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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Back in neutral

Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind-stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!
--A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

When I was in the Dollar Tree a few days ago I saw this package of Marie Callender cheese biscuit mix ...  why not give it a try?

They look like biscuits, nicely browned ...

Taste test ...

hmmm ... they were sorta dry in my opinion.  The package did say add more butter if the dough is too dry; guess I shoulda!

On the other hand, I only spent a dollar.

All my sewing time is still being devoted to En Provence; I'm glad to say I finished almost all of the Step 1 neutral 4-patches!

When the first clue was released I was trying very hard not to repeat two-piece combinations - it was taking a lot of my time!  I cut my strips 6-1/2" long to get the fewest identical combos that I possibly could.

I had to wake up and smell the lavender!  Way too much time majoring on the minor, some combinations will repeat, and it simply can't be helped.  And in the long run does it really matter?

Strip pairs ready to be pressed and cross-cut into two-sies

Paired two-sies to be sewn into four-sies

I usually cut the four-sies apart in groups of 10 after sewing a string.  This helps me keep count; I can see at a glance - I have 40 4-patches ready to go!  I'll press and twirl em later.

When I finish up the neutral 4-patches today I'll be all caught up!  While I wait for the next step maybe I'll pull out the hourglass leader-ender units to work on, or maybe I'll do a bit of decluttering.  

Sew forth and sew on...


  1. The Red Lobster cheese biscuit mix is really good if you can find it. I still need to work on step 4 before Friday.

  2. Yes, I agree, the Red Lobster biscuit mix is yummy. Costco usually carries it.

    About those neutrals....your original plan sounds like something I would be guilty of doing...My bowties quilt I tried not to have any repeats...managed to get 1 fabric repeated...sigh.


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