Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Strike one off the list!

First up I thought I'd share yesterday's achievements with you. I managed to get the Sister's Choice table runner quilted and bound - it's just simple quilting, but I'm happy with it. I'm a bit of a two-trick-pony at the moment with machine quilting ... it's meandering or peacock feathers for me ... but I'm getting more adventurous slowly! Because of this finish, I'm able to cross the 'two presents' off my September Goals. Yay! You can't really see in the picture, but the runner is five blocks long, and two wide.

Also in the picture are two jars of 'stewed apples'. I had a bag of apples that the kids were just not interested in eating. I made the mistake of soon afterwards buying some bigger and more interesting ones, so the bagged apples were being left alone. I was concerned they'd go bad, so I decided I'd take my new preserver on a test run and chopped them up and stewed them before putting them in jars for the unit. It was super easy, I can't believe how much better the modern units are. Just fill it with water, set the kitchen timer for 60 minutes, turn it on, and after the 60 minutes, take the jars out! Amazing! No more playing with thermometers and fiddling around. I see more canning in my future! I checked our fruit trees yesterday too, and our Elberta Peach is covered with tiny peaches about the size of my little fingernail. I hope they hold! The Apricot tree is blooming too, it should be a great year. Hubby tells me to go out and get some strawberry runners too, I love to make strawberry jam.

Hanne reminded me about our quilt block 'vitamins'. I really didn't feel like writing about it yesterday, so I'll fill you in today. I managed to lose the 200g that I 'found' last week, and also an additional 200g. Hopefully I've lost them somewhere I'm not likely to 'find' them again! I get to make some more blocks up! I'm thinking I might make up 6 blocks, the two test blocks I made up first of all need some friends I'm sure :-)

I also wanted to let everyone know I'm a little behind on my blog reading ... I've gotten a little snowed under with the new posts since I've been having the trouble seeing peoples pictures. I've discovered it's something to do with how our desktop is reacting to bloglines. If I just visit your page from my bookmarks, I can see your pictures. If I visit your page after looking at it in bloglines, I can't see your pictures. It's wierd, but I'm not going to fuss too much about it, I should be fine again when I get the laptop back on the road. It will be in the next few days. So please forgive me if you've noticed my absence ... I'm missing you too!

15 comments:

Melzie said...

The runner looks nice :) Congrats on the weight loss Tazzie I'm proud of you!! xoxo melzie

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

It looks great, and well done on losing that weight you found! I am not having fun with bloglines either - no photos. What I do is then click on the heading or blog name from the Bloglines page, and then the photos come up.

quiltpixie said...

hope the laptop comes back soon (and the weight doesn't!) to ease your blog reading..

May Britt said...

The table runner is beautiful. Love the colours.
Blogworld is strange. On some blogs I can leav a comment with my name, on others I have to use anonymous.

Hedgehog said...

The runner is beautiful and the apples look delicious! Bloglines only updates half my blogs, so I use the bookmarks sometimes, too.

Clare said...

HI Tazzie,

Love the runner!

We are bottling apples like crazy here, the peaches are falling in their hundreds, plums, abricots and nectarines are over and the vendange is about to start. After that it is walnuts, walnuts and more walnuts.

Not getting pictures in Bloglines either. I do what Jenni does.

Clare x

Quilty Nurse said...

Congratulations for completing a goal, a great achievement this early in the month. Your runner looks great.

Happy canning :-)

Screen Door said...

Tazzie, I love your quilt. It reminds me of my grandma. Definitely a classic. Life's been busy around here,hopefully I'll be back blogging soon.

Melanie

EileenKNY said...

I like the colors and the blocks of your tablerunner. Nice quilting too.
I have the same problem with bloglines on a lot of people's blogs, so I bounce back and forth between my favorites and my feeds. I didn't think I had an option.

joyce said...

It's funny, most things you lose never turn up again or only after a lot of searching. Weight, on the other hand, is always there waiting for you every time you turn around. Lol.

Ruth said...

Table runner looks great. I love the colours.

KCQuilter said...

Oh, wow, did your Sisters Choice tablerunner ever turn out gorgeous!!! It is just perfect. Congrats.

Hanne said...

Your table runner looks very nice :-) Canned apples - yum, yum.

Finn said...

Hi Tazzie, the table runner look wonderful. I think anyone would be proud to own it..*VBS* And the same for your apples. It sounds like it works perfectly...and a whole lot easier than the stove top.

I'll tell you my wish from yesterday for "today" here in my comment. That we could ALL be nicer to each other, more considerate, less judgemental, and more willing to help someone along the path of life. I suppose I'm saying "more loving kindness"..*VBS* Thanks for asking Hugs, Finn

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Oh, that tablerunner looks so great. It's done - woohoo!!!

Stewed apples - yummy!

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