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Chilly, rainy, day off from work. Just the right kind of day for doing laundry and having a cup of soup and a sammie made with my special tuna salad. And binding baby Owen's flannel quilt. And watching the DVD series, Why Quilts Matter. Excellent binding-on-a-rainy-day-after-eating-a tuna-sammie entertainment!
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Jelly Roll Races, that is! Actually, there was no racing involved, since everything was done in the quiet of my own sewing room, and the stop watch stayed in the drawer.
I'm sure you have read about the idea of a Jelly Roll Race, or Jelly Roll 1600 quilt top. I've been intrigued with the concept for a while, but wasn't juiced enough to try it until I saw this post on Jackie's blog. The race part wasn't what did it, it was the no-brainer simplicity.
Take a jelly roll, or the cut-from-your-stash strip equivalent, sew the strips together, end-to-end as you would for binding, then fold the whole darned 1600" length in half to stitch along one edge, cut along one side & repeat the fold/stitch/cut routine until you have a quilt top. You don't have any control over where the strips will land in the finished top, so there is no point in trying to plan the strip sewing order. Ridiculously easy.
So how did mine turn out? The first one was great. It is intended for my nephew and his fiance. Their living room needs some color --it's your basic beige, with a brown sofa and one picture with some teal in it on the wall. I picked a Bali Pop that had blues, teals and some browns. I liked the way it turned out. When it's folded and draped on the back of the sofa, it will bring a lot of color to the room.
OK, so those diagonal joins are still there on the bottom right, but it looks a whole lot better than it did.
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First, let me introduce you to Owen Thomas Deck, the newset Deckette.
He was expected somewhere around Decemeber 4th, but decided Wednesday, Novemeber 16th, was more to his liking. Weighing in at a not-to-shabby 6 lbs, 6 oz, he measured a very looong 21". Master Owen joins Mommy and Daddy Deck (Jamie and Andy), and siblings Annabelle (almost 6), Ian (not quite 5), and Maddie (19 months).
And, on another very happy note, my niece Jessie Lynne Grasso became engaged to to Jordan Grater on Thursday.
They are two absolutely wonderful people, as perfect a couple as they look in their picture. No wedding date yet for JG2, but my sister is going to have a very very busy time ahead. Step-son Jesse Michael is getting married in May, and son JJ's wedding is in October.
So, what do you think I will be doing in the upcoming months???
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That's Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. If you are a fan of fresh, home-made bread, you have to try it. It's nothing short of a revolution in bread making.
Basically, you take all of 5 minutes to dump your water, yeast, salt/sugar and flour into a large plastic container (a dough bucket). You mix it up with a big ol' wooden spoon until everything is incorporated, then you let it sit at room temp for about 90 minutes. You can then cut off a hunk right then and there to bake, or you can just put that bucket of dough in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, cutting off a hunk whenever the mood strikes, and bake a nice little loaf. No kneeding. No double-rising. Wish I could say No calories, but that ain't happenin'.
Yeast, bread flour and a little cornmeal (to put on the peel under your ball of dough to make it slide off easily) are the basic ingredients.
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My friend Jan send this like to me in an email. Done like you've never seen before! This video from the small Yupiq Eskimo Village of Quinhagak, Alaska , was a school computer project intended for the other Yupiq villages in the area. To the surprise of the villagers, over a half million people have viewed it! Enjoy!
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In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres salient in the spring of 1915. Hostilities in that "War To End All Wars" did not cease until the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
We set aside this day to remember all who have served, and all who continue to serve, to preserve our freedom. Originally called Armistice Day, the day is now commemorated here in the United States as Veterans Day, and in Britain and Canada as Rememberance Day. The poppy, which bloomed in blood red profusion across the fields of Flanders, has come to symbolize the sacrifice of those who gave their lives.