Scraps of Time…Day 8

Well today is day 8 of working on the Scraps of Time quilt, ouch where did day 5, 6, and 7 go? I was working on the quilt but took time off to read and do other things. I really could have gotten this top done two days earlier but I guess I couldn’t take the pace. Anyhow here is a picture of the finished blocks sewn together. I still have half a day to start working on the borders so hopefully I’ll at least get a good chunk of that done. I have eight days left until the Dec 20th deadline for sending this quilt FedEx out to Edmonton. I might have to send on the other stuff I have for my son and his wife and leave the quilt to send on later.

blocks sewn together scraps of time
Block sewn together for quilt top.


Scraps of Time…Day 4

Here are a couple of progress photos of my Scraps of Time quilt, two were taken yesterday and the last was taken today. I might do a few more blocks but after about four hours I’m kind of blocked out. Still pretty good progress when you figure this is the fourth day I’ve worked on this.

30 sets of blocks and triangles
Thirty sets of blocks and triangles waiting to be sewn together.

block set up
Layout for the block.

blocks on bed
Fifteen blocks on the bed. It gives a pretty good idea of how big the quilt will be as I’ll be adding a ten inch wide border after sewing the blocks together. The blocks are laid out on a queen sized bed.


Scraps of Time Quilt….continued.

Last night I put together a little tooth fairy pillow or perhaps a treasures pillow for Jake. It’s got the Scraps of Time test block on the front and on the back I sewed a little pocket for him. I hate stuffing pillows but tried my best.

tooth fairy pillow
Front of pillow.

back of tooth fairy pillow
Back of pillow with a little pocket.

I also managed to cut out most of the fabric for the 30 blocks I need for the quilt and this morning I finished the job. This afternoon saw me sewing strips together, which I’ll sub-cut tomorrow into blocks for the larger block. The strips are easy to sew, the blocks I’m sure will take longer probably a couple of days so I’ll check back in when they’re done.

fabric triangles
Setting triangles for blocks.

fabric strips plus squares
Fabric strips with block.

strips on bed
Thirty different groupings of strips and small blocks waiting to be cut and sewn into the larger Scraps of Time block.


Scraps of Time Quilt.

When my son and his wife got married three years ago I asked her which quilt kit she’d like me to do as a wedding quilt. Needless to say I’m just getting around to starting it. The quilt kit was Scraps of Time by Nancy Rink and the kit was one I bought on sale at Hancock’s of Paducah. I can’t quite remember when I bought the kit but a Google search on Paula Barnes “Reflection of an Era Past” showed the fabric was released May 2010 so I guess it’s safe to say I’ve had this kit sitting in the closet for about 4 years now.

As I was reading the instructions several things struck me as out of place and not right so I did a Google search on the quilt trying to find errata anywhere on the net for the pattern. I did find Nancy Rink’s website but there wasn’t anything up in the Corrections section of her web page. I sent off an email but either it went to her junk mail or she just didn’t have time to answer my questions. So I went through the instructions writing and measuring out things and today I decided to make a test block out of some fabric scraps before I went ahead and cut out all the material. When you wait four years to do a quilt kit odds are pretty good your fabric is no longer available so you want to get it right the first time. Needless to say there was another error in the diagram labeling so I decided to do another web search on this quilt, nothing.

I can’t find where anyone has ever blogged about sewing this quilt. I’m sure there are quilts out there I just don’t see them on the web. This leads me to the next point…what I did find out was that 16 quilts were taken from Nancy Rink’s studio and one of them was this quilt. What usually happens when someone’s quilt get stolen is a call goes out to the quilting world and people keep an eye out for the missing quilts. Now since I’m paranoid to a certain degree and since I normally just blog a finished project, this time I’ve decided to follow the quilting progress so I have a record of making this quilt as the last thing I need is a bunch of quilters pointing a finger at me saying “There, she’s the one who’s got one of your quilts”. As I said I’m a worse case scenario type of individual, besides which showing progress will give me blog fodder for the next month or so.

scraps of time
Instruction pamphlet and my own calculations.

Working on testing the block for Scraps of Time using leftover material from my grandson’s quilt. Might just turn this block into a Tooth Fairy pillow or some such thing to match his quilt.

test block
Finished block.

Next up will be cutting 13 fat quarters and sewing 30 of the above blocks.


A Quilt for Charlie.

I finally finished Charlie’s quilt last night. It’s based on the Sisters Forever quilt pattern from Sew Emma by Springs Creative Fabrics. I wanted to keep the pink border from the panel in the quilt since Charlie loves pink so my quilt is bigger and has more snowflakes.

The quilt itself wasn’t that hard to do but the snowflakes were a bit tricky since they were made up of half block triangles. I had some Thangles in my stash from a Value Village buy and so I ended up using those. Another part of the quilt that bothered me was the actual machine quilting because I’d never really done free form quilting aside from a meandering stitch in my quilts. Like most things once I got going on the quilting it wasn’t that scary after all. I followed advice from one of the local quilt shop owners and didn’t quilt the actual faces but I did quilt the rest of the panel. I particularly like the how the hair turned out.

I’ve decided to post several shots of the quilt because I found it really hard surfing the net to see any pictures of how people quilted their Sisters Forever quilts. I’m not saying this is how you should quilt your panel but hopeful it might give a few suggestions.

sisters forever quilt

two sisters


close up of blue dress

close up of cloak

close up of dress


All in all glad to get this one done in time for the party and it’s on to the next quilt.


Highland Green

I have been taking a break from knitting and spinning because of tendonitis in my elbow but after posting about my trip to the Woodstock Fibre Festival and the roving I bought there I had to finish up the Highland Green roving that I had on my wheel. The elbow held up better than I thought so I managed to get finish up the two skeins and here they are.

Highland green yarn
Wellington Fibres – Highland Green (Mohair 50% / Wool 50%), about 546 yards total of worsted weight yarn.

closeup highland green yarn


Fibre Festival Goodies

Last post I blogged about the Woodstock Fibre Festival that I attended. This post is just a quick one to show off the fibre that I bought while there. The goal was not to buy any fibre and I was doing pretty good up until I hit the Wellington Fibres Mill booth. After buying some fibre boxes I headed back over to the barn and bought a couple of bags from the Shetland Meadows display and then managed to refrain from any further purchases (It helps that I had a full closet at home of fibre).

Festival Loot
Festival Loot.

Blending board baggie
Contents of the blending board bag from Wellington Fibres Mill.

Blending board fibres grab bag on my Hero, shiny stuff in the middle.

wellington fibres grab bag in a batt
Finished batt.

Wellington box
Picture of what the Wellington box looks like on the front.

Wellington Fibre Mill - Berry Punch
Berry Punch, alpaca-mohair-wool mixture.

Wellington Fibre Mill - Highland Greens
Highland Greens, mohair-wool mix.

Wellington Fibre Mill - Mystery Rovings
Mystery rovings, not sure of the mix but wool with something in it, pinkish-brown hues. The mystery roving was cheaper because well it was a mystery, still really nice roving.

highland green single
This is a picture of the Highland Green roving on my bobbin. I have more spun up than this but I’ve had to take a break from elbow/tendonitis issues. I’m working on the second bobbin but not quickly but the yarn should look pretty good once it’s plied as the single is really nice.

Shetland Meadows - mohair wool blend dark grey
Shetland Meadows, mohair-Shetland wool mix, very nice charcoal colour. I can tell this is going to spin up into some really nice yarn as well.

The bonus thing about having the roving in the boxes is that when I’m spinning it the roving flows very freely from the box into my hands so aside from looking cute the boxes do serve a function. They are nice for storing as well.


Road trip to the Woodstock Fibre Festival

I’m a bit behind in blog posts, this post is about the road trip we took to see the Woodstock Fibre Festival that was held on October 18th, 2014 of this year. The festival as far as I know is held in October every year. I’m just going to photo bomb so people can have a look and see what the festival is all about. I didn’t get everything but it does give a taste of the various vendors that were there.

We drove through Toronto on the 401 highway and I started taking photos when I saw the Milton water tower, I have a thing for taking pictures of water towers. Also the day was very overcast so the pictures are a bit dark and fuzzy in spots.

Milton water tower
Milton water tower.

Niagra escarpment on 401
Niagara escarpment.

closeup of niagara escarpment

scenic barn
Scenic barn.


autumn trees
Autumn foliage.

nice tree at Kitchner rest stop
Nice tree at the Kitchener rest stop.

microwave tower
Microwave tower on hill.

cambridge water tower
Cambridge water tower.

Getting near Woodstock
Approaching Woodstock.

Rain on road being picked up by the cars to make it misty.
Rain on road being picked up by cars and creating a fine mist.

Woodstock water tower
Woodstock water tower, sun is coming out.

Rainbow to the promised land
Rainbow to the promised land.

Festival sign
Festival sign.

Spinning wheels
Spinning Wheels.

yarn display
Yarn display.


Fibre Garden
The Fibre Garden

more fibre garden
More Fibre Garden.

The Black Lamb
The Black Lamb.

Hopeful Shetlands
Hopeful Shetlands.

hopeful shetlands rovings
Hopeful Shetland rovings.

Chassagne farm fleeces
Chassagne Farm, fleeces.

spinning wheel in action
Spinning wheel in action.

Wellington fibres
Wellington Fibres.

Wellington Fibre Mill box display
Wellington Fibres box display.

Succumbing to the fibre
Succumbing to the fibre.

Speedy Sheep knitted garments
Speedy Sheep, knitted garment display.

Silk Jewel scarves and yarn
Silk Jewel, scarves and yarn display.

Demoing Navahoe spindle
Navahoe spindle demo.

Gemini Fibres display logo
Gemini Fibres.

Gemini Fibres spindle display
Gemini Fibres spindle display.

in the barn Oxford knitters and spinners loom
In the barn, Oxford Knitters and Spinners display with loom.

young lad demoing lucet braiding
Young lad demoing Lucet braiding.

That’s it hope you enjoyed the show.

Dehydrating Swiss Chard

I have a garden full of Swiss chard more than I can possibly eat at the moment so I decided to dehydrate some and thought I’d share how I did this. From what I could find out from the Internet and from some books I have, it’s best to blanch the Swiss Chard before dehydrating it. The times vary from one site to the next from around three minutes to just dipping the leaves in briefly. Since I have oxalate kidney stones boiling the swiss chard helps to remove some of the oxalate in the leaves so I timed the blanching for three minutes. I can understand why another source said to briefly dip the chard into the boiling water as the stuff kind of turns to mush and is hard to spread out. The chard doesn’t take that long to dry about four hours depending on your machine and humidity.

swiss chard
Deveining the leaves.

Pot of boiling water
Pot of boiling water ready for blanching.

blanched chard
Blanched chard, it reminds me of cooked spinach.

Excalibur dehydrator
Excalibur dehydrator.

american harvest nesco dehydrator
Nesco American Harvest dehydrator. This dehydrator is a great little dehydrator, its cheaper than the Excalibur and dries well. The drawbacks are that you have to rotate the trays more often than the Excalibur and the trays are more fussy to clean. It is quieter than the Excalibur, much quieter.

chard on Excalibur drying tray
Swiss chard on Excalibur tray. This tray takes more to fill it up than the Nesco dehydrator.

chard on american harvest tray
American Harvest tray. These trays are stackable from four to eight trays.

chard in excalibur dehydrator
Trays in Excalibur.

dried chard
Dried Swiss chard.

food saver with vacumm attachment
Food Saver with vacuum attachment for canning jar.

chard in bottle
Dried chard in vacuum sealed bottle. It should last for about a year and I’ll be using it for soups and stews.


Apple season.

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks and part of that has been doing a lot of drying and canning. I thought I would post a few pictures of some of the jars of preserves that I have been making.

First we start with the apples.
C-grade apples

This was a bag of C-grade Macintosh apples from the farmer’s market.

Then I cut the apples and cooked them in a huge stock pot, I lost that picture it’s in the files somewhere, oh well. Then I took the apples and using my Kitchen Aid strainer attachment I ran the apples through the sieve. The strained pulp comes out into one bowl and the seeds, skin and core gets pooped out the other end into the kitchen sink or you could use another bowl.
straining applesauce with kitchen aid

waste apple parts
Waste apple parts.

Strained applesauce.

canning jars
Here’s a variety of canning jars I bought.

applesauce pressure canned
The finished applesauce, in this case I used a pressure canner and you can see some of the applesauce clinging to the top of the lids inside the jars. The two batches of applesauce I did in the waterbath canner didn’t have this problem so next time I’ll just use the waterbath canner.

This is some apple butter that I made. Apple butter is just applesauce that has some sugar and spices added to it and you cook the applesauce down until it is thick. I learned online about a trick where you cook the applesauce in a crockpot and that way you don’t have to worry about the applesauce burning overnight while you’re in bed sleeping :)

applebutter closeup
Close-up of the apple butter, it turns brown from the sugars and spices in it.

Here is a picture of some fresh kale from the garden.
fresh kale

A couple of photos of kale and beets from the garden and then a last picture showing the apple butter on the breakfast sausages, yummy!
kale beets breakfast sausage patties

kale breakfast patties with applebutter