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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

More string progress

Three things to be happy about:
(1) a baby's first tooth
(2) potluck dinners
(3) knowing what to overlook

I was thinking about the setting for my string blocks, there are lots of options out there, but one thing I'm sure of is the border ... piano keys!!!

I wanted to make the body of the quilt 60 x 72 then add 6 or 8 inches worth of borders, so I cut some of the 2-1/2" strips into 4-inch length ... I don't like those, they're a bit too "chunky" looking!

I've decided to go with 6 inches for the piano keys plus a 2-inch inner border and 4-inch outer border.  That'll give me 12 more inches on each side, which is a respectable size quilt.

The pieces that I had cut into 4" strips?  I cut them down into 2" squares... I'm thinking I can make 9 patch blocks out of those, maybe using solids.

Looking at the little squares, I can see I need to keep my strings and strips narrower than 2 inches, else they'll overpower the 2" squares!   I decided to learn from that episode, and keep on moving.

Moving right along...

Anybody tried the Keurig coffee maker?  I was tossing away so much coffee that I went ahead and got a Keurig while it was on sale at Costco last month.  I think I like the machine but do you know what I miss the most?  That wonderful smell of coffee perking!  With the Keurig it's just a psssst-gurgle drip drip and you're done ... can't smell a thing.

They give you 60 coffee pods with the machine but they were mostly dark roast, extra bold.  That's a bit stronger than I usually drink my coffee, makes my hair stand on end!  I tried to make myself like them but they're just too darn strong so I start the brew off with a 3 ounce cup of water, then stick in the pod.

The one good thing about Costco though - if you're not happy they'll cheerfully refund your money.  So I'll give it some more time.

That's it for now, have a great Tuesday; if you're voting, let's hope the "right" candidates win!  Sew forth and sew on til later.


  1. Oh,I love my Keurig. I only drink flavored coffee such as Butter Toffee, though, and that smells heavenly! Everyone who comes into my office at work comments how good it smells, even those that don't drink coffee at all.

    1. I think if you are a true coffee lover you may try having chocolate flavour on coffee.

      Finn Felton

      Kopi Luwak

  2. Oh,and your little squares/piano keys are so fun!

  3. My goodness, you sure have been busy! I bought myself a Keurig at Costco this summer. What I love is the convenience of it. I like to make a latte in the morning but the Keurig is very handy for that quick extra cup of coffee. If you think it's too strong try choosing a larger cup size. That will add more water. I must like my coffee strong because I don't think it's all that strong......

  4. I got my husband a Keurig last Christmas and I really like it. I am trying to get around buying the expensive little cups though. Aldi got a special purchase of them in and we both liked them so I intend on stocking up. We have the little adapter to use our own coffee and if ever I can't find the cups on a good sale, I will go back to my Folgers in their adapter.

    My only complaint, the cup sizes are TOO small! I drink 16oz at a time, so it is frustrating. I think they might have corrected that with their new model though.

  5. I debated buying a keurig because I'm the only one in my house that drinks coffee now, but we have them at the office where I work and even though they're convenient, they're somewhat noisy and I'm not convinced the coffee pods give the same quality of coffee. They also take up more counter space than a regular coffee maker. I guess I'll rethink it again when my drip coffee wears out.


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