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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

FO: xplus v2.0

FO: xplus v2.0

I finished my second x & + quilt a few months back, and then waited awhile to get photos (and then to post about it. Typical).

WIP: Xplus v2.0

It really is one of my favorite blocks to sew, and it's a great scrappy project. To be honest, I think I started a new batch of xplus blocks as soon as the first quilt was finished (blog post here with more info!).

I made the second version a little larger than the first (blocks finish at 7", again using the badskirt tutorial), finishing at 56" x 63".

So far, I have held out on starting a third version, but I'm not sure that will continue.

FO: xplus v2.0

A scrappy project like this is nostalgic. Each block reminds me of other patchwork.

Maybe, it's the mix tape of quilts? Yeah.

FO: xplus v2.0

The back is scrappy greens, with an orange-y scrappy binding. Totally summery.

Monday, June 13, 2016

May recap - new recipes

We managed to try seven new recipes last month!

Texas Hillside

Unrelated to food, but here are some bluebonnets!

-Peach pecan crisp
We got a box of peaches from my dad and step-mom and this was a tasty way to enjoy them!

-Pecan-crusted crappie from the Homesick Texan cookbook
We used grouper, and loved this. The sauce was especially great!

-Roasted tomatillo chickpea curry
Um, YES. We will make this again, and maybe with Naan next time.

- Ninfa's spicy pickled carrots
My sister has made this recipe several times, and I feel like this will be a new fridge staple for me. Good with everything!

-Chocolate PB banana yogurt popsicles
These were... okay. We got a new popsicle tray and this was our first attempt. I think the chocolate was too much on these (is that a thing?). We made a second batch using just vanilla yogurt and the fudge ripple leftovers (see below!), and they were delicious. Maybe this recipe just felt like too many flavors at once.

-Oregano-black olive vinaigrette, from Cook's Country magazine, April 2007
Yum. You infuse olive oil with oregano for this recipe, and it was very flavorful. Also, yay for using herbs from our patio!

-Fudge ripple, from The Perfect Scoop
I would say that 'ripple' is a little misleading, because this seemed like a delicious homemade chocolate syrup to me. Name aside, we used this with a homemade vanilla ice cream (from the same book, but not a new recipe for me!), and then, as mentioned, layered with vanilla (Noosa) yogurt to make popsicles.

I hope you find something new to try this week!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WIP: Diamonds

WIP: Diamonds

A few months ago, I got an itch to make some string diamonds, after seeing this instagram post by Ramonarose.

Bella

Strings are always fun to work with, and I happen to have an abundance of them. It's funny how that happens. And after fourteen full blocks (which is 56 rectangles worth), a dent has not been made.

Helper cat

That's okay! There are more blocks to make, and this has me itching to make another string project when I finish the diamonds. I love them! Each rectangle (quarter block) is 10.5" x 5.5" unfinished, and most strings are 1.25" or less wide. There are a few wider strings for variety.

WIP: Diamonds

It's so colorful and it makes me happy every time I make a block (or more realistically, a stack of blocks).

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