Catch Up

 
This is kind of an odds-and-ends post. Lots has been going on around here. It’s tough to remember it all. We’ve made some pretty good food. Like these pizzas. The first one was barbeque chicken pizza with smoked gouda, red onions, and cilanto. Delish! And it looks gorgeous to boot. The second is just plain, old pepperoni. What can I say? It’s my husband’s favorite. And it’s pretty darn good.

We had a garden visitor.

I’m pretty sure this is who’s been eating my pea plants!! Oh well, he’s so cute I can’t be too mad. I found a new lunch that I love. And it’s real food approved. White bean and avocado wraps. These are really good and super-filling. The veggies are delicious, too. It’s just a little purple cabbage, a carrot, some cilantro, and a little onion in an oil and cider vinegar dressing. I know, they sound a little weird. My husband wouldn’t try them, but he hates avocados. They’re a little messy to make, especially with our misshapen homemade tortillas, but we just wrapped them up in foil, rather like a Chipotle burrito, and they were perfect. They keep in the fridge without getting too soggy, too. Perfect lunch 🙂

I don’t think I ever showed off the super-cute Easter baskets we made for my sister-in-law and nieces. They turned out to be so adorable. I just love them. They are each made out of a paper bag, cut into strips and weaved back together. That was a LOT more difficult than it sounds, trust me! But the end result was so cute, I think I’d do it again. Ask me next year, haha. Everybody got a little candy, some new socks, and the girls got beach towels, too.

I’ve also been working on a few projects. Guess what this is going to be??

 

Larry’s Quilt

 

So… our friend and neighbor Larry was turning 60 years old, and since he’s currently living in hospice, we haven’t seen him in a while. I thought that some type of a nice, bright quilt might be a perfect way to celebrate his birthday. There was a pattern that I immediately thought of using, but the intricate blockwork would have required more time than I really had to spend on this project. So I decided on a nice, bright, value quilt. It’s made entirely out of half-square triangles arranged in a warm color/cool color pattern. I’ve made quilts with half-square triangles before, but I had never arranged them according to color to get a pattern. It turned out pretty neat! This is a really easy quilt to make. You just need some warm colors and cool colors (scraps work great!) in about equal amounts. I pulled these ones out and went from there.

The quilt back is a really soft, colorful, plaid madras. We quilted it in a diamond pattern with green thread, and bound it in an orangey-red dot print that we also used on the front. And that’s it. Larry’s Quilt.