Wednesday, February 16, 2022

February Fun

New England Quilt Museum!

I had a  day of good weather so I drove up to the NEQM to see the new exhibits and my quilts on display.  Thank you to Pam and all the volunteers who made everything look so beautiful.

Here is my Artist's Statement~ 
Old Abe has never looked so good.  Nice to have it on display for his 213th Birthday.
I don't know who Joan and Lew are, but their little note in the guest book  touched my heart.
There is a bird exhibit on display that I loved.
I'll share one with you.
Laura L. has put together a gorgeous display of Tree Quilts from the museum's collection.
I adore this quilt by Ruth McDowell.
Since the show is still open that's all I'll share for now.  I know several people who are going to attend, so I like to let them discover it all for themselves.   See details on the NEQM Website.
I'll be giving a talk to The Applique' Society this Saturday at 1pm Central Time.
 Here is a link to their website if you are interested in becoming a member.  Membership is $25.  There are many resources and benefits.

I thought I had finished my words quilt.
Then I decided to go back and quilt additional lines.  I'm glad I did. I will say more about that when it is completely finished.
I've also started a baby boy quilt for a friend with two different Fun With Barb swap blocks.
The tutorials to make all the swap blocks are still available, see the tab at the top of the home page.

Stay Warm and Well and let me know if you visit my quiltts!

Friday, February 4, 2022

Year of the Tiger! 🐯

 I was born under the Tiger in 1962.  Yep, I'm turning 60.  Seems like only 10 years ago I was 50.

🐯🐅In the Chinese zodiac, a woman born in the Year of the Tiger is independent, solicitous and a born leader.  She seeks a partner who equally matches her strong qualities, yet still respects her need for freedom and autonomy.  I got blessed with Mr. Fun.

Speaking of  Tigers - the Cincinnati Bengals are in the superbowl for the first time in over 30 years!  woo hoo!!!
My soon to be son in law is from Cincinnati so we are super excited!

Around the house:
My final amaryllis bloomed.  This is Apple Blossom - pretty.
We survived the big snow storm.  I'm so grateful for Mr. Fun who always works hard without complaint.
It was very pretty when it was all over.
On Sunday I made a family favorite:  Toms Pork Chops in the crockpot.  Hearty comfort food.  I'll add the recipe at the end of this post.
I made two more crochet hats with pom poms as gifts.
I've done very well on my Hitchcock viewing thanks to the library.
I have watched 34 so far!  I will give a final top ten report after I see the remaining five I intend to watch. I can not watch the silent ones.
For now the next few weeks, I'll be watching the Beijing Olympics! 
Curling is one of my favorite sports.  I saw the Italy/Norway match last night.  Since I am a quarter Italian I cheered for  Italy who is 3-0 after defeating Norway.
My current wordle stats:
I will leave you with this sweet little photo I took on my way into the house the other day.  This is my little bunny garden figure.   It looks like a groundhog popping up to check things out.
Stay well and warm!

Tom's Pork Chops  (named for the boat cook Tom Jensen)
4-6 pork chops, I like bone in, but I couldn't get them last week.
1 onion
1 lb mushrooms
olive oil
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I used low sodium)
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup white wine
  • Brown pork chops in olive oil and butter on both sides, add to crock pot.  
  • Add more butter if necessary and brown the mushrooms and onions for about 10 minutes and add to pot.
  • Mix the soups and wine and pour over the top and toss with chops.
  • Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-10
  • I serve them over egg noodles with vegetables and cranberry sauce.