Monday, December 14, 2015

All In A Row - and Lots More

Do you need a last minute gift? Do you need a little inspiration?  The Moda All-Stars All in a Row book is now available from Martingale Publishing.  You can make one row like my sand pail table runner here - or you can put lots and lots together to make your own All In A Row quilt.  Remember, all royalties from the sale of this book go to No Kid Hungry.

Have you got all your holiday ducks in a row?  I'm working on it.  The tree is up.  Unfortunately, any picture I take - it seems all I can see is the wires from the lights.  Sigh.

Other creative stuff is happening here and, of course, I can't show you yet.  All I can say is that the scraps that have been "created" by this flurry of rotary cutters and needles will stock my scrap bin for years.

I went out of my comfort zone and even tried a 3-dimensional sewing project.  This is the start of  the Maker's Tote by Noodlehead.
 That stitching that's around the zipper?....... it's hand sewn.  After ripping out machine top-stitching for a third time - I tried something more familiar.

I need to get back to making more scraps, but I'll leave you with this.  It's my new favorite winter salad.
Heirloom naval oranges just came back to my local market.  How good are they?  It's like they are oranges to the power of 10.  This salad is sliced heirloom naval oranges, diced celery, julienned celery root, and minced parsley.  The dressing is:

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon apple vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste




Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Love your zipper insertion! And the salad looks yummy! Merry Christmas!

Vicky said...

My navals are ready to pick. They're just regular navals, but I'd wager they'll still be good in this salad. Will give this a try this weekend. Thanks!! As far as the scraps go, looking good!!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your salads always make me soooo hungry--looks delicious! And your zipper is impeccable, of course!

Margaret said...

Laurie, Have you seen the Ann Arbor kit at I thought of you when I saw this pattern today.

Susan W said...

Merry Christmas! Today I was given 2 quilts from my family. Antique quilts. One is a red and white with triangles; the other is a crazy quilt of velvets and silks. Can you suggest a quilt block book so I can find the red & white block? This one was used by my mother and her sister when they were growing up. I can't believe I get to take care of it! Thanks, and I appreciate your time & efforts in helping me solve the block name.

Laurie said...

@ Susan W

Congratulations! Unfortunately red and white triangles is not enough of a description. Your best bet in finding the name is starting with Barbara Brackman's book - Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.


Laurie said...

@ Margaret

Yes, I've seen it! I'm tempted!

Susan W said...

Thanks Laurie! I'll be searching soon.

Susan W said...

Found it! It's called Cat's Cradle. I located the block through a book at the public library. It does not have a solid matching fabric center in the block. The other triangles are red with white background. Until I found a variation using the background fabric in the center square of the block, I thought it wasn't Cats Cradle. Age is probably 1920-1930's. My mother and her sister shared the quilt on their bed for many years. My Mother clearly remembers using it and my Aunt Jeannie ended up with it. My cousin gave it to me for Christmas. It's great to sleep under it. No holes, no stains just a few stitches have come loose. Merry Christmas and thanks

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