I wished I’d taken a photo of dinner tonight but trust me it looked good and tasted very, very good. Photo is from the website where I found the recipe.
This balsamic glazed pork fixed in the Instant Pot is one of our new favorites. I served it with fries fixed in the air fryer and coleslaw.
I can’t believe this was only 4 years ago. We were driving to Maine from Minneapolis to spend the month of October and took a small detour to see Niagra Falls. So much has happened in our lives since then.
I intended to sew today but one thing led to another and I didn’t even turn the machine on. One disadvantage of being gone so much is that I let things pile up … my office area desperately needs attention although that didn’t happen today.
However I did make progress in other areas.
There was sorting and organizing of fabric
Sorting and packing of scarves to be donated
Ends were woven in on the washcloths being donated with the scarves
A Strippie and a doll quilt were pin basted and are ready for quilting
A couple crocheted afghans were set aside for donation with the next batch of baby quilts.
I’ve finished the spool blocks but since the schoolhouses are still on the design wall, I’ll have to wait to arrange and sew them together. While I really want to start another quilt – I’ll get back to work on the schoolhouse sashing and get a couple tops pin-basted and ready for quilting.
I’ve got brief instructions on the spools on my website if you’re interested and here’s another quilt for inspiration – when Bev in Maine found out I was making these blocks, she brought a quilt of hers to show me while I was there for the sew-in. It’s gorgeous in the batiks with the black background.
Funny how simple quilts are the ones that catch my eye. I saw this one on eBay last night and thought it might look good in RWB.
Quilt size = 56×76
- Alternate 4 inch finished squares with 4 inch finished half square triangles (both should be 4.5 inches with seam allowances)
- Set blocks 11 across and 16 rows down
- Inner border cut 2.5 inches
- Outer border cut 4.5 inches
I’d use lots of different reds, whites, and blues.
If you wanted a borderless quilt like the inspiration one, you could just add 3 rows of blocks to the width and length setting them 14 rows across and 19 rows down to get a quilt the same size.
And while I was drafting this quilt – my car was being towed away. The battery was completely dead yesterday when I went out to go to my massage appointment. They were able to jump it but Keith wanted it towed to the dealership so they could check it out and replace the battery if needed.
Last year I missed the Maine sew-in … this year it was a good distraction. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since we lost my sister-in-law Lisa, a year since I spent months in Va with her and my brother but I think about them and those months together every single day. I still find it hard to believe that she’s gone.
I know some of you hate when I share my beliefs here but feel free to just hit delete.
I’m personally fine with peaceful protest and I’m pleased to see the unity in the NFL. This statement by the Viking’s owners sums it up for me and one of the things I like best about the NFL is their involvement in their communities. I also like that the Vikings won again this week – two wins, one loss and I hope to actually watch a game next week rather than just follow the scores!
“Professional sports offer a platform unlike any other, a platform that can bring people from a variety of backgrounds together to impact positive change in our society. As owners, it is our job to foster an environment that recognizes and appreciates diversity of thought and encourages using this platform in a constructive manner. Rather than make divisive statements, we believe in promoting thoughtful, inspiring conversation that unifies our communities. We are proud of our players, coaches and staff for the important role they play in our community, and we fully support their constitutional right to respectfully and peacefully express their beliefs.”
– Zygi and Mark Wilf and the entire Wilf family
This was just Finn’s second time being boarded and while they said he did great – played, ate, no problems at all – he was insane when we got home. He ran around like crazy and had to be right up in my lap if he was sitting. Obviously he was happy to be home but it limited what I could get done today.
I did get some spool blocks made – so happy to spend a little time in the sewing room! And I got a fair amount of knitting time once Finn settled down.
If I can manage a couple more hours in the sewing room in the next day or two, I should be done with with all these blocks. I also got through a couple weeks of mail although you wouldn’t know it looking at my desk and the surrounding area. I need to find some time to shred and file!
Have you ever read a blog entry from another quilter and had a duh moment? I don’t know why it never occurred to me to unroll the batting along the rollers of my longarm rather than crawl on the floor in tight spaces to cut it to size. I get behind easily so frequently don’t open up blog entries that require me to go to a website to read the entire entry but I’m glad I saw this tip from Bonnie.
We’re on our way home and I had one last lobster roll before leaving Maine! Now I have to wait until next year for my next one.
We can’t wait until next year – not only do I plan to come for the HeartStrings sew-in but we’re going to plan to spend October here in Maine again. Keith has already found a couple possible rental places and is in touch with the owners.