Missing Chesty

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It’s kind of scary how quickly we’ve gotten attached to Finn … he’s such a sweet boy…

But I find I’m missing Chesty more these days too.  I love Finn for himself but certain things he does reminds me so much of Chesty. We wanted those Bichon qualities in a puppy  but we didn’t want one who looked like Chesty. They’re good memories so I’ll just enjoy Finn and remember our times with Chesty. 

I didn’t sew today

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I was very lazy but you don’t want to hear about that so I’ll tell you about the crispy tortilla strips I made in the air fryer. One of our favorite meals is homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup but I don’t always make the tortillas because it’s hard to get them just right. It was NO problem with the air fryer. 

The corn tortilla strips before …


After a few minutes in the air fryer!

Don’t worry … this won’t turn into a food blog because while I like cooking, I only like to do it 2-3 times a week. Luckily between Keith’s travel and the times we eat out I don’t have to cook any more than that!

Not as fast as Mom

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Mom works quicker than I do but I am making progress on my Sharon inspired HeartStrings top. I decided on 48 blocks and they’re all made and assembly has begun. Hopefully this top will be done in another day or two. 

I’m trying to spend some time with Keith before he travels again at the end of the week. We were apart most of March and of course, Finn takes up a fair amount of time but as long as progress is being made I’m content to be back in my sewing room and back at home with my guys!

Air Fryer

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It seems some of you are interested/intrigued with the idea of the air fryer ( as I was) but I have to confess that frying isn’t necessarily my main objective with it … the veggies I’m fixing are almost what I’d call roasted … I haven’t use any breading and I’m still experimenting with cook temperatures and time but everything is really yummy. I offered Keith a choice of zucchini or green beans tonight with the burgers and he wanted both so I fixed the zucchini as a first course, sprinkled with Parmesan … shown here before it went into the air fryer.

And then the green beans with dinner in the air fryer. As I said, I haven’t breaded anything … yet …but the veggies (and apples) have been really good. 

I have a new toy

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My sister started talking about airfryers while I was visiting and Mom decided I should get one and try it out first before they decided whether to get one. Keith has a healthy appetite so I got the extra large version from Phillips. 

We had zucchini last night – not breaded, just a drizzle of olive oil and some grated Parmesan and today I tried apples. Same thing, just a tiny bit of olive oil and a dusting of cinnamon when they came out. 

I’m not sure I cooked them to the intended doneness but they were both really yummy!

Sewing along with HeartStrings

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The WI/MN group is sewing together today in Roberts, WI and I’m working along with them from home. Kathy is focusing on RWB quilts for veterans on hospice but since I’ve got several of those to quilt this summer at Big Canoe, I decided to make one of our planned Sharon HeartStrings quilt. I’d bought fabric back to FL from GA last summer and after looking a bit in the FL stash, these are my 8 fabric choices. 

I haven’t decided whether to make a 24 block quilt and add a border that can be quilted here in FL or to make a 48 block quilt that I’ll take to GA for quilting on the longarm. My intention was one that could be quilted here but now that I’ve got more blocks on the design wall I’m leaning toward the larger size. I’ll get 24 blocks made and then decide. 

My first 4 blocks on the design wall. 

Just in case you want to make your own version here are the guidelines we follow for these. 

: please review these guidelines to see how we make our blocks first and then adapt them as noted below. 

Choose 8 fabrics – I yard each ( not all of each fabric will be used)

 All strips are cut 2 inches (fabrics 1-7)

For the corner triangles (fabric 8), use the same fabric on both sides of the block and they are cut from 4.5 inch squares (cut the squares first and then cut them on the diagonal).

This is a planned quilt with all the strips in the same place for each block.

NOTE: Nann made one last year and was a little more precise in her fabric measurements — we just estimated a yard of each knowing there would be some leftovers but I’m including Nann’s measurements here in case you have some fabrics you’d like to use but have less than a yard of them. 

*It turns out that you don’t need one-yard pieces of all eight fabrics. Label the center 1, the strips flanking it 2 and 3, then 4 and 5, then 6 and 7, and the corners 8. #1, #2, #3 — 16 strips (32″). #4 and #5 — 12 strips (24″). #6 & #7 — 11 strips (22″), #8 — 4 strips (8″). That is handy to know if I try another Sharon quilt. 

Lazy day

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We’re having a lazy morning around here. Finn was very excited to see me last night but I think he forgot I was home. Keith took him downstairs this morning so I could sleep in and he went a little wild when I went downstairs for my morning coffee. After some playing and brushing and eye cleaning, he’s settled down for a nap while I do some blog reading. 

I don’t plan to spend time in the sewing room today but my HeartStrings group is having a sew-in tomorrow in Roberts, WI and I’m going to sew along with them from home. I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to work on but most likely I’ll start an easy child size quilt to get me back in the groove.