at least a year's worth of work still to go...