Years ago we told our four grown daughters they are free to prioritize their significant others' families on Thanksgiving. I rather like the annual hall-pass. More often than not John and I end up sitting in a restaurant for a turkey meal. This past Halloween as I walked around the block with our grandkids who had stopped by, I was offered a taste of stuffed pumpkin that my neighbor had made. Yum! I thought it might be a fun yet low-key thing to make on Thanksgiving. Well, I don't know where they go, but those pumpkins just disappear from the grocery stores by November 2. So I snagged the uncarved one off Melissa's porch and saved it in the cool dark garage til yesterday. There's tons of recipes on the net if you just google "stuffed pumpkin". Some with as few as five ingredients...I was attracted to this one, which had more like 20 ingredients. Oh I had such hope and anticipation that I would have lovely photos to share with you today! ahem...so much for hope and anticipation. After two hours in the oven the apple was still crisp and the flavors hadn't really blended and it was after 7pm and I was O-V-E-R it. Am hoping that another hour of baking (no longer in the pumpkin) tonight may make it more edible. Next year we'll probably go back to a restaurant. ;-)
But I do still have a pretty picture to share.
This is our oldest granddaughter Kadence, shortly after she turned three in September. Pretty stunning, huh? I rarely show pictures of her, as I rarely get a chance to take them (I didn't take this) and besides; you just don't know who's looking at your pictures. But I thought friends and family who know of her would like to see an updated pic, and I also wanted you to see who I've been making this little quilt for.
I'm sure I should've waited til it's nicely made into a quilt before showing you, but just in case that takes a while I thought I better show it NOW, and I'll tell you why: the majority of the fabrics used are from the Urban Chiks SWEET line, which is not available in stores til late February of 09. Apparently at Quilt Market in Houston last month there were 50 fat quarter bundles available PERIOD and our own BrendaLou of the local Scottie Dog quilts brought home two of them! I was bragging to my mom on the phone that I got one and she (not without reason) said, "Yeah, now let's see if you actually use them before everyone else can buy them!" so of course I took that as a challenge and got busy sewing. ;-) I'd had the name part done for a while but wasn't sure yet how to proceed. As I was blog hopping one day last week I came across this post by the very talented Melly and that's when I thought to use these fabrics (AND where I got the idea to sash in white, I see!)
I also wanted to share this idea for keeping all those little fabric bits on.
I bought nine of the new Sizzix Hello Kitty dies on ebay recently, knowing I wanted to use them in quilts. I iron the fabric onto an adhesive product like heat n bond, but it's a light (sewable) bond and with all those little pieces for a three year old to pick at I wasn't too hopeful they would last long. So I got some very sheer tulle and sewed it over the whole square. I think if you click to enlarge you'll see it. I got the idea from having taken a mosaic quilts class from the local and very talented Pat Durbin. (who strangely, has nothing to hyperlink!) I do need to finish this quilt so miss Kadence can put it on her new big girl bed, in her new room which is the first one she's ever had all to herself (and everything in it is pink, of course!)
Okay friends. That was a lot of yapping just to share two pictures, but it was nice yapping at ya' just the same. Take care, and have a great weekend!