Sunday, January 31, 2010

Apple Quilt and Bread

It's been a busy weekend. In addition to the usual washing and cooking, I've had time to put some borders on the quilt top. Sorry for the horrible photo, my camera was in the car and I obviously didn't give it enough time to come to room temperature before I photographed the quilt on my bed. I would go do it again, but since the bed is now occupied, I'm not sure that he would think it needs to be re-photographed tonight. These are the letters that I did for the border. I think I'm going to really like them. I have run out of border fabric, that's what I get for making it up as I go along, and will have to get more tomorrow, so the top border isn't done yet, but the others are. I'm binding it in strips of all the colors. The colors in the quilt are actually the same as in the quilted coasters that I made out of the scraps. I made the coasters big, 6x6, because they are for my big mugs that I drink tea from, and as you can see the coasters are pretty colorful.

These are the coasters, undone, I'm binding them tonight. The binding is slower because I do it by hand, so it takes longer, but it looks much better than if I do it by machine. I machine lettered Eat Michigan Apples on one and One Every Day on the other.
This was my other project today. I have never made bread before by hand. The bread maker doesn't count. But this morning, as I was laying in bed, I decided I wasn't getting any younger and I wasn't sure what I was waiting for, so these are the unbaked loaves ready to go into the oven. Making bread is one of those things. You know, the ones that you don't do because you are positive they won't work. I have always regarded people who can make bread as magicians, more or less. I tried to make something about 37 or 38 years ago that had yeast in it and the yeast didn't rise. Since then, I have been sure that I couldn't make breads with yeast. It turns out that I can. One of the baked loaves was eaten with the potato soup that we had for dinner and the other is on the counter waiting for breakfast. It's hard to make bread that isn't good if it's got butter on and it is just out of the oven, but it turned out really well, so I'll try it again, maybe next weekend.
And, I'm going to re-evaluate that list of things that I can't do.

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