Thursday, April 11, 2013

Really Random Thursday 4-11-13

I am a little stumped as to how to quilt Tea Towel Tess, but I went ahead and basted it together yesterday.

If you baste it, it will come...  The idea, I mean.

I'm going to trust that inspiration will ensue.  There will be curves followed.  There will be wavy lines.  This I do know.

I also made some more criss-cross blocks.  The first four can be seen HERE, along with a link to the quilt pattern.

Lots of fun to use up colorful scraps.

I am finding far more strings than scraps, so you know what that means.

Time for a string quilt (or five) soon.

Also have plans to sew some "made fabric" from the bits and bobs.

I am using scraps from the freezer, lately, as well, which makes for some interesting meals.  I am avoiding the beef liver and oxtail for now (though we will eat them eventually).  We had venison pepper steak earlier in the week.  I love venison.  I used the last package of the two Dad gave me last fall.

Then I made something with mettwurst, specifically mettwurst made from a different kind of game.  This kind.

Wild Canada Goose mettwurst.  In this part of Wisconsin, with its heavy German immigrant influence, there are some wonderful, small-town sausage makers, which have adapted to use local ingredients like venison and goose.  If you bag it, they will make it into sausage for you...salami style, hot sticks, bratwurst, mettwurst, etc.

I added some fire-roasted tomatoes and a jar of pasta sauce, and we ate it over spaghetti.  It was awesome.

By the way, I recently tried a different brand of gluten-free spaghetti, which I found at Walmart in the regular pasta aisle.

It is hands down the best gluten-free spaghetti I have tried, and I've tried a lot of them in the past six years.  It holds up to cooking, refrigerating, and rewarming as leftovers, and tastes/looks/feels just about the same as regular spaghetti.  Nobody is paying me to say this; it's just my personal opinion.  Before that, I liked Mrs. Leeper's brand, but that was grainier in texture and didn't fare all that well after refrigerating.

You know what else gets a little sticky?  Wrapping up a post after talking about noodles!
Live A Colorful Life


Karen said...

So loving those blocks! I too am going through the dregs of the freezer and am less than enthusiastic but it is good to turn the stash over :)

Pomegranate Quilts said...

Those criss-cross blocks are fabulous... what are they going to be?
Tea Towel Tess is unlike any quilt I have ever seen and I think I might be in love. Fantastic colours. Great job.

Deborah said...

I really like your criss cross blocks and am inspired by yours to make some. I love that they use 5 inch squares!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Your blocks are just gorgeous!

sophie said...

I love the criss-cross blocks, too. As for Tea Towel Tess, how about printing copies of a photo of the quilt, full size on paper and doodling quilt designs on it until you come up with something you like?

Kevin the Quilter said...

Yummy! Blocks and food in your post! I highly recommend Victoria Findlay Wolfe's 15 Minutes of Play method of making fabric! It was a very freeing experience for me! Best wishes with Tess!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I love your blocks and I can wait to see Tess quilted :)

Sarah Craig said...

Oh, I love those blocks! The colors are so vibrant!! (Can you tell I'm ready for summer???)

Elizabeth said...

I used coconut cream tonight in a pasta recipe instead of heavy cream. I was a little anxious, but it was pretty good. I could taste the coconut, but it made the sauce creamy and didn't detract, so, it was a win.

Food sensitivities . . . what can I say? What a pain. I think soy is the next to go for me. I purposely avoiding even thinking about giving up gluten. I just can't do it. Yet.

I really love your new blocks. Those are SO pretty! That is going to be such a bright, cheerful quilt. How will you ever bear to part with it?

xo -E

Live a Colorful Life said...

Oh those blocks are just beautiful! Interesting about the pasta. While I'm not eating gluten-free, I have two friends who are celiac so when cooking for them I'm an avid reader of labels.

jan said...

I love the Criss Cross blocks - I am in a Denyse Schmidt charm swap so I might can use them for that _ i have been looking for a pattern i like - Love the vivid colors you chose!

MomWaldsPlace said...

You may have used up your weekly dose of inspiration on those fabulous blocks.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

The criss cross blocks are awesome! I love all the bright colors.

I'll pass the pasta brand onto my daughter...she feels better without all the gluten.

Michelle said...

Love, love, love those cheerful criss-cross blocks! :).

The ironic thing about quilting, is you really get the feeling once the design layout is conquered, you have it made. Whew! And then it''s all like on, the quilting! Wait. What?

Your meal is so pretty! Sounds yummy too.

Marti said...

Is that goose sausage? It looks yummy.

I've been curious how you are going to quilt Tea Time Tess also.

I didn't notice your link to the criss cross blocks before. I really like that.


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