Thursday evening we watched M's last show with the Chelsea House Orchestra. There were lots of fabulous shows, festivals, and fun times in the five years we were associated with the group. This years graduates were making the most of their last show. It was a real crowd pleaser.
Thanks to all involved with the group and especially Fritz. It was a great ride!
Yesterday morning we picked lots of blueberries at the local u-pick farm. Buckets full - close to twenty pounds. It was our third trip to the farm this year and I have only frozen a few trays of them. We have been eating them like CRAZY.
Later in the day, I rolled out some dough for cinnamon rolls and spread it with butter, brown, sugar, and cinnamon...
There on the counter was a big bowl of fresh picked blueberries. So, I tossed a bunch of those on the dough and rolled it up. (my helper had to get a photo too) They really turned out great. I was so eager to try them that I put the frosting on as soon as the came out of the oven, I should have waited a couple of minutes for that. They were so good that I'm making them again today!
I know that I posted my cinnamon roll recipe as the Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls but I think we have succeeded in making the best BETTER!
One morning last week a friend who raises llamas came over for a spinning lesson. She had a GINORMOUS bag of llama fluff to play with and said she had several more at home. She even has baby llama fluff! She offered to give me some but I declined until I have spun the rovings that I have already. I pulled out one of my big balls of roving and gave her a demonstration. We played for a while but I just couldn't stop when she left.
I spun all of this Border Leceister, kid mohair blend and ended up with five hanks of yarn. Here are two. I don't know how many yards this is. I'm working on another ball of fluff now.
In doing this recent spinning, I have learned several things:
1. I want a wheel that allows for larger bobbins. 2. I should spin roving when I get it. Letting it sit around for 5-10 years allows for them to it mushed and start to felt. This roving has required more preparation before spinnning that it would have if I had spun it right away. 3. I am easily diverted from one project to another. 4. Spinning in a room with a running ceiling fan gets little, tiny bits of fluff EVERYWHERE.
Chelsea is the home of Chelsea Milling, the only place in the world where Jiffy Mix is made. I think it is fun to take visitors on the tour. Well, M's girlfriend said she had never been on the tour and since miss Petunia is now six, the minimum age for the tour, I thought we had to go.
They renovated the visitor entrance and remodeled the auditorium where they give the pre tour schpeel. It is all very fancy.
They have a video featuring an animated Jiffy box as their 'mascot'. I kind of miss the old slide show and the mention of the "blue and white box with the red accent." Hair nets are still required, of course.
It was a fun time. The big kids made a huge batch of brownies with our free boxes of mix when we got home!
Yesterday, I made the June blocks for my bee group. Yes, I am a little behind. Anita requested log cabinish blocks with pinwheel centers and some sawteeth. She sent along that pretty floral print on the left of the block below.
She asked that the blocks be twelvish inches and plans to put them together using some filler chunks. I made mine a little bigger than 12 inches one way and a little smaller the other direction.
I will send her a few pieces of the other fabrics that I used to that she can include them in some filler chunks in the rest of the quilt.
I fell hard for this sampler when I saw it on Alicia's blog. I immediately submitted my preorder for the kit and have been having a lot of fun stitching it since it arrived. There are quite a variety of stitches to try. I had a little trouble with tension being a bit tight at first but then I switched to a small hoop as recommended; it worked like a charm.
This is really a great summer stitching project.
Also, if you need a refresher or are wanting to learn some new embroidery stitches, check out this site for some excellent tutorials. All of those beautiful pictures of interesting embroidery stitches make me want to embroider on everything in the house!
Between chores and trips to the lake to cool off I took some little sewing breaks on the weekend. By Sunday afternoon I had a stack of finished Lady of the Lake blocks.
Another day of sewing breaks between paint scraping and play house trim painting and they are all sewn together. I am pretty happy with it. I just love all of those half square triangles. I am trying to decide if it is finished or if I should put a border on it. What do you think?