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Monday, November 5, 2012

New options

I wanted to show you my newest fav BIG salad!  Sometimes I'll eat it for a late lunch, other times it will be my dinner.  An entire Romaine heart (I get em by the bag from Costco), shredded carrots, a diced Cortland or Gala apple, small handful of almonds, tossed in Parmesan dressing. Add a warm pretzel bun (also from Costco) and it's a meal!  Sometimes I add diced chicken, depending on how much meat I've had that day, but it's just as good either way.

Saturday I sent 6 blocks to Erin for the Sandy relief quilts; I hadn't ever made the Disappearing 4-patch before but it's really easy to make.  I think it's a great go-to pattern for quick blocks.

I was busily making blocks for my Christmas quilt but when I stepped back and looked, I really didn't like it all that much.  Don't get me wrong, the blocks are pretty enough and they would  be a Christmas quilt... just not MY Christmas quilt! 

Here's a santa I found on my EQ that I thought was cute.

I searched online for free Christmassy clipart that I'll use, and I also found blocks I liked on the '12 Days of Christmas' Sampler QAL sponsored last year by Sara at Sew Sweetness, and the 2011 Celebrate Christmas QAL sponsored by the Quilting Gallery.  I like these three...

The two on the left were paper-pieced, but I put them into Photoshop and printed them out as an applique pattern.  I like paper piecing but right now I'm sort of not in the mood for lining stuff up.

Keep praying for the Sandy victims, it's not easy for them.  My sister in Newark is trying to keep a good attitude but it's really hard right now; as I'm writing this they still don't have power.

Sew forth and sew on til later


  1. I love a good salad! Enjoy your play with your Christmas quilt.

  2. I can't even begin to imagine being without power for so long. And to think there are many without homes!!! My heart goes out to your sister and all the victims of Sandy!
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your Christmas quilt!

  3. Salad looks so good. Wish we had a Costco down here...

    Wishing your sister and all in NJ and thereabouts the strength and patience needed during this time.

  4. Love me some costco. Your salad sounds yummy! I love apples in salad, especially when paired with a good salty cheese like parmesan. I can't wait to see YOUR christmas quilt! I know it's going to be cute! :-)

  5. Yes, even without storm damage, going without power for so long is a real hardship.


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