Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Not My Day

I thought I'd make a quick jewelry roll before my class on Saturday, and my goodness, how could so many things go wrong?  Totally my mistakes, the design is fine.

I put a piece of fabric upside down, snipped a hole in the fabric, cut fabric too short, pulled the zipper tab off the end, measured wrong, caught the ties in the seam.  By the time I was done, I felt totally stupid.  I'll have things on my handout to not do.  The end result is pretty nice, but it took way too long.

Somewhere in the process, I took a break and made some eggs in frames.  I'd like to say that after that all went well, but there was one more incident . . .  Guess it just wasn't my day.  I'll make another jewelry roll tomorrow.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

And Still We Rise

Another trip to the Freedom Center, this time with Carrye, to concentrate on just the quilt exhibit, And Still We Rise.

I was very struck by this quilt, probably because of the parallel between race-based marriage legalities then (1967) and gay marriage legalities today.

Tucked among the flowers, and not easy to see at just a glance, are pictures of interracial couples. 

I really don't remember much about controversary about interracial marriage, probably because I was concentrating on graduating from college and moving to a new city.  I need to do some research.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Little House

Thanks to my friend Lisa who gave me Anita Goodesign's Neighborhood Quilt for Christmas.  I was so attracted by all the little houses in pastels, but when I made this potholder for myself I wanted it in my house colors.  Well, my front door isn't turquoise yet, but it will be.  I'm pretty sure I'll never make all the little houses into a quilt, but most of them will appear in various other forms.

I've been feeling kind of low since coming back from North Carolina, my usual.  I just finished an alteration project that took way longer than it should have, so now I can move on to a tee shirt quilt that needs to be finished in a month or so.  I don't have all the tees yet, but I found a design that I can use to start with what I have, then incorporate others later.  How can I not feel good about that? 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Weekend People Pictures

Aaron in the back seat on the ride down.  Thanks to my neighbor Maureen for the valentine goodie bags.

Waiting for that first glimpse of Aunts Sarah and Winnie.

Nora at Brixx Pizza, following the Lego movie.

Excavating for fossils at the dinosaur exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum.

Walking on the closed-for-traffic Blue Ridge Parkway.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Non-People Pictures

Tomorrow I'll have some people pictures from our Presidents' Weekend trip to Asheville, but tonight I'll share these non-people ones.  The above bumper sticker was on a Subaru in the shopping plaza where we saw, and loved, The Lego Movie.

This ICEE dispenser was at a Speedway in Lexington.  For those of you "not from around here," Ale 81 is a central Kentucky ginger-ale type of drink.  The kind of thing that people miss when they move away.  To see it in an ICEE machine is spectacular.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Perfect World

In my perfect world, this ceramic piece by Eric Kaufman would have come home with me last weekend.  I have a soft heart for ceramics anyway, and this blue was spectacular.  Several of his pieces sold, and one of my friends got a wonderful cream-colored vase.

I've been fretting because I have a large piece of ice on top of my car, fretting because I'm afraid that it will slide off and cause an accident.  My friends told me to not worry, but then I read about all the windshields being replaced for just that kind of situation.  Trivia I learned from the news article:  in Kentucky there is no deductible for windshield glass replacement.  In a little over a week, the temperature here is expected to be in the 50's, so it will be disappear then.

I think I've missed the window for starting seeds indoors.  I really planned to do that this year because it's so hard to find really nice little annuals.  Maybe I can at least order some nice marigold seeds, but I think I'm a little late for petunias, and I love the special ones that are all ruffly or bi-colored.  I need to open that seed catalog. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mennonite Arts Weekend

How can there be one weekend with so much joy and so much art and so much music?  Absolutely incredible.

Part of the music was The Steel Wheels, look them up here.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

Years ago, I used to make a pizza casserole with pasta and pizza sauce, but I've been so over that for a long time.  This adapted recipe from Taste of Home looked pretty good, though, and it really is.  You can find the original recipe here - it has ground beef and green pepper, no mushrooms.

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

4 cups shredded zucchini (about four 8-inch zucchini)
1/2 t salt

Put zucchini and salt in a strainer and let stand for 10 minutes.  Squeeze out moisture, then squeeze out again with paper towels.

2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
2 cups shredded mozerella, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar, divided

Mix zucchini with eggs, Parmesan, and half of mozerella and cheddar.  Place in greased 13 x 9 baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

6 oz sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 t butter
1 3/4 cup marinara sauce

While zucchini mixture is baking, saute mushrooms and onion in butter until softened, then add marinara sauce.  Spoon over zucchini mixture and top with remaining cheeses.  Bake for an additional 20 minutes.

I think that next time I'll use the entire 12-oz carton of mushrooms, just because I really like them.  I'm trying to sneak in extra veggies as often as I can.  I don't think that reheating this in the microwave would work very well but reheating in the oven is great.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Thanks to Hal, for letting me join a tour he was doing this afternoon for one of the Mennonite Arts Weekend presenters.  The tour was at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where Hal is a docent.  I would never have had such a great experience on my own.

These two quilts are part of their permanent exhibits.  I didn't get the name of the Ohio artist but learned that it took her several decades to complete the pair, which she then donated to the Freedeom Center. 

This quilt, by Helen Murrell, is part of a special exhibit of 85 quilts by African-American quiltmakers, "And Still We Rise." The exhibit will stay until the last week in March, and luckily for me, I learned that the Freedom Center is now part of the Cincinnati Museum Centers and my pass will get me into both places.

Of course, the museum is not really about quilts but about history of slavery in America.  The top picture shows a look from the museum over the Ohio River into Kentucky, a slave state.  I saw a slave pen from near Maysville, KY, and a movie about the John Rankin House in Ripley, OH, which I've visited.  This is a creatively-designed museum, well worth a visit for adults.  I'm not sure what age is appropriate for children. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Carrying On

I've probably done more inches of free motion quilting in the past week than I've done in the past year.  It's beginning to feel like miles.

And, at this point, I'm beginning to feel mathematical, figuring that I'm 94% finished.

And, I'm visualizing, at the end of the afternoon, preparing the binding while looking out the window for snow.  Once the binding goes on, that's it for now.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Painting a Lily

Last week one of my high school classmates so generously shared her painting expertise with her former classmates.  Most of the five of us, like me, had never painted before, had hardly even held a brush before.  And because of our teacher's talent, and her oils, we all left with our paintings of a recognizable lily.

I have to admit that mine was the least well done, I always have had trouble following directions unless I have a book in front of me and spent lots of my early student days wondering what was wrong with me.  But, back at home, away from the others for comparison, with just my lily to look at, I've very happy with how it turned out.

Thanks so much, Pauline Kinsinger Watts.  Oh, and it was so much fun to spend the day with Diana, Rae Ann, Nancy, and Linda.  It made me wish I lived closer to them.